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November 2011

Welcome to the November 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).  

Keeping the Patient at the Center of Care is Topic of Franklin Lecture

Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), presented the annual Dean’s Distinguished Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture, “Evidence-based System Transformation: Keeping the Patient at the Center of Care,” at UMSON on November 3. Clancy discussed how to better understand the key issues facing nurses and others involved in health care delivery and the related roles that HHS and AHRQ play. She also addressed ways in which efforts to collect and report information on quality and cost of care are driving changes in policy and practice, and how continued attention to issues such as patient-centered outcomes, research, patient safety, and health information will factor into those efforts. “Patient-centeredness may be the most challenging of all six domains of quality (safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable) because it is so difficult to design and measure,” Clancy said. “It is likely the most important, though, because it includes elements of all the other domains.”

Dr. Kathy Montgomery and Dr. Carolyn Clancy

Faculty & Staff Appointments/Transitions

Wendy Bridges, MA, was promoted to administrator in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH), where she will oversee the operations of OSAH. Bridges has been a core member of OSAH since 2001. She has an extensive background in department operations and a high level of expertise in promoting OSAH programs, specialties, and facilitating high quality education.

Susan Dorsey, PhD ‘01, MS ’98, RN, FAAN, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been named interim associate dean for research, effective January 1, 2012. Dorsey, who is co-director of UMSON’s Center of Excellence in Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan, is a well-funded, nationally known researcher who has expertise in grant writing, mentoring, and inter-professional collaboration.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Health, gave the following presentation:

Geiger-Brown, J. “Patterns of Sleep, Sleepiness, Fatigue, and Neurobehavioral Performance in Registered Nurses Working Successive 12-hour Shifts.” National Occupational Injury Research Symposium, Morgantown, W.Va., October 19, 2011.

Mary Etta Mills, ScD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, co-authored the following publication:

Lee, T.T., Liu, C.Y., Kuo, Y.H., Mills, M.E., Fong, J.G. & Hung, C. (2011). The application of data mining to identify critical factors regarding patient falls using a web-based reporting system. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 80 (2), 141-150.

Kathryn Montgomery, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, assistant professor and associate dean for strategic partnerships and initiatives, was appointed to a four-year term on the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) by Governor Martin O’Malley. The MHCC’s mission is to plan for health system needs, promote informed decision-making, increase accountability, and improve access in a rapidly changing health care environment by providing timely and accurate information on availability, cost, and quality of services to policy makers, purchasers, providers, and the public.

Kathryn Montgomery gave the following podium presentation at the Council on Graduate Education in Administration Nursing International Nursing Administration Research Conference:

Montgomery, K. L. (2011). Breaking away from hierarchical decision-making: A case study in organizational change. October 14, 2011, Denver, Col.

Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, and Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, professor, Department of Family and Community Health, were co-authors on the following publication:

Nahm, E.-S., Orwig, D., Resnick, B., Magaziner, J., Bellantoni, M., & Sterling, R. (2011).  Recruitment of older adult patient-caregiver dyads for an online caregiver resource program: Lessons learned. Aging International. doi: 10.1007/s12126-011-9128-x

Victor Peguero, MA, research administrator, is co-chairing a mentoring program at George Washington Elementary School and Southwest Baltimore Charter Middle School, as part of CLUB UMB, a mentoring program sponsored by the President’s Outreach Council. The program provides enriched educational, health, and career experiences for children through a partnership with schools in the West Baltimore community.

Suzanne Frey Sherwood, MS, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, gave the following presentation:

Sherwood, S., Care of the morbidly obese patient: Resuscitation through rehabilitation special topics in trauma care. R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, Md., Oct. 27, 2011.

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, had the following publications and presentations:


Staggers, N., Clark, L. Blaz, J. & Kapsandoy, S. (2011). Why patient summaries in Electronic Health Records do not provide the cognitive support necessary for nurses’ handoffs on medical and surgical units: Insights from interviews and observations. Health Informatics Journal, 17(3), 209-223.

Hunt, S. & Staggers, N. (2011). An analysis and recommendations for multidisciplinary computerized handoff applications in hospitals. AMIA Annual Symposium Conference Proceedings, October 2011. AMIA: Washington D.C.


Handoff Methods: Evidence of Effectiveness. Panel participant on, “Dimensions of Hand-off Communication and Documentation: Implications for Patient Safety.” AMIA Annual Conference, October 22-26, 2011.

Hunt, S. & Staggers, N. An analysis and recommendations for multidisciplinary computerized handoff applications in hospitals. AMIA 2011 Annual Conference Proceedings, October 22-26, 2011.

Handoff Methods and Their Impacts. Continuing education presentation for nurses. Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore, MD, October 11, 2011.

Collaborations to Improve Cognitive Support for HIT. University of Maryland Fall HIT Summit, College Park, Md., October 7, 2011.


Blaz, J. & Staggers, N. Developing and evaluating a nursing handoff tool for the Apple iPAD. AMIA Annual Conference, October 25, 2011, Washington, D.C.

Alison Trinkoff, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, gave the following presentation:

Trinkoff, A. Impact of nurse work schedules and job demands on patient mortality. National Occupational Injury Research Symposium, Morgantown, W. Va., Oct. 19, 2011.

Kathryn VonRueden, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, FCCM, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, is the recipient of the Society of Trauma Nurses’ (STN) 2012 Trauma Leadership Award. The award recognizes an individual, in the medical or non-medical field, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in trauma through practice, research, publication, education, patient advocacy, injury prevention, trauma system development, or legislative involvement during his or her career at a local, state, or national level. VonRueden will be acknowledged as the award winner at the STN’s Annual Conference in April, 2012.

Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, assistant dean for the School of Nursing program at the Universities at Shady Grove, was elected as Region 12 Coordinator for Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) at the 41st Biennium held recently in Grapevine, Texas. The regional coordinator mentors, educates, and supports chapter leaders; facilitates chapter-to-chapter networking and collaboration opportunities for members within the region and within the STTI organization; recognizes and showcases chapters for the work they do; provides resources and best practices for successful chapter operations; advises and troubleshoots challenges chapters face in their day-to-day operations; and serves as a liaison between STTI headquarters and the chapter. Region 12 covers 38 chapters in southeastern Penna.; Del.; Md.; Washington, D.C.; and Northern Va.

Dean's Teaching Scholars Announced

The Institute for Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions recently announced the Dean’s Teaching Scholars award winners for 2011-2012 as follows: Charlotte Seckman, PhD, RN-BC, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH) for her project, “Relationship Between a Perceived Sense of Community, Cognitive Engagement, and Learning Outcomes Among Undergraduate Nursing Students Enrolled in an Internet-Based Learning Course;” Gina Rowe, DNP, MPH, CRNP, APRN, BC, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health (FCH); Bridgitte Gourley, DNP, CRNP, assistant professor, FCH; Karen McClure, DNP, CRNP, RN-C, assistant professor, FCH;  and Margaret Watt, MSN, CRNP, FNE A/P, clinical instructor, FCH, for their project, “Group Visits: FNP Health Assessment and Health Promotion in Primary Care;” and Laura Koo, MS, RN, CRNP, clinical instructor, OSAH; Rosemarie Brager, PhD, CRNP, assistant professor, OSAH; Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, assistant professor, OSAH; Margaret Hammersla, MS, RN, CRNP, clinical instructor, OSAH; Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, CCRN, assistant professor, OSAH; Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP,  professor, FCH; and Brenda Windemuth, DNP, RN, CRNP, assistant professor, FCH, for their project, “Developing a Formative Standardized Patient Clinical Simulation to Apply Concepts of Inter-professional Communication: A Step Toward Inter-professional Collaboration.” The annual awards, begun in 2002, offer faculty researchers grants to fund one-year research projects that evaluate teaching strategies and educational programs and help them develop publications related to the scholarship of teaching. 

Student News

More than 50 BSN students and faculty from the Nursing Fundamentals and Community Health classes at the Universities at Shady Grove volunteered at the first annual Montgomery County Homeless Resource Day, Oct. 19, in Gaithersburg, Md. Students participated in tasks ranging from registering volunteers, to working with children on special activities, to making and distributing lunches and toiletry bags. All students had an opportunity to escort a homeless person or family through many stations, including a health station, where they received blood pressure screenings, flu shots, and other medical screenings. The students also escorted their clients through the Governor's Wellmobile, which was on hand to provide primary health care screenings. Approximately 300 homeless people attended the event.

Mark Your Calendar!

Environmental Excellence in Health Care: Measuring Success, featuring keynote address by Christina Vernon, AIA, LEED, AP BD+C, senior director, Sustainability and Environmental Strategy, Office for a Healthy Environment, Cleveland Clinic. 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, UMSON. $55 per person; $30 continuing nursing education: 5.25 contact hours available. For more information, visit

Research Seminar – “Research Quality Assurance Audit/Investigator Panel Discussion,” presented by Lynnee Roane, BS, nurse coordinator, UMSON. noon-1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, UMSON Room W-202. Free admission. RSVP to or 410-706-2619.

Graduate Open Houses – 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 and 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 UMSON. Free admission; registration required. RSVP to by Nov. 28 for the Nov. 30 Open House and by Dec. 6 for the Dec. 8 Open House, or call 410-706-0501.

Museum News

The UMSON Museum has reopened following a major renovation. The museum explores the history of nursing in the U.S. and at UMSON since the School’s founding in 1889. Changes to the permanent gallery update the story of nursing to address contemporary developments such as new nursing specialties, contemporary nurse-led research, and the ongoing nursing shortage. The two new temporary exhibit spaces ensure that visitors will always be met with dynamic, fresh content. The current rotating exhibit, “Angels of the Battlefield: Nursing During the Civil War” on display during the 150th anniversary of the start of the conflict  will be open until January 27, 2012.

Updated museum exhibit.

Throughout the month of November, the museum will proudly display items from more than 110 years of military service by UMSON alumni. Our graduates have served in every major American conflict since the Spanish-American War in 1898. Items highlight nurses’ experiences during World Wars, the conflicts in Asia, and contemporary conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The display is located in the first floor hallway near Room 140.

Alumni News & Notes

Mildred “Millie” (Omar) Horodynski, PhD, BSN ’72, RN, WHCNP, a professor at Michigan State University College of Nursing, was among the 142 nurse leaders inducted as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing during the AAN’s 38th annual meeting and conference held Oct. 13-15 in Washington, D.C.

Robin Prothro, BSN, 79, RN, executive director of Komen Maryland, was recently honored by the White House as a Champion of Change and recognized as a leader in the fight against breast cancer. When interviewed at the White House, Prothro discussed the Komen Maryland Affiliate Nursing Partnership and its accomplishments over the past six years to change nurses’ understanding of breast cancer.

Patty Wilson, MS ’98, BSN ’94, a PhD student at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, is the recipient of a Johnson & Johnson/American Association of Colleges of Nursing Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Award. Wilson received one of only five scholarships given nationally to continue her nursing education. The scholarships help address the nation’s shortage of nurse educators and are awarded in association with Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for the Future of Nursing. The program provides $18,000 over three years to graduate students from minority backgrounds who agree to teach in a school of nursing after graduation.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Attention Florida Alumni!

Please join Dean Janet Allan for one of two upcoming alumni events in the Sunshine State:

  • Lunch on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Port Royal Club in Naples, Fla., or
  • Brunch on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at the Nancy Lopez Golf Club in The Villages, Fla.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gather with fellow alumni and learn more about exciting developments at UMSON.  The cost is $25 per person, and guests are welcome. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP: Questions? Contact Debra Modlin at 410-706-1502 or

Save the Date! Reunion 2012 – Saturday, April 28

If your DIN or BSN graduation year ends in a “2” or a “7,” mark your calendar for the 2012 Alumni Reunion being held Saturday, April 28. If you would like to volunteer as a Class Representative, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, at or 410-706-0674. For more information, visit the alumni website at:

School of Nursing "In the News"

Subject: USAMRIID Visit Offers Nursing Students First-Hand Look at Research
Source: - Oct. 27
Summary: More than 50 students enrolled in the School of Nursing's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Universities at Shady Grove gained a broader perspective of the career paths available to them after spending a day at Fort Detrick. Crystal DeVance-Wilson, MSN, MBA, APRN, BC, a clinical instructor in the program, is among those quoted.

Subject: UM Summit Focuses on IOM Recommendations
Source: - Oct. 24
Summary: The School of Nursing hosted the Maryland Summit on the Future of Nursing in response to a groundbreaking 2010 report from the Institute of Medicine. Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the School and founding member of the Maryland Action Coalition Executive Committee, said, "This is a call to action for nursing, and for the country."

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