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September 2010

Welcome to 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). 

Hoffman to Lead Baccalaureate Program

Janice J. Hoffman, PhD, RN, was recently named Assistant Dean for the UMSON Baccalaureate Program. In this role, she will provide leadership and oversight to UMSON’s undergraduate program. Hoffman brings more than 30 years of diverse experience in teaching, leadership and management, and direct patient care to her new position. She has been a member of UMSON’s faculty since 2008, serving as assistant professor and vice-chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health. She previously taught in the undergraduate and graduate programs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Prior to working as a nurse educator, Hoffman held a variety of clinical, educational, leadership, and administrative positions in hospitals in the Maryland-Virginia region, and in California while serving as an active duty nurse in the Navy.

SINI Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Dr. Connie White Delaney delivers SINI keynote addressThe 2010 Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (SINI), held July 19-21 at UMSON, marked the 20th anniversary of one of the world’s largest conferences focused on nursing informatics. This year’s event, “Nursing Informatics: From First Use to Meaningful Use,” examined trends and developments that will enable clinicians, executives, educators, and researchers to transform health care. The keynote address was delivered by Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, dean and professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Patricia Flatley Brennan, PhD, RN, FAAN, Moehlman Bascom Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, presented the Distinguished Lecture.

Komen Visiting Professor Announced

Tish Knobf, PhD, RN, FAAN, an internationally known breast cancer researcher and scientist, will join UMSON Nov. 1-5 as the fall 2010 Komen Visiting Professor. Dr. Knobf is a professor at Yale University School of Nursing, where she is responsible for the nursing oncology master's program. If you would like to schedule a presentation by Dr. Knobf for your class or community group, e-mail Abby Plusen at

This Month in School of Nursing History

In September 1925, UMSON introduced a five-year program leading to a joint Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Diploma in Nursing. Under the plan, students would take two years of arts and sciences courses at the College Park campus and then spend three years in Baltimore at UMSON.

Welcome New Faculty and Staff

Claire Bode, MS, RN, clinical instructor, Department of Family and Community Health (FCH)

Artur Caridha, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH), Shady Grove

Marian Grant, DNP, RN, CRNP, assistant professor, FCH

Jennifer Hayes-Klosteridis, PhD, academic support coordinator and director, Student Success Center, Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS)

Tracie Jones, MBA, manager, admissions, OSAS

Angela Kabbe, MSN, RN, clinical instructor, FCH

Amanda Lamar, BA, writer/editor, Office of Communications

Karen McClure, DNP, RN, CRNP, assistant professor, FCH

Sarah Miller, MSN, RN, clinical instructor, FCH

Yolanda Ogbolu, MS, RN, clinical instructor, FCH

Ruth Reece, MSN, RN, NP/health care provider, Department of Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives

Charlotte Seckman, PhD, RN-BC, assistant professor, OSAH

Ewurama Shaw-Taylor, PhD, research assistant/clinical instructor, OSAH

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, OSAH

Nicole Willhide, MS, manager, admissions, OSAS

Dina Wolf, MS, RN, clinical instructor, FCH, and coordinator, clinical simulation labs

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Jocelyn Farrar, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN, assistant professor, OSAH, was named a founding member of MD-1 DMAT, Maryland’s first Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT). DMATs are designed as rapid-response elements for supporting local medical professionals and facilities during a disaster or event that overwhelms a region’s health care system. 

Jeffrey Johnson, PhD, professor, FCH, and director, Office of Global Health; Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor. FCH, and co-director, Work and Health Research Center; Alison Trinkoff, ScD, RN, FAAN, professor, FCH; and Susan Wozenski, JD, MPH, assistant professor, and vice chair, FCH; were acknowledged by the University of Maryland School of Medicine for helping to establish the Master’s in Public Health (MPH) program at University of Maryland, Baltimore, and for their contributions as secondary faculty members in the MPH program.

Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP, BC-ADM, FAANP, associate professor, OSAH; assistant dean for the master’s program; and a nurse practitioner at the University of Maryland Medical Center’s (UMMC) Joslin Diabetes Center, recently received National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) Diabetes Recognition. Kapustin, one of only three nurse practitioners in the state of Maryland acknowledged by NCQA, joins an elite group of physicians and specialists across the nation recognized for demonstrating a high level of performance in delivering care to patients with diabetes.  

Several members of the UMSON Office of Global Health were co-authors on the following articles:

Koons, A.B., McNeil, M., Ogbolu, Y., Bordlon, P., Riel, R.F., Johnson, J.V. (2010).  Mental health nursing in Latin America: exploring trends in workforce development. Nursing and Midwifery Links: Official Publication of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery Development, 20-21.

Coffman, M., Nwoga, C.F., Omozuafoh, M., Gomwalk, A., Iwu, E.N., McPhaul, K., Smith, B., Riel, R.F., Johnson, J.V. (2010). Examining Nigerian nurse knowledge of universal precautions (UP), exposure to blood borne pathogens, and availability of protective apparel/equipment. Nursing and Midwifery Links: Official Publication of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery Development, 22-23.

Ekwede, I., Ezebuihe, I., Orwenyo, C., Iwu, E., Moen, M., Riel, R.F., Johnson, J.V. Exploring the expanding role of nursing and the process of task shifting in Nigeria. (2010). Nursing and Midwifery Links: Official Publication of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery Development, 24-25.

Johnson, J.V., Iwu, E.N., Riel, R.F., Ogbolu, Y., Moen, M. (2010). Preparing nurses for leadership roles in global health: the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s new post-master’s certificate in global health. Nursing and Midwifery Links: Official Publication of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery Development, 38-39.

Kathryn Montgomery, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, assistant professor, OSAH, and associate dean for strategic partnerships and initiatives, co-authored the following publication:

Montgomery K.L., Porter-O Grady T. (2010). Innovation and learning: creating the DNP nurse leader. Nurse Leader. 8(4):44-47.

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR, associate professor, OSAH, and assistant dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, authored or co-authored the following publications:

Newhouse, R.P. (2010). Do we know how much the evidence-based intervention costs? Journal of Nursing Administration, 40(7/8), 296-299.

Newhouse, R.P. (2010). Establishing organizational infrastructure. In Poe and White (eds) Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Implementation and Translation (Chapter 3). Sigma Theta Tau International: Indianapolis, IN, 55-72.

Ciliska, D., DiCenso, A., Melnyk, B.M., Fineout-Overholt, E., Stetler, C.B., Cullen, L., Larrabee, J.H., Schultz, A.A., Rycroft-Malone, J., Newhouse, R.P. & Dang, D. (2010). Johns Hopkins nursing evidence-based practice model. In Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practices, 2nd edition. Chapter 11: Models of Evidence-Based Practice, 241-275.

Claudia Smith, PhD, MPH, RN-BC, assistant professor, FCH, co-authored the following publication:

Callen, B., Block, D.,Joyce, B., Lutz, J., Brown-Schott, N., Smith, C. (2010). Essentials of baccalaureate nursing education for entry-level community/public health nursing, Public Health Nursing, Vol. 27, No. 4 (July/August), 369-380.

Student News

David Free, a student in the Family Nurse Practitioner master’s specialty, received a 2010 Student Scholarship Award from the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP).  Free will receive the award, which promotes involvement in policy and advocacy for nurse practitioners, at the ACNP national conference to be held in Tampa, Fla. this fall. 

Master’s students Jan Ferlich, Kristen Johnson, Meghan McEntee, and Jenell Tavenner were awarded a second year of scholarship funding, in the amount of $5,000 each, from the American Cancer Society.

Post-master’s student Rosemary Smith LaMacchia, GNP, received a scholarship from the National Nursing Education Initiative. She is a student in UMSON’s Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner master’s specialty.

Mark Your Calendar!

Policy Maker’s Day – 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13 -- UMSON – Policy makers will learn about what it takes to be a nurse in the age of health care reform. For information, contact Jillian Aldebron, 410-706-7253, or e-mail

Research Seminar – noon-1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13 – UMSON Room 740.  “Getting Started: IRB Protocol Submission Process,” presented by Lynee Roane, BSN, RN, nurse coordinator, Office of Research. RSVP to or 410-706-5689.

Scientific Updates in Exercise, Robotics, and Neuro-rehabilitation – 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 – UMSON Room 130 –This symposium will focus on the state of the science in treating patients with neurological diseases and injuries, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. Free to all participants, but registration is required. For information or to register, visit

Edmunds Lecture featuring pre-eminent nursing educator Dr. Patricia Benner – 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 – UMSON Room 130.  Free to all participants, but registration is required. For information, call 410-706-3767 or visit

Entry Into Practice Open House – 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 – Learn about UMSON’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Master of Science programs. Free admission; registration required. RSVP to or call 410-706-0501.

Environmental Excellence in Health Care: A Showcase of Best Practices – 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 – UMSON. Join regional and national health care professionals, environmental industry experts, and educators for this learning and networking event designed to showcase the best practices of hospitals as they move toward more sustainable environments for hospital staff, patients, and communities. For more information, visit

Cain Lecture Returns! – Mark your calendar now for the 2011 Ann Ottney Cain Endowed Lecture - Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Neil Weissman, PsyD, clinical psychologist, Baltimore VAMC; clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, UMMS; adjunct assistant professor, UMSON; and EFT certified therapist, private practice, will present Healing Couples’ Relationships in the Shadow of Trauma. Information will be posted on the UMSON website ( as it becomes available.

Alumni News & Upcoming Events

A docent appreciation event was held June 14 at UMSON to thank and recognize alumni who volunteer as docents at the UMSON Living History Museum. The event included a presentation on the connection between historic pharmacology and nursing by Dan Caughey, museum curator. 

Museum docents pose with Museum Curator Dan Caughey

More than 40 nursing informatics alumni attended a reception honoring UMSON Professor Mary Etta Mills, ScD, MS ’73, BSN ’71, RN, CNAA, FAAN, for her significant contributions to the field of nursing informatics and to UMSON’s annual Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (SINI). Dean Janet Allan and Carol Romano, PhD ’93, MS ’85, BSN ’77, director, Office of Reserve Affairs in the Office of the Surgeon General and former Chief Nurse of the U.S. Public Health Service, delivered remarks at the event, held July 23 during the annual SINI conference.

Dr. Carol Romano, Dean Janet Allen, and Dr. Mary Etta Mills

Margaret DeLawter, BSN ’36, celebrated her 100th birthday on July 29. Stacey Conrad, associate director of development, and Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, visited Margaret and delivered birthday greetings and gifts on behalf of UMSON. Margaret was very enthusiastic about her experiences at UMSON and reiterated how much she enjoyed her nursing career that allowed her to travel throughout the United States and the world, achieve the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army, and earn a master’s degree. 

Stacey Conrad, Margaret DeLawter, and Cynthia Sikorski

Navy Ensign Tiffany Trask, BSN ’08, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Columbia/Patuxent (Md.) Rotary Club.  She delivered a PowerPoint presentation describing her experiences on board the USNS Comfort as part of the Operation Unified Response medical team that was ordered to Haiti to aid earthquake victims. 

Ensign Tiffany Trask

Washington, D.C. Regional Alumni Brunch– 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 - Universities at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Md.  The cost for the buffet style brunch is $25 per person.  For information or to RSVP, contact Cynthia Sikorski, 410-706-0674, or

Fall Phonathon – 5-8 p.m. Sept. 20-23 UMSON faculty, students, and alumni are invited to volunteer for this fundraising event. Pizza will be served and UMSON spirit wear will be given out as prizes each evening. For information or to volunteer, contact Irene Amoros, 410-706-7640, or e-mail  

School of Nursing “In the News”

SUBJECT: Technology Jobs Expected to Grow at an Exceptional Rate
SOURCE: - Aug. 31
SUMMARY: "Health care reform and advances in technology have propelled the need for trained informaticists in health care to new heights," said Assistant Professor Marisa Wilson, DNSc, MHSc, RN-BC.$438031523-828.html

SUBJECT: Medical Informatics Combines Health Care and Technology
SOURCE: The Washington Post - Aug. 30
SUMMARY: "Health care reform and advances in technology have propelled the need for trained informaticists in health care to new heights," says Marisa Wilson, DNSc, MHSc, RN-BC, assistant professor at UMSON, which offers the first established master's degree in the field of nursing informatics.

SUBJECT: A Cafeteria With a Conscience
SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun - Aug. 30
SUMMARY: Bon Appetit Cafe, tucked between the Health Sciences and Human Services Library and UMSON, is among eateries that serve a multitude of appetites at the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center.,0,4316491.story

SUBJECT: Workforce Training Grant Money Comes to Maryland
SOURCE: Picture of Health - Aug. 9
Baltimore Business Journal - Aug. 10

SUMMARY: Anticipating increasing shortages of health care workers even without health care reform, the federal government has begun handing out some funds for training of new workers and retraining of existing ones. Maryland universities, including University of Maryland, Baltimore and UMSON, have won a share of the $2.3 million.

SUBJECT: Roaring Into Nursing Research
SOURCE: - Aug. 9
SUMMARY: Associate Profesor Kathleen Buckley, RN, PhD, IBCLC, offered tips on the best ways to disseminate finished research through poster, podium, or manuscript publications.

SUBJECT: Washington County Graduates
SOURCE: The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail - Aug. 1
SUMMARY: Brad Kretzer of Hagerstown, Md., an incoming junior at UMSON, said he is furthering his education so he can be competitive when looking for a job.

SUBJECT: Natural Ways to Ease Pain
SOURCE: eMaxHealth - July 29
SUMMARY: A study at UMSON and the University of California, Irvine, showed that SAM-e was as effective as some NSAIDs in easing osteoarthritis aches.

SUBJECT: Government Farming Grants
SOURCE: Meat Trade News Daily - July 27
SUMMARY: USDA announced 22 matching grants worth about $1.3 million to support agricultural market research and demonstration projects, including $100,620 to UMSON and others, to encourage increased use of locally-produced sustainable protein foods.

SUBJECT: State Receives $120K for Ag Studies
SOURCE: Baltimore Business Journal - July 16
SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded more than $120,000 in federal grants aimed at encouraging the production of locally grown meat, seafood, fruits, and vegetables. The grants will go to the University of Maryland, College Park and UMSON.

SUBJECT: Maryland Schools Form Alliance for Workforce Diversity
SOURCE: - July 12
SUMMARY: A group of 13 academic institutions launch an alliance that will focus on diversifying the state's health care workforce. Janet D. Allan, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing, is quoted.

SUBJECT: New RN Grads Feel Squeeze for Jobs
SOURCE: - July 9 - July 9
Asbury Park Press - July 9
The Tennessean - July 9

SUMMARY: UMSON Dean Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, is quoted in USA Today regarding the difficulties of finding nursing jobs. She says, "Our students are getting jobs, it's just that they're not getting their first or second choice."

SUBJECT: Disabled Children Break Barriers Working With Horses
SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun - July 4
SUMMARY: "There are children who won't speak to a person but who will talk to a horse," says Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor at the School of Nursing. "These successes can transfer over to help develop personal relationships."

SUBJECT: Reginald F. Lewis Museum Marks Fifth Anniversary
SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun - June 26
SUMMARY: Esther McCready, the subject of an exhibit at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, is quoted about her experience as the first African-American student admitted - after a court challenge - to UMSON in 1950.

SUBJECT: Gulf Oil Spill
SOURCE: WBAL-TV - 11 pm, June 15
SUMMARY: Brenda Afzal, RN, MS, a member of UMSON’s environmental nursing department, was interviewed concerning the possibility of a Gulf oil spill-type incident occurring near the Chesapeake Bay.

SUBJECT: University Farmers Market
SOURCE: WJZ-TV - 6 a.m., June 15
SUMMARY: Louise Mitchell, UMSON, was interviewed in a live broadcast of the “People are Talking” segment from the University Farmer's Market.

SUBJECT: More Sleep Can Boost Health, Function
SOURCE: The (Pa.) Reporter - June 15
SUMMARY: A study, done by the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, looked at nurses working successive 12-hour shifts. The study found that the nurses' average total sleep time between shifts was only 5.5 hours, while those who worked night shifts got only about 5.2 hours, and that was usually fragmented.

SUBJECT: New Maryland Law a Victory for NPs, Patients
SOURCE: - June 14
SUMMARY: The future of nurse practitioners' role in Maryland took a dramatic change April 13 when Gov. Martin O'Malley signed legislation to help NPs start practicing more quickly. UMSON Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for the Master's Program Jane Kapustin, CRNP, PhD, BC-ADM, FAANP, was among those who helped push the change.

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