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October 2012

Welcome to the October 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 Recognized at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

Jeffrey Johnson, PhD, professor and director of UMSON’s Office of Global Health, represented the School at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting on Sept. 25, where President Bill Clinton recognized UMSON for their work in Rwanda. For more information:

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson and UMSON with former President Bill Clinton

School of Nursing Hosts Suriname Visitors

UMSON hosted a delegation of five nurse leaders from Suriname in September. The delegation visited the UMSON simulation labs, the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, and nursing programs at several universities in the state of Maryland to receive information on Magnet programs, building a network of nursing professionals with various areas of expertise, establishing opportunities to expand Suriname’s nursing education, and gaining assistance in the accreditation of Suriname nursing programs and hospitals. They also sought information on developing greater interest among Suriname health care workers in the use of technology. Suriname seeks to become a model for the Caribbean in delivering excellence in health care.

Suriname visitors

Edmunds Lecture Focuses on Transformation of the Nursing Profession

As the landscape of health care continues to change, the nursing profession must keep up with the times. Gone are the days when it was enough to simply have a certificate or associate's degree in nursing. Providing proper care now requires more.

Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN, executive director of the American Association of Colleges of Nurses, reinforced this fact while speaking to an audience of 200 at UMSON’s annual Millicent Geare Edmunds Lecture, held Sept. 20. Dr. Bednash’s presentation focused on the revolution of heath care and its implications for nurse educators as they prepare the next generation of nurses.

“There needs to be a transformation with what happens around education. We need a different type of professional. Our nurses have to be knowledgeable,” said Dr. Bednash. “Professional nurses are users of knowledge, information, science, and evidence. If you are a professional, that’s the unique attribute that you bring.”

Dr. Polly Bednash

Faculty & Staff Appointments

Eniye Iyebote, MS, has joined the Office of Student and Academic Affairs as a coordinator. Eniye comes to UMSON from Virginia Commonwealth Systems, where she worked as a geriatric education coordinator. She holds an MS from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BS from Radford University.

Grants & Contracts

Deborah McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, received a four-year, $2 million R01 research grant, “Managing Acute Pain in Critically Ill Non-Communicative Palliative Care Patients,” from the National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institutes of Health. The study will explore an intervention to manage acute pain in critically-ill, hospitalized, palliative care patients who cannot communicate the presence of pain or its intensity to health care providers. This is an interdisciplinary, collaborative effort with the University of Maryland Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy and the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Other investigators include Karen Soeken, PhD, RN, professor emeritus, School of Nursing; Karen Kaiser, PhD, RN, CHPH, clinical practice coordinator, UMMC; Kathryn Walker, PharmD, assistant professor, School of Pharmacy; and Brian Edwards, MD, instructor, Timothy Keay, MD, MA-TH, professor, Matthew Lissauer, MD, assistant professor, Carl Shanholtz, MD, associate professor, and Deborah Stein, MD, MPH, associate professor, all from the School of Medicine. For more information, visit

Faculty Kudos

Mary Lynn Davis-Ajami, PhD, MBA, NP-C, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, was first author on the following article:

Davis-Ajami ML, Nahata MC, Reardon G, Seiber EE, Balkrishnan R.  (2012). Associations between joblessness and oral anti-diabetic medication adherence in US diabetic working age adults.  Health Outcomes Research in Medicine.  (3)139-51. 

Marian Grant, DNP, RN, CRNP, ACHPN, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, is first author of a new book, UNIPAC 1: The Hospice and Palliative Care Approach to Serious Illness. It is the first volume of the UNIPAC Self-Study Program, 4th Edition. This comprehensive study program provides a critical foundation for health care providers who want to incorporate the principles of hospice and palliative care medicine into their daily practice.

Marian Grant, DNP, RN, CRNP, ACHPN, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, has been elected to a two-year term (2013-2015) on the Board of Directors of the national Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA). Established in 1986, the HPNA is the nation's largest and oldest professional nursing organization dedicated to promoting excellence in hospice and palliative nursing care.

Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, CCRN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health and director of the Doctor of Nursing program, received an American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Excellence Award for the state of Maryland during the 2012 AANP National Conference. This annual honor recognizes outstanding achievements by nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner advocates.

Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Family and Community Health (FCH), co‑authored the following publication with Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, assistant dean of research and Kelly Flannery, PhD, RN, assistant professor, FCH:

Lipscomb, J., Chen, Y., Geiger Brown, J., Flannery, K., London, M., McPhaul, K., (2012). Workplace Violence Prevention in State-Run Residential Addiction Treatment Centers. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation.

Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Family and Community Health, was elected to a one-year term as secretary for the Board of Directors of Direct Care Alliance, New York. Direct Care Alliance is the national advocacy voice of direct care workers in long-term care.

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

Lee, T.T.; Lin, K.C.; Mills, M.E. & Kuo, Y.H.  (2012) Factors related to the prevention and management of pressure ulcers.  Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 30 (9), 489-495.

Mary Etta Mills, ScD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health and Linda Hickman, PhD, MBA, RN, FACHE, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health have the following new grant:

Mills, M.E. & Hickman, L. J.  Master’s Preparation of Staff Nurses to Expand Clinical Instruction Capacity. Maryland Higher Education Commission, Nurse Support Program II. Funding period: 7/1/2012- 6/30/2014.

Patricia G. Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, has been appointed editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing, the official journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The journal addresses the practice, research, and policy roles of nurses with baccalaureate and graduate degrees, the education and management concerns of the universities in which they are educated, and the settings in which they practice.

The 10th edition of Critical Care Nursing: A Holistic Approach, co-authored by Patricia G. Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN, professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, and Dorrie K. Fontaine, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean, University of Virginia School of Nursing, was recently published.

Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, ANCP, FAAN, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, and Deborah Schofield, PhD, RN, CRNP, assistant professor and program manager, nurse practitioner specialty areas, University of Maryland Medical Center, were elected to serve on the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Dr. Schofield will be serving as a member of the CCNE Board of Commissioners, and Dr. Morton as a member of the CCNE Nominating Committee.

Dawn Mueller-Burke, PhD, CRNP, NNP-BC, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, gave the following presentations at the National Neonatal Advanced Practice Nursing Forum Annual Conference, held in Washington, D.C. June 1

“Forecasting APN Futures: Envisioning and Inspiring the Next 15 Years!” (closing platform presentation)

“Universal Oxygen Saturation Screening for Congenital Heart Disease,” (co-presented with and Kristen Brown).

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, and Marisa Wilson, DNSc, MHSc, RN-BC, director, Master's program, co-authored the following publication:

Wilson, M.L., Newhouse, R.P. (2012). Meaningful Use: Intersections with Evidence-based Practice and Outcomes. Journal of Nursing Administration, 42(9), 395-398.

Mark Your Calendar!

The Oral Systemic Link: Creating Collaborative Initiatives, presented by the University of Maryland Schools of Dentistry and Nursing – 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 – Southern Management Corporation Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, Md. Registration fee - $170 through Oct. 8; $200 from Oct. 9-29). To register or for more information, visit

Entry Into Practice Open House (Bachelor of Science in Nursing and MS [Clinical Nurse Leader]) – 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, UMSON. Free admission; registration required. RSVP at least two days prior to the event to or 410-706-0501.

Environmental Excellence in Health Care: Innovations and Collaborations - 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 – UMSON. Registration fee: $55 per person; $30 Continuing Nursing Education: 4.5 contact hours available. For more information:

Alumni News & Notes

Baltimore Area Alumni Happy Hour Planned for Oct. 18

Join fellow Baltimore area alumni for a networking happy hour from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Canton Dockside, 3301 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD 21224 (on the corner of Boston and Clinton Street). Make great connections and enter your name to win some door prizes! Admission is free, and free parking is available. RSVP to Cynthia Sikorski at, or call 410-706-0674.

30th Anniversary Celebration of Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing Master’s Specialty Set for November 2

We hope you plan to attend the 30th Anniversary Celebration commemorating the establishment of UMSON’s Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing master’s specialty. Tours of the Clinical Simulation Labs, the Living History Museum and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center will be offered from 2-3 p.m. The program, Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing – Past, Present and Future, will be held from 3:30-5 p.m.  A reception, from 5-7 p.m. will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and a wine/beer bar. You can choose to attend only the reception or attend all the other activities as your schedule permits. The cost is $46 per person.

Register online at For more information, visit or contact Cynthia Sikorski at 410-706-0674, or

Volunteers Needed for Alumni Council Community Service Program

UMSON’s Alumni Council is seeking volunteers for several community service projects on and off campus.

  • Project Jump Start is an on-campus volunteer program that provides members of the community with a meal. Four to eight alumni are needed on Tuesdays, Oct. 23, and/or Nov. 13 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Paul’s Place is an off-campus organization 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. Four to five alumni are invited to volunteer to staff the nurse’s clinic from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Dec. 12, 2012 and/or Jan. 16, 2013.

If you would like to volunteer with fellow alumni at any of the times above, please send an email with your availability and contact information to For more information call Cynthia Sikorski at 410-706-0674. 

Reunion 2013 – Saturday, April 27

If your DIN or BSN graduation year ends in a “3” or “8,” mark your calendar for the 2013 Reunion on Saturday, April 27, 2013. We are working on some unique programming for the classes of 2003 and 2008. More information will be forthcoming. If you would like to help out 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 Updates

Melinda Woods Beglin, MS ’08, recently moved to Hill Air Force Base in Utah and is working as the education and training flight commander.

Patricia Peters Better, BSN ’81, is semi-retired and residing in Florida after 30 years of employment as a full-time RN. She started her career in the emergency department and completed her career as a school community health nurse.

Sue Ellin Grier Clarke, BSN ’80, is a clinical educator at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md. and has achieved certification in telephonic nursing practice and maternal newborn nursing.

Bonnie DiPietro, BSN ’78, was recently appointed director of operations at the Maryland Patient Safety Center located in Elkridge, Md.

Cynthia Kerr Salmond, DNP ’12, MS ’05, BSN ’99, completed her DNP in May 2012 and was awarded the Sigma Theta Tau DNP Capstone award for her work, “Using acupressure to decrease anxiety in hospitalized orthopedic trauma patients requiring surgical intervention.” Cynthia works as a nurse practitioner at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Alumni Council Holds Fall Meeting

The UMSON Alumni Council fall meeting was held September 26 at the School. Alumni Association President Liz Ness congratulated the Council’s five new members-at-large who were elected to a two-year term, which began July 1, 2012. They are: Justin Dusza, MS ’08; Joe Kelly, PhD, MS ’85, BSN ’77 ; Joyce Parks, MS ’93; Greg Raymond, MS ’10, BSN ’05; and Marion Burns Tuck, PhD, MS ’80.

alumni council 2012

School of Nursing in the News

The Governor’s Wellmobile, staffed by the School of Nursing, was the subject of the WBOC-TV story, "Doctor's Office on Wheels."

Susan Antol, MS, RN, assistant professor and director of the Wellmobile Program, is quoted in the article, "Mobile Medical Office Visiting Kent County," in the Star-Democrat.

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