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

UR Nursing Associate Dean Serves as Journal's Guest Editor

Wednesday, August 04, 2021 — Mitchell J. Wharton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, University of Rochester School of Nursing’s associate dean for equity and inclusion, served as a guest editor of a special edition of the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. The ...

A career in health care may have seemed inevitable, but Juliana Weiss forged her own path into nursing

Tuesday, August 03, 2021 — Her parents knew health care would be a great career fit for her, but Juliana Weiss ’20N is the kind of person who had to come to that conclusion on her own. After several years of soul-searching and two degrees, she finally found the ...

Take Pride in Rochester, NY

Friday, July 30, 2021

After Two Years with a Full Plate, Former Chef Justin Wilks Ready to ‘Embrace the Calm’

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 — Things are finally starting to slow down for Justin Wilks ’21N. And he’s just fine with that. Over the past two and a half years, Wilks has started a new job as an RN, fought a global pandemic, welcomed the birth of his first ...

Carrying on a Family Legacy, Alana Ramos Exemplifies Compassion, Concern for Others

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 — Courage, compassion, and concern for others. When Alana Ramos ’14N, ’21N (MS) read those words to describe the winner of the Elizabeth Clinger Young Award, only one name came to mind: Mom. Her mother, Peg Beverly, was a ...

UR School of Nursing Receives Grant to Educate NP Students To Address Childhood Trauma

Friday, July 16, 2021 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing received nearly $1 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals (BHWET) program to expand the behavioral ...

Alumna Named URMC Nursing's Equity and Inclusion Leader

Friday, July 02, 2021 — Sheniece L. Griffin, DNP, RN, CNL, is the University of Rochester Medical Center's newly appointed Nursing Director for Equity and Inclusion in Nursing Practice. The role may be brand-new to her—and to the system—but ...

CoDEI Seeks Nominations for Student Diversity Engagement Award

Monday, June 28, 2021 — The Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Rochester School of Nursing is seeking nominations for the Student Diversity Engagement Award. The award will acknowledge a deserving nursing student for significant ...

UR Nursing Scientist Receives Pilot Award to Simplify Medication Use Among Older Adults

Thursday, June 24, 2021 — Throughout her career as a nurse scientist, Jinjiao Wang, PhD, RN, assistant professor at University of Rochester School of Nursing, has sought to improve the quality and outcomes of post-acute care and home health care for older adults with ...

Collaboration, Innovative Use of Technology Help Psych NP Students Hone Suicide Prevention Skills

Friday, June 18, 2021 — As any behavioral health provider can attest, suicide is a major public health concern in the United States. Suicide rates in this country have climbed by more than a third over the past two decades, and death by suicide stands as the ...

UR School of Nursing Internal Fellowship Supports Meaningful Clinical Work

Friday, June 18, 2021 — Since 2012, Jessica Lapinski, MNE, RN, CNEcl, instructor of clinical nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, has introduced students to real-life, hands-on experience in a local Dedicated Education Unit ...

Early Graduate of UR Nursing NP Program Establishes Fund to Ensure Opportunities for Others

Friday, June 18, 2021 — Patricia Larrabee '77N (MS) was looking for a change. A recent graduate from Brockport, she had been working as a staff nurse at Rochester General Hospital when her hopes of getting a job with Monroe County were dashed by a hiring freeze. Unsure ...

CoDEI: Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Friday, May 21, 2021 — In the May issue of our CoDEI newsletter we celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a celebration initiated by Congress in 1979 as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week that was expanded to the full month of May in 1992. This year we ...

Class of 2021: Finishing DNP Work, Nurse Practitioner Lynn Cole Juggles Many Roles

Thursday, May 13, 2021 — A doctor of nursing practice degree is a capstone to a career of helping kids with special needs get better access and care. Lynn Cole ’98N (MS) ’21N (DNP) is a juggler: Career, classroom, kids, canine, COVID-19. Read ...

Nurse-Driven Condition Management Programs Effective in Improving Key Health Metrics

Thursday, April 29, 2021 — Chronic disease management programs led by nurses are effective in improving key health metrics, which may lower an individual’s risk for developing cardiovascular disease, according to a study by University of Rochester School of ...

UR School of Nursing Anticipates Return to Fully In-Person Learning in Fall

Thursday, April 29, 2021 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing is making plans to return to fully in-person classroom learning beginning with the fall 2021 semester. The school has remained in operation since the COVID-19 outbreak hit New York, but it closed ...

Loretta Ford: Celebrating a Century of Nursing Greatness

Friday, April 16, 2021 — On the last Sunday of 2020, Loretta Ford walked out of the front door of her Florida home and was greeted by a parade of passing golf carts. The nursing legend was one day away from her 100th birthday, and her friends and neighbors surprised her ...

UR Nursing Commencement Details: Celebrating the Class of 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021 — Congratulations, graduates We look forward to recognizing the accomplishments of the Class of 2021 this May. As announced, there will be a hybrid approach to the ceremony. In-person participation will be available for our current campus ...

Building A Bridge: Study Led by DNP Student Links Transition of Care to Reduced Hospital Readmissions

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 — The transition of care from hospital to home can make all of the difference in a patient’s recovery from a stroke. Ann Leonhardt-Caprio, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FAHA, a recent University of Rochester School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing ...

Three UR Nurses Hailed as ‘Health Care Heroes’

Monday, April 05, 2021 — Call it a clean sweep for the University of Rochester School of Nursing. All three nursing recipients of the Health Care Heroes awards presented by the Rochester Business Journal are graduates of UR Nursing programs. The 2021 honorees in the ...

Identical Twins from Jamaica Share a Passion for Nursing and Education

Thursday, April 01, 2021 — Sisters Ranae and Shanae McKenzie have done just about everything together for as long as they can remember. Born and raised in Jamaica, they are identical twins with identical passions. Both came to the U.S. for their undergraduate education and ...

UR School of Nursing Ranks Among Nation's Best, According to U.S. News & World Report

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 — For the second straight year, the University of Rochester School of Nursing ranks 26th among the nation’s best master’s nursing programs, according to the 2022 Best Graduate Schools guide produced by U.S. ...

Dean's Diamond Circle 2020 Award Bios

Friday, March 05, 2021 — Each year, the University of Rochester School of Nursing hosts the Dean’s Diamond Circle dinner, a donor recognition event, which honors those that have made a lasting impact in the community. The 2020 ceremony was postponed due to ...

Alumni Profile: When Preparation Meets Opportunity

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 — Brian Graves ’96N, ’01N (MS), ’12N (PhD) always had a deep love for the University of Rochester. You don’t graduate three times from a school you’re ambivalent about. But when Graves ...

NURSING Magazine: Necessity Sparks Acceleration of Educational Innovation

Monday, March 01, 2021 — For years, a core component of the University of Rochester School of Nursing’s Accelerated Bachelor’s Program for Non-Nurses (ABPNN) involved sending students out into the greater Rochester area to get their first community ...

NURSING Magazine: Megan Reynolds '19N Change Agent

Monday, March 01, 2021 — From an early age, Megan Reynolds ’19N has had a passion for helping people. “Humanitarian work has always been integral in my drive to provide health care. My earliest memory as a kid was wanting to respond to the genocide in ...

CoDEI: Celebrating Black History Month

Friday, February 26, 2021 — See the Black History Month e-newsletter. 

NURSING Magazine: Shattering Glass Ceilings

Monday, February 22, 2021 — 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 ceremony. It ...

NURSING Magazine: Health Care Hero

Monday, February 22, 2021 — Jose Perpignan ’16N waited in front of his computer for an interview to begin one October morning, completely unaware he was moments away from winning a life-changing amount of money. On live TV. The popular morning show “Live ...

University of Rochester School of Nursing Remains Top 30 In NIH Funding

Monday, February 22, 2021 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing remains in the top 30 in the annual rankings of research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The UR School of Nursing ranks 29th in research support from the NIH for the fiscal year ...

YOTN Year-end Video

Friday, February 19, 2021

URMC to Launch New Brain Aging Research Center

Thursday, February 04, 2021 — The University of Rochester Medical Center is launching a new center to study the relationship between emotional well-being and dementia-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Ample research has uncovered links between emotional ...

School of Nursing Renames Research Support Office in Memory of Harriet Kitzman

Monday, February 01, 2021 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing has renamed its Center for Research Support in memory of Harriet Kitzman, PhD, RN, FAAN. The area will now be known as the Harriet J. Kitzman Center for Research Support. The move is a fitting tribute ...

URMC Research Provides New Insights into Relationship Between Tau Protein and Cognitive Decline

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 — A study by University of Rochester Medical Center researchers provides new insights into the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease pathology and cognitive decline. In a paper titled “Longitudinal stability of medial ...

School of Nursing Elevates Wharton to Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 — Mitchell J. Wharton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, an accomplished educator, researcher, and clinician, has been named associate dean for equity and inclusion at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, pending approval by the ...

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.