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December 2009 - January 2010

Welcome to the December 2009/January 2010 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.  Happy New Year to all!

School of Nursing Establishes Second Center of Excellence

The School of Nursing recently announced the establishment of a Center of Excellence in Disorders of Neuroregulatory Function. The mission of the new Center is to advance the science of the mechanisms, diagnoses, and management of clinical disease states that result when the nervous system fails to control or regulate body functions properly. This achievement is the latest demonstration of the dynamic growth of UMSON’s research activities, whose national rankings and recognition continue to gain importance. The Center exemplifies the goal of Initiative 2 in UMSON’s 2007-2011 Strategic Plan, “to advance research through integration and collaboration.” Associate professors Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, and Chris Ward, PhD are the Center’s co-directors. They are joined by other UMSON researchers and faculty members,  including: Cynthia Renn, PhD, RN, assistant professor; Deborah McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor; Sandra McLeskey, PhD, RN, assistant dean for the baccalaureate program; George Rodney, PhD, assistant professor; Barbara Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research and professor; Barker Bausell, PhD, biostatistician and professor; Lyn Murphy, PhD, MS, MBA, RN, assistant professor; and Lynn Oswald, PhD, RN, assistant professor.

December Graduates Celebrated

December graduates celebrated their achievements beginning with an event on Dec. 5, when 22 nurse anesthesia students marked the completion of their Master of Science program. On Dec. 10, 125 Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates and 34 Clinical Nurse Leader Master of Science graduates stood before family and friends to receive the traditional UMSON nursing pin. Congratulations to all December grads!

BSN grads and Nurse anesthesia grads

 Career Fair a Huge Success

A record crowd of nearly 500 attended UMSON’s Fall Career Fair on Dec. 1 at the Southern Management Corporation Student Center. Registered nurse recruiters from 45 regional health care organizations, as well as representatives from a number of universities, provided information on employment and educational opportunities. 

Fall Career Fair 

Faculty & Staff Appointments/Transitions

Michelle Healy, MS, has been named program director for communications and professional education in the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives. She has worked in higher education for the past decade, where her positions focused on event and conference management, marketing, and development.  She most recently served as director of alumni relations and annual fund for UMSON’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Healy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master of Science degree in Management with a specialization in Marketing from University of Maryland University College.

Sandra McLeskey, PhD, RN, professor and assistant dean for the baccalaureate program, announced her plan to retire at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year. During her tenure as assistant dean, Dr. McLeskey led the faculty in the integration of the new Baccalaureate Essentials into the curriculum. In addition, faculty members have expanded their use of technology in teaching under her direction.  She also served as director of the Komen Maryland Affiliate Nursing Partnership: Advancing Education and Practice, a comprehensive, evidence-based program to educate nurses who are better prepared to screen, treat, and manage breast cancer patients. The partnership is the first of its kind in the nation linking the Komen Foundation with a school of nursing.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Jocelyn Farrar, DNP, ACNP, CCRN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health had the following article published:

Farrar, J. A. (2010). Pandemic influenza:  Allocating scarce critical care resources [Guest Editorial]. Journal of Nursing Administration, 40(1), 1-3.

Kathryn Fornili, MPH, RN, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health (FCH) and Charon Burda, APRN, CRNP-PMH, clinical instructor, FCH, co-authored the following article:

Fornili, K., & Burda, C. (2009). Buprenorphine prescribing: Why physicians aren’t and nurse prescribers can’t. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 20(4), 218-226. 

Linda Hickman, PhD, MBA, RN, FACHE, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health , presented a poster, “Enhancing the Leadership and Management Skill of Junior-Level Nursing Students in a BSN Program,” at the 4th National League for Nurses Technology Conference held recently at Johns Hopkins University.

Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH); Barker Bausell, PhD, biostatistician and professor, OSAH; and Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor, OSAH; co-presented the following paper: 

Nahm, E-S., Bausell, B., Resnick, B., Covington, B., Magaziner, J., & Brennan, P. (2009, November). Challenges and Strategies for Recruitment and Retention in Online Trials with Older Adults. The Gerontological Society of America's 61st Annual Scientific Meeting, Atlanta, Ga.

Barbara Sattler, DrPH, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Family and Community
Health, recently attended a meeting at the White House with Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to discuss the public health implications of the Obama Administration’s Clean Air policies.

Student News

Doctor of Nursing Practice student Ruth Lee, MS, MBA, and Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, presented a poster, “Unplanned Admission and Emergency Visits Following Outpatient Surgery,” at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare, held recently in Orlando, Fla. 

Lee and her colleagues also presented two additional posters at the Forum, “Incidence of Adverse Events in the Intraoperative Period and Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Following Eye Surgery” and “Evidence-based Management: Use of Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) Delay Codes as a Quality Measure and Process Improvement Initiative for the Inpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Unit.”

School of Nursing “In the News”

Subject: The Story of Healing Where Angels Fear to Tread
Source: The Baltimore Sun - Dec. 13
Summary: "The work I did for Doctors Without Borders was part of my primary drive to become a nurse," said Jane Hannon, who is currently earning a nursing practitioner degree at the School of Nursing.,0,945354.story

Subject: School of Nursing to Spearhead New Center for Pain Studies
Source: Medical News Today - Dec. 11
NurseTV - Dec. 12 - Dec. 11 - Dec. 12

Summary: The School of Nursing is "uniquely poised" to spearhead a new collaborative Center for Pain Studies funded by a $2.4 million, five-year federal grant, said Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, director of the center.

SUBJECT: Kitchen Environmental
SOURCE: Baltimore Magazine December 2009
The kitchen of Joan Plisko, PhD, technical director, Department of Family and Community Health, is about things unseen—and unsmelled.  Among the features in the newly renovated “green” kitchen are cabinets that don’t give off formaldehyde gas and paint that doesn’t emit volatile compounds. “A lot of people assume that doing things for the environment is about planting trees or having a beautiful view to look at,” said Plisko.  “We think it’s about having clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and a safe environment for our children.”

SUBJECT: MD Colleges Reach Out to Career Changers
SOURCE: The Daily Record Nov. 16
SUMMARY: In 2001, nine state universities opened for business on a single Montgomery Co. campus and enrolled 37 students.  Today, the Universities at Shady Grove have an enrollment of more than 3,600 students. For Cynthia Zammit, a mid-career decision to go into nursing was helped along by the regional campus’s location, where the University of Maryland School of Nursing offers its Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  

SUBJECT: Newsmakers
SOURCE: North County News – Nov. 15
SUMMARY: Susan Antol, MS, RN, of Baldwin, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, has been named director of the Governor’s Wellmobile Program. 

Mark Your Calendar!

Conferences and Lectures

“Scientific Updates in Exercise, Robotics, and Neuro-Rehabilitation 2010,” sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs Employee Education System and VISN 5, the VA Capitol Health Network. Thursday, Feb. 11 – SMC Campus Center.  Free to all. Call 410-706-3767.

“Excellence in Teaching Nursing,” hosted by the UMSON Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions. Pre-Conference - Wednesday, Mar. 10; Conference – Thursday, Mar. 11-Friday, Mar. 12 – UMSON. For information, call 410-706-3413 or visit

Komen Distinguished Lecture, “New Evidence on the Role of Race and Ethnicity in Breast Cancer,” 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 23 – UMSON. Featuring guest speaker Otis Brawley, MD, chief medical and scientific officer and executive vice president, American Cancer Society. Free admission. Call 410-706-3767 or visit

“Protecting the Global Nurse” Regional Conference, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 25 – UMSON. Free to students. Call 410-376-3767.

“Nursing Practice Based on Evidence: Patient Quality at Risk,” Pre-Conference – Wednesday, Apr. 14; Conference – Thursday and Friday, Apr. 15-16 – UMSON.  For information, call 410-706-3767 or visit


Green Bag Lunch Seminar, “Environmental Initiatives for International Health,” featuring Michaela Lindahl-Ackerman, MPH, nurse coordinator, UMSON Environmental Health Education Center – noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25 – UMSON.   For more information, call 410-706-3767.

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