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RMU Nursing Professor Receives National Honor For Emergency Nurse Practitioners

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

RamponiDenisePittsburgh – Denise Ramponi, assistant professor of nursing at Robert Morris University, has been awarded the Emergency Nurses Association Frank L. Cole Nurse Practitioner Award. The association’s annual awards program recognizes emergency nurses who exemplify exceptional professional practice, innovation, leadership and advocacy in emergency nursing.

In addition to her duties at RMU, Ramponi works as an emergency department nurse practitioner at the Heritage Valley Sewickley and Heritage Valley Beaver hospitals. Ramponi attended Butler Hospital School of Nursing and received her Nurse Practitioner from Indiana University of PA. She went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in nursing from LaRoche College, her master’s in nursing from Duquesne University, and her doctorate of nursing practice from Waynesburg University.

Ramponi joined RMU five years ago and brings more than 25 years of clinical experience to the classroom.

“I love teaching the DNP students, and especially demonstrating how to perform clinical skills. After many years in emergency medicine, I have a lot of examples to share to help the students understand the critical components of the information. RMU has also helped me grow as a professor in many ways. I truly love teaching at RMU," said Ramponi.

Val Howard, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Science, praised Ramponi as a valued member of the nursing team at Robert Morris.

“Denise brings her expertise in emergency nursing and leadership to RMU, thus enhancing the academic experiences and simulation training for our students,” said Howard. “Her regional and national educational workshops help to improve the skills of emergency healthcare professionals, thus improving outcomes for our patients. She is a consummate professional, excellent clinician, and expert educator."

Ramponi will be recognized at the 2014 Emergency Nurses Association Annual Conference Awards Gala Oct. 11 in Indianapolis.

These award winners have made a lasting impact on emergency nursing and serve as true role models to healthcare professionals everywhere,” said ENA President Deena Brecher. “We are grateful for Denise’s contributions. We are confident she will continue to positively impact emergency nursing for years to come.”


Through 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate degree programs across five academic schools, Robert Morris University (RMU) in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to change its students' lives so that they can go out and change the lives of others for the better. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate, nontraditional and online students from 37 states and 37 nations are enrolled at RMU, which sits on 230 scenic acres just 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Emphasizing experiential learning, Robert Morris focuses on professional development, service learning, global awareness, undergraduate research, campus leadership, and cultural experiences, all of which are documented on our innovative Student Engagement Transcript. More than 100 clubs and organizations help students to develop leadership skills, network professionally, and meet friends. RMU also has 16 NCAA Division I athletic programs, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey, and men's and women's lacrosse.