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November 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 AACN Innovations in Professional Nursing Award

Congratulations to Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR, assistant dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and her colleagues Dawn Mueller-Burke, PhD, RN, assistant professor and Barbara Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research, for receiving the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Innovations in Professional Nursing Award presented  November 1 at the AACN’s fall meeting.  Innovation awards are given in four institutional categories. Dr. Newhouse and Dean Janet Allan accepted the Academic Health Science Centers award and a $1,000 check on behalf of UMSON.

UMSON received the award for using an innovative approach involving faculty and community stakeholders to enhance evidence-based practice (EBP) student learning outcomes throughout the undergraduate and graduate curriculums.  Faculty teaching in undergraduate and graduate courses that incorporate EBP content participated in the review and revision of courses. Subsequent formative and summative evaluation from students demonstrated improvements.  In addition, Dr. Newhouse; Kathryn Montgomery, PhD, RN, associate dean for Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives;  Karen Johnson, PhD,  RN, assistant professor;  Lyn  Murphy, PhD, MBA, RN, assistant professor; and Kristin Seidl, RN, developed a 12-credit graduate level  EBP Certificate to meet the needs for advanced EBP leadership within health care institutions. The EBP Certificate courses will be offered for the first time in the spring 2011 semester.

Dr. Kathleen Potempa, AACN president; Dr. Robin Newhouse; and Dean Janet Allan

UMSON Hosts African Nurses

As part of the International Nurse Exchange Program (INEP), the UMSON Office of Global Health, in collaboration with the School of Medicine Institute of Human Virology, is hosting six nurses from Africa for a two-week training session (Nov. 3-17). The goals of INEP are to improve skills in the care and management of HIV patients across the continuum of care, to enhance abilities as nurse educators, and to assist participants in developing an area of nursing scholarship in their field of interest. Program participants will acquire valuable lessons and ideas that will add significance to the education and training projects and patient services provided by the AIDSRelief programs in their respective countries. Visiting nurses will also have the opportunity to interact with UMSON students and faculty to share their personal experiences as global health nurses in HIV care.

Welcome New Faculty and Staff

Catherine Haut, DNP, CRNP, and Anita Tarzian, PhD, RN, have joined the Department of Family and Community Health (FCH) as associate professors. Also joining FCH is Rachel Hamilton, MA, research project coordinator for Dr. Lynn Oswald’s grant.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Karen S. Kauffman, PhD, CRNP, BC, associate professor and chair, FCH, presented “Alzheimer’s Disease: Hopes, Challenges, and Care,” to the Danville Chapter of Case Management Society of America on October 12. The case managers in attendance were affiliated with the Geisinger Medical Center Medical Home in Danville, Pa.

Marik Moen, MSN, MPH, RN, assistant professor, FCH, was selected as one of the Maryland Daily Record’s Leading Women for 2010. The Leading Women Program identifies 50 women, who are 40 years old or younger, for the outstanding accomplishments they have made in their career. They are judged on professional experience, community involvement, and a commitment to inspiring change. The winners will be honored at a ceremony on Dec. 2 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor.

Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, spent the week of October 11 as a visiting professor at the Tri-Service General Hospital and the National Defense Medical Center School of Nursing (NDMCSON) in Taipei, Taiwan. The visit was part of an academic affiliation agreement between NDMCSON and UMSON, initially signed in 2007 (and re-signed by Morton during her visit) to provide an exchange program between the two schools that would contribute to a better understanding of  nursing research, education, and practice in the U.S. and Taiwan.  While in Taiwan, Morton hosted a luncheon for eight UMSON alumnae who reside and work in that country.

Dr. Morton with Taiwanese dignitaries at agreement signing

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, CNA-BC, CNOR, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH) and assistant dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, had the following article published:

Newhouse, R.P. (2010). Instruments to assess organizational readiness for evidence-based practice. Journal of Nursing Administration, 40(10), 404-407.

George Rodney, PhD, assistant professor, OSAH, and Christopher Ward, PhD, professor, OSAH, co-authored the following publication:

Ziman, A.P., Ward, C.W., Rodney, G. G., Lederer, W.J. and Block, R.J. (2010). Quantitative Measurement of Ca2+ in the Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Lumen of Mammalian Skeletal Muscle. Biophysical Journal 99:2705-2714.

Alison Trinkoff, ScD, RN, FAAN, professor, FCH, presented the following paper:

Trinkoff, A. Johantgen, M., Storr, C.L., Liang, Y., Han, K. (Invited). Linking nursing working environment to patient outcomes. NCSBN scientific symposium pre-conference to the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science Meeting, Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2010.

Alison Trinkoff, ScD, RN, FAAN, professor, FCH, and Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor, FCH, co-presented the following paper:

Geiger-Brown, J., Trinkoff, A.M. Rethinking the12-hour shift. 107th Annual Convention, Maryland Nurses Association, Annapolis, Md., Oct. 8, 2010.

New Grants

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, CNA-BC, CNOR, associate professor and assistant dean for the Doctor of Nursing Program; Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN, associate professor, OSAH; Yulan Liang, PhD, associate professor, FCH; Charon Burda, MS, APRN, CRNP-PMH, clinical instructor, FCH; and Kathy Fornili, MPH, RN, assistant professor, FCH, received the following grant:

Newhouse, R.P., Spring, B., Satterfield, J., Johantgen, M., Liang, Y., Burda, C. & Fornili, K. Nurse-led intervention to improve screening and treatment for substance abuse: An RCT of hospitals. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  November 1, 2010-April 30, 2010, $300,000. This study will test whether an intervention (Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice process and Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment [SBIRT] training) compared to SBIRT training alone increases use of SBIRT in practice in 10 Maryland hospitals. The secondary aim is to evaluate the organizational context that enables nurses to use SBIRT. 

Student News

Congratulations to the following students who were chosen to be 2010 Komen Conferees as part of the “Komen Maryland Affiliate Nursing Partnership: Advancing Education and Practice” grant. Amy Hillsman BSN, OCN; Theresa Johnston, BSN, RN, OCN; Jamesetta Williams; and Sheron Carter, MS, BSN, RN. Conferees are awarded a stipend to support and enable participation in regional and state-of-the-science conferences on breast cancer research and practice. Preference is given to graduate students who are specializing in oncology and demonstrate specific plans for disseminating the information they receive at the conference to other colleagues.

Shady Grove BSN students Becky Pastuszek and Laura Camp, under the direction of Clinical Instructor Janey Roth, MPH, CNM, RN, administered flu vaccines at the Buddhist Temple in Silver Spring, Md., on Oct. 3.  The event was recorded by the Voice of America for broadcast in Cambodia.  

Mark Your Calendar!

Environmental Excellence in Health Care: A Showcase of Best Practices – 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 – UMSON. Join regional and national health care professionals, environmental industry experts, and educators for this learning and networking event designed to showcase the best practices of hospitals as they move toward more sustainable environments for hospital staff, patients, and communities. For more information, visit

Research Seminar – “New University of Maryland, Baltimore HRPP/IRB Processes: Implications for Clinical Researchers for IRB Submission and Review,” featuring guest speaker Anne Martien, MBA, CCRP, CRCP, HRPO, program manager for education – noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, UMSON Room W-208. Free admission.  For more information, contact Glendora Williams at or 410-706-2619.

The Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau presents, “Vital Skills for Today’s Nurse Leaders,” featuring Patricia Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN, director, National Institute of Nursing Research – 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, Md.  More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Dean’s Distinguished Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture – “'We’: Interprofessionalism in Healthcare Education and Delivery,” featuring Jay A. Perman, MD, president, University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Elsie Stines, MS, CPNP, pediatric nurse practitioner, University of Maryland Hospital for Children – 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 – UMSON, Room 130. Free admission. For more information, visit or call 410-706-3767.

Alumni News & Notes

Alumni Council Meeting Holds Fall Meeting

The fall meeting of the UMSON Alumni Council was held September 29 in the Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center.  Alumni Council president Deborah Schofield, DNP ’09, MS ’95, welcomed attendees and shared information about Dr. Jay Perman, the new president of University of Maryland, Baltimore. Jennifer Hayes-Klosteridis, director of UMSON’s new Student Success Center, discussed the mission of the Center and some of the long term goals, which include a resource library and a variety of workshops to prepare students for their professional roles. Nursing Student Government Association President Nicole Brynes gave an update on some of the activities they are working on to enhance the UMSON student experience.  Alumni Council members in attendance were: Ann Bennett MS ’69; Woody Crow, DIN ’48; Joan Davenport,  PhD ’00; Ann Ellenson, BSN ’70; Janet R. Harris, PhD ’97; Kimmith Jones, MS ’92; Pamela Lentz, MS ’00, BSN ’84; Beth Ann Martucci, MS ’99, BSN ’96, Esther McCready, DIN ’53; Liz Ness, MS ’93; Minnie Raju, MS ’05, BSN ’02; and Chris Shippen, MS ’98, BSN ’73.

Luncheon Honors Scholarship Donors

Dean Janet Allan hosted a luncheon in the SMC Campus Center on Oct. 27 to thank and honor UMSON scholarship donors, as well as members of the Louisa Parsons Legacy Society.  BSN student Rachael Martin spoke about what inspired her to become a nurse and expressed her gratitude for the scholarship she received. The event concluded with tours of UMSON’s research labs, clinical simulation labs, and the Living History Museum.  

New Alumni Directory Scheduled for 2011

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 our graduates.

To assure that our 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 e-mail

Reunion 2011 on Tap for April 30

Save the Date for Reunion 2011 festivities honoring undergraduate classes ending in “6” or “1.”  Come to Baltimore to reconnect with classmates and renew your pride in the University of Maryland School of Nursing!  Look for your invitation in January 2011.  If you would like to volunteer as a Class Representative, please contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, 410-706-0674, or

School of Nursing “In the News”

Subject: Working Toward a Cure
Source:  The Baltimore Sun - Oct. 24
Summary: Sandra McLeskey, PhD, RN, professor and director of the 5-year-old Komen Maryland Affiliate Nursing Partnership project, explains that this unique collaboration is aimed at bringing breast cancer information into the School's undergraduate nursing curriculum and heightening awareness, knowledge, and skills of faculty, practicing nurses, and community members.

Subject: School of Nursing Offers 'Harm Reduction Strategies' for Long Work Shifts
Occupational Health & Safety - Oct. 27
Medical News Today - Oct. 22
Nursing CEUs - Oct. 22
Nursing World - Oct. 22
American Nurses - Oct. 23
In the third of a series of reports, "Is It Time to Pull the Plug on 12-Hour Shifts?" Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor and Alison Trinkoff, ScD, RN, FAAN, professor at the School, recommend harm reduction strategies for institutions that use 12-hour nursing shifts.

Subject: Scientific Evidence for Yoga
Source: Conducive Chronicle - Oct. 11
Summary: Alyson Ross, MSN, and Sue Thomas, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the University of Maryland School of Nursing reviewed 81 studies that compared the health effects of yoga to other forms of exercise. Yoga achieved comparable, or even greater, positive results to exercise on all measures except overall physical fitness.

Subject: Hospitals Must Address Risk of Violence at the Workplace
Source: Employee Hospital Health - October 2010
Summary: Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and director of the Work and Health Research Center, views a citation issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a "wake-up call" in the wake of a shooting that harmed a nurse at a Connecticut hospital.

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