Welcome to the September 2009 issue of School of Nursing News, an electronic newsletter designed to inform, engage, inspire, and connect with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other constituents of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON).
In September 1925, UMSON introduced a five-year program leading to a joint Bachelor of Science and Diploma in Nursing. Under the plan, students took two years of arts and sciences courses at the University of Maryland, College Park, and then spent three years at the School of Nursing. This was an important step in raising academic standards, but the program was not very popular with students. The first class graduated in 1934.
Dean Janet Allan and Hershaw Davis Jr., a Bachelor of Science in Nursing student, were among the 120 participants in President Obama’s nationally televised town hall meeting on health care reform held last June at the White House. Davis had an opportunity to ask the President a question during the forum. "Our patient load is increasing due to patients not having a source of primary care," stated Davis. "And, I want to ask, what’s the administration going to do to place primary care providers—physicians and nurse practitioners—back in the community so the ER is not America’s source of primary care?" Davis said he was humbled by the opportunity to represent his profession and the state of Maryland in addressing the President on such an important issue as health care reform. Dean Allan remarked that it was a tremendous honor to be part of the audience.
Later in the summer, Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, assistant dean for the School of Nursing’s program at the Universities of Shady Grove, was chosen by the American Nurses Association to represent nurses at President Obama’s press conference on health care reform held in the White House Rose Garden.
Sandra Millon Underwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, an internationally known breast cancer researcher and scientist, will be joining the School of Nursing as the Komen Visiting Professor October 26-30, 2009. During this time, Dr. Underwood will be available for classroom presentations, consultations, and meetings with community groups. She is committed to developing strategies and interventions aimed toward improving the access of minority, economically disadvantaged, and medically underserved populations to state-of-the-art breast cancer detection and control programs. If you would like Dr. Underwood to present to one of your classes or community groups, contact Abby Plusen at Plusen@son.umaryland.edu or 410-706-4233.
The 2009 Komen Maryland Race for the Cure is being held Sunday, Oct. 18, in Hunt Valley, Md. Join the University of Maryland School of Nursing team as we race towards a cure for breast cancer. You can sign-up by visiting www.komenmd.org, and clicking on “Race Registration” and then on “Join a Team.” Questions can be directed to Abby Plusen, team captain, at Plusen@son.umaryland.edu or 410-706-4233.
Is informatics at the point of care a barrier or a bridge to safe, evidence-based, personalized care? Conference participants explored this issue at the School of Nursing’s 19th annual Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (SINI), held at the School July 22-25. More than 500 people from across the U.S. and around the world attended the conference in person or via Web streaming.
The keynote address, “Informatics as a Bridge to Knowledge at the Bedside,” was delivered by James J. Cimino, MD, FACMI, chief, Laboratory for Informatics Development, National Institutes of Health. Cimino addressed the needs of clinicians for knowledge and information at the moment of making clinical decisions to carry out evidence-based best practices.
Dean Janet Allan recently announced the Staff of the Quarter awards for the fourth quarter of 2008 and the first and second quarters of 2009. Kevin So, MS, instructional designer, Instructional and Learning Technologies, was the honoree for the fourth quarter of 2008; Charlotte Weber, project management specialist, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, received the award for the first quarter of 2009; and Jana Stokes, human resources specialist, Office of Administrative Service, received the award for the second quarter of 2009. In addition to framed certificates and canvas bags filled with School of Nursing spirit wear, awardees received Dr. Margaret G. Tyson Dean’s Fund for Excellence Awards in the amount of $250 to be used for professional development.
Brenda Afzal, MS, RN, project manager, Department of Family and Community Health, has been elected as a Governing Councilor for the Environment Section of the American Public Health Association.
Linda Flynn, PhD, RN, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Health, co-authored the following publication:
Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor, Department of Family and Community Health, delivered the following presentations:
Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, received the 2009 Mentor Award for Interdisciplinary Research Group for Nursing Issues, which is a special interest group of AcademyHealth. Johantgen received the award last summer at AcademyHealth’s annual research conference, where she was acknowledged as a role model and mentor in health services research.
Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP, BC-ADM, FAANP, assistant dean for master’s studies and associate professor, and Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, FAANP, assistant dean for the School of Nursing’s program at the Universities at Shady Grove, completed the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Fellowship in the Leadership for Academic Nursing Program held recently in Kansas City.
Naomi “Bea” Lamm, EdD(c), RN, clinical instructor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, received the first Area Health Education Center Nursing Caucus in June.
Mary Etta Mills, ScD, RN, CNAA, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, co-authored the following publications:
Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, CNAA, BC, CNOR, associate professor and assistant dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, has two new publications as follows:
Lyn Oswald, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, was the keynote speaker at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing’s 2009 Commencement ceremonies held last spring. The title of her address was "Concordance. "
Norma Rawlings, MS, RN, CRNP, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, retired from the UMSON faculty after 41 years of service. She is a practicing women’s health nurse practitioner who served as an extraordinary faculty member— teacher, committee member, and advisor and mentor to thousands of nursing students.
Shannon Reedy, MS, CRNP, CCRN, clinical instructor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, co-authored the following publication:
Reedy, S. and Kutten, J. Are you tuned in to your deaf patients? The Nurse Practitioner, August 2009.
Susan Antol, MS, RN, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, has been named director of the Governor’s Wellmobile Program, a program that was severely reduced last summer due to state budget cuts. As the program’s new director, Antol plans to find creative ways to rebuild the program to its former level and beyond. She joined the UMSON faculty in 1998 and is currently completing her PhD at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Marjorie Fass, MA, has been named Assistant Dean for the Office of Student and Academic Services, after serving in that role on an interim basis for six months. Fass has more than 25 years experience in admissions and recruitment in schools of nursing, and previously served as senior associate director of admissions and student services at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
Christina Calamaro, PhD, CRNP, assistant professor; Clara Connor, MS, CRNP-PMH, BC, clinical instructor; and Anjana Solaiman, MS, RNC, IBCLC, clinical instructor, Shady Grove.
Jocelyn Farrar, DNP ’08, MS ’87, BSN ’74, ACNP, CCRN, assistant professor; Lola Massoglia, MSN, RN, clinical instructor and assistant director, clinical simulation labs; Mary Jess Regan, PhD, assistant professor; Suzanne Sherwood, MS ’93, BSN ’87, RN, assistant professor; Mary Frances Valle, MS, CRNP, clinical instructor; Kelley Wilson, MSN, RN, clinical instructor; and Margaret Watt, MSN, CRNP, SANE-A, clinical instructor.
Irene Amoros, coordinator, Office of Development and Alumni Relations; Stephanie Coates, research assistant; Department of Family and Community Health; Dawn Flair, coordinator, Office of Administrative Services; Betty Goff, academic program specialist; Saithong Lee, accountant, Office of Research; Walter Malecki, director of finance; Kevin Nies, associate director of admissions; Steven Pease, director of contracts and grants, Office of Research; Stephen Peterson, research project coordinator, Department of Family and Community Health; Peter Rhee, laboratory assistant, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health; and Diane Whiteley, coordinator for academic affairs.
Susan G. Dorsey, PhD '01, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, received UMSON’s first P30 grant, a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Nursing Research, to develop a Center for Pain Studies to conduct translational research on cancer treatment-related pain, including peripheral neuropathy and oral mucositis. The Center, spearheaded by UMSON, is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Schools of Nursing and Medicine, the Dental School, and the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.
Lou Heindel, DNP, CRNA, assistant professor and director of the UMSON nurse anesthesia specialty, received a three-year, $1,092,511 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to further strengthen the UMSON nurse anesthesia graduate specialty. This project will expand and stabilize the state’s only nurse anesthesia specialty and assure that graduates have adequate knowledge and skills with emphasis on cultural competency and sensitivity to provide care to medically underserved populations.
Mary Etta Mills, ScD, RN, FAAN, professor, and Linda Hickman, PhD, RN, FACHE, assistant professor, along with Joan Warren, PhD, RN, BC, director, office of professional practice and leadership development at Franklin Square Hospital Center, received a five-year, $1,948,042 grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission for “Extended Master’s Preparation of Staff Nurses to Expand Clinical Capacity” in six hospitals.
Barbara Sattler, DrPH, RN, FAAN, professor and director of the Environmental Health Education Center, received her second grant in the amount of $350,000 from the Kendeda Fund, to help fund efforts in Environmental Health and Nursing. This work supports the implementation of the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations to integrate environmental health into nursing education, practice, research, and polity/advocacy.
Sue Thomas, PhD, RN, FAAN, received a three-year, $894,098 grant from the U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN), the second GAANN grant received by UMSON. Funds from the grant pay for tuition, fees, and health insurance, plus a stipend, for fellows in the School’s PhD program. To date, the project has funded 11 UMSON fellows.
Doctoral student D. Paxson Barker, BS, RN, has been elected to serve in a leadership role for the American Public Health Association’s Occupational and Safety Section.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing students Priscilla Boateng and Myuiwa Okeyode were among the seven recipients of scholarships from the MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Foundation for the 2009-2010 academic year. Students must demonstrate scholarship, compassion, and potential for success in the practice of nursing to be considered for the awards.
RADM Kerry Nesseler, a Doctor of Nursing Practice student, has been named chief nurse officer, United States Public Health Service, effective Nov. 1, 2009. She succeeds RADM Carol A. Romano, PhD ’93, MS ’85, BSN ’77, RN, BC, NEA, FAAN.
Caterina E.M. Lasome, PhD '08, MBA, RN, CPHIMS, a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, retired after 23 years of military service. She accepted a position as Chief Operating Officer at the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology.
Lois H. Neuman, PhD, BSN '63, co-authored the following article: Neuman, L.H., Pardue, K.T., Grady, J. L., Gray, M.T., Hobbins, B., Edelstein, J., Herrman, J.W. (2009). What does an innovative teaching assignment strategy mean to nursing students? Nursing Education Research, 30(3), 159-164.
Kathleen Deska Pagana, PhD, BSN '74, RN, had an article, "The Nurse’s Etiquette Advantage: How Professional Etiquette Can Advance Your Nursing Career," published by Sigma Theta Tau International. She is the author of more than 75 articles and 22 books, including the best-selling Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference (9th ed.) and Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests (3rd ed.). Pagana is a national keynote speaker and a Professor Emeritus at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania.
After an extensive career in neurological nursing, Barbara Frassa Smith, MS '61, BSN '60, graduated from the University of Georgia Law School in 1988 and entered the field of criminal prosecution. She worked her way up to Chief Assistant District Attorney in Augusta, Georgia, where she later received the state’s Assistant District Attorney of the Year. Smith began her career with prosecutions of narcotics and violent crimes, and was ultimately responsible for capital murder prosecutions. She later joined her daughter’s law practice, where she continues to practice today.
Nurses can now earn one nursing contact hour and learn about the history of the School of Nursing at the same time! To receive the one nursing contact hour for your museum experience *, you must verify your attendance and complete a questionnaire and evaluation following your museum visit. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Wednesday during the academic semesters. For more information, contact Jennifer Ruffner, 410-706-2822, to arrange a time to visit. An administrative fee of $30 applies.
*The University of Maryland School of Nursing Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
PhD Program 30th Anniversary Celebration – Oct. 1-2. Featured speakers: Patricia Grady, PhD, MS '68, RN, FAAN, director, National Institute of Nursing Research, and Elizabeth R. Lenz, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean, College of Nursing, Ohio State University. For more information, call 410-706-0674 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Millicent Geare Edmunds Lecture: "Health Care Reform: What Really Needs to Happen?" Thursday, Oct. 8 – Lecture: 4-5:30 p.m.; reception immediately following – UMSON. Featured speaker: Marla Oros, MS, RN, president, Mosaic Group, and former School of Nursing associate dean. For more information, visit nursing.umaryland.edu/events or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Nursing Administration Research Conference: "Research into Practice: Building the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Vision from Today’s Challenges." Wednesday-Friday, Oct.14-16; Preconference: October 14 – UMSON. Keynote speaker: Colleen Goode, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor, University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing. Discounted registration available for UMSON students, faculty, and alumni. For more information, visit nursing.umaryland.edu/events or e-mail email@example.com.
"Environmental Excellence in Health Care: Greening Maryland Hospitals." Friday, Nov. 6 – 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. – UMSON. Featuring Kathy Gerwig, MBA, vice president and Workplace Safety and Environmental Stewardship officer, Kaiser Permanente. Fee: $55. For more information, visit nursing.umaryland.edu/events or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dean’s Distinguished Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture: "Nickel and Dimed: On 'Not' Getting by in America," Thursday, Nov. 12 – 4-5:30 p.m.; reception and book signing immediately following – UMSON. Featuring renowned author and journalist Barbara Ehrenreich. Free admission. or more information, visit nursing.umaryland.edu/events or e-mail email@example.com.
"Better Practice Environments—More Evidenced-based Smoking Cessation Counseling," Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, CNAA, BC, CNOR, associate professor and assistant dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and Yulan Liang, PhD, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health – noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 –UMSON, Room 732. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call 410-706-2619 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Expanding and Strengthening Nursing Science in Breast Cancer: Identifying and Responding to Unmet Needs, Gaps, and Missed/Unrealized Opportunities," Sandra Millon Underwood, PhD, Komen visiting professor – noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 – UMSON (Room TBD).
There are still a few slots left for research seminar presentations. Faculty members who are interested in presenting should contact Glendora Williams, Office of Research, 410-706-2619 or email@example.com.
SUBJECT: Nursing Programs & Colleges Address Critical Shortages
SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun education supplement - Sept. 13
SUMMARY: At the University of Maryland School of Nursing, total enrollment in the school’s nurse practitioner programs has literally doubled in the past five years. Nurse practitioners, many of whom work for physicians, are stepping up to the plate and performing admirably in a variety of specialties and settings, says Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP, RN, assistant dean for master's studies and associate professor at the School.
SUBJECT: IT Systems Help Facilities Achieve Magnet Recognition
SOURCE: Nurse.com - Sept. 7
SUMMARY: The new Magnet model encompasses transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, and new knowledge. "Informatics sits in every one of them," says Marisa Wilson, DNSc, RN, assistant professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, who teaches a course on how IT can transform health care and maintains clinical hours in acute care.
SUBJECT: Loneliness Will Hurt Your Heart
SOURCE: 24 Medica - Aug. 13
SUMMARY: People who experience interpersonal relationships as threatening may find the nonjudgmental nature of pets especially beneficial. "The nonjudgmental aspect of pets really provides support, more so than the support that would be provided by a person," says Erika Friedmann, PhD, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing who has studied the health benefits of pet ownership.
SUBJECT: Mobile Health Clinics Sidelined by Maryland Budget Cuts
SOURCE: SmartBrief - Aug. 11
SUMMARY: Maryland budget cuts have sidelined three of four mobile health clinics run by nurse practitioners and nurses who care for the poor and uninsured along the Lower Shore. The state Board of Public Works cut the program's budget in half, forcing the University of Maryland School of Nursing to scale back services. http://www.smartbrief.com/news/ana/storyDetails.jsp?issueid=74F59F01-C5EF-46B7-8636-FDAB1305E0B8©id=57F28164-8893-452F-8ADE-D59440C720C4
SUBJECT: Budget Cuts Sideline Wellmobile
SOURCE: DelMarVa Now.com - Aug. 11
SUMMARY: The "Wellmobile," a 33-foot-long RV equipped to function as a mobile health clinic, won't stop at its usual Lower Shore sites anytime soon. Quoted is Susan Antol, MS, RN, assistant professor and director of the Wellmobile program with the School of Nursing.
SUBJECT: Nurse Practitioners Pick Up the Slack
SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun - Aug. 9
SUMMARY: Nurse practitioners are increasingly helping deliver primary care amid a national shortage of family doctors. Their days may only get busier if congressional health care reform delivers what it promises. "It's very problematic to make massive health care reform without addressing this issue first," said Shannon Reedy, MS, CRNP, CCRN, who co-directs the adult/gerontological nurse practitioner program at the University of Maryland's School of Nursing.
SUBJECT: Health Care for Uninsured Cut
SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun - Aug. 6
SUMMARY: In all, the budget for the School of Nursing's Wellmobile will be cut in half. "We're going to work to design a program that fits within the budget constraints," said Wellmobile's director, Susan Antol, MS, RN, who's still not sure of all the changes.
SUBJECT: Unproven Remedies
SOURCE:The (Racine, Wis.) Journal - Times -Aug. 5
SUMMARY: Ten years ago the government set out to test herbal and other alternative health remedies to find the ones that work. After spending $2.5 billion, the disappointing answer seems to be that almost none of them do. "You expect scientific thinking" at a federal science agency, said R. Barker Bausell, PhD, author of "Snake Oil Science" and a research methods expert at the School of Nursing. "It's become politically correct to investigate nonsense."
SUBJECT: Wellmobile Cancels Calls
SOURCE: Cumberland Times-News- Aug. 2; Maryland Gazette - July 31
SUMMARY: The University of Maryland School of Nursing's decision to eliminate Wellmobile service in Allegany County will have a direct effect on approximately 1,700 of our residents who seek health care from it each year. "I think it's unfortunate and it's hard because these people are very, very committed to the communities they serve," said Kathryn Montgomery, PhD, RN, an associate dean of the School of Nursing.
SUBJECT: Wellmobile Sites to Close
SOURCE: WBAL-TV, Ch. 11, 11 a.m. - July 30; The Baltimore Business Journal - July 30; WNAV (via AP) - July 30; Examiner.com - July 30; WBAL Radio - July 30; The Cumberland Times - July 30; The Daily Record - July 30
SUMMARY: The University of Maryland School of Nursing said Thursday that state funding for the Wellmobile program has been cut in half for fiscal year 2010.The program has provided primary health care to uninsured and underinsured citizens across the state since 1994. Sites where closures will occur include Glen Burnie, Cumberland, and the Eastern Shore.
SUBJECT: Harford to Accelerate Nursing Studies
SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun - July 28
SUMMARY: The School of Nursing is mentioned in a story about Harford Community College, in partnership with Upper Chesapeake Health, establishing a pilot program to enable studies at its Bel Air campus in the Weekend and Evening Accelerated Nursing Program, which starts in May. Jane Kapustin, PhD, RN, CRNP, assistant dean of graduate programs at the School, is quoted.
SUBJECT: Best and Brightest: Desire to Help Others Set Baltimore Native on Path to Achievement
SOURCE: Diverse: Issues in Higher Education - July 17
SUMMARY: While finishing at the University of Maryland School of Nursing—where he was often the only African-American male in class—Edward Murray Jr. participated in several community service activities, including working in a community health clinic under the direction of his community health instructor. "It was my destiny to be a community health nurse," he says.
SUBJECT: People on the Move
SOURCE: The Daily Record - July 3
SUMMARY:The Mid-Atlantic Cardiovascular Foundation announced the recipients of its 2009-2010 nursing scholarships. This year's seven recipients, receiving a total of $7,000, include Priscilla Boateng and Muyiwa Okeyode of the University of Maryland School of Nursing.
SUBJECT: Coastal Sunbelt: Large Enough for the Chain, Nimble Enough for the Independent
SOURCE: Foodservice Monthly - July 2009
SUMMARY: Coastal Sunbelt President John Corso spoke about hospitals purchasing local foods from their distributors. "This week, I received a newsletter from Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment which is based at the University of Maryland School of Nursing," he said. "Calvert Memorial Hospital recently became the 11th hospital in Maryland to sign the Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge, joining over 250 hospitals in the country."
SUBJECT: Alternative Cures Still in Question
SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) - June 30; GoSanAngelo - June 30
SUMMARY: R. Barker Bausell, PhD, author of Snake Oil Science and a professor at the School of Nursing, says, "It's become politically correct to investigate nonsense." Alternative medicine research also is complicated by the subjective nature of many of the things being studied. Take a question like, "Does yoga work for back pain?" says Margaret Chesney, PhD, professor at the School of Medicine and associate director of the federally funded Center for Integrative Medicine. "What kind of yoga? What kind of back pain?" she asks.
SUBJECT: Nursing Representatives Join Obama Town Hall Meeting
SOURCE: Nurse.com - June 26; Advance for Nurses - June 26; Center to Champion Nurses in America - June 25
SUMMARY: The School of Nursing played a role June 24 in President Barack Obama's nationally televised town hall meeting on health care reform. Nursing student Hershaw Davis Jr. asked a question of the President during the forum, which involved more than 100 participants in the audience at the White House. The crowd also included Janet D. Allan, RN, PhD, FAAN, the Baltimore school's nursing dean.
SUBJECT: School of Nursing Dean and Student Attended WH HealthCare Forum
SOURCE: ABC News 6 p.m. - June 24
SUMMARY: Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing and a nursing student were invited to attend a forum on health care reform at the White House. Allan went intending to ask President Obama about funding for educators, saying that 40,000 potential nursing students were turned away last year due to a shortage of nursing educators.
SUBJECT: School of Nursing Student Attends White House Forum
SOURCE: ABC News - June 24
SUMMARY: Hershaw Davis Jr., a student at the School of Nursing, attended the White House Health Care Forum and posed a question about primary care providers.
SUBJECT: Maryland Nursing Grad Steady As He Goes
SOURCE: Nurse.com - June 15
SUMMARY: Edward Murray Jr.'s life was close to taking the direction of so many other young black males growing up in inner-city housing projects. But he and his family, which includes five children, spent four years in Germany, where he served as an Army hospital administrator until 2007. On May 15, at age 31, Sgt. Murray received a BSN from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore.
SUBJECT: Geriatric NP Supplements Senior Citizen ED Care
SOURCE: Nurse.com - June 15
SUMMARY: While a handful of hospitals around the country have created separate geriatric EDs to cater to the special needs of the elderly, not many have the space or capital to overhaul their physical space. Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, a professor at the School of Nursing, is quoted in this story.