Celebrating National Nurse Practitioner Week

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is honored to recognize our nurse practitioner students, faculty, and alumni during National Nurse Practitioner Week.

National Nurse Practitioner Week is celebrated annually nationwide to build awareness of nurse practitioners' vital role in patient care. This year’s theme is “Recognizing Heroes in Healthcare” and runs November 12-18.

“Nurse practitioners (NPs) are a vital force in shaping the future of healthcare,” said Cynthia Chew, DNP, CPNP-PC, IBCLI, assistant professor and coordinator of Pitt Nursing’s Nurse Practitioner Programs. “By combining their clinical expertise with compassion, they developed as nurses and deliver comprehensive, holistic care to patients of all ages in every healthcare setting. We are proud of the contributions made by our NP students, alumni, and faculty to science and healthcare every day, but during National Nurse Practitioner Week we take some extra time to recognize their dedication and hard-work as true healthcare heroes.”

Pitt Nursing’s NP programs include seven areas of concentration:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
  • Family (individual across the lifespan)
  • Neonatal
  • Pediatric Primary Care
  • Pediatric Acute Care
  • Psychiatric Mental Health

This week – we are highlighting our nurse practitioner programs and recognizing some of our own NP alumni heroes who are providing exceptional health care.

Nicole Fazio, DNP '20, BSN '16
Jillian Lackner, DNP '15, BSN '11
Madeline Lepore, DNP '21, BSN '17
Dina (Fradkin) Veytsman, DNP '21, BSN '18
Karin Wickwire, DNP '16, ADCTG '22

This National Nurse Practitioner Week, we honor our incredible NP alums and the more than 355,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the United States. They are providers of high-quality care who prioritize the patient. Nurse practitioners are heroes.