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May 2011

Welcome to the May 2011 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).

CEEL Celebrates New, Larger Space

An April 27 reception celebrated the opening of UMSON’s new Clinical Education and Evaluation Laboratory (CEEL). The 4,962 square foot area in Suite W-100 contains 12 fully equipped outpatient examination rooms, four hospital rooms, and two family counseling rooms with video and two-way audio response capability in each room, as well as a computer-supported automation system to enable students to see multiple standardized patients in a streamlined teaching or testing process. The CEEL is a joint program between the School of Nursing and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where Standardized Patients put nursing and medical students through their paces as they learn to interact with living, breathing humans who present particular health problems.

CEEL Grand Opening

Komen Lecture Addresses a “New Normal” in Breast Cancer Survivorship

“Breast Cancer Survivorship: Defining a New Normal” was the topic of UMSON’s annual Komen Distinguished Lecture, held April 14. Patricia Ganz, MD, director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Los Angeles, delivered the lecture, which emphasized the growing number of breast cancer survivors and the diversity of their post-treatment requirements.

Ganz said that the decline in breast cancer mortality means that for many women “cancer is now a chronic disease.” But the same treatment advances that have prolonged lives and reduced risks of second malignancies have been accompanied by physical effects, including symptoms of persistent, post-treatment fatigue that Ganz described as “under-reported and under-treated.”

Dr. Sandra McLesky, Dr. Patricia Ganz, and Dr. Deborah McGuire 

Healing Relationships in the Shadow of Trauma is Topic of Cain Lecture

Neil Weissman, PsyD, delivered the 17th Annual Ann Ottney Cain Endowed Lecture in Psychiatry, “Healing Couples’ Relationships in the Shadow of Trauma,” at UMSON in March. The lecture focused on a therapy model that has helped military combat trauma survivors strengthen their marital relationships, which creates a healing environment for recovery. Weissman is a staff psychologist at the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System in Baltimore and a clinical assistant professor in psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and School of Nursing, and has a private practice specializing in couples’ therapy. 

Dr. Neil Weissman

Faculty & Staff Appointments & Transitions

Mary Fey, MS ‘01, RN, has been named director of the UMSON Clinical Simulation Labs, effective June 6. Fey comes to UMSON from the College of Southern Maryland where she was an associate professor and coordinator of clinical simulation. She was responsible for all activities in the nursing simulation laboratories at three campus sites and also taught adult health nursing. Fey holds a BSN from Bowie State University, an MS and a post-master’s certificate from UMSON, and is currently enrolled in UMSON’s PhD program.

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, associate professor and assistant dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, has been named chair of UMSON’s Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health. Newhouse has been a member of UMSON's faculty since 2007, serving as associate professor, assistant dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, and co-director of the Developing Center of Excellence in Health System Outcomes. In 2010, she was honored to serve as Visiting Professor at the College of Nursing, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan. Newhouse is widely published; is the recipient of numerous local, regional, and national awards; and has sponsored research grants totaling nearly $2,250,000. She brings a strong background in academic leadership, scholarship, and mentorship to this role.

Raymond Stolle, MA, has joined the Office of Student and Academic Services as database engineer. His prior experience includes working as a specialist in the Office of the Registrar at University of Maryland, College Park, and as assistant registrar at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Stolle holds a Master of Arts degree from UMBC.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor, and Alison Trinkoff, PhD, RN, professor, co-authored the following publication:

Geiger-Brown, J., Trinkoff A.M., & Rogers, V.E. The impact of work schedules, home, and work demands on self-reported sleep in registered nurses. J Occup Envir Med, 2011, 53(3): 303-7. 

Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor, and Kate McPhaul, PhD, MPH, RN, assistant professor, co-authored the following book chapter:

Geiger-Brown, J. & Mc Phaul, K.M. Chapter 22. Sleep promotion in occupational health. In Redeker, N., & Phillips-McEnany, G. (2011). Sleep disorders and sleep promotion in nursing practice.  New York: Springer, pp 355-369.

Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor, and Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, co-authored the following book chapter:

Geiger-Brown, J. & Lipscomb, J. Chapter 8. The healthcare work environment and adverse health and safety consequences for nurses. In Kasper, C .(Ed). Annual review of nursing research, Vol 29, 195-237.

Marjorie Fass, MA, assistant dean for student and academic services, received the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) 2011 Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals’ (GNAP) “Service to the Graduate Nursing Admissions Professional Leadership Network" Award for “Best Practices in Graduate Nurse Recruiting and Willingness to Share Insight and Expertise with Colleagues Near and Far.” The award recognizes the efforts of members who have made significant contributions to the admissions profession and to GNAP. Fass was honored with the award at the AACN/GNAP annual conference held in April.

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

Kapustin, J. Retooling NP & CNS curricula: implementing the new adult-gerontology APRN education requirements in your program.  Invited panelist speaker, American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master’s Conference Preconference, Phoenix, Ariz., February 2011.

DiBlasi C, Ghabranious, M, Kapustin J.  Improving patient access with shared screening and educational session.  Evidence-Based Practice National Conference, UMSON, April 2011.

Kapustin, J. & Lawrence J.  Double diabetes: double the trouble?  Invited speaker for regional diabetes conference, UMMC Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, Baltimore, Md., March 2011.

Kapustin, J. Legislative Issues: NPs are the answer to the primary care shortage. NONPF Conference, April 2011, Albuquerque, N.M.

Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, CCRN, assistant professor, co-presented with Kapustin on the following:

Kapustin, J. & Idzik, SStudent incivility: how to get control when they are out of control. Invited speaker for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Masters’ Conference, Phoenix, Ariz., February 2011.

Kapustin J., Thomas A, George N, Idzik, S. Armchair discussion: preparing for accreditation visit. National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, April 2011, Albuquerque, N.M.

In cooperation with the Maryland State Bar Association and the Maryland Judicial Conference,  the Citizens Law Related Education Program sponsors an annual high school Mock Trial competition. Shannon McClellan, Esq., MBA, was one of a three-judge panel, which included Judge Joseph F. Murphy, Jr., for the Mock Trial State Championship held at the Court of Appeals on April 15. The team from Park School in Baltimore County was declared the winner.

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, associate professor and assistant dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, had the following new publication:

Newhouse, R.P., Morlock, L., Pronovost, P., Breckenridge-Sproat. S. Rural hospital nursing: Results of a national survey of nurse executives. (2011). Journal of Nursing Administration, 41(3), 129-137.

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor and Sonia Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, has been named president of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). The AGS was founded by a small group of physicians in 1942 “to encourage and promote the study of geriatrics,” the branch of medicine dedicated to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of disease in later life. Resnick will be inducted as president at AGS’ annual meeting being held May 11-14 in Washington, D.C.

Kathryn Von Rueden, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, FCCM, assistant professor, and three UMSON Trauma/Critical Care alumnae (Mary Beth Flynn Makic, Carol Rauen, and Jessica Chadwick) co-authored the following publication:

Von Rueden, K., Makic, M.B., Rauen, C., & Chadwick, J. Evidence-based practice habits: putting more sacred cows out to pasture. Critical Care Nurse, April 2011.

Student News

USG Students Visit USAMRIID

On March 30, nearly 60 community health students (traditional and RN-BSN/MS) and faculty members from the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) visited the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), located at Ft. Detrick in Frederick, Md. The group learned about the history and future plans of USAMRIID, as well as the many ways in which nurses who work at the Institute participate.

USG Students Named to National Student Offices

USG Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) student Regina Leonard, who currently serves as president of the Maryland Association of Nursing Students, has been elected chair of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA), chair of the Council of State Presidents, and member of the NSNA Board of Directors. Fellow USG student Regine Faucher was elected chair of the Nominating and Elections Committee. The elections took place at the NSNA Convention, held in Salt Lake City in April. UMSON students and alumni attending the convention were Sanna Ali; Nicole Brynes; Jason Cage, BSN '10; Staci Godfrey; Amy Grammas; Gillian Greene; Shafali Kapoor; Dana James; Melissa Liddic; Liz Luehman; McAmy Mills; Hara Oyedeji; Genevieve Parr; Taghi Ryder; Rachel Sybor; and Daniel Vieira. Faculty attendees included Barbara Dobish, MSN, RN, assistant professor; Jana Goodwin, MS, RN, clinical instructor; and Janice Hoffman, PhD, RN, CCRN, assistant dean for the BSN program. Marjorie Fass, MA, assistant dean for student and academic services, also attended.

Maryland Association of Nursing Students won the NSNA's best newsletter of the year.

     Regina Leonard

Annual Awards Breakfast Held at USG

USG held its seventh annual Student Achievement and Leadership Breakfast on April 15.  At the event, Academic Achievement Awards are presented to one outstanding senior from each undergraduate program who has demonstrated academic excellence and achievement. Leadership & Service Awards are presented to three seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, service, and dedication to USG and the community at large.

Denise Owens, J.R. Fraker, and Dana James

Blood Drive at USG Exceeds Goal

USG BSN students organized and volunteered at a very successful blood drive held April 17 and sponsored by the University of Maryland Association of Nursing Students.  They collected 41 pints of blood, exceeding their goal of 32 pints. While many students donated blood, only a few, including first semester student Christopher Tinsdale, donated a “double.”

Christopher Tinsdale donates a "double" at the USG blood drive.

Alumni News & Notes

Hershaw Davis, Jr., BSN ’10, RN, had an article about his perspective on the Institute of Medicine’s “Future of Nursing” Report published in American Nurse Today about.

Beth Ann Martucci, DNP ‘10, ANP-BC, ACNP-BC, was recently promoted to clinical operations director-institution products at Bravo Health. In her new role, Martucci will oversee the company’s clinical practice in five states. Bravo Health is one of the nation’s largest Medicare Advantage coordinated care plans.

Looking for a Unique Gift? Consider an Auditorium Seat!

Consider naming a UMSON auditorium seat in honor of, or in memory of, a friend, family member, faculty member, or classmate – or place your own name on it! Special prices, available now until June 30, 2011, are $250 for each seat or $450 for two. Prices will increase to $350 per seat or $600 for two on July 1, 2011. The cost includes a plaque inscribed with the name of your choice that will be affixed to the arm of the chair(s).

Please consider this meaningful way to pay homage to a significant person in your life. Contact Stacey Conrad in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 410-706-7640 or for more information.

Colorado Alumni Reception – RSVP Now!

The first-ever Colorado area alumni reception will be hosted by Dean Janet Allan from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at The Red Lion Hotel, 4040 Quebec Street, Denver (located at I-70 and Quebec Street). Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to hear Dean Allan’s update on UMSON initiatives and to get together with fellow alumni. We hope to see you there!

We don’t have everyone’s e-mail addresses, so please pass the word along to any alumni with whom you are in contact.  If you have questions, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, 410-706-0674, or

Mark Your Calendar!

2011 Convocation Week Events

For more information on the events listed below, visit

Graduation Caps

Tuesday, May 17

  • Graduation Barbecue - UMSON Courtyard - 12:30-2:30 p.m.
  • BSN/CNL Pinning Rehearsal - UMSON, Room 130 - 3 p.m.

Wednesday, May 18

  • Sigma Theta Tau, Pi Chapter Induction - UMSON, Room 130 - 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 19

  • Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Reception - Southern Management Corporation Campus
    Center - 3:30 p.m. (students line up); 4-7 p.m. (ceremony)

Friday, May 20

  • Convocation - 1st Mariner Arena - 7:30 a.m. (doors open); 8:30 a.m. (ceremony starts)
  • Commencement - 1st Mariner Arena - 3 p.m.

Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics: Real Meaningful Use-Evolution or Revolution? - July 20-23, 2011; Preconference Tutorials July 18-20.  For more information visit:

School of Nursing "In the News"

Subject: Nursing's Past
Source: - April 29
Summary: According to curator Dan Caughey, MA, while the School of Nursing's past and contributions to nursing are featured in the museum's permanent exhibit, visitors also learn, in general, about how the profession has changed over the past 130 years.

Subject: Nursing Demands Affect Patient Outcomes
Source: EndoNurse - April 29
RN to BSN Degrees Blog - May 1

Summary: In any job stress can greatly affect the performance of an employee. In health care, this condition is only exacerbated by the fact that the stakes can be impossibly high. A new study by the School of Nursing has some hard facts that show how stressed nurses influence the outcomes of their patients. Professor Alison Trinkoff, ScD, FAAN, is quoted.

Subject: Tough Demands on Nurses Adversely Affect Patients
Source: Infection Control Today - April 27
Summary: Better working conditions and better staffing of nurses can significantly improve the care of patients with serious conditions, according to the latest nurse labor study by the School of Nursing. Lead investigator Alison Trinkoff, ScD, FAAN, is quoted.

Subject: Health Care Providers Voice Gripes At EHR Usability Hearing
Source: InformationWeek - April 25
Summary: Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor at the School of Nursing, is quoted in a story about how to make electronic health records more user-friendly.

Subject: Halethorpe Professor Wins Diversity Award
Source: Arbutus Times - April 22
Summary: Halethorpe resident Vanessa Fahie, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, received the University of Maryland, Baltimore's Outstanding Faculty/Staff Diversity Award during a February ceremony at the School of Medicine.

Subject: Baltimore-area College Seniors Entering Unstable Job Market
Source: Baltimore Business Journal - April 21
Summary: "The good news is that they [nursing school graduates] are still getting jobs," says Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Nursing.

Subject: Finally, the FAA Is Alert Over Work Safety Issue
Source: The Washington Post - April 20; WHYY-FM - April 20
Summary: Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor at the School of Nursing and co-director of the School's Work and Health Research Center, was interviewed about "Sleep and the Night Shift," on the program, Radio Times, and said in a letter to the editor that "adverse work schedules deny workers the opportunity to sleep," and should be changed as a matter of public safety.;

Subject: What It's Like to Be an Air Traffic Controller
Source: CNN - April 15
Summary: Article reports the Federal Aviation Administration decision to assign an extra air traffic controller on the midnight shift at 27 control towers that have been staffed with only one. Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor at the School of Nursing, is quoted.

Subject: Universities at Shady Grove's First Interprofessional Critical Care Simulation
Source: Examiner - April 13
Summary: Students from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and other schools participated in the Universities at Shady Grove's first Interprofessional Critical Care Simulation on April 1. Jay A. Perman, MD, president of the University of Maryland in Baltimore, acted as the attending physician during the simulation and delivered a keynote lecture.

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