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April 2011

Welcome to the April 2011 issue of School of Nursing News, an electronic newsletter designed to inform, engage, inspire, and connect with faculty members, staff, students, alumni, and other constituents of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON).

UMSON Receives High Rankings from U.S.News & World Report

The 2012 edition of U.S.News & World Report “America’s Best Graduate Schools” placed four of UMSON’s master’s specialties among the nation’s top 10. The Health Services Leadership and Management specialty was ranked #3; Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, #7; Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, #8; and Family Nurse Practitioner, #9.  UMSON’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner master’s specialty received a #15 ranking and the Nurse Anesthesia master’s specialty was ranked #17. Out of 467 nursing schools surveyed and ranked by nursing school deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs, UMSON received an overall score of 4.2 out of a possible, 5.0, placing it at #11 nationally. UMSON shares this spot with three other nursing schools.  

EBP Conference Focuses on Impact of Health Care Reform

The eighth annual Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Conference, “Nursing Practice Based on Evidence: The Emerging Impact of Health Care Reform,” held at UMSON March 31-April 1, examined how nursing practice will be impacted by the recent dramatic changes in health care. Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN, administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, delivered the Lura Jane Emery Distinguished Lecture, “The Affordable Care Act—Entering a New Age of Service, Quality, and Care.” The Distinguished Panel, consisting of Carol Raphael, MAP, president and CEO, Visiting Nurse Service of New York; Winifred V. Quinn, PhD, senior legislative representative, AARP; and Frances B. Phillips, MHSA, BSN, RN, deputy secretary for public health services, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, discussed “Health Care Reform: New Directions in Community and Public Health.” The annual conference is co-sponsored by UMSON and the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System. For more information, visit

Dean Janet Allan, Dr. Mary Wakefield, and UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD

3-G Simulation Event at USG Highlights Interprofessional Education

The University of Maryland, Baltimore Committee on Collaboration, Interprofessional, and Interdisciplinary Education Strategies (CIPES) presented an interprofessional critical care simulation event, “Team-Based Decision Making for Real-World Patient Care,” at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) on Friday, April 1. Students from the Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy, along with a respiratory therapy student from Salisbury University, worked collaboratively on a case to learn how different disciplines and professions can work together to provide high quality service to the populations they serve. UMB President Jay Perman, MD, also participated in the scenario. Following the exercise, Dr. Perman gave a presentation on interprofessional education. Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs at UMSON, is a co-chair of the CIPES. For more information, visit

Dr. Jay Perman discusses a case with nursing, pharmacy, and respiratory therapy students.

Komen Grant Receives Sixth Year of Funding

UMSON was recently awarded a sixth year of funding, in the amount of $204,738, from the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, for the Komen Maryland Affiliate Nursing Partnership: Advancing Education and Practice grant. The goal of the partnership is to heighten the awareness, knowledge, and skills of nursing, pharmacy, and social work students as well as practicing health professionals, about the current state of the science concerning the prevention, detection, and treatment of people with breast cancer. The new funding will allow the partnership to expand to Salisbury University students as well as health professionals at the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Greenebaum Cancer Center. In year six, Deborah McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, will be the principal investigator of the grant and co-director for administration. Nina Trocky, DNP, RN, clinical instructor, will serve as co-director for dissemination, and Kathleen Griffith, PhD, CRNP, AOCN, assistant professor, will be co-director for education and the scholar-in-residence. 

Meeting Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson

Assistant Professors Kathy Haut, DNP, CRNP, PNP, RN; Chris Calamaro, PhD, CRNP; and Karen McClure, DNP, CRNP, RN-C, pose with renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Ben S. Carson, MD, at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner’s 32nd Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care, held March 28 in Baltimore. Drs. Haut and Calamaro presented at the conference.

Faculty & Staff Appointments

Anne Brenner, BA, has joined UMSON as a coordinator in the Office of Global Health. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both History and Anthropology from the University of Iowa and a teaching certificate from the University of Northern Iowa. She most recently worked as a middle school teacher in the Baltimore City Public School System.

Shannon McClellan, Esq., MBA, recently returned to UMSON as special assistant to the dean. She worked at UMSON from 2003-2008 and left the School to practice law. She worked as an assistant public defender in Talbot Co., Md., for the last three years, and served over 700 clients in both District and Circuit courts, including multiple jury trials. Shannon holds a JD and an MBA from the University of Baltimore.

Adesola (Dessy) Sobowale, MBA, has joined UMSON as an accountant in the Office of Administrative Services. She holds an MBA from the University of Maryland University College and a BS from Olabisi Onabanjo University in Nigeria. She most recently worked as an accounting associate (payroll) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Susan Antol, MS, RN, assistant professor and director of the Governor’s Wellmobile Program, presented, "Partnership Strategies for Sustainability in the New Era of Health Reform: The University of Maryland School of Nursing's Governor's Wellmobile Program," at the National Nursing Centers Consortium Conference, held March 16 in San Antonio, Texas.

Assistant Professors Jocelyn Farrar, DNP, CCRN, ACNP-BC, and Kathryn Von Reuden, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, FCCM, have been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Trauma Nursing.

Terry Laidlow, DNP, RN, clinical instructor, and her team from Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, won a 2011 Nursing I.T. Innovation Award. This national recognition acknowledges excellence and inventiveness in the use of information technology in the field of nursing to directly improve patient care and safety. 

Sherrie Lessans, PhD, RN, assistant professor, was awarded a $5,000 research grant from Pi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International for her study, “Docetaxel-induced Allodynia in the Mouse.”

Associate Professors Yulan Liang, PhD, and Arpad Kelemen, PhD, co-authored the following publication:

Liang, Y., Kelemen, A. (2011). Sequential support vector regression with embedded entropy for SNP selection and disease classification. Journal of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining, DOI: 10.1002/sam.10110.

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor, was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for 2011 by the Maryland Daily Record. Each year since 1996, the Top 100 Women program has recognized outstanding achievement by Maryland women as demonstrated through professional accomplishment, community leadership, and mentoring. The 2011 winners will be honored May 9 at an event being held at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

The University of Maryland’s Function Focused Care program and Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAAN, professor, UMSON, received a Dorland Health 2011 Silver Crown Award in the Aging in Place category. The awards program honors excellence and dedication among industry-leading organizations that provide exceptional services, products, and information to the 55 and over community, and also recognizes individual health care professionals who achieve great success working with the senior population. Dr. Resnick traveled to Las Vegas to accept the award on behalf of the University.

Rosemarie Satyshur, PhD, RN, assistant professor, earned a certificate of completion from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing/Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice inaugural Microsystem Academy and was invited to serve on the founding advisory board to support continued national efforts of the Academy.

Rosemarie Satyshur, PhD, RN, presented, “Developing Microsystems to Achieve Academic and Clinical Excellence,” at the AACN 2011 Master's Education Conference,  “Transitions and Transformation: The Changing Nature of Master's Education in Nursing,” held recently in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Suzanne Frey Sherwood, MS, RN, assistant professor, presented “Substance Abuse and Trauma: a Deadly Combination,” at the Futures Conference of the Chesapeake Bay Chapter, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, held recently in Towson, Md.

Mary Pat Ulincy, MS, RN, clinical instructor and clinical simulation lab coordinator, Universities at Shady Grove (USG); Karen Clark, PhD, RN, assistant professor, USG; and Kathryn Schaivone, MS, RN, director, UMSON Clinical Education and Evaluation Laboratory, attended the Advances In Medical Simulation (AIMS) Conference, held recently in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the conference was to advocate to Maryland legislators on behalf of AIMS, a coalition of nationally recognized individuals and organizations committed to promoting health care simulation as a way of improving patient safety, reducing medical errors, ensuring provider competency, providing adequate training to health care professionals, and reducing overall health care costs. 

Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, assistant dean for the nursing program at USG, presented, “Overview of Worksite Wellness and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” at the National Nursing Centers Consortium Conference held March 16 in San Antonio, Texas.

Student News

PhD student Bimbola Akintade, MS, ACNP, CCRN, received a $1,500 doctoral student research grant from Pi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, for his dissertation study, “The Relationship of Anxiety and/or Depression to Quality of Life of Atrial Fibrillation and Arterial Flutter Patients After Catheter Ablation Procedures.”

Alumni News & Notes

Looking for a Unique Gift? Consider an Auditorium Seat!

Consider naming an UMSON auditorium seat in honor of, or in memory of, a friend, family member, faculty member, or classmate – or place your own name on it! Special prices, available now until June 30, 2011, are $250 for each seat or $450 for two. Prices will increase to $350 per seat or $600 for two on July 1, 2011. The cost includes a plaque inscribed with the name of your choice that will be affixed to the arm of the chair(s). Please consider this meaningful way to pay homage to a significant person in your life. Contact Stacey Conrad in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 410-706-7640 or for more information.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Reunion 2011

The 2011 Alumni Reunion, being held Saturday, April 30, will honor undergraduate classes ending in “6” or “1.” Come to Baltimore to reconnect with classmates and renew your pride in UMSON!  For information, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, 410-706-0674, or alumni@son.umaryland.

Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing Dinner

Join Patricia Morton, PhD ’89, MS ‘79, RN, FAAN, associate dean for student and academic affairs, and UMSON Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing (TCCEN) faculty members, alumni, students, and friends for a TCCEN alumni dinner and informal reunion Sunday, May 1, at Gioco Restaurant, 1312 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL. The event is being held in conjunction with the AACN National Teaching Institute Conference. Watch the mail for your invitation. For questions or additional information, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, 410-706-0674, or  

Denver Alumni Event Scheduled for June

Attention Colorado alumni! Join Dean Janet Allan and Laurette Hankins, associate dean for development and alumni relations, for an alumni networking event in Denver on Thursday, June 23. More details are forthcoming.  For questions or additional information, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, 410-706-0674, or

Mark Your Calendar!

Students United for Policy, Education, and Research (SUPER); Nurses for Global Health; and the University Student Government Association are co-sponsoring, “How HIV/AIDS Federal Funding Policies Shape Health Care Provider Activities Worldwide” – Tuesday, April 12 – 3:30-5 p.m. UMSON, Room W-202. Free admission. For more information, contact Dr. Catherine Kelleher, 410-706-3187 or

SUPER and the Graduate Nurses Association are co-sponsoring “Health Care Reform: What’s In It for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals” – Monday, April 18 – 1-2 p.m. UMSON, Room 150. Guest speaker is Suzanne Begeny, PhD, RN, director of government affairs, American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Free admission. For more information, contact Dr. Catherine Kelleher, 410-706-3187 or

Komen Distinguished Lecture, “Breast Cancer Survivorship: Defining a New Normal”Thursday, April 14 - 4 p.m. UMSON, Room 130. Free admission. For more information, visit or call 410-706-3767.

Pi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau presents, “Practical Approaches to Translating Evidence at the Point of Care”Thursday, April 28 - 4 p.m. UMSON. Free admission. For more information, visit or call 410-706-3767.

Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics: Real Meaningful Use-Evolution or Revolution? - July 20-23, 2011; Preconference Tutorials - July 18-20.  For more information visit:

2011 Convocation Week Events

For more information on the events listed below, visit

Graduation Chart

School of Nursing "In the News"

Subject: 12-Hour Shifts
Source: - April 4
Summary: As a researcher, Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, can't help but worry about nurses: "I know this sounds sort of radical, but I believe that by doing the 12-hour shifts, we've [sent] a whole generation of nurses into poor health in later years." Geiger-Brown is an associate professor at the School of Nursing.

Subject: Nursing Students, Faculty Meet Maryland Legislators
Source: - April 4
Summary: About 50 School of Nursing representatives traveled to Annapolis to meet with legislators and encourage them to support funding for loan assistance repayment programs. The representatives also urged lawmakers to continue to support the governor's budget request for the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Subject: New Law Expected to Widen Marylanders' Access to Health Care
Source: WMAR-TV - 6 pm
Summary: A conference on the impact of health care reform held at the School of Nursing featured, among others, the deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Frances Phillips, MHSA, BSN, RN, who spoke about the steps being taken to offer care to more patients.

Subject: Shift Workers Risk Good Sleep
Source: - March 27
Summary: Many people who work overnight shifts struggle to remain awake no matter how long they've done it. School of Nursing professor Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor, says 20 percent of workers fall asleep during night shifts.

Subject: School of Nursing Spreads IOM Awareness
Source: Nursing Spectrum - March 7
Summary: Dean Janet D. Allan, RN, PhD, FAAN, is mentioned in a story about the School of Nursing hosting a regional meeting to launch an action plan to implement sweeping changes in the nursing profession.

Subject: Normal Sleep a 'Privilege' for Night Workers
Source: - March 26, WDTN-TV - March 26
Summary: Night workers are at higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions. Expert Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor at the School of Nursing, is quoted.

Subject: University of Maryland School of Nursing Places Well
Source: Baltimore Sun - March 15
Summary: According to rankings of graduate programs released Tuesday by U.S.News & World Report, the School of Nursing finished No. 11. The University's School of Medicine was 38th in its category, and the School of Law was 42nd in its category.'U.S.%20News'%20law%20school%20rankings%20are%20out,%20with%20revamped%20tiers&slreturn=1&hbxlogin=1

Subject: Nurse Managed Clinics Provide Critical Services
Source: - March 11
Summary: This nurse-led care initiative, managed by the School of Nursing, brings health care to underserved communities throughout Maryland.

Subject: Baltimore Goes From Lead Paint Cleanup Leader to 'In the Red'
Source: The Baltimore Sun - March 6
Summary: "We desperately need to have funds available," said Patricia McLaine, DrPH, MPH, RN, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, in a story about funding for lead paint abatement in Baltimore.

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