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March 2013

Welcome to the March 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). 

Students Travel to Annapolis for Annual Advocacy Day

More than 20 UMSON students, accompanied by Dean Jane Kirschling and members of the faculty and staff, traveled to Annapolis on Feb. 20 to meet with legislators and discuss issues related to nursing and nursing education. Students had the opportunity to accompany legislators while they met with constituents and listened to a variety of concerns. During the visit, Dean Kirschling was formally introduced on the floor of the House of Delegates. Students ended their day with a brief question and answer session with guest speakers. 

Students arrive in Annapolis for Advocacy Day 2013

Four Faculty Members Among Daily Record’s Top 100 Women List

Four UMSON faculty members – Karen Kauffman, PhD, CRNP-BC, associate professor and chair, Department of Family and Community Health; Ann Mech, JD, RN, assistant professor and coordinator of legal affairs; Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor and Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology; and Associate Professor Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, FAAN, senior vice president for patient services and chief nursing officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center – have been named to the Maryland Daily Record’s list of Top 100 Women for 2013. Dr. Kauffman and Dr. Rowen will be honored as members of the Top 100 Women Circle of Excellence, recognizing those who have been named to the list three times. The 2013 Top 100 Women will be recognized at an awards ceremony May 6 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Faculty & Staff Appointments

Valerie Jones has joined the Office of Development and Alumni Relations as a coordinator. She has more than 12 years experience on the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus, most recently working as a coordinator in UMB’s Center for Vaccine Development.

Mohammed Nour, BS, has joined the Office of Academic Affairs as an instructional technology specialist. He comes to the School of Nursing from Johns Hopkins Health System, where he served as an instructional design intern. Nour holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

April Rai, AA, has joined the Office of the Dean as office manager. Previously, she managed operations of a top tier consulting firm in Washington, D.C. In this role, she assisted in the growth and organization of the firm as they rapidly grew from 10 to more than 65 employees in five years. Rai holds an Associate in Arts degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, Calif.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Jocelyn Farrar, DNP, CCRN, ACNP-BC, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. The Meso Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by it.

Marian Grant, DNP, RN, ACHPN, CRNP, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, authored the following book chapter:

Grant, M. (2012). Communication. In Dahlin, C.M. & Lynch, M.T. (Eds.), Core Curriculum for the Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse, Second edition, pages 61-77. Pittsburgh, PA, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

In addition, Grant is a reviewer and will be a faculty member for the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium’s new APRN course premiering on April 5 and 6 in Anaheim, Calif.

Vivian Koroknay, MS, RN, CNE, CRRN, clinical instructor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, Universities at Shady Grove, presented the following poster:

Koroknay, V. (2012). Creating positive geriatric clinical experiences for undergraduate nursing students: Are nursing home placements the answer? Poster presentation at the 2012 AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference, San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 15, 2012. 

Patricia G. Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, has been named editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing. This journal for nurse educators is published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

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. Poster at 2012 AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference, San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 16, 2012.

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, co-authored the following publications:

Koch, S.H., Weir, C., Westenskow, D., Gondan, M., Agutter, J., Haar, M., Liu, Gorges, M., Staggers, N. (2013). Evaluation of the effect of information integration in displays for ICU nurses on situation awareness and task completion time: A prospective randomized controlled study. International Medical Informatics Association, e-pub, January 25, 2013.

Staggers, N., & Blaz, J. (2013). Research on nursing handoffs for medical and surgical settings: An integrative review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69(2), 1365-2548.

Kathryn Von Rueden, MS, RN, CNS-BC, FCCM, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, co-authored the following new publication:

Makic M.B., Rauen C.A., & Von Rueden, K.T. (2013). Questioning common nursing practices: What does the evidence show? American Nurse Today 8(3):10-14. Two of the authors are UMSON alumnae – Mary Beth Makic, MS ’92, and Carol Rauen, MS ’91, BSN ’81.

In addition, Von Rueden gave the following presentation:

Von Rueden, K. (2013). Acute Delirium: Problem to research to protocols, the role of the APN. Spotlight on Advanced Practice Nursing Conference, sponsored by American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Bethesda, Md., March 2, 2013.

Kelley Wilson, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, authored the following new publication:

Wilson, K. M. (March/April 2013). The nurse’s quick guide to I.V. drug calculations. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, 11(2), 1-2.

Grants & Contracts

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, is co-investigator on a four-year, $907,600 grant for the Veterans Administration, “Cognitive Informatics for Nurses’ Medication Stewardship.” Staggers, along with PI Charlene Weir, PhD, RN, will assess how nurses monitor for patients’ acute mental status changes and then create computerized support for that monitoring.

Student News

Congratulations to the December 2012 cohort of 30 nurse anesthesia graduates who achieved a 100 percent pass rate on their national board certification exam on the first attempt!  A wonderful achievement, indeed!

BSN student Theresa Card is doing an internship in U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s office during the spring semester. She will be working with the legislative staff on health care issues related to Sen. Mikulski’s assignments. She will also be collecting and analyzing data, drafting documents, and attending hearings and other events.

For the fourth straight year, community health nursing students from the Universities at Shady Grove participated in the Love Your Heart Expo. Fifteen students, accompanied by Clinical Instructors Florence Nwoga, MSN, MPH, RN, and Janey Roth, MPH, CNM, RN, attended the event, held Feb. 9 at Montgomery Mall. More than 300 community members received free screening for cardiac risk factors. Students took blood pressures, calculated body mass indices, performed waist/hip ratios, transported cholesterol results to RN counselors, and guided participants through the screening area.

Shady Grove students and faculty at the Love Your Heart Expo

Upcoming Events

Entry Into Practice Open HouseSaturday, April 13 – 9 a.m. – School of Nursing. Meet faculty members, connect with current students, and tour the facility. Free admission. RSVP by Sunday, April 7, to Questions? Call 410-706-5444.

“Moving Evidence Into Action in Nursing Education”Friday, April 19 – 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. – Southern Management Corporation Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Keynote speaker: Marilyn Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Frances Hill Fox Term Distinguished Professor and Adult/Geriatric Health Chair, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. This conference will examine the best evidence for teaching nursing students. To register and for more information:

School of Nursing “In the News”

The School of Nursing is mentioned in a Baltimore Sun article, "Hopkins Medical School Falls to No. 3 in U.S.News rankings.,0,2929699.story

Dean Emeritus Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, was mentioned in "People on the Move" in the Baltimore Business Journal, the Washington Business Journal, and the Baltimore Sun.,0,6660300.ugcphotogallery

Dean Emeritus Janet D. Allan, is the subject of The Daily Record item "Allan Named Dean Emeritus at UM Nursing School."

Karen Kauffman, PhD, CRNP-BC, associate professor and chair, Department of Family and Community Health; Ann Mech, JD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH) and legal counsel, Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives; Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP, professor, OSAH, and Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Endowed Chair in Gerontology; and Associate Professor Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, FAAN, senior vice president for patient services and chief nursing officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center are among the Daily Record's Top 100 Women.

Dean Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the subject of the story, "New UMSON Dean Targets Curriculum Redesign, Evidence-based Practice."

Gail Schoen Lemaire, PhD, MPH/CNS, BC, associate professor and director of the Clinical Nurse Leader Program, is quoted in, "Age No Deterrent to Those Determined to Become an RN Later in Life."

Kathryn Montgomery, PhD, RN, associate dean for Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives and associate professor, is quoted in the story, "University of Maryland Conference Promotes Interprofessional Health Care."

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, is the subject of the story, "Institute Appoints UMSON Professor Vice Chair of Methodology Committee."

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, is quoted in an article, "The Top 10 I.T. Usability Myths," printed in Health Data Management.

Alumni News & Notes

Shawn Becker, MS ’05, BSN ’93, was promoted to senior director of Healthcare Quality Standards in the Global Science and Standards Division of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) in recognition of her expanded role since joining USP more than 34 years ago. Becker provides scientific leadership and strategic direction, and collaborates with other groups to develop practitioner-based standards for nomenclature, patient safety, labeling, and compounding. 

Betsy R. Bradford, BSN ’75, MHA, retired from the VA Maryland Health Care System and accepted a position as a long-term care surveyor with The Joint Commission.

COL Sara Breckenridge-Sproat, PhD ’09, was recently named chief of the Department of Nursing at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Tripler is a 217-bed facility and is the Army's referral hospital for the Pacific, supporting more than 500,000 beneficiaries in Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, South Korea, Japan, and the Philippines. COL Breckenridge-Sproat continues the research protocols that she started as director of the Center for Nursing Science and Clinical Inquiry at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. 

Staci Bruce, MS ’07, writes, “After getting my feet wet as a public health nurse in Colorado and Virginia, I sought the adventure of working in remote Alaska. I am a public health nurse/itinerant nurse who provides services to several native villages in the southwest region of Alaska. My main office is in Bethel. I travel by small aircraft to the villages and spend three to five days per visit working with the Yup'ik Eskimos and Athabascan Indians whose ancestors have populated the region for thousands of years.

Amy S. Collins, BSN ’83, is employed as a nurse epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Chamblee, Ga. In 2005, she was presented with the Florence Nightingale Award by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Collins earned a BS in microbiology from Georgia State University, an MPH in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, and is a captain in the United States Public Health Service.

Julie Lynn Wolpert Cooper, BSN ’83, is employed as a school nurse at Lansdowne High School in Baltimore County, Md.

Hershaw Davis, Jr., BSN ’10, is featured in the article, “Portrait Gallery: Book Project is a True Tribute to Nurses Across the Land,” printed in the January/February 2013 edition of The American Nurse magazine. The article discusses the new coffee table book, The American Nurse, in which Davis and 74 other nurses from across the nation are featured. The book is filled with exquisite black-and-white portraits, accompanied by (sometimes) dramatic and (sometimes) slice-of-life stories, told by the nurses themselves. Read more about the project at:

Mary DiBartolo, PhD ’01, has been promoted to full professor at Salisbury University where she has taught full time in the Department of Nursing since 1995. She also works as a core faculty member/nurse educator for the Copper Ridge Institute, where she is responsible for providing dementia education/training at health care facilities across Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In addition to maintaining ANCC certification in gerontological nursing, DiBartolo recently earned her National League for Nursing certification as a certified nurse educator. 

Tracey Glover Eberhardt, MS ’87, BSN ’82, has worked as a faith community nurse for more than 12 years at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton, Md.  She considers it her best job ever! She is grateful for her University of Maryland School of Nursing education, as it prepared her to practice with confidence and independence.

Kimberly Taylor Foltz, BSN ’09, is a clinical systems manager at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Md.

Jennifer Wines Hill, BSN ’93, is an RN-maternal/child health-patient care coordinator and certified breastfeeding counselor at Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Ill. 

Margaret Lyons Jones, BSN ’83, is a database developer at Epsilon in Lafayette, Col.

Diane L. Krasner, PhD ’98, MS ’94, BSN ’79, has been selected by the National League for Nursing to participate in LEAD, a leadership development program designed for nurse educators who are transitioning to positions of faculty and administrative leadership. Krasner joined the York County School of Technology Adult Nursing Education Program as coordinator in July 2012. She is an internationally known Wound Ostomy Continence nurse, educator, and researcher. She has written more than 100 articles in the nursing literature and serves as an expert witness in legal cases involving wound and skin care. 

Cristina Mahabir, MS ’07, BSN ’03, is director of clinical information services at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

Mary Donnelly Ostick, BSN ’82, is a nurse practitioner at Villanova University Health Center, Villanova, Penna. She earned an MSN from the University of Pennsylvania and is certified as a family nurse practitioner.

Lori Jean Weitzel Perkins, BSN ’77, is a medical presenter for the “Worth the Wait” Pregnancy and STD Prevention program and a volunteer at Salem Pregnancy Care Center in Salem, N.C.

Carolyn Schubert, DNP, MS ’83, BSN ’74, completed her DNP in 2011 at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Penna. She is an assistant professor of clinical nursing at the Ohio State University, where she specializes in teaching adult health in the undergraduate program and quality improvement at the graduate level. Schubert’s DNP project, “Effect of Simulation on Nurses’ Knowledge and Performance in Failure to Rescue Events,” was published in the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing in October 2012.

Paige Schwartz, BSN ’02, was promoted to nurse manager of multiple units at Howard County Hospital, Columbia, Md., where she will manage the Joint Academy/Surgery. Schwartz has worked at Howard County Hospital since 2002 and has served in many roles, including patient care technician, staff nurse, clinical program manager, and nurse manager. She earned an MSN in nursing leadership and management from Walden University.

Nelson Vanucci, BSN ’10, is an RN at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md. 

Margaret “Peggy” Chamberlain Wilmoth, PhD, MS ’79, BSN ’75, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice by Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius. Wilmoth is dean of the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga. 

Upcoming Alumni Events

Meet UMSON’s New Dean at April 11 Alumni Networking Event

Meet UMSON’s new dean, Dr. Jane M. Kirschling, at a special alumni networking event for Baltimore area alumni, Thursday, April 11. The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Canton Dockside, 3301 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD 21224 (on the corner of Boston and Clinton Street). Make great connections and enter to win some door prizes! Free parking is available. RSVP to Cynthia Sikorski at or call 410-706-7640. 

Reunion 2013 – Saturday, 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 or 410‑706‑0674.

The cost is $46 per person. Invitations have been mailed, but you may register online at our secure website at: For more information, visit the alumni website at:

Recent Alumni Reunion – Friday, 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

Alumni Association Volunteer Opportunities

The UMSON Alumni Association’s Recent Graduate Committee is recruiting alumni volunteers for the following community service programs during spring/summer 2013:

Paul’s Place: a non-profit organization 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).

You are invited to volunteer with fellow UMSON alumni in staffing the nurse’s clinic at Paul’s Place on the following Wednesdays: May 22, June 19, and July 17, 2013.

My Sister’s Place: a non-profit organization located in Baltimore that provides women with shelter, education, training for employment, and meals.

You are invited to volunteer with fellow UMSON alumni in preparing and serving breakfast on the following Wednesday mornings: June 12 and July 10.

If you are interested in volunteering, send an email with your contact information and availability to For more information, contact Cynthia Sikorski at or 410-706-7640. We welcome your participation!

Alumni Event Recaps

Tampa Area Alumni Meet Dean Jane Kirschling

On February 23, Tampa, Fla. area alumni enjoyed the opportunity to meet UMSON’s new dean, Dr. Jane Kirschling, and connect with fellow alumni at a luncheon at the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club.

Tampa area alumni with Dean Jane Kirschling

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