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February 2009

Welcome to the February 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

On Feb. 24, 1891, Mary E. Cornman, DIN 1893, arrived at University Hospital and was directed to the office of the Superintendent of Nurses, Louisa Parsons. Parsons took Cornman upstairs to her room, instructed her to change into her uniform, and later that evening took her to the Women’s Ward to begin her training. Cornman recalled, “Oh, how many times I lost myself in going from ward to dining room or drug room before I learned the lay of the land, and what good times we ‘early nurses’ did have in those old wards, halls, and lecture room, we called our sitting room.”

Communications Office Receives Advertising Award

The Office of Communications received an Outstanding Advertising Award from Nursing Spectrum magazine for the Clinical Research Management ad that appeared in the publication’s September 8, 2008 edition.  The award recognizes the advertisement that achieves the highest readership response, as measured against all other ads appearing in that particular issue.

Ruth Harris Granted Emeritus Status

HarrisRuth Harris, PhD, RN, CRNP-BC, FAAN, was awarded Professor Emeritus status at the School of Nursing’s recent All-School Assembly. She was a member of the faculty for 24 years, and chaired the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health prior to her retirement in 2006. Dr. Harris received more than $3 million in funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and National Institute for Nursing Research to conduct research on drug abuse and AIDS.

Faculty & Staff Appointments/Transitions

Vivian Koroknay MS ’91, RN, CRRN, has been appointed clinical instructor at Shady Grove. She has worked with adults in acute care settings, taught in hospitals, served as an evidence-based research coordinator, and worked as a home health nurse. Koroknay earned her master’s degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and is currently enrolled in UMSON’s “Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions” certificate program.

Lisa Mielke MSN, BSN ’78, AN-BC, has joined the faculty as a part-time instructor at Shady Grove. She will assist students in simulation scenarios and health assessment lab activities. Mielke comes to the School of Nursing from the International Academy for Clinical Nursing Simulation and Research, University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Sampad Pereira, BS, has joined the staff at Shady Grove as an accounting clerk II. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management, and has experience in accounts, general ledgers, and financial transactions, as well as working knowledge and experience in many aspects of accounting principles.

Shannon Reedy, MS, CRNP, CCRN, clinical instructor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH), has been named interim co-director of the Adult Nurse Practitioner/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner master’s program. Ms Reedy joined OSAH in January 2007. Since then, her primary teaching responsibilities have been with the ANP program (prior to its merger with the GNP program).
Lauren Smith, BS, has joined the Department of Family and Community Health as an academic program specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from the University of Maryland College Park. 

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Janet Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor, has been elected to a two-year term as treasurer of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, co-authored the following article: Laura Carim-Todd, Kevin G. Bath, Gianluca Fulgenzi, Sudhirkumar Yanpallewar, Deqiang Jing, Colleen A. Barrick, Jodi Becker, Hannah Buckley, Susan G. Dorsey, Francis S. Lee, and Lino Tessarollo (2009). Endogenous Truncated TrkB.T1 Receptor Regulates Neuronal Complexity and TrkB Kinase Receptor Function In Vivo. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(3), 678-685.

Yulan Liang, PhD, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Health, co-authored the following journal papers with Arpad Kelemen, PhD, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health:

  • Kelemen, A., Vasilakos, A., Liang, Y. (2009). Computational Intelligence for Genetic Association Study in Complex Disease: Review of Theory and Applications. International Journal of Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, 1(1), 20-36.
  • Liang, Y., Kelemen, A. (2009). Bayesian Finite Markov Mixture Models for Temporal Multi-Tissue Polygenic Patterns. Biometrical Journal, 51(1), 1-14.
  • Liang, Y., Kelemen, A. (2009). Time Lagged Recurrent Neural Network for Temporal Gene Expression Classification. International Journal of Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, 1(1), 91-102.
  • Liang, Y. (2009). Book Review: Introduction to Machine Learning and Bioinformatics. Chapman & Hall/CRC. Biometrics Journal, 65(3), 331.
  • In addition, Drs. Liang and Kelemen were awarded a $36,889 grant from the National Science Foundation, Division of Mathematical Sciences, for their study, “Advanced Bayesian Approaches for Heterogeneous Temporal Genomic MetaData.”

Deborah McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, co-authored the following online peer-reviewed publication: Dudley, W.N., McGuire D.B., Peterson D.E., & Wong B. (2009). The application of multilevel growth-curve analysis in cancer treatment toxicities: The exemplar of oral mucositis and pain. Oncology Nursing Forum, 36, online exclusive DOI: 10.1188/09.ONF.E11-E19.

Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, co-authored the book, Critical Care Nursing: A Holistic Approach, which was recently published in its ninth edition. (Morton, P.G. & Fontaine, D. (2009). Critical Care Nursing: A Holistic Approach. 9th Edition. Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, Philadelphia.) School of Nursing faculty who contributed to the book include: Dr. Kay Blum, Dr. Joan Davenport, Mr. Conrad Gordon, Dr. Thomasine Guberski, Dr. Karen Johnson, Dr. Jane Kapustin, Dr. Sandra McLeskey, Ms. Nancy Munro, Dr. Barbara Resnick, Ms. Valerie Sabol, and Ms. Kathryn Von Rueden.

Shannon Reedy, MS, CRNP, CCRN, clinical instructor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, had the following article published: Reedy, S. (2009). An evidence-based review of obesity and bariatric surgery. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 5(1), 22-30.

Barbara Smith, PhD, RN, FACSM, FAAN, professor and associate dean for research, received the Southern Nursing Research Society’s highest honor—Researcher of the Year—at its annual conference, held Feb. 11-14 in Baltimore. The award recognizes the lifetime achievements of an individual whose established program of research has enhanced the science and practice of nursing in the Southern region of the United States. 

Alumni News & Notes

Donna Sullivan Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, received the American Organization of Nurse Executives 2009 Nurse Researcher Award. The award recognizes a nurse researcher who has made a significant contribution to nursing research and is recognized by the broader nursing community as an outstanding nurse researcher.

Tamala Dykes Paxton, MS ’88, BSN ’80, RNC, CNE, was recently appointed nursing department chair for the Jack F. Owens Campus of Delaware Technical and Community College.

Jerry Wollman, BSN ’86, has been named senior vice president of corporate operations for the University of Maryland Medical System. He is responsible for leading and facilitating key strategic and operational issues for the Office of the CEO. Most recently, Wollman served as business director at the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Silver Spring, Md.

School of Nursing “In the News”

SUBJECT: Nursing Schools Need More Faculty
SOURCE: The Daily Record – Feb. 10
SUMMARY: The School of Nursing is one of many that are struggling to keep up with the number of applicants. Nursing schools statewide were forced to deny enrollment to more than 1,800 qualified candidates because of the shortage of faculty members in 2008. Dean Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, was featured in the story.

SUBJECT: Articulation Agreement Between UMSON and Montgomery College
SOURCE: Cable Channel 10 – Montgomery County
SUMMARY: Karen Clark, PhD, RN, interim assistant dean for the School of Nursing’s program at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), discussed the articulation agreement between Montgomery College and UMSON’s BSN program at USG. The show can be viewed on the Montgomery College YouTube Channel link:

SUBJECT: Snake Oil Science
SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association – Jan. 21
SUMMARY: R. Barker Bausell, PhD, a professor in the School of Nursing, is dead-set against integrative medicine, which he terms “snake oil science.” He develops his case for exposing integrative medicine by explaining the various types of treatment and why it has become increasing popular—which he believes is irrational.

SUBJECT: Nursing Schools Trying To Remedy Expansion Maladies
SOURCE:  Baltimore Business Journal – Jan. 16
SUMMARY: The University of Maryland School of Nursing turned away 150 qualified students last fall seeking entry. “There’s an aging work force, people are living longer, and the demand is rising and the supply is dropping,” said Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs at the School.

SUBJECT: Nursing Remains a “Hot Job”
SOURCE:   “Find It” section; Baltimore Sun – Jan. 11              
SUMMARY:  An aging population combined with the impending retirement of baby boomer-age nurses in the coming years translates into a continuing nursing shortage not only across the country, but in Maryland as well. While there may be a temporary blip in the number of nursing jobs available, overall demand will continue to be high. Education needed for nursing positions ranges from associate degrees through doctoral degrees. Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, CNAA, BC, CNOR, assistant dean, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and associate professor at the School of Nursing, was quoted. 

Mark Your Calendar!

Conferences and Lectures
  • Black History Month Panel – “Nurses Discovering Purpose in Pursuit of a Profession,” featuring School of Nursing students, faculty and former faculty members, and alumni – 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 – School of Nursing auditorium. For information, visit R.S.V.P. at
  • 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. Tuesday, March 24 – School of Nursing auditorium. For information, visit, or call 410-706-3767. R.S.V.P. at
  • Evidence-based Practice Conference – “Nursing Practice Based on Evidence: Moving Science into Action,” featuring keynote speaker Sean Clarke, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor and RBC chair in cardiovascular nursing, University of Toronto Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing – Preconference:  April 1; Conference:  April 2-3 – School of Nursing. For information, visit or call 410-706-3767.


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