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Helen Wood Hall Expansion: Time-Lapse January Update

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Deep Roots: UR Nursing Researcher Receives Grant to Cultivate Healthy Eating Habits for Local Migrant Workers

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 — A leading researcher at the University of Rochester School of Nursing is aiming to improve the nutrition of the people who help put healthy food on our tables. Karen Stein, PhD, RN, FAAN, UR School of Nursing’s Ruth Miller Brody and ...

Nursing News 2020 Report

Wednesday, January 06, 2021 — As we look forward to new beginnings, let’s remember the events that made 2020 one of the most memorable years in the University of Rochester School of Nursing’s history.  

Heffner, Lin Make History as Newest UR Wilson Professors

Monday, December 21, 2020 —   The installation of Kathi Heffner, PhD, and Vankee Lin, PhD, RN, as Wilson Professors was unlike any that had come before it. For starters, this was the University of Rochester’s first virtual professorship installation ...

Spotlight on: Patty Smith, RN, BSN, ER Nurse, St. James Hospital

Monday, December 21, 2020 — Patty Smith, RN, BSN, was a bank manager for 15 years before she took a leap of faith and went back to school to become a nurse at age 34. “Nursing was always at the back of my mind,” said Smith, an ER nurse at St. James. ...

UR School of Nursing to Launch New Acute Care Pediatric NP Program

Thursday, December 17, 2020 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing is set to launch a new Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Acute Care program, its latest groundbreaking initiative in a history of transformative nurse practitioner education. The one-year ...

Year of the Nurse and Midwife: St. James CNO Melissa Rackmil

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Helen Wood Hall Expansion: Time-lapse Video Dec. 7-11

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 — I'm excited to bring you timelapse footage from Dec. 7-11.   

Alumna, Former Faculty Member Establishes Endowed Scholarship

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 — For more than 60 years, the University of Rochester School of Nursing has been a central influence in the professional life of Elizabeth Kellogg Walker ’62N, ’73N (MS), ’81 (MA), ’86 (PhD). She first came ...

Tantillo Book Examines Role of Relationships in Eating Disorder Recovery

Friday, December 11, 2020 — While there is much more to uncover about eating disorders, considerable progress has been made in understanding how crucial relationships are to treatment and recovery.  In her new book, Multifamily Therapy Group for Young Adults with ...

Spotlight on: Joan McAllister, RN, Ambulatory Surgery, St. James Hospital

Friday, December 11, 2020 — Joan McAllister, RN, St. James Ambulatory Surgery Center, always knew she wanted to be a nurse. ”I loved science and everything about nursing,” she said. In fact one of her early memories includes playing nurse while her ...

Spotlight on: Amy Campbell, RN, Med/Surg Nurse, St. James Hospital

Friday, December 11, 2020 — “My mom was a nurse,” said Amy Campbell, RN, med/surg nurse at St. James. “So choosing a career in nursing was always in the back of my mind.” But the decision was confirmed for Campbell, when she gave ...

Memories Create ‘Fingerprints’ that Reveal How the Brain Is Organized

Monday, November 23, 2020 — While the broad architecture and organization of the human brain is universal, new research shows how the differences between how people reimagine common scenarios can be observed in brain activity and quantified. These unique ...

Spotlight on: Molly Sherwood, CNM, WHNP-BC

Thursday, November 19, 2020 — Molly Sherwood, CNM, WHNP-BC, a native of Naples, New York, became focused on becoming a midwife before she even knew much about the profession. “When I was about 12 years old I found out my best friend was delivered at home by a ...

Spotlight on: Caroline Kern, CNM, MSN, WHNP-BC

Thursday, November 19, 2020 — "The University Midwifery Group seeks to practice authentic midwifery,” said second-year midwife Caroline Kern, CNM, MSN, WHNP-BC. “After midwifery school I applied all over the country but I chose to join this ...

Spotlight on: Pamela Jurich-Wright, CNM, MS

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 — Pamela Jurich-Wright, CNM, MS, was in nursing school in the early ‘90s when she first met a midwife. “I was so inspired by her care and kindness,” said Jurich-Wright. “She was very present for her patient. ...

Spotlight on: Helen Thompson-Scott, CNM

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 — Helene Thompson-Scott, CNM, is passionate about women’s health. As a labor and delivery nurse at a small hospital in Chicago, she was often the only nurse on her shift, so she played a significant role in many births. But ...

Year of the Nurse and Midwife: Tracy Webber

Monday, November 16, 2020

National Nursing Leaders Speak on Caring in Crisis at UR Nursing’s DNP Summit

Thursday, November 05, 2020 — For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Rochester School of Nursing gathered nursing experts in a national discussion about the value of doctorally prepared nurses in the modern world of health care. This year’s Doctor of ...

Rochester Academy of Medicine Recognizes Three UR Nursing Faculty

Monday, October 26, 2020 — Three members of the UR School of Nursing faculty are among a dozen URMC professors to be honored at the Rochester Academy of Medicine’s annual awards event on Oct. 27. Marianne Chiafery, DNP, RN, PNP-BC, Elizabeth Palermo, DNP, RN, ...

Parent Peer Mentor Michelle Morales Honored by NY Office of Mental Health

Friday, October 23, 2020 — Michelle Morales was honored by the New York State Office of Mental Health in October for her work mentoring parents of children with eating disorders. Morales is a parent peer mentor for the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating ...

$1.2M HRSA Grant Expands Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

Friday, October 23, 2020 — A $1.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will help expand the Nurse Practitioner Residency program that is integrated into the University of ...

Nurses Help Create Plan to Address Pediatric Patient Aggression

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 — A safe hospital experience for pediatric patients and staff is an important goal of Golisano Children’s Hospital. Some children who are admitted to the hospital have issues with behavior or communication that exist prior to admission. ...

Nurse Creates Honor Walk to Support Families of Organ Donors

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 — Kara Turner, RN, has seen a lot of miracles as well as heartbreak during her 12 years as a bedside nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Golisano Children’s Hospital.  She has seen the pain that parents ...

Golisano Nurses Devoted to Supporting Grieving Parents

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 — Golisano Children’s Hospital nurses care for families with compassionate support when they are experiencing the death of a child. And the nurses look for ways to offer as much comfort as they can during this emotional ...

Nurses Take Leadership Role on AC6 Diversity Committee’s Inclusion Efforts

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 — Embracing diversity and promoting inclusion and education is a way of life for Golisano Children’s Hospital’s AC6 Pediatric Practice. Spearheaded by nurses, the practice created a collaborative, interdisciplinary diversity ...

Black workers on COVID frontlines bolstered by coalition of Rochester health groups

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 — In early Spring, the  Black Physicians Network of Greater Rochester, the  Rochester Black Nurses Association and public health organizations mobilized to form “Community Fighting COVID.” The ...

UR School of Nursing Honored with Fourth Consecutive HEED Award

Monday, October 05, 2020 — School of Medicine also among 46 health professions schools recognized for excellence in diversity It’s a four-peat for the University of Rochester School of Nursing. For the fourth straight year, the UR School of ...

Helen Wood Hall Expansion to Enhance Academic Experience, Accommodate Enrollment Growth

Thursday, October 01, 2020 — A $15 million expansion project at Helen Wood Hall will enhance the academic environment and allow the UR School of Nursing to better serve its surge in new students. The project, which adds three floors to the Loretta C. Ford Education Wing, ...

YOTN Sue Bezek Golisano Children's Hospital

Monday, September 28, 2020

UR School of Nursing Hosts 5th Annual DNP Summit: DNPs Leading and Caring in Crisis

Monday, September 21, 2020 — Nothing has been more abundantly clear throughout the COVID-19 pandemic than the value of nurses. That’s why now, more than ever, it’s critical to have strong practitioners and clinicians who meet challenges with solutions and ...

Spotlight on: Tonya Reisman, RN, Registered Nurse Case Manager, Jones Memorial Hospital

Wednesday, September 09, 2020 — Tonya Reisman had a nine-year career as a certified optician at a Walmart Vision Center before she even thought about becoming a nurse. Everything changed when her grandmother became ill.  “My grandmother was my best ...

Spotlight on: Kari Zwiefka, RN, BSN, Director of Surgical Services, Jones Memorial Hospital

Wednesday, September 09, 2020 — Kari Zwiefka once thought she wanted to be a physical therapist. But, with some encouragement from her aunt, who was a nurse, she started nursing school and fell in love with it. Zwiefka earned her nursing degree from Alfred State and began her ...

YOTN Donna Bliven Jones Memorial

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Spotlight on: Jennifer Middaugh, CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife, Jones Memorial Hospital

Friday, September 04, 2020 — “My first exposure to the health care system was pregnancy and delivery,” said Jennifer Middaugh, CNM, a certified nurse midwife at Jones Memorial Hospital. “And I loved my labor nurse at Jones, Sandra Moore, RN. She ...

Spotlight on: Kaitlyn Anderson, LPN, Intake Nurse, Jones Walk-In Clinic

Friday, September 04, 2020 — Kaitlyn Anderson, LPN, didn’t plan on being a nurse. But during high school she worked at the Jones Memorial Hospital registration office, and was intriguged by what she noticed going on around her. She was suddenly drawn to the idea of ...

Spotlight on: Dena Helms, RN, Care Manager, Jones Memorial Hospital

Thursday, September 03, 2020 — Hospital floor nurse. Office nurse. CPR instructor. OR nurse. Care manager. Army nurse. At first glance that may sound like a list of six different people, but they are actually all roles that Jones Memorial’s Dena ...

School of Nursing Celebrates Graduates with In-Person Pinning Ceremony

Wednesday, September 02, 2020 —   It was a school year that no one saw coming.It started normally enough for the August 2020 cohort of the University of Rochester School of Nursing’s Accelerated Program for Non-Nurses. Last September they sat side by side in ...

SON Convocation Celebrates Academic Achievement

Tuesday, September 01, 2020 — The UR School of Nursing celebrated student achievement and formally launched the 2020-21 academic year at its convocation Tuesday. For the first time, the event was held virtually this year due to safety concerns stemming from COVID-19. Rather ...

Protective Measures in Place for Start of UR School of Nursing’s Academic Year

Thursday, August 13, 2020 — When the University of Rochester School of Nursing’s 2020-21 academic year begins, things will look a little different in Helen Wood Hall. New school-wide protocols, including mandatory masking, daily health screenings, and changes to ...

Spotlight on: Cherie Gibson, RN, MN, BSN, Noyes Memorial Hospital

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 — Cherie Gibson, RN, MN, BSN, wears many hats at Noyes Memorial Hospital. Her official title is emergency department module coordinator (EMC). In that role she built the ED Module, an electronic patient care documentation system, and maintains it. ...

Spotlight on: Jessica Porter, RN, BS, CNOR, Nurse Manager, Noyes Outpatient Surgery Center

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 — Jessica Porter’s nursing career has centered on surgery. ”My favorite part of nursing school was anatomy and physiology,” she said. “I began my career as a floor nurse on a surgical floor and I’ve ...

Spotlight on: Amy Amell, RN, Noyes Memorial Hospital

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 — Amy Amell, an RN at Noyes Memorial Hospital’s 8-bed ICU, knew she wanted a career where she could take care of people. She planned to go to nursing school right out of high school but switched course and earned an associate degree in ...

Spotlight on: Casey Renno, RN, BS, Med/Surg Charge Nurse, Noyes Memorial Hospital

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 — When Casey Renno, RN, BSN, med/surg charge nurse at Noyes Memorial Hospital, was a child she spent a lot of time in hospitals because her brother was born with a rare disease. “I was always around nurses as a young girl,” she ...

YOTN-Noyes CNO Tamara West

Monday, August 03, 2020

Commentary: Parallels between HIV, COVID-19 Reflect Persisting Health and Social Inequalities

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 — The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting communities of color, not because of biological factors, but because of deeply rooted social and economic inequalities, and that is reminiscent of the HIV epidemic, says a commentary in the ...

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. ...