School of nursing

School Notes: School of Nursing
November/December 2012

Students begin DNP program

With the start of the semester, YSN welcomed its first students in the new doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program. Fourteen students from around the world are part of this inaugural class, bringing a myriad of backgrounds, experiences, and accomplishments to this hybrid program (intensive on-campus and online sessions). This class includes the only practicing nurse practitioner in all of Israel, the lifetime chief of the Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut, and a veteran of years of serving the very poor with Mother Teresa in the Sishu Bawan (orphanage) and Home for the Dying.

The DNP is a post-master’s program targeting nurses with a master’s degree in nursing or other closely related fields. The program is intended for mid-career nurses who seek to advance in the practice of nursing through leadership, management, and participation in interdisciplinary policy and politics. For more information on the DNP program at Yale and the new class of students, please visit


Grant will fund diabetes research

Dean Margaret Grey and YSM professor Stuart Weinzimer are the codirectors of a recently awarded grant funded through the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) to support multidisciplinary research training in the behavioral aspects of type 1 diabetes. YSN is the only nursing school to be granted this one-time-only award, which will support a pre-PhD student and two postdoctoral fellows. The program will bring together scientists from nursing, medicine, and the behavioral sciences who will work with programs such as Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center, the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, and NIDDK-sponsored study groups.


Alumna receives national award

Amy Romano ’04MSN, a certified nurse-midwife from Milford, Connecticut, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Kitty Ernst Award by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). The award was presented at the 57th annual meeting and exposition of the ACNM in Long Beach, California. Romano is best known as a talented writer who has helped translate the value of midwifery care to the public via social media, particularly with her work on Lamaze International’s award-winning blog, Science and Sensibility. 


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