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Mary-Therese Dombeck’s Timeless Influence on Nursing

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 — Mary Therese-Dombeck, who has devoted over 40 years to the University of Rochester School of Nursing, retires at age 89.


Pediatric NP graduate Amy Miller receives her diploma from Dean Lisa Kitko.
School of Nursing Celebrates Class of 2024

Monday, May 20, 2024 — More than 250 University of Rochester nurses and health care leaders celebrated the next steps in their careers at Commencement Weekend.


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UR Nursing Achieves Historic 100% Pass Rate on Next Generation NCLEX

Monday, May 20, 2024 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing proudly announces that its graduates from the Accelerated Bachelor’s in Nursing program have achieved a remarkable 100 percent pass rate on the Next Generation NCLEX exam.


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Student Speaker Profile: Samantha Loper, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program

Wednesday, May 08, 2024 — After spending six years as a registered nurse in trauma, psychiatric, med-surg, and pediatric units, Samantha Loper decided to further her education in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program.


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Student Speaker Profile: Sara Bird, Accelerated Bachelor’s in Nursing Program

Tuesday, May 07, 2024 — After dedicating two decades to practicing law, Sara Bird embarked on a new journey as a nurse, following her passion for helping others.


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Join the UR School of Nursing in Celebrating National Nurses Week

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing is hosting and supporting a series of events throughout the week to recognize and celebrate National Nurses Week. The celebration begins on May 6 and ends on May 12.


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Student Spotlight: Through Pediatric Nursing, Cassie Weis Seeks to Set an Example for Her Own Children

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 — Being a mother inspired Weis to pursue a career in pediatric nursing. Now, she's a regional expert who's improving care for neurodivergent kids and their families.


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UR Nursing to Host Inaugural Experiential Learning Summit

Monday, April 22, 2024 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing proudly announces its first-ever Experiential Learning Summit, scheduled for June 6-7, 2024, at Helen Wood Hall in Rochester, New York. As leaders in nursing education innovations, the School of Nursing invites nurse educators and leaders from across the nation to join a journey of discovery in nursing education.


Dean's Diamond Circle Dinner Honors Leaders in Nursing Education, Supporters of the School

Monday, April 15, 2024 — The Dean’s Diamond Circle awards dinner celebrates the significant contributions of School of Nursing alumni, former faculty and supporters. This year's dinner was held on April 12, 2024, at Monroe Golf Club.


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UR Nursing Researchers Present, Earn Prizes at ENRS

Monday, April 15, 2024 — Faculty, staff, and doctoral students from the UR Nursing presented their latest research and earned regional recognition at the annual Eastern Nursing Research Society Scientific Sessions.


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Bettering Black Maternal Health Outcomes: UR Nursing Alumna Dr. Kamila Barnes Discusses Nurses’ Role

Friday, April 12, 2024 — It’s important for nurses to understand that they have the power to make changes that improve outcomes, said Barnes, a longtime maternal health and reproductive justice advocate.


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Dean Lisa Kitko Appointed Chair of AHA Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing

Friday, April 12, 2024 — As chair-elect, Kitko will lead the council in its advocacy for nursing and cardiovascular and stroke conditions across the lifespan.


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UR Nursing Lands at No. 21 in National Ranking of Master’s Programs

Monday, April 08, 2024 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing has been ranked No. 21 among U.S. nursing schools for its master’s programs, according to the 2024-25 Best Graduate Schools guide produced by U.S. News and World Report.


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Alumna Jessica Tambe Receives National Award in Neuroscience Nursing Education

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 — The UR Nursing alumna and stroke nurse educator has dedicated her career to educating patients, fellow nurses, and the wider community on stroke prevention and risk factors.


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Celebrating Our CNLs: Adrianne Edlund

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 — Edlund hopes to further her impact and be an agent of change in her role as a director of nursing and longtime cardiac nurse.


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Celebrating Our CNLs: Amanda Welter '16N

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 — The pediatric ICU nurse's interest in improving patient care quality led her toward a path as a Clinical Nurse Leader.


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Student Spotlight: Victoria Thomas, Former Dental Hygienist, Finds New Path in Health Care Leadership

Friday, March 08, 2024 — Thomas' career started at the front office of her father's dentistry practice. Now, as a master's student, she's forging a new path in health care leadership.


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Student Spotlight: Hylin Smith Pursues Lifelong Dream in 24-Month Bachelor's Program

Wednesday, March 06, 2024 — Smith's path to nursing started in health care administration, working alongside patients, families, and care teams on a Patient Relations team.


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Alumni Profile: Joseph Escobar Making the Most of Manager Role at Excellus

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 — After completing UR Nursing's leadership master's program, the pediatric nurse and U.S. Army veteran took on a leadership role at Excellus BCBS.


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John Eaves Named UR Nursing’s Associate Dean of Finance & Operations

Monday, February 05, 2024 — John Eaves, MBA, a finance leader with more than 10 years of experience at the University, has been appointed associate dean for finance and operations at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Eaves has been serving as interim associate dean since September.


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UR Nursing, Medical Center Extend Free Tuition Program for Employees

Friday, January 26, 2024 — The University of Rochester School of Nursing, in partnership with nursing practice at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), has extended a free tuition program for UR nurses for another year. The grant supplements employee tuition benefits to provide 100 percent tuition coverage in select bachelor’s, master’s, and advanced certificate programs.


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What Does Health Equity Really Mean? UR Nursing Experts Break It Down

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 — Two nursing and public health leaders define health equity, community-engaged research, population health, and social determinants of health in their own words.


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After 30 Years, New Mothers Study Sparks New Discoveries

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 — The longitudinal study led by UR Nursing offers insights into how home visits by nurses influence the health and well-being of moms and their first-born children.


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Beyond Biometrics: The Impact of UR Medicine Employee Wellness

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 — Cheryl Ellenwood had always gotten good results from her biometric health screenings. So when her numbers rose to concerning levels despite what she considered to be a decent diet and exercise regimen, she turned to UR Medicine Employee Wellness. The nurse-led program provides services to more than 63,000 employees in 83 organizations in Western New York.


Closing Gaps in Cancer Genetics: UR Nursing Researcher Helps Improve Access to Counseling Through Innovative Technology

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 — UR Nursing's Meghan Underhill-Blazey is part of a national team that's developing technology to improve access to cancer genetic testing and counseling.


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Firefighters Face High Risk of Cardiac Events. AI Can Predict Them, With Help from UR Nursing Research

Monday, January 15, 2024 — Data collected by UR Nursing on firefighters' cardiac health paved the way for a machine learning model that can be used in personal devices that monitor heart rate.


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Three UR Nursing Faculty Members Named Distinguished Fellows of National Academies of Practice

Friday, January 12, 2024 — Three UR Nursing faculty members have been honored for their contributions to health care practice, research, education, and public policy.


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