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Summer 2012

Welcome to the Summer 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). Have a fun and safe summer!

UMSON Celebrates Nurses Week

A new Nurses Week banner, hung on the façade of the School of Nursing building, helped kick-off Nurses Week activities Monday, May 7. Nurses Week pins were handed out to by Joan Davenport, PhD, RN, assistant professor; Janice Hoffman, PhD, RN, CCRN, assistant professor and assistant dean for the baccalaureate program; and Regina Twigg, DNP, RN, assistant professor. A Nurses Week breakfast for UMSON faculty, staff, and students was hosted by Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, FAAN, chief nursing officer and senior vice president at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Thanks to nurses everywhere for “Advocating, Leading, and Caring.”

Students Lindsey Buettner and Janelle Somerville receive Nurses Week pins from Dr. Janice Hoffman.

School of Nursing Graduates State’s Largest Class of Nurses

The School of Nursing graduated the largest class of nurses in the state Friday, May 18, at the 1st Mariner Arena. The graduating class of 2012 - 648 strong - included 282 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 333 Master of Science, 21 Doctor of Nursing Practice, and 12 PhD graduates.

Kathleen Buckley, PhD, RN, IBCLC, associate professor and chair of the UMSON Faculty Council, welcomed graduates, family members, faculty, and friends.

Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor, who will be retiring this year, provided many words of wisdom to the graduates in her Convocation address.

Later in the day, School of Nursing graduates participated in the University of Maryland, Baltimore Commencement ceremony at 1st Mariner Arena, where Freeman Hrabowski, III, PhD, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, delivered the Commencement address. Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, Valere Potter Professor of Nursing and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree at the Commencement ceremony.

DNP Graduates

Delirium Research Team Wins Nurses Week Award

The Delirium Research Team at the University of Maryland Medical Center's (UMMC) Shock Trauma Center received the UMMC Nursing Excellence in Research Award at their annual Nurses Week awards ceremony. Eight of the 9 team members are, or have been, affiliated with UMSON. They include Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing (TCCEN) master’s specialty grads Tiffany Blacklock, MS '07, ACNP; Paul Thurman, MS '07, CCNS; and Karen McQuillan, MS '86, BSN '81, CNS-BC. Also, Heesook Son, PhD '11; Sarah Hake, CNL grad; Jenny Merenda, MS '10, Health Services Leadership and Management/Master’s in Business Administration grad; Bre Wallizer, BSN, who was just admitted to the TCCEN program; and Kathryn VonRueden, MS, RN, CNS-BC, FCCM, associate professor in the TCCEN master’s specialty.

HSLM Nurse Support Program II Celebrates Graduation

Twenty-nine Health Services Leadership and Management (HSLM) Nurse Support Program II students celebrated the completion of their master’s degrees at a reception held May 15 at UMSON. The graduates represent three of the 10 hospitals partnering with UMSON – University of Maryland Medical Center, Franklin Square Hospital Center, and Anne Arundel Medical Center. The other hospital partners are Baltimore-Washington Medical Center, Dorchester General, Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland, Memorial Hospital at Easton, Mercy Medical Center, Northwest Hospital Center, and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. The goal of this strategic academic-service partnership is to recruit, enroll, and prepare nurses to complete MS degrees; assume roles as institutionally based clinical instructors and preceptors; and serve in leadership roles within these 10 acute-care Maryland hospitals.

NSP II Grads

Four Students Receive American Cancer Society Scholarships

All four students who submitted applications for American Cancer Society Graduate Scholarships in Cancer Nursing received awards in the amount of $20,000 each over two years (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2014). The winners of these highly competitive national scholarships are:

Caitlin Carlock, Health Services Leadership and Management specialty with education focus and Oncology Certificate; Erin Cronin, Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner specialty with Oncology Certificate; Laura Schoch, Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner specialty with Oncology Certificate; and Marie Swisher, Doctor of Nursing Practice program with an oncology focus in coursework and capstone project.

Faculty Kudos

On May 22, nurses from across the nation, including Robyn Gilden, PhD, RN, assistant professor; Katie Huffling, MS, RN, CNM, manager, health programs; and Ann Hoffman, MS, RN, clinical instructor, participated in a Stroller Brigade on Capitol Hill in support of the Safe Chemicals Act. After the Brigade, the nurses spoke with their respective Senators/staff. Several hours after the Maryland nurses met with Senator Cardin’s staff, he decided to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act.

Stroller Brigade

Congratulations to the following faculty members on their recent promotions: Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, and Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP, BC-ADM, FAANP, assistant dean for the master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs were promoted to the rank of professor. Kathryn Montgomery, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, associate dean for strategic partnerships and initiatives, was promoted to the rank of associate professor.

Robyn Gilden, PhD, RN, assistant professor; Barbara Sattler, DrPH, RN, FAAN, professor; Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor; and Kate McPhaul, PhD, MPH, RN, assistant professor, co‑authored the following article:

Gilden, R., Friedmann, E., Sattler, B., Squibb, K., and McPhaul, K. (2012). Potential health effects related to pesticide use on athletic fields. Public Health Nursing, 29(3): 198-207.

Marg Hammersla, MS, RN, CRNP, assistant professor, and Jane Kapustin, PhD, RN, professor and assistant dean for the master’s and DNP programs, co-authored the following article:

Hammersla, M. & Kapustin, J. (2012). Peripheral neuropathy: Evidence-based treatment of a complex disorder. The Nurse Practitioner, 37(5): 32-39.

Heesook Son, PhD ’11; Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor; and Sue Thomas, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and assistant dean for the PhD program, co-authored the following article:

Son, H., Friedmann, E., & Thomas, S.A. Application of pattern mixture models to address missing data in longitudinal data analysis using SPSS. Nursing Research, 61:195-203, 2012.

Bea Himmelwright-Lamm, EdD, RN, assistant professor, presented the following poster:

Raising Awareness About Breast Cancer Screening and Prevention for Uninsured and Underinsured Women 40 Years of Age and Over. Nursing Excellence Through Transformational Leadership and Innovation, Mercy Medical Center Division of Nursing EBP/Research Annual Conference, May 3, 2012, Baltimore, Md.

Bea Himmelwright-Lamm presents a poster

Jeffrey Johnson, PhD, professor, received the 2012 Master’s of Public Health (MPH) Outstanding Faculty Teacher/Mentor Award at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health awards ceremony May 17. The annual award is bestowed upon a faculty member – chosen by MPH students – who has a primary or secondary affiliation with the MPH program.

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

Kapustin, J. (2012). Uncomplicating insulin therapy: Strategies for initiation in patients with type 2 diabetes. Advance for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. 3(5): 20-27.

Patricia G. Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, presented the following workshop:

Publishing in Nursing Journals, American Association of Critical Care Nurses Annual Conference, Orlando, Fla., May 2012.

Dr. Morton and Kimmith Jones, DNP ’12, co-presented the following workshop:

Future of the DNP Degree, American Association of Critical Care Nurses Annual Conference, Orlando, Fla., May 2012.

Jennifer Saylor, PhD ’11, and Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor, were co-authors on the following article:

Saylor, J., Friedmann, E., & Lee, H-J (2012). Navigating complex samples analysis using national survey data. Nursing Research, 61:231-237.

Deborah Witt Sherman, PhD, CRNP, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FAAN, professor, co-authored the following publication:

Sherman, D.W. Rosedale, M., & Haber, J. (2012). Reclaiming life on one’s own terms: A grounded theory study of the process of breast cancer survivorship. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39(3), E258-268.

She also presented this topic as a paper at the Southern Nursing Research Conference in February 2012 and the Eastern Nurses Research Conference in March 2012.

Dr. Sherman presented Best Practices in Palliative Care at the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Alumni Reunion, held April 28, 2012, in Baltimore, Md.

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, co-authored the following publication:

Gibson, B., Staggers, N., Marcus, R.L., Samore, M., Jones, J., Weir C. (in press). Efficacy of a computerized simulation in promoting walking in individuals with diabetes. Journal of Medical Internet Research., e-pub May 10, 2012.

Dr. Staggers gave the following presentation:

Nurses' Day Keynote, The Gift of a Great Handoff, Riverside Health System, May 9, 2012, Gloucester, Va.

Deborah Wiegand, PhD, RN, FAAN, assistant professor, gave the following presentations:

Care of the Imminently Dying Patient, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ National Teaching Institute Conference, May 22, 2012, Orlando, Fla.

Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapy: Family Experiences, American Association of Critical‑Care Nurses’ National Teaching Institute Conference, May 23, 2012, Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Wiegand and Deborah McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, co-presented a research poster:

Wilson, T., Pannullo, D., Wiegand, D.L., Russo, M.M., Kaiser, K., & McGuire, D. Assessing Acute Pain in Critically Ill Patients Unable to Communicate. American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ Teaching Institute, May 2012, Orlando, Fla.

Staff Kudos

Staff of the Quarter Award Winners Announced

Dean Janet Allan presented the Staff of the Quarter Awards for the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 at the May 24 Faculty/Staff Assembly. Nancy McDowell, program administrative specialist in the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives, was the winner for the fourth quarter of 2011, and Anne Brenner, BA, coordinator, Office of Global Health, was the winner for the first quarter of 2012. Other nominees included Wendy Bridges, Lynn Chouinard-Rogers, Stacey Conrad, Nancy Budd Culpepper, Donna Cucina, Stephanie Foster, Jana Goodson, Cassia Gordon, Lori Harris, Sonia Smith, Dessy Sobowale, and Jeremy Stump.

Dean Janet Allan presents Nancy McDowell with Staff of the Quarter award.

Anne Brenner receives Staff of the Quarter award from Dean Janet Allan.

Jennifer Hayes-Klosteridis, MS, director, Student Success Center (SSC), and Neruh Ramirez, MA, co-director, SSC, co-presented the following poster:

Hayes-Klosteridis, J.A., & Ramirez, N. (2012). Perceptions of Effectiveness of Guided Study Sessions at a Large East Coast Nursing School. International Conference on Supplemental Instruction, San Diego, Calif.

Under the leadership of Victor Peguero, MA, research administrator, the Community Services Mentors Work Group for CLUB UMB attracted a record number of volunteers. CLUB UMB is a youth mentoring and leadership program for elementary and middle school students in West Baltimore.

Alumni News & Notes

UMSON Mourns the Passing of Elizabeth Scanlan Trump

It is with great sadness that we report the passing (on June 6) of Elizabeth Scanlan Trump, MS ’60, a pioneer in trauma/critical care nursing, who is considered the “mother of critical care.” She worked side-by-side with Dr. R Adams Cowley as the first director of nursing at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and was considered his partner, collaborator, and friend. Dr. Cowley referred to Elizabeth as the "force behind the vision"--he had the ideas and she made them happen.

Elizabeth’s leadership in developing and recruiting talented nurses led to a highly skilled nursing team that partnered with physicians to gain world class success with trauma patients. She believed that education was the key to success and thus created the nursing component of the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems. This initiative led to the statewide networking of teaching trauma care to both nurses and EMS providers. Elizabeth will be sorely missed, but her legacy will live on.

Roxanne Mirbel Beltran, MS ’12, was admitted to the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's doctoral program for the fall 2012 semester. Roxanne was awarded the C. Sylvia and Eddie C. Brown Community Health Scholarship, which provides tuition for two years, a stipend for five years, a one-time monetary research award for a community health project during the program, matriculation fee, and individual health insurance for up to five years. In addition, the department will fund years three through five of her program so she will receive full tuition for the duration of her doctoral program.

Helen K. Hughes, BSN ’02, RN, CCRN, is currently a Clinical Nurse III in the Intensive Care Unit at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., where she serves as an enthusiastic preceptor/mentor for new and graduate nurses, encouraging them to continue their professional development. Helen served on the Beacon Award Committee where she was instrumental in Suburban’s successful application process—raising awareness of the benefits of the Beacon distinction and encouraging peers to achieve their certification.

Helen has been a presenter on the Critical Care Consortium’s topic, “Nursing Pioneers and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Synergy Model” and has participated in the Greater Washington Area Chapter’s (GWAC) Board of Director presentation on the importance of membership to professional organizations.

She has been a member of AACN since 2006, an active member of the GWAC since 2007, and currently serves as president of this chapter. She is also a member of GWAC’s “Spotlight on Critical Care” Conference planning committee.

Following her tour as a U.S. Navy nurse, Alice L. O’Keefe Demarais, BSN ’72, worked at Georgetown University Hospital and then joined the U.S. Army. She retired from the Army in 2002. Her last assignment was Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Activity and Reynolds Army Community Hospital, Fort Sill, Okla. She moved to Arizona and worked for TriWest Healthcare Alliance until 2010 and is now retired. She met her husband, Chip, in the Army in 1981. They have one son, Richard, who is married and also serves in the U.S. Army.

Marla Oros, MS, BSN ’84, received the Vision Award for Excellence in Health Planning from the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Community Health Planning and Policy Development (CHPPD) Section at the APHA’s annual meeting in May. Marla was recognized for her 28 years of significant contributions to the field of public health and her commitment to reducing health disparities by increasing access to health care services for marginalized and hard‑to‑reach populations.

Leadership Donor Reception Held May 23

Leadership donors and members of the Louisa Parsons Legacy Society were honored at a reception, held May 23 at UMSON. Sherri Bauman, a John Whitehurst Scholarship recipient and current Clinical Nurse Leader master’s student, talked about her goal of becoming a transplant nurse coordinator after a successful 18-year career as a sonographer. She expressed her gratitude for the generous support of UMSON donors and acknowledged their vital role in making it possible for her to continue her nursing education. Leadership donors are those who have given $500 or more to UMSON since July 1, 2010. The Louisa Parsons Legacy Society is comprised of alumni and friends who have included UMSON in their estate plans.

Leadership Donor Reception

New Grads Receive Pizza and Encouragement at NCLEX Review

Dean Janet Allan and Janice Hoffman PhD ’06, RN, CCRN, assistant dean for the baccalaureate program, donned their aprons and served pizza to many of the 2012 graduates attending a three-day NCLEX review course at UMSON in May. Chris Shippen, MS ’98, BSN ’73, Alumni Council member-at-large, also volunteered her services and took the opportunity tocongratulate UMSON’s newest alumni. The lunch, sponsored by the UMSON Alumni Association, provided a welcome break from the rigorous exam prep.

NCLEX Pizza Party

Upcoming Alumni Events

Informatics Alumni Luncheon – Thursday, July 19

(in conjunction with the Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics July 18-20, 2012)

Nursing Informatics alumni who are attending the 22nd Annual Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics at UMSON are invited to a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 19, in the Virginia Lee Franklin Faculty/Staff Lounge, UMSON, 7th floor. RSVP at or call 410-706-0674.

Trauma/Critical Care 30th Anniversary Celebration Slated for Friday, November 2

Save the date and plan to attend the 30th Anniversary Celebration of UMSON’s Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing master’s specialty Friday, November 2. For more information, visit or contact Cynthia Sikorski, 410-706-0674, or

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 Saturday, April 27. If you would like to volunteer as a Class Representative, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, or 410-706-0674. For more information, visit

Mark Your Calendar!

22nd Annual Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics, “National and Global Priorities in Informatics and Health Care,” – July 16-17 (Preconference Tutorials); July 18-20 (Conference). For more information, visit:

School of Nursing in the News

Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor, has been appointed associate dean for research.,0,2073198.ugcphotogallery

Dean Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, delivered the keynote address on the future of nursing at the VA Maryland Health Care System’s Awards for Excellence.

Studies by the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the University of California, Irvine, showed that SAM-e (S adenosylmethionine) was as effective in easing osteoarthritis aches.

David Glenn, a student at University of Maryland School of Nursing who blogs at Notes on Nursing, is referenced in a story about recent nursing graduates having trouble finding jobs.

Suzanne Sherwood, MS, RN, assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, will speak on June 14 at the Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Council of Frederick County on recognizing physical signs of abuse, trauma and neglect.

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