School of nursing

Article by YSN professor among top research stories

An article by School of Nursing assistant professor Linda Honan Pellico ’89MSN was chosen as a top research story of 2009 in an online public poll conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Pellico’s article, “What Newly Licensed Registered Nurses Have to Say About Their First Experiences,” earned the second highest number of votes in the poll. It was published in the July/August 2009 issue of Nursing Outlook. For more about Pellico’s study, see

Student retraces her steps to freedom

Rose Nanyonga Clarke, a PhD student at YSN, was recently featured in a BBC News broadcast about her efforts to raise awareness about child sacrifice in Africa. When she was 17, Nanyonga Clarke refused to join her family’s use of witchcraft and instead walked from her Ugandan village to a new life. Last summer she organized a trip back to Uganda to retrace her 32-mile journey to freedom, to raise awareness and to create a scholarship for future Ugandan nurses. Watch her first-person account at:

Congresswoman calls on nurses as advocates

Six-term U.S. Congresswoman from California Lois Capps ’64MAR delivered the annual Sybil Palmer Bellos lecture at YSN on April 19. Her speech, “Nurses Make the Best Advocates,” drew on her own 20-year tenure as a school nurse and health advocate. In 2003, Capps founded the House Nursing Caucus to provide an open forum to address issues facing the nursing community, including the nursing shortage, barriers to practice for advanced practice registered nurses, bioterrorism preparedness, health care reform, and patient safety.

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