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May 2009

Welcome to the May issue of School of Nursing News, an electronic newsletter designed to inform, engage, and connect with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other constituents of the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

This Month in School of Nursing History

In May 1929, Ms. Lystra E. Gretter and a committee from the Farrand Training School for Nurses in Detroit modified the Hippocratic Oath to create a Florence Nightingale Pledge for nurses. The American Journal of Nursing published the pledge in that month’s issue, and it was soon widely adopted by nursing schools.

Event Recaps

deanUMSON Bids Farewell to Army Faculty

The School of Nursing held an event on May 4 to honor the six Army Nurse Corps (ANC) faculty members who have taught at the School for the past two years. Students, faculty, and staff said farewell to the ANC faculty members and thanked them with a program highlighted by reminiscences, awards, and gifts. The ANC faculty members came to the School through an innovative partnership designed to address the shortage of civilian nursing faculty while at the same time address the military nurse shortage by promoting retention of existing personnel.

Nurses Week Celebration

The School of Nursing celebrated National Nurses Week with a variety of activities at both the Baltimore and Shady Grove campuses. Students decorated their scrubs, which were later hung in the Schools’ lobbies; Nurses Week pins were distributed to faculty, staff, and students; films from the Living History Museum’s archives were shown; historical displays were exhibited; students from area middle schools visited the School to learn about the nursing profession and what it takes to become a nurse; and a coffee bar was hosted by the University of Maryland Medical Center. Many thanks to everyone who helped plan the events and to those who participated!

Predicting Breast Cancer Risk is Focus of Komen Lecture


The Komen Distinguished Lecture, “Predicting Breast Cancer Risk: Models & Their Uses,” was presented by Mitchell Gail, MD, PhD (image below), on May 6 at the School of Nursing. Gail described how breast cancer risk is determined for an individual and the various uses of risk models. He said that knowing the real facts about individual risk can help women make sound decisions about screening and help health care professionals create appropriate and realistic intervention plans. The lecture is part of the Komen Maryland Affiliate Nursing Partnership: Advancing Education and Practice.

Cain Lecture Examines the Role of Sleep

Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, APRN-BC (image above), associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, delivered the 2009 Ann Ottney Cain Endowed Lecture, “The Role of Sleep in Health and Health Care,” on April 23. In her talk, Geiger-Brown noted that sleep has a powerful impact on general health, and is as important as diet and exercise. She said Americans are sleep deprived, 16 percent get fewer than six hours total sleep time on work days. The lecture was established by students, faculty, alumni, and friends to honor Ann Cain, PhD, RN, FAAN, upon her retirement in 1994 from the School of Nursing. Their contributions created the endowment that supports this annual lecture.

Optimizing Care Delivery is Subject of Evidence-based Practice Conference

posters“Nursing Practice Based on Evidence: Moving Science into Action,” was the theme for the School of Nursing’s sixth annual Evidence-based Practice Conference, held April 2-3. Leading industry experts discussed how health care professionals can be most effective in optimizing care delivery when their institutions integrate the latest research findings into clinical practice. Sean Clarke, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, delivered the Commander Lura Jane Emery Keynote Address, “Moving Evidence from Quality and Safety into Nursing Leadership and Public Policy.”

Web Site Redesign Update

The School of Nursing is moving forward with the redesign of its Web site, which is based on input from interviews, surveys, and meetings with stakeholders throughout the School. We have now launched a second Web survey to obtain your feedback on the two home page concepts currently under consideration. Once a design has been chosen, we will begin developing second and third tier pages to complement the home page. If you haven’t weighed in yet, here’s your chance! The survey, which will remain active until Sunday, May 24, can be accessed at:

Faculty and Staff Appointments & Transitions

The School of Nursing welcomes the following new employees: Melissa Egerton, admissions counselor and Renee Eisenhuth, office clerk II, Office of Student and Academic Affairs; Courtney Mansouri, program management specialist, Kimberly Moore, research coordinator, and Vanessa Pigatt, research coordinator, Office of Administrative Services; Kristi Henaghan, health care provider, Office of Partnerships and Outreach; and Beverly Horne, academic program specialist, Department of Family and Community Health.

Stacey Conrad, BA, has been promoted to associate director of development, Office of Development and Alumni Relations. She joined the School of Nursing in May 2008 as assistant director of development, and has since solicited large annual fund gifts and Capital Campaign commitments from alumni, written grants for corporations and foundations, and worked diligently to improve the School’s stewardship of major gifts.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Linda Flynn, PhD, RN, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Health, and Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, have been selected as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). They will be inducted at the AAN’s Annual Meeting and Conference in November.

Elizabeth Galik, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar for a three-year period beginning Sept. 1, 2009. The award will provide Galik with salary support to conduct a research study, “Testing the Feasibility and Impact of Function Focused Care for Cognitively Impaired Residents in Assisted Living.”

Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP, BC-ADM, assistant dean for master’s studies and associate professor, recently became board certified as a Nurse Practitioner in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM).

Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs and professor, received the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Special Achievement Award, “University of Maryland School of Nursing Colleague,” in recognition of her contributions to nursing education and for her excellence as a mentor.

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, CNAA, BC, CNOR, assistant dean, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH), and Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN, associate professor, OSAH, co-authored the following publication:

  • Newhouse, R.P.; Morlock, L.; Pronovost, P., Colantuoni, E.; Johantgen, M. (2009). Rural Hospital Nursing: Better Environments = Higher Shared Vision and Higher Quality and Safety Engagement. Journal of Nursing Administration, 39(4), 189-195. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Darryl Roberts, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, successfully defended his dissertation, “Intimate Partner Homicide: Using a 20-Year National Panel to Identify Patterns and Prevalence,” in the Department of Public Policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Valerie Sabol, MSN, RN, ACNP, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been appointed Acute Care Nurse Practitioner on the Maryland Board of Nursing’s Joint Committee on Nurse Practitioners. She will be responsible for making recommendations for approval or rejection of collaborative practice agreements submitted each month to the Board.

Christopher Ward, PhD, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, was co-author on the following papers:

  • Iribe G.; Ward, C.W.; Camelliti, P.; Bollensdorff, C.; Mason, F.; Burton, R.A.; Garny, A.; Morphew, M.K.; Hoenger, A.; Lederer, W.J.; and Kohl, P. (2009). Axial stretch of rat single ventricular cardiomyocytes causes an acute and transient increase in Ca2+ spark rate. Circulation Research, 104: 787-795.
  • Wohlersm L.M.; Sweeney, S.M.; Ward, C.W.; Lovering, R.M.; and Spangenburg, E.E. Changes in contraction-induced phosphorylation of AMP-activated protein kinase and mitogen-activated protein kinases in skeletal muscle after ovariectomy. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, 2009.

Marisa Wilson, DNSc, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has collaborated with the American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) to develop a standardized terminology for their specialty practice that meets international standards. This accomplishment was announced at the recent ASPAN convention.

The following faculty and students participated in the Society of Behavioral Medicine Symposium held recently in Montreal, Canada:

  • Presentation: Spring, B.; Newhouse, R.; Brownson, R.C.; Satterfield, J. Case Studies in Teaching Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice Across Health Disciplines. Behavioral Medicine: From Evidence to Practice and Policy.
  • Kristin Bussell, MS, PMHNP-BC, clinical instructor, Department of Family and Community Health (FCH); Katherine Fornili, MPH, RN, CARN, clinical instructor, FCH; master’s student Janine Michaelson, BSN, RN; and DNP student Georgia Perdue, CRNP-F, provided videos to help the audience understand the multiple roles of nursing in the care and treatment of patients with psychiatric illnesses.

Student News

Five School of Nursing students have been awarded American Cancer Society (ACS) graduate nursing scholarships. They are master’s students Janice Ferlitch, Kristin Johnson, Meaghan McEntee, and Jenell Tavenner, and Doctor of Nursing Practice student Barbara Reville (the first DNP student to receive an ACS scholarship). The awards total $100,000, with each student receiving $20,000 over a two-year period.

winnersCongratulations to the following BSN students who received Senior Practicum Poster Awards: Baccalaureate Dean’s Award presented to Prithri Ghimere, Jennifer Jarin, Erica Riley, and Megan Romer, for their poster, “VAP;” Advanced Practice Nursing and Snake Oil Disinfectant awards to
Jennifer Edwards, Rachel Powers, and Mara Shaw for their poster, “Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump;” Captain Gizmo Award to Lucy Ndichu, Alex Maxon, Elisha Peregono, and Sarah Watts for their poster, “Subdural Grid;” Big Picture Award to Cassandra Ramani for her poster, “Latent Tuberculosis Infection;” Community Service Award to Edward Murray for his poster, “HIV/AIDS and Heart Disease;” Clinical Excellence, Heart of Nursing, and Student Choice awards to Kristen Habicht, Peggy Wong, and Nicole Wyne for their poster, “Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy: Broken Heart Syndrome;” Alumni Award to Jaene Ravello and Tracy Regino-Suarez for their poster, “Electrical Storm;” and Evidence-based Practice Award to Sarah Gordon, Megan Burris, and Lauren Stylc for their poster, “Retinopathy of Prematurity.”

USG studentsUniversities at Shady Grove (USG) BSN students were honored at the annual USG Student Achievement and Leadership Breakfast, held April 17. Senior Ana Soule won an Academic Achievement Award and senior Cindy Zammit won a Student Leadership & Service Award.

USG students presented a project, “Nutrition and Exercise During Pregnancy,” (during their Community Pubic Health clinical) at the 2009 Annual Interagency Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy, held recently at USG.

School of Nursing “In the News”

SUBJECT: Students Explore Nursing Profession Through Documentary Film Course
SOURCE: Wesleyan blog - April 29
SUMMARY: Baltimore native Esther McCready grew up in a segregated, discriminatory world and was denied admission to the School of Nursing. At that time, the School did not admit "Negros." In the spring semester course at Wesleyan, "Making the Science Documentary," molecular biology and biochemistry major Christopher Doucette '11 had the opportunity to interview and film McCready about being the first African-American woman to attend Maryland's nursing school. He also interviewed Rosetta Sands, the first African-American dean in the University of Maryland's undergraduate program.

SUBJECT: Daily Record Announces Its 2009 List of Influential Marylanders
SOURCE: The Daily Record - April 24
SUMMARY: The Daily Record has announced its 2009 List of Influential Marylanders. This year, the list includes Curt Civin, MD, a professor at the School of Medicine; Trisha Fronczek, MS, RN, School of Nursing and clinical scholars coordinator for UMMC; and Lisa Fairfax, JD, a professor at the School of Law.

SUBJECT: Hurting for Nurses: The Nursing Shortage
SOURCE: “Inside E Street,” AARP Cable TV - April 20
SUMMARY: Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing and BSN student Hershaw Davis Jr., were featured in a segment focused on the nurse shortage.

SUBJECT: Many Common Chemicals Untested
SOURCE: Danville Times (Sunbury, Pa.) - April 21
SUMMARY: Consumers may use as many as 25 different products containing more than 200 different chemicals, said Brenda Afzal, MS, RN, with the Environmental Health Education Center at the School of Nursing.

SUBJECT: A Maryland Pioneer
SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun - April 20
SUMMARY: Esther McCready, the first African-American student to attend the School of Nursing, is profiled as a pioneer. She graduated in 1953 and became a public health nurse. Larry Gibson, LLB, a professor at the School of Law, is quoted in this story.,0,1642056.story

SUBJECT: Distance Learning in India
SOURCE: Advance for Nurses - April 15
SUMMARY: Karen Bashir, MA, RN, program analyst, National Institute on Aging and a student at the School of Nursing, traveled to India in November to see the Taj Mahal. She also wanted to learn about India's initiatives in nursing informatics, her area of study.

SUBJECT: Marylanders on the Move
SOURCE: The Daily Record - April 11
SUMMARY: Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, has been named assistant dean for the nursing program at the Universities at Shady Grove. Wiseman joined the nursing faculty in 2002. Before that she worked as a senior staff specialist for workplace advocacy at the American Nurses Association in Washington, D.C.

Mark Your Calendar!

  • Convocation 2009 – Baltimore Convention Center – 9 a.m. (graduating students arrive by 7:30 a.m.) Friday, May 15. For information, visit
  • Commencement 2009 – First Mariner Arena – 3 p.m. Friday, May 15. For information, visit
  • All-School Assembly – School of Nursing, Room 130 – 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, May 19.
  • Research Seminar – “The Physical and Psychosocial Outcomes of Psychotropic Medication Use Among Nursing Home Residents,” Elizabeth Galik, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health – noon to 1 p.m. Friday, May 22 – School of Nursing, Room 730. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call 410-706-2619 or e-mail
  • Alumni Reunion – School of Nursing – 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30 – For information, call 410-706-0674, e-mail, or visit
  • Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics 2009, “Informatics at the Point of Care: A Barrier or a Bridge?” – July 22-25 (pre-conference tutorials July 20-22).  Featured speakers include: James J. Cimino, MD, National Institutes of Health (keynote); Suzanne Bakken, DNSc, RN, Columbia University (endnote). For information, visit or call 410-706-3767.


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