Clinical Nurse Leader Summit

University of Maryland School of Nursing
2021 Clinical Nurse Leader Poster Day

About the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Summit:

The CNL Summit is an opportunity for students to showcase their scholarly work in their final semester for faculty, staff, colleagues, and community partners. 

The CNL poster is the culmination of the CNL academic experience at UMSON, representing a synthesis of what students have learned across the program of study as they bring a systems analysis lens to real-world practice challenges and prepare to be change agents in the practice world.

Presenters, Poster Presentations, and Project Information

As we celebrate the scholarship of our most recent graduates, we also acknowledge the change agents who came before us and the nurse leaders who inspire and challenge us to be at the forefront of health care change. Student presentations are organized in groups to pay homage to this practice excellence.

Florence Guinness Blake: Pediatric Care and Outcomes

Florence Guinness Blake is a pioneer in the care of children. She was born in 1907 at the start of the new century and graduated from the Michael Reese Hospital School of Nursing in 1928, followed by an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in 1936. After teaching pediatric nursing in China for several years, she earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1941 and then assumed the leadership of the graduate program in advanced pediatric nursing at the University of Chicago. Blake’s 1954 book, "The Child, his Parents, and the Nurse," highlighted the then-revolutionary importance of the parent-child relationship and parental involvement in the medical care of their children.

Download Posters from the Florence Guinness-Blake Group


Poster Title

Faculty Reader

Allison Prichard

Management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome with the Eat, Sleep, Console Method

Taylor Jones-Swing, DNP, RN, CRNP-PC


Catherine Shank

Comparing Skin-to-Skin Care to Oral Sucrose for Pain Management in Preterm Neonates

Katie McElroy, PhD, RN

Caroline Yeakle

A Comparison of Swaddle Bathing and Conventional Bathing on Neonates’ Thermoregulation in the NICU

Tara Stoudt, MS, RN-NIC

Shani Barkhordarzah

The Impact of Rooming-in on Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Claire Bode, DNP, CRNP

Erin Parkinson

Virtual Reality Simulation to Reduce Pediatric MRI Anxiety

Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, MS


Ryan Ho

Comparing the Effectiveness of Virtual Reality and Biobehavioral Non-Pharmacologic Interventions on Venipuncture Induced Pain Among Children

Elizabeth “Betsy” Johnson, MSN, CPNP-PC


Nicole Clemente

Implementation of a Therapeutic Exercise Program for Children Post Cancer Treatment

Michele Michaels, PhD, CRNP


Mary Breckinridge: Women’s Health Care and Outcomes

Mary Breckinridge was born into a life of comfort and privilege in Tennessee in 1881, but she was witness to the impact of poverty and what limited care access could mean for birth outcomes. She turned to nursing in reaction to the early death of her own children to pneumonia and communicable diseases, graduating from the New York St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1910. She traveled in Europe after World War I and interacted with French and British midwives and thought that model of care could improve the lives of what was still a relatively rural country in America. She is credited with establishing the Frontier Nursing Service in the 1920s and is considered a pioneer in the American midwifery movement.

Download Posters from the Mary Breckinridge Group


Poster Title

Faculty Reader

Sidney Behling

Aspirin Dosing on Preeclampsia Prevention

Claire Bode, DNP, CRNP

Joy Okorfor

Clinical Implications of the Route of Postpartum Oxytocin Administration (Intravenous Infusion vs. Intramuscular Injection) on Preventing Postpartum Hemorrhage

Katie McElroy, PHD, RN

Brigit Ngaleu

For Pregnant Women, Does The Use of Tranexamic Acid in Addition to Oxytocin Have a Greater Effect in Reducing the Risk of Postpartum Hemorrhage Compared to The Use of Oxytocin Only During Childbirth?

Malissa da Graca, MS, RNC, FNP-C


Clio Chimento

There’s an App for That: Using mHealth to Improve Glycemic Control in Gestational Diabetes

Katie McElroy, PHD, RN

TiEla Harris

Low Molecular Weight Heparin Combined with Low Dose Aspirin to Prevent Recurrent Preeclampsia

Claire Bode, DNP, CRNP

Jocelyn Wagner

Physical Activity In Alleviating Postpartum Depression

Debra Scrandis PhD, FNP-BC, FPMHNP-BC

Faye Wattleton: Women’s Health Care and Outcomes 

Faye Wattleton was born in Missouri in 1943, receiving a BSN degree in nursing in 1964 in Columbus, Ohio. Her passion was for caring for children who were neglected, abused, and those born with addictions. She received her master’s degree from Columbia University in maternal and infant care in 1967 followed by certification in nurse-midwifery. Her experience working with pregnant women in poverty and caring for women with abortion complications shaped her work for the next several decades. She assumed a leadership role in the Visiting Nurses Association’s maternal and child health programs in the public health departments in Ohio. She opened several public health clinics solely devoted to improving birth outcomes, became an effective advocate for reproductive rights as well as civil rights for women, and soon led the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She remains active in women’s health and equity rights to this day. 

Download Posters from the Faye Wattleton Group


Poster Title 

Faculty Reader 

Jessica Valdez 

Promotoras for Cervical Cancer Awareness and Prevention in Hispanic Women 

Malissa da Graca MS, RNC, FNP-C 

Shannon Sumner 

Does Telephone-Based Breastfeeding Support Affect Breastfeeding Duration Rates in Mothers-Infants  

Katie McElroy PHD RN 

Tam-Elizabeth Ly 

Is Digital Breast Tomosynthesis a Better Primary Diagnostic Tool than Digital Mammograms Amongst Women with Dense Breasts? 

Malissa da Graca MS, RNC, FNP-C 

Ezra Molina 

Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Depression in Breast Cancer Patients 

Kristen Rawlett, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP 

LaBria Wingo 

Effects of School-Based Education & Provider Interventions on Adolescent HPV Vaccination Rates 

Malissa da Graca MS, RNC, FNP

Florence Nightingale: Education and Health Care Systems Outcomes

Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 in England. She became a social reformer pioneer in shaping the practice and image of nursing in Victorian England. She established a new model of nursing education that was more secular and data-focused. In many ways, she was the first informatician using data and statistics to drive health care reform. Her early work in improving health outcomes for soldiers during the Crimean war led to her seminal work, "Notes on Nursing, which makes the case for social justice, fresh air, hygiene, light, and nursing at the center of care that is just as relevant today.

Download Posters from the Florence Nightingale Group


Poster Title

Faculty Reader

Andrew Quinn

Increasing Hand Hygiene Compliance in the Operating Room Through Staff Education


Karmen Hice, MSN, RN

Mallory Perper

How a CNL can improve quality of end-of-life care through promoting earlier initiation of hospice for eligible patents: An evidence review


Allison Davis, PhD, RN

Devon Townend

Do Mentor Programs Increase Nursing Retention Among New

Graduate Nurses?

Sherrie Lessans, PhD, RN, CNL

Gelsey Jian

Improving Mental Health Outcomes in the Transgender Community by Increasing LGBT Competency Education in Nursing Schools


Sherrie Lessans, PhD, RN, CNL

Simonne Cruz

Mindfulness-Based Yoga Practice: An Intervention to Reduce Stress and Burnout Among Nurses

Stephanie Streb, DNP, MHS, RN, PHHNP-BC



Caitlyn Leonard

Pneumatic Tube Delivery System and Blood Specimen Hemolysis: A Review of Literature

Celeste Seger, PhD, RN

Hassan McLain

Effect of Emergency Department Take-home Naloxone and Training on Opioid Overdose Visits and Deaths

Katherine Fornili DNP, MPH, RN, CARN, FIAAN



Stefan Argo

The Effects of Early Warning Systems on Sepsis Mortality

Sherrie Lessans, PhD, RN, CNL

Dorothea Dix: Mental Health Care and Outcomes

Dorothea Dix was born in 1802 and was a second-career nurse. She spent 24 years as a schoolteacher and started her nursing career at the age of 39. Her passion was driven by what she witnessed teaching Sunday school in a House of Corrections in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was outraged at care conditions and toured extensively throughout American and Europe championing policy, the courts humane, and scientifically based mental health care.

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Poster Title

Faculty Reader

Delaney Muldoon

Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

for Patients with Anorexia Nervosa

Ciara Smith, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Emmanuel Nwaiwu

Effectiveness of Zero Suicide Model in reducing adolescent outpatient suicide rate

Stephanie Streb, DNP, MHS, RN, PHHNP-BC

Grace Parrish

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to Decrease Incidence of Generalized Anxiety Disorder Symptoms

Kristen Rawlett, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP


Mairead Paxton

Effects of exercise with Medication and/or therapy for adults with major depression

Debra Scrandis, PhD, FNP-BC, FPMHNP-BC

Julie Ruhe

Can the Implementation of Music Therapy Improve Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) for Patients with Alzheimer Disease Related Dementia (ADRD)?

Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP


Abby Gillum

Light Therapy Improves Sleep Disturbance in Patients with Dementia

Sherrie Lessans, PhD, RN, CNL

Jessica Brown

Implementing a Music Therapy Program for Alzheimer’s Care: A Comprehensive Team Approach

Sherrie Lessans, PhD, RN, CNL

Virginia Henderson: Chronic Health Care and Outcomes

Virginia Henderson, born in 1887, was an influential nurse, researcher, theorist, and author. She spent a great deal of her professional life defining what is unique about our discipline- she said we are “temporarily to be the consciousness for the unconscious, the leg for the amputee, the eyes for the newly blind, the knowledge and confidence for the new mother, and a voice for those too weak to speak.” She graduated from the U.S. Army School of Nursing in 1931 and completed a master’s degree in 1934 from Columbia University, beginning a lifetime of service in public health nursing. Her textbook, "The Principles and Practices of Nursing," served as one of the most influential and widely read textbooks in nursing education from 1939 until the late 1970s. Her influence was and is profound for generations of nurses.

Download Posters from the Virginia Henderson Group


Poster Title

Faculty Reader

Sarah Jones

Collaborative Care in the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN, FIAAN

Marina Gettas

The Role of Fitness Technology in Improving Exercise Adherence Among U.S. Adults Over 65 Years Old

 Megan Doede, PhD, RN

Edward Bempong

How Early Screenings for Colorectal Cancer Can Reduce the of Incidence/Deaths Related to Colorectal Cancer Among African American Men

Jacqueline Bateman, PhD, RN

Laura Courtright

Short-Course Probiotic Supplements Ineffective for Treatment of Functional Constipation in Community-Dwelling Adults

Sherrie Lessans, PhD, RN, CNL

Victoria Orsini

The Implementation of Telemedicine to Treat Chronic Wounds in Adults: A Review of Evidence

Tara Stoudt, MS, RNC-NIC

Allegra Estreet

Meditation Techniques for Managing Hypertension

Kelly Doran, PhD, RN

Luther Christman: Acute Health Care and Outcomes

Download Posters from the Luther Christman Group

Luther Christman started his professional life as a graduate of the Pennsylvania School of Nursing for Men in 1939. This after being denied admission to two different schools of nursing and the Army Nurse Corps during World War II, all because he was male. He went on to earn a master’s and doctorate in nursing and he became a thought leader in the practice of nursing visioning, the specialization of practice that lay ahead and emphasizing the critical role nurses can have at the beside. He twice served as chief nursing officer and dean, first at Vanderbilt and then Rush University, and he founded the American Assembly of Men in Nursing.


Poster Title

Faculty Reader

Chennel Chantiloupe

Evaluating the Efficacy of ICU Diaries on PICS

Hershaw Davis, MS, RN

Kingsley Babila

Effectiveness of Silicone Foam Dressing in the Prevention of Pressure Injury in Critically Ill Patients

Linda Cook, PhD, RN, CCNS, ACNP


Dominique Levin

The Use of Probiotics in Reducing
Ventilator Associated Pneumonia:
An Evidence Review

Hershaw Davis, MS RN

Danielle Logan

Target Temperature Management Usage in Improving the Outcome of Neurological Function in Post-Cardiac Arrest Patients with a Return of Spontaneous Circulation

 Tara Stoudt, MS, RN-NIC

Meredith McKissick

The Impact of Early HAPI Intervention/Prevention Methods Compared to the Standard of Care in Reducing HAPI Incidence: An Evidence Review

Michelle Spencer, DNP, RN

Matthew Butt

The Effect of Nurse Adherence and Patient Compliance to Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis on Patient Outcomes

Linda Cook, PhD, RN, CCNS, ACNP

Katelyn Pownell

Effect of Adjunct Relaxation Therapies on Pain Management in Postoperative Orthopedic Trauma Patients

Cynthia Renn, PhD, RN, FAAN


Dhruv Patel

Exercise Intervention Focused on Gait Ability and Balance Training for Fall Prevention

Tabitha Legambi, DNP, RN, CEN, CNE

Sarah Prenatt

Provider at Triage Reduces Door-to-Provider Time in the Emergency Department

Tabitha Legambi, DNP, RN, CEN, CNE