Welcome to the November 2009 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).
Franklin Lecture Features Noted Author Barbara Ehrenreich
Best-selling author and journalist Barbara Ehrenreich delivered the 2009 Dean’s Distinguished Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture, “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,” on Nov. 12. Ehrenreich highlighted her recent work on the plight of the already poor during our nation’s current recession. “I thought the media coverage about the recession focused too much on people who had been wealthy or middle class – such hard times that one woman had to cut back on her personal trainer,” Ehrenreich said. “I believe the real story of the recession is the blue collar person who is already struggling. Blue collar unemployment is rising three times faster than white collar unemployment.” She encouraged health care workers to join the fight for higher wages, more affordable housing, and better access to medical care.
“Green” Conference Addresses Ways of Creating a Healthier,
More Sustainable Environment
More than 200 regional and national health care professionals gathered at UMSON on Nov. 6 to discuss how to create a healthier and more sustainable environment for hospital staff, patients, and communities. Kathy Gerwig, MBA, vice president, Workplace Safety and Environmental Stewardship Officer, Kaiser Permanente, delivered the keynote address, “Critical Pathways to Sustainability in Health Care: Kaiser Permanente’s Blueprint for Success.” During the conference, the Environmental Protection Agency presented Trailblazer Awards to the University of Maryland Medical Center, LifeBridge Health, Atlantic General Hospital, the Maryland Veterans Administration, Franklin Square Hospital Center, and Montgomery Hospital for their leadership in advancing sustainability in a particular area of their operations. The Sustainable Health Care Partnership Award was presented to the Maryland Hospitals for Healthy Environment (MDH2E).
Policymakers Learn “What it Means to Be a Nurse”
Nearly two dozen state and federal policymakers came to UMSON on Oct. 26 for a half-day program designed to give them a better understanding of nursing’s role in health care science and delivery. The program, “What It Means to Be a Nurse,” included hands-on experiences with sophisticated simulators used to educate students at UMSON, and a tour of several University of Maryland Medical Center Intensive Care Units to show the translation of theory and skills acquisition into practice. The event was the first of its kind at UMSON and involved the participation of numerous faculty members and students, who conducted educational sessions that demonstrated the demands of advanced scientific preparation needed for an increasingly specialized, complex health care system. Del. Susan Krebs, District 9B, said the presentations on the “different levels of nursing and nursing degrees” were a real eye opener, clarifying the breadth and depth of the profession and “how in practice, all those different levels of nursing come together.” At the conclusion of the program, Suzanne Begeny, AACN director of government affairs, gave a lecture sponsored by SUPER, the student affiliate of AcademyHealth, on the role of nurses in health care reform. UMSON will hold this event annually in the fall.
This Month in School of Nursing History
On November 16, 1922, Louisa Parsons’ medals, which include Queen Victoria’s Royal Red Cross, were presented to the University of Maryland Nurses’ Home upon its dedication. Parsons included the medals, as well as a bequest of $10,000, to the Nurses’ Home, with instructions that the money be used to support University of Maryland nurses “who may be incapacitated and need a rest.”
Faculty and Staff Kudos
The Institute for Educators in Teaching and the Health Professions recently announced that Janice Hoffman, PhD, RN, CCRN, assistant professor and vice-chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health; Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, CNAA, BC, CNOR, associate professor and assistant dean of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program; and Kathleen Buckley, PhD, RN, IBCLC, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Health, are the recipients of the 2009-2010 Dean’s Teaching Scholars Awards. Hoffman will be working on her project, “Examining the Use of Higher Level Questioning Strategies in Clinical Teaching,” while Newhouse and Buckley will be working on a joint project, “Formative and Summative Evaluation of a Transition from a Face-to-Face to a Hybrid Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.” The annual awards, begun in 2002, offer faculty researchers grants to fund one-year research projects that evaluate teaching strategies and educational programs or help them develop publications related to teaching scholarship.
Tonya Appleby, MSN, ACNP, clinical instructor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, is a recipient of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACCN) 2009 Circle of Excellence Awards. The annual awards recognize and showcase excellent outcomes by individuals who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Up to 25 individuals are awarded this national recognition each year and become permanent members of the AACCN Circle of Excellence Society.
Allison Del Bene Davis, PhD, APHN-BC, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, had the following article published:
Del Bene Davis, A. (2009). Home environmental health risks of people with developmental disabilities living in community-based residential settings: Implications for community-health nurses. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 26(4), 183–191.
Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, and Sue Thomas, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and assistant dean for the PhD program, gave the following presentation:
Friedmann, E., Thomas, S.A. (2009, October). Pet ownership, depression, and survival in community individuals with a history of myocardial infarction, presented at the annual conference of the International Society for Anthrozoology, Kansas City, Mo..
Karen Kauffman, PhD, CRNP, BC, associate professor and chair, Department of Family and Community Health, gave the following presentations:
Riding the Wake of Howard Becker and Elijah Anderson: An Urban Ethnography in Philadelphia, which detailed her experience as a white researcher “getting in” a poor black community during her three-year urban ethnography in North Philadelphia. Presented at Yale University at the invitation of Dr. Elijah Anderson, the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology.
Opening talk on capacity and incapacity issues related to dementia and delirium
presented to 100 attorneys and other legal professionals at Practical Approaches to Guardianship of Adults and Minors in Maryland, a conference sponsored by the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc.
Arpad Keleman, PhD, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has the following new publications:
Kelemen, A., Vasilakos, A.V., Liang, Y. (2009). Computational Intelligence in
Bioinformatics: SNP/haplotype Data in Genetic Association Study for Common Diseases.IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, 13(5), 841–847.
Liang, Y., Kelemen, A. (2009). Bayesian Finite Markov Mixture Model for Temporal Multi-Tissue Polygenic Patterns. Biometrical Journal 51(1), 56–69.
Kelemen, A., Vasilakos, A., Liang, Y. (2009). Computational Intelligence for Genetic Association Study in Complex Diseases: Review of Theory and Applications. International Journal of Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, 1(1), 15–31.
Liang, Y., Kelemen, A., (2009). Time Lagged Recurrent Neural Network for Temporal Gene Expression Classification. International Journal of Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, 1(1), 86–99.
Dalaker, T.O., Larsen, J.P, Bergsland, N., Beyer, M., Alves, G., Dwyer, M.G., Tysnes, O. B., Benedict, R. H.B., Kelemen, A., Bronnick, K., Zivadinov, R. (2009). Brain atrophy and white matter hyper intensities in early Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/mds.22754.
Yulan Liang, PhD, associate professor, Family and Community Health, had the following new publications:
Liang, Y. (2009). Book Review: Introduction to Machine Learning and Bioinformatics. Chapman & Hall/CRC. Biometrics 65(3), 331.
Tayo, B.O., DiCioccio, R.A., Liang, Y., Trevisan, M., Cooper, R.S., Lele, S., Sucheston, L., Piver, S.M., Odunsi, K. (2009). Complex Segregation Analysis of Pedigrees from the Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry Reveals Evidence for Mendelian Dominant Inheritance. PLoS One, 4(6), e5939. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005939.
Darryl Roberts, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, co-authored the following publications:
Liem, M. & Roberts, D. W. (2009). Intimate partner homicide by the presence or absence of a self-destructive act. Homicide Studies, 13(4), 339–354.
Ramagopal, M., Mehta, A., Roberts, D. W., Wolf, J. S., Taylor, R. J., Mudd, K. E., Scharf, S.M. (2009). Asthma as a predictor of obstructive sleep apnea in urban African-American children. Journal of Asthma, 46(9), 895–899.
Karin Russ, MS ’09, BSN ’89, RN, clinical instructor, Department of Family and Community Health, published the following article:
Russ, K. (2009). A Review of the Evidence: Health Effects of Personal Care Products. Nursing for Women's Health, 13(5), 392–401.
Valerie Sabol, PhD, RN, ACNP, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, successfully defended her dissertation, The Factors that Influence Functional Performance Among Nursing Home Residents. Congratulations, Dr. Sabol!
Deborah Sherman, PhD, APRN, ANP, BC, ACHPN, FAAN, professor and assistant dean of research, co-authored the following textbook:
Matzo, M., & Sherman, D. W. (2010). Palliative care nursing: Quality care to the end of life (3rd Ed). New York: Springer Publisher.
Sherman was co-author on the following article:
Sherman, D. W., Haber, J., Hoskins, C., Budin, W., Maislin, G., Cater, J., Cartwright-Alcarese, F., McSherry, C.B., Feurbach, R., Kowalski, M.O., Rosedale, M. (2009). Differences in physical, emotional, and social adjustment of intimate, family, and non-family patient-partner dyads based on a breast cancer intervention study. Oncology Nursing Forum, 36(4), E185–197. Online exclusive.
Brigit VanGraafeiland, DNP, CPNP, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, published the following article:
VanGraafeiland, B. (2009). The use of documentation prompts as intervention strategy for primary care providers managing children in out of home placement. Clinical Scholars Review, 2(2), 78-86.
VanGraafeiland co-authored the following publication:
Michael, M., Helm, E., VanGraafeiland, B., Malinoski, F., & Bauman, J. (2009). Influenza vaccination with a live attenuated vaccine: The role of the pediatric nurse in immunization compliance. American Journal of Nursing, 109(10), 44–48.
Marisa Wilson, DNSc, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, had the following articles published:
Wilson, M.L. (2009). Evaluating Your Information System Implementation. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 24(5), 319–320.
Watkins, T.J., Haskell, R.E., Lundberg, C.B., Brokel, J.M., Wilson, M., Hardiker, N. (2009). Terminology Use in Electronic Health Records-Basic Principles, Urologic Nursing, 29(5), 321–327..
Grants and Contracts
Elizabeth Galik, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, was awarded the following grants:
“Testing the Feasibility and Impact of Function Focused Care for Cognitively Impaired Residents in Assisted Living,” a $350,000 grant funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar Program. The purpose of this randomized, controlled trial is to explore the feasibility and impact of an intervention designed to improve the physical function, activity, mood, and behavior of assisted living residents with moderate to severe cognitive impairment.
“Testing a Function Focused Nursing Intervention for Residents with Dementia,” an $80,000 new investigator grant from the Alzheimer’s Association. The purpose of this randomized, controlled trial is to explore the impact of an intervention designed to improve the physical function, activity, mood, and behavior of assisted living residents with dementia.
In addition, Galik gave the following presentations:
Galik, E., & Hammersla, M. (2009, October). The Assessment and Management of Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors Among Older Adults with Dementia, presented at the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, Savannah, Ga.
Galik, E., & Small, G. (2009, October). Alzheimer’s Disease: Beyond the Basics, presented at the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, Savannah, Ga.
Galik, E. (2009, October). Dementia Care Principles: Managing Function and Behavior, presented at the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living 60th Annual Convention, Chicago, Ill.
Breast Cancer Web Modules Available for Nursing Students and Practicing Nurses
With funding from the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the School of Nursing created breast cancer Web modules so all nursing students and practicing nurses have access to critical information on breast cancer. Modules can be accessed for personal knowledge or for earning nursing contact hours, which can be obtained by reviewing the modules and completing an evaluation. For more information, visit: http://coursedocs.umaryland.edu/Projects/Komen/webpages/index.htm
BSN student Hershaw Davis, Jr. has been named the 2009-2010 Director (East) on the National Student Nurses’ Association Board of Directors.
For the fifth consecutive year, BSN students who are members of the University of Maryland Association of Nursing Students (UMANS) at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), participated in the Hughes Corporation’s employee health fair on Oct. 27. They provided blood pressure screenings and discussed implications of high blood pressure with participants.
That same evening, USG BSN students coordinated and participated in a Halloween Charity Auction at the Greene Turtle Restaurant to benefit the National Children’s Medical Center. In addition to a basket auction, the students negotiated with the restaurant to donate a portion of the evening’s dinner sales to the Medical Center.
Upcoming Lectures and Conferences
“Can Magnetization Transfer Data from Different Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scanner/Sequence/Pulse Types be Standardized? An Application of Correction Factor Function Method.” Arpad Kelemen, PhD, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health – noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7 – UMSON, Room W-202. Free admission. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Glendora Williams, 410-706-2619, or email@example.com.
“Differences in Adjustment Among Dyad Types of Intimate, Family, and Non-Family Caregivers of Patients with Breast Cancer,” Deborah Sherman, PhD, APRN, ANP, BC, ACHPN, FAAN, professor and assistant dean for research – noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18 – UMSON, Room #730. Free admission. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Glendora Williams, 410-706-2619, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Protecting Human Subjects’ Rights and the Informed Consent Process,” Lynnee Roane, BS, nurse coordinator, Office of Research – noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 – UMSON, Room #740. Free admission. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Glendora Williams, 410-706-2619, or email@example.com.
Doctoral Program Information Session, 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 – UMSON. Free admission. R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 410-706-0501.
School of Nursing “In the News”
SUBJECT: On the Move
SOURCE: Daily Record - Nov. 17
SUMMARY: Meg Johantgen, RN, PhD, an associate professor at the School of Nursing, is the first recipient of the Research Mentorship Award from the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues, a part of AcademyHealth, a professional organization for health service researchers.
SUBJECT: On the Move
SOURCE: Daily Record - Nov. 17
SUMMARY: Ann Mech, JD, RN, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, received the Delmarva Foundation's 2009 Trustee "Driving Quality" Award, which recognizes the importance of hospital board leadership and support for initiating and sustaining quality improvement efforts.
SUBJECT: Wellmobile's Work Threatened by Budget Cuts
SOURCE: The Annapolis Capital - Oct. 30
SUMMARY: For 15 years, the Governor's Wellmobile program, run through the University of Maryland, Baltimore's School of Nursing, has been providing free health care services-such as routine check-ups, blood work and filled prescriptions-to the uninsured. But as the state trims more than $4 billion from its budget over the next few years to balance it during the economic downtown, funding for programs like the Wellmobile are being slashed, said Shaun Adamec, deputy press secretary for Gov. Martin O'Malley. Susan Antol, MS, clinical instructor, is among those quoted.
SUBJECT: State Leaders Try Nursing
SOURCE: WMAR-TV - Oct. 26, 2009
SUMMARY: A Maryland delegate and other state and city leaders tried out skills during a role-playing exercise at the School of Nursing. The director of the School's Clinical Simulation Laboratories (CSL), Regina Twigg, MS, RN, clinical instructor and director of the CSL, comments on nurses' decision-making on a 24-hour basis.
SUBJECT: Glitter, Glamour and Fun at J&J Gala
SOURCE: Nurse.com - Oct. 19
SUMMARY: Johnson & Johnson, in partnership with Nursing Spectrum and Gannett Healthcare Group, delivered on its promise to Maryland nurses by raising more than $500,000 at the Promise of Nursing for Maryland gala Sept. 24 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. School of Nursing student Hershaw Davis Jr. described his desire to teach future generations of nurses.
SUBJECT: Nurses Who Happen to Be Men
SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun - Oct. 17-18
SUMMARY: More men are joining the nursing profession as demonstrated by the increase in enrollment in nursing programs. At the School of Nursing, enrollment increased by 10 percent this fall. Current figures indicate that 12 percent of the student population is male, well above the national average. Lou Heindel, DNP, CRNA, assistant professor and director of the School's nurse anesthetist master's specialty, is quoted.