August 2016 Newsletter

Come Celebrate!

The School of Nursing is pleased to invite graduates back for our 2016 Homecoming Celebrations!

School of Nursing Reunion Luncheon

Calling all Class Members from 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011!

The School of Nursing will celebrate the reunions of these classes with a special luncheon. You can get more details and register here.

Friday, October 7, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Pitt Nursing’s Homecoming Reception

Join the School of Nursing for an evening of reconnecting with fellow alumni and friends during Homecoming. Don’t miss the chance to meet the dean, faculty, and staff while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Registration is free and drink tickets will be provided.

Friday, October 7, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 pm
William Pitt Union, Kurtzman Room (1st Floor), 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Plus, you will be right across the street from Pitt’s Annual Welcome Back Reception, which will take place in the Cathedral of Learning Commons Room.

For more information about Homecomng activities, contact Kate Gaunt at or by phone at 412-647-4220.


Nursing Alumna Is New Pitt Trustee

Patricia D. Horoho (MSN ’92) has been appointed to the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees. The Trustees are responsible for advancing the mission of the University, promoting and protecting its academic freedom and integrity, and enhancing and preserving its assets.

Horoho was the first woman and first nurse to serve as the Surgeon General of the Army and commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command. Upon her retirement from the military, she became managing director and client account lead for Accenture Federal Services, leading the group’s defense health practice and overseeing business operations. This MSN graduate has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree, named a University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Alumni Fellow, and honored as a Legacy Laureate. The School of Nursing congratulates Lt. General Horoho on this new honor!


Amazing Teachers Are Recognized

Congratulations to the 2016 recipients of the Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Awards!  This year, the Dean was pleased to recognize:

Annette DeVito Dabbs, Professor & Department Chair, (Tenure-Track award recipient)

Brenda Cassidy, Assistant Professor, (Non-Tenure Track recipient)

The Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Awards are bestowed upon faculty members who best represent the school’s commitment to excellence in teaching. Dr. Dabbs was recognized for her mentoring of students and pioneering work in training in research methodology. Dr. Cassidy was selected for her level of expertise as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner which contributes greatly to the quality and reputation of the degree program. 


Faculty Take on Leadership Roles in the Profession

Pitt Nursing faculty members are very involved in promoting the profession and advancing nursing science by serving in leadership capacities with national and regional organizations. For example, you can find many of Pitt Nursing’s faculty and staff working with the Pennsylvania Action Coalition (PA-AC) to guide the implementation of the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing report recommendations in Pennsylvania.  PA-AC is part of the Campaign for Action, a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP, coordinated by the Center to Champion Nursing in America. The coalition seeks to help the region become healthier by improving the quality, accessibility, and safety of nursing. Dean Dunbar-Jacob serves on the Advisory Board of the state-wide group, helping to lead and assess the work of the coalition. Laura Fennimore was selected as a Leader of the Southwest Regional Executive Team; Mary Rogers Schubert and Annette DeVito Dabbs have also been asked to serve on this regional committee. 

We’re very proud to share these other recent faculty appointments with you:

Susan Albrecht has been elected to the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Nursing.

Grace Campbell was nominated by the Association of Rehab Nurses to serve as its representative to the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Quality of Care for People with Advanced Illness.

Judy Erlen was elected to the Nomination Committee of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, to serve as a Councilor at Large.

Julius Kitutu was appointed to serve on the Commission on Nurse Certification Board of Commissioners (CNCBOC) for a three-year term.

John O’Donnell was appointed co-chair of the Planning Committee for the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare

Elizabeth A. Schlenk, is serving as the president of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Rheumatology.

Patricia Tuite, has been chosen to represent Clinical Nurse Specialist Educators on the AACN Competency-based Education for Doctoral-prepared APRNs Work Group.

Congratulations to:

Jan Dorman, who was selected to receive the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Sue Brody, who was selected as the 2016 Sandy J. Cody Service Award recipient from the AACN Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals (GNAP).

Annette DeVito Dabbs, who was accepted for a Fellowship into the National Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. 


Constantino Receives ANA Honor

Faculty member Rose Constantino received the American Nurses Association’s Jessie M. Scott Award on July 23, at a ceremony and reception preceding the organization’s Membership Assembly in Washington, DC. The award is named after Jessie Scott, an American nurse who served as the Assistant Surgeon General and led the nursing division of the U.S. Public Health Service (now the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). The American Nurses Association (ANA) offers this award to recognize a nurse who has made an outstanding accomplishment in practice, education, or research which demonstrates the interdependence of these elements and their significance for the improvement of nursing and health care.

Candidates for this type of honorary award are nominated by the state nurses’ associations and selected by ANA’s Board of Directors. Dr. Constantino was chosen for this prestigious award in light of her expertise on intimate partner violence. Through her teaching and research, she has given health care professionals the knowledge, data, and social support to prevent violence across the globe.

Congratulations to Dr. Constantino!


In the Headlines….Opioid Abuse

It’s been called an epidemic, a scourge, and a crisis. The CDC estimates that 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose and President Obama has declared that addressing prescription opioid abuse is a national priority. Pitt Nursing will present a Continuing Education program for frontline health care providers on strategies to address substance use disorders including the utilization of the preventative public health model, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). SBIRT is a public health and evidence-based practice model designed to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. This continuing education session will be held on August 25, 2016, from 3-6 PM at the School of Nursing. In addition to exploring the capabilities of SBIRT, the participants will develop skills and effective use strategies for naloxone as well as other overdose intervention medications. This program is offered with support from the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA). 


Alumni Round-Up

Teresa Hagan (BSN ’10, PhD ’15) has been selected to participate in the Jonas Policy Scholars Program, funded by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. Teresa, a postdoctoral research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, will spend her two-year fellowship stint working with the Women’s Health expert panel.

Michael Beach (MSN ’01, MSN ’02, DNP ’09), Assistant Professor, was chosen to speak at the Promise of Nursing for Pennsylvania Gala, hosted by Johnson & Johnson. The event raised funds to address the critical shortage of nursing professionals and nursing educators, which threatens the state of health care in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and across the nation. The evening’s proceeds will fund nursing student scholarships, faculty fellowships, and grants in Pennsylvania that will help the state to meet the IOM Future of Nursing Recommendations. 

Chad Rittle (BSN ’00) is currently serving as President-elect of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) and is busy coordinating the team planning the March 2017 State Conference to be held in Valley Forge, PA.

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