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February-March 2010

Welcome to 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 and Faculty Rally in Annapolis

Some 70 students and faculty members descended on Annapolis Feb. 24 to meet with legislators and remind them that Maryland needs to support the expansion of nursing education to help spur economic recovery and alleviate the nurse shortage. The UMSON contingent was recognized on the floor of the House of Representatives and the Senate. In addition to meetings with legislators, UMSON students offered a free health fair for legislators and staff members that included screenings, counseling, and advice on family and community health issues.

Rally in Annapolis and Health Fair

UMSON student Michaela Lindahl-Ackerman checks Naike Jacquet’s blood pressure at the health fair.

School of Nursing Celebrates Nurse Anesthetists Week

UMSON celebrated National Nurse Anesthetists Week Jan. 24-30 with displays and handouts highlighting the roles of nurse anesthetists and the School’s nurse anesthesia master’s specialty. A hands-on learning scenario, set up in the UMSON lobby, offered opportunities for participants to try several anesthesia techniques on a simulated “patient.” First introduced in 2000, National Nurse Anesthetists Week recognizes the profession and builds awareness about the work of nurse anesthetists.

Lou Heindel, DNP, CRNA, director of the Nurse Anesthesia master’s specialty, instructs student Michael Clark on a technique for administering anesthesia.

Lou Heindel, DNP, CRNA, director of the Nurse Anesthesia master’s specialty, instructs student Michael Clark on a technique for administering anesthesia.





Faculty & Staff Appointments/Transitions

Ana Duarte, MS `09, BSN `06, RN, has joined the Department of Family and Community Health as a clinical instructor. She received her MS in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and will be teaching undergraduate psychiatric/mental health. .

Makeba Ellis has been promoted to program coordinator. She will provide administrative support to the master’s program and to Jane Kapustin, PhD, RN, CRNP, assistant dean for the master's program.

Robyn Gilden, PhD `10, MS `01, RN, has joined the Department of Family and Community Health as an assistant professor. She holds a post-master’s certificate in Environmental Health Nursing from UMSON and previously worked as a program manager in UMSON’s Environmental Health and Education Center.

Patricia McLaine, DrPH, MPH, RN, has joined the Department of Family and Community Health as an assistant professor. She holds a DrPH in Environmental Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and both an MPH and BSN from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

Jacqueline Mitchell, MS `07, CRNA, has joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as a clinical instructor for the Nurse Anesthesia program. She is a CRNA and preceptor at Southern Maryland Hospital Center, and also serves as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Vicki Redding has joined UMSON as program coordinator. She will provide administrative support to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and to Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, CNAA, BC, CNOR, assistant dean for the DNP program.

Cynthia Sikorski, BA, has joined the Office of Development and Alumni Relations as associate director of alumni relations. She has more than 13 years of experience in institutional advancement for higher education, including 10 years of alumni relations experience. Sikorski holds a BA from the University of Miami.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Jocelyn Farrar, DNP, ’08, MS ’87, BSN ’74, ACNP, CCRN, assistant professor, has the following publication:

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

Karen Johnson, PhD, RN, assistant professor, co-edited the following book:

Wagner, K.D., Johnson K.L., Hardin-Pierce, M.G. (2010). High Acuity Nursing. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

UMSON faculty members who contributed chapters are Valerie Sabol PhD, RN, ACNP, assistant professor; Tonya Appleby, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, clinical instructor; Joan Davenport PhD, RN, CCRN, assistant professor; and Nancy Munro MN, RN, CCRN, ACNP. Several other contributing authors are alumni of UMSON’s Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing master’s specialty: Kiersten Henry, MS, APRN-BP, ACNP; Clifford Pyne, MS, RN, ACNP-BC; Kara Adams Snyder, MS, RN, CCRN, CCNS; and Paul Thurman, MS, RN, ACNP, CCNS, CCRN.

Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP, BC-ADM, FAANP, associate professor and assistant dean for the master’s program, had the following publications:

Kapustin, J. (2010). Chronic disease prevention across the lifespan. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 6(1), 16-24.
Kapustin, J. (2010). Guest Editorial: Chronic disease prevention. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 6(1), 6.

Associate Professors Yulan Liang, PhD and Arpad Kelemen, PhD, co-authored the following publication:

Tayo, B., Liang, Y., Kelemen, A., Miller, A., Trevisan, M., & Cooper, R. (2009). Use of supplementary phenotype to identify additional rheumatoid arthritis loci in a linkage analysis of 342 UK affected sibling pair families. BMC Medical Genetics, 10(142).

Louise Mitchell, sustainable foods coordinator, Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (MD H2E), and Ann Mech, JD, RN, assistant professor and coordinator of legal affairs at the School of Nursing, are finalists for the Daily Record’s Annual Health Care Heroes Awards - Mitchell in the Advances in Health category and Mech in the Volunteer category. Health Care Heroes was created in 2003 to honor heroes in the health care arena who touch lives.

Critical Care Nursing: a Holistic Approach, 9th Ed., authored by Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, received the 2009 American Journal of Nursing’s Book of the Year Award in the critical-emergency nursing category. Dorrie Fontaine, PhD, MS ’77, RN, FAAN, dean, University of Virginia School of Nursing was second author of the text. The annual award recognizes the best nursing and health care publications.

Deborah Witt Sherman, PhD, CRNP, ACHPN, FAAN, professor and assistant dean for research, co-authored the following palliative care textbook:

Matzo, M. & Sherman, D.W. (2010). Palliative care nursing: Quality care to the end of life (3rd Ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Assistant Professors Suzanne Sherwood, MS, RN, and Karen Johnson, PhD, RN, co-authored the following publication:

Sherwood, S. F., Smith, L. G., & Johnson, K. L. (2009). Emergency management of obese patients with blunt trauma. Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care, 4(4), 287-293.

Grants & Contracts

Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN, professor and associate dean for academic affairs; Janet Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor; and Sandra McLeskey, PhD, RN, professor and assistant dean for the baccalaureate program, received a four-year, $988,199 grant, “Student Success Center: Increasing Graduation for Pre-Licensure Nursing Programs,” through the Who Will Care Fund for Nurse Education. The purpose of the project is to establish an academic support center at UMSON to increase the retention and graduation rate of entry-level students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Clinical Nurse Leader programs. The Who Will Care Fund provides seed money to educational institutions and their partners to address the nurse shortage by increasing nursing education capacity in Maryland.

Student News

The following Komen Conferees attended the 2009 San Antonio Breast Cancer Conference held in December. Leslee Gold, BSN, RN; Sharon Flynn, BSN, RN, OCN; Cynthia Shriver, BSN, RN, OCN; Meaghan McEntee, BSN, RN; Kristen Johnson, BSN, RN; and Jenell Tavenner, BSN, RN, OCN. The student conferees are awarded a stipend toward registration and travel expenses that enables them to attend regional and national state-of-the-science conferences on breast cancer research and practice. Upon their return, the students are expected to conduct presentations on what they learned. This year, the conferees will educate more than 200 people as a result of their attendance at the conference.

More than 30 people attended a luncheon hosted by the Nurses for Global Health student organization on Feb. 22. The purpose of the event was to recruit students to serve as global health ambassadors. Student ambassadors help expand the mission and goals of the organization, including the development of leaders and partners in global health. Fifteen new ambassadors, including students from UMSON, and the Schools of Pharmacy, Social Work, and the Dental School, committed to helping with the development and expansion of Nurses for Global Health programs and activities. To learn more about becoming an ambassador, contact Nurses for Global Health at

School of Nursing “In the News”

SUBJECT: Programs Seek to Increase Nursing Faculty
SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun, Education supplement - Feb. 14
Louise Jenkins, PhD, RN, professor at the School of Nursing, says that courses in the School's certificate programs focus on teaching rather than on "the nursing content of what is being taught." Carol O'Neil, PhD, RN, CNE, assistant professor, is also quoted. They are co-directors of the School's Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions.

SUBJECT: Nurses Often Silent About Workplace
SOURCE: MedPage Today – Feb. 5
The physical and verbal abuse nurses face on the job often goes unreported, according to an Australian survey. The same is true in the U.S., where assaults and under-reporting appear just as common as suggested in the Australian survey, commented Kate McPhaul, PhD, RN, MPH, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, who has been involved in such research in the U.S.

SUBJECT: Technology and Health Care Still Hot Jobs
SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun - Jan. 9
The Washington Post - Jan. 9
When it comes to job growth in the coming years, the U.S. Department of Labor forecasts that the health care and technology sectors will have the most number of "hot jobs." "The nursing shortage is in no way solved," says Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, professor and associate dean of academic affairs at the School of Nursing. "Health care reform and advances in technology have propelled the need for trained informaticists in health care to new heights," says Marisa L. Wilson, DNSc, MHSc, RN-BC, assistant professor at the School of Nursing.

SUBJECT: UMB Nursing School Licenses GeneGo Software
SOURCE: Genome Web – Jan. 19
The School of Nursing will use GeneGo’s pathway analysis and knowledge mining software under a new license agreement, GeneGo said today. “We prefer the coverage and quality of disease annotation, as well as the rodent specific pathway analysis, which is critical to seeing species differences,” UMB’s Center for Pain Studies Director Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, said in a statement.

Mark Your Calendar!

UMSON Spring Open House will offer information on two academic paths for entering the nursing profession: Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science-Clinical Nurse Leader – 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 6 – UMSON. Free admission. R.S.V.P. to or call 410-706-0501.

“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; Post-Conference - Friday, Mar. 12 – UMSON. 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. $10 registration fee; free for students. Call 410-376-3767 or visit

“Nursing Practice Based on Evidence: Patient Quality Care at Risk,” Thursday and Friday, Apr. 15-16 – UMSON. Call 410-706-3767 or visit

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