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Pitt School of Nursing Associate Dean and Professor To Receive 2009 Cameos of Caring® Nurse Educator Award

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 22, 2009 Susan A. Albrecht, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., associate dean and associate professor, Department of Health and Community Systems, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, was named the University of Pittsburgh’s 2009 Cameos of Caring Nurse Educator awardee. Dr. Albrecht will be recognized at the 11th Annual Cameos of Caring Awards Gala on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing created the Cameos of Caring Program and Awards Gala in 1999 to recognize nursing excellence at the bedside. Recognizing that training nurses for today’s changing health care environment requires a robust nursing faculty, the Nurse Educator category was added to the awards program in 2006 to honor the educators who are preparing the next generation of bedside nurses and nursing leaders. Nurse Educator awardees are selected in recognition of their knowledge of current clinical and didactic educational methods; commitment to consistent, proactive clinical decision making and excellence in nursing care; professional service to the community; and advocacy for the nursing profession.

“Dr. Albrecht is a role model and mentor who encourages and motivates others. She sets a standard of excellence for her students to emulate, and creates a challenging learning environment,” said doctoral student Jill Radtke.

In addition to teaching master’s and doctoral students, Dr. Albrecht serves as a doctoral student adviser and as a dissertation chairperson. She has taught master’s and doctoral independent study, research practicum and the doctoral research seminar. Her own research interests are in the areas of adolescent health, smoking cessation during pregnancy, relapse prevention and prevention of initiation of smoking in adolescents.

Dr. Albrecht serves on a variety of University committees including the Provost`s Advisory Committee on Instructional Excellence, and serves as the National Collegiate Athletic Association faculty athletic representative. She is president-elect of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, and is a member of many other national nursing organizations. She also volunteers as a crisis hot line counselor for Pittsburgh Action Against Rape.

Founded in 1939, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and ranked seventh in U.S. News & World Report’s 2008 list of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” The School also ranked third in the number of research grants and fifth in funding from the National Institutes of Health, placing it among the top 10 in the amount of awards received for the ninth consecutive year.

For more information about Cameos of Caring, visit www.cameosofcaring.nursing.pitt.edu, or call (412) 624-5328.

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