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September 2011

Welcome to the September 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).  

Staggers Makes $1 Million Bequest

Professor Nancy Staggers, PhD ‘92, MS ’85, RN, FAAN, announced in July that she made a $1 million bequest to establish an endowed professorship in nursing informatics. Dr. Staggers, the first graduate of UMSON’s PhD program in nursing informatics, joined the faculty in 2010. She has an extensive background in clinical informatics, from determining user requirements to application prototyping, system selection, large systems implementation, and enterprise system evaluation. Read more at: http://nursing.umaryland.edu/news/3544.

Dr. Nancy Staggers and Dean Janet Allan

SINI 2011 a Huge Success

More than 400 people gathered at UMSON in July for the 21st Annual Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (SINI), the nation’s pre-eminent conference on nursing informatics. This year’s conference theme, “Real Meaningful Use: Evolution or Revolution,” featured keynote speaker Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, national coordinator for health information technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In his address, Dr. Mostashari stated, “Health IT does not lead directly to improvements in the quality or efficiency of care, but it is the foundation for what does improve quality.” Mark your calendar for SINI 2012, “National and Global Priorities in Informatics and Health Care,” to be held July 18-20 at UMSON. Visit the UMSON website throughout the year at http://nursing.umaryland.edu/sini for SINI 2012 updates.

Dr. Farzad Mostashari

Bausell Granted Emeritus Status

Barker Bausell, PhD, who served on the UMSON faculty for 30 years before retiring in January 2011, was awarded the rank of Professor Emeritus in August. He is the 11th faculty member to obtain emeritus status. Dr. Bausell was a tenured faculty member, author, biostatistician, mentor, and member of countless research grants. He served as Director of Evaluation in UMSON’s Office of Research; chaired the Appointment, Promotions, and Tenure Committee; and served as a member of the Research Council. Dr. Bausell authored 12 books, eight research monographs, and more than 80 peer-reviewed articles. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Evaluation and the Health Professions, for more than 30 years.

Dr. Barbara Smith, Dr. Barbara Resnick, Dr. Barker Bausell, and Dean Janet Allan

News from the Komen Partnership

Komen Visiting Professor Announced

Frances Marcus Lewis, PhD, MN, RN, professor, University of Washington in Seattle, will serve as UMSON’s sixth Komen Visiting Professor, October 24-28. Dr. Lewis, an oncology nurse clinician and behavioral scientist, has spent her professional life studying families who are affected by serious medical illnesses (especially breast cancer). Her research program has moved from descriptive studies to clinical trials research in psycho-oncology with the goals of enhancing the adjustment and well-being of patients and family members living with cancer across all stages of the disease. Dr. Lewis is also an international consultant in the development of evidence-based psycho-oncology programs, including work in Brazil, Japan, the Ukraine, Taiwan, and Russia. She directs the Family Functioning Research Program at the University of Washington and currently has four active clinical trials. Dr. Lewis will present a lecture, “Social Cognitive Theory: What Does This Theory Offer in Intervention Studies?” at UMSON from noon-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. She will have a small amount of time for additional lectures, meetings, and consultations while visiting UMSON. If you would like to schedule time with her, contact Abby Plusen at plusen@son.umaryland.edu or 410-706-4233.

Race for the Cure Scheduled for Oct. 23

Join the UMSON Team for the 2011 Komen Maryland Race for the Cure Sunday, Oct. 23, in Hunt Valley, Md. In recognition of UMSON’s partnership with the Komen Maryland Affiliate, you are invited to participate in this important fundraiser that benefits breast cancer screening, treatment, and education programs throughout Maryland.  Follow This Link to register. For more information about the Race for the Cure® visit: http://www.komenmd.org/site/c.ddJIKPNnFkG/b.2530875/k.BEBF/Home.htm.

Staff Council Holds School Supplies Drive

The UMSON Staff Council coordinated a school supplies drive last summer in support of the University Staff Senate-sponsored drive. The response to the project was phenomenal, and we are pretty certain that UMSON contributed the most supplies to the cause! The school supplies drive benefitted the Ruth H. Young Family Connections/Grandparent Family Connections, an organization that helps grandparents who have assumed the role of primary caregivers to meet children’s basic needs and prevent neglect.

Staff Council members pose with a small portion of the school supplies they collected

Grants & Contracts

Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor and co-director, Work and Health Research Center, received a two-year, $275,000 R-12 grant from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health for her study, “Pilot of Comprehensive Intervention to Improve Alertness in Nurses.” Her work focuses on intervening to improve the quantity and quality of sleep that nurses achieve while working 12-hour shifts, with the hope of improving their health and safety.

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, associate professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, received a $1,126,239 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration for her project, “Enhancing the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program to Improve Healthcare for Underserved Populations of Maryland.” The project aims to enhance UMSON’s DNP program by developing and implementing directed electives for executive nurse leaders at the nurse executive, chief nurse officer, and director of nursing levels. By raising the number of well-prepared, ethnically diverse, and culturally sensitive DNP graduates, the project will help increase the quality and safety of health care by supporting evidence-based practice and strengthening health care systems.

Regina Twigg, DNP, RN, assistant professor, received a $294,709 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration for her project, “Equipment for Patient Safety in Undergraduate Education.” Funds from the grant will provide additional equipment to support training of health professionals and improve undergraduate nursing education and practice. The new equipment and models will provide the latest technology to improve the education and training of students through enhancement of UMSON’s simulation labs.

Faculty & Staff Appointments & Transitions

Congratulations to the following faculty members who have been selected as leaders of various UMSON programs.

Joan Davenport, PhD, RN, assistant professor, was named vice-chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health; Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, CCRN, assistant professor, was named director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program; Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, was named assistant dean for the Master of Science and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs; Gail Schoen Lemaire, PhD, PMHCNS, CNL, was named director of the Clinical Nurse Leader program; Lyn Murphy, PhD, MBA, MS, RN, was named director of the Evidence-Based Practice certificate program; and Marisa Wilson, DNSc, RN, was named director of the Master of Science program. Kathryn VonReuden, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, FCCM, was promoted to associate professor and appointed interim specialty director for the Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing master’s specialty.

Faculty retirements announced:

Mary Haack, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and former chair of the Department of Family and Community Health, retired last summer. She is a leader in the field of substance use disorders and has been recognized by the International Council on Alcohol and Addictions for her work in practice, research, and policy. Dr. Haack was the recipient of the Association of Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse’s Betty Ford Award. She will continue to serve on several doctoral committees.

Beth Helm, MS, PNP, CPNP, clinical instructor, Department of Family and Community Health, retired in June. Helm is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner, who practiced for many years at the UM Pediatric Ambulatory Center. She taught undergraduate pediatrics and community/public health clinicals, as well as graduate pediatric nurse practitioner courses.

Claudia M. Smith, PhD, MPH, RN-BC, assistant professor, Department of and Community Health, retired on August 31, after 40 years as a community/public health nursing educator. She taught in the BSN and CNL programs and in the Community/Public Health master’s specialty. Dr. Smith recently signed a contract with Elsevier for the 5th edition of the textbook she co-authored: Mauerer, F. & Smith, C. Community/Public Health Nursing: Health for Families and Populations.

Dr. Claudia Smith was honored by the Department of Family and Community Health

Carolyn Yocom, PhD, RN, FAAN, former chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH), retired in July. She came to UMSON in 2006 from Rutgers University School of Nursing, where she served as assistant dean for research and grants. Under Dr. Yocom’s leadership, OSAH grew in external funding, scholarship, and number of faculty members.

New hires:

Veronica Amos, PhD, CRNP, PHCNS-BC, joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as an assistant professor and assistant director of the Nurse Anesthesia master’s specialty. She holds a PhD from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, two master’s degrees and a BSN from UMSON, and a BS from the State University of New York. Dr. Amos most recently served as a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Southern Maryland Hospital.

Laura Bell, MA, joined the Department of Family and Community Health as chief administrator. She comes to UMSON from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, where she served as manager of the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development (K12 Scholars) and Clinical Research Curriculum Award (K30) Programs. She also has an extensive background in non-profit human service work, including direct and non-direct services.  Bell holds an MA from Chatham University and a BA from Carlow University, both located in Pittsburgh. She is currently enrolled in a second master’s program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Mikki Coleman, BA, joined the Office of Student and Academic Services as office clerk II. She holds a BA from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Coleman most recently served as an office manager for American Income Life – Gurney Agency.

Mary Fey, MS, RN, was named director of the UMSON clinical simulation laboratories. She comes to UMSON from the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) where she was the coordinator of simulation and taught adult health nursing. At CSM, Fey was responsible for all activities in the nursing simulation laboratories at three campus locations.

Ann Hoffman, MS, MAdE, BSN, joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as a clinical instructor at the Universities at Shady Grove. She holds an MS from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, an MAdE from the University of Southern Maine, and a BSN from the University of New Hampshire. She most recently worked as a pediatric nurse at Bethesda Pediatrics in Potomac, Md.

Jennifer Klinedinst, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN, joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as an assistant professor. She holds a PhD from Emory University, an MSN from Thomas Jefferson University, an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health, and a BSN from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University School of Medicine. Dr. Kliendinst most recently worked as a clinical assistant professor at the Georgia State University Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing.

Marchelle Payne-Gassaway, MS, joined the Office of Student and Academic Affairs as associate director of admissions. She comes to UMSON from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), where she most recently served as an assistant in the Office of the Registrar. Prior to that position, she served as assistant dean in the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at UMCP.

Elsie Quartson joined the Office of Administrative Services as an administrative assistant II. She is currently an undergraduate student at the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business. Quartson most recently worked as an administrative coordinator at the Johns Hopkins Cancer Research Oncology Division.

Abagail Quish, BS, joined the Department of Family and Community Health as a research project coordinator. She holds a BS in psychology from the University of Massachusetts and most recently served as a clinical research coordinator in the Departments of Interventional/Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Kristen Rawlett, MSN, joined the Department of Family and Community Health as a clinical instructor. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a practice at West Cecil Health Center. Rawlett, a student in UMSON’s PhD program, served as a full-time visiting instructor at Towson University for several years.

Valerie Rogers, PhD, CRNP-P, CPNP-PC, joined the Department of Family and Community Health as an assistant professor. Dr. Rogers, who recently completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, holds both a PhD and MS from UMSON and a BSN from Michigan State University.   

LuAnn Seipp, CPA, MBA, joined the Office of Administrative Services as an accounting manager. She holds an MBA from the University of Baltimore and most recently served as an accounting manager in the Division of Cardiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Qingyuan Yang MD, PhD, joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as a laboratory research specialist. He holds an MD from Norman Bethune University of Medicine, Changchun, China, and a PhD from the 4th Military Medical University Program in Clinical Medicine, Xi’an, China. Dr. Yang most recently served as a research associate at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Radiation Oncology/Cancer Center.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, assistant professor, and Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, co-authored the following publication:

Geiger-Brown, J., & Lipscomb, J. (2011). The health care work environment and adverse health and safety consequences for nurses. Annual Review of Nursing Research, Nursing Workforce Issues, Vol. 28, 191-231.

Marian Grant, DNP, RN, CRNP, assistant professor, co-authored the following article:

Cordts, G.A., Grant, M.S., Brandt, L.E., Mears, S.C. (2011) A Qualitative and Quantitative Needs Assessment of Pain Management for Hospitalized Orthopedic Patients. Orthopedics, 34(8) 368.

Marian Grant, DNP, RN, CRNP, assistant professor, and Debra Weigand, PhD, RN, FAAN, assistant professor, co-authored the following publication:

Grant, M.S., Wiegand, Debra L. (2011). Palliative Care Online: A Pilot Study on a Pancreatic Cancer Website. Journal of Palliative Medicine; 14(6): 846-851.

Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP, BC-ADM, FAANP, assistant dean for the master’s and DNP programs, co-authored the following publication:

Ngatena, I. & Kapustin, J. (2011). Preventing type 2 diabetes: what really works?  Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 7(7): 550-560

Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP, BC-ADM, FAANP, assistant dean for the master’s and DNP programs gave the following presentations:

Kapustin, J. (2011). Initiating insulin: why is it so intimidating? Oral presentation, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, Las Vegas, Nev.

Kapustin, J. (2011). Oral agents for diabetes: so many choices!” Oral presentation, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, Las Vegas, Nev.

Kapustin, K. (2011). Gestational diabetes: it’s not just a temporary condition.  Oral presentation, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, Las Vegas, Nev.

Kapustin, J. (2011). Microvascular complications of type 2 diabetes: review of evidence. Research presentation, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, Las Vegas, Nev. (abstract award).

Bea Himmelwright-Lamm, EdD, RN, clinical instructor, Universities at Shady Grove (USG), successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, “Examining Nursing Schools’ Strategies for Recruitment and Retention of Nursing Faculty: An Exploratory Study,” at West Virginia University in July. She received a Doctor of Education degree.

Shannon McClellan, Esq., MBA, special assistant to the dean, was selected by the Maryland State Bar Association to co-chair the Special Committee on Citizen Law-Related Education. The committee promotes law-related education in Maryland schools to teach students about the law and presents the statewide High School Mock Trial competition, in which more than 42,000 students have competed.

LTC (U.S. Army Reserves Nurse Corps) Jacqueline C. Mitchell, MS, CRNA, director of clinical education, nurse anesthesia master’s specialty, graduated from the Command and General Staff College, Intermediate Level Education Course, and was promoted to Assistant Chief Nurse of the 4th Combat Support Hospital. She is assigned to the 48th Combat Support Hospital at Ft. Meade, Md.

LTC Mitchell receives her diploma from Brig. Gen. James T. Williams, Deputy Commanding General-Operations, 8th Training Command (TASS)

Kathryn Lothschuetz Montgomery, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, associate dean for strategic partnerships and initiatives, had the following publication:

Montgomery, K. L. (2011). Leadership redefined: Educating the doctorate of nursing practice nurse leader through innovation. Nursing Administration Quarterly. 35, No. 3, pp. 248–251.

Kathryn Lothschuetz Montgomery, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, is a member of the Maryland Multi-payer Learning Collaborative: Patient Centered Medical Home Steering and Leadership Committee with the University of Maryland School of Medicine Family and Community Health Department and the Johns Hopkins Family Medicine partnership.

Lynn Oswald, PhD, RN, professor, made the following presentations:

L.M. Oswald, D.F. Wong, G.S. Wand, S.J. Coates, H. Kuwabara. Associations between amphetamine-induced dopamine release and real-time impulsive responding. Poster presentation at the College of Problems on Drug Dependence 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Hollywood, Fla., June 2011.

S.J. Coates, H.H. Holcomb, J. West, L.M. Oswald. Individual differences in regional brain activation during a task involving potential monetary loss or gain are associated with striatal dopamine responses to amphetamine. Poster presentation at the College of Problems on Drug Dependence 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Hollywood, Fla., June 2011.

Pamela Shumate, MSN, RN, CCRN-CMC , clinical instructor, Universities at Shady Grove (USG) and Mary Pat Ulicny, MS, RN, clinical simulation lab coordinator, USG, made the following poster presentation: 

Shumate, P.L. & Ulicny, M.P. (2011). Promoting patient safety using a “speed simulation” lab experience. 10th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference, June 16-18, 2011, Orlando, Fla.

Claudia M. Smith, PhD, MPH, RN-BC, assistant professor, made the following presentation:

Smith, C. (2011). Envisioning the Future of Public Health Nursing. Nurse Leaders in Native Care Conference, Aug. 18, 2011, Albuquerue, N.M.

Mary Pat Ulicny, MS, RN, clinical simulation lab coordinator at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG); Pamela Shumate, MSN, RN, CCRN-CMC, clinical instructor, USG; and Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, assistant dean, USG, made the following presentation:

Ulicny, M.P., Shumate, P.L., Wiseman, R. Using an electronic health record in an introduction to professional nursing course. 10th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference, June 16-18, 2011, Orlando, Fla.

Christopher Ward, PhD, associate professor, has a patent pending on MyoTak™, a biologically based adhesive. With MyoTak, researchers have been able to use commercially available equipment, with slight modifications, to make contractile measurements in single intact cardiac and skeletal muscle cells. This exciting advance in basic muscle research will open new avenues for research into muscle disease. This discovery was recently recognized by IonOptix Inc., who secured a non-exclusive world-wide license for the  commercial sale of Myotak. IonOptix specializes in the sale of turn-key systems for studying the properties of single muscle cells, in particular, cardiomyocytes.

Student News

Students took time out from their busy schedules to enjoy some tasty treats at the Nursing Student Government Association's back-to-school ice cream social.

Contragulations to Smitha Israel, a BSN student at the Universities at Shady Grove, who received the Children's National Medical Center's 2011 Pediatric Nursing Scholarship Award.

Jansi Israel (Smitha's mother), Smitha Israel, and Denise Owens

Mark Your Calendar!

A reception celebrating the recently updated Living History Museum exhibits will be held in UMSON’s second floor lobby from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. There will be a short program at 3 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but reservations are required. RSVP to Debra Modlin at modlin@son.umaryland.edu or 410-706-7640.

Research Seminar - “Review: APRNs, Doctors Achieve Comparable Health Outcomes,” featuring Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC chair, UMSON Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH), and Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN, associate professor, OSAHnoon-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. UMSON Room 335. Free admission. RSVP to gwill005@son.umaryland.edu or 410-706-2619.

Maryland Summit on the Future of Nursing – All-day conference (in response to the IOM Report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health) to develop a strategic plan for implementing The Future of Nursing’s recommendations in Maryland – 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. UMSON, Room 140. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

Research Seminar - “Getting Started: Submitting to the IRB,” featuring Lynee Roane, BS, nurse coordinator, UMSON Office of Research – noon-1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10. UMSON, Room W-202. Free admission. RSVP to gwill005@son.umaryland.edu or 410-706-2619.

Millicent Geare Edmunds Lecture – “Evidence-based Practice: Empirical Outcomes vs. Urban Myths,” featuring guest speaker Julia Aucoin, DNS, RN-BC, CNE, nurse research scientist, Duke University Hospital. 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, UMSON, Room 140. Reception immediately following lecture. Free admission; registration required. To register, or for more information: http://nursing.umaryland.edu/edmunds.

Entry Into Practice Open House for BSN and MS (Clinical Nurse Leader) – 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, UMSON. Free admission; registration required. RSVP to openhouse@son.umaryland.edu or 410-706-0501.

Alumni News & Notes

Joy Chizobam Ahananou, MD, MBA, MS ’06, BSN ‘02, ACNP, has been appointed Special Assistant on State Affairs to the Minister of Power, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Alumni Council Announces New Members-at-Large

Congratulations to the following alumni who were elected to a two-year term (beginning July 1, 2011) as Alumni Council Members-at-Large: Hershaw N. Davis, BSN ’09; Winifred “Wini” S. Hayes, MS ’74, BSN ’71; Elizabeth “Liz” A. Krug, MS ’10; and Ruth Lee, DNP '10, MS ’04.

Alumni Reception Held in Colorado

Colorado area alumni enjoyed the opportunity to connect with fellow alumni and learn more about UMSON’s continued growth and accomplishments at a reception hosted by Dean Janet Allan on June 23 at the Red Lion Hotel in Denver.

Colorado Alumni Group

Luncheon Honors Museum Docents

Dean Janet Allan hosted a luncheon at UMSON on June 15 to thank the Living History Museum’s docents for their volunteer service. During the luncheon, Dan Caughey, MS, museum curator, presented, “Nursing During the Civil War.” 

Museum Docents

Alumni Appreciation Day Held at UMMC

Dean Janet Allan; Lisa Rowen, DNS, MS ’86, RN, FAAN, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), and Deborah Schofield, DNP ’09, MS ’95, BSN ’92, assistant professor, clinical program manager and lead nurse practitioner for specialty areas at UMMC, and president of the UMSON Alumni Council, hosted an alumni appreciation event on June 8 for UMSON alumni employed at UMMC. Refreshments were provided by Carmel McComiskey, DNP ’10, MS ’96, UMMC director of nurse practitioners, and UMSON Alumni Council Member-at-Large.

Nursing Informatics Alumni Reception Held During SINI

A reception for Nursing Informatics (NI) alumni was held at UMSON in July, in conjunction with the 21st Annual Summer Institute for Nursing Informatics (SINI). More than 30 alumni enjoyed the opportunity to network with fellow alumni and reminisce about their days at UMSON. During the event, Dr. Patricia Morton PhD ’89, MS ’79, associate dean for academic affairs, announced the $1 million bequest intention made by NI Professor Dr. Nancy Staggers, PhD ’92, MS ’84.

Nursing Informatics alumni at SINI reception.

Upcoming Events

Alumni Reception to be Held at GAPNA Conference

Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner alumni are invited to a complimentary reception Friday, Sept. 16, during the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association’s (GAPNA) 3oth Annual Conference. The event will be held from 6-7 p.m. in the Harding Room at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, D.C. Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with ANP/GNP faculty members and alumni. RSVP to Debra Modlin at alumni@son.umaryland.edu or 410-706-7640. 

D.C. Area Alumni Brunch Scheduled for September 25

A brunch for alumni in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area will be held Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). The event will be held from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in USG’s Building II, Potomac/Rockville Room, 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville, Md. We hope you will attend this special event and hear Dean Janet Allan’s update on exciting UMSON initiatives.  The cost is $25 per person (guests are welcome). RSVP by Sept. 16 at our secure online site http://nursing.umaryland.edu/alumnibrunch or by contacting Debra Modlin at alumni@son.umaryland.edu or 410-706-7640.

Save the Date!  Reunion 2012 – Saturday, April 28

If your 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 sikorski@son.umaryland.edu or 410-706-0674. For more information, visit the alumni web site at: http://nursing.umaryland.edu/alumni.

School of Nursing "In the News"

Subject: Improving the Physician/Nurse Dynamic
Source: NurseZone.com - Aug. 26
Summary: Can doctors and nurses learn to get along well enough to collaborate? According to writer Suzanne Gordon, nurses were traditionally socialized to be deferential, while doctors were socialized to be commanding. Gordon is a visiting professor at the School of Nursing and assistant adjunct professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing.
http://www.nursezone.com/Nursing-News-Events/more-news/Improving-the-PhysicianýNurse-Dynamic_37644.aspx

Subject: Lack of Sleep is Hurting Your Kids' Health
Source: USA Today Weekend - Aug. 5
Summary: Christine Calamaro, PhD, CRNP, an assistant professor and pediatric nurse practitioner at the School of Nursing who studies sleep in children, said, "Today, we have a society of children whose whole existence is so technology-oriented. And all of this is disturbing their sleep."

Subject: Salisbury University Expands Nursing Program Curricula
Source: The Daily Times - Aug. 5
Summary: Four Maryland campuses are partnering on a program to help nurses treat breast cancer patients. Salisbury University, Bowie State University, and Coppin State University join a School of Nursing-led initiative that is funded by the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
http://www.usaweekend.com/article/20110805/HOME01/308050003

Subject: 'Green' Movement Makes Hospitals Safer
Source: Occupational Health Management - Aug. 1
Summary: "Green teams are creating a remarkable opening," says Barbara Sattler, DrPH, RN, FAAN, professor at the School of Nursing. As hospitals join the sustainability movement, they are making the workplace safer for their own employees.

Subject: Surveys Find Widespread Violence Against Nurses and Other Hospital Caregivers
Source: Los Angeles Times - July 31
Summary: Hospitals sometimes blame employees for mishandling violence rather than reporting and investigating it, said Kathleen McPhaul, PhD, MPH, BSN, RN, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing who has written about hospital violence and believes it is rising.
http://www.latimes.com/news/la-me-hospital-violence-20110731,0,5146443,full.story

Subject: Review Finds APRNs May Outperform Physicians
Source: Nurse.com - July 30
Summary: Patients of advanced practice registered nurses have similar or better results in many outcome measurements compared with physicians and other health care teams without APRNs, according to a systematic review by Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, CNA, CNOR, associate professor at the School of Nursing, and co-authors, who published a new study in Nursing Economics.
http://news.nurse.com/article/20110728/AP02/307280026

Subject: Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program
Source: USDA.gov - July 5
Summary: The Maryland Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the School of Nursing and others, received $100,620 to increase the use of locally-produced sustainable proteins such as beef, pork, poultry, dairy, eggs, and seafood in Maryland health care facilities.
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=kyf_grants_ams2_content.html

Subject: UMMC's Rowen Wins Top Regional Nursing Award
Source: The Daily Record - July 1
Summary: Lisa Rowen, senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at University of Maryland Medical Center and associate professor at the School of Nursing, recently received the top award from Nursing Spectrum magazine for 'Advancing and Leading the Profession' in the Maryland/District of Columbia/Virginia region.
http://thedailyrecord.com/2011/07/01/ummcs-rowen-wins-top-regional-nursing-award/

Subject: More Aggressive, Practical Oral Drug Regimens Necessary for Type 2 Diabetes
Source: The Clinical Advisor - June 23
Summary: "We'd have to be living under a rock not to know that we have a huge epidemic of type 2 diabetes," said Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP, BC-ADM, professor at the School of Nursing.
http://www.clinicaladvisor.com/more-aggressive-practical-oral-drug-regimens-necessary-for-type-2-diabetes/article/205951/

Subject: Nurse-Led Team Receives Grant to Help Assisted Living Residents
Source: Advance for Nurses - June 20
Summary: A team of researchers at the University of Maryland recently received a $100,000 grant from the Leonard & Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation to further disseminate a project intended to change how care is provided to residents in assisted living. Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor at the School of Nursing, is quoted.
http://nursing.advanceweb.com/News/Regional-News/Baltimore-Nurse-Led-Team-Receives-Grant-to-Help-Assisted-Living-Residents.aspx

Subject: Local Health Service Gets Boost From Laurel Club
Source: gazette.com - June 9
Summary: The Woman's Club of Laurel has donated $10,000 to the Wellmobile program, a partnership between the state and private donors that is run through the School of Nursing. "It was uplifting," says Wellmobile Director Susan Antol, MS, RN, an assistant professor at the School. State budget cuts in 2009 had led to a 50 percent reduction in the program's funding.
http://www.somdnews.com/article/20110609/NEWS/706099769/1025/local-health-service-gets-boost-from-laurel-club&template=gazette

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