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February 2011

Welcome to 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).

Honors and Awards

Dr. Robin Newhouse Appointed to Federal Methodology Committee

Dr. Robin Newhouse

Robin P. Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, associate professor and assistant dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, was one of 15 members recently appointed to the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) by Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro, head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The Methodology Committee is responsible for helping PCORI develop and update methodological standards and guidance for comparative clinical effectiveness research. Dr. Newhouse was the only nurse selected for the newly-formed committee. Read more at: http://nursing.umaryland.edu/news/3262.

Dr. Vanessa Fahie Receives Campus Diversity Award

Vanessa Fahie, PhD, RN, assistant professor, received the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Outstanding Faculty/Staff Diversity Award at ceremonies held February 4 at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Vic Carter, anchor, WJZ-TV “Eyewitness News,” served as guest speaker for the annual event, which commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and recognizes UMB faculty and students who have played a leadership role or been an integral part of the diversity of the campus. The recipients serve as models of the ideals epitomized by the life and work of Dr. King.  Read more at: http://nursing.umaryland.edu/news/3278.

Vic Carter, Dr. Vanessa Fahie, Dean Allan, and Jay A. Perman

News from the Komen Partnership

Four master’s oncology students attended the 2010 San Antonio Breast Cancer Conference in December. Conferees are awarded a stipend through the Komen Partnership grant to support their registration and travel expenses for the conference. Upon their return, conferees are required to present what they learned to fellow students. Last year, more than 200 people were educated about breast cancer as a result of the conferees’ presentations.

Komen Conferees

Tish Knobf, PhD, RN, FAAN, an internationally known breast cancer researcher and scientist, will return to UMSON March 7-11 as the spring 2011 Komen Visiting Professor. Dr. Knobf is a professor at Yale University School of Nursing, where she is responsible for the nursing oncology master's program. If you would like to schedule a presentation by Dr. Knobf for your class or community group, e-mail Abby Plusen at plusen@son.umaryland.edu.

Faculty & Staff Appointments

Carlos Borroto, BS, has been hired as a laboratory research specialist working for Dr. Susan Dorsey.  He received his BS from Universidad de la Habana, Cuba, and expects to receive his MS in bioinformatics from the Johns Hopkins University in December 2011. Borroto previously worked in the Pathology Department at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Alexandria Horwitz, BA, has joined the Office of Development and Alumni Relations as donor relations coordinator. She received her BA from Wittenberg University in Ohio and comes to UMSON from the American Institute of Architects, Baltimore Chapter, where she served as assistant director.

Neruh Ramirez, MA, has joined the Office of Student and Academic Services as assistant director of the Student Success Center.  He received an MA and a BA from University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), and is currently enrolled in the PhD program at UMCP. Ramirez comes to UMSON from UMCP, where he served as coordinator for academic advising services, Letters and Sciences.

David Towsend, PhD, has been hired as a laboratory research specialist working for Dr. Susan Dorsey.  He received his PhD, MS, and BA from Rutgers University.  Towsend previously worked as a statistical and manuscript consultant at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

Faculty Publications

Janet Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor, co-authored two articles as follows:

Maeshiro, R., Evans, C.H., Stanley, J.M., Meyer, S.M., Spolsky, V.W., Shannon, S.C., Bigley, M.B., Allan, J.D., Lang. W.G., & Johnson, K.L. (2011). Using the clinical prevention and population health curriculum framework to encourage curricular change. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 40(2).

Zenzano, T., Allan, J.D., Bigley, M.B., Bushardt, R. L., Garr, D.R., Johnson, K.L., Lang, W.G., Maeshiro, R., Meyer, S.M., Shannon, S.C., Shannon, S.C., Spolsky, V.W. & Stanley, J.M. (2011). The roles of healthcare professionals in implementing clinical prevention and population health. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 40(2).

Kathryn Fornili, MPH, BSN, assistant professor, and Charon Burda, MS, CRNP-PMH, assistant professor, co-authored the following article:

Fornili, K. & Burda, C. (2010). Overview of current Federal policy for substance use disorders. Journal of Addictions Nursing. (21)4, 247-251.

Yulan Liang, PhD, associate professor, co-authored the following article:

Flynn, L., Liang, Y., Dickson, G.L. & Aiken, L.H. (2010). Effects of nursing practice environments on quality outcomes in nursing homes. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 58(12), 2401-2406.

Sandra McLeskey, PhD, RN, professor, co-authored the following article:

Chen, M., & McLeskey, S.W. (2010). Telomere-based cancer treatment: emerging targeted therapies. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 14(6), 720-726.

Kathryn T. Von Rueden, MS, EN, ACNS-BC, FCCM, assistant professor, and Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor, co-authored the following article:

Von Rueden, K.T., Hinderer, K.A., McQuillan, K.A., Logan, T., Kramer, B., Gilmore, R. & Friedmann, E. (2010). Secondary traumatic stress in trauma nurses: prevalence and prediction by exposure, coping, and personal/environmental characteristics. Journal of Trauma Nursing. 17( 4), 191-200.

Kelley M. Wilson, MSN, RN, assistant professor, authored the following article:

Miller-Wilson, K. (2011). They only come out at night; bed bugs and their alarming resurgence. Nursing 2011. 41(1), 54-58.

Student News

Two students from the Universities at Shady Grove were among the new slate of officers elected by the Maryland Association of Nursing Students at its annual convention, held at UMSON on January 29. Regina Leonard was elected president and Daniel Viera was elected vice president. 

Regina Leonard and Daniel Viera

Alumni News & Notes

Sister Charlotte Rose Kerr, BSN ’71, former adjunct faculty member at UMSON, was appointed a member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health in the Obama Administration. 

Elizabeth Schuyler Niemyer, BSN '78, was promoted to Rear Admiral of the Upper Half, U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, in August 2010.  She serves as the 23rd director of the Navy Nurse Corps at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, D.C. and leads a team of 2,840 active, 1,135 reserve, and 2,200 federal civilian nurses in support of Navy Medicine's mission. 

Pizza Lunch Held for Newest Alumni

The UMSON Alumni Association and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations sponsored a pizza lunch in December for recent graduates enrolled in the NCLEX prep classes. More than 100 of UMSON's newest alumni enjoyed the lunch and the words of encouragement they received from Dean Janet Allan; Patricia Morton, PhD ’89, MS ’79, RN, FAAN, associate dean for student and academic affairs; and Janice Hoffman, PhD, RN, assistant dean for the BSN program. Special thanks to Karen McQuillan, MS, ’86, BSN ’81, Alumni Council member-at-large and clinical nurse specialist at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, who volunteered to help at the event. 

Looking for a Unique Gift? Consider an Auditorium Seat!

Consider naming a 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, from now until June 30, are $250 for each seat or $450 for two. Prices will increase to $350 per seat or $600 for two on July 1. 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, 410-706-7640, or conrad@son.umaryland.edu for more information.

Help Make Your Alumni Today Directory the Best Ever!

UMSON alumni can be found across the nation and around the world. But no matter where their lives have led them, our alumni share a common bond. That’s why the UMB Foundation, Inc. has contracted Harris Connect, the largest alumni publication company in the U.S., to create Alumni Today, a new publication designed to help keep our alumni connected.  

Harris Connect will produce a beautiful hardcover publication with up-to-date contact information so alumni can reconnect for personal and professional networking. The publication will include comprehensive biographical listings with contact information, career overviews, and personal highlights of UMSON graduates.

To assure that our Alumni Today directory is as current as possible, Harris Connect has been contacting UMSON alumni to verify and update contact and career information. With your participation, our 2011 Alumni Today is sure to be a great success.  For more information, call 410-706-0674, or send an e-mail to alumni@son.umaryland.edu.

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!  Watch the mail for your invitation. If you would like to volunteer as a Class Representative, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, 410-706-0674, or alumni@son.umaryland..edu

Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing Dinner to be Held in May

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 alumni@son.umaryland.edu.  

Denver Alumni Event Scheduled for June

Attention Colorado alumni! Dean Janet Allan and Laurette Hankins, associate dean for development and alumni relations, will host 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 alumni@son.umaryland.edu

Mark Your Calendar!

Black History Month Lecture, “The Contributions of African-American Nurses in the U.S. Public Health Service,” featuring guest speaker RADM Deborah Parham Hopson, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate administrator, HIV/AIDS Bureau, HRSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Tuesday, Feb. 15, 4-5:30 p.m. Free admission; registration required. For more information, visit http://nursing.umaryland.edu/events or call 410-706-3767.

Ann Ottney Cain Endowed Lecture, “Healing Couples’ Relationships in the Shadow of Trauma,” featuring guest speaker Neil Weissman, PhD, clinical psychologist, Baltimore VA MC – Tuesday, March 29. For more information, visit http://nursing.umaryland.edu/events or call 410-706-3767.

Nursing Practice Based on Evidence: The Emerging Impact of Health Care ReformThursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1. For more information, visit http://nursing.umaryland.edu/events or call 410-706-3767.

Komen Distinguished Lecture, “Breast Cancer Survivorship: Defining a New Normal,” featuring guest speaker Patricia Ganz, MD, professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA – Thursday, April 14. For more information, visit http://nursing.umaryland.edu/events or call 410-706-3767.

In the News

Subject: New Tool Assesses Pain in Non-communicative Patients
SourceMedical News Today - Feb. 9; Nurse.com - Feb. 8
Summary: A valid and reliable tool to assess acute pain in non-communicative patients has been developed by researchers at the School of Nursing. The story quotes Professor Deborah McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Adjunct Professor Karen Kaiser, PhD, RN-BC, AOCN, CHPN, of the School of Nursing and Mary Lynn McPherson PharmD professor at the School of Pharmacy.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/215976.php
http://news.nurse.com/article/20110208/ALL01/102140025/-1/frontpage

Subject: Nurses' Work Burden Linked to Patient Mortality
SourceDoctor's Lounge - Feb. 8
Summary: Long work hours among nurses are associated with an increased patient risk of acute myocardial infarction and mortality from pneumonia. Alison Trinkoff, ScD, RN, professor at the School of Nursing, and colleagues analyzed data from a 2004 survey of 633 nurses in 71 acute nonfederal hospitals.
http://www.doctorslounge.com/index.php/news/pb/17688

Subject: Occupational Health News Roundup
SourceThe Pump Handle - Feb. 7
Summary: Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that "patient deaths from pneumonia and acute myocardial infarction were significantly more likely in hospitals where nurses reported schedules with long work hours." Alison Trinkoff, ScD, RN, FAAN, professor at the School of Nursing, is quoted in this report on the research findings.
http://scienceblogs.com/thepumphandle/2011/02/occupational_health_news_round_25.php?utm_source=sbhomepage&utm_medium=link&utm_content=channellink

Subject: School of Nursing Spreads IOM Awareness
SourceNurse.com - Feb. 7
Summary: The School of Nursing participated in the launch of an action plan to implement sweeping changes in the nursing profession by hosting one of 121 regional "awareness meetings" conducted in the U.S. last fall. Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean, welcomed about 50 participants.
http://news.nurse.com/article/20110207/DC02/102070016

Subject: The Nursing Work Force and Job Prospects
Source: WYPR-FM - Jan. 28
Summary: Jason Cage, BSN, who graduated from the School of Nursing in December and works in cardiac care at the University of Maryland Medical Center, was interviewed in his role as president of the Maryland Association of Nursing Students. He spoke with Sheilah Kast on Maryland Morning about a growing number of men in the profession and about improved job prospects for nurses who complete residencies.
http://media.umaryland.edu:8080/ramgen/oea/12811WeNeedNoNewNurses_MarylandMorningwithSheilahKast.mp3

Subject: Study Suggests Link Between Lengthy Nurse Shifts and Patient Deaths
SourceSouthern Maryland Online - Jan. 28
Summary: Alison Trinkoff, ScD, MPH, RN, FAAN, professor at the School of Nursing, is quoted in this article about a study showing that patients admitted to hospitals where nurses must take long shifts are much more likely to die of pneumonia and heart attack.
http://somd.com/news/headlines/2011/13155.shtml

Subject: Policymakers Lead Maryland Event on Advocacy, Empowerment
SourceNurse.com - Jan. 24
Summary: Maryland nurses and nursing students geared up for the state's 2011 legislative season with a half-day advocacy and empowerment seminar Nov. 20 conducted by the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the Maryland Nurses Association. Ann Mech, JD, legal affairs coordinator, is mentioned in this article.
http://news.nurse.com/article/20110124/DC02/101240006

Subject: Long Nursing Shifts Increase Medical Errors
Source: Press TV - Jan. 22
Summary: Alison Trinkoff, ScD, MPH, RN, FAAN, professor at the School of Nursing, is quoted in this article about a study by UMSON and Johns Hopkins University that shows patients admitted to hospitals where nurses must take long shifts are much more likely to die of pneumonia and heart attack.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/161412.html

Subject: Long Shifts for Nurses May Hurt Patients
SourceUPI - Jan. 19; USAToday.com - Jan. 19
Summary: U.S. researchers link nurses' long work hours with a greater likelihood of patient death from pneumonia and heart attack. Study co-author Alison Trinkoff, ScD, MPH, RN, FAAN, professor at the School of Nursing, comments in news reports.
http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2011/01/19/Long-shifts-for-nurses-may-hurt-patients/UPI-63621295416791/

Subject: Evidence That Pets Can Improve Human Health Is Thin
SourceThe Washington Post - Jan. 18; WBAL-AM - Jan. 18
Summary: "We know that pets can have a positive health impact on people who feel positively about them," says Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor at the School of Nursing and president of the International Society for Anthrozoology, members of which study human-animal interaction.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/17/AR2011011703739.html
http://media.umaryland.edu:8080/ramgen/oea/SON-pets.mp3

Subject: Can Long Work Hours Increase Patient Mortality?
SourceUltimate Nurse - Jan. 14; Infection Control Today - Jan. 14
American Nurses - Jan. 14; Nurse.com - Jan. 17; ANA Smart Brief - Jan. 18; and
at least 20 additional newsletters

Summary: A new study has found that patient deaths from pneumonia and acute myocardial infarction were significantly more likely in hospitals where nurses reported schedules with long work hours. The study was led by Alison Trinkoff, ScD, MPH, RN, FAAN, professor at the School of Nursing.
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2011/01/nurses-long-work-hours-scheduling-can-increase-patient-mortality.aspx
http://americannurses.com/
http://news.nurse.com/article/20110117/ALL01/101310002/-1/frontpage
http://www.smartbrief.com/servlet/wireless?issueid=897E3239-D87C-4302-B8D4-C7670603509D&sid=f7aa51b6-1b0c-41e7-bda0-a9848c4a4fbf
http://bit.ly/dI4soS

Subject: Benner Presents Nursing Education Study Findings
SourceNurse.com - Jan. 11
Summary: More than 500 people gathered recently at the School of Nursing to hear Patricia Benner, PhD, RN, FAAN, one of nursing's preeminent educators and theorists, present strategies that could reshape the way nurses are taught.
http://news.nurse.com/article/20110110/DC02/301100022

Subject: Lankenau Hospital Hosts Best of CleanMed 2010
SourceNurse.com - Jan. 10
Summary: Barbara Sattler, DrPH, RN, FAAN, a professor at the School of Nursing, co-presented a session in Wynnewood, Pa., based on a presentation at the Nurses Leading Change national conference in Baltimore.
http://news.nurse.com/article/20110110/PA02/101100007

Subject: Circulator Marks a Year on the Streets
SourceThe Baltimore Sun - Jan. 11
Summary: Student Theresa Kelly figures she's saving $550 in parking by taking the Charm City Circulator, a free bus service, from her home in Harbor East to the School of Nursing.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-charm-city-circulator-20110111,0,2447945.story

Subject: Health-care Settings Vulnerable to Violence
Source: WTOP-FM - Jan. 6, 4:20 p.m.
Summary: Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor at the School of Nursing and director of the School's Work and Health Research Center, was interviewed about violence in health-care settings in the context of the arrest of a suspect in the death of an employee of Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

Subject: The Impact of Reform on Health Care Professions
SourceThe Washington Post - Jan. 2
Summary: Jane Kapustin, PhD, RN, CRNP, an assistant dean at the School of Nursing, says enactment of the health care reform law "will mean a lot of new patients coming into the health care system for the first time."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/03/AR2011010301617.html

Subject: They Only Come Out at Night
SourceNursing 2011 - January
Summary: Kelley Wilson, MSN, RN, a clinical instructor at the School of Nursing, wrote an article for Nursing 2011 magazine about bedbugs "and their alarming resurgence."
http://www.nursingcenter.com/library/JournalArticle.asp?Article_ID=1103539

Subject: Colleges Act to Remedy Nursing Shortage
SourceThe Baltimore Sun - Dec. 20
Summary: Several new post-baccalaureate certificate programs at the School of Nursing were approved this year by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Through the School's Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions, students can earn a postgraduate certificate that allows them to teach.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-bz-nursing-programs-20101219,0,2407642.story?page=1

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