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March 2009

Welcome to the March 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 March 1969, the School of Nursing received a five-year, $725,000 grant from the United States Public Health Service’s Bureau of Manpower to fund a self-teaching program for student nurses. “Self-teaching” was the use of multi-media teaching techniques, including tape recorders, slide projectors, and cartridge-load film projectors for independent student learning. The effort was championed by Dr. Marion Murphy, then-dean of the School of Nursing.

New Wellmobile Site Opens in Greenbelt

wellmobileThe Governor’s Wellmobile Program opened its newest location on March 9 at the Springhill Lake Elementary School in Greenbelt, Md. The clinic plans to offer services to uninsured members of the community from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of every month.

A December 2008 needs assessment revealed that nearly 40 percent of Greenbelt residents had no regular medical care due to lack of insurance, a scarcity of providers, and transportation barriers. The Wellmobile fit the bill because it is mobile, designed to cope with the range of health-related needs encountered by low-income households, and has the multi-lingual staff that can best assist the area’s diverse Spanish and French speaking populations.

Wiseman Named Assistant Dean at Shady Grove – Antol to Lead Wellmobile Program

Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing and former director of the Governor’s Wellmobile Program, has been named assistant dean for the nursing program at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). Wiseman, who joined the faculty in 2002, is a 1998 graduate of the School’s PhD program, where her studies focused on educational administration. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Wiseman worked as a senior staff specialist for workplace advocacy at the American Nurses Association in Washington, D.C. The remainder of her career has been spent as a nurse educator, administrator, and staff nurse at a variety of universities and health care facilities.

Susan Antol, MS, RN, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, has been named director of the Governor’s Wellmobile program. Antol has extensive experience with community health and policy issues within the state of Maryland. She has led the School of Nursing’s School-based Wellness program since 2004, and will continue in that role while directing the Wellmobile program. Antol’s familiarity and relationships with communities across the state will ensure a smooth transition and able management of the Wellmobile program.

Panel Discussion Highlights Black History Month

BHM panelThe School of Nursing celebrated Black History Month with an inspiring panel discussion, “Nurses Discovering Purpose in Pursuit of a Profession.” Panelists included Esther McCready, DIN ’53, the first African-American to attend and graduate from the School; current doctoral student Yolanda Ogbolu, MS ’05, BSN ’04, CRNP; Maj. Clausyl J. Plummer, MSN, RN, clinical instructor; and Rosetta Sands, PhD, MS ’70, BSN ’66, RN, the first African-American to hold a dean-level position at the School. Current BSN student Hershaw Davis, Jr. served as panel moderator.

As these nurses told their stories, recurrent themes emerged. They all benefited from competent and generous mentors, persevered in the face of challenges, asked for help when needed, and continually proved themselves as they pursued their education and their profession. Dr. Sands summed it up by saying: “From those to whom much is given, much is expected.” These nurses are living examples of that adage.

Professor from Turkey Visits School of Nursing for Post-Doctoral Experience

Seyda Ozbicakci, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey, is spending three months with the School’s Nursing Informatics program as a post-doctoral fellow, funded by Sigma Theta Tau International and the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing. During her stay in Maryland, Ozbicakci will take graduate courses in nursing informatics, systems analysis and design, and project management. She will also meet with informatics nurse specialists and leaders in health care organizations to explore effective methods and approaches to designing and implementing applications. Upon her return to Turkey, Ozbicakci will provide leadership in developing the nursing care planning and documentation components of her university hospital’s health record system.

Faculty & Staff Appointments

Joanne Pinna, BS, AAS, has joined the Office of Communications as a Web developer. Her specialties include visual communications, web design, and web development. Pinna previously worked as a freelance Web designer/developer for the Developmental Education Association of Maryland; EverClear Consulting; and Royal Marketing, International Media Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate Communications from the University of Baltimore and an Associate’s degree in Visual Communications from Harford Community College.

Universities at Shady Grove (USG)

Cassia Gordon, has joined USG as an Administrative Assistant II. She previously worked as a manager at Barnes & Noble College Booksellers.

Crystal DeVance-Wilson, MS ‘06, BSN’ 00, MBA, RN, APRN, BC, has been appointed clinical instructor at USG. She holds a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the School of Management, Suffolk University. DeVance-Wilson previously worked as a nursing instructor at Bowie State University.

Heidi Bresee, MS ‘97, CRNP, FNE, PNP, has been appointed clinical instructor at USG. She holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Columbia Union College. Bresee previously worked as coordinator at the Sexual Abuse and Assault Center at the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

Mary Pat Ulicny, MS, RN, has been named coordinator of the simulation laboratories at USG. She holds a Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration and Management from University of Maryland, College Park, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Duquesne University. Ulicny previously worked as an instructor in the nursing program at Towson University, and in the Post-Anesthesia Unit at Suburban Hospital, Washington, D.C.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

SNRS Conference Presenters

The School of Nursing was one of five host schools for the Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference held recently in Baltimore. Faculty presentations included:
  • Allan, Janet (with Walker, Mary) – Plenary Session: “Mid-Stream or Mid-Career? A Dialogue about Career Efficacy”
  • Galik, Elizabeth – Overview: Measurement of Physical Activity in Older Adults: Challenges and Opportunities”
  • Galik, Elizabeth – “Observed Measurement of Physical Activity for Older Adults in Long Term Care Settings”
  • Dorsey, Susan – “To Do or Not to Do a Post Doc”
  • Geiger-Brown, Jeanne – “Restless and Inadequate Sleep in RNs: Work Schedules and Work Demands Both Related to Sleep Outcome” and “Characterizing Work Schedules of Nurses Using Three Approaches”
  • Johantgen, M. – “Obstetrical Lacerations in Rural Hospitals” Kverno, Karan – “Patterns and Treatment of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Advanced Dementia”
  • Lipscomb, Jane – Overview: “The Home Care Work Environment: Research Describes Hazards, Points to Policy Solutions” and “Blood and Sharps Exposure in Home Care: Comparing RNs and Personal Care Assistants”
  • Montgomery, Kathryn – “Integrating EBP into Professional Practice of a Community Hospital: Active Learning and Immersion”
  • Murphy, Lyn – “The Social Context of Prostitution”
  • Nahm, Eun-Shim – “Use of Discussion Boards in a Social Cognitive Theory-based Hip Fracture Prevention Website for Older Adults”
  • Newhouse, Robin – “High Quality of Care - Greater Shared Vision and Lower Isolation in Rural Hospitals”
  • Renn, Cynthia – “A New Model of Paclitaxel-Induced Allodynia in Mice with Solid Tumor Cancer”
  • Resnick, B. – (Pre-Conference) “Introduction to Rasch Analysis: What is it and How Does it Help with Measurement?”
  • Resnick, Barbara - A Multimodal Approach to Physical Activity Measurement in Older Adults”
  • Scharf, B. – “Needle Stick Policies and Practices in Home Care and Hospice Agencies in Maryland”
  • Smith, Barbara – “Protecting Health Care Capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa by Preventing Occupational Transmission of HIV”
  • Thomas, Sue – “Changes in Psychosocial Distress in Heart Failure (HF) Outpatients with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators”
  • Trinkoff, A. – Overview: “Work Schedules in Nurses, Short-Term Outcomes and Mechanisms of Effect” and “Needle Stick Injuries and Work Schedules in Registered Nurses”
  • Trinkoff, A. & Geiger-Brown, J. – “Needle Stick Injuries and Work Schedules in Registered Nurses”

Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, co-presented the following: Scharf, S., Geiger-Brown, J. (2009). Sleep history, classification of disorders, and sleep deprivation. University of Maryland School of Medicine, Sleep course 2009 (25 residents, fellows and nurses from multiple disciplines).

Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP, assistant dean for master’s studies and associate professor, has been selected as a 2009 Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). An induction ceremony will be held during the 2009 AANP national conference in June.

Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP, assistant dean for master’s studies and associate professor, and Carol O’Neil, PhD, RN, CNE, co-director, Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions and assistant professor, were invited speakers at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Master’s Conference held in February. Kapustin’s presentation was titled, “Ahead of the Curve: Infusing Gerontology into APRN Curriculum,” and O’Neil’s was titled, “The Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions.”

Fatmia Ramos-Marcuse, PhD, PMH-CNS, BC, adjunct assistant professor, has two new publications as follows:

  • Feeney, B. C., Cassidy, J. & Ramos-Marcuse, F. (2008). The generalization of attachment representations to new social situations: Predicting behavior during initial interactions with strangers. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95(6), 1481-1498.
  • Ramos-Marcuse, F. & Harms, A. (2009). Chapter 23-Caring for the child with a psychological or cognitive condition. In S. Ward & S. Hisley (Eds.), Maternal-child nursing care: Optimizing outcomes for mothers, children, and families. F. A. Davis Company.

Cynthia Renn, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, received the 2008 Southern Nursing Research Society/American Nurses Foundation Scholar Award at the Southern Regional Nursing Society’s annual conference held recently in Baltimore. Her presentation was titled, “A New Model of Paclitaxel-Induced Allodynia in Mice with Solid Tumor Cancer.”

Darryl Roberts, MS, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has a new publication: Roberts, D.W. (2009). Intimate Partner Homicide: Relationships to Alcohol and Firearms. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. 25(1), 67-88.

Master’s Students Attend Annual Breast Cancer Symposium

KomenAs part of the Komen Partnership, four Master of Science students from the School of Nursing attended the 31st Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held last December. They are: Kathleen Witkowski, BSN, RN, OCN; Tammy Beckman, BSN; Carrie Staines, RN, OCN; and Emily Marshall, BSN, OCN. In order to attend the all-expenses-paid conference, each conferee had to submit an application explaining how they would disseminate the information they received at the conference. Marshall noted in her evaluation that attending the lectures allowed her to synthesize the information that she had been learning through her oncology master’s program and determine how that information can be applied to her practice.

Alumni News & Notes

Deborah Schofield, MS ‘95, CRNP, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice student at the School of Nursing, received the 2009 Linda Strangio Award for her article, "Carotid Trauma: Bluntly," which she co-authored with Dr Bernadette Stallmeyer. The award recognizes authors whose articles contribute to the body of radiology nursing knowledge and demonstrate excellence in writing.

Connie Ulrich, PhD ‘01, RN, assistant professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and assistant professor of Bioethics, Penn School of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2009 Eastern Nursing Research Society Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Research Award. Ulrich will receive the award at the ENRS Annual Scientific Sessions to be held March 20 in Boston.

School of Nursing “In the News”

SUBJECT: Officials Anticipate Healthier Residents Thanks to Wellmobile
SOURCE: The Prince George’s Gazette – March 12
SUMMARY: One of the four Governor’s Wellmobiles, which is a mobile clinic, provides free physicals, well-woman exams and non-emergency room services to under and uninsured Maryland residents, will come to Greenbelt twice a month indefinitely. Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing and director of the Wellmobile program, was mentioned in the article, and Laura Koo, MS, RN, CRNP, a nurse practitioner aboard the Wellmobile and clinical instructor at the School of Nursing, was pictured with a patient.

SUBJECT: Report Finds Cancer-Causing Contaminants in Baby Products Source
SOURCE: Southern Maryland Online News - March 12
SUMMARY: The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics' report on children's bath products showed that 61 percent of baby products tested were contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals. "The important message is that none of these contaminants are required to be on the label," said Robyn Gilden, MS, of the School of Nursing Environmental Health Education Center.

SUBJECT: The Hottest Up and Coming Nursing Specialties
SOURCE: – March 11
SUMMARY: Nursing informatics will be an increasingly popular specialty as the U.S. health care system shifts to using electronic health records. Nurses who specialize in informatics often work at companies that maintain and develop systems to support patient information and care documentation. “Nursing informatics is a field that is certainly in growing demand,” said Judy Ozbolt, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FAIMBE, professor and director of the Nursing Informatics master’s program at the School of Nursing. “The Recovery and Rehabilitation Act covers $1 billion a year for projects that will help acquire and implement electronic health records. There will be an acute need for nurse informatics once this is implemented.”

SUBJECT: Wellmobile Brings Services to Uninsured
SOURCE: The Prince George’s Sentinel – March 11
SUMMARY: For the uninsured citizens of Greenbelt, help came rolling in on Monday when a 33-foot mobile health clinic parked right out back of Spring Hill Lake Elementary School, and opened its doors to the public. The clinic is part of the Governor’s Wellmobile Program, a convoy of four mobile treatment centers operated by the University of Maryland School of Nursing and designed to provide support for children, families and individuals who have no other access to affordable medical treatment. Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing and director of the Wellmobile program, was quoted in the story.

SUBJECT: There’s Beauty in Green Lipstick – SON Students Learn Cautions of Cosmetics
SOURCE: Nursing Spectrum – March 9, 2009
SUMMARY: Stacy Malkan, author of the book, Not Just a Pretty Face, and her colleagues discussed the question of toxic beauty products and recently gave a presentation at a meeting with students at the School of Nursing. Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, FAAN, associate professor and director of the Environmental Health Education Center at the School, is featured in a sidebar.

SUBJECT: Sister to Sister Foundation to Hold Health Fair
SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun - Feb. 23
SUMMARY: To increase awareness about the risks of heart disease in women, the Baltimore chapter of the Sister to Sister Foundation is holding its fifth annual Women's Heart Health Fair tomorrow at the Baltimore Convention Center. The School of Nursing will provide free cardiac screenings followed by on-site counseling sessions with on-the-spot results and a personalized action plan.,0,5390202.story

SUBJECT: Free CE Webinar Offered for First-Ever National Safe Handling Awareness Month
SOURCE: PRweb - Feb. 19
SUMMARY: April has been designated the first-ever Safe Handling Awareness Month. A national survey conducted by the Environmental Working Group, the American Nurses Association, Health Care Without Harm, and the Environmental Health Education Center at the University of Maryland School of Nursing showed that there are links between nurses' occupational exposure to hazardous drugs and the health problems they develop.

Mark Your Calendar!

Conferences and Lectures
  • 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.
Research Seminars
  • “The Nursing Practice Environment as a Predictor of Adverse Events in Skilled Nursing Facilities,” featuring Linda Flynn, PhD, RN, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Health. noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 23 – Room 730 – School of Nursing. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call 410-706-2619 or e-mail
  • “Conducting a Self-Assurance of Regulatory Compliance,” featuring Richard Shrout, MSN, nurse coordinator, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, and Lynnee Roane, BS, nurse coordinator, Office of Research. noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 13 – Room 730 – School of Nursing. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call 410-706-2619 or e-mail


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