February 2014

Welcome to the February issue of School of Nursing News, an electronic newsletter designed to inform, engage, inspire, and connect with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other constituents of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). 

Join us in Celebrating UMSON’s 125th Anniversary

2014 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of UMSON, and a year of special events is being planned to celebrate this historic milestone. As details are finalized, information will be shared via the UMSON website and e-newsletter, and the U.S. mail. We hope you will join us in celebrating UMSON’s 125th year of educating nurses. Click the logo below to learn more!

Faculty Emeritus Status Awarded to Sue A. Thomas

Sue A. Thomas, PhD, RN, MS ’72, FAAN, former professor and assistant dean for the PhD program, has been granted emeritus status by the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Highlights from her career include leading an extensive update of the UMSON’s PhD curriculum and the development of the Centers of Research Excellence. Dr. Thomas’ research focused on cardiovascular health. Read more at: http://www.nursing.umaryland.edu/news/5083.

Ogbolu Receives MLK Recognition Award

Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD ’11, MS ’05, BSN ’04, RN, CRNP, assistant professor, received the Outstanding Faculty Award at the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History Month Commemoration, held Feb. 10. The annual MLK Diversity Recognition Awards are presented to individuals or groups that have played a leadership role or been an integral part of the diversity effort at UMB.

Ogbolu, who is also deputy director of UMSON’s Office of Global Health, has devoted 20 years to working across local, state, national, and international levels to address issues of health disparities and cultural competency, especially among newborns. She mentors nurse leaders from sub-Saharan Africa and local high school students to encourage health careers. She collaborated with the National Office of Minority Health/SRA to develop an innovational educational module on the National Standards for Cultural and Linguistically Appropriate Care. In West Africa, she focuses on newborn survival, and led the development of educational curricula and four nursing university partnerships. She has participated on the Governor’s Task Force on Infant Mortality and led a subcommittee of the Cultural Competency Task Force.

Welcome New Faculty and Staff...

Alisha Borden, MPH, has joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, as an academic program specialist for the Institute for Educators in Nursing and the Health Professions. Alisha comes to the School of Nursing from the Houston Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Epidemiology, where she served as an administrative assistant. Prior to that position, she was an intern at the University of Maryland Institute of Virology: JACQUES Initiative. Alisha holds an MPH from the University of Texas School of Public Health and a BS in biology from Stevenson University.

Beth Barrows, MS ’13, BSN ’05, RN, has joined the Department of Family and Community Health as a clinical Instructor. Beth comes to UMSON from Kaiser Permanente, where she worked as a clinical nurse in the Urgent Care/Clinical Decision Unit. She holds an MS and BSN from UMSON, and a BA in psychology from the University of Massachusetts School of Arts and Sciences.

Ann Marie Felauer, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC/PC, has joined the Department of Family and Community Health as a clinical instructor. Ann Marie comes to the School of Nursing from Marquette University, where she worked as a clinical faculty member in the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program. She simultaneously served as a critical care pediatric nurse practitioner at the Medical College of Wisconsin/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She holds an MSN and a BSN from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a post-master’s certificate in Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Rush University.

Patricia “Patty” Franklin, PhD, MSN, has joined the Department of Family and Community Health as an assistant professor and the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives as director of professional education. Patty comes to UMSON from George Washington University where she worked as a program evaluation design and management consultant for the Washington (D.C.) Area Geriatric Education Consortium Center. In addition, she worked as a research assistant at George Mason University (GMU), College of Health and Human Services. Prior to this, Patty managed the John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program at the American Academy of Nursing. She holds a PhD from GMU and an MSN from the Catholic University of America.

Maranda Jackson-Parkin, PhD ’13, MS ’06, has joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as an assistant professor. Maranda comes to UMSON from Holy Cross Hospital, where she worked as a clinical nurse specialist for the Surgical Intensive Care, Neurological Intensive Care, and Progressive Care Units, and as an acute care nurse practitioner. She holds a PhD, an MS, and a post-master’s certificate in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions from UMSON.

Lori Gross Mooney, MS ’09, BSN ‘05, PMHNP-BC, CRNP-PMH, has joined the Department of Family and Community Health as a clinical instructor. Lori most recently served as a clinical preceptor for UMSON’s Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, and prior to that position, she worked as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services. She holds an MS and BSN from UMSON.

Karin Russ, MS ’09, BSN ’89, has joined the Department of Family and Community Health as a clinical instructor. Karin has worked as an adjunct faculty member at the Universities at Shady Grove and UMSON since 2009. She has also served as National Coordinator for the Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment. Karin holds an MS, a BSN, and a post-master’s certificates in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions and Environmental Health Nursing from UMSON.

Celeste Seger, MS ’13, BSN ’10, has joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as a clinical instructor. She most recently worked as a contractual instructor with UMSON and as a nursing instructor at Anne Arundel Community College. Celeste holds an MS and a BSN from UMSON and is currently enrolled in UMSON’s PhD program.

Faculty & Staff Kudos...

Five UMSON Faculty Members Awarded Nurse Educator Doctoral Grants

The following UMSON faculty members have been awarded the Nurse Educator Doctoral Grant (NEDG) for Practice and Dissertation Research. Bimbola Akintade, PhD ’11, MS ’05, MBA, MHA, ACNP-BC, CCRN, BSN ’03, assistant professor and specialty director, Trauma, Critical Care; Deborah Busch, DNP, CPNP-PC, CLC, assistant professor; Mary Fey, MS ’01, RN, assistant professor and director, Clinical Simulation Laboratories; Margaret Hammersla, MS ’05, BSN ’95, RN, CRNP, assistant professor; and Rachel Onello, MS ’07, CNL, RN, clinical instructor, received awards of $30,000. The competitive grant is designed to assist PhD and Doctor of Nursing Practice candidates while pursuing their advanced degrees. Read more at: http://www.nursing.umaryland.edu/news/5089.

Susan Bindon, DNP ’11, RN-BC, assistant professor, has been appointed coeditor-in-chief for the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development (JNPD). The official journal of the Association of Nursing Professional Development, JNPD is a reliable resource for nurse educators in various hospital, health care, and continuing education settings. 

Nancy Lerner, DNP '10, BSN '66, RNassistant professor; Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN,associate professor and interim assistant dean for the PhD program; Alison Trinkoff, ScD, RN, FAAN, professor; Carla Storr, ScD, MPH, professor; and  Kihye Han, PhD ’11,  co-authored the following article:

Lerner, N., Johantgen, M., Trinkoff, A., Storr, C., Han, K. (2013). Are nursing home survey deficiencies higher in facilities with greater staff turnover. Journal of the American Medical Directors AssociationVol. 15, Issue 2, pp. 102-107. http://www.jamda.com/article/S1525-8610(13)00527-6/fulltext

Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, was recently elected as a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, an academy that assesses present and future risks of injury and disease attributable to the workplace and the environment. Its elected Fellows are internationally distinguished, intellectually dependent physicians, scientists, and advocates who have devoted their professional lives to the improvement of occupational and environmental health.

Mary Etta Mills, ScD, MS ’73, BSN ’71, RN, FAAN, professor; Linda Hickman, PhD ‘98, MBA, RN, FACHE, assistant professor; and Joan I. Warren, PhD ’04, MS ‘88, RN-BC, director of professional practice and research at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, co-authored the following publication:

Mills, M.E., Hickman, L.J., & Warren, J.I. (2014). Developing dual role nursing staff-clinical instructor: A partnership model. Journal of Nursing Administration, Vol. 44, No.2.

Veronica Njie-Carr, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FWACN, assistant professor, gave a keynote address, "Evidence-based Nursing Practice: Implications for Nursing Education and Practice," at the West African College of Nursing (WACN) Sub-Regional Conference, held in The Gambia in December 2013.  Dr. Njie-Carr was inducted as a Fellow of the WACN (FWACN) in March 2013.

The textbook, Health Informatics: An Interprofessional Approach, co-authored by Nancy Staggers, PhD ’92, MS ‘85, RN, FAAN, professor, and Ramona Nelson, PhD, RN-BC, ANEF, FAAN, was selected as the American Journal of Nursing’s Book of the Year in the Division of Information Technology/Informatics. Read more at: http://www.nursing.umaryland.edu/news/5118.

In the News...

Subject: Quality problems in America's nursing homes tied to turnover
Source: ScienceDaily.com - Feb.9
Summary: Assistant Professor Nancy Lerner, DNP ’10, BSN ‘66, RN, CDONA, and Professor Alison Trinkoff, ScD, RN, FAAN, are featured in the article, "Quality Problems in America's Nursing Homes Tied to Turnover."

Subject: On the Move
Source: Baltimore Sun - Feb. 2
Summary: A news brief highlighted Sue Ann Thomas’, PhD, RN, FAAN, new Faculty Emeritus status.

Subject: Can a Nurse Be Worked to Death?
Source: American Journal of Nursing – Jan. 30
Summary: Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor, was quoted in the story, “Can a Nurse Be Worked to Death?”

Subject: Enrollment Growth Slows at U.S. Nursing Schools
Source: NurseZone.com – Jan. 29
Summary: Janice Hoffman, PhD, RN, ANEF, assistant professor and assistant dean for the BSN program, is quoted in the article, “Enrollment Growth Slows at U.S. Nursing Schools.”

Subject: Researchers Develop Valid and Accurate Model for Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy
Source: Medical News Today - Jan. 29
Summary: The University of Maryland Schools of Nursing and of Medicine were mentioned in the article, "Researchers Develop Valid and Accurate Model for Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy." 

Subject: Liam Butler talks to CEO of NZ Food and Grocery Council
Source: scoop.co.nz - Jan. 29
Summary: The School of Nursing was mentioned in the article, "Liam Butler talks to CEO of NZ Food and Grocery Council." 

Subject: Increasing Need for Nurses in Primary Care Role
Source: Journal-News (Ohio) - Jan. 27
Summary: Dean Jane Kirschling was quoted in the article, "Increasing Need for Nurses in Primary Care Role.”

Subject: Human Muscle Growing in Mice Provides a New Research Tool for FSH Muscular Dystrophy
Source: ktxdtv.com - Jan. 24
Summary: The School of Medicine and the School of Nursing were mentioned in the article, "Human Muscle Growing in Mice Provides a New Research Tool for FSH Muscular Dystrophy." 

Subject: Stories Performed With 'Sincerity and Serenity’
Source: theepochtimes.com - Jan. 20
Summary: Karen Kauffman, PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN, associate professor and chair, Department of Family and Community Health, was quoted in the article, "Stories Performed With 'Sincerity and Serenity,’ Says Professor." 

Subject: UMSON Faculty Member Appointed to Maryland CareFirst Board of Directors
Source: Nurse.com - Jan. 12
Summary: Ann Mech, JD, MS '78, BSN '76, RN, assistant professor and coordinator of legal affairs, is featured in the article, "UMSON Faculty Member Appointed to Maryland CareFirst Board of Directors.”

Subject: UMSON Assistant Director Selected to NLN Leadership Program
Source: Nurse.com - Jan. 10
Summary: Veronica Amos, PhD, CRNP, PHCNS-BC, assistant professor and assistant director for nurse anesthesia, is featured in the article, "UMSON Assistant Director Selected to NLN Leadership Program." 

Subject: Welcome To Age 50: Top Caregiving Tips
Source: Forbes - Jan. 8
Summary: Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, PhD, RN, MS ’72, FAAN,professor, is quoted in the article, "Welcome to Age 50: Top Caregiving Tips." 

Subject: 5 Myths and Misunderstandings About Obesity
Source: The Denver Post - Dec.27
Summary: The School of Nursing was mentioned in the article "5 Myths and Misunderstandings About Obesity." 

Mark Your Calendar...

Entry Into Practice Open House – 9 a.m. Saturday, March 15 – UMSON – RSVP to openhouse@son.umaryland.edu or call 410-706-0501, option #2.

2014 Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics – July16-18 - UMSON. To register and for more information, go to: http://www.nursing.umaryland.edu/sini.

Alumni News & Notes...

Alumni Career Resources Web Page Launched

We are excited to announce the launch of  UMSON’s alumni career resource Web page! Whether you are just beginning your nursing career or you are an experienced professional looking for a new opportunity, there are many resources that can help you be more successful. Visit the new Web page at: http://www.nursing.umaryland.edu/alumni/career-resources.

If you have questions or would like to share your ideas about additional resources to place on this site, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, at alumni@son.umaryland.edu or 410-706-0647.

UMSON Spirit Merchandise Now Available Online

UMSON spirit merchandise is now available online at: http://www.nursing.umaryland.edu/alumni/shop. Some items available for purchase include notecards with historical images from the UMSON Living History Museum; a plush crab in UMSON’s school colors; and a spacious tote bag with an image on the front created by local artist and architect Tom Bauley that depicts traditional, historical, and contemporary images of UMSON and the University of Maryland Medical Center. The UMSON license plate frame will show your pride no matter where you travel in your car! If you have questions or need more information, contact Lorrie Voytek at voytek@son.umaryland.edu or 410-706-7640.

Class Notes

Angel H. Angco, MBA, BSN ’04, is employed as Director of Nursing and Quality Services at HealthBridge Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. She earned an MBA from Texas A&M University.

Amy Bassford, MS ’12, is employed as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Children First Pediatrics in Rockville, Md. 

Megan Zahnow Bowlding, MS ’12, is employed as a Staff Nurse 1 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md.

Stephan Davis, MS, BSN ’07, MHSA, RN, FACHE, has been named a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders. Stephan has held leadership positions for hospitals and health insurance companies, and serves on the Board of Directors for APICHA Community Health Center in New York City. In addition to his BSN from UMSON, he holds a Master’s in Health Systems Administration from Georgetown University and is a Doctor of Nursing Practice candidate at Yale University.

Kevin Driscoll, MSN, CRNA, BSN ’05, is currently employed at First Colony Anesthesia. He is a 2013-2014 Emerging Leader Fellow with the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists. In addition, Kevin is a Fellow of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety, and he co-chaired the PACU clinical community for Johns Hopkins Medicine. He earned a BSN from UMSON after being deployed with the United States Coast Guard, and an MSN from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Lisa Hinterleiter Ewald, BSN ’98, is working as an ER/Trauma RN at ECC Management, LLC, in Houston, Texas.

Patricia Hong, MS, BSN ’72, was recently inducted into the Alaska Association Hall of Fame, the eighth nurse to receive this honor. She held a number of leadership positions in the association, including president. Patricia was also active in practice and political initiatives while living in Alaska. She retired from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2005 and now lives in Issaquah, Wash.

LaTonya Ivy, MS ’09, earned a Master of Science degree in Public Health/Community Nursing with a focus on diabetes prevention and management. Her passion for diabetes management occurred while working as an adult surgical transplant nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she had the opportunity to participate in the diabetes super user train-the-trainer program. Since graduating from UMSON, LaTonya has been certified as a diabetes educator and is board certified in advanced diabetes management.

Loree Smith LaChance, MSN, MHA, BSN ’89, is employed at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, Texas. Since graduating from UMSON, she has earned a Master’s in Health Administration and a Master of Science in Nursing degree.

Katie Potter-Lanier, MS ’11, welcomed her son, Gregory Paul, in February 2013. She is currently working for Baltimore County Public Schools Health Services and for Towson University in their Community Health Program.

Event Recaps

New Grads Receive Pizza and Encouragement at NCLEX Review

Janice Hoffman PhD ’06, RN, CCRN, assistant professor and assistant dean for the BSN program; Kelley WilsonMSN, RN, assistant professor, Michele Michael, PhD, MS ’74, CRNP, assistant professor; and Karen McQuillan, MS ’83, BSN ’81, Alumni Council member-at-large, donned aprons and served pizza to December 2013 graduates attending a three-day NCLEX review course at UMSON on December 13. The lunch, sponsored by the UMSON Alumni Association, provided a welcome break from the rigorous exam prep. New graduates at the Universities at Shady Grove enjoyed a pizza lunch on December 17.  

Alumni Staff Nurse’s Station at Paul’s Place on January 15

Special thanks to UMSON alumni who responded to the call for volunteers to help staff the nurse’s clinic at Paul’s Place on January 15, in connection with the Alumni Association’s Community Service program.

Paul’s Place is a non-profit located in Southwest Baltimore that provides men, women, and children with a number of services, including hot meals, educational training, after school programs, clothing, and access to a nurse’s clinic. Through a partnership between UMSON and Paul’s Place, UMSON students staff the clinic during the school year as part of their clinical experience. However, volunteers are needed to staff the clinic when UMSON students are not in sessions, i.e. Dec-Jan and May-Aug. If you would like more information about volunteering at Paul’s Place, contact Jayna Powell at jpowell@paulsplaceoutreach.org or 410-625-0775.

If you are interested in volunteering through the Alumni Association Community Service Program, send an email with your contact information and availability to alumni@son.umaryland.edu. For more information, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, at alumni@son.umaryland.edu or 410-706-7640 or Liz Krug, MS ’10, at elizabeth.a.krug@gmail.com.  We welcome your participation.

Luncheon with Dean Kirschling in Naples, Fla. – February 1

Alumni enjoyed meeting with Dean Jane Kirschling and networking at a luncheon on Saturday, Feb 1, at McCormick and Schmick’s in Naples, Fla.

Upcoming Events

San Antonio Networking Event – Wednesday, Feb. 12

We hope you will join Dean Jane Kirschling and fellow alumni at a networking event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 12 at Sazo’s Latin Grill, Marriott Rivercenter,101 Bowie Street, San Antonio. The event will feature light appetizers, prize drawings, and a cash bar. RSVP at alumni@son.umaryland.edu or 410-706-7640.

Reunion 2014 – Saturday, April 26

If your DIN or BSN graduation year ends in a “4” or “9” or if you earned a master’s degree in 2009 in the Clinical Nurse Leader program, mark your calendar for the 2014 Reunion being heldSaturday, April 26. Invitations have been mailed; you can RSVP online at: https://cf.umaryland.edu/checkout/son/2014-alumni-reunion/. If you haven’t received your invitation, please update your contact information at: http://www.nursing.umaryland.edu/alumni/update and we will mail you an invitation. For more information, visit the alumni website at http://nursing.umaryland.edu/alumni. If you would like to volunteer as a Class Representative or have any questions, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, at sikorski@son.umaryland.edu or 410-706-0674.