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May 2012

Welcome to the May 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).

UMSON to Participate in Joining Forces Campaign

Joining Forces Logo

Dean Janet Allan recently announced that UMSON will be participating in the Joining Forces Campaign — an initiative to further educate our nation’s 3 million nurses so they are prepared to meet the unique health needs of service members, veterans, and their families.

Led by the American Nurses Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the National League for Nursing, in coordination with the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, more than 150 nursing organizations and 500 nursing schools have committed to educating current and future nurses on how to recognize and care for veterans impacted by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), depression, and other combat-related issues, in ways appropriate to each nurse’s practice setting. 

UMSON’s participation in the Joining Forces campaign is in keeping with its long-standing involvement in educating military nurses and veterans.  The School’s current student body includes 18 active duty military, 52 veterans, and six active duty or veterans who are enrolled in the doctoral program. Fifty-two of these students are on the GI Bill.

Nursing leaders have also committed to disseminating effective models for care and to sharing the most up-to-date information on these conditions across academic and practice settings. By working to expand the body of clinical knowledge in this arena and by partnering with other health care providers and institutions, nursing leaders across the country will continue to advance high quality treatment for these conditions.

Two Faculty Members Honored with USM Regents Awards

Two School of Nursing faculty members were among the 16 recipients of 2012 University System of Maryland (USM) Board Regents Faculty Awards. The awards are the highest honor presented by the board to exemplary faculty members. Presented in four categories, the awards honor excellence in mentoring, public service, scholarship, and teaching. Each award carries a $1,000 prize provided by the institutions and the USM Foundation.

Vanessa P. Fahie, PhD, RN, assistant professor, received an award for mentorship. Dr. Fahie has devoted her career to developing projects that impact educationally and environmentally disadvantaged students.

Karen Kauffman, PhD, RN, CRNP, associate professor and chair, Department of Family and Community Health, was honored for public service. As a member of the National Public Policy Committee, Dr. Kauffman served to propose advocacy strategies for federal, state, and local public policy issues and was instrumental in expediting access to Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Incomes for people with early onset Alzheimer's Disease.

Evidence-based Practice Conference Focuses on the Future of Nursing

Nearly 200 people attended the ninth annual Evidence-Based Practice conference, “Practice Based on Evidence: the Future of Nursing,” held at the School of Nursing in April. The goal of the conference was to prepare nurses to understand their role in the future of nursing and the application of evidence, and to recognize the need for leadership in shaping the future of health care.

Daniel J. Pesut, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, professor of nursing and senior faculty fellow at Indiana University, delivered the keynote address, “Creating the Future of Health Care through Appreciation, Influence, and Control: Using the AIC Model to Create a 21st Century Health Care System.” 

Sheila Bryson-Eckroade, Dr. Kathryn Montgomery, and Dr. Daniel Pesut

New Museum Exhibit Features OR Nursing 

A new exhibit, “Nursing in the Operating Room 1889-1970,” is open now through November at UMSON’s Living History Museum. The display features operating room nursing items and historic photographs, and covers the challenges and daily experiences of operating room nurses at University Hospital. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays during the fall and spring academic semesters, or by request, Monday through Wednesday, during the summer. Regular museum hours will resume Sept. 3. Admission is free. For more information, contact Dan Caughey, museum curator, 410-706-2822, or

Faculty and Staff Appointments & Transitions

Susan G. Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor, has been named UMSON’s Associate Dean of Research. Under Dr. Dorsey’s leadership, the Office of Research will continue to build an effective infrastructure that supports and facilitates the science conducted by School of Nursing research faculty, while creating synergy and new collaborative opportunities with faculty members from other schools across the UMB campus. Dr. Dorsey has served on the School’s faculty since 2004 and as interim associate dean for research since January 1, 2012. In addition to her positions at UMSON, Dr. Dorsey holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the University of Maryland School of Dentistry’s Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, serves as a full faculty member in the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and is an active faculty member in several campus-wide programs, including oncology, neuroscience, and personalized medicine. She is an affiliate faculty member at the Institute for Genome Sciences and in the Shock Trauma Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Organized Research Center in the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Dorsey’s basic and translational program of research in the molecular, cellular, and genetic mechanisms and chronic pain has been continuously funded by NIH and the American Pain Society. She is the principal investigator of the National Institute for Nursing Research P-30 funded University of Maryland Center for Pain Studies.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Bimbola Akintakde, PhD, MHA, ACNP, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH); Sue Thomas, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Family and Community Health and assistant dean for the PhD program; and Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor, OSAH, presented the following poster, which won the “Best Poster” award at the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association Annual Symposium, held in Washington, D.C. in April.

Akintade, B., Chapa, D., Thomas, S.A., Friedmann, E. Predictors of health related quality of life in patients with atrial fibrillation/atrial flutter.

Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor, was the keynote speaker at the Veterans Administration of Maryland Health Care Systems’ (VAMHCS) 2012 Nurses Week Awards Ceremony, held May 7. Her speech was titled, “Preaching to the Choir: Being a Caring Nurse.” The annual ceremony honors and celebrates VAMHCS nurses’ commitment and contributions to quality health care.

Marjorie Fass, MA, assistant dean for student and academic services, received the Sandy J. Cody Annual Award for Extraordinary Service at the Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals' (GNAP) annual meeting held recently in Pittsburgh, Penna. Fass was given the award “for her many years of outstanding contributions to the GNAP Leadership Network of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing." 

Mary Fey, MS, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health and director, Clinical Simulation Labs, was awarded a Debra L. Spunt grant by the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Nursing, for her study, “Learning Through Debriefing: Undergraduate Nursing Students’ Perspectives.”

Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP, BC-ADM, FAANP, associate professor and assistant dean for the master’s and Doctor of Nursing practice programs, co-authored the following publication:  

Hellquist,K., Bradley, R., Grambart, R., Kapustin, J., & Loch, J.  (2012). Collaborative practice benefits patients: An examination of interprofessional approaches to diabetes care. Health and Interprofessional Practice, 1(2): eP1017.  Available at:

Shannon McClellan, Esq., MBA, special assistant to the dean, served as a judge for the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) Mock Trial Statewide Final Competition, held in April. The competition was held at the Court of Appeals, with fellow “judges” Robert Dashiell, Esq., and Court of Appeals Judge Sally Adkins. For nearly three decades, the MSBA High School Mock Trial Competition has provided students across the state with an opportunity to better understand the justice system from its epicenter to the courtroom. More than 50,000 Maryland citizens have benefitted from the program.

Deborah B. McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, is currently a reviewer for the journal Psycho-Oncology.

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, associate professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health; Stacey Trotman, RN, University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC); Audrey Lupisan, BSN, RN, UMMC; and NaRae Han, MSN, a PhD student at UMSON, presented a poster related to their study, “Nurse-Led Intervention to Improve Screening and Treatment for Substance Abuse: An RCT of Hospitals,” at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) National Conference on April 27. In addition, Newhouse and Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor, OSAH and Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, served on panels. (Resnick: Implementation and Dissemination and Newhouse: Implementation Methods).

Stacey Trotman, NaRae Han, Dr. Robin Newhouse, and Audrey Lupisan

Dr. Robin Newhouse co-authored the following new paper:

Basch, E. Aronson, N., Berg, A., Flum, D., Gabriel, S., Goodman, S.N., Helfand, M. Ioannidis, J.P., Lauer, M., Meltzer, D., Mittman, B., Newhouse, R., Normand, S.L., Schneeweiss, S., Slutsky, J., Tinetti, M., Yancy, C. (2012). Methodological Standards and Patient-Centeredness in Comparative Effectiveness Research: The PCORI Perspective. Methodology Committee, JAMA, 307(15), 1636-1640.

Sandra Picot, PhD, RN, CLNC, FAAN, FGSA, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, co-authored the following manuscript:

Okafor, M.T.C., Carater-Pokras, O.D, Picot, S.J., and Zhan, M. (2012).The Relationship of Language Acculturation (English Proficiency) to Current Self-Rated Health Among African Immigrant Adults. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. (online)

Lynee Roane, MS, RN, nurse coordinator, Office of Research, completed her Master of Science degree at UMSON in December and is currently in the process of completing the Global Health master’s certificate. In addition, Roane was initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Kathryn Von Rueden, MS, RN, CNS-BC, FCCM, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, delivered the keynote speech at the conference, “Evidence-based Practice and Nursing Research: It’s the Right Thing to Do,” held in York, Penna., in April. The topic of her speech was, “Engaging in EBP and Clinical Research: WIIFM? (What’s In It For Me?).

Von Rueden also spoke at the Trauma Care 2012 Conference, “Humanity, Compassion, Hope,” held April 24 in Baltimore. Her topic was “Burnout, Compassion, and Fatigue in Trauma Health Care Providers.”

The Maryland Board of Nursing approved revisions to the Advanced Practice Nurse Regulations to include title protection and inclusion of Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) as an advanced practice nurse. A task force from the Chesapeake Bay Affiliate of the National Association of CNS worked with the Board for one year to make these modifications. The group was led by two graduates of the UMSON Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing (TCCEN) master’s specialty: Paul Thurman, MS ‘07, RN, CCNS, ACNP, a CNS at UMMC’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, and Samantha Young, MS, RN, CCRN, CCNS, a CNS at Johns Hopkins Hospital, along with Kathryn Von Rueden, MS, RN, ACNS-BS, FCCM, associate professor and  interim specialty director of the TCCEN master’s specialty at UMSON.

Student News

National Student Nurses Association Convention

NSNA Conference Attendees 

Pictured above are some of the UMSON attendees at the annual National Student Nurses Association convention held in Pittsburgh, Penna. in April.

Front row:  students Lindsey Ott; Shannon Tracey; Donna-Sue Lammie; Barbara Dobish, assistant professor; and student Merab Okeyo

Back row:  Dr. Janice Hoffman, assistant dean for baccalaureate studies, and students Wen Chu (Amy) Huang, Marrison Parrel, Julie Riggs, Bridget Crowell, and Brian Faulkner

Alumni News & Notes

Student/Alumni Networking Event Held on April 2

UMSON alumni and senior BSN and CNL students gathered at the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center on April 2 for a “speed networking” session and career panel. Alumni participants included Carrie Fisher, MS ’09; Dora Frank, MS ’06, BSN ’04; Patrick Kettle, BSN ’02; Robby Klawitter, MS ’04; Erin O’Grady, MS ’09; Greg Raymond, MS ’10, BSN ’05; Alumni Association President Deb Schofield, DNP ’09, MS ’95; Anne Shippen, MS ’10; Gena Stiver Stanek, MS ’85, BSN ’80; Jennifer Sumbilla, MS ’06, BSN ’01; and Karen Yarbrough, MS ’93. Students had an opportunity to interact with UMSON alumni, who provided useful career advice and information.

Students and alumni attend a "speed networking" event.

Reunion 2012 a Great Success!

After months of planning, the Reunion 2012 Class Representatives took pride in their efforts when more than 125 alumni returned to campus on Saturday, April 28, to celebrate their reunion. Alumni Association President-Elect Liz Ness, MS ’93, served as the event’s emcee. Program highlights featured a State of the School presentation by Dean Janet Allan; the Distinguished Alumni Award presentation to Dorrie Fontaine, PhD, MS ’77; and the induction of the 50th Anniversary Class of 1962 into the Heritage Class. Kimberly Rice, MS '12, was the student speaker. Class of 1982 Representatives Mindy Serp Doring, Diane Stanoski Michalek, and Mary Kay Rattigan were recognized for attaining the largest turnout, with 21 classmates in attendance. Seven members of the Class of 1947 were elated to celebrate their 65th reunion together.

Class of '67 alumnae check out their yearbook

Class of '82 alumnae toast their 30th reunion

If you earned a DIN or BSN degree in a year ending in a “3” or “8,” watch for information on  Reunion 2013 at, or call Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni, at 410-706-0674.

Trauma/Critical Care Alumni Dinner Set for Sunday, May 20

Please register as soon as possible if you are planning to attend the Annual Trauma/Critical Care Alumni Dinner (in conjunction with the AACN National Teaching Institute Conference). The dinner is being held at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Fla. 32819.  Register online at:  For questions or additional information, contact Cynthia Sikorski at 410-706-0674, or

Save the Date! – November 2
Trauma/Critical Care Master’s Specialty 30th Anniversary Celebration

Save the date and plan to attend the 30th Anniversary Celebration of UMSON’s Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing master’s specialty Friday, November 2.  For more information, visit or contact Cynthia Sikorski, 410-706-0674, or

Mark Your Calendar!

22nd Annual Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics, “National and Global Priorities in Informatics and Health Care,” – July 16-17 (Preconference Tutorials); July 18-20 (Conference). For more information, visit:

Convocation Week Events

Graduation Chart

For more information regarding Convocation, visit

School of Nursing “In the News”

Patricia G. Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, and Carol O'Neil, PhD, RN, CNE, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health and co-director of the Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions, are quoted in a story in The Baltimore Sun education supplement about programs designed to bring more people into the nursing profession.

Eleanor Sloat, MS, MA, BSN, RN, APRN/PMH, PMHCNS-BC, a clinical instructor in the Department of Family and Community Health, discusses clinical work the students do in West Baltimore, trying to address health problems.

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