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Pitt School of Nursing’s Schubert Named President of Statewide Nursing Foundation

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 20, 2011  Mary Rodgers Schubert, M.P.M., B.S.N., director of continuing education, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, has been named president of the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania (NAP), a nonprofit foundation that aims to improve recruitment and retention of nurses in the state. NAP also has named three School of Nursing faculty as Nightingale Award finalists and a post-doctoral student has been awarded a Nightingale scholarship.

“One of the goals of the Nightingale organization is to raise awareness of nurses’ pivotal role in health care delivery. As president, it will be my honor to promote this vital and rewarding lifelong career choice,” Schubert said.

As the School of Nursing’s director of continuing education, Schubert is responsible for planning, development, implementation and assessment of live and online educational opportunities for professional nurses with a focus on advanced practice, education, leadership and re-entry into practice.

NAP was established in 1989 by nursing and health care leaders to increase the supply of nurses to match the rising demand throughout the state. Each year, the group awards scholarships to nurses in the spring, and in the fall honors nurses at an annual awards gala. The nonprofit group is governed by a 24-member volunteer board of trustees, consisting of leaders in nursing, business, industry and other health care fields.

Pitt school of Nursing Nightingale Award finalists for 2011 include Michael Beach, M.S.N., D.N.P., assistant professor; Alice Blazeck, B.S.N., M.S.N., D.N.Sc., assistant professor and vice chair for administration; and Annette DeVito Dabbs, Ph.D., F.A.A.N., associate professor and vice chair for research, all of the Department of Acute/Tertiary Care.

Elizabeth Crago, M.S.N., a post-doctoral student in Pitt’s Department of Acute/Tertiary Care has been awarded a Nightingale scholarship.

This year’s gala is Nov. 4, and proceeds benefit the group’s scholarship program.

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