National Nurses Week: Pitt School of Nursing makes impact around the globe

Over the past seven decades, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing has led the evolution of nursing education and research, responding to the needs of healthcare, society, and patients. The impact that the school has had on research and practice can be felt in hospitals from southwestern Pennsylvania to Cambodia to Thailand. From the first class pinned in 1943 to those 200 nurses who graduated last month (April), Pitt nurses have used the knowledge and skills gained here to advance patient care and nursing science.

The school hosts a well-regarded, clinically focused undergraduate program and critically acclaimed master’s and doctoral programs. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the University of Pittsburgh among the top 10 nursing graduate programs in the country, with the 2021 rankings celebrating the Master of Science in Nursing program as 6th in the country and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program as 8th. Globally, the school is ranked 16h in the world by QS World University Rankings. The school is ranked sixth among schools of nursing in the amount of research funding received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

More than 13,000 Pitt Nursing graduates have contributed so much to the growth of the field, changing practice at the bedside, on the battlefield, and in the boardroom. Nursing alumni have developed new tools, innovative treatments, efficient processes, and new ways to better serve patients and communities. The graduates are treating patients, leading health care systems, and guiding policy development and implementation around the globe.


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