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December 2010 - January 2011

Welcome to the December 2010/January 2011 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 for a joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy new year!

Policymakers Lead Advocacy Seminar

“Advocacy and Empowerment: A Training Seminar for All Nurses and Nursing Students,” held Nov. 20 at Bowie State University, provided insight into policy considerations involved in the new health care law, how these are being dealt with by lawmakers, and how nurses can be effective in helping to shape a system that can deliver on broad access and best outcomes for patients.

The program, co-hosted by UMSON and the Maryland Nurses Association, included two panels of key lawmakers moderated by Jillian Aldebron, JD, MA, chief of staff; an overview of the recent Institute of Medicine report on the future of nursing; and a presentation by Ann Mech, JD, RN, assistant professor and coordinator of legal affairs, on the legislative process and practical advice to strengthen nursing advocacy. U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) was the keynote speaker.

Del. James W. Hubbard, Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, and Jillian Aldebron Lead Panel Discussion

UMSON Hosts Regional Meeting on IOM Recommendations

UMSON hosted one of 121 regional "awareness meetings" Nov. 30 in conjunction with the National Summit on Advancing Health through Nursing, convened in Washington, D.C., by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) recommendations on expanding the role, education, and compensation of nurses.

Only a month earlier, the IOM concluded its two-year examination of the nursing profession with a call to give nurses a seat at the policy table and remove the practice barriers that prevent them from fully contributing to better health and a more effective health care delivery system.

Dean Janet Allan welcomed participants to the daylong meeting and described the timing of the report as the "perfect storm" to coincide with health care reform. Dean Allan has endorsed the IOM recommendations saying, "The IOM report on the future of nursing marks a new dawn for a profession instrumental to the nation's well-being, but constrained by institutional and regulatory bonds that limit its ability to perform to the full measure of its potential."

Dean Allan will be co-chairing a Maryland Regional Action Coalition with members from academia, business, and government to advance the IOM recommendations in the state.

Dean Janet Allan Welcomes Participants to IOM Awareness Meeting

December Graduates Celebrated

December graduates celebrated their achievements beginning Dec. 7 with pinning ceremonies for 131 Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates and 28 Clinical Nurse Leader master’s graduates. On Dec. 11, 26 nurse anesthesia students marked the completion of their Master of Science program. Congratulations to all December grads!

Grady Delivers Pi Chapter Lecture

Patricia Grady, PhD, MS ’68, RN, FAAN, director, National Institute of Nursing Research, presented Vital Skills for Today’s Nurse Leaders at the Universities at Shady Grove on Dec. 2. Dr. Grady discussed the future direction of nursing research in the changing health care system and the role of clinical and research leaders in the development and dissemination of research. The lecture was sponsored by the Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.

Franklin Lecture Focuses on Interprofessionalism

Jay A. Perman, MD, president, University of Maryland (UM), and Elsie Stines, MS, CPNP, project director, president’s office, UM, delivered the Dean’s Distinguished Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture, “We”: Interprofessionalism in Healthcare Education and Delivery, Dec. 8 at UMSON. Dr. Perman noted that all health professionals should be educated to deliver patient-centered care as members of an interdisciplinary team. He said mounting research shows that health care delivered by health professionals working in teams not only improves quality, but also leads to better patient outcomes, greater patient satisfaction, improved efficiency, and increased job satisfaction on the part of health professionals.

Elsie Stines, President Jay A. Perman, and Dean Janet Allan

Faculty & Staff Appointments

Robert Villaneuva, MPA, joined the Office of Research as a research coordinator.  He comes to UMSON from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he managed of the Office of Comprehensive Cancer Control programs.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Robyn Gilden, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, was named to the 2010 Strathmore Worldwide Who’s Who, which honors professional men and women in all academic areas and professions who have demonstrated leadership and achievement in their occupation, industry, or profession.

Rachel Hitt, MS, RN, clinical instructor and assistant director, Clinical Simulation Labs, was one of 30 participants selected from a national pool of applicants to participate in the National League of Nursing’s new LEAD program for nurse educators in emerging faculty and administrative leadership roles.

Karen Johnson, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, was one of three editors of the textbook High-Acuity Nursing (5th ed.), chosen by the American Journal of Nursing as the 2010 Book of the Year in the Critical Care-Emergency Nursing Category. Other editors were Kathleen Dorman Wagner and Melanie G. Hardin-Pierce.

Karen S. Kauffman, PhD, CRNP, BC, associate professor and chair, Department of Family and Community Health, recently presented an overview and update on Alzheimer’s disease to the Lifelong Learning Institute of Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa.

Karen S. Kauffman,PhD, CRNP, BC, associate professor and chair, Department of Family and Community Health (FCH); Kate McPhaul, PhD, MPH, RN, assistant professor, FCH; and Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR, professor and assistant dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, recently participated in an invitation-only conference, “Quality of Public Health Nursing Care: Prioritizing the Research Agenda.” The conference was sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and University of Illinois at Chicago.

A poster, “The Efficacy of an Electronic Alcohol Protocol in Managing Alcohol Withdrawal of Patients in the ICU,” by Terry Laidlow, DNP, RN, clinical instructor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, won first prize in the Evidence-Based Research category at the Spotlight on Critical Care Conference, held recently in Washington, D.C.

“Intervening to Prevent Co-Worker Violence in U.S. Mental Health Facilities,” presented by Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Family and Community Health (FCH); Kate McPhaul, PhD, MPH, RN, assistant professor, FCH; and Matt London, MS, adjunct faculty member, won the Best Scientific Abstract Award at the International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector, held recently in Amsterdam.

Deborah McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH) and Deborah Sherman, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, OSAH, were guest editors of the November 2010 issue of Seminars in Oncology Nursing, “Integrating Palliative Care into Cancer Care.”

The following papers were authored by UMSON faculty and PhD students:

McGuire, D.B., and Sherman, D. W. (2010). Introduction. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 26, 203-204.

Griffith, K.A., McGuire, D.B., & Russo, M. (2010). Meeting survivors’ unmet needs:  An integrated framework for survivor and palliative care. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 26, 231-242.

Blum, K., and Sherman, D. W. (2010). Understanding the experience of caregivers: A focus on transitions. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 26, 243-258.

Deborah McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, OSAH, has been appointed to the National Institute of Nursing Research End-of-Life Palliative Care Needs Assessment ad hoc Evaluation Advisory Committee, as part of the National Institutes of Health evaluation project, “End-of-Life and Palliative Care Science: A Needs Assessment of Federal and Private Research Funding Trends, Project Grants, and National Research Priorities.” The project aims to strengthen and stimulate research capability and scholarship between public and private organizations and enhance a coordinated, broad-based, and diversified approach to the field of end-of-life and palliative care research.

Deborah McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, OSAH, co-authored the following publication:

Epstein, J.B., Hong, C., Logan, R.M., Barasch, A., Gordon, S.M., Oberlee-Edwards, L., McGuire, D., Napenas, J.J., Elting, L.S., Spijkervet, K.L., & Brennan, M.T. (2010). A systematic review of orofacial pain in patients receiving cancer therapy.  Supportive Care in Cancer, 18, 1023-1031.

Lyn Murphy, PhD, MBA, MS, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, had a recent publication as follows:

Murphy, L. Understanding the social and economic contexts surrounding women engaged in street-level prostitution (2010). Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 31(12), 775-784.

Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH); Barker Bausell, PhD, professor, OSAH and biostatistician; and Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor, OSAH were co-authors on the following publication:

Nahm, E.-S., Bausell, B., Resnick, B., Covington, B., Magaziner, J., & Brennan, P. F. (2010). Effects of a social cognitive theory based hip fracture prevention website for older adults. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 28(6), 371-379.

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, was lead author on the following publication:

Staggers, N., Jennings, B.M., & Lasome, C.E.M. (2010). A usability assessment of AHLTA in ambulatory clinics at a military medical center. Military Medicine. 175(7), 518-24.

In addition, Dr. Staggers was panel moderator and presenter of the following: “Interdisciplinary Communication: Best Practices in Handoffs,” American Medical Informatics Association, Nov. 15, 2010, Washington, D.C.

The following UMSON faculty members made presentations at the 2010 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, held recently in Washington, D.C.

“Working With a DSMB: How It Can Help You,” Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor and Barbara Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and associate dean for research; “Recruitment of Patient/Caregiver DYADS,” Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor; Barbara Resnick and R. Barker Bausell, PhD, professor and biostatistician; “Optimizing Safety in Exercise Intervention,” Kathleen Michael, PhD, RN, CCRN, assistant professor, and Marianne Shaughnessy, PhD, RN, CRNP, associate professor; and “Longitudinal Research With Older Adults,” Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor, and Valerie Sabol, PhD, RN, ACNP, assistant professor.

Alumni News & Notes

Alumni Participate in NP Workshop

A number of UMSON alumni participated as speakers, organizers, and attendees at the 5th Annual Nurse Practitioner Clinical Workshop held recently in Baltimore. Alumni Council President Deborah Schofield, DNP ’09, MS ’95, arranged for an Alumni Association booth where conference attendees who are UMSON alumni could update their contact information, share their news, and receive information about advanced degree programs offered at UMSON.

Looking for a Unique Gift to Honor Someone Special?

Consider naming a UMSON auditorium seat in honor of or in memory of a family member, a faculty member, a friend, or yourself. Special prices, available now until June 30, 2011, are $250 for each seat or $450 for two seats. The cost includes a plaque inscribed with the name of your choice that will be affixed to the arm of the chair(s). For more information, contact the UMSON Office of Development and Alumni Relations, 410-706-7640, or

Help Make Your “Alumni Today” Directory the Best Ever!

UMSON alumni can be found across the nation and around the world. But no matter where their lives have led them, our alumni share a common bond. That’s why the UMB Foundation, Inc. has contracted Harris Connect, the largest alumni publication company in the U.S., to create Alumni Today, a new publication designed to help keep our alumni connected.

Harris Connect will produce a beautiful hardcover publication with up-to-date contact information so alumni can reconnect for personal and professional networking. The publication will include comprehensive biographical listings with contact information, career overviews, and personal highlights of UMSON graduates.

To assure that our Alumni Today directory is as current as possible, Harris Connect will begin contacting UMSON alumni in December 2010 to verify and update contact and career information. With your participation, our 2011 Alumni Today is sure to be a great success. For more information, call 410-706-0674 or send an e-mail to

Save the Date for Reunion 2011

The 2011 Alumni Reunion, being held Saturday, April 30, will honor undergraduate classes ending in “6” or “1.” Come to Baltimore to reconnect with classmates and renew your pride in UMSON! Look for your invitation in January 2011. If you would like to volunteer as a Class Representative, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, 410-706-0674, or

Mark Your Calendar!

Ann Ottney Cain Endowed Lecture, “Healing Couples’ Relationships in the Shadow of Trauma”Tuesday, March 29. For more information, visit or call 410-706-3767.

Nursing Practice Based on Evidence: The Emerging Impact of Health Care ReformThursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1. For more information, visit or call 410-706-3767.

Komen Distinguished Lecture, “Breast Cancer Survivorship: Defining a New Normal”Thursday, April 14. For more information, visit or call 410-706-3767.

School of Nursing "In the News"

Subject: Too Simple to Fail: More Time for Teaching
Source: The Baltimore Sun - Dec. 12
Summary: R. Barker Bausell, PhD, professor at the School of Nursing, has written a book about his true intellectual passion: how we teach, how children learn, and how to achieve better results.

Subject:  Improving Education
Source:   WYPR-FM - Dec. 8
Summary: R. Barker Bausell, PhD, professor at the School of Nursing, talked on the Midday With Dan Rodricks program about his book on changes needed in primary and secondary education.

Subject:  CareFirst Offers Scholarships for Advanced Nursing Degrees
Source:   The Baltimore Sun - Baltimore Business Journal - Dec. 3
Summary: Scholarships worth $1.28 million will be awarded as part of the program Project RN to encourage nurses to obtain master's degrees and become professors. Nurses should apply directly through schools, including the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Subject:  Benner Presents Nursing Education Study Findings at UM
Source: - Dec. 6
Summary: More than 500 people gathered recently at the School of Nursing in Baltimore to hear Patricia Benner, RN, PhD, FAAN, one of nursing's pre-eminent educators and theorists, present strategies that could reshape the way nurses are taught.

Subject:  45, Male, and Now a Nurse
Source:   The New York Times - Nov. 5
Summary: Baltimore's gritty Levindale section is a world apart from Ponce Inlet, Fla., the upscale barrier island where Rich Van Rensselaer owned a boutique liquor store and coffee shop before becoming a trauma nurse. Van Rensselaer, 45, graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing with a master's in clinical nurse leadership.

Subject:  Medical Informatics
Source:   The Washington Post - Nov. 7
Summary: Marisa Wilson, DNSc, MHSc, RN, assistant professor at the School of Nursing, is quoted in this article about the need for trained informaticists in health care.

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