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University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing’s 12th Annual Cameos of Caring® Event Honors Area Nurses

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 6, 2010 – Sixty nurses from 42 area health care facilities, nine schools of nursing and one international facility, will be honored at the 12th annual Cameos of Caring awards gala on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing created the Cameos of Caring awards program in 1999 in response to the nursing shortage. “Two fundamental factors in the nursing shortage are recruitment and retention. The Cameos of Caring program inspires more people to enter the profession by increasing awareness about all of the opportunities available in nursing,” said Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, Ph.D., R.N., professor and dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. “In addition, the Cameos of Caring program provides a venue for area hospitals to recognize the profound contributions their nurses make to delivering quality health care.”

Awardees are nominated by their colleagues at each participating hospital in recognition of their impact on the lives of patients, family members and co-workers. To date, Cameos of Caring has honored more than 500 nurses, including this year’s winners.

“Job satisfaction leads to improved retention of nurses and also has a direct correlation to patient satisfaction and improved patient outcomes,” noted Dr. Dunbar-Jacob.

Responding to studies that associate higher levels of nursing education with improved patient outcomes, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing also established the Cameos of Caring Endowed Nursing Scholarship for registered nurses to continue their education. The Cameos of Caring awards gala has raised more than $800,000 since the fund’s establishment in 2000. This year, 24 Cameos of Caring scholarships will be awarded, bringing the total number of scholarships awarded to 121.

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

About the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing educates nurses for an increasingly demanding environment through a curriculum that combines rigorous academic work with varied and intensive clinical experiences and a growing involvement in research. The school ranked seventh overall among the nation’s top schools of nursing in the 2007 issue of U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” and fifth in research dollars by the National Institutes of Health. More than 11,000 students have graduated from the School of Nursing’s baccalaureate, master’s, RN options and doctoral programs since the school was founded in 1939. The school offers post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificate programs in a variety of areas. Continuing education also is available for advanced practice nurses, nurse educators and nurses returning to work. For more information about the School of Nursing, visit www.nursing.pitt.edu.

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