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May 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).

UMSON Receives Maximum Accreditation from CCNE

UMSON received five years accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) – the maximum awarded to any school going for first-time accreditation with CCNE. There were no compliance concerns for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. (The PhD program is not accredited by CCNE.) Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

Congratulations to the UMSON CCNE team, led by Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, CRNP, associate dean for academic affairs. Members of the team included Janice Hoffman, PhD, RN, CCRN, assistant professor and vice-chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health; Jane Kapustin, PhD, FAANP, CRNP, BC-ADM, associate professor and assistant dean for the master’s program; Karen Kauffman, PhD, RN, associate professor and chair, Department of Family and Community Health; Sandra McLeskey, PhD, RN, professor and assistant dean for the baccalaureate program; Kathryn Lothschuetz Montgomery, PhD, RN, assistant professor and associate dean for strategic partnerships and initiatives; Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC, CNOR, associate professor and assistant dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program; Deborah Sherman, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and assistant dean for research; Marisa Wilson, DNSc, RN, assistant professor; Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, assistant dean, UMSON program, Universities at Shady Grove; Carolyn Yocom, PhD, RN, associate professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health; and Ann Thomasson, MS, associate dean for administration and finance. Jillian Aldebron, JD, chief of staff, served as editor for the CCNE Self-Study Report.

Book Signing Event Features Visiting Professor’s New Book

A panel discussion and book signing, held at UMSON on April 4, featured the newly released book, When Chicken Soup Isn’t Enough: Stories of Nurses Standing Up for Themselves, Their Patients, and Their Profession, edited by Visiting Professor Suzanne Gordon. The book is a collection of 73 stories written by RNs from across the U.S., Canada, and other countries. It highlights creative nursing advocacy for better patient care and health system reform. Panelists included Suzanne Gordon, BA, visiting professor; Kathryn Lothschuetz Montgomery, PhD, RN, assistant professor and associate dean for strategic partnerships and initiatives; Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and director of UMSON's Center for Work and Health Research; and UMSON students Clola Robinson-Blake, MS, RN, clinical instructor; Donna Schroeder, MSN, RN; and Elizabeth Kozub, MS, RN, CCRN, CNRN. All panelists contributed chapters to the book. For more information on the book, visit: http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100021500.

Suzanne Gordon signs a book for Anita Moore, RN

Evidence-Based Practice Conference Addresses Quality Care at Risk

Nearly 300 people attended the seventh annual evidence-based practice conference, “Nursing Practice Based on Evidence: Quality Care at Risk,” held at UMSON April 15 and 16. Participants came from as far away as California and the Midwest, as well as the East coast from Maine to Florida. Many UMSON partner organizations participated through membership on the Program Planning Committee, abstract reviews, poster presentations, and participation in the conference. Speakers delivered talks on patient safety and outcomes, quality measures, building a business case for evidence-based practice, and more. This national conference is a joint endeavor between UMSON and the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System.

Keynote speaker Nancy Dunton, PhD, and Dean Janet Allan

Faculty & Staff Appointments & Transitions

Khristy Bozylinski, MS, CIP, joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as manager, health program. She will be working with Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, associate professor, on her P-30 grant. Bozylinski holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Congratulations to the following UMSON faculty members who recently received their doctoral degrees:

Robyn Gilden, associate professor, PhD (UMSON); Terry Laidlow, clinical instructor, DNP (Johns Hopkins University); Sherri Lessans, clinical instructor, PhD (UMSON); Patricia McLain, assistant professor, DrPH (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health); Shannon Reedy, clinical instructor, DNP (UMSON); Valerie Sabol, assistant professor, PhD (UMSON); Mary Schroeder, assistant professor, DNP (UMSON); Nina Trocky, clinical instructor, DNP (Waynesburg (Penna.) University); Regina Twigg, clinical instructor, DNP (UMSON); and Fran Valle, clinical instructor, DNP (UMSON).

Deborah McGuire, PhD, RN, AOCN, professor, has been re-appointed to the Oncology Nursing Society Research Advisory Panel, Research Advocacy Subgroup, for 2010-2011.

Visiting Professor Tim Porter-O’Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), FAAN, received of the America Organization of Nurse Executives’ (AONE) 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors an AONE member who is recognized as a significant leader in the nursing profession and who has served AONE in an important leadership capacity—demonstrating the qualities of leadership and service to the nursing profession by professional and personal example.

Kathryn Lothschuetz Montgomery and Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor, co-authored the following publication:

Montgomery, K. L. & Geiger-Brown, J. (2010). Is it time to pull the plug on 12-hour shifts? Part 2 - Barriers to change and executive leadership strategies. Journal of Nursing Administration. 40(4) 147-149.

Kathryn Von Reuden, MS, RN, FCCM, assistant professor, made the following presentations:

Von Rueden, K. T. (2010). Update on sepsis: patho to protocols. Trends in Cardiovascular and Trauma Nursing, sponsored by American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, Atlantic City, N.J.

Von Rueden, K. T. (2010). Applying hemodynamic concepts via case simulations. Trends in Cardiovascular and Trauma Nursing, sponsored by American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, Atlantic City, N.J.

Karen Kauffman, PhD, RN, associate professor and chair, Department of Family and Community Health, personally raised more than $11,000 through her participation in the Alzheimer’s Memory Ball held April 24. The event raised approximately $150,000 for research and services for those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.

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

Shannon Reedy, DNP, 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.

Suzanne Sherwood, MS, RN, assistant professor, received a Shock Trauma Hero Award at the annual Celebrate Maryland’s Hero Gala, held April 15. The event recognizes the extraordinary medical accomplishments of the University of Maryland Medical System’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the Maryland Emergency Medical Services System. The awards pay tribute to those who have touched the lives of so many with their world renowned expertise in emergency services, trauma, and critical care.

Gov. Martin O’Malley congratulates Suzanne Sherwood

Carolyn Waltz, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, co-authored the following textbook:

Waltz,C.F., Strickland, O.L., & Lenz, E.R. (2010). Measurement in Nursing and Health Research. (4th ed.). New York: Springer Publishing Co.

UMSON faculty members who contributed to this edition of the book include Louise Jenkins, PhD, RN, professor; Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN, association professor; and Karen Soeken, PhD, RN, faculty emeritus.

Grants & Contracts

UMSON has been awarded a fifth year of funding, in the amount of $205,576, for the “Komen Maryland Affiliate Nursing Partnership: Advancing Education and Practice.” This initiative is aimed at heightening the awareness, knowledge, and skills of nursing faculty and students, practicing nurses, other health professionals, and community members in relation to the prevention and detection of breast cancer and treatment options for people with breast cancer. The program director is Sandra McLeskey, PhD, RN, associate dean for the baccalaureate program; co-directors are Deborah McGuire, PhD, RN, AOCN, professor; Nina Trocky, DNP, RN, clinical instructor; and Kathleen Griffith, PhD, CRNP, AOCN, assistant professor. Abby Plusen, MSW, is program manager.

Student News

PhD student Susan Hopkinson, MAJ, MS, RN; Sara Breckenridge-Sproat, LTC, AN, PhD, RN, deputy director of nursing research, Walter Reed Army Medical Center; Debra Wiegand, PhD, RN, associate professor; and Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, professor, co-authored the following poster presentation:

Hopkinson, S., Breckenridge-Sproat, S., Wiegand, D., Geiger-Brown, J. (2010). Interruptions in nursing workflow: A pilot study. Phyllis J. Verhonick Nursing Research Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April, 2010. It received the award for the poster best representing "Innovations in Nursing Practice" and will be on display at the Association of the United States ILW Army Medical Symposium and Exposition, being held in San Antonio in May.

Alumni News & Notes

Mary Ellen Haisfield-Wolfe, PhD ’09, RN, presented her doctoral research in a podium session at the International Conference on Cancer Nursing, held recently in Atlanta, Ga. UMSON faculty members Deborah McGuire, PhD, RN, AOCN, professor; Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor; and Karen Soeken, PhD, RN, faculty emeritus, were co-authors, along with Bruce DeForge, PhD, associate professor, School of Social Work, and Mohan Suntharalingam, MD, professor, School of Medicine.

School of Nursing “In the News”

SUBJECT: Errors by Nurses Administering Medications Due to Procedural Interruptions
SOURCE: Topnews.in - April 27
The Medical News - April 27
Bloomberg BusinessWeek - April 26
SUMMARY: Linda Flynn, PhD, RN, associate professor at the School of Nursing says, "Patients and family members don't understand that it's dangerous to patient safety to interrupt nurses while they're working."
http://topnews.com.sg/content/21422-errors-nurses-administering-medications-due-procedural-interruptions
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100427/Nurses-interrupted-e28093-leading-to-1225-rise-in-medication-errors-study.aspx http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/638474.html

SUBJECT: Nursing Shortage Leading to Creative Changes in Education
SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun - April 25
SUMMARY: Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP, BC-ADM, FAANP, assistant dean of the School of Nursing, is quoted in the Education supplement explaining a surge of applicants to the nurse practitioner program. (Link to story not available.)

SUBJECT: Nursing Contraptions From Long Ago
SOURCE: Scrubs Magazine - March 27
SUMMARY: The School of Nursing's Living History Museum in Baltimore chronicles the evolution of nurses from a stereotype of "just women carrying bedpans" to their present-day role as critical decision makers.
http://scrubsmag.com/museum/

SUBJECT: New Md. Law Smooths the Way for Nurse Practitioners
SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun - April 14
SUMMARY: Gov. Martin O'Malley signed legislation Tuesday to allow Maryland's nurse practitioners to cut bureaucratic delays and start practicing more quickly. "The new law could free up more nurses to treat patients," said Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP, BC-ADM, FAANP, assistant dean for master's programs at the School of Nursing.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-hs-nurse-practitioners-primarycare-20100413,0,3978346.story

Mark Your Calendar!

Conferences

“Our Environment, Our Health: A Nurse’s Call to Action,”  June 7 and 8 – UMSON. For information, call 410-706-3767 or visit nursing.umaryland.edu/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 nursing.umaryland.edu/sini.

Research Seminars

“Building a Program of Research in Child Health,” featuring Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN, nursing alumni endowed professor, acting associate dean for research and scholarship, and professor, Virginia Commonwealth University. Noon to 2 p.m. Monday, May 10 – UMSON, Room 730. Free admission. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Glendora Williams, 410-706-2619, or gwill005@son.umaryland.edu.

National Nurses Week – May 6-12

Distribution of Nurses Week pins – 8-9 a.m. Thursday, May 6 – 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 adjacent to UMSON 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 (nursing.umaryland.edu) for more information.

Farmers’ Market Opening May 11

The UMMC Farmers’ Market will open for the 2010 season Tuesday, May 11. The weekly market, located in the park across from UMMC on Greene Street, will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Thanksgiving week.

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