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).
UMSON Welcomes New Dean
More than 100 guests, including faculty, staff, alumni, campus administrators, and others, assembled in the ballroom of the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center on Feb. 5 for a reception to officially welcome Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, as UMSON’s new dean.
Dr. Kirschling, who officially began her tenure as dean in January, greeted guests and posed for pictures before being formally introduced by University President Jay A. Perman, MD. During his introduction, Dr. Perman reminisced about their days as administrators at the University of Kentucky and how elated he is to be working with Dr. Kirschling again. Dean Kirschling briefly addressed her guests, letting them know how excited she is to be UMSON’s new dean and that she is looking forward to working with everyone.
Former UMSON Dean Honored with Dean Emeritus Title
Former UMSON Dean Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been honored with the title of dean emeritus and will remain at University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) working on several key initiatives to help strengthen the University.
As dean emeritus, Allan continues to help to shape interprofessional education, conferring with her successor, Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, who upon becoming UMSON dean, accepted a newly-created position as UMB’s director of interprofessional education.
In her new role, Allan is working with senior leadership of the UMB Office of Academic Affairs to implement policies of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Allan is helping to establish criteria for the periodic evaluation of deans and senior vice presidents as well as criteria to encourage entrepreneurial achievement at various levels.
Nigerian Nursing Faculty Visit UMSON
Kemi Eunice, PhD(c), MSc, RN, RM, assistant professor, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Department of Nursing Science (Nigeria), presented, “The Effectiveness of a Nurse Driven Psychosocial Intervention on Resilience and Health Outcomes Among Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Osun State,” at UMSON on Feb. 4. Dr. Lola Irinoye, dean of the Department of Nursing Science at OAU, accompanied Ms. Eunice to UMSON for some partnership building. Dean Irinoye is interested in developing a nurse practitioner program at OAU. Ms. Eunice was studying nurse-led interventions promoting resiliency in vulnerable children, the topic of her PhD thesis (in progress). The UMSON Office of Global Health hosted the two visiting nurses.
Faculty & Staff Appointments
Kristen Altdoerffer, MSN, RN, CPNP, has joined the Office of Family and Community Health as a clinical instructor. She comes to UMSON from Baltimore Medical Systems, Community Clinic, School-Based Health Clinic, where she worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Altdoerffer holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Drexel University College of Health and Human Professions and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing. She is currently a student in UMSON’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
Dorna Hairston, PhD ’05, MS ‘88, RN, has joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH) as a part-time assistant professor. She is also assistant director of nursing in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Hairston holds a PhD degree and a Master of Science from UMSON. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University.
Valerie Jones has joined the Office of Development and Alumni Relations as a coordinator. She comes to UMSON from the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Vaccine Development , where she worked for six years as coordinator for a research project based in Africa and Asia.
Mei Ching Lee, PhD ‘11, RN, has joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as an assistant professor. She was previously a post-doctoral fellow in bioethics at UMSON, serving as research project director, and also served as a research project director at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She holds a PhD and a teaching certificate from UMSON; a Master of Science degree from the School of Public Health, Touro University International (Calif.); and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Monash School of Nursing (Sydney, Australia).
Karen Scheu, DNP ‘12, CRNP, has joined the Department of Family and Community Health as an assistant professor. She comes to UMSON from the Esperanza Center in Baltimore, where she served as a family nurse practitioner. Scheu holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from UMSON, a Master of Science in Nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College School of Nursing.
Rebecca Shelley, PhD, MS ’05, RN, has joined the Department of Family and Community Health as an assistant professor. She comes to UMSON from Johns Hopkins University, where she was awarded a five-year NIOSH training grant at the Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health. Shelley holds a PhD degree from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, a Master of Science from UMSON, and a Bachelor of Science from Birmingham University (State University of New York).
Mary Ellen Haisiefld-Wolfe, PhD ‘09, MS ’86, BSN ’81, RN, OCN, has joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as manager, clinical research. She previously served as a research nurse at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Haisfield-Wolfe holds a PhD, Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UMSON.
Brooke Wright, BSN, RN, has joined the Department of Family and Community Health as a clinical instructor in Rwanda. Wright most recently served as a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Janet Wulf, MS, CNL ‘06, RN, CHPN, has joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as a part-time clinical instructor. She also works part-time at Gilcrest Hospice Care as an RN case manager and previously held the position of admissions nurse and liaison at Gilcrest. Wulf holds an MS/Clinical Nurse Leader degree from UMSON and a Bachelor of Science from University of California, Davis.
Faculty & Staff Kudos
Karen Clark, PhD, RN, CCRN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (Universities at Shady Grove), co-authored three new publications:
Coiffi, C., Plumadore, J., & Clark, K. (2012). Decreasing inpatient falls: A retrospective analysis with CNS-led interventions. Journal of Hospital Administration. 2 (2), p. 38-46
Clark, K., & Normile, L. (2012). Nursing informatics and data collection from the electronic medical record: Study of characteristics, factors, and occupancy impacting outcomes of critical care admissions from the Emergency Department. Health Informatics Journal, 18, 309-319.
Clark K., Gerstenblith, S., Alonso, D., Wright, R., & Pandya, N. (2012). Inter-institutional partnerships: The development of a multidisciplinary/interprofessional course in forensics. Journal of Criminal Justice Education.
Jocelyn Farrar, DNP, CCRN, ACNP-BC, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, was the top fundraiser on the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) team in the American Heart Association’s 2012 Greater Baltimore Heart and Stroke Walk, raising $1,200. The top three fundraisers, who also included Marjorie Forster, assistant vice president, research and global health initiatives, Office of Research and Development; and Andrea Meredith, PhD, assistant professor, School of Medicine, were invited to lunch with UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD.
Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and assistant dean for research, worked with Dr. Kathryn Lee (UCSF), Dr. James Wyatt (Rush), and Dr. Michael Decker (Georgia State) to develop a continuing education program for the American Nurses Association on Shiftwork Sleep Disorder. This program can be accessed at: http://eo2.commpartners.com/users/swsd/.
Jeanne Geiger-Brown recently presented, “12-hour shifts for nurses, should we change this paradigm?” to the Georgia Organization of Nurse Leaders.
Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Family and Community Health, presented, "Workplace Violence Prevention: Research and Policy," at the University of California San Francisco/Northern California Occupational and Environmental Center Interprofessional Grand Rounds, held recently in San Francisco.
Deborah McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, and Marian Grant, DNP, RN, ACHPN, CRNP, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, co-authored the following publication:
McGuire, D.B., Grant, M., & Park, J. (2012). Palliative care and end of life: The caregiver. Nursing Outlook, 60, 351-356.
Lyn Stankiewicz Murphy, PhD, MBA, MS, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been elected vice president of research for the Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing (CGEAN). The purpose of CGEAN is to further the development and improvement of graduate education for administration in nursing.
Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH); Kathleen Buckley, PhD, RN, IBCLC, associate professor, OSAH; Marian Grant, DNP, RN, ACHN, CRNP, assistant professor, OSAH; and Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, CCRN, assistant professor, OSAH, co-authored the following publication:
Newhouse, R., Buckley, K.M, Grant, M.S., & Idzik, S. (2013). Reconceptualization of a doctoral EBP course from in-class to blended format: Lessons learned from a successful transition, Journal of Professional Nursing.
Lynn Oswald, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, co-authored the following publication:
Oswald, L.M., Wand, G.S., Zhu, S., Selby, V. (2012). Volunteerism and self-selection bias in human positron emission tomography research. Brain Imaging and Behavior, in press. Epub ahead of print.
Denise Owens, MS, RN, CCRN, clinical instructor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (Universities at Shady Grove) presented the following poster:
Owens. D. (2012). Bridging the divide: The evidence-based poster project. AACN 2012 Baccalaureate Education Conference, San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 16 2012.
Charlotte Seckman, PhD, RN-BC, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been selected for UMSON’s 2013 Education Intensive Faculty program. Seckman will focus on assessment, planning, development, and integration of nursing and health care informatics concepts into the entry-level curriculum. Her work is well aligned with Goal 5 of the UMSON Strategic Plan to leverage technology to enhance and expand education, research, and practice.
Suzanne Frey Sherwood, MS, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, co-authored the following publication:
Sherwood, S.F. Bauman, M., & Shephard, A. (2012). Pulmonary considerations and management of the morbidly obese patient. Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care, 7(4), 160-166.
Suzanne Frey Sherwood and Lynn Smith MS, RN, senior clinical nurse II at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, presented, "The Past, Present, and Future of Trauma Nursing" to UMSON students in conjunction with the Partnership Programs at the University of Maryland Medical Center on January 16.
Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, gave the following presentation:
Sloan Kettering Distinguished Speakers Series. Caring at Its Best: The Art & Science of Nursing. 4th Annual Event, Nursing Leadership's Role in the Integration of Technology in Health Care. Sloan Kettering, New York City. December 7, 2012.
Nancy Staggers, who is a member of the Utah State Commission, had the following white paper published:
Utah Digial Health Service Commission (2012). Enhancing privacy and security of protected health information in the state of Utah through education, training and technical assistance. December 2012. Available at: http://Health.utah.gov/phi/.
Alison Trinkoff, ScD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Family and Community Health (FCH); Nancy Lerner, DNP, RN, CDONA, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health; and Carla Storr, ScD, MPH, RN, professor, FCH, co-authored the following publication:
Trinkoff, A.M., Johantgen, M., Lerner, N., Storr, C.L., Han, K., McElroy, K. (2013). State regulatory oversight of certified nursing assistants and residents outcomes. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 3 (4). p 53-59.
Debra Wiegand, PhD, RN, FAAN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, co-authored the following publication.
Wiegand, D.L., & Russo, M.M. (2013). Ethical considerations. In C.M. Dahlin & M.T. Lynch (Eds.), Core Curriculum for the Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse. 2nd edition. Pittsburgh: Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.
Congratulations to the following staff members who recently completed their degrees!
Stacey Conrad, MBA, assistant director of development, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, recently completed her Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Maryland University College, with a 3.8 GPA.
Enjoli Sonnier, BS, special events coordinator, Office of Communications, completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in December. She is currently enrolled in a Master of Science program in management at UMUC.
Kudos to Lisa Vikell, office manager, Office of the Dean, who celebrated 25 years of employment with the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)/University of Maryland, Baltimore. Vikell started in UMMC’s executive offices in 1987, and a year later, accepted a position working for the Director of the Division of Psychiatry, where she stayed for the next 20 years. She began her current position at UMSON in 2007, working for Dr. Patricia Morton, associate dean for academic affairs.
School of Nursing “In the News”
The School of Nursing is mentioned in the article, "5 Maryland hospitals, 1 nurse honored for achievements in environmental initiatives" in Nurse.com.
The School of Nursing is mentioned in The Gazette article, "Laurel resident elected head of University of Maryland’s nursing alumni association."
Christina Calamaro, PhD, RN, professor, Department of Family and Community Health, is quoted in the Baltimore Sun article, "Columbia mother solicits letters of support for son who threatened suicide."
Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor, Department of at University of Maryland, is mentioned in Rx, "Being Supportive Can Make a Difference."
Shannon Idzik, DNP, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, is mentioned in the Baltimore Business Journal article, "Medical professionals ask state for greater authority."
Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Family and Community Health, is quoted in the Los Angeles Times article, "L.A. County removing metal detectors from some hospital facilities."
Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs, is the subject of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation story, "RWJF Scholar Takes Helm of Nursing Journal."
Debra Wiegand, PhD, RN, FAAN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, is mentioned in a Nurse.com article, "UMSON professor to study how to prepare families for the dying process."
Alumni News & Notes
Marlon Alafriz, PhD, BSN ’78, earned her PhD and is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Health Dynamic Services, LLC in Livonia, Minn. and at Garden City Hospital in Garden City, Minn.
Monique Bowens, BSN ’11, is in the U.S. Air Force in Biloxi, Miss.
Lynn Marie Derickson, EdD, MS ’99, earned her EdD from Wilmington University in 2012, specializing in organizational leadership and higher education. She was appointed to a four-year term on the Maryland Board of Nursing.
Sherry Killius, MS ’11, was mistakenly identified as an acute care nurse in the “Alumni Pulse” section of the fall 2012 NURSING magazine; she is an acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP). Killius recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan where she was the first ACNP to serve on the deployed Tactical Critical Care Evacuation Teams. Her husband, Kristopher Killius, MS ’12, is a Major in the U.S. Air Force and serves as a flight commander for the Surgical Inpatient Flight 60 IPTS/SGIS at Travis Air Force Base in Calif.
Emily Palmisano Lederer, MS ’10, married Timothy Lederer in 2010. After graduating from UMSON, she worked on the medical oncology unit in the Greenebaum Cancer Center at UMMC. Lederer is currently working as a senior research nurse with the hematologic malignancies group at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She works with myeloma, lymphoma, BMT, and leukemia patients and enrolls them into clinical trials.
Linda Sherman Martin, BSN ’74, is living in Bordeaux, France and working as a professor of English at nursing schools in Bordeaux.
Ronnie Ursin, MS ’07, BSN ’05, was promoted to senior director of nursing resources, Nursing Excellence and Professional Practice at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. In this role, Ursin participates in strategic planning, capital budgeting, performance improvement, staffing, regulatory compliance, and human resources initiatives.
Adele Wilzack, MS ’60, has been named chair of Tai Sophia Institute’s Board of Trustees. Wilzack has been a member of the board since 1998 and has served as vice chair since 2006. Tai Sophia Institute is a private, nonprofit, academic institution focused on integrative health and wellness.
Upcoming Alumni Events
Calling all Tampa (Fla.) Area Alumni!
We hope you have saved the date – Saturday, Feb. 23 - to meet UMSON’s new dean, Dr. Jane M. Kirschling, at an alumni luncheon being held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club, The Palms Room, 5811 Tampa Palms Boulevar, Tampa, FL 33647. (The venue has easy access to I-75 and I-275.)
The cost is $25 per person and guests are welcome. RSVP through our secure online site: https://cf.umaryland.edu/checkout/son/meet_the_new_dean_lunch_tampa/.
Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with fellow alumni and hear highlights of UMSON from its new leader.
Questions? Contact Stacey Conrad at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-706-7640.
Baltimore Area Alumni Happy Hour – April 11
Join fellow Baltimore area alumni for a networking happy hour from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Canton Dockside, 3301 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD 21224 (on the corner of Boston and Clinton Streets). Make great connections and enter to win some door prizes! Free parking is available. RSVP to Cynthia Sikorski at email@example.com or call 410-706-7640.
Reunion 2013 – April 27
If your DIN or BSN graduation year ends in a “3” or “8,” we hope you will attend your milestone reunion on Saturday, April 27. If you would like to help out as a Class Representative, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410‑706‑0674.
The cost is $46 per person. Invitations have been mailed, but you may register online at our secure website at: https://cf.umaryland.edu/checkout/son/2013-alumni-reunion/.
For more information, visit the alumni website at: http://nursing.umaryland.edu/alumni/events.
Reunion for “Recent” Alumni – June 7
Save the date for the Recent Alumni Reunion for all UMSON graduates who earned a BSN or CNL degree in the last ten years (2003-2013). The event will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 7, at UMSON. This exciting new event will include tours, a Continuing Nursing Education lecture, and a reception with lots of time for mingling and reconnecting. If you would like to volunteer for the reunion planning committee, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, 410-706-0674 or email@example.com.
Alumni Event Recaps
Alumni Staff Nurse’s Station at Paul’s Place
Several UMSON alumni responded to the call for volunteers to help staff the nurse’s clinic at Paul’s Place in connection with the Alumni Council’s Community Service program. Alumni volunteers provided basic health screenings and first aid. They also provided clients with health education and linked them with community resources in collaboration with the case manager.
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 classes are not in session (Dec-Jan and May-Aug). If you would like more information about volunteering at Paul’s Place, please contact Jayna Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-625-0775.
The Alumni Council is recruiting volunteers for several spring/summer 2013 community service programs. If you are interested in volunteering, send an email with your contact information to email@example.com and we will notify you about upcoming opportunities. For more information, contact Cynthia Sikorski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-706-7640. We welcome your participation!
Alumni Events Held in California
San Diego area alumni enjoyed the opportunity to meet UMSON’s new dean, Dr. Jane Kirschling, connect with fellow alumni, and learn more about UMSON’s continued growth and accomplishments at a luncheon hosted by Dean Kirschling and Laurette Hankins, associate dean for development and alumni relations, Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Il Fornaio Restaurant on Coronado.
San Francisco Bay area alumni were invited to a brunch on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the condominium complex where UMSON alumnus David Vlahov, PhD, MS ’82, BSN ’77, dean of the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing resides. This event provided a wonderful opportunity for alumni to meet Dean Kirschling and learn more about the many exciting developments at UMSON.