IUP Salutes Nurses Everywhere

Posted on 5/5/2020 4:39:41 PM

Nursing is known as a selfless profession—one that requires a care and concern for the well-being of others, no matter how pleasant or how cantankerous patients may be. The profession requires the pinnacle of professionalism along with empathy, qualities that are not necessarily compatible in today’s competitive world.

To the thousands of alumni who work in hospitals, home health, nursing homes, agencies, public health, and schools, IUP salutes you for your dedication and hard work.

IUP’s nursing community is a hardworking group of current students, faculty members, and alumni, and it has a stellar reputation and an outstanding record. Allow us to brag.

IUP’s nursing alumni have reached top positions—like Marla Prizant Weston ’80, who served as CEO of the American Nurses Association; Courtney Barilar Vose ’92, who is chief nursing officer at New York–Presbyterian Hospital; and Scott Rhoades M’06, a nursing faculty member at Indiana Wesleyan University who has focused on nursing in aviation. IUP students have an unusually high pass rate on the NCLEX, the nursing board exam. 

So, we’re proud to salute nurses around the world this week with stories of selflessness—like this:

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When Donald Grimes, a student in the PhD in Nursing program, received the 2020 Graduate Student Outstanding Research Award, he gave the prize money to IUP’s Emergency Response Fund for students adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grimes is the nurse-in-charge in the medical ICU at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He will join Endicott College as an adjunct member of the faculty this fall. 

Another example: Elise Palmer ’17, a dedicated ICU nurse at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, who also helps keep up the spirits of others on the front lines. “Of course, she’s kidding,” wrote her father, Jeff, referring to the photo he submitted. “She has always been a cutup, and I’m glad she is able to keep a sense of humor, as she cares for so many patients who are extremely sick.” 

And messages of congratulations from IUP faculty members Teresa Shellenbarger and Elaine Little.

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