September 2016 Newsletter

10 Years of DNP Education

The DNP program is celebrating 10 years of being part of the School of Nursing! The program has grown from two to five majors since its inception and now has 150 graduates. With several minors also offered, the program is designed to prepare nurses to have the skills and knowledge needed to evaluate research and improve patient health for both individuals and populations. While it may not seem like the DNP program has been around for a long time, the amount of community and health improvements students have introduced and people they have helped is insurmountable. Let’s go for 10 more great years!

White Coat Ceremony

The School of Nursing was proud to honor over 140 sophomore and new accelerated 2nd Degree students at  our White Coat Ceremony on August 27, 2016. This ceremony celebrates the transition from classroom learning to clinical experiences.    

Anthony Chao, current DNP student, two-time Pitt Nursing alumni, and software developer presented the keynote remarks. Following Anthony’s remarks, Sarah Greener gave the student remarks. Sarah is set to graduate in 2017 with her BSN and is the current president of Pitt’s Nursing Student Association.

Family and friends gathered to watch each student receive a white lab coat and repeat the Student Oath. An oath given to reaffirm the importance of sound professional judgment and to help those in need. 



Pitt Collaboration with WPIC and CMU

The University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing in collaboration with WPIC, CMU and the Center for Evidence-Based Management to present The Second Interdisciplinary Leadership Forum: Becoming an Evidence-Based Leader.  This year’s Interprofessional Forum will be facilitated by:

  • Dr. Eric Barends, Managing Director at the Center for Evidence-Based Management
  • Dr. Denise Rousseau, University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University; H.J Heinz II Professor of Organizational behavior and Public Policy, Heinz College and Tepper School of Business

The program will address “Becoming an Evidence-Based Leader” an approach that encourages leaders’ to make management decision through the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of the best available evidence.  The forum will be held on October 14, 2016 at the Regional learning Alliance-Cranberry Woods.  Participants may earn 6 contact hours.  The cost is $125, which includes program materials, breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks.  



School of Nursing Student Gives Alma Mater Speech

On August 25, Aminata Kamara, a junior nursing student, gave the Alma Mater speech as part of the New Student Convocation at the Petersen Events Center. As president of Pitt’s Black Action Society, Aminata was given the honor of addressing the incoming class of 2020. She shared that the Black Action Society is a student organization designed to help represent the interests of and coordinate events for African-American undergraduate students with a mission to promote the cultural, education, political and social needs of students.   

As Aminata stood behind the podium, in her Black Action Society shirt, she looked out at a crowd of over 4,500 students. She explained the importance of Pitt’s Alma Mater – a representation of the Pitt family and community, a way of connecting everyone, both past and present, to the University.  Aminata introduced the Pitt Men’s Glee Club for the singing of the Alma Mater.  When the freshman joined the singing, it was wonderful way to welcome them to the Pitt family.  

Pitt Nursing 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.

Full details about Homecoming Weekend activities can be found here.