Amazing Nurse Educator and Volunteer Field Instructor from Pennsylvania, Filomena F. Varvaro, PhD, RN, BSN, MSN, FAEN, FAHA Cherished for her 58 Years of Nursing Experience in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare

Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare and the International Nurses Association are proud to announce that Filomena F. Varvaro, PhD, RN, BSN, MSN, FAEN, FAHA, is being honored for her extraordinary achievements and successes in the nursing community. In her current role with Duquesne University School of Nursing, as well as throughout her entire career of 58 years, Filomena has continued to demonstrate the passion, dedication, and enthusiasm for patient care necessary to be considered a Top Nurse in her field.

Filomena, a registered nurse with nearly six decades of experience in the nursing arena, is currently a Volunteer Field Instructor at Duquesne University School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she specializes in gerontological nursing. The University is one of the top catholic universities in the United States offering students a versatile education that will not only challenge them academically but also nourish their spiritual and moral development. With 130 years of history, Duquesne University is the only Spiritan institution nationwide and shares and promotes the Spiritan’s values, such as educational excellence, an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity, and service to the church, the community, the nation, and the world. In addition to her role at Duquesne, Filomena is an Instructor and Lecturer at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and a faculty emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Her responsibilities generally involve health and wellness promotion of older adults living in the community. Filomena chose a career in nursing driven by her desire to assist people – patients – in their battle to regain their health. She credits her success to her love for the nursing work, patient care, patient education, continued education, and great professors. Each day, she is motivated to start off by her passion for supporting patients to attain their health goals and ultimately help them to stay healthy. Throughout her many years in healthcare, Filomena enjoyed working in medical/surgical nursing but also being an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, a Health Coordinator/Advocate at Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh,  and Certified Peer Leader for “Better Choices, Better Health” with  Vintage Inc and the United Way.

Filomena received her registered nursing degree in 1955 from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She also completed her bachelor’s degree of science in nursing in 1962 at Duquesne University, followed by her master’s degree of science in nursing in 1966 at the University of Pittsburgh. Furthermore, Filomena is a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing (FAEN) and Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA). She remains a distinguished member of the American Nurses Association, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, the Pennsylvania Geriatric Association, and the American Heart Association, as well as an inductee of the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. over the course of her career, Filomena was honored with many accolades and distinctions for her amazing work, among which the Jefferson Award in 2014 from the RNWIN Program at Duquesne University, Volunteer Service Award in 2005  from the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, the Nursing Practice Award from the District 6 Pennsylvania Nurses Association, the Governor’s Victim Service Pathfinder Award in 2002, and the Pennsylvania Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing Research. Filomena is an active volunteer and also a prolific writer with over 15 peer-reviewed articles and 50 presentations. She also has research interests in post-coronary adaptation in women, and also in promoting adaptation in battered women through gaining a sense of self, i.e. self-concept, self-efficacy, self-confidence, and in promoting health and adaptation in older years.

To find out more about Filomena F. Varvaro, please visit Also be sure to look out for her upcoming publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.

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