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Read more about the UR School of Nursing in education, research, and clinical news from the past year.

DeMott Named Director of Passport Health

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 — Amy DeMott, an experienced clinical program manager and health care administrator, was recently named director of Passport Health at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. In her new role, DeMott will oversee the administrative and ...

Practice, Vision, Visibility: Highlights from the 2018 DNP Summit

Monday, November 12, 2018 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing welcomed more than 100 registrants to its third annual Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Summit on Oct. 26. Each year, the day-long conference brings together clinicians, scholars, executives, and ...

National Nursing Leaders to Speak at UR School of Nursing's 3rd Annual DNP Summit

Monday, October 15, 2018 — Leading voices in nursing education and practice will come together at the University of Rochester School of Nursing’s annual Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Summit on Friday, Oct. 26.Now in its third year, the DNP Summit is a day-long ...

School of Nursing Repeat Winner of Excellence in Diversity Award

Thursday, October 11, 2018 — For the second straight year, the University of Rochester School of Nursing has been selected to receive the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into ...

Reifenstein Appointed to New Diversity Education Role

Tuesday, October 09, 2018 — Karen Reifenstein, PhD, RN, a prominent leader in the School of Nursing’s diversity efforts, has been appointed to a new role linking diversity and inclusion initiatives across the Medical Center. Reifenstein, an assistant professor of ...

$2.16M Grant Funds Study of Disproportionate HIV Infection Rates Among Women of Color

Monday, October 08, 2018 — Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have been awarded a $2.16 million grant to study disproportionately high HIV infection rates affecting women of color. Women account for 20 percent of new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. each ...

Family Tradition: Patti Winn Follows in Her Mother's Footsteps to Earn UR Nursing Degree

Monday, September 10, 2018 —   When Patti Winn crossed the stage at the University of Rochester School of Nursing pinning ceremony on Aug. 29, she was completing a family tradition some six decades in the making. Like Mother, Like Daughter: Two photos taken 60 ...

Distinguished Alum Speaks On ‘Improving Lives Through Research’

Monday, September 10, 2018 — Nancy Dianis ’85N (MS) delivered the 60th Annual Clare Dennison Lecture on “Improving Lives Through Research” at the University of Rochester School of Nursing on Sept. 7.  Dianis is vice president and study ...

UR School of Nursing Kicks Off Academic Year with Convocation Ceremony

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing welcomed new and returning students at its opening convocation kicking off the academic year. Nearly 200 students, faculty, staff, and guests attended the Sept. 4 ceremony, which featured welcome ...

UR School of Nursing Mourns Loss of DNP Student

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing community is mourning the loss of one of its students. Marcia Fowler, FNP-C, a student in the University of Rochester Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 27. She ...

School of Nursing Cuts Tuition of RN to BS Program

Friday, August 17, 2018 — In an age of skyrocketing tuition hikes, the University of Rochester School of Nursing is going against the grain and cutting the cost of its bachelor’s degree program for registered nurses. Responding to New York State’s ...

ENGOAL Program: Crossing Boundaries and Making Strides

Thursday, August 02, 2018 — Halfway through their collaborative two-year program, University of Rochester researchers and community stakeholders are making strides in crossing boundaries and educating older Rochester adults about active participation in projects with ...

Alumni Profile: Heidi Button

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 — From Diabetes Patient to Educator Heidi Button '10N continues to challenge expectations in new role helping others manage chronic diseases “If somebody had said to me in high school that I would be a nurse, first of all, I would have ...

Natalie Leblanc Selected as Visiting Fellow at Yale University's School of Public Health

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 — Natalie M. Leblanc, PhD, MPH, BSN, an assistant professor +at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, has been named a visiting fellow in the Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) at Yale University’s School ...

Lydia Rotondo Selected to Participate in AACN Leadership Program

Monday, July 09, 2018 — Lydia D. Rotondo, associate dean for education and student affairs at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, was recently chosen as one of 49 nursing faculty from across the nation to participate in the 2018 American Association of ...

UR Nursing Student Curates Art Show on Addiction

Monday, July 02, 2018 — NARTCAN, a free exhibit showcasing a variety of moving artwork created for and inspired by those dealing with substance abuse, opens July 6 at Project 308 Gallery in North Tonawanda. NARTCAN is curated by Justin Chaize, a registered nurse and a ...

Chen Zhang Named a 2018 Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar

Friday, June 29, 2018 — Chen Zhang, PhD, MPH, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, has been named a 2018 Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health ...

Jinjiao Wang Chosen for Fellowship Focused on Aging, Mental Health

Thursday, June 28, 2018 — Jinjiao Wang, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, has been named a fellow at the Research Career Institute in the Mental Health of Aging (CIMA). She is one of 25 scholars from across the country ...

Alumni Profile: A Writer's Life

Monday, June 25, 2018 — Dow spins ‘Nightingale Tales’ about her adventures in nursing Carolyn Chaloner Dow ‘59N didn’t want to be a nurse. She had dreams of going to Vassar and being a writer.  But her life and career ...

Eight-Decade Connection with Nursing Inspires Don Messina Scholarship Gift

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 — As a history student at the University of Rochester in the mid-1950s, Don Messina ’56 ’57 used to enjoy going for a dip at the end of a long week of classes. The University pool was open for a free swim period on Friday ...

13 Signs Your Teen May Have an Eating Disorder

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 — About 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States suffer from eating disorders, which range from the more commonly known anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa to the lesser known binge-eating and avoidant-restrictive-food-intake ...

Celebrating Nurse Scientists: Patients Prosper When the 'Bench' is Stationed at the 'Bedside'

Monday, June 04, 2018 —   Nurses bring a different perspective to the complex world of cancer research—one that focuses on patient experiences and quality of life.

Unique Collaboration with Bassett Medical Center Yields First Graduates

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 — Among the hundreds of graduates walking across the Eastman Theatre stage at the University of Rochester School of Nursing Commencement ceremony May 18 were a handful of students making their first trip to the university. Four nurses from Bassett ...

Commencement 2018: Mentorship, Leadership, and the Future of Nursing

Thursday, May 24, 2018 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing conferred more than 300 degrees and post-graduate certificates during its commencement ceremony on May 18 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. As the new graduates prepare for the next steps in their ...

UR Nursing Professor Co-Authors Book on Teen Eating Disorders

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 — One half of adolescent girls and one-quarter of boys are dissatisfied with their bodies, one of the most common factors associated with eating disorders. Approximately 3 percent of U.S. teens ultimately report being affected by an eating disorder ...

Nurses Week: Nurses Share Their Advice for Future Nurses

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

SON Founding Dean Receives Two Lifetime Achievement Awards

Wednesday, May 09, 2018 — Loretta Ford, EdD, RN, PNP, FAAN, FAANP, the co-developer of the nurse practitioner model and founding dean at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, was honored last month with a pair of lifetime achievement awards recognizing her ...

Diversity Feature: The Changing Face of Nursing

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Lucy Carroll Receives Witmer Award for Distinguished Service

Wednesday, May 02, 2018 — Each spring the University of Rochester celebrates several outstanding staff members who have demonstrated significant and longstanding contributions to the University. Lucy (Lukira) Carroll, executive assistant to the dean and special events ...

Ciurzynski Elected Distinguished Fellow of National Academy of Practice in Nursing

Monday, April 16, 2018 — Susan Ciurzynski, PhD, RN-BC, MS, PNP, VCE, has been elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Practice (NAP) in Nursing, recognizing her outstanding achievements in nearly 30 years as a clinician and educator. An ...

NIH Study to Examine Long-Term Effects of Pregnancy on Maternal Health, Biology

Monday, April 16, 2018 — Pregnancy is a period of extreme change, as maternal physiology adapts rapidly to sustain a growing fetus. It is conventionally assumed that women’s physiology returns to its pre-pregnancy state within six months of giving birth, but ...

School of Nursing to Host Nurse Entrepreneurship Presentation

Friday, April 13, 2018 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing and Ain Center for Entrepreneurship will welcome Mattia Gilmartin, PhD, MBA, for a presentation on nurses as entrepreneurs leading social change. Gilmartin, who is the executive director of Nurses ...

School of Nursing Unveils Online Care Management Education Program

Friday, April 13, 2018 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing has launched a new online program designed for nurses or other health care professionals interested in pursuing advanced education in care management. The Care Management Education program, aimed at ...

Help Us Celebrate National Nurses Week. Share Your Advice!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 — The School of Nursing is calling all nurses to share their advice with future generations of nurses. Your story will be featured during National Nurses Week this May 6-12. Share Your Story Here.

UR School of Nursing 2018 Commencement Speaker Announced

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 — Margaret Grey, DrPH, RN, FAAN, former dean and current Annie W. Goodrich Professor Nursing at the Yale School of Nursing, will deliver the commencement address at the University of Rochester School of Nursing graduation ceremony on Friday, May 18 ...

Two UR Nursing NP Programs Ranked in Top 20 by U.S. News

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 — Two University of Rochester School of Nursing nurse practitioner programs are among the top 20 in the nation, according to new rankings released by U.S. News and World Report. The UR School of Nursing’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner ...

Alumni Profile: Patty Bellohusen Charts Her Own Path As a CNL

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Karen Davis Tapped as Chief Nursing Executive

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 — Karen K. Davis, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, a nursing leader with 30 years of experience at Johns Hopkins Health System, has been selected as Associate Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive (CNE) with nursing oversight responsibilities for Strong ...

Alumni to Participate in Certified CNL Day Webinar March 19

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 — Two School of Nursing alumni will speak about their experiences as Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNLs) during a webinar hosted by the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC). Luis A. Rosario-McCabe and Deborah Hurley, graduates of the School of ...

Alumni Profile: Nicholas Arcieri on the Health Care Management Program

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 —   Alumnus Nicholas Arcieri, MS, shares how the Health Care Organization Management and Leadership program prepared him to lead software development at the Institute of Innovation Education at the University of Rochester Medical ...

Tenth Annual DNP Project Day Highlights Students' Efforts to Improve Health Care

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 — On January 26, the School of Nursing hosted its tenth annual Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Project Day. Each year, the event showcases students’ areas of clinical interest and provides a forum for exchanging ideas and suggestions to ...

Kathy Rideout Receives Health Care Achievement Award

Monday, February 19, 2018 — Kathy Rideout, EdD, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, was recognized with a 2018 Rochester Business Journal Health Care Achievement Award for her more than 40 years of contributions as a pediatric nurse, educator, administrator, executive, advocate, researcher, ...

UR School of Nursing Ranks Among Nation's Best in NIH Funding

Friday, February 16, 2018 — The University of Rochester ranks among the top 30 U.S. nursing schools in research funding received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the eighth time in 10 years, according to data compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for ...

Renu Singh Named a 'Woman of Excellence'

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 — Rochester Business Journal has named Renu Singh, MS, senior associate dean of operations at the School of Nursing and CEO of UR Medicine’s Center for Employee Wellness, to its inaugural class of Women of Excellence Award ...

School of Nursing to Host Events During National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Monday, February 05, 2018 — The Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders (WNYCCCED) and the University of Rochester School of Nursing are hosting a series of events during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb. 25-March 4). "The theme for ...

Wetherbee Recognized with Presidential Diversity Award

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 — Jonathan Wetherbee, an eloquent and passionate advocate for a more welcoming and accepting campus community, was honored earlier this month with the 2018 University of Rochester Presidential Diversity Award.The award recognizes the ...

Heffner Appointed Associate Chief of Research for Geriatrics

Thursday, January 25, 2018 — Kathi Heffner, PhD, an accomplished researcher whose work focuses on stress and aging, has been named associate chief of research for the Division of Geriatrics and Aging in the Department of Medicine. An associate professor with a primary ...

Study to Explore Possible Synergistic Effects of Exercise, Brain Training in Preventing Dementia

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 — Can a workout regimen for you mind and body help to fend off Alzheimer's disease? Physical and mental activity have been shown to boost brain function in different ways, but a new study will look to see if the benefits of engaging in a rigorously ...

School of Nursing Professor Recognized by American Heart Association

Thursday, January 18, 2018 — Only 25 percent of patients who suffer cardiac arrest while hospitalized survive to hospital discharge. It’s a daunting statistic, but Mina Attin, Ph.D., R.N., an assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of ...

Professor Emeritus of Nursing Honored by Rochester Academy of Medicine

Tuesday, January 09, 2018 — Madeline Hubbard Schmitt ’65N, ’70 (MA), PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, professor emeritus of nursing, received a Distinguished Service Award from the Rochester Academy of Medicine on Tuesday for her achievements in advancing ...

Heffner Selected for Emerging Leaders in Aging Scholars Program

Tuesday, January 02, 2018 — Kathi Heffner, PhD, associate professor in the University of Rochester School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry, was among a select group of scholars chosen to participate in a yearlong national geriatric leadership development ...