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February 2012

Welcome to the February 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).

CareFirst Gift Benefits Wellmobile Program

At a special event held January 30, CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield presented UMSON with a check for $955,276 to fund a three-year grant in support of the Governor’s Wellmobile Program. The grant will fund a new model of nurse-managed primary care and enhanced care management for underserved and uninsured populations across three rural upper Eastern Shore counties: Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot. Through partnerships and collaborations with health care systems, the goal of this model is to reduce unnecessary re-hospitalizations and emergency department utilization by filling the gap in the existing health care system infrastructure.

UMSON, UM, and CareFirst officials, along with other partners and friends, celebrated the new Wellmobile grant.

December Graduates Recognized at Pinning Ceremony

December graduates celebrated the completion of their programs at a pinning ceremony held December 15 in the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center. The graduates included 136 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 168 Master of Science (including 51 Clinical Nurse Leader), seven Doctor of Nursing Practice, and eight PhD. Congratulations and best wishes to all of our December grads!

Faculty and Staff Appointments

Cynthia Cohen, DNP ’09, RN, joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as an assistant professor. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from UMSON, a Master of Science degree and post-master’s certificate from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Georgetown University School of Nursing. Dr. Cohen comes to UMSON from the Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Surgery, where she was the lead nurse practitioner-transplant.

Mary Lynn Davis-Ajami, PhD, MBA, MS, NP-C, RN, joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as an assistant professor. She holds a PhD from Ohio State University and an MBA from Wake Forest University. Dr. Davis-Ajami has worked as a consultant and has taught internationally at the Transatlantik-Institut in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Kelly Flannery, MS ‘08, RN, joined the Department of Family and Community Health as an assistant professor. She holds a Master of Science degree from UMSON and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Drexel University. She is currently a PhD candidate at UMSON. Ms. Flannery was a graduate research assistant in UMSON’s Work and Health Research Center from 2007-2010, and prior to that, worked as a clinical research coordinator at MedStar Research Institute.

Henry Gregory, PhD, joined the Department of Family and Community Health as an assistant professor. He holds a PhD and a Master of Arts (MA) degree from Fielding Graduate Institute, an MA from Antioch University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University. Dr. Gregory has held (and still holds) several positions as a consultant and trainer for public and private agencies. His specialty areas include counseling skills, cultural competence, team building, gender issues, family therapy, parenting, leadership development, stress management, and more.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Congratulations to Marion Grant, DNP, RN, CRNP, ACHPN, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, and Fran Valle, DNP, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, who were recently named UMSON’s first two Education Intensive Faculty (EIF) members. The purpose of the EIF program is to enrich the teaching mission of UMSON and shape the profession of nursing by developing leaders who engage in the scholarship of teaching.

In conjunction with the UMSON Office of Global Health’s International Visitors Program, Deborah B. McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health; Karen Kaiser, PhD, RN, CPHN, University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC); and Jeffrey Johnson, PhD, professor, Department of Family and Community Health, hosted Maya Abdul Rahman, a master’s student from the American University of Beirut, in an eight-week clinical residency at UMMC focusing on pain management.

Shannon Idzik, DNP, RN, CRNP, CCRN, assistant professor and director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, is the recipient of the 2012 American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) State Award for Excellence. This award is given to a dedicated nurse practitioner in each state who demonstrates excellence in their area of practice. Dr. Idzik will be recognized for her achievement at the AANP's 27th National Conference in June.

Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN, associate professor; Lily Fountain, MS, CNM, RN, assistant professor; and Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC, FAAN, associate professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, were co-authors of the following publication, which made the “Week’s Best Articles” list on MDLinks Nursing for the week of Feb. 1-8:

Johantgen, M.E. Fountain, L., Zangaro, G., Newhouse, R.P., Stanik-Hutt, J., & White, K.M. (2012).  Comparison of labor and delivery care provided by certified nurse-midwives and physicians: A systematic review 1999-2008. Women’s Health Issues, 22(1), e73-381. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2011.06.005.

Jane Kapustin, PhD, RN, CRNP, BC-ADM, FAANP, associate professor and assistant dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice and master’s programs, has been appointed a member of the Health Care Delivery Reform Subcommittee of the Maryland Health Reform Coordinating Council. The purpose of the committee is to review health care payment and delivery reform efforts in Maryland. The appointment was made by Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Dr. Jane Kapustin had the following new publications and presentations:


Kapustin, J. & George, N. (2012). Education matters: Utilizing the NONPF program director manual. The Nurse Practitioner. 37(2): 8.   

Kapustin, J.  (2011). Influenza Season 2011-2012:  What has changed? The Nurse Practitioner. 36(11): 48-52. 

Dumas M., Finnegan, L., Kapustin, J. & Melander, S. (2011). National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Statement on Acute Care and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Practice. NONPF publication, Washington, D.C. 


Kapustin, J. & Kreitzer, M.J.  (2012). The Non-APRN Pathway to DNP Education.  National conference: 2012 Doctoral Education Conference, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Naples, Fla.             

Stanley, J, Kleinpell, R. Auerhahn, C. Kapustin, J.  & Tippen, J. (2011). APRN Initiative: Transitioning to Adult-Gerontology APRN Education, Part III: Innovative Curriculum Models, Integrating Content, and Clinical Exemplars. National Webinar, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, December 6, 2011 

Kapustin, J. & George, N. (2011). Leading Quality NP Programs.  National Webinar for the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, October 2011.   

Kapustin, J. & DeLoach, C. (2011).  American Academy of Nurse Practitioners: Optimizing diabetes care in the African American community—understanding and addressing cultural barriers. Continuing education offering for AANP members. Healthcare Multimedia Production, filmed in Chicago, Ill.

Shannon McClellan, JD, MBA, special assistant to the dean, was recently appointed to a five-year term on the Queen Anne’s County Planning Commission.

Deborah B. McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health and Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Health, were co-authors on the following publication:

Haisfield-Wolfe, M.E., McGuire, D.B., Soeken, K., Geiger-Brown, J., DeForge, B., & Suntharalingam, M. (2011).  Prevalence and correlates of symptoms and uncertainty in illness among head and neck cancer patients receiving definitive radiation with or without chemotherapy. Supportive Care in Cancer, DOI 10.01007/s00520-011-1291-9. (Online publication 04 October 2011).

Dr. Deborah B. McGuire is serving as co-investigator/mentor to UMSON doctoral candidate Myra Woolery, MN, RN, AOCN, on a competitive peer-reviewed research grant, “Psychometric Evaluation of the Pediatric Constipation Assessment Scale” in the amount of $5,000 from the DAISY Foundation (2011-2012). 

Dr. Deborah B. McGuire gave the following presentations:          

Invited by Dr. Linda Weglicki, chief, Office of Extramural Programs, Division of Extramural Activities, National Institute of Nursing Research, to present to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Behavioral and Social Science Research Coordinating Committee, a trans-NIH group of program directors from 27 NIH Institutes and Centers, Oct. 7, 2011. The topic was “Caregivers in Palliative Care,” which outlined the current state of the science and future research priorities. 

Presented the clinical application of her research on pain assessment in non-communicative palliative care patients in the acute care setting at the Second Annual New York Presbyterian and the Methodist Hospital Collaborative Nursing Research Symposium “Using Evidence to Advance Practice,” New York City, Oct. 13, 2011.           

Dr. Deborah McGuire is leading an international, interdisciplinary group within the Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer/International Society of Oral Oncology in the development and publication of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for oral care protocols in the management of cancer treatment-induced oral mucositis.

Kathryn Lothscheutz Montgomery, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, associate professor and associate dean for strategic partnerships and initiatives, has been chosen as the Boise State University Nursing Leadership Scholar for 2012 (Feb. 26 through March 1). The purpose of the visiting scholars program is to promote research and scholarship among nursing faculty and students.

Lynn Oswald, PhD, RN, professor, Department of Family and Community Health, had the following poster presentation:

L.M. Oswald, G.S. Wand, D.F. Wong, H. Kuwabara, J. Brasic, W. Chamroonrat, M. and Guevara, E. Zaidi. History of Early Childhood Trauma is Positively Associated with Ventral Striatal Dopamine Responses to Amphetamine. American College on Neuro-psychopharmacology Annual Meeting, Waikoloa, Hawaii, Dec., 2011.

Karen Russ, MS, RN, clinical instructor, Department of Family and Community Health and national coordinator for the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (, facilitated a meeting at the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences on Jan. 20. The meeting drew leading scientists from across the nation who laid the foundation for a consortium focused on advancing research in women's reproductive health.

Deborah Witt Sherman, PhD, CRNP, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, received the Palliative and Hospice Care Lifetime Nursing Achievement Award from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center at the Center’s 15th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice, and Palliative Medicine. She also served as keynote speaker and made the following presentations: “The Well-Being of Family Caregivers as a Determinant of Quality of Life of Patients” and “Quality Palliative Care: Addressing the Components in Clinical Practice.”

Dr. Deborah Sherman with conference chairman Dr. S. Yennu.

Dr. Deborah Sherman co-authored the following publication: 

Sherman, D. W. & Cheon, Joo Young (2012). Palliative care: A new paradigm of care in response to the demands for health care reform in America. Nursing Economics.

Anita Tarzian, PhD, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Health, was presented the Distinguished Service Award by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). The award recognizes an individual who has advanced the mission of ASBH and provided outstanding and dedicated service to the organization. Dr. Tarzian has served on the ASBH Board for the past six years and chaired the Core Competencies Update Task Force that produced the second edition of standards for health care ethics consultation published last fall. She currently chairs the Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs Standing Committee.

Maggie Watt, PhD, CRNP, FNE-A/P, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, successfully defended her dissertation, “Phenomenology of Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence,” in November. She is currently enrolled in a post-master’s course of study as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Congratulations Dr. Watt!

Student News

Postdoctoral fellow Kihye Han, PhD, RN, co-authored the following article with Alison Trinkoff, ScD, RN, FAAN, professor; Carla Storr, ScD, MPH, professor; and Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor.

Han, K., Trinkoff, A., Storr, C., and Geiger-Brown, J. (2012). Job stress and work schedules in relation to nurse obesity. Journal of Nursing Administration, 41(11): 488-495.

This article and research was the subject of a Web story posted on the UM website:

Three UMSON Bachelor of Science in Nursing students were recently elected as officers in the Maryland Association of Nursing Students.  

MANS members

Regine Faucher and U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin

Alumni News & Notes

In addition to Patricia Morton, PhD ’89, MS ’79,  RN, CRNP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs at UMSON, two other UMSON alumni were among the 20 senior nurse executives selected as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse fellows: Sharon Stanley, PhD, BSN ’77, RN, chief nurse, American Red Cross, and Linda Yoder, PhD, MBA, BSN ’78, RN, AOCN, FAAN, associate professor and director, Nursing Administration Graduate Program, University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Their three-year leadership development program began in fall 2011.

Melanie Heltsley Osley, MBA, BSN ’87, obtained her ARM (Associates in Risk Management) designation from the Insurance Institute of America.  She also has certifications in health care quality (CPHQ) and risk management (CPHRM), and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management (DFASHRM).  Melanie is a senior clinical risk management consultant with Medical Protective, a Berkshire Hathaway company that provides risk, quality, and patient safety consultative services for hospitals, physicians, dentists and surgery centers from Maine to Maryland. She is married to Dr. Robert Osley, a graduate of the University of Maryland Medical School Fifth Pathway program and has lived in Connecticut for 23 years.

Renee John Repique, MS ’99, RN, has been appointed Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer for Mental Health and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Mental Health and Correctional Health Services at Jackson Health System in Miami, Fla.  John came to Jackson Health Systems in 2008 and served as the first CNO at Jackson Mental Health Hospital.  He is currently a Doctor of Nursing Practice student at Duke University School of Nursing.

Alumni Events Held in Florida

UMSON alumni in the Naples area connected with fellow alumni and learned more about UMSON’s continued growth and accomplishments at a luncheon hosted by Dean Janet Allan on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Port Royal Club in Naples, Fla.

UMSON alumni in Port Royal, Fla.

Dean Janet Allan and Joyce Rosenblatt, MS ’73 hosted a brunch for Central Florida alumni on Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Nancy Lopez Golf Club at The Villages, Fla.  The event brought alumni together to learn more about the many exciting developments at UMSON.

UMSON alumni at The Villages, Fla.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Baltimore Alumni Happy Hour

Join fellow alumni from the Baltimore area for a networking happy hour from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Frank and Nic’s West End Grille, located in the Zenith Building, first floor, 511 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Make some great connections, and enjoy happy hour drink specials, free snacks, and door prizes! Please let us know if you will attend so we can plan for the proper amount of people. RSVP to Debra Modlin at or call 410-706-7640.

Reunion 2012 – Saturday, April 28

If your DIN or BSN graduation year ends in a “2” or “7,” mark your calendar for the 2012 Reunion Saturday, April 28. If you would like volunteer as a Class Representative, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, at or 410-706-0674. For more information, visit the alumni website at:

Mark Your Calendar!

“Inter-professional Education: A Process of Sowing, Growing, and Reaping” presented by the Komen Maryland Affiliate Nursing Partnership: Advancing Education and Practice – 5-5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1. Reception following lecture. To register or for more information, call 410-706-3767 or visit:

“Teaching Better, Working Smarter:  Practical Strategies,” presented by the Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. To register or for more information, call 410-706-3767 or visit:

Komen Distinguished Lecture – “Determining Who Gets Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer: Biology vs. Anatomy,” – 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. Guest lecturer: Daniel F. Hayes, MD, Stuart B. Padnos Professor in Breast Cancer; Clinical Director, Breast Oncology Program; Professor, Internal Medicine Hematology/Oncology, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Free to all; registration required. To register or for more information, call 410-706-3767 or visit:

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:

School of Nursing "In the News"

Subject: Medical and Nursing Schools Provide Stage for Acting Sick
Source: Voice of America - Feb. 6
Summary: Kathryn Schaivone, MPA, director of the clinical education and evaluation laboratory at the School of Nursing, comments on the use of actors who perform as patients for students seeking to be health care professionals.

Subject: Cosmetics' Complexities can Complicate Complexion Care
Source: The Washington Post - The Columbia (Mo.) Tribune - Feb. 5
Summary: Barbara Sattler, DrPH, RN, FAAN, director of the Environmental Health Education Center at the School of Nursing, is quoted in a story about cosmetics and health.

Subject: Article Addresses the e-Patient Phenomenon
Source: Medical Xpress - Feb. 1
Summary: A team of scholars from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and the University of Maryland School of Nursing published the first article in academic nursing literature about the electronic-savvy patient, or e-patient.

Subject: Look Out for Toxins When Choosing Skin Care Products
Source: The Washington Post - Jan. 30
MyPure - Jan. 31

Summary: Barbara Sattler, DrPH, RN, FAAN, professor and director of the Environmental Health Education Center at the School of Nursing, recommends steering clear of lotions or perfumes containing synthetic fragrances.

Subject: Education Reduces Distress During Breast Cancer Treatment
Source: - Jan. 30
Summary: Deborah Witt Sherman, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor at the School of Nursing, and associates evaluated counseling interventions related to the physical, emotional, and social adjustment of women with early-stage breast cancer during diagnostic, post-surgery, adjuvant therapy, and ongoing recovery phases.

Subject: History Lesson
Source: - Jan. 30
Summary: Dan Caughey, MA, curator of the Living History Museum at the School of Nursing, is quoted in an article about rotating exhibits at the museum. Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the School and a member of the committee that helped create the museum, is also quoted.

Subject: Long Shifts Might Raise Some Nurses' Odds for Obesity
Source: USA Today - Jan. 27
Summary: Nurses who work long hours and have less physically demanding jobs are much more likely to be obese than other nurses, according to a new study from the School of Nursing.

Subject: Study Shows Obese Nurses More Stressed, Less Active
Source: News Line - Jan. 17
Expert Health Advisor Jan. 15
13 other publications

Summary: Survey data from 2,103 female nurses revealed that nurses with long work hours were significantly more likely to be obese compared with underweight or normal weight nurses, according to lead researcher Kihye Han, PhD, RN, postdoctoral fellow at the School of Nursing, University of Maryland.

Subject: EPA Releases Drinking Water Health Training Video
Source: Water & Wastes Digest - Jan. 12
Summary: The Environmental Protection Agency has released an educational video about waterborne illness that is among activities to educate health care providers on environmental issues. Those activities include funding a multi-year nursing education program developed by the American Nurses Association and the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Subject: Local Hospitals, RNs Honored for Green Initiatives
Source: - Jan. 9
Summary: Barbara Sattler, DrPH, RN, FAAN, professor and founder and director of the School of Nursing's Environmental Health Education Center, was honored with an Environmental Health Visionary Award.

Subject: Weight Loss Tips
Source: Sirius Radio - Dec. 28
Summary: Christina Calamaro, PhD, CRNP, assistant professor at the School of Nursing, appeared on the Doctor Radio channel to answer health and weight loss questions.

Subject: Shock Trauma Kicks off a Fundraiser Campaign
Source: WMAR-TV - Dec. 12
Summary: Karen Doyle, MBA, MS, RN, clinical instructor, School of Nursing, and vice president for nursing and operations at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center gives a live interview.

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