University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

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Coordinates: 40°26′29″N 79°57′39″W / 40.441376°N 79.960732°W / 40.441376; -79.960732

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Type Public
Established 1939
Dean Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, FAAN
Academic staff
Undergraduates 558
Postgraduates 417
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Oakland (Main)

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is the nursing school of the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), 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 school's first dean and become the first nursing school dean in the country to earn a doctoral degree.[1] Pitt's School of Nursing is currently ranked 5th in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.[2]


School of Nursing pin[edit]

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[edit]

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.[3]


The School of Nursing is ranked fifth in the nation overall according to the latest rankings in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools".[4] Among specialties ranked by the magazine, Nursing-Anesthesia ranked first, Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist ranked sixth, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner ranked sixth, and Adult Nurse Practitioner ranked ninth. The school's on-line graduate program is ranked ninth in the nation by US News.[5] The school is also ranked third in the number of research grants from the National Institute of Health and in the top ten in the amount of funding received.[6]

Victoria Building[edit]

The Victoria Building

The School of Nursing was originally scattered over five locations throughout the Oakland campus of the university. In August 1977, the programs and personnel of the school were brought together in the four-story Victoria Building, also referred to as Victoria Hall, that spans the block of Victoria Street between Lothrop and Darragh streets adjacent to the main hospitals of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.[7] Designed by the architectural firm of Deeter, Ritchey, & Sippel,[8] construction of the Victoria Building was financed by the General State Authority and the Department of General Services of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Victoria Building was formally dedicated on October 18, 1978[9]

A Nursing Living Learning Community is located in the Lothrop Hall residence hall across the street from the Victoria Building.[10]

Preceded by
Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh Buildings
Victoria Building

Constructed: 1977–1978
Succeeded by
Mervis Hall
The Victoria Building bridge over Lothrop Street


  1. ^ History.pdf
  2. ^ University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
  3. ^ History.pdf, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing: Celebrating 65 Years of Tradition and Innovation, 1939-2004, pg. 10, access-date=July 26, 2008]
  4. ^ "Rankings: Nursing". U.S. News & World Report. 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Pitt's School of Nursing Leaps to 7th Place Overall in the Latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings" (PDF). University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Retrieved September 10, 2009. 
  7. ^ Victoria Hall on Pitt's virtual Campus Tour
  8. ^ Carnegie Mellon University Architectural Archives, access-date=July 27, 2008
  9. ^ "The School of Nursing Celebrates 30 Years In the Victoria Building" (PDF). Pitt Nurse. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh. Fall 2007. p. 27. Retrieved July 26, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Nursing Living Learning Community". University of Pittsburgh Student Affairs. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

Goldberg, Enid Detlor (c. 1996). The History of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, 1939-1991. Reed & Writing Co. 

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