University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

University Of Pittsburgh School Of Nursing

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is the nursing school of the University of Pittsburgh, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded on April 6, 1939, Pitt's School of Nursing was officially separated from the School of Medicine and became an independent, professional school within the university. Ruth Perkins Kuehn served as the schools first dean and become the first nursing school dean in the country to earn a doctoral degree. Pitt's School of Nursing is currently ranked 7th in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.


School of Nursing Pin

A pin designed by Dean Ruth Perkins Kuehn, the pin is based on the seal of the university from 1937 until the mid-1970s bearing a candle motif.

Pinning ceremony

The traditional ceremony, begun in 1943, marks the culmination of the student's undergraduate programs and awards the new graduates with their School of Nursing Pin. This ceremony includes the Passing of the Light ritual representing the graduates' commitment to the ideals of excellence in nursing practice. The student with the highest academic standing is designated as "Keeper of the Light" and becomes its custodian until it is passed along to a member of the following class.


The School of Nursing is ranked seventh in the nation overall according to the latest rankings in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools. Among specialties...
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