Healthy Work Environments

Healthy work environments are essential for patient and family safety, and are a critical component for nurse retention and recruitment. Alumna Helene M. Burns, DNP, RN, NEA-BC (DNP ’18) shares her wisdom and experiences from her 35-year career focused in patient care services and nursing operations. We also hear from alumna Salina Smialek (BSN ’16), and recent graduate Saira Ramessar (BSN ’19), on their own experiences and expectations of what a healthy work environment means.



Nurse Anesthesia Panel

Interested in a career as a nurse anesthetist? Alumni Jaclyn Ashline (BSN ’12, MSN ’16), Holly Broadbent-Horvat (MSN ’16), Shane Hodapp (MSN ’17), and John Jones (BSN ’99, MSN ’01) discuss their career journeys as nurse anesthetists from their first application through their successes and experience during school. Current nurse anesthesia students John Boylan (BSN ’15) and Alexandra Uram (BSN ’14) discuss their experience so far in the program and provide insider reflections on what to expect. The panel was also joined by moderators Bettina Dixon, DNP (MSN ’93, DNP ’17) and Laurel Miner, PhD, both professors at Pitt in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia.