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For Immediate Release:
November 28, 2012

Contact: Kevin Nash

UMSON Alumni Council Announces New Membership for 2012-14

Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) Alumni Council has announced its new members for the 2012-2014 term. Terms for the newly elected members run through June 30, 2014.

Elizabeth Ness, MS, ‘93, headlines the group with her election as president of the council. Ness brings over 30 years of nursing experience, including six in management and 18 in oncology clinical trials research. She currently serves as a nurse consultant for education for the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

Other new members include Justin Dusza, MS, ’08; Joseph Kelly, MS ’85, BSN ’77; Joyce Parks, MS ’93, RN-BC, PMHCNS-BC; Greg Raymond, MS ’10, MBA, BSN ’05, RN; and Marion Burns Tuck,  MS ’80, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC. 

Dusza is a registered nurse at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, and has served in several capacities in emergency departments. Kelly, who is employed by Lockheed Martin as a clinical quality researcher, has 23 years of nursing experience in the U.S. Public Health Service and U.S. Army, specializing in oncology, medical, surgical, emergency, and orthopedic nursing. Parks, currently enrolled in UMSON’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, is certified as an adult psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) and practices in Johns Hopkins Hospital’s department of psychiatric nursing. Raymond, director of nursing and patient care services for clinical practice and professional development, neurosciences, and behavioral health services at the University of Maryland Medical Center, also holds a faculty associate appointment at UMSON. Burns, a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, is board certified in advanced nursing administration by the ANCC and has held various positions from staff nurse to roles in hospital administration.

Organized by the Class of 1895, UMSON’s Alumni Council is one of the oldest, continuously active nursing alumni associations in the nation. Anyone who has a diploma from UMSON is automatically a member of the alumni association.

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked eleventh nationally. Enrolling more than 1,700 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.

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