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1 Duquesne University School of Nursing Advancing Our Legacy Past, Present and Future

2 Our Past Mission The School of Nursing prepares nurses to practice professional nursing to meet the dynamic health care needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Faculty facilitate the education of students in the art and science of nursing to provide ethical, holistic, culturally competent, and population-based care in collaboration with a variety of health care systems.

3 Celebrating 75 Years Duquesne University s School of Nursing was born in response to changing times and social needs. 1937: Nurses are in high demand and short supply and have been for decades. For nearly a century, immigrants have streamed into Pittsburgh, finding work in the region s mills and mines. Settlement houses and reform groups have been established to meet the needs of these newcomers as they struggle to overcome poverty and disease. A world war and economic depression have further underscored the desperate need for more and better-trained nurses. Against this backdrop, Duquesne University expands nursing courses initially offered in its College of Liberal Arts, forming a separate School of Nursing. The new school immediately sets itself apart, becoming the first in Pennsylvania to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. In the beginning, most of the students were diploma-trained nurses seeking the bachelor s degree, but over time more and more young people looked to Duquesne as a place to begin their nursing education. Today, the school offers a full spectrum of programs for nurses at every stage of their professional development, including the traditional four-year BSN along with: master s degree programs and post-master s certificates, a second degree pathway for students holding bachelor s degrees in other fields, a Ph.D. in Nursing, the nation s first fully online nursing Ph.D. program, and our newest offering, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, which debuted in In 2012, the School celebrates 75 years of leadership and the accomplishments of more than 4,800 graduates. At the same time, its faculty and students prepare for what lies ahead a future that differs from the founding era in many ways, yet still bears some striking similarities.

4 Our Present Challen Fast forward 75 years. Conditions have changed dramatically, but some things are still the same. 2012: Nurses remain in high demand and short supply and the gap is projected to widen as veteran nurses retire. New practice settings are constantly emerging. Science and technology are advancing at a dizzying pace. Market forces and public policy are driving unprecedented change across the health care landscape. Nursing schools nationwide are teaching more material to more students, more effectively, without losing sight of the compassion, caring and concern at the profession s core. Duquesne s School of Nursing is uniquely positioned to meet these challenges. We are one of only three Pennsylvania institutions designated as a Center for Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. We have strong relationships with Pittsburgh s world-class heath care providers and interdisciplinary ties with Duquesne s other health-related schools. Our distinctive undergraduate curriculum immerses students in nursing content beginning in the first semester, incorporating a groundbreaking synergy model that fully equips students across a wide range of competencies. Our graduate degree and certificate programs are at the leading edge of teaching, research and practice, encompassing growing fields such as forensic nursing, family nurse practitioner and transcultural/international nursing all delivered via online formats that provide flexibility and convenience while promoting rich student-teacher interaction. In this anniversary year, the school serves the largest enrollment in its history more than 700 students. Its faculty has also grown, with more doctorally-educated teacher/scholars than ever, including endowed chairs in community outreach and justice for vulnerable populations. Still, our potential is even greater. To reach it, history must once again repeat itself.

5 nges and Opportunities

6 Our Future Shaped The 1937 transition of Duquesne s Nursing program from a department to a school was made possible by Mary Walton, president of the Catholic Nurses League of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, who chaired a committee that raised funds for the expansion. Her colleagues joined in support, confident that the new school would make a real and lasting difference in their patients lives. Seventy-five years later, the school has delivered on its promise. Today, we turn to alumni, friends, faculty and staff to write the next chapter in our narrative. You may wish to support: Endowed Scholarships: Duquesne s founding Spiritans fervently believed that the benefits of education should be available to all, regardless of the ability to pay. Providing educational access to all is especially imperative in nursing, given the shortage of skilled practitioners. Increasing funds for academic and need-based scholarships and other need-based aid will allow the school to extend its commitment while attracting the most talented and competitive students. A special focus this year is the Eileen H. Zungolo Endowed Scholarship Fund, honoring the school s current dean, who will retire in July Her decade of leadership has been marked by significant improvements in every aspect of the school s programs and reputation.

7 d by Your Support Education and Clinical Technology: Extraordinary advances in health care delivery have mandated significant changes in the way nursing is taught. Due to the acuity and complexity of critical care situations, health professions are building more effective and realistic ways to simulate real patient care. Gone is Mrs. Chase. High fidelity mannequins with computerized capacity to respond to nursing interventions are part of sophisticated scenarios that faculty creatively develop. Such approaches play a pivotal role in the integration of classroom and clinical education, better preparing students for experience with their clients. An entire floor of the University s recently acquired Libermann Hall will soon be converted into an expanded clinical learning laboratory. Funding is needed for the purchase and maintenance of state-of-the-art equipment and software. Unrestricted Gifts: The school has identified a number of strategic focus areas, including local and global outreach, wellness promotion, and faculty development. Discretionary funds allow the Dean to allocate resources to these and other needs and respond to unexpected opportunities. Celebrate our past while shaping our future. Please make your 75th Anniversary gift today.

8 Ways to Give As many small gifts led to the Nursing School s inception, the cumulative effect of support from alumni, friends, faculty and staff will fuel its future growth. Your 75th Anniversary gift for any purpose and in any amount will make an impact for years to come. It can also be tailored to fit your specific circumstances. In celebration of this milestone, you may wish to consider one of the many options allowing you to make a larger gift over a period of time. Gifts may be made: By mail using the enclosed commitment card, either by check or with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover. Installment payment schedules are available. Online with a credit card via our secure server at Through corporate matching gifts, offered by many employers. You or your spouse may qualify to double or even triple your gift s value. Visit for details Using appreciated securities, property or real estate, or through a variety of gift planning vehicles. For more information on these methods, please contact the Development Office: Fourth Floor, Administration Building Duquesne University 600 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA Phone Fax

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