Carl A. Ross, Ph.D., CRNP, CNE
University Professor of Nursing (Nursing)
Coordinator, Nicaragua Programs (Nursing)
412-397-6809 phone (M)
412-397-3277 fax
Scaife Hall 129

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Transcultural Nursing, Duquesne University, 2000
  • Post Masters Certificate , Family Nurse Practitioner, Duquesne University, 2002
  • Post Masters Certificate , Transcultural Nursing, Duquesne University, 2000
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Education, Duquesne University, 1994
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, 1985
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 1979

Professional Background

  • 2005-Present: University Professor of Nursing, Robert Morris University School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • 2002-Present: Genesis Medical Associate-Family Nurse Practitioner
  • 2010-Present Director of Creative Planning and Programs: LifeStyle Directions, Inc.
  • 2011- Present: Consultant to Ohio Northern University Nursing Faculty for Promotion and Tenure
  • 2002-2005: Director: Center for International Nursing
  • 1994-2005: Associate Professor of Nursing, Duquesne University School of Nursing
  • 1989-1994: Teaching Specialist UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing
  • 1985-2002: Critical Care Staff Nurse: UPMC Shadyside

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Family Nurse Practitioner: Long-term Care: Geriatrics
  • Family Nurse Practitioner-Family Practice
  • Men's Health
  • Health Promotion and Illness Prevention
  • Transcultural/International Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Test-Taking Stratgies and NCLEX Preparation


  • Ross, C. (2011). The Theory of Endurance of Nicaraguan Men, Published in peer-reviewed journal in Nicaragua
  • Howard, V., Ross, C., Mitchell, A., & Nelson, G. (2010). Human Patient Simulators and interactive Case Studies: A comparative Analysis of Learning Outcomes and Student Perceptions. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. (January/February 2010)
  • Ross C. (2007). Nicaragua: an example of commitments and strengths despite problems of poverty. J Prof Nurs; 2007 Nov-Dec;23(6):e9-12
  • Ross, C. (2002). The theory of endurance of Nicaraguan men. Home Health Care Management & Practice. (14), 6, pp.448-451
  • Roberts, E. & Ross, C. (2002). Borderlands: A blurring of two worlds-Implications for international health care. Home Health Care Management & Practice. (14), 6, pp. 461-465
  • Ross, C. & Leonardo, M. (2001). Palpatations: Recognizing and deciphering these challenging clues will lead to appropriate intervention and referral. American Journal of Nursing
  • Ross, C. (2000). Developing low-cost clinical teaching tools. Nurse Educator
  • Ross, C. (2000). Benefits of cooperative learning groups when preparing for the NCLEX-RN. Nurse Educator
  • Ross, C. (2000). Dialysis Disequalibrium Syndrome: Early recognition of signs and symptoms of the syndrome and appropriate treatment may prevent a life-threatening situation! American Journal of Nursing
  •  Ross, C., (1999). Building bridges to promote globalization in Nursing: The development of a Hermanamiento. Journal of Transculltural Nursing
  • Ross, C. , Winter, K. & Mossesso, V. (1999). Bystander CPR in Two Predominantly African-American Communities. Topics in Emergency Medicine
  • Ross, C.A. (1998). Preparing American and Nicaraguan nurses to practice home health nursing in a transcultural experience. Home Health Care Management & Practice,11(1), 66-70


  • 2003 - Sigma Theta Tau; Revitalizing a Special Nicaraguan Community (Barrio Panorama): Utilizing Participant Action Research Methodology: Partnership between Duquesne University Center for International Nursing (CIN), Center for Health Care Diversity (CHCD), the Universidad de Polytechnica De Nicaragua (UPOLI), and the residents of Barrio Panorama.
  • 2004 - Transcultural Nursing Society: "Overcoming vulnerability: an evidence-based practice model in a men's health clinic for high-risk men in Managua, Nicaragua"
  • 1998 - 11th Annual Critical Care Nursing: Quest for Excellence, Title: Expanding critical care nursing in developing countries through a Sisterschool ?Hermanamieto? collaboration: Using Nicaragua as a model.
  • 2003 - Sigma Theta Tau; Evidence-Based Practice Preconference, ?Building Bridges to Promote Globalization in Nursing Through the Development of a Hermanamiento (Sister School): An Evidenced-Based Model.
  • 1997 - Symposium presented by Duquesne University School of Nursing, Center for International Nursing, Title: Development of a comprehensive model for international partnerships in education and service using Nicaragua as a model: Indications for international application?. Title: Sisterschool "Hermanamiento" activities. International Council Of Nurses.
  • 2004 - Transcultural Nursing Society Annual Conference: "Using participatory action research to understand healthcare needs of a poor Nicaraguan community in Jinotega, Nicaragua"