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April 2009

Welcome to the April issue of School of Nursing News, an electronic newsletter designed to inform, engage, and connect with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other constituents of the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

This Month in School of Nursing History

In April 1940, the School of Nursing formed the Committee on Higher Education for Graduate Nurses. The purpose of the committee was “to gather information and work out plans whereby ways and means could be provided for our graduates to obtain additional preparation and experience.” The committee obtained information from nursing schools across the country to determine what courses were available, the length of time required for graduate study, and what costs were associated, so they could better advise students and alumni who might be interested in pursuing advanced degrees. They found that many nursing positions, including Head Nurse, Nurse Supervisor, Educational Director, and Instructor in Nursing Arts, all required an advanced degree.

School of Nursing Advances in National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Rankings

The School of Nursing has advanced from number 58 (in 2005) to number 22 in NINR funding—a huge accomplishment in just four years. Dean Janet Allan cited Barbara Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research and the Office of Research staff for their exemplary work, stating that “they have created an efficient infrastructure that provides high-quality support and services to the School’s talented cadre of researchers.” Dean Allan also recognized Karen Kauffman, PhD, RN, chair, Department of Family and Community Health, and Carolyn Yocom, PhD, RN, chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, for their guidance of the Research Intensive Faculty program, their intensive recruitment of new researchers, and their ongoing support of the School’s research mission.

Campus Farmers' Market Opening May 5

The "University Farmers' Market," a weekly gathering of local farmers providing fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan cheeses, eggs, poultry, seafood, meat, baked goods, and ice cream, will open at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, in the park across the street from the University of Maryland Medical Center's main entrance (along the Paca Street sidewalk). The market will run weekly from May through October, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information, e-mail or call 410-706-2352.

Faculty and Staff Appointments & Transitions

Amy Burns, AA, has joined the Office of Development and Alumni Relations as program administrative specialist. Burns has more than 30 years of administrative experience, and most recently worked as a program manager specialist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Integrative Medicine.

Nancy McDowell, former administrative assistant in the Department of Organizational Partnership, Outreach, and Clinical Enterprise (OPOCE), has been promoted to Program Administrative Specialist for OPOCE. She will be responsible for coordinating partnerships and external relations, as well as other significant duties in that department.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Kathleen Buckley, PhD, RN, IBCLC, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Health, had two recent publications:

  • Buckley, K.M., Adelson, L.K., Agazio, J.G. (2009). Reducing the risks of wound consultation: adding digital images to verbal reports. Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing, 36(2), 163-170.
  • Buckley, K.M., Tran, B.Q., Agazio, J.G., & Wuertz, E.M. (2008). A community-based telehealth programme for elderly low-income African-Americans. Journal on Information Technology in Healthcare, 6(6), 400-412.

Katherine Fornili, MPH, RN, CARN, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, was co-author with Sara Azimi-Bolourian, MS ‘01, MHA, MBA, on a technical assistance publication, Buprenorphine: A Guide for Nurses, intended to provide nurses with current information about the use of buprenorphine products (Suboxone® and Subutex®) for the treatment of opioid addiction, including assessment, induction, stabilization, maintenance, medication monitoring, addiction counseling and relapse prevention. The document is available online at

Elizabeth Galik, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, presented "The Relationship of Psychotropic Medication Use on Physical and Psychosocial Outcomes in Nursing Home Residents" at the Eastern Nursing Research Society's 21st Annual Scientific Session, held recently in Boston.

Karen Johnson, PhD, RN, CCRN, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been selected by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses to chair the Evidence-based Practice Work Group for 2009-2010.

kauffmanKaren Kauffman, PhD, RN, associate professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Health, has been named as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women for the second time. The annual award, established by The Daily Record in 1996, recognizes the outstanding achievements of professional women who reside or work in Maryland. Awardees will be formally recognized at the 2009 Top 100 Women Celebration on May 11.




Kathryn Lothschuetz Montgomery, PhD, RN, associate dean, Department of Organizational Partnership, Outreach, and Clinical Enterprise, co-presented (with Dr. Tim Porter-O'Grady, and Mary Beth Esposito-Herr) "Theory to Translation: Preparing DNP Leaders for the Professional Work of the Future" at the Second National Conference on the Doctor of Nursing Practice: The Dialogue Continues, held recently in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Norbert Mylinski, PhD, adjunct professor, conducted the Second Annual National Brain Bee Championship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in March. Winners of 40 regional competitions around the nation were invited to test their knowledge of the human brain at this neuroscience competition for high school students.

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, CNAA, BC, CNOR, assistant dean, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has a new publication:

  • Newhouse, R.P. (2009). Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Health Care Innovations Exchange. Journal of Nursing Administration, 39(3), 103-105.

In addition, Newhouse was the invited keynote and closing speaker at the 11th Annual Conference, "Evidence-based Practice and Outcomes," sponsored by the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan Health Systems, Saint Joseph Mercy Health Systems, and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Ann Arbor, held recently in Ann Arbor, Mich. Her presentations were titled, "Evidence-based Practice: Outcomes and Opportunities" and "Evidence-based Practice: Cost, Consequences, and Considerations."

Fatima Ramos-Marcuse, PhD, APRN-BC, adjunct associate professor, recently passed the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner exam.

Lynn Oswald, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, will present the commencement address at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing on May 8. The title of her talk is "Convergence."

shermanDeborah Sherman, PhD, ARNP, ANP, ACHPN, FAAN, professor and assistant dean for research, was one of two recipients of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association's top award-the Leading the Way Award-for her dedicated leadership in establishing and directing hospice and palliative advanced nursing programs. Sherman received the honor on March 26 at the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, held in Austin, Texas.

Kathryn Von Rueden, MS, RN, FCCN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, gave two presentations at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses’ regional conference, Trends in Trauma and Cardiovascular Nursing, held recently in Philadelphia. Her presentations were titled, “Hemodynamic Monitoring: Fact or Fiction, What is the Basis of Your Practice?” and “Global Tissue Oxygenation Monitoring: SvO2 and Scv02.”

Alumni News & Notes

Denise Schneider Fuhrmann, MS '93, APRN, BC, PMHNP, recently became a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has a private practice in Kennebunk, Maine, and teaches at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

Student News

Five of the nine positions on the 2009 Maryland Association of Nursing Students Board are held by University of Maryland School of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing students. They are Hershaw Davis, Jr. and Ayyub Hanif (Baltimore campus), and Melissa Golding, Lauren Miller, and Aina Sane (Shady Grove campus). Congratulations to our student leaders!

School of Nursing “In the News”

SUBJECT: Wiseman Named Assistant Dean of Shady Grove Nursing Program
SOURCE: - April 1
SUMMARY: Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, has been named assistant dean for the nursing program at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md. Wiseman, who joined the School of Nursing faculty in 2002, is former director of the Governor's Wellmobile Program.

SUBJECT: Report Finds Contaminants in Baby Soaps and Products
SOURCE: Morning News, WBFF-TV. Ch. 45, 8:30 a.m. - April 1
SUMMARY: Robyn Gilden, MS, RN, a program manager at the School of Nursing's Environmental Health Education Center, discussed the dangers of two contaminants, which are associated with cancer and skin rashes and which have been found in baby products but omitted from the labels. She referred to a report by Campaign for Safe Cosmetics called "No More Toxic Tub," which discusses the baby products that contain the toxins.

SUBJECT: Kites Fly High Over Clarksburg
SOURCE: Gazette.Net - April 2
SUMMARY: Six senior nursing students from the School of Nursing's Shady Grove campus, under the direction of Clinical Instructor Janet M. Roth, MPH, CNM, were on hand to offer free blood pressure checks and demonstrate the use of automated external defibulators at the Kites Over Clarksburg Festival Saturday, March 28. Roth is quoted in the article.

SUBJECT: Conference Targets Dangerous Toxins
SOURCE: PA Homepage (Blue Cross Direct) - April 7
SUMMARY: Nearly 100 health care professionals gathered at Geisinger Medical Center to learn more about the hidden dangers in products we use on a daily basis. Brenda Afzal, MS, RN, a director at the Environmental Health Education Center at the School of Nursing, appears in video used in a story.

SUBJECT: On the Move - Business Edition
SOURCE: Daily Record - April 10
SUMMARY: Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, has been named assistant dean for the nursing program at the Universities at Shady Grove. Wiseman joined the nursing faculty in 2002.

Mark Your Calendar!

Conferences and Lectures
  • Sigma Theta Tau Pi Chapter 50th Anniversary Research Lecture -"Building a Program of Research in Symptom Management: Moving from the Means to the Standard Deviations"-4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 17-School of Nursing auditorium. Reception immediately following lecture. Register at For information, call 410-706-3767.
  • Ann Ottney Cain Endowed Lecture – “The Role of Sleep in Health and Health Care,” featuring Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Health—4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23—School of Nursing auditorium. Reception immediately following lecture. Register at For information, call 410-706-3767.
  • Komen Distinguished Lecture - "Predicting Breast Cancer Risk: Models and Their Uses," featuring distinguished lecturer Mitchell Gail, MD, PhD, creator of The Gail Model, an absolute risk model used worldwide to predict women's risk of developing breast cancer-4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6-School of Nursing auditorium. For information, visit, or call 410-706-3767. R.S.V.P. at
  • Convocation 2009 - Baltimore Convention Center-9 a.m. (graduating students arrive by 7:30 a.m.)-Friday, May 15.
  • Commencement 2009 - First Mariner Arena-3 p.m. Friday, May 15. For information, visit
  • Alumni Reunion Celebration - School of Nursing - 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30. For information, call 410-706-0674, e-mail, or visit
Research Seminars
  • “Research and Training Opportunities at the National Institute on Aging: Not Benjamin Button,” featuring J. Taylor Harden, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, assistant to the director for special populations, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health—noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 27—School of Nursing Room 730. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call 410-706-2619 or e-mail
  • "Experience of Army Nurse Faculty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing," featuring George Zangaro, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, and Lyn Murphy, PhD, MS, MBA, RN, assistant professor and director of professional development, Office of Organizational Partnerships, Outreach, and Clinical Enterprise-noon to 1 p.m. Monday, May 11-School of Nursing Room 730. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call 410-706-2619 or e-mail

Several faculty members were not mentioned in the list of Southern Nursing Research Society Conference presenters that appeared in the March 2009 newsletter. Please see the following link for a complete list of presenters.


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