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April 2012

Welcome to the April 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).

Komen Lecture Addresses Implications of Chemotherapy

Daniel F. Hayes, MD, professor and clinical director of the Breast Oncology Program at the University of Michigan Cancer Center, delivered the 2012 Komen Distinguished Lecture, “Determining Who Gets Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer: Biology vs. Anatomy,” at the School of Nursing in March. Dr. Hayes explained that in the past, all women with small tumors that were completely removed with surgery were offered adjuvant chemotherapy. However, most of these women are cured by surgery and do not need additional treatment. He identified various biological characteristics of an individual woman’s tumor that may predict whether she will respond to adjuvant endocrine therapy or to adjuvant chemotherapy. Dr. Hayes presented data showing that some women with aggressive tumors will not benefit from chemotherapy, while others will derive great benefit. Still others can be effectively treated with endocrine therapy alone.

Conference Offers Practical Strategies for More Effective Teaching

“Teaching Better, Working Smarter: Practical Strategies,” was the theme of a conference presented by the UMSON’s Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions, held March 7 at the School. The conference offered information on a variety of instructional methods to help nursing faculty members to teach more effectively and engage students in their learning.

Keynote speaker Greg DeBourgh, EdD, RN, ANEF, professor, University of San Francisco School of Nursing, urged attendees to change their teaching focus from “covering content” to teaching “CPR” – Cognition (advanced reasoning and clinical judgment skills), Process (mental processes of learning, application, and process), and Role (thinking as a nurse: professional competencies). Dr. DeBourgh also stressed the Essentials of Nursing Education (Core Competencies for Current and Future Nurses) of Teamwork and Collaboration, Evidence-based Practice, Quality Improvement, Informatics, Safety, and Patient-Centered Care.

Dr. Carol O’Neil, Dr. Greg DeBourgh, Dean Janet Allan, and Dr. Susan Bindon

Dr. Barbara Resnick Among Women’s History Month Panelists

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor and Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Endowed Chair in Gerontology, took part in a Women’s History Month panel discussion, “Herstory,” held March 26 at UMSON. Sponsored by University Events, the discussion featured compelling stories about University of Maryland women who have been making history for more than 100 years. Other panelists and honorees included Diane Bell-McKoy, MSW, president and CEO of Associated Black Charities; Angela Brodie, PhD, professor, UM School of Medicine; Christine Edwards, JD, executive vice president and general counsel for Dean Witter; Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, professor and vice chair for education, Dept. of Pharmacy Practice and Science, UM School of Pharmacy; and Emilie Foeking, DDS (deceased), the first woman to graduate from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery (today’s UM School of Dentistry).

Faculty and Staff Appointments

Belinda A. Clifford, MSN, RN, CPOCE, will join the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as a clinical instructor on April 9. Belinda comes to the School of Nursing from MedStar Health, where she worked as a simulation education consultant in the Simulation and Training Environment Lab. Prior to that position, she worked as a breastfeeding counselor/education specialist and a nursing grant coordinator/education specialist at Harbor Hospital in Baltimore. Belinda holds both a BSN and MSN from Georgetown University School of Nursing.

Angelique “Angel” Hamilton has joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as an administrative assistant. Angel comes to the School of Nursing from the UMOJA Head Start Academy in Baltimore, where she was program secretary. Prior to that position, Angel was an administrative assistant at the National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency Medical Systems at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Walter J. Malecki, CPA, has been named assistant dean for administrative services. Walt served as UMSON’s acting assistant dean for administration and finance since March 2011, and from 2009 to 2011, he was the School’s director of finance. He previously served as Manager of Accounts Payable for University of Maryland, Baltimore Financial Services.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Susan Bindon, DNP, RN-BC, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, compiled a collection of the best articles (33 out of 155 she reviewed) on the preparation, role, and importance of preceptors for posting to the Journal for Nurses in Staff Development (JNSD) website, for which she serves as editor. Dr. Bindon’s work is the topic of an editorial in the March 20012 issue of the journal. (

Jana Goodson, PHR, human resource coordinator, Office of Administrative Services, recently earned certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR). The certification, awarded by the Human Resources Certification Institute, signifies that Jana possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resources necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the human resources field. To become certified, an applicant must pass a comprehensive examination and demonstrate a strong background of professional human resource experience.

A poster, “Conversations With Strangers: The Needs of Those Accessing an Online Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner on a Pancreatic Cancer Website,” by Marian Grant, DNP, CRNP, ACHPN, RN, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, won an Outstanding Poster award at the annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, held March 8 in Denver, Col.

Deborah B. McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, presented a lecture on oral palliative care in cancer patients receiving treatment in a pre-conference workshop at the Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine/Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, held March 7 in Denver, Col.

Dr. Deborah McGuire has been named an editorial consultant for Supportive Care in Cancer, the official journal of the Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer/International Society of Oral Oncology. In addition, she was appointed to the Scientific Program Subcommittee for the 2013 Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine/Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, co-authored a 34-chapter, 500-page book, Essentials of Critical Care Nursing: A Holistic Approach, with Dorrie Fontaine, PhD, MS ’77, RN, FAAN, dean of the University of Virginia School of Nursing.

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, associate professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, co-authored the following chapters:

Newhouse, R.P & Poe, S.S. (2012). The Practice Question. In Dearholt, S. & Dang, D.  (Eds.) Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Model and Guidelines (57-67). Sigma Theta Tau International: Indianapolis, IN.

Newhouse, R.P & White, K. (2012). Translation. In Dearholt, S. & Dang, D.  (Eds.) Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Model and Guidelines (145-160). Sigma Theta Tau International: Indianapolis, IN.

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, had the following new presentations and publications:


Distinguished Professor Series. Nanotechnology: The Promise and Peril in Healthcare.  William J. Patterson University, Patterson, NJ. March 15, 2012.

Tips and Tricks for Improving Usability in Electronic Health Records. National webinar for Siemens NI educational series. 400 sites/individuals. February 29, 2012.


Staggers, N. (2012). Improving the Usability of Health Informatics Applications. In T. Hebda, Handbook of Informatics for Nurses and Health Professionals, pp. 170-193. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Education. 

Koch, S., Weir, C., Haar, M., Staggers, N., Agutter, J., Goerges, M., et al. (2012). ICU nurses’ information needs and recommendations for integrated displays to improve nurses’ situational awareness. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, e-pub March 21, 2012.

Weir, C., Staggers, N., Laukert, T. (2012). Reviewing the Impact of Computerized Provider Order Entry on Clinical Outcomes: The Quality of Systematic Reviews. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 81, 219-231.E-pub February 20, 2012.

Mary Pat Ulicny MS, RN, clinical instructor and coordinator of the clinical simulation labs at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), and Pamela Shumate, MSN, RN, CCRN-CMC, clinical instructor at USG, have been accepted as 2012 Health Information Technology Scholars. They attended a 2-1/2 day conference in February to begin their year-long project to integrate a multi‑patient simulation incorporating the use of the electronic health record and an electronic medication dispensing system.

Mary Pat Ulincy and Pamela Shumate co-presented the following poster:           

Shumate, P. & Ulicny, M. P. (2012, March 7). Promoting Patient Safety Using a “Speed Simulation” Lab Experience, Poster presentation, Teaching Better, Working Smarter:  Practical Strategies conference, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD.

Pamela Shumate made the following presentations:

Shumate, P. An Introduction to 12-Lead ECGs, continuing education program, Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, MD, March 9, 2012.

Shumate, P. Pack Your Bags, We’re on the Beacon Journey, podium presentation, The Future Is Now, annual conference for Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, March 21, 2102.

Debra Wiegand, PhD, RN, CCRN, CHPN, FAHA, FAAN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, presented an oral research paper, “Family Management After Sudden Loss,” at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine & Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Annual Assembly, held March 9 in Denver, Col.

Debra Wiegand had the following new publication:

Wiegand, D.L. (2012). Family management after the sudden death of a family member. Journal of Family Nursing, 18(1), 146-163.

Alumni News & Notes

Calvert Moore, MS ‘11, RN, is featured in an article, “RN Becomes Educator in Baltimore Public Schools,” published in the April 2, 2012 edition of Nursing Spectrum magazine and posted on ( Calvert is a health resources coordinator in Healthy Schools Healthy Families program in four elementary/middle schools in the Cherry Hill area of Baltimore.

Baltimore Area Alumni Happy Hour Held March 29

Baltimore area alumni gathered for a networking happy hour on March 29 at Frank and Nic’s West End Grille on Pratt Street near the School of Nursing. Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to socialize with fellow alumni. Information will be forthcoming about the next UMSON alumni happy hour being planned for fall 2012!

Alumni Happy Hour Attendees

There’s Still Time to Register for Reunion 2012 on Saturday, April 28!

The UMSON Alumni Reunion, for alumni who graduated with a DIN or BSN degree in years ending in a “2” or “7,” is almost here. Send in your RSVP today and plan to come back to Baltimore on Saturday, April 28, to network with fellow alumni and rekindle memories of your nursing student days. RSVP online at or send your registration card and payment information by fax to 410-706-0399 or by mail to University of Maryland School of Nursing, 655 West Lombard Street, Room W205, Baltimore, MD 21201. 

For more Reunion information visit or call Cynthia Sikorski at 410-706-0674. We look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you on Saturday, April 28!

Annual Trauma/Critical Care Alumni Dinner Slated for Sunday, May 20

Save the date and plan to attend the Annual Trauma/Critical Care Alumni Dinner and informal reunion (in conjunction with the AACN National Teaching Institute Conference), to be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Join Patricia Morton, PhD ‘89, MS ‘79, RN, ANCP, FAAN, UMSON associate dean for academic affairs, and UMSON’s Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing faculty members, alumni, students, and friends at the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Fla. RSVP by April 30. To register online, visit: For questions or additional information, contact Cynthia Sikorski at 410-706-0674, or

Mark Your Calendar!

Practice Based on Evidence:  The Future of Nursing” – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 12 & 13. To register or for more information, call 410-706-3767 or visit:

Ann Ottney Cain Endowed Lecture – “Developing, Testing, and Sustaining Child Mental Health Interventions in Low-Income Communities” – 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19. Featuring Deborah Gross, DNSc, RN, Leonard and Helen Stulman Professor in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Free admission; registration required. To register or for more information, call 410-706-3767, or visit:

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School of Nursing “In the News”

Deborah Witt Sherman, PhD, CRNP, ACHPN, ANP-BC, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, led a study that found no significant differences in physical adjustment of patients with early-stage breast cancer who had educational and supportive steps compared to usual care.

The University of Maryland School of Nursing recently advanced to 19th place among nursing schools receiving research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor and interim associate dean for research, is quoted.

Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor and president of the American Geriatrics Society, suggests that hospitals need to change how they care for the elderly by getting them out of bed and interacting with others when possible.

Announcing her plans to retire this summer, Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing, discussed her 10 years as dean of the program, the state of nursing, and how it all has changed since she became a nurse in the 1960s.

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