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2022 News Archive

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School of Nursing Offers 24-Month Pathway for Accelerated Nursing Program

Wednesday, December 07, 2022 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing is now accepting applications for a new 24-month option in the Accelerated Bachelor’s Program for Non-Nurses. The degree pathway allows aspiring nurses  to complete the program in six consecutive semesters to earn a second bachelor’s degree in nursing.

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World AIDS Day 2022: UR Nursing HIV Researchers Share Their Latest Knowledge

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 — In honor of World AIDS Day 2022, School of Nursing HIV and sexual health researchers share their latest research findings and knowledge.

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MS-PhD Student Wonkyung Chang Receives U.S. Dept. of Health Fellowship

Monday, November 14, 2022 — MS-PhD student Wonkyung Chang aims to improve mental health outcomes among minority populations through her research and practice as a psychiatric nurse.

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UR Nursing Professor, Alum Earns American Heart Association Award

Tuesday, November 01, 2022 — Ann Leonhardt-Caprio has been named the recipient of the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing’s 2022 Stroke Article of the Year Award.

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Essay: Wear Your Nationality Like a Flag

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 — The featured guest essay in our Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness' Fall 2022 newsletter is from Dr. Maria Quiñones-Cordero, assistant professor of clinical nursing

In 1974, two decades before the conception of the term intersectionality, three Black queer women formed the Combahee River Collective. In 1977, they generated a statement in response to the alienation that Black women experienced within White feminist organizations who refused to take up issues that disproportionately affected Black communities. Photo source: JSTOR.
The Roots of Intersectionality

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 — How the School of Nursing community can incorporate intersectionality into our event planning, education, and overall work

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School of Nursing Receives 6th Consecutive Excellence in Diversity Award

Thursday, October 13, 2022 — For the sixth year in a row, the University of Rochester School of Nursing has received the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

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SON Research to Explore Using Data Science to Estimate Fetal Weight

Thursday, September 08, 2022 — A new University of Rochester School of Nursing study aims to develop a novel approach to more accurately estimating fetal birth weight, a potential first step to using data science to inform clinical assessment and decision-making during pregnancy.

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School of Nursing Celebrates Students, New Dean at Opening Convocation Ceremony

Wednesday, September 07, 2022 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing welcomed new and returning students and recognized some of its leading scholars at its annual convocation ceremony on Sept. 6. 

The five guest speakers at the 2022 DNP Summit: Lisa Kitko, Karen Keady, Shannon Idzik, Danielle McCamey, Pam Jones
School of Nursing to Host 7th DNP Summit

Friday, September 02, 2022 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing’s DNP Summit features nursing leaders from across the nation, and facilitates a dialogue about emerging topics in Doctor of Nursing Practice education, practice and leadership.

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School of Nursing Welcomes New Director of Student Affairs

Monday, August 29, 2022 — Elizabeth Bremer brings more than a decade of experience in student affairs.

Blaakman Selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 — Susan Blaakman, a nationally certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and longtime faculty member at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, has been selected to join the American Academy of Nursing’s 2022 class of fellows. A professor of clinical nursing and specialty director of the family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program, Blaakman is among 250 distinguished nurse leaders representing 35 states and 17 countries chosen for the academy’s largest cohort to date.

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UR Nursing Alumni, Faculty Win Local, National Black Nurses Association Awards

Monday, July 25, 2022 — School of Nursing students, alumni, and faculty earned awards from the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) and its Rochester chapter (RBNA).

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Lisa Kitko Selected as Dean of University of Rochester School of Nursing

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 — Lisa A. Kitko, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, an accomplished scholar, researcher, educator, and clinician, has been named the sixth dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing.

Nurse practitioner student Mary Starks talks with a standardized patient during an OSCE (objective structured clinical examination), while her instructors look on.
A Worthy Faux: Simulation Events Create Powerful Learning Environment

Wednesday, July 06, 2022 — "So far, it’s the most realistic education we’ve gotten in the program,” Sean Goonan, RN, BS, OCN, a 2021 adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner graduate, said after participating in his first Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). “In my opinion, it’s almost the equivalent of walking into a real patient’s room for the first time.”

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UR Medicine Center for Employee Wellness Contracts with MVP Health on Corporate Wellness Programs

Tuesday, July 05, 2022 — The UR Medicine Center for Employee Wellness (CEW), created and run by the University of Rochester School of Nursing, recently signed a contract with MVP Health Care, the second largest insurer in the area allowing the CEW to offer wellness services to companies covered by MVP at no out-of-pocket expense to their employees. CEW already has a payer relationship with Excellus and, since its creation, has demonstrated that its wellness programs are effective in improving health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, thereby reducing avoidable health care expenses due to illness and disease.

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UR School of Nursing Announces New Faculty Additions

Tuesday, July 05, 2022 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing has welcomed several new full-time faculty members over the past few months.

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SON Celebrates Faculty and Staff at Year-End Awards

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 — The School of Nursing held a recognition event this spring to highlight the contributions of its faculty and staff. The event featured a reception and the presentation of the school’s year-end awards.

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Marie Flannery to Direct UR Nursing PhD Program

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 — Marie Flannery, PhD, RN, has been named director of the University of Rochester School of Nursing’s PhD program, succeeding longtime director Bethel Powers, PhD, RN, FSAA, FGSA, who is retiring in July. “Assuming the position of director of the PhD program is an honor,” said Flannery.

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SON Postdoc Honored with Distinguished Dissertation Award

Thursday, June 09, 2022 — Sukardi Suba, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, was recently recognized with the 2022 Distinguished Dissertation Award in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing. His dissertation was selected based on the criteria for its distinctive scholarliness, innovation, and important contribution of the dissertation to the discipline of nursing.

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Underhill-Blazey Receives Provost's Furth Fund Award

Wednesday, June 01, 2022 — Meghan Underhill-Blazey, an assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, was recently selected to receive the Valerie and Frank Furth Fund Award. The Furth Fund, administered by the Office of the Provost, provides awards up to $12,500 to help foster the development of promising scientists in the natural and biological sciences.

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Yang Yu Receives AWHONN Novice Researcher Award

Friday, May 27, 2022 — Yang Yu, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, has been selected to receive the Every Woman, Every Baby Novice Researcher Award from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).

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UR Nursing Alumna Reflects on Career in Infection Prevention

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 — It may seem hard to believe that Ann Marie Pettis, ’81N, fell into a career in infection prevention. The director of ambulatory infection prevention at Highland Hospital, she is a fellow and president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), and a founding member of the organization's local Finger Lakes chapter. She has been published in a variety of peer review and trade journals and has spoken extensively about infection prevention and control at local, state, national, and international venues over the past 35 years.

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Rochester Mayor Malik Evans to Speak at UR Nursing Diploma Ceremony

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 — Rochester Mayor Malik Evans will be the keynote speaker at the University of Rochester School of Nursing diploma ceremony on Saturday, May 14 at Kodak Hall in Eastman Theatre. More than 380 students across the school’s bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs will be honored at the ceremony, which kicks off at noon.

UR School of Nursing Unveils $15M Addition to Helen Wood Hall

Friday, May 06, 2022 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing unveiled a state-of-the-art $15 million addition to Helen Wood Hall today that will transform nursing education for generations of future health care providers. The three-story, 26,000-square-foot vertical expansion above the Loretta Ford Education Wing, was designed to meet the increasing need for technologically advanced and synergistic learning opportunities while accommodating the school’s continued growth.

Alumni, pictured here with Dean Kathy Rideout, were honored at the 2022 Dean's Diamond Circle dinner (left to right): Kathy Hiltunen, Mary-Therese Dombeck, Sally Ellis Fletcher, Kim Urbach. Not pictured: Jacquelyn Campbell and Elizabeth Marie Nolan.
UR School of Nursing Honors Alumni, Donors at Dean's Diamond Circle Dinner

Friday, April 29, 2022 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing recognized donors and honored six alumni with awards at the Dean’s Diamond Circle dinner at Monroe Golf Club on April 8. Award recipients include: Jacquelyn Campbell, Sally Ellis Fletcher, Kathy Hiltunen, Kim Urbach, Elizabeth Marie Nolan, and Mary-Therese Dombeck.

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Guest Essay: Lived Experience as a Muslim in the United States

Thursday, April 28, 2022 — The following is a guest essay from student diversity officer and soon to be SON alum, Syed Mahmud, who is completing the ¿¿Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program this May. Originally from Bangladesh, Syed arrived to the School of Nursing from Ohio, and has made Rochester his home with his family.

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Diversity Feature: A History of Muslims in America

Thursday, April 28, 2022 — The Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness shares a history of Muslims in America and their extensive existence in the formation of this nation.

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PhD Student Dillon Dzikowicz Honored with Edward Peck Curtis Award

Thursday, April 28, 2022 — Dillon J. Dzikowicz, an instructor and PhD student at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, has been named a recipient of the University of Rochester Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. The award, established in 1984, recognizes graduate students who excel in advancing the teaching mission of the University by providing highly skilled and innovative instruction to undergraduate students.

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UR School of Nursing Jumps into Top 25 in U.S. News Rankings

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing jumped to the Top 25 of the nation’s best master’s nursing programs, climbing five places to No. 21, according to the 2023 Best Graduate Schools guide produced by U.S. News and World Report. The UR School of Nursing also tied for 27th among Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs, its highest ranking since the category debuted in 2017, and up 17 places from the 2022 report.

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UR Medicine Employee Wellness Launches Community-Based Services Through Jordan Health

Friday, March 18, 2022 — The UR Medicine Employee Wellness program has launched an initiative to bring its successful wellness offerings to the community.

Mary G. Carey, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
Mary G. Carey Selected as Honoree of 2022 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Monday, March 07, 2022 — 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 selected as an honoree of the Sigma Theta Tau’s 2022 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

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'Honor a Nurse' Campaign Launches March 1

Monday, February 28, 2022 — Nurses are the heart of our health care teams. Every day, they’re making crucial care decisions, supporting families, and saving lives. Through the University’s new Honor a Nurse campaign, you can go online to leave a special thank you message for a nurse who has made a difference in your life. Donations can also be made to a special fund that will support continuing education for University of Rochester Medical Center and affiliate nurses, as well as School of Nursing students.

Mitchell Wharton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNS
Wharton Co-Authors Article on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Academic Nursing

Monday, February 28, 2022 — Achieving equity within health care starts with the increase of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practitioners in academic nursing.

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UR School of Nursing Jumps to 23rd in Latest NIH Rankings

Monday, February 14, 2022 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing jumped six spots, landing at No. 23 in the annual ranking of research funding received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The UR School of Nursing has now ranked in the top 25 among all nursing schools five times in the past seven years, according to historical data compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.

From left to right: Marissa McFadden, RN, Lisa McFadden, RN, BSN, OCN, and Nicole McFadden, RN
A Family Affair: Fate (and a global pandemic) bring sisters and mother to UR School of Nursing at same time

Friday, February 11, 2022 — Three members of the same household attending the same school at the same time may seem like an intentional family bonding experience, but in reality, it was more like a happy accident.

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UR School of Nursing, Medical Center Extend Free Tuition Program for Employees

Tuesday, February 08, 2022 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing, in partnership with nursing practice at the University of Rochester Medical Center, has extended a free tuition program for UR nurses for another two years. The UR School of Nursing Tuition Grant supplements UR employee tuition benefits to provide 100 percent tuition coverage in select bachelor’s, master’s, and post-master’s programs.

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Professor Emerita Jean Johnson Passes Away

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 — Jean Johnson, a renowned nursing leader who contributed groundbreaking work on sharing information with patients to help them cope with illness, died Jan. 23. She was 96. A professor emerita at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, former associate director of nursing oncology at the University’s Cancer Center, and clinical chief of oncology nursing at Strong Memorial Hospital, she devoted her nearly 50-year career to nursing practice, education, research, and advocacy for research and professional practice.

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UR School of Nursing’s Epsilon Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Charter

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing’s Epsilon Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its official charter, which occurred on Feb. 7, when 260 members comprised the newly-formed chapter in 1982.

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An Inside Look as Helen Wood Hall Building Expansion Nears Completion

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 — As we kick off the new year, we also mark significant progress with the vertical expansion project at the University of Rochester School of Nursing.

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Year in Review: Message from Dean Kathy Rideout

Thursday, January 06, 2022 — The dawning of a new year is a time for hope and optimism, a clean slate from which we can start fresh. Although 2021 ended in much the same way it began, with cases spiking and our health care systems challenged to meet the needs of our communities, my sincerest wish is that sometime in 2022, we all can begin to find relief from the relentless threat of COVID-19 and return more fully to the lives we left before the pandemic. For the time being, we will continue to stay the course and remain optimistic about our future.

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COVID-19 Updates: Spring Courses Moving Online for January

Thursday, January 06, 2022 — COVID-19 Updates: Spring Courses Moving Online for January

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