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Think Globally

Duquesne Students Take to Costa Rica for a Week of On-The-Ground Lessons The swift and sudden emergence of COVID-19 has changed a lot about these past 15 months, from graduation celebrations to nearly all of fall orientation. But on the edge of the lockdown that would ground planes and grind plans to a halt, one…

Duquesne Nursing Students Help Vaccinate Local Communities

Duquesne University Nursing students are stepping up in local Pittsburgh communities to assist with COVID-19 vaccine administration. Jessica Messenger, a Second Degree BSN student, participated in a vaccination clinic in North Versailles, while seniors Alana Albertson and Katelynn Ziskind assisted at a site in Duquesne University’s neighboring Hill District community. These experiences have dual benefits.…

Q&A: Clinical Assistant Professor Cara Morrill-Stoklosa DNP, RN

Prior to becoming a full-time clinical assistant professor at the Duquesne University School of Nursing, Cara Morrill-Stoklosa DNP, RN, was a clinical instructor. She’s also an active floor nurse, which allows her to keep up with the dynamic world of nursing and prepare her students in real time for what they may experience while on…

Q&A: Thomas Geraghty, A Second Degree BSN Student

Thomas Geraghty is a father, military veteran and a current student in Duquesne University’s Second Degree BSN program. Thomas, an Austinburg, Ohio native, earned his first bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Westminster College. After discovering a passion for medicine while serving in the Navy, he knew he wanted a…

Q & A: Remediation Coordinator Sister Mary Meyers, C.S.J., MSN, BA, MS, RN

“I have loved every day I have been a nurse,” says Sister Mary Meyers, C.S.J., MSN, BA, MS, RN, AGNP-C, Remediation Coordinator for the School of Nursing. Sister Mary’s career originally began as a teacher. She then decided to become a nurse, working mostly ICU and hospice. “Now my life has come full circle, as…

Nursing Students Share Tips for Success

Nursing school can be challenging and demanding, so what can you do to ensure you learn the information and skills needed to earn good grades and become a licensed nurse? Two undergraduate students share what’s helped them be successful. Meet the Students Julia Ciotti, Senior, BSN student As a Pittsburgher, Duquesne feels like my second…

Why I Want to Become a Nurse

By Rose Conlin, sophomore BSN student There was never one specific moment when I knew nursing was for me. I am the daughter of a former Navy doctor who I always saw helping people every chance that she had. As a little girl, I felt called to follow her example and to help others whenever…

Learning at a Distance: One Student’s Experience during COVID-19

Sophomore BSN student Isha Patel chose to complete the Fall 2020 semester using a HyFlex model, which allowed her to learn both on campus and online from her home in York, PA. Other than when she would make the more than three-hour trip to Pittsburgh for her clinical training, her lectures and labs were online.…

Military Veteran Found Supportive Environment at Duquesne University

Petty Officer, Second Class, Zach Kruger served in the U.S. Navy for four years as a Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical), mainly working on engines and turbines for different water vessels. While still enlisted, Zach began to think about a career after the Navy. A career that would allow him to continue to give back…

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Some of the Student Experience articles are reprinted from The Scope, a publication which is produced by Duquesne University Student Nurses’ Association (DUSNA) and is edited by nursing students Lauren Bliss and Hadley Mueller.

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