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SON Events

Celebrate Latinx Nurses

Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. ET

Join the Duquesne University SON Diversity & Inclusivity Council for a virtual event that will include presentations and discussions. To attend, please join via the ZOOM link below:

SON Faculty Development Session

Wednesday, October 27 at 11:30 a.m. ET

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:

November 8    11:00 – 12:00 p.m. ET

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. 

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

Event Details:

  • Oct. 21-22
  • Virtual

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.

On August 20, 2021, after much discussion and deliberation, we made the decision to move forward with an all-virtual McGinley-Rice Symposium on October 21-22, 2021, via Zoom. Given the uncertainty surrounding the new COVID Delta variant and continued concerns for the health and safety of our community, moving to an all-virtual event will allow us to continue to learn and network together while remaining safe.

Contact: Kellie Dalton

Book Discussion from DUSON’s SANE Campus Network Program

Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. ET via Zoom

Register now

DUSON’s SANE Campus Network Program is hosting an event with the authors of Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus, Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan. All interested faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

One CE contact hour will be awarded to participants who attend and complete the required evaluation. Duquesne University School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

University Events

Returning to Your Writing Post-Pandemic

Join this upcoming session facilitated by Jim Purdy, Duquesne Writing Center and Department of English  

The challenges of this past year brought many blocks to completing scholarly writing. Now that some of these challenges have abated and we are returning to (new) “normal” in higher education, we can (re)turn attention to our own writing projects. In this workshop, attendees will learn tips for getting their own scholarly writing restarted. They will leave with strategies for overcoming four types of writer’s block: situational, technical, paralytic, and motivational. Participants will be invited to continue support by meeting in a virtual writing group. The session will be offered twice, once in person and once in Zoom. 

  • Tuesday, Oct. 19 (12:30 – 1:00 p.m.) Fisher 722
  • Wednesday, Oct. 20 (11:00 – 11:30 a.m.) via Zoom

Register Online 

(Choose your preferred mode of attendance on the registration form.)

Submitted by Melissa Kalarchian

Veteran’s Book Club Featuring First Black Female POW’s Memoir

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the next Veteran’s Book Club discussion about a single mom and soldier who became an American hero.

Participants will discuss selected chapters of Shoshana Johnson’s memoir, I’m Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen–My Journey Home. The book tells the powerful story of Johnson’s captivity by Iraqi forces, her rescue and recovery.

Co-hosted by the School of Nursing, the Office of Military and Veteran Students and Gumberg Library, the Veteran’s Book Club is designed to foster an awareness and build community among military and veteran faculty, staff, students, their friends and family by engaging Duquesne’s campus in shared conversation. Digital versions of selected book chapters are available.

Register Now for Virtual Campus to Community Excursion in the Hill

Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. ET

All Are Welcome!

This year’s excursion is a virtual tour. It is an experience that is not to be missed! The tour will celebrate the people and the places that make this neighborhood one of the coolest places in Pittsburgh. You will learn why the people who live, work, and worship there LOVE the Hill. We will hear stories about the neighborhood’s past, present, and exciting plans for the future. Terri Baltimore will be our guide.

Don’t make this your last “visit” to the Hill District. Go there and support local businesses. When life returns to normal, please take the opportunity to meet residents, enjoy cultural activities, and explore beautiful green spaces.

Also, Duquesne’s Vice President for Community Engagement, William Generett, Jr., J.D. has graciously agreed to commence our tour with a warm welcome!

Submitted by Melissa Kalarchian.

Office of Research and Innovation Fall Faculty Development Series


Meet the Associate Provost: Melissa Kalarchian

Please drop in for an informal Q&A with Dr. Kalarchian, Associate Provost for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives. The Associate Provost for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives is responsible for expanding research and evaluation activities. She will address issues related to incentives and supports for faculty scholarship, recruitment of diverse faculty researchers, workload and course buyout, and student engagement in research. All input and suggestions are welcome as we work toward coalescing and coordinating research efforts across the University.

  • Date: October 14
  • Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Place: Join Zoom Meeting
  • Meeting ID: 970 7037 7551 and Passcode: 604187

Deciding What Kind of Review to Do: Systematic, Scoping or Integrative…

Co-sponsored by the Gumberg Library and the Office of Research and Innovation

If you are considering publishing a literature review (or evidence synthesis), a critical first question is, “What kind of review should I do?” In this webinar, we’ll discuss formal types of evidence synthesis including systematic, scoping, and integrative reviews, and reasons why you might choose one methodology or another. The presenters will discuss standards and frameworks for major review types as well as where you can find more information to help you choose the methodology that best suits your research. 

Research Spotlight: Utilizing Mixed Methods to Improve Medication Reconciliation

Co-sponsored by FORS/School of Nursing and the Office of Research and Innovation

Medication reconciliation is the process of creating an accurate medication list through the collection of a best possible medication history and reconciling that history with existing lists held by the patient or health system. This process, however, is often ineffective. In this talk, Dr. Gionfriddo will describe an effort which utilized mixed methods to better understand the barriers which prevent effective medication reconciliation.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar – Panel Discussion for Faculty

The U.S. Scholar Program offers many opportunities for academics and administrators to teach, do research, do professional projects, and attend seminars abroad. Join Dr. Khlood Salman (Nursing) and Dr. Joe Kush (Education) to learn about their experiences as Fulbright U.S. Scholars. They will dive in to why they chose to apply, how they worked with their individual schools to make their experience possible, and how their research abroad has continued to shape and inform their scholarly activities. We will provide a brief overview of the application process and timeline. In the Spring of 2022, a companion workshop will be hosted by a Fulbright staff member to provide more in-depth information about the application process.

  • Date: November 9
  • Time: 3 – 4 p.m.
  • Place: Join Zoom Meeting
  • Meeting ID: 964 3372 9707 and Passcode: 773227

Mentoring and Engaging Students in Research

Join our panel discussion to learn how your colleagues are engaging their students in research.  Engagement can range from structured, classroom-based assignments, to lab work, to very organic student-directed interest and inquiry.  With a particular focus on undergraduate engagement, we will examine how this looks in different disciplines, mentoring in the age of Zoom, some of the rewards and challenges of mentoring, and ways new faculty can engage with students at Duquesne.

  • Presenters: Dr. Jeffrey Evanseck (Chemistry), Dr. Stephanie Gray (History), Dr. Kathleen Roberts (Honors College), Dr. Sarah Woodley (Biological Sciences)
  • Date: November 17    
  • Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Place: Join Zoom Meeting
  • Meeting ID: 928 1240 2145 and Passcode: 795698

“Congratulations! You’ve been awarded….So what happens next?”

Co-sponsored by the Office of Research and Innovation and the Office of Research Accounting

Faculty are encouraged to support their scholarship and research by applying for external funding. Significant effort goes into proposal writing and submission, but for new applicants understanding what happens when you are awarded a grant can be a bit of mystery. Let us demystify the grants set-up and administration process for you with this informational session.  We will talk about what offices are involved, how we work with your external collaborators, how to access your grant budget in Self-Service Banner, and who assists with things such as budget changes and no-cost extensions. 

  • Presenters: Heather Chappelle, Jill Spitznagel, and Christine Pollock
  • Date: December 1
  • Time: 3 – 4 p.m.
  • Place: Join Zoom Meeting
  • Meeting ID: 968 2442 3607 and Passcode: 347863

Intellectual Property and Patents: Protecting and Maximizing Your Ideas

Join us for a roundtable discussion to learn about intellectual property, patents, and the benefit of patenting your research. Intellectual property (IP) involves creations of the — inventions, artwork, computer programs, brands, logos, etc. IP may be legally protected by patents, copyright, or trademarks. These protections allow inventors and creators to earn recognition or financial benefit from their intellectual property. Because patents provide some exclusive rights to inventors, they can be advantageous tools to protect their research and potential investors in that research. Our discussion will center on how patents can bring value to an organization and ultimately benefit society.

  • Presenter: Dr. Elisabeth Healey, Associate Provost for Regulatory Affairs and Applied Innovation
  • Date: December 8
  • Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Place: Join Zoom Meeting
  • Meeting ID: 935 9795 3214 and Passcode: 025005

External Events

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.”

NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration

Nov. 1 – Nov. 4

If you are an administrator, researcher, early-stage investigator, graduate student, or anyone new to working with the NIH grants process, then this seminar is designed specifically for you.

This event is designed to demystify the NIH grant application, review, award and post-award processes and policies! Register today and be sure to check out all the networking opportunities taking place during the seminar, including new ways to chat one on one with NIH and HHS experts, interact with attendees, and make the most of the seminar.

If you’re new to working with the NIH grants process as an investigator or administrator, join us as we connect and collaborate! Here’s what to expect:

  • Free registration! Yes, you read it right.
  • Four-day event with live sessions, as well as an on-demand video library
  • Three concurrent sessions designed around grants policies and programs, including case studies and Q&As
  • Live chat opportunities with NIH and HHS experts on the grants process, policies, and programs
  • Downloadable resources from over 45 booths to reuse and/or share with others at your institution

More experienced? Attend our policy updates and check out our case study series.

Register for the 16th Annual ACIC Immunization Update Virtual Conference

Thursday, Nov. 4 from 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET | Virtual Conference | 4.5 contact hours available

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The Allegheny County Immunization Coalition (ACIC) invites you to attend the 16th Annual Immunization Update Virtual Conference. If you are in healthcare and continuing to face challenges to ensure the communities you serve are educated, safe, and vaccinated, please consider registering for this conference!

Conference Learning Outcomes

  • Utilize the most up-to date data to guide clinical practice related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Develop strategies to use to correct misconceptions related to vaccines and immunization protocols
  • Analysis a major health systems response to a global pandemic
  • Examine how to prevent HPV infection
  • Summarize the current trends related to pertussis

2021 Conference Presenters

  • Debra Bogen, MD, FAAP, FABM, Director, Allegheny County Health Department
  • Marian G. Michaels, MD, MPH, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh University Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Ann L. McGaffey, MD, Medical Director, Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health Center UPMC Community Medicine, Inc., Clinical Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
  • Donald M. Yealy, MD, FACEP, Senior Vice President, UPMC Chief Medical Officer, UPMC, Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine

Submitted by Khlood Salman

Spirituality and COVID-19 … Life Lessons

Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET

Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program is hosting “Spirituality and COVID-19 … Life Lessons,” a virtual health ministry prayer gathering.

Offered remotely, the event provides continuing education, resources and fellowship opportunities to individuals who are interested in spiritual care and health ministry. Attendees will learn from our Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse team, guest speaker Edwina Gateley, and each other as they enhance their knowledge of caring for people in need whether in their faith communities or the local community.

Many in the caregiving and ministerial professions may feel stretched and drained physically, mentally and spiritually as we go through the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The gathering will provide participants needed time to refresh and renew their spiritual health, self-compassion and self-care by learning to light their paths to move forward with daily routines and responsibilities as they meet challenges along the way.

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to define spirituality and how it relates to the intentional care of the spirit. They will also be able to identify two life lessons in the past year for personal spiritual growth and self-care and describe a recent situation that integrates faith and health in providing spiritual care to those in need (family, faith community, workplace or local community).

Registered nurses who attend can earn 1.75 continuing education (CE) credits through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). UPMC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). Registered nurses who attend the entire session and complete an evaluation form within eight business days of the event will be awarded a certificate and 1.75 CEs. UPMC and ANCC do not endorse any commercial products as a result of this CE activity.

The cost is $35 for registered nurses who wish to receive CE credits; $20 for those who do not wish to receive credits; and $15 for undergraduate nursing students, seminarians, religious, and clergy. The cost includes invitation to the meeting and handouts. Limited, partial scholarships are available by calling the Parish Nurse office at 412-232-5815.

Register Now with Discount Code for the 2021 Magee-Womens Summit

Nov. 16-18 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (or Virtual)

This three-day conference begins with an afternoon dedicated to advocacy on November 16, moving to two full days of research and clinically focused keynote talks and panel discussions on Nov 17 and 18. From preparing for the next pandemic to early development’s prediction of wellness, the Summit will inspire attendees to re-imagine the future of women’s health. Also included is the announcement of the Magee Prize, a $1 million award for transformative research within women’s health and reproductive sciences.

Together, we will look at women’s health over the course of their lifespan, exploring the themes Healthy Beginnings, Shaping Metabolism and Healthy Minds Through Transitions. We will discuss women’s health from a variety of angles, including basic and clinical research, women’s health advocacy, social justice and diversity. The Magee Prize will be awarded on the evening of November 17 at the Magee-Prize Dinner. Our 2021 schedule is informed by MWRI researchers, clinical leaders at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and our external advisory group.

With a visionary focus on improving the health of humankind around the world, the 2021 Magee-Womens Summit will build upon the conversations started in 2018 with the goal of inspiring the next generation of women’s health research. This conference also offers the opportunity for CME credits.

  • If you are faculty or staff, please select the pass type Academic (General) and use the discount code SUMMIT2021 on the final page of registration.
  • If you are a clinician, please select the pass type Clinicians (Other) and use the discount code SUMMIT2021 on the final page of registration.
  • If you are a student, trainee or Postdoc, please select the pass type Academic (Students, Trainees, Post-docs) and use the discount code TRAINEE2021 on the final page of registration.

Submitted by Melissa Kalarchian.

Building Bridges: Advancing Family Caregiving Research Across the Lifespan: Second Biennial Conference on Caregiving Research

Presented by the National Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support (NCFS) at the University of Pittsburgh

March 3-4, 2022 in Pittsburgh, PA

This conference will bring together a multidisciplinary group of national leaders in caregiving research, policy, and practice across the lifespan. Sessions will showcase innovations in research and build bridges across disciplines and conditions to address the urgent community, clinical and policy needs of family caregivers.

Abstract Submission Opens: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 (A link to the submission site will be added once the submission period opens.)