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SON Events

Upcoming SON Test Item Writing Club Sessions

The Test Item Writing Club is back this semester! The Test Item Writing Club is open to all SON faculty and will meet several times during the Fall 2021 semester.  Please note the following dates:

September 9    12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

October 6     10:00 – 11:00 a.m. ET

November 8    11:00 – 12:00 p.m. ET

The focus of this club is for faculty to meet and give each other constructive feedback on new test items or revised test items for their course. We will share evidence-based articles and information with each other surrounding testing and item writing. Occasionally, we will have the opportunity to learn from item writing experts.  

You do not have to attend every scheduled monthly meeting; however, this will be very helpful as we begin to introduce Next Gen style questions into our curriculum.  

How does it work? 

Prior to submitting your test questions ask yourself: 

  1. What content topic are you addressing? 
  2. What is the learning outcome you want to measure? 
  3. What is the cognitive level of the learning objective you want to measure? 
  4. What style of question do you want to use?  
  5. Do you need any images or videos? 
  6. Where do my students find the content of this question? Indicate the reference to the content of the question. (Hyland, 2015) 



Hyland, J. (2015). Questions, Questions and more Questions: Creating Effective Test Questions. Higher Education. 

Upcoming CPR Re-certification Session

A CPR re-certification session will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for “hands–on” demos. Prior to demonstrating your CPR skills, please complete the AHA BLS Health Care Provider exam and bring a copy of your certificate with you to the Libermann lab. The hands-on demo will take approximately 15 minutes.

Instructions for Enrolling in AHA BLS Health Care Provider exam:

  1. You must have been previously certified in Healthcare Provider/ BLS  CPR to enroll in this course.
  2. To begin, go to
  3. Look for HeartCode BLS Online
  4. There is a fee payable online….I believe the cost is currently $31.00
  5. Complete online tutorial which is an interactive video (average time 90 minutes).Take online exam and evaluation  84% passing is required. Print certificate.
  6. Bring completed online certificate to 510 Libermann Hall/Lab when you present for the practical testing portion.

The 12th Annual McGinley-Rice Symposium: “The Face of the Person Who is Poor”

Event Details:

  • Oct. 21-22
  • Location: Duquesne University

The McGinley-Rice Symposium on Justice for Vulnerable Populations is a unique scholarly forum for nurses and other health care professionals to address issues of social justice in health care.

Contact: Kellie Dalton

2022 Carol Carfang Nursing & Healthcare Ethics Conference

Event Details:

  • March 2-4, 2022
  • Location: Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, Clearwater, FL

The Carol Carfang Nursing & Healthcare Ethics Conference offers a unique opportunity to discuss your work with distinguished ethicists, educators, philosophers and healthcare professionals interested in contemporary ethical issues in healthcare.

University Events

Please check back next week for upcoming University events.

External Events

Culturally Respectful Conversations about COVID-19 Vaccination:  Nurses Facilitating Informed Decision-Making by Diverse Community Members

In collaboration with the American Nurses Association and the American Nurses Foundation, the Transcultural Nursing Society will host a town hall on August 5, 2021, at 12 p.m. ET.  Rick Zoucha will be one of the speakers.   


Town Hall Event flyer

Upcoming Session on Frontal Temporal Dementia (FTD)

Arden Courts of Pittsburgh, a national provider of long-term healthcare services, is dedicated to providing specialized services for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. In an ongoing effort to provide much-needed information to families, caregivers and professionals of those living with dementia, we are planning a free afternoon session for caregivers and professionals regarding Frontal Temporal Dementia (FTD.) 

It will be held:

  • Wednesday, September 8, 2021
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Oakland
  • 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

In the morning, we’ll be presenting a session on a more general dementia caregiving topic. In the afternoon, our corporate representative, Sue Hirsch, will be co-presenting the session with one of the Senior Program Reps from the AFTD Advocacy Group. We are hoping that you will join us as our guest and that you’ll encourage your students to attend. As a special treat for all attendees, everyone will be provided a free ticket for the day to browse the flower show, “The Hidden Life of Trolls.”

If you are interested in attending, please contact Jeanni Watson, Memory Care Advisor

November 1-4, 2021 | Virtual

Each year, the Office of Extramural Research (OER) sponsors the NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration. These seminars are intended to help demystify the application and review process, clarify Federal regulations and policies, and highlight current areas of special interest or concern. The seminars serve the NIH mission of providing education and training for the next generation of biomedical and behavioral scientist. NIH policy, grants management, review and program staff provide a broad array of expertise and encourage personal interaction between themselves and seminar participants. The seminars are appropriate for grants administrators, researchers new to NIH, and graduate students.

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Registration Now Open for TCNS 47th Annual Conference

Event Details:

  • Oct. 27-30
  • Location: Albuquerque, NM

The conference theme is “Transcultural Nursing: Setting a Course in Turbulent Times.”