DNP, CRNP, NNP-BC
Health Promotion & Development
Dr. Bench graduated from Pitt’s traditional BSN program in 2014 with magna cum laude status. She then graduated in 2017 with her DNP in a neonatal nurse practitioner focus. Dr. Bench currently serves as a full-time Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. Her research focuses on the impact of music therapy and recorded music interventions in the neonatal population. Dr. Bench has successfully implemented a music intervention in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Magee-Womens Hospital that was able to improve vital signs for critically ill patients in the intensive care unit. Additionally, Dr. Bench has presented nationally regarding her research in music interventions. Dr. Bench also holds special academic and clinical interest in the training and development of new staff members in the neonatal intensive care unit, as well as a focus on new nurse development. Clinically, she has practiced as a neonatal intensive care nurse as well as a neonatal nurse practitioner for nearly ten years.
Dr. Bench is the lead faculty member for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner programs at the School of Nursing. She teaches all neonatal didactic courses and coordinates clinical courses as well. In addition, Dr. Bench has extensive experience in orienting new nurses and nurse practitioners in the NICU setting. She also has experience in teaching pediatric undergraduate clinical as well as didactic coursework.
In addition to her role as faculty, Dr. Bench currently practices as a neonatal nurse practitioner at several regional hospitals. She is also a member of the National Association for Neonatal Nurses and the Academy of Neonatal Nursing. She serves on the University’s Faculty Assembly as a School of Nursing representative, and additionally serves as a member of several committees within the School of Nursing.