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April 2010

Welcome to 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).

Nurse Educators Conference Addresses Teaching Excellence

Dr. Carol O’Neil, Dr. Ann Belcher, and Dr. Louise Jenkins

More than 300 people attended the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Nursing Conference held at UMSON in March. Presenters touched on a range of topics, including Teaching in the Classroom, Teaching in Clinical Sites, and Teaching with Technology. Keynote speaker Ann E. Belcher, PhD, RN, AOCN, CNE, FAAN, ANEF, winner of the 2009 National League for Nursing’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and associate professor and director, Office for Teaching, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, delivered the address, “Hallmarks of Excellence in Teaching.” The annual conference is sponsored by UMSON’s Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions.

Dr. Otis Webb Brawley Delivers Komen Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Brawley delivers Komen Lecture

The 2010 Komen Distinguished Lecture, “New Evidence on the Role of Race and Ethnicity in Breast Cancer,” was presented by Otis Webb Brawley, MD, chief medical and scientific officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society, at UMSON in March. Brawley’s talk explored all aspects of the etiology, treatment, and survival rates of breast cancer in relation to socioeconomic, genetic, and racial contributors to disparities. The annual lecture is part of the “Komen Maryland Affiliate Nursing Partnership: Advancing Education and Practice,” an initiative aimed at heightening the awareness, knowledge, and skills of nursing faculty, nursing students, practicing nurses, other health professionals, and community members in relation to the prevention and detection of breast cancer and the treatment options for people with breast cancer.

Staff of the Quarter

Lisa Vikell, coordinator, Office of Academic Affairs, was selected Staff of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2009. Other nominees included Patricia Adams, executive director of communications; Cassia Gordon, administrative assistant, Universities at Shady Grove; and Allison Hewitt, secretary, Office of Research. In addition to a framed certificate and a canvas bag filled with UMSON spirit wear, Vikell received the Dr. Margaret G. Tyson Dean’s Fund for Excellence Award in the amount of $250 to be used for professional development.

Lisa Vikell  and Dean Janet Allan

Faculty & Staff Appointments/Transitions

Daniel Alcott, BS, has joined the Office of Administrative Services as a systems programmer. Alcott has extensive experience in computer work and brings a diverse mechanical background from manufacturing to troubleshooting and repairing mechanical electrical systems. He was most recently employed as a field engineer at Kodak in Rochester, N.Y. Alcott holds a BS from Towson University.

Juanita McGinnis has joined the Office of Academic Affairs as a coordinator in the Office of Graduate Studies. She previously worked in Graduate Studies as a temporary administrative assistant and has prior experience in a variety of office administration positions.

Komen Visiting Professor Sandra Millon Underwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, will return to UMSON April 12-16. An internationally known breast cancer researcher and scientist, Underwood will be available for classroom presentations, consultations, and meetings with community groups. If you would like Dr. Underwood to present to one of your classes or community groups, contact Abby Plusen at or 410-706-4233.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor; Kate McPhaul, PhD, MPH, RN, assistant professor; and Matt London, MS, adjunct professor, were invited by the Pan American Health Organization and the Jamaican Violence Prevention Alliance to spend a week in Jamaica (in March), assisting with a campaign to prevent violence against local health care workers. The UMSON team met with leaders from the Ministry of Health, the University of the West Indies, and a number of hospitals and clinics. They also conducted training for health care workers and leaders who will be leading the violence prevention campaign.

Kate McPhaul, PhD, MPH, RN, assistant professor, will receive the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) Foundation Scholarship for Academic Study (in the amount of $3,000) on April 14 at AAOHN’s national conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Shannon Reedy, MS, RN, CRNP, CCRN, clinical instructor; Margaret Hammersla, MSN, CRNP, clinical instructor; and Deborah Schofield, DNP, RN, assistant professor, co-authored the following poster presentation:

Reedy, S., Hammersla, M., Schofield, D.L. (2010). The Utility of Nurse Practitioner Faculty Practices in the Scholarship of Teaching. UMSON Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions Conference, March, 2010.

Grants & Contracts

Deborah Schofield, DNP, RN, assistant professor, was awarded the Nurse Practitioner Health Foundation/Pfizer Grant for Community Innovations. The two-year, $3,500 grant focuses on the implementation of University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) Intranet-based modules, ”Evidence-Based Practice for the Advanced Practice Nurse.” The modules are designed to address the gap in knowledge and skills among practicing UMMC nurse practitioners so they can apply an evidence-based framework to solve identified clinical, practice, and administrative problems.

Student News

Tyree Morrison, a master’s student in UMSON’s Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner specialty, won the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) for her work on the PRAISSED project—an initiative of UMSON faculty members and graduate students volunteering at a local senior housing facility to promote behaviors that help prevent and manage cardiovascular disease. The group implemented educational and motivational interventions to engage the residents in an exercise program, taught them about heart healthy diets, and reviewed antihypertensive and lipid lowering medications and the importance of medication adherence. This is the first time a nursing student from the Baltimore region has won the award. For decades, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) has supported emerging professionals in translating their idealism into effective action that addresses health disparities in the U.S. and Africa.

Alumni News & Notes

Susan K. Newbold, PhD ’06, MS ’83, RN-BC, FAAN, FHIMSS, received the HITMEN 2010 Award for her efforts in “Improving Patient Care through Health Information Technology.” Newbold received the award, sponsored by eMids and Healthcare IT News, at the annual HITMEN & HITWOMEN reception held recently in Atlanta.

School of Nursing “In the News”

SUBJECT: Nurses Leading Health Care Initiatives to Go Green
SOURCE: - April 2
Many nurses have joined the environmental health movement, according to Barbara Sattler, DrPH, RN, FAAN, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore.

SUBJECT: Bringing a Healthier Menu to Nation's Hospitals
SOURCE: The Washington Post - March 23
Hospitals with independent food service programs have greater autonomy to move toward healthful offerings, notes Louise Mitchell, PT, sustainable foods coordinator of Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, a program of the School of Nursing. "For those that contract out their food services, change can be much more challenging," she says.

SUBJECT: Dancing for the Meat Bones and Becoming a Star
SOURCE: blog - March 22
I saw an article about a lady who is a PhD and she goes to nursing and retirement homes and she encourages the residents to do for themselves. Her philosophy is that their minds need to be active to achieve better health and helping them to be invalids just because they are older is not really saving them. Her name is Barbara Resnick. She is a registered nurse and teaches at the School of Nursing.

Mark Your Calendar!


“Nursing Practice Based on Evidence: Quality Care at Risk,” Thursday and Friday, April 15-16 – UMSON. For information, call 410-706-3767 or visit

“Our Environment, Our Health: A Nurse’s Call to Action,” Monday and Tuesday, June 7 and 8 – UMSON. For information, call 410-706-3767 or visit calendar.

20th Annual Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics, “From First Use to Meaningful Use,” July 21-24 – UMSON. For information, call 410-706-3767 or visit

Research Seminars

Research seminar (title TBA), featuring Sandra Millon Underwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor of nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and UMSON Komen visiting professor. Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 16 – UMSON, Room 730. Free admission. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Glendora Williams, 410-706-2619, or

Research seminar (title TBA), featuring Pamela S. Hinds, PhD, RN, FAAN, director, Department of Nursing Research, Children’s National Medical Center. Noon-1 p.m. Monday, April 19 – UMSON, Room 730. Free admission. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Glendora Williams, 410-706-2619, or

National Nurses Week – May 6-12

Distribution of 2010 Nurses Week pins by Dean Allan and UMSON administrators – (Date and time TBA) – UMSON lobby.

Breakfast bar for UMSON students, faculty, and staff hosted by UMMC – 7:30-9:30 a.m. Monday, May 10, second floor lobby in front of museum.

Convocation Week Activities

  • Graduation Barbecue – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 – UMSON Courtyard 
  • BSN/CNL Pinning Rehearsal – 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 – UMSON – Room 140 
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Pi Chapter Induction – 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 – UMSON – 
  • Doctoral Hooding Ceremony – 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 20 – Southern Management Corporation Student Center – Room 349 
  • Convocation – 7:30 a.m. (graduates arrive); 8:30 a.m. (ceremony starts) – Friday, May 21 – 1st Mariner Arena 
  • Commencement – 2:15 p.m. (students arrive); 3 p.m. (ceremony starts) – Friday, May 21 – 1st Mariner Arena
    See UMSON Web site ( for more information.

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