News and Events

2015 Jean Vallance Lecture in Nursing Innovation

Pamela R. Jeffries will be the guest lecturer at the 2015 Jean Vallance Lecture in Nursing Innovation on Friday, April 10. The lecture will start at 4:30 p.m. in Ruth Pike Auditorium, 22 Biobehavioral Health Building on the University Park campus of Penn State.

College of Nursing presents The American Nurse

The Penn State College of Nursing is sponsoring a special public screening of the documentary film The American Nurse at 7:00 p.m. April 11 in the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium at Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College.

Buck featured as "Face of Palliative Care Nursing"

Harleah Buck, assistant professor of nursing and co-director of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State, appears on the cover of the April issue of the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing (JHPN) as a “Face of Hospice and Palliative Nursing.”

Fick's article named one of of 27 landmark articles in geriatrics

An article by Donna Fick, Distinguished Professor of Nursing, was named by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society as one of 27 “landmark articles for advancing the practice of geriatrics.”

Van Haitsma receives Donaghue grant

Kimberly Van Haitsma, associate professor of nursing and director of the Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care (PPCLSC), has received a grant from The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation to advance understanding of how to deliver person-centered care.

Mastrian's textbook selected for 2014 Book of the Year Award

A nursing textbook co-edited by Penn State Shenango faculty member Kathleen Mastrian was awarded second place in the American Journal of Nursing's annual Book of the Year competition.

Nursing 350 explores "The Power of Money"

A Schreyer Honors College course enhancement grant will enable junior nursing students to explore "The Power of Money."

Nursing students from Sweden bring global perspective to University Park

Rojda Coskun and Karin Callenas from Jönköping University in Sweden were exchange students in Penn State's College of Nursing during the fall 2014 semester.

Sawyer encourages participation in new sleep research network

Assistant Professor Amy Sawyer is encouraging sleep apnea patients (and those at risk for the disorder) to participate in, a new sharing and learning community aimed at identifying issues deemed important in treating sleep apnea. Read the Centre Daily Times article.

Barksdale wraps up 50th anniversary year Dec. 4

To mark the end of our 50th anniversary observance, the College of Nursing hosted Debra J. Barksdale, a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who presented on patient-centered care December 4 at the University Park campus.

Alumni inducted as AAN Fellows

Three College of Nursing alumni—William McCool '88, '90g; Lorraine (Jemiola) Robbins '77; and Jo Ann (Krukar) Webb '70—were among 168 nurse leaders inducted as part of the 2014 cohort of American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Fellows.

Sabol receives 2014 Novosel Award

Valerie K. (Soyster) Sabol '91 was selected to receive the 2014 Shirley Novosel Distinguished Alumni Award, presented by the Penn State Nursing Alumni Affiliate Program Group at the college's fourth annual Homecoming brunch on September 28.

Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care established

The College of Nursing has partnered with the Polisher Research Institute to establish a Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care, expanding our focus on aging to include a model that seeks to improve quality of life. Read more.

Activities planned for 2014 Homecoming Weekend

Alumni are invited back to Penn State for Homecoming the weekend of September 27–28. For the first time, the College of Nursing will hold a tailgate during Saturday's football game in addition to the Novosel Award brunch on Sunday. For details, visit:

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