Welcome to the January 2009 issue of School of Nursing News, an electronic newsletter designed to inform, engage, and connect with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other constituents of the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Happy New Year to all!
This Month in School of Nursing History
In January 1892, Louisa Parsons, the first superintendent of the School of Nursing, resigned her post after serving for only two years. She went on to work with Clara Barton and the American Red Cross in Beaufort, S.C.; serve as an army nurse in the Spanish American War; and rejoin the British Army in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War, before returning to her home in England in the early 1900s.
December Graduations Celebrated
The Nurse Anesthesia Class of 2008 celebrated the completion of their program at a ceremony held Dec. 5 at the School of Nursing. The class of 25 graduates is the third cohort of students to complete the program since it was launched in 2005. Adding to the excitement of the evening was the delivery of a cake, crafted by Baltimore's Charm City Cakes. The cake, a gift from four of the group’s fellow graduates, was shaped like an anesthesia gas machine. The Food Network, upon hearing about the unique cake, sent a crew to tape the event for a future segment of their Ace of Cakes show.
That same evening, a pinning ceremony was held for 100 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and 32 Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) graduates at the School of Nursing. Congratulations to all December grads!
School of Nursing Receives $1 million Gift
The School of Nursing has received a pledge of $1 million from Mary Catherine Bunting, a 1972 graduate of the School’s Master of Science program. The donation will establish the Mary Catherine Bunting Scholarship, designated for Maryland residents enrolled in the School’s Clinical Nurse Leader program. Ms. Bunting is a retired nurse practitioner and teacher, which has given her a keen appreciation for the value of highly-educated nurses.
Faculty & Staff Appointments/Transitions
Charlotte Weber has been promoted to administrative program specialist in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH). Weber, a member of the OSAH staff since 2006, is responsible for developing and maintaining a variety of departmental and program-specific databases, as well as assisting faculty with their daily needs.
Faculty & Staff Kudos
Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor, and Jillian Aldebron, JD, MA, chief of staff, co-authored an article, “A Systematic Assessment of Strategies to Address the Nursing Faculty Shortage, U.S.,” which appeared in the November/December 2008 issue of Nursing Outlook.
Bea Lamm, MS, RN, program coordinator for the Western Maryland Wellmobile and clinical instructor, Department of Organizational Partnerships, Outreach, and Clinical Enterprise, was chosen as the new deputy editor of The Maryland Nurse, the official publication of the Maryland Nurses Association. Lamm has been a member of the publication’s editorial board since January 2008 and is also a peer reviewer.
Alumni News & Notes
Renee John Repique, MS ’99, RN, has been appointed chief nursing officer for Jackson Mental Health Hospital, Jackson Health System, Miami, Fla.
School of Nursing “In the News”
SUBJECT: There’s Beauty in Green Lipstick
SOURCE: Nurse.com – Jan. 12
SUMMARY: School of Nursing professor Barbara Sattler, DrPH, RN, FAAN, and author Stacy Malkan recently discussed the dangers of cosmetics. Malkan, author of the book Not Just a Pretty Face, and her colleagues took that question to the leading beauty companies, she said at a recent meeting with students at the School.
SUBJECT: U. of Maryland Gets $1M Gift
SOURCE: Nurse.com – Jan. 11
SUMMARY: The School of Nursing received a $1 million pledge from Mary Catherine Bunting, a 1972 graduate of the School's Master of Science program. The gift from Ms. Bunting, a retired nurse practitioner and teacher, will be used to create a scholarship in her name for Maryland residents enrolled in the School's Clinical Nurse Leader program. Dean Janet Allan was quoted.
SUBJECT: News Briefs
SOURCE: The Daily Record – Jan. 9
SUMMARY: The School of Nursing received a $1 million pledge from Mary Catherine Bunting to establish a scholarship for Maryland residents enrolled in the School’s Clinical Nurse Leader program.
SUBJECT: 'Snowbirds' Beware the Climate Changes
SOURCE: HealthDay News
WISTV.com – Jan. 7; KFDA-TV, Ch. 10 (Amarillo, Texas) – Jan. 7
WashingtonPost.com – Jan. 7
SUMMARY: Seniors who head south each winter to escape the cold often feel better just thinking about the warmer climes. Spending more time outdoors, as well as more time socializing, boosts mood. Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, a professor at the School of Nursing and a board member of the American Geriatric Society, was interviewed.
SUBJECT: Maryland Grads Enjoy a Sweet Celebration
SOURCE: Nurse.com – Dec. 8
SUMMARY: The School of Nursing’s 2008 nurse anesthetist graduates enjoyed a sweet feast Dec. 5. While celebrating the completion of their master's program, the 25 students were surprised with a cake made by Baltimore's Charm City Cakes, the business owned by well-known chef Duff Goldman.
SUBJECT: Environmental Health is a Cure for Hospitals, Communities
SOURCE: The (Baltimore) Examiner – Dec. 19
SUMMARY: Profile of Barbara Sattler, DrPh, RN, FAAN, and the School of Nursing’s Environmental Health Education Center, where officials research and advocate for cleaner, greener, and healthier health care. Sattler has led projects on community exposures to hazardous waste sites, mediation techniques for dealing with environmental issues, and how to make hospitals more environmentally friendly.
SUBJECT: For Everyone’s Health, Greener Hospitals are Catching On
SOURCE: The (Baltimore) Examiner – Dec. 19
SUMMARY: Paxson Barker, BS, RN, spent more than a decade as a nurse scrubbing down the cardiac catheterization lab with harsh cleaning products that left her with severe asthma and a debilitating airway disease. Now Barker, a PhD student at the School of Nursing, is spreading the word about these harmful chemicals and the need for hospitals to adopt greener cleaning practices.
SUBJECT: Maryland Health Care Quarterly
SOURCE: The Daily Record supplement – December
SUMMARY: Jane Lipscomb, PhD, MS, RN, FAAN, a professor at the School of Nursing, has been honored with the University’s 2008 Founders Day Research Lecturer Award. Lipscomb is internationally known for her work in occupational and environmental science. She focuses on the impact of unsafe work environments and long hours on health care and human service providers.
Mark Your Calendar!
Web Site Survey
The School of Nursing's Office of Communications is starting the process of a redesign for the School's Web site. To create a venue for your comments, suggestions, and questions, Bryan Hantman, director, web development & e-communications, has set up a blog to gather input as we move through the redesign process. In the coming weeks, a link to a survey will be posted on the blog. We encourage everyone to participate. Please feel free to distribute the survey to colleagues outside of the organization. Join in the conversation at http://umson.blogspot.com!
Maryland Association of Nursing Students’ 29th Annual State Convention, “Imagine the Possibilities: Nursing and the Future,” featuring guest speaker Lisa Rowen, PhD, RN, chief nursing officer, University of Maryland Medical Center – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 – School of Nursing. To register, visit http://marylandnursingstudents.org.
Conferences and Lectures
- Black History Month Panel featuring School of Nursing students, faculty, and alumni. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 – School of Nursing auditorium. Free admission. For information, call 410-706-3767.
- Komen Distinguished Lecture – “Predicting Breast Cancer Risk: Models and Their Uses,” featuring distinguished lecturer Mitchell Gail, MD, PhD, creator of The Gail Model, an absolute risk model used worldwide to predict women’s risk of developing breast cancer – 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 – School of Nursing auditorium. For information, visit nursing.umaryland.edu/events/lectures/komen/index.htm, or call 410-706-3767. R.S.V.P. at http://peopleware.net/0216.
- Evidence-based Practice Conference – “Nursing Practice Based on Evidence: Moving Science into Action,” featuring keynote speaker Sean Clarke, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor and RBC chair in cardiovascular nursing, University of Toronto Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing – Preconference: April 1; Conference: April 2-3 – School of Nursing. For information, visit nursing.umaryland.edu/events/ebp or call 410-706-3767.
In the “Alumni News & Notes” section of the December 2008 School of Nursing News, we inadvertently referred to U.S. Air Force Major Kawaniee Flowe as “he.” Major Flowe is a woman. We apologize for the error.
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