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

Spotlight on: Yachica Johnson, LPN, UR Medicine Home Care

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 — As a young girl Yachica Johnson, LPN, developed a passion for helping others as her family cared for her grandmother with health issues. Johnson’s greatest inspirations were her mom – a social worker – and her aunt ...

Kathy Rideout - Year of the Nurse

Monday, June 22, 2020

Spotlight on: Kaydean Harris, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, nurse practitioner Thompson Health Urgent Care, SON faculty member

Monday, June 22, 2020 — “My decision to become a nurse goes back to my years in college,” said Kaydean Harris, DNP, RN, FNP-BC.  “I always knew I wanted to be in the health care field because I had a passion for caring for others. ...

NIH Awards $3M Renewal Grant to Advance Research in Cognitive Health

Tuesday, June 09, 2020 — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded $3 million to the University of Rochester School of Nursing to study the cognitive health in older adults at risk for dementia. Associate Professor Feng (Vankee) Lin, PhD, RN, and Associate ...

Employee Wellness Team Honored with Meliora Award

Tuesday, June 02, 2020 — Developed by the School of Nursing, the UR Medicine Employee Wellness program, known internally as the Center for Employee Wellness (CEW), was among the honorees receiving the 2020 Meliora Award. The award, presented by the University of ...

Hazel Robertshaw CNO FF Thompson Hospital

Monday, June 01, 2020

UR President Mangelsdorf and UR Medicine CNE Karen Davis Celebrating Nurses Week

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Spotlight on: Samera Sorell, DNP, RN, CNM, Thompson Health Canandaigua Medical Group

Thursday, May 21, 2020 — “I always knew I wanted a career in holistic health care, but wasn’t sure which path to choose,” said Samera Sorell, DNP, RN, CNM. “The more I learned about midwifery, the more I was drawn to it because it ...

Spotlight on: Caitlin Bonanni, RN, Registered Nurse II, Thompson Health

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 — “I became a nurse because I fell in love with taking care of people,” said Caitlin Bonanni, RN. It all began when her husband deployed to Afghanistan and she started working at Thompson as a tech on 3 West, a medical/surgical, ...

Hopkins Honored with E.P. Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 — Patrick Hopkins, DNP, APRN, C-PNP, NNP-BC, whose soft-spoken and gentle manner belies his vehement passion for teaching and bringing out the best of his students, was honored by the University of Rochester with one of its top teaching prizes.Last ...

A tribute to all of our nurses

Tuesday, May 05, 2020 — I’ve long believed that in a time of crisis, you really get to see what people are made of. It’s an unfortunate truth that it’s often the most trying set of circumstances that brings out the best in people. And ...

‘We’re all trying to do our part’

Tuesday, May 05, 2020 — About a year and a half ago, I met the managers of a newly formed infectious disease response team at Strong Memorial Hospital. At the time, the major concern was how to deal with a potential outbreak of the Ebola virus. I am typically a critical ...

Caring for COVID-positive patients brings unexpected challenges

Tuesday, May 05, 2020 — I became a member of the front line team treating COVID-19 literally overnight. I was on my midnight shift at Strong Memorial Hospital when we were transitioned from a rule-out unit to a COVID-19 positive unit. In the span of a few hours, we went ...

UR School of Nursing’s Dean of Education Recognizes National Nurses’ Week

Tuesday, May 05, 2020 — As the Associate Dean for Education and Student Affairs at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, I’m happy to be part of a narrative to honor nurses during National Nurses’ Week, particularly through the pandemic lens ...

Spotlight on: Colleen Bayer, BSN, OCN Nurse Manager, Wilmot Cancer Institute

Monday, May 04, 2020 — Oncology nursing is a challenging field, but for Colleen Bayer, BSN, OCN, it became a natural choice. In high school she wasn’t sure if she wanted to be a nurse or a teacher but family experiences and meaningful opportunities led her to ...

Spotlight on: Rhona Henry, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager, Wilmot Cancer Institute

Monday, April 27, 2020 — Growing up in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Rhona Henry found the inspiration to become a nurse from her grandmother and great-grandmother. They were very close and she helped care for them as they got older. When she moved to New York City and ...

KC Clevenger, Chief Nursing Officer, Wilmot Cancer Institute

Friday, April 24, 2020

UR Nursing Students Volunteer to Help Community’s COVID-19 Efforts

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 — When all University of Rochester School of Nursing classes were moved online, and most of the students’ clinical hours and jobs were put on hold, Andrew Wolf, EdD, MS, RN, ACNP-C, director of educational effectiveness and assistant ...

On the Academic Frontline: SON and SMH Develop Refresher Course for Nurses Re-Entering the Workforce

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 — COVID-19 has created a ripple effect that can be felt in every corner of the world and area of life. These ripples have hit hospitals like tsunamis as potential shortages in resources may soon be matched by a depletion of caregivers. At the ...

Highland Nurse Educator Named RBJ Health Care Hero

Friday, March 27, 2020 — A nurse can have many roles during the course of a career. A bedside nurse, a charge nurse, a supervisor, a program director, and an educator – just to name a few. Emily Winters, MS, RN-BC, NEA-BC, has shined in all of these roles ...

Spotlight on: Nicole Dobbertin, RN, BSN, Charge Nurse, Highland Hospital

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 — When Nicole Dobbertin, RN, BSN, was in elementary school, her mom, Jacquie, began studying to be a nurse. As a young girl, she was inspired by how excited her mother was about classes and clinical rotations. “I also loved helping others ...

Taubman in Two: Year of the Nurse and Midwife

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Melissa Derleth, Chief Nursing Officer, Highland Hospital

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

UR Nursing Makes Big Move in U.S. News Rankings

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing made a big move in the highest-profile rankings of master’s nursing programs. The school jumped nine places, landing at No. 26 in the 2021 Best Graduate Schools guide produced ...

UR Nursing Makes Big Move in U.S. News Rankings

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing made a big move in the highest-profile rankings of master’s nursing programs. The school jumped nine places, landing at No. 26 in the 2021 Best Graduate Schools guide produced ...

Harriet Kitzman's Lasting Legacy: Brilliant research that transformed health care for moms, children

Monday, March 16, 2020 — Harriet Kitzman, PhD, RN, FAAN, a brilliant and internationally renowned researcher whose lifetime of work in pediatrics reshaped how health care is provided to young mothers and their children, died March 11 after a long illness. She was 82. She ...

Blaakman, Rotondo Elected Distinguished Fellows of National Academies of Practice

Wednesday, March 04, 2020 — Two University of Rochester School of Nursing faculty members have been accepted into the prestigious National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Nursing. In recognition of their outstanding professional achievements and contributions to the field of ...

University of Rochester Medical Center Chief Nursing Executive Karen Davis

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Spotlight on: Jon Kuppinger, RN, EMT-P, Cardiac Care Unit, Strong Memorial Hospital

Thursday, February 27, 2020 — Meet Jon Kuppinger. He is a US Navy veteran, a former California high tech professional, a paramedic, a rock star, and since 2017, has found his true calling as a level 3 bedside nurse on a cardiac care unit at Strong Memorial ...

Jones Memorial Celebrates Year of the Nurse and Midwife

Monday, February 24, 2020 — WELLSVILLE — In conjunction with the 200th birthdays of Florence Nightingale and Susan B. Anthony and the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, Jones Memorial Hospital and UR Medicine have joined ...

School of Nursing Welcomes New Faculty and Leadership Appointments

Monday, February 24, 2020 —   The University of Rochester School of Nursing is pleased to welcome Meghan L. Underhill-Blazey, PhD, APRN, AOCNS and Annmarie Flanagan, DNP, APN, FNP-C., and announce the recent faculty leadership appointments of Susan M. Ciurzynski, ...

UR School of Nursing Remains Top 25 in 2019 NIH Ranking

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing ranks No. 22 in 2019 research grant funding issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The school has maintained its top 25 ranking of all nursing schools in four of the last five years, and ...

Nurse Scientist Partnership with Wilmot Cancer Center Drawing More Nurses into Research

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 — In a collaborative effort, Wilmot and the University of Rochester School of Nursing support nurse-initiated research programs through the development of the Oncology Nurse Scientist Partnership. Led by Ph.D.-level nurses with advanced training in ...

Thompson Health: Challenges and Rewards Facing Nurses

Thursday, February 06, 2020 — The industry is seeing job openings “across the board,” according to UR Medicine Thompson Heath CEO Michael F. Stapleton Jr. The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Many in ...

School of Nursing Remembers Alumna and Hall of Fame Inductee

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 — Nancy Melvin Taylor ’86N is a legend.  While attending the School of Nursing at the University of Rochester, Nancy became the first All-American in field hockey. She made the most goals in a single season (17), held the most ...

Mary Carey Named a ‘Health Care Hero’ by Rochester Business Journal

Monday, February 03, 2020 — Mary G. Carey, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, an associate professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing and director of the Clinical Nursing Research Center at Strong Memorial Hospital, has been named a Health Care Hero by the Rochester ...

Vankee Lin Harnesses Neuroimaging Technologies to Detect, Slow Alzheimer's Disease

Friday, January 31, 2020 — Feng (Vankee) Lin, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Nursing, is harnessing neuroimaging technologies in an effort to develop new diagnostic tools for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, identify new ...

David Goede Elected President of Nurse Practitioner Association

Thursday, January 23, 2020 — David Goede, DNP, ACNP-BC, assistant professor of clinical nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing and lead manager of advance practice providers for the cardiovascular service line at the UR Medical Center, has been elected to ...

UR School of Nursing Joins in Worldwide Celebration of Year of the Nurse and Midwife

Monday, January 13, 2020 — The World Health Organization (WHO) is designating 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and the University of Rochester School of Nursing is playing a leading role as the UR Medical Center and its affiliate hospital make plans to honor ...

Lee Foundation Creates Mental Health Scholarship at UR School of Nursing

Friday, January 10, 2020 — The Patrick P. Lee Foundation has awarded $217,500 to the University of Rochester School of Nursing to create scholarships for students earning a psychiatric nurse practitioner degree.   “The National Alliance on ...

Record-Breaking Enrollment Reflects Growing Nursing Workforce Needs

Thursday, January 09, 2020 — The School of Nursing began its fall 2019 academic year by welcoming a record-breaking class of 235 new students. The most recent spike continues the substantial growth at the school where enrollment has increased more than 40 percent since ...

$3.6M NIH Grant Funds Center for Social Ties and Aging Research

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 — Caring for a family member with dementia creates both challenges and opportunities for families. Strong social connections can help caregivers manage the challenges, but the demands of caregiving sometimes create obstacles to social connections. ...