Dr. John O'Donnell, Associate Director of Nursing Programs at WISER, was named Pitt's 2010 Cameos of Caring nurse educator awardee. The Cameos of Caring® Program & Awards Gala was launched on October 28, 1999 when over six hundred people attended the inaugural event to honor exceptional bedside nurses who work at acute care hospitals. During the first year, twenty hospitals in Western Pennsylvania joined the Cameos of Caring® family, each selecting one nurse who demonstrated excellence in nursing care, served as an advocate for patients and families, and embodied the essence of the nursing profession.
Dr. O'Donnell's scholarly and research interests include use of structured and supported debriefing methods in simulation; hierarchical task analysis methods in simulation; multidisciplinary simulation interventions supported by web-based curriculum; case-based educational programs for anesthesia providers and nurses, and epidemiology related to patient and provider safety. Dr. O'Donnell will be recognized along with 60 other regional nursing professionals at the 12th annual Cameos of Caring Awards Gala November 6.