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November 2013

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

Dr. Sue A. Thomas Feted at Retirement Reception

Sue A. Thomas, PhD, MS ’72, BSN ’69, FAAN, professor and former assistant dean for the PhD program, was honored at a retirement reception on October 21. UMSON faculty and staff, as well as many of her former students and colleagues, attended the event or sent well wishes. Dr. Thomas started her career at UMSON in 1977 as a faculty associate clinician and moved up the faculty ranks to professor in 2001. She became assistant dean for the PhD program in 2003. Dr. Thomas will continue to serve on dissertation committees and as a research consultant during her retirement.

Sue Thomas Retirement

Better Science with Sex and Gender is Topic of Franklin Lecture

Every cell is sexed and every person is gendered. Yet, when it comes to research, clinical practice, and health policies, we often forget about these very basic facts and assume a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Disease trajectories, health outcomes, and access to health care can differ significantly for men and women.

Joy Johnson, PhD, RN, FCAHS, scientific director, Institute on Gender and Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and professor at the University of British Columbia, discussed these factors at the annual Dean’s Distinguished Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture, held October 22 at the School of Nursing. Dr. Johnson provided examples to show how considerations of sex and gender have led to new insights, solved pressing health issues, and opened new fields of inquiry.

“If our research does not take sex and gender into account, the conclusions we generate may be incomplete or simply incorrect,” she said.

Franklin Lecture

Remembering Louisa Parsons

The Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing, honored UMSON founder and nurse pioneer Louisa Parsons by providing cake for faculty and staff on Tuesday, Nov. 5. 

Parsons Cake

Staff Council Sponsors Pizza Lunch

On Friday, Nov. 8, the UMSON Staff Council sponsored a pizza lunch for staff members. Many attendees were wearing their Purple Friday Ravens gear, which added even more fun to the lunchtime festivities. Many thanks to Staff Council!

Staff Council Pizza

Faculty & Staff Appointments

Patty Franklin, PhD, RN, has joined the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives as director of professional education. Dr. Franklin most recently worked at George Washington University, where she served as program evaluator and consultant to the Washington Areas Geriatric Education Center Consortium (WAGECC). WAGECC provides interprofessional education and support to health care professionals, faculty, and students in the Washington, D.C. area. Dr. Franklin received her PhD from George Mason University, where she studied identifying factors that reduce the risk of childhood obesity and also served as a research assistant. Dr. Franklin worked with the American Academy of Nursing and the John A. Hartford Foundation, managing a $24 million grant and was responsible for the development of a large portfolio of centers of excellence and development of an annual leadership conference. 

Aicha Moutanni, BS, has joined the Office of Research as a research specialist. Aicha most recently worked as a research specialist in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Hassan II University in Morocco.

Linda Murray, MS ’84, BSN ‘77, CRNP-Ped, has joined the Department of Family and Community Health as a clinical instructor. Linda most recently worked as assistant director of the nursing program at Anne Arundel Community College. She holds both a BSN and MS from UMSON and is currently enrolled in UMSON’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Stephanie Taylor, BSN, RN, has joined the Department of Family and Community Health as a clinical instructor in Rwanda. Stephanie most recently worked as an RN at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian in New York City and prior to that position, she worked as an RN at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She holds a BSN from the University of Delaware.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean emeritus, received the Emeritus Membership Award at the American Academy of Colleges Nursing’s (AACN) annual conference held in October. The award is presented to former AACN representatives who have retired from the deanship and upon whom the honorary title emerita/emeritus has been conferred by their respective institution. Recipients of this annual award are recognized for their outstanding service to the AACN Board of Directors and/or other organizational leadership roles.

Kirschling & Allan

Linda Costa, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, assistant professor, co-authored the following new publication:

Weiss, M. E., Costa, L. L., Yakusheva, O., Bobay, K. L. (2013). Validation of patient and nurse short forms of the readiness for hospital discharge scale and their relationship to return to hospital. Health Services Research

Joan Davenport, PhD, RN, assistant professor and vice-chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, and Susan Bindon, DNP, RN-BC, assistant professor, co-presented the following podium session at the 40th annual Professional Nurse Educators Group conference:

Davenport, J. & Bindon, S. Back to the future: Low-tech strategies to reconnect with today’s students. Professional Nurse Educators Conference, Kansas City, MO, Oct. 19, 2013.

Dr. Bindon also presented the following poster at the conference:

Bindon, S. L. Evidence-based teaching: A link to student engagement. Professional Nurse Educators Conference, Kansas City, MO, Oct. 18, 2013.

Marian Grant, DNP, RN, CRNP, ACHPN, assistant professor, presented, “Evidence-Based Practice and Palliative Care: How I learned to love the EBP process,” at the HPNA Clinical Practice Forum, held Oct. 4 in Pittsburgh, Penna.

Governor Martin O’Malley appointed Karen S. Kauffman, PhD, CRNP-BC, FAAN, associate professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Health, to serve on the Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Council. Dr. Kauffman is one of 14 distinguished individuals who have been selected to serve on the Council. The Council has been tasked with developing strategies that enhance the quality of care, improve access to information resources and coordination services, support prevention and early detection for inclusion in the state plan, develop a public education campaign, and improve data collection capacity.

Tiffany Kroeze-Murphy,MS, assistant director, Student Success Center, and Gail Schoen Lemaire, PhD, PMHCNS, BC, associate professor and director of the Clinical Nurse Leader option, co-authored a poster, “How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program for Nursing Students,” which Dr. Lemaire presented at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Annual Summit, held Oct. 10-12 in Washington, D.C.

Mary Etta Mills, ScD, RN, FAAN, professor, co-authored the following new publication:

Chang, D.P., Lee, T.T., Chou, C.C., & Mills, M.E. (2013). Telecare for diabetes mellitus. Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 31 (10), 505-511.

Lynn Oswald, PhD, RN, associate professor, was interviewed for a feature column on nurses with innovative roles, published in the Journal of Addictions Nursing, 24 (2), 123-125.

Pam Shumate, MSN, RN, CCRN-CMC, clinical instructor, gave two podium presentations: “12 Lead EKGs: A Quick Walk Around the Heart,” and “Meeting the Educational Needs of Preceptors,” at Spotlight on Critical Care, Greater Washington Area Chapter, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Oct. 30, 2013.

Pam Shumate, MSN, RN, CCRN-CMC, clinical instructor, and Karen Clark, PhD, RN, CCRN, assistant professor, gave a podium presentation, “Interprofessional Approach to the Care of the Critical Ill. An IRB Approved Study of an Interprofessional Academic Course for Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral Students Using Simulation Technology and Case Studies,” at the 110th Annual Convention, Maryland Nurses Association Conference held October 10-11 in Annapolis.  

Professor Nancy Staggers, PhD ‘92, RN, FAAN, received the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) signature award—the Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award—at AMIA’s leadership dinner, held November 15 in Washington, D.C. The award is presented to a nursing professional who has made a significant impact on the care of patients and the discipline of nursing. Honorees must have a focus in nursing informatics, a commitment to AMIA through membership, and shown vision, leadership, and a global impact. The recipient must have made a strong contribution to the nursing professional practice, education, administration, research, and/or health policy.

Student News

Twenty Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students from the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) volunteered to administer flu shots and help with registration at a free flu shot clinic sponsored by the Montgomery County Health Department and held at USG on Oct. 21. More than 500 Montgomery County residents attended. One resident was so impressed with how well the event was operated that she wrote a very complimentary letter to County Executive Isiah Leggett.

Flu Shot

Five BSN students from the Universities at Shady Grove participated in the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon, held Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C. Four students finished the full marathon and one completed the 10K run. Wearing the shirts they were awarded upon completion of the race(s) are:

Marathoners 2   Marathoners 3

In the News

Subject: NINR awards grant to RN to explore factors consistent with preterm birth
Source: - Nov. 15
Summary: Mary Regan of the School of Nursing and Jacques Ravel of the School of Medicine's Institute for Genomic Science were mentioned in the article, "Baltimore-Nurse Research Investigates Cause of Premature Birth.”

Subject: Baltimore-Nurse Research Investigates Cause of Premature Birth
Source: Advance for Nurses - Nov. 15
Summary: Mary Regan was featured in the article, "Baltimore-Nurse Research Investigates Cause of Premature Birth, " in Advance for Nurses.

Subject: University of Maryland nursing professor elected to AcademyHealth Board of Directors
Source: - Nov. 12
Summary: Dean Jane M. Kirschling was quoted, and Robin Newhouse was mentioned in the article.

Subject: Newhouse Elected to AcademyHealth Board
Source: Advance for Nurses online - Nov. 8
Robin Newhouse was featured in the article, "Baltimore-Newhouse Elected to AcademyHealth Board.”

Subject: Governor O'Malley Announces Appointments to Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council
Source: - Nov. 1
Summary: The Karen Kauffman, associate professor and chair, Department of Family and Community Health, was mentioned in the article, "Governor O'Malley Announces Appointments to Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council.”

Subject: People on the Move
Baltimore Business Journal - Oct. 29
Summary: Janice Hoffman
, assistant professor and assistant dean for the BSN program, was featured in "People on the Move" in the Baltimore Business Journal.

Subject: National Institute of Aging awards nurse grant to examine dementia care
Source: - Oct. 26
Summary: Elizabeth Galik, assistant professor, was featured in the article "National Institute of Aging awards nurse grant to examine dementia care."

Subject: Let nurse practitioners do their jobs
Source: Baltimore Sun
Summary: Dean Jane M. Kirschling and Patricia Travispast president of the Maryland Nurses Association, co-authored the op-ed, "Let nurse practitioners do their jobs.",0,7522938.story

Mark Your Calendar

Fall Career Fair – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Southern Management Corporation Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, Md. 21201. For information:

“Teaching Communication Skills in Classroom, Laboratory, and Clinical Environments Workshop” – 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. This evidence-based workshop will review what is known about the best ways to teach communication skills in various educational settings and allow participants to practice via exercises with faculty and standardized patients. Registration fee - $100; continuing nursing education fee - $30 (Five contact hours available.) For more information:

Alumni News & Notes

Kathryn Bauer, MS, BSN ’81, is an assistant professor at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She earned a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Webster University in 1987; a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s School of Nursing in 1993, and is retired from the U.S. Navy.

Patience Obichere Ekeocha, DNP, MS ’00, is associate medical director at Morgan State University Health Center. She earned her DNP from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2012.

Charlene G. Gooch, PhD, BSN ’71, MFT, presented a seminar, "Strategies for Support and Self Care: Lessons Learned About Resilience and Trauma Following Boston's Recent Tragedy [Patriot's Day Marathon Bombing]," as a part of the International Association of Employee Assistance Professionals in Education (IAEAPE) Annual Conference 2013: "Building Resilience: Approaches to Moving Through Trauma in the Workplace," held Oct. 14-16 in Scottsdale, Ariz. 

     Charlene was presented the IAEAPE Distinguished Service Award 2012-2013 at the Business Meeting and Luncheon. She served as director of three university offices: Iowa State U EAO (1990-96); American U F/SAP in Washington, DC (1996-97); and Arizona State U EAO in Tempe, Ariz. (2001-2003). She was president (1996-1998) of IAEAPE, served on many conference and steering committees, presented at many conferences, and is currently a consultant to EAP's in higher education, as well as a mentor to new EA counselors.

Kathleen A. Hansen, BSN ’79, is an Infection Preventionist at the Specialty Hospital of Washington Capitol Hill. She has a certification in Infection Control and has done graduate work in health care administration.

Audra Houser, MS ’05, BSN ’04, CRNP, CUNP, received the Nurse Practitioner of the Year award from the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center at their annual awards dinner. She is a nurse practitioner at Urology Associates in Cumberland, Md.

Karen Mack, MS ’01, BSN ’83, is a clinical practice program specialist with MedStar Health in Columbia, Md. She has been elected president of the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Lorrie L. Powel, PhD ’02, has been appointed to the $1 million Tenet Health System/Jo Ellen Smith BSN Endowed Chair of Nursing at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Prior to this appointment, Lorrie was a senior scientist in the Office of the Chief Scientist and the Division of Nursing Research at the Joint Base San Antonio/San Antonio Military Medical Center.

Deborah Schofield, DNP ’09, MS ’96, CRNP, NP program manager/NP specialty areas at the University of Maryland Medical Center and an assistant professor atUMSON, has been named a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Professional Nursing and the Journal of Online Advance Practice Nursing.

Patricia Sengstack, DNP, MS ’88, BSN ’82, was recently named Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Bon Secours Health System in Marriottsville, Md. She is also president of the American Nursing Informatics Association.

Phyllis Sharps, PhD ’88, BSN ’70, RN, FAAN, was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at the 24th International Research Congress held July 22-26, 2013, in Prague, Czech Republic. Phyllis is a specialist in maternal and child health nursing and is director of three Johns Hopkins University health and wellness centers in Baltimore, providing care for battered or homeless women and children. Her primary research focuses on the effects of intimate partner violence on the physical and emotional health of pregnant women, infants, and young children.

Sandra Swoboda, MS ’94, received the 2014 Norma J. Shoemaker Award for Critical Care Nursing Excellence through the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Sharon A. R. Stanley, PhD, BSN ’77, immediate past chief nurse officer of the American Red Cross, received the Florence Nightingale Medal from the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva for her exemplary service to the Red Cross. The 100-year-old award is given to nurses who distinguish themselves in times of peace or war by their exceptional courage and devotion to victims of a conflict or disaster or exemplary service in the areas of public health or nursing education. Dr. Stanley is a 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1977 through the Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing (WRAIN) program at UMSON and served 34 years in the Army Nurse Corps, with12 years on active duty. She graduated from the Army War College and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Col. (ret)Stanley is the recipient of  the Surgeon General’s “A” proficiency designator and a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.

Joan I. Warren, PhD ’04, BSN ’88, received a 2013 Nursing Excellence GEM award in the Education and Mentorship category. She is Director of Professional Practice and Research at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, Md. 

Alumni Event Recaps

Second Alumni Speaker Program held October 14

The second Alumni Speaker Series program, held October 14, featured four alumni who spoke to current students about their roles and responsibilities as nurse managers. The panel included Monika Bauman, MS ’10, BSN ’90, PCS manager, Women’s and Children’s Ambulatory Services, University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC); Claudia Handley, MS ’08, MBA, RN, nurse manager, Multi-trauma CC/Multi-trauma IMC-5, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, UMMC; Carmel McComiskey, DNP ’10, MS ’96, director of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, UMMC; and Kim Reck, MS, BSN ’78, clinical program manager for cardiology, pulmonology and interventional radiology at UMMC.

Carmel, Claudia, Kim, Monika

Board of Visitors Chair John Bing, CRNA, Receives Washingtonian Excellence in Nursing Award

John Bing, CRNA, chair of the UMSON Board of Visitors, was one of 10 nurses honored with the Washingtonian Excellence in Nursing Award for his contributions to the field of nursing. This achievement was celebrated October 23 at the Loews Madison Hotel, Washington, D.C. Attendees included current UMSON CRNA students and Dean Jane Kirschling, pictured below.

Washingtonian Event John Bing

Alumni Staff Nurse’s Station at Paul’s Place on November 6

Special thanks to UMSON alumni who responded to the call for volunteers to help staff the nurse’s clinic at Paul’s Place on November 6, in connection with the Alumni Association’s Community Service program. Alumni volunteers provided basic health screenings, e.g., blood pressure and first aid. They also provided clients with health education and linked them with community resources in collaboration with the case manager.

Paul’s Place is a non-profit located in Southwest Baltimore that provides men, women, and children with a number of services, including hot meals, educational training, after school programs, clothing, and access to a nurse’s clinic. Through a partnership between UMSON and Paul’s Place, UMSON students staff the clinic during the school year as part of their clinical experience.  However, volunteers are needed to staff the clinic when UMSON students are not in sessions (i.e. Dec-Jan and May-Aug). If you would like more information about volunteering at Paul’s Place, please contact Jayna Powell at or 410-625-0775.

Pauls Place Nov 6

Upcoming Events

Calling All Florida Alumni!

Save the date and plan to join Dean Jane Kirschling at an alumni luncheon in the Sunshine State at noon, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood  & Steaks, 9114 Strada Place, Naples, FL 34108.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gather with fellow alumni and learn more about exciting developments at UMSON. More information is forthcoming!

Save the Date! Reunion 2014 – Saturday, April 26

If your DIN or BSN graduation year ends in a “4” or “9” or if you earned a master’s degree in 2009 in the Clinical Nurse Leader program, mark your calendar for the 2014 Reunion Saturday, April 26. More information will be forthcoming. 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

Alumni Association Volunteer Opportunities

The UMSON Alumni Association’s Recent Graduate Committee is recruiting alumni volunteers for the following community service programs during fall 2013 and winter 2014:

My Sister’s Place: a non-profit located in Baltimore that provides women with shelter, education, training for employment, and meals.

You are invited to volunteer with fellow UMSON alumni in preparing and serving breakfast from 7-9 a.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 13 and Dec. 4

Paul’s Place: a non-profit located in Southwest Baltimore that provides men, women, and children with a number of services, including hot meals, educational training, after school programs, clothing, and access to a nurse’s clinic. Through a partnership between UMSON and Paul’s Place, UMSON students staff the clinic during the school year as part of their clinical experience. However, volunteers are needed to staff the clinic when UMSON classes are not in session and when students are working on special projects.

You are invited to volunteer with fellow UMSON alumni in staffing the nurse’s clinic at Paul’s Place from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

If you are interested in volunteering, send an email with your contact information and availability to For more information, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, at or 410-706-7640 or Liz Krug, MS ’10, at We welcome your participation!

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