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Von Rueden Receives Circle of Excellence Award from American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Kathryn T. Von Rueden, MS, RN, CNS-BC, FCCM, associate professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing and clinical nurse specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, was one of 25 nursing professionals recently honored with the 2015 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Circle of Excellence Award.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Receives Accreditation from Society for Simulation in Healthcare

The University of Maryland School of Nursing’s (UMSON) Debra L. Spunt Simulation Laboratories recently became the second in the Mid-Atlantic region to receive accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). A program seeking SSH accreditation must have a minimum of two years experience in the functional area in which accreditation is sought. UMSON is now accredited in teaching and education.

344 Graduates Receive Degrees

Hugs and tears, smiles and cheers reflected the emotions of the day as School of Nursing graduates celebrated the successful completion of their nursing degrees at Royal Farms Arena on Friday, May 15. The Class of 2015 consisted of 154 Bachelor of Science, 175 Master of Science, six PhD, and nine Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Professor Co-Authors Book Addressing Workplace Violence in Health Care Settings

Workplace violence, a dangerous and complex occupational hazard in the modern health care work environment, presents challenges for nurses, other health care employees, management, labor unions, and regulators. Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, and Matt London, MS, adjunct professor, have written a book, Not Part of the Job: How to Take a Stand Against Violence in the Work Setting, which addresses workplace violence.

Resnick Receives University System of Maryland Board of Regents Award for Mentoring

Barbara Resnick, PhD ’96, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor and Sonia Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), has been named a 2015 University System of Maryland (USM) Faculty Award recipient. USM Faculty Awards recognize exemplary faculty achievement in public service; teaching; mentoring; or research, scholarship, and creative activity.

School of Nursing & Campus Café Team Up to Provide Lunch for Patrolmen

The University of Maryland School of Nursing’s (UMSON) chapter of the Nursing Student Government Association (NSGA), in collaboration with CulinArt Café at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), showed their appreciation to Maryland State Troopers and members of the National Guard on Wednesday, April 29.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Selected for RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars Program

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has been selected for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Future of Nursing Scholars program. UMSON is one of 25 schools of nursing nationwide to receive a grant to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs.

125th Anniversary Year Culminates with Celebratory Gala

Nearly 500 people recently attended the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s gala, which honored the School’s 25 inaugural Visionary Pioneers. The Visionary Pioneer Award winners are alumni who have made a significant impact on—and contribution to—the field of nursing based on leadership, innovation, or entrepreneurship.

Kirschling and Nine University of Maryland School of Nursing Alumnae Receive Baltimore Magazine Nursing Excellence Award

Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, and nine University of Maryland School of Nursing alumnae were among the 50 nurses honored with Baltimore Magazine’s inaugural Excellence in Nursing Awards. The awards recognize registered nurses in the greater Baltimore area who go beyond the call of duty in their workplace or area of research.

University of Maryland School of Nursing and Montgomery College Sign Dual Admission Partnership Agreement

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and Montgomery College (MC) recently signed an agreement of dual admission that will bring a seamless transition from the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Through the agreement, nursing students will have simultaneous admission into MC’s ADN program and UMSON’s BSN program while satisfying the requirements of both schools.

Largest Gift in History of University of Maryland School of Nursing to Provide Scholarships, Support for 157 New Nursing Students

William “Bill” and Joanne Conway have given a gift of $5.24 million to the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) through their Bedford Falls Foundation, enabling the School to expand enrollment in its traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The gift, the largest in UMSON’s history, will increase opportunities for registered nurses to obtain their BSN degrees.

Lessans Named Director of Clinical Nurse Leader Option at University of Maryland School of Nursing

Sherrie Lessans, PhD ‘10, RN, assistant professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), has been named director of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) option. Lessans, a faculty member at UMSON since 2008, will be responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of the CNL option’s policies, and procedures.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty Member Named Dean of Indiana University School of Nursing

Robin P. Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN a University of Maryland School of Nursing faculty member known nationally for her research of innovative methods to improve the quality of care delivered to patients, has been named dean of the Indiana University School of Nursing, effective July 1.

State of the School Address Celebrates Accomplishments; Looks to the Future

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and special guests assembled at the School of Nursing on April 8 for Dean Jane Kirschling’s first annual State of the School Address.

University of Maryland School of Nursing and the College of Southern Maryland Sign Dual Admission Partnership Agreement

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) recently signed an agreement of dual admission that will bring a seamless transition from the Associate of Science in Nursing to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to southern Maryland. UMSON has partnered with CSM to design a program that allows nursing students to apply to both schools simultaneously and progress through the program, satisfying the requirements of both schools.

White House Invites University of Maryland School of Nursing Dean Kirschling to Discuss Climate Change

Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, was among leaders of nursing, public health, and medical schools who participated in a White House Roundtable held April 9 to address climate change.

Ten University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty Members Awarded Nurse Educator Doctoral Grants

Ten faculty members from the University of Maryland School of Nursing have been awarded the Nurse Educator Doctoral Grant for Practice and Dissertation Research. The grant program is designed to assist PhD and Doctor of Nursing Practice candidates while pursuing their advanced degrees.

School of Nursing Staff Members Honored at Anniversary Ceremony

Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, and the School of Nursing recently celebrated the years of service anniversaries of 17 staff members. The honorees have been with the University of Maryland, Baltimore for five, 10, 15, or 20 years.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty Member Guest Lecturer at University of Michigan School of Nursing

Susan G. Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, presented the fifth annual Suzanne H. Brouse lectureship during the University of Michigan School of Nursing's Dean Research Day. The annual event highlights nursing research and inspires new ideas and collaborations.

Interprofessional Education Day Instills Teamwork

Students from each of the schools at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) gained insights from each other and from actors, called standardized patients, during IPE Day on Feb. 26. The third annual interprofessional education event drew 231 students and 68 faculty and staff members, including participants from the UMB programs at the Universities at Shady Grove.

University of Maryland School of Nursing's Galik and Three Alumnae Selected as Nurse Practitioner Association Fellows

Elizabeth Galik, PhD ‘07, CRNP, associate professor, and alumnae Deborah Chapa, PhD ’06, Deborah Schofield, DNP ’09, MS ’95, and Shari Simone, DNP ’11, MS ’96, have been selected to the 2015 Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) program. The FAANP program is dedicated to the global advancement of nurse practitioners and the delivery of high-quality health care.

Kathie Dever and Cassia Gordon Featured as UMB Champions of Excellence

Kathie and Cassia are mainstays of the School of Nursing program at the Universities at Shady Grove. Each helps with recruitment, admissions, registration, paperwork, and the human aspects, like lending an ear to students' problems.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Rises to No. 6 in U.S.News & World Report Rankings

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is now ranked No. 6 among all accredited graduate nursing programs by U.S.News & World Report in its 2015 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” UMSON advanced from a No. 11 ranking in 2011 to a tie for No. 6 with the schools of nursing at Duke University, New York University, and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Clinical Instructor Selected to Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Mary Pat Ulicny, MS ‘11, MHA, RN, CNE, clinical instructor and clinical simulation lab director for the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s (UMSON) Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, at the Universities at Shady Grove, has been selected to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Nurse Faculty Loan Program. Its purpose is to address the nursing workforce shortage by increasing the number of qualified nursing faculty in the classroom.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Dean Selected to Leadership Maryland's Class of 2015

Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, has been selected to Leadership Maryland’s Class of 2015. Leadership Maryland is a professional development program dedicated to building a stronger Maryland by educating, cultivating, and connecting the state’s brightest leaders. Kirschling is one of 50 Maryland leaders who were chosen to participate.

Vanessa Fahie Featured as UMB Champion of Excellence

Vanessa Fahie has spent 20 years developing programs to increase diversity in the profession. Fahie hopes that reaching children early and throughout their academic careers can usher more nurses of all backgrounds into the profession.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Administrator Named to Adventist HealthCare Governing Board

Rebecca Wiseman, PhD '93, RN, associate professor and chair of the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s program at the Universities at Shady Grove, has been appointed to the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Governing Board. The 19-member Governing Board is tasked with providing counsel to the Shady Grove Medical Center and its president.

School of Nursing Faculty Members Participate in Baltimore Homeless Count

Three School of Nursing faculty members braved frigid, windy conditions on two consecutive nights this winter to participate in Journey Home Baltimore’s Point in Time (PIT) count. The PIT count is a two-night event where volunteers travel in teams to help track sheltered and unsheltered homeless citizens. Teams were armed with blankets, coats, hats, mittens, shoes, socks, and snacks as they ventured onto the streets of Baltimore between midnight and 6 a.m.

University of Maryland School of Nursing to Offer Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Post-BSN to DNP Specialty

Beginning in fall 2015, the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) will offer a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) Post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice specialty. UMSON is launching the new specialty in response to a continued need to strengthen the NNP workforce.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty Members Selected to NLN Leadership Program

Five University of Maryland School of Nursing faculty members have been selected to participate in a yearlong program that focuses on leadership development for nurse educators who are emerging into administrative leadership roles or for the Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators.

Lemaire Named Assistant Dean of Master of Science Program at University of Maryland School of Nursing

University of Maryland School of Nursing Associate Professor Gail Schoen Lemaire, PhD ‘96, PMHCNS, BC, CNL, has been appointed assistant dean for the Master of Science program. Lemaire is responsible for the development and implementation of the program’s policies and procedures.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Research Center Awarded Grant from Loveman Foundation

The University of Maryland School of Nursing’s (UMSON) Center for Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan (CBBAL) has been awarded a $12,500 grant from the Loveman Foundation to help facilitate ongoing research projects. Through the work of CBBAL, the School of Nursing is positioned to lead the University in research related to biology and behavior across the lifespan.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Holds Inaugural December Graduations

Commencement ceremonies for fall and winter 2014 graduates of the University of Maryland School of Nursing were held for the first time in December, marking another new tradition launched during UMSON’s 125th anniversary year.

School of Nursing Awarded New Nurse Faculty Fellowships

The University of Maryland School of Nursing is pleased to announce that 12 of its faculty members have received the New Nurse Faculty Fellowship Award for FY ’15-‘17, a grant funded through the Nurse Support II Program (NSPII). NSPII is a statewide initiative designed to grow the number of nurses prepared to effectively function in a faculty role.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty and Students Honored at Maryland Nurses Association Convention

Two faculty members and two students from the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON)were recently honored by the Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) at its annual convention. Barbara Dobish, MSN, RN, assistant professor, and Mary Fey, PhD ’14, MS ’01, RN, CHSE, assistant professor and director of UMSON’s clinical simulation laboratories, received MNA Awards. Clinical Nurse Leader students Emilie Cecil and Sarah Khaver were awarded Nursing Foundation of Maryland Scholarships.

University of Maryland School of Nursing to Host Inaugural White Coat Ceremony

Incoming Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Clinical Nurse Leader students will receive their white coats at a ground-breaking program

Two University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty Members Receive UMB Founder's Week Awards

University of Maryland School of Nursing faculty members Karen Kauffman, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, and Robin Newhouse, PhD ‘00, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, were among the recipients of Founder’s Week Awards from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Each year, UMB celebrates the achievements and successes of the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and philanthropic support, and pays tribute to its 200-plus-year history.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Announces Inaugural Visionary Pioneer Award Winners

As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, the University of Maryland School of Nursing will honor 25 outstanding alumni (both living and deceased) as Visionary Pioneers who have become expert clinicians, educators, and leaders in Maryland, the nation, and around the world. Those selected have made a significant impact on and contributions to the nursing profession based on their leadership, innovation, or entrepreneurship.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Students Awarded AANA Foundation Scholarships

University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) students Alice Cho, Tushana Fowlin, and Victoria Ladele have been awarded scholarships from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Foundation. The Foundation awards scholarships to students currently enrolled in a nurse anesthesia program recognized and accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Assistant Professor Named RWJF Health Policy Fellow

Marian Grant, DNP, RN, CRNP, assistant professor, has been named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RJWF) Health Policy Fellow. RWJF’s Health Policy Fellow program offers exceptional midcareer health professionals an opportunity to actively participate in the health policy process at the federal level. Each year, fellows are selected through a highly-competitive selection process to leave their campus or workplace to spend a year in Washington, D.C.

Jenkins Inducted as Fellow of the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education

Louise S. Jenkins, PhD, RN, professor and director of the Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions, has been inducted as a Fellow of the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. Fellows serve as important role models and resources for new educators and for those who aspire to become nurse educators.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Professor Inducted into Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Robin P. Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, was recently inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Newhouse was one of 25 nurse researchers inducted. The award recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained broad national or international recognition for their work, and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves.

University of Maryland (UM) School of Nursing Collaborating with Other UM Schools to Protect Health Care Workers in Haiti

The University of Maryland School of Nursing, in collaboration with the University of Maryland, College Park; the University of Maryland School of Medicine Institute of Human Virology; and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization has received a grant to research strategies for improving and supporting occupational health practices in Haiti to protect workers from blood borne pathogens.

Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics 2014 Highlights

Informatics Enabling Patient-Centered Care Across the Continuum

University of Maryland School of Nursing Assistant Professor Awarded American Lung Association Biomedical Research Grant

Assistant Professor Valerie E. Rogers has been awarded a Biomedical Research Grant from the American Lung Association. Rogers’s research project, Biomarkers of Airway Inflammation and Asthma Control in Children with Comorbid Sleep-Disordered Breathing will examine the mechanisms that cause the symptoms of children’s asthma to worsen when coupled with sleep apnea.

Read about the great civil rights work of several Baltimoreans, including Esther McCready, BSN ’53.

The Baltimore Sun recently published an article entitled, "Equality's Struggles," highlighting the great civil rights work of several Baltimoreans. Among them were Esther McCready, the first African-American graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, and Larry Gibson, LLB, professor of law for forty years at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Eight University of Maryland School of Nursing Doctoral Candidates Selected as Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars

Eight UMSON doctoral students have been selected into the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program. The program provides financial assistance, leadership development, and networking support to its scholars, while expanding the pipeline of future nursing faculty into research-focused and practice-focused doctoral nursing programs.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty Member Elected President of National Pediatric Nurses Association

Assistant Professor Catherine Haut, DNP, RN, CRNP, PNP, has been elected president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, becoming the fourth member of the Maryland chapter to be appointed national president.

Call for Applications for 2014-2015 President’s Symposium and White Paper Project Topic: Community Engagement

Applications now available for President's Fellows.

Public Notice of CCNE Accreditation Visit — Invitation for Third-Party Comments

The University of Maryland School of Nursing is seeking a 10-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Receives Grant for Nursing Scholarships Through RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is one of 52 schools that has been selected as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Scholarship Program. As a recipient of the grant, UMSON has been awarded ten, $10,000 scholarships for newly-admitted students in the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) master’s degree option for the 2014-15 academic year.

UMB Center for Interprofessional Education Awards Seed Grants

To encourage faculty members from multiple schools to work together for this purpose, the UMB Center for Interprofessional Education has awarded seed grants to interdisciplinary teams whose 13-month pilot projects will be carried out by June 2015.

595 Graduates Receive Degrees at University of Maryland School of Nursing Convocation 2014 [SLIDESHOW]

Heavy rain did not dampen the spirit of School of Nursing graduates who celebrated the successful completion of their nursing degrees Friday, May 16, at the Baltimore Arena.

University of Maryland School of Nursing to Offer RN-to-BSN Option at Laurel College Center

New initiative should increase number of BSN-prepared nurses.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Awarded Project Hope Grant from Who Will Care?

Grant aims to improve first-time pass rate of National Council Licensure Exam for ESL students.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Associate Professor Named to Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care

Joseph E. Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, associate professor and director of the Nurse Anesthesia specialty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), has been appointed to the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Administrator Receives USG Program Director of the Year Award

Recipients are dedicated to developing the educational and professional goals of their students.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Names Assistant Dean of PhD Program

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is pleased to announce that Mary E. (Meg) Johantgen, PhD, RN, associate professor and interim assistant dean for the PhD program, has accepted the position permanently.

View the New School of Nursing History Publication, Innovation in Action

The University of Maryland School of Nursing from its founding in 1889 to 2012.

School of Nursing Students Learn About Team Competencies at UMB’s 2014 Interprofessional Education Day (Video)

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) held its second annual IPE Day on Feb. 19 to impart interprofessional skills competencies to students in each of the schools, including the Graduate School.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Professor Named to Institute of Medicine Research Committee

Researchers seeking to improve cardiac arrest outcomes in the U.S.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Student Awarded Medical Informatics Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Fellowship aims to produce future leaders in medical informatics research.

School of Nursing Students Travel to Annapolis for Advocacy Day 2014

Six School of Nursing students accompanied Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, to Annapolis for the School’s annual Advocacy Day on March 11.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty Member Selected as Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Fellows have demonstrated major contributions to clinical practice, research, education, or policy.

School of Nursing Mourns Loss of Dean Emeritus Nan Hechenberger

University of Maryland School of Nursing Dean Emeritus Nan Hechenberger, PhD, RN, died Thursday, March 6.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Professor Elected Fellow of Internationally Renowned Academy

Fellows have devoted their work to improving occupational and environmental health.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Professor Receives Distinguished Researcher Award

Award given to individual whose research has enhanced practice of nursing in Southern region.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Professor Co-Authors Award-Winning Textbook

Textbook awarded first place for Information Technology/Informatics.

Learn More About the DNP Program by Watching New Informational Videos

Videos feature an alumna, current student, and faculty members.

Five University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty Members Awarded Nurse Educator Doctoral Grants

Recipients will receive a $30,000 grant to assist with educational and professional expenses.

Retired University of Maryland School of Nursing Professor, Dr. Sue A. Thomas, Awarded Emeritus Status

Thomas will continue to work with faculty and students.