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December 2012 - January 2013

Welcome to the December 2012/January 2013 issue of 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). Best wishes to all for a joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy new year!

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Dean Allan

Congratulations December Grads!

Congratulations to all UMSON students who are completing their degrees in December. We are very proud of you and your accomplishments!

Fifth Environmental Excellence in Health Conference Held at UMSON

Regional and national health care professionals, environmental industry experts, and educators gathered at UMSON in November for the Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment’s (MD H2E) fifth annual conference, “Environmental Excellence in Health Care: Innovations and Collaborations.” Keynote speaker Kim Knowlton, DrPH, a senior scientist in the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Health and Environment Program, delivered the keynote address, “Climate Change and Health: Connecting the Dots.”

During the conference, the Nursing Leadership in Environmental Health Award was presented to UMSON master’s student Charlotte Wallace, RN, a pediatric nurse and sustainability coordinator at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC). Wallace has implemented many environmental initiatives at AAMC, including money-saving recycling programs, a farmers’ market, and the addition of environmental health information in newborn classes. She is one of only two nurses in the state to hold a sustainability position in a medical system.

Charlotte Wallace receives award from Dr. Joan Plisko, MDH2E technical director

“Humor” is Subject of Pi Chapter Fall Lecture

Anne Belcher, PhD, RN, AOCN, CNE, FAAN, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, presented, “Humor: A Gift to Nursing,” at the Sigma Theta Tau Pi Chapter’s Fall Lecture, held at UMSON in November. During the lecture, Belcher defined humor and gave examples of its value for holistic health. “Humor is a valuable tool nurses can use to promote health in themselves and their colleagues, patients, and families,” she said.

Dr. Anne Belcher

Workshop Focuses on Teaching Strategies and Assessment of Learning in Clinical Environments

UMSON’s Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions presented a workshop, “Teaching Strategies and Assessment of Learning in Clinical Environments,” at the School of Nursing on Nov. 16. Presenters included Kathleen B. Gaberson, PhD, RN, CNOR, CNE, ANEF, co-author of Clinical Teaching Strategies for Nursing. The workshop focused on clinical teaching with specific emphasis on examining effective teaching and assessment strategies.

New Nurse Faculty Fellowships Announced

Congratulations to UMSON faculty members who have been awarded New Nurse Faculty Fellowships as part of the Nurse Support Program II, funded through the Health Services Cost Review Commission and administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. They are: Mary Lynn Davis-Ajami, PhD, MBA, MS, NP-C, RN, assistant professor; Susan Bindon, DNP, RN, assistant professor; Elaine Bundy, DNP, CRNP, assistant professor; Amy Daniels,  MS, RN, clinical instructor; Kelly Flannery, PhD, RN, assistant professor;  Nancy Lerner,  DNP, RN, assistant professor; and Victoria Selby, MSN, PMHNP-BC, clinical instructor. The fellowships will assist Maryland nursing programs in recruiting and retaining new nursing faculty to produce the additional nursing graduates required by Maryland’s hospitals.

Career Fair Draws More Than 100 Students

A career fair held at the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center in November drew more than 100 nursing students and 25 recruiters. Students seeking employment, internships, or graduate school opportunities attended the event, where representatives from regional and national health care institutions and other schools of nursing where on hand to meet students, share information, and answer questions.

A representative from the Mayo Clinic speaks with students

Faculty & Staff Appointments

Tara Hodnett has joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as an Administrative Assistant II. Tara comes to UMSON from the Washington, D.C. Global Health Support Contract Office of Health Infectious Diseases and Nutrition, where she worked as an administrative assistant.

Eniye Iyebote, MS, has joined the Office of Student and Academic Services as a coordinator in the Registration Office. Eniye comes to UMSON from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, where she served as an education coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Radford University and a Master of Science degree from VCU.

Grants & Contracts

Debra Wiegand, PhD, RN, FAAN, assistant professor, received a two-year, $422,125 R21 research grant, from the National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institutes of Health. The study, “Preparing Families for the Dying Process,” will develop and refine an educational and psychological support intervention to prepare families for the dying process after withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy. Other investigators include Shijun Zhu, PhD, a biostatistician at UMSON; Judith Baggs, PhD, RN, professor, Oregon Health Sciences University; J. Randal Curtis, MD, MPH, professor, University of Washington; and Barbara Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Michigan State University.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Susan Bindon, DNP, RN, assistant professor, presented the following plenary session on Nov. 3:

Bindon, S. L. (2012). Lifelong learning: A way of life for nurse educators. South Eastern Nurse Educator Symposium. Asheville, N.C.

Janice Hoffman, PhD, RN, assistant professor and assistant dean for the baccalaureate program, was named a National League for Nursing (NLN) Ambassador for UMSON. The NLN Ambassadors ensure that faculty and educational leaders in all schools of nursing are informed about the NLN’s programs, grant opportunities, and member involvement initiatives.  

A photo of Lyn Stankiewicz Murphy, PhD, MBA, MS, RN, assistant professor, was included in Johnson & Johnson's, "Portrait of Thanks" mosaic—a mosaic of nearly 10,000 individual photos of nurses and nursing students, designed to thank nurses for their hard work and dedication and to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. View the mosaic at:

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chair of UMSON’s Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been appointed vice chair of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) Methodology Committee. Newhouse is the only nurse on the Methodology Committee, a group responsible for helping PCORI develop and update methodological standards and guidance for comparative clinical effectiveness research.

Rosemarie D. Satyshur, PhD, RN, assistant professor, and Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor, co-presented the following:

“Promoting Well-Being in Skipped Generation Grandfamilies: Pilot Testing of the GP-PRAISEDD,” qualitative findings, at the Gerontological Society of America's 65th Annual Scientific Meeting, held Nov. 14-18 in San Diego, Calif.

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, co-presented the following posters: Staggers, N., Doing-Harris, K., Weir, C. (2012). Integrating Nursing Handoffs with Automated Topic Identification. Poster at the AMIA Annual Conference, Chicago, Ill. Nov 2012.

Doing-Harris, K., Staggers, N., Weir, C. (2012). Integrating Qualitative Analysis with Automated Topic Identification. Poster at the AMIA Annual Conference, Chicago, Ill. Nov. 2012.

Student News

Doctor of Nursing Practice student, Cheryl Harrow, RNC-LRN, MS, CRNP-F, IBCLC, RLC, a family nurse practitioner in the newborn nursery at Bayview Johns Hopkins Medical Center, received the Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency Scholarship Award at the Maryland Nurses Association Convention, held in October. 

Cheryl Harrow (center) receives award from Pat Travis, Maryland Nurses Association.

Approximately 30 UMSON students from the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) volunteered to administer flu vaccines at the Montgomery Co. Health Department’s free flu shot clinic held in November. 

USG students at flu shot clinic

Nursing students at the Universities at Shady Grove participated in USG’s fourth annual Biomedical Sciences Day, held at USG Nov. 15. Of the 20+ posters submitted, three were selected for outstanding research and presentation, including the nursing students’ poster, “Tap Water vs. Saline in Acute Wound Irrigation,” by Sruthi Domalapally, Michele Nguyen, Jennifer Sherwood, Chris Tinsworth, and Winnie Trang.

Biomedical Sciences Day

Nearly 100 faculty and students from UMSON’s program at the Universities at Shady Grove participated in the second annual Montgomery Co. Homeless Resource Day, held in November at Bohrer Park Activity Center in Gaithersburg. More than 30 vendors, including local organizations, physicians, health experts, and volunteers were on hand for the event.

Homeless Resource Day

Alumni News & Notes

Looking for a gift to honor someone special?

We have a unique opportunity for you! Consider naming a UMSON auditorium seat in honor or in memory of a family or faculty member, a friend, or yourself. The price is $350 each or $600 for two. The cost includes a brass plaque inscribed with the name of your choice that is affixed to the arm of the chair(s). For more information, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 410-706-7640 or

Upcoming Events

Volunteers Needed for Alumni Council Community Service Program

UMSON’s Alumni Council continues to seek volunteers for community service projects. Alumni are invited to volunteer to staff the nurse’s clinic at Paul’s’ Place, an organization in Washington Village that provides men, women, and children with a number of services including hot meals, educational training, after school programs, clothing, and access to a nurse’s clinic. Four or five volunteers are needed from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. If you are interested in volunteering, visit for more information. To sign up, send an email with your availability and contact information to If you have questions, call Cynthia Sikorski at 410-706-0674.  We welcome your participation!

Calling All California Alumni!

Save the date to meet UMSON’s new dean, Dr. Jane M. Kirschling, at one of two special alumni events in the "Golden State:”

  • Lunch on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in San Diego, or
  • Brunch on Sunday, January 27, 2013 in San Francisco

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gather with fellow alumni and learn more about exciting developments at UMSON! 

Details on the event locations and ticket prices will follow shortly. For planning purposes, please contact us by email if you are interested in attending either event. Contact Cynthia Sikorski at or 410-706-0674.

Reunion 2013 – Saturday, April 27

If your DIN or BSN graduation year ends in a “3” or “8,” mark your calendar for the 2013 Reunion on Saturday, April 27, 2013. We are working on some unique programming for the classes of 2003 and 2008. More information will be forthcoming. If you would like to help out as a Class Representative, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, at or 410-706-0674. For more information, visit the alumni website at:

Alumni Updates

Jennifer Nicole Gaines Lockhart, BSN ’99, is a practice administrator with the Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore. In 2010 Jennifer earned dual master’s degrees: a MSN in Health Systems Administration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and a MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. She was recently selected as one of Maryland’s Leading Women honorees by the Daily Record, a program that identifies women age 40 or younger for the tremendous accomplishments they have achieved in their career.

Christina B. Mullenix, BSN ’08, is a staff nurse at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

UMSON Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing Master’s Specialty

Alumni, faculty, former faculty, and current students gathered at UMSON on Nov. 2 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the School’s Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing master’s specialty. Tours of the University of Maryland Medical Center’s new R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center expansion and UMSON’s Clinical Simulation Labs were offered. The Shock Trauma tour included a visit to the new heliport landing pad during which an actual landing occurred.

Dean Janet Allan delivered welcome remarks and Kathryn Von Rueden, MS, RN, CNS-BC, FCCM, associate professor, interim specialty director for the Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing master’s specialty, and clinical nurse specialist at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, introduced members of a panel who discussed trauma/critical care nursing.

  • Dorrie Fontaine, PhD, MS ’77, RN, FAAN, dean and Sadie Health Cabaniss professor of nursing, University of Virginia School of Nursing, discussed the Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Nursing specialty from a historical perspective. 
  • Karen Doyle, MBA, MS ’91, BSN ’85, RN, NEA-BC, vice president, nursing and operations, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and president-elect, Society of Trauma Nurses, described some of the trends in trauma nursing.
  • Kathleen Cox, MS ’07, RN, ACNP-BC, CCNS, talked about some of the trends in critical care advanced practice nursing roles, sharing some of her experiences as an advanced practice nurse at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas.
  • LCDR Carla A. Pappalardo, MS ’11, RN, ACNP-BC, CCNS, CCRN, clinical nurse specialist, Critical Care Nursing Department, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, detailed trends in critical care and advanced practice nursing in the military.
  • Patricia G. Morton, PhD ’89, MS ’79, RN, ACNP, FAAN, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, UMSON, and acute care nurse practitioner, University of Maryland Medical Center, talked about the current state of UMSON and future plans related to the Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing master’s specialty. 

Following the program, guests enjoyed a reception in the Bess & Frank Gladhill Room in the University’s  Health Sciences/Human Services Library, where they were able to view downtown Baltimore from a great vantage point.

Special thanks to Dr. Patricia Morton and Kathryn Von Rueden, who worked closely with Laurette Hankins, associate dean of development and alumni relations, and Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, to create a memorable occasion.

Click here to view the Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing master’s specialty 30th anniversary slide show! (Click Show Info in the upper right corner of the slideshow to see the captions).

Click here to watch the program video!

School of Nursing “In the News”

Dean Janet D. Allan is quoted in the article, "Nurse Leaders React to Election, Moving Forward with Reforms" in

The article, "New Dean Named at University of Maryland School of Nursing to Start in January," in mentions retiring School of Nursing Dean Janet D. Allan and the new dean of the School, Jane M. Kirschling.

The School of Nursing is mentioned in the article, "Nurse, Hospitals Awarded for Environmental Leadership" in Advance for Nurses.

A news brief in the Laurel Leader announced Elizabeth Ness, MS ’93 as the new School of Nursing Alumni Council president.,0,1382460.story

An article in Politico announced the appointment of Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, as the new chairwoman of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s Methodology Committee.

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