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November 2012

Welcome to the November 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). As we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends, let us not forget  those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy and keep them in our thoughts and prayers. 

Kirschling Named New Nursing School Dean

Nationally recognized academic leader Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been appointed dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, effective January 2013.

Dr. Kirschling served as dean and professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing since 2006. Previously she held administrative and faculty positions at the University of Southern Maine (dean and professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions), University of Rochester (associate dean for academic affairs and professor, School of Nursing), and Oregon Health & Science University (associate dean for graduate studies and professor).

Dr. Kirschling received her BSN from Viterbo College in Wisconsin, and her MSN and PhD from Indiana University School of Nursing. She is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Executive Fellows Program (2000-2003) and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2009. She was recently named president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. For more information:

Jane Kirschling

Two Faculty Members and Seven Alumni Named Fellows in American Academy of Nursing

Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD ‘01, RN, FAAN, associate professor and assistant dean for research, and Jane Kapustin, PhD, MS ’85, RN, CRNP, BC-ADM, FAANP, FAAN, professor and assistant dean for the master’s and DNP programs, were among 176 nurse leaders inducted into the American Academy of Nursing’s (AAN) 2012 Class of Fellows at the AAN’s 39th Annual Meeting and Conference held in October.

Also among the 2012 inductees were School of Nursing alumnae Darlene Curley, MS, BSN ’80, RN; Marla De Jong, PhD, MS’96, RN, CCNS; Sharon Dudley-Brown, PhD ’95, FNP-BC; Alexandra Garcia, PhD, MS ’95, RN, APHN; Mary Beth Makic, PhD, MS ’92, RN, CCNS; Charlene Pope, PhD, MPH, BSN ’74, RN, CNM; and Christine L. Savage, PhD ’97, MS ’93, RN.  Congratulations to all of our new Fellows!

Dr. Jeanne Geiger-Brown and Dr. Jane Kapustin

Farrar One of UM’s Top Heart Walk Fundraisers

Jocelyn Farrar, DNP, CCRN, ACNP-BC, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, was one of the top three fundraisers representing the University of Maryland team (UMB/UMMC/UMMS) at the 2012 American Heart Association Baltimore Heart and Stroke Walk, held in October. Farrar, the UMSON team leader of TEAM AUDREY, participated in honor of her 2-1/2 year old granddaughter Audrey Farrar, who received two major life-saving surgeries for a heart defect. In addition to Farrar, Dean Janet Allan and a number of UMSON faculty, staff, and alumni participated in the walk. The UM team raised nearly $64,000, just shy of their $65,000 goal.

Assistant Professor Joan Davenport and Dean Janet Allan celebrate at the finish line.

Refining HIV Prevention is Topic of Franklin Lecture

David Vlahov, PhD, MS ’80, BSN ’77, RN, FAAN, dean and professor, University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing, delivered the Dean’s Distinguished Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture, “HIV-I Prevention: What Have We Learned in the Past 30 Years,” at the School of Nursing in October. During his talk, Dr. Vlahov stressed de-stigmatizing HIV/AIDS, normalizing testing, and safe practices as keys to preventing the spread of the virus. By minimizing the stigma of HIV/AIDS, it is hoped that more people will disclose their status and seek proper care, which would be a big help combined with other options.

Dr. David Vlahov

First Education Intensive Faculty Members Named

Assistant Professors Marian Grant, DNP, RN, CRNP, ACHPN; Allison Davis, PhD, APHN, BC; and Naomi “Bea” Himmelwright-Lamm, EdD, RN, have been named the School of Nursing’s first Education Intensive Faculty (EIF) members. The EIF program, designed to support and develop faculty members who engage in the scholarship of teaching, is funded by an endowment that focuses on faculty development and recruitment. The program is administered by the Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions in close collaboration with UMSON department chairs.

Representatives from Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence Visit UMSON

Donald Jonas, founder of the Jonas Center for Nursing Education and Darlene Curley, executive director of the Jonas Nurse Leadership Scholar program, visited UMSON in October. They met with Dean Allan and UMSON Jonas Scholars, as well as several faculty members and members of the UMSON Development staff. The scholars had an opportunity to introduce themselves and tell the Jonas representatives about their academic and professional goals.

Founder of Jonas Center and Executive Director of the Scholar Program Meet with UMSON

UMSON Celebrates Diversity

UMSON celebrated its diversity with an Expressive Arts Content organized by the UMSON Diversity Task Force. The event, held Nov. 5 at UMSON, featured original works of art by faculty, staff, and students that expressed what diversity meant to them. Entries were judged on creativity, originality, and how clearly they addressed the theme, “What Does Diversity Mean to Me?”

Prizes were awarded in each category (faculty, staff, and student). Wendy Bridges, administrator, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, won the grand prize for her hand stitched entry, “Diversity Knits Us Together.”

Wendy Bridges and Dean Janet Allan

STTI Pi Chapter Celebrates Nightingale’s Birthday

UMSON faculty, staff, and students were invited to celebrate Florence Nightingale’s birthday with cake provided by the Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. The celebration took place in the UMSON lobby on Oct. 8. Happy Birthday, Flo!

Sigma Theta Tau members serve Nightingale cake.

New Faculty & Staff

Mary Ellen Haisfield-Wolfe, PhD '09, MS ’86, BSN ’81, has joined UMSON as clinical research manager in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health. She comes to UMSON from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, where she served as a research nurse. Prior to that position, she worked as an instructor in Harford Community College’s Division of Allied Health.

Faculty Kudos

Mary Lynn Davis-Ajami, PhD, MBA, MS, NP-C, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, gave the following poster presentation: 

Wu, J., Davis-Ajami, M.L., Sykes, L., Keiser, S. (2012, Nov 3-7). Persistence in use of      antidepressants in pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid in the United States.             International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 15th Annual European conference, Berlin, Germany.

Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research and associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been named to the editorial board of Nursing Research, a peer-reviewed journal that covers key issues including health promotion, human responses to illness, acute care nursing research, symptom management, cost-effectiveness, vulnerable populations, health services, and community-based nursing studies.

Marian Grant, DNP, RN, ACHPN, CRNP, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, has been invited to serve on the Public Engagement Workgroup for the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care. The coalition consists of 85 organizations, headquartered in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to transform advanced illness care by empowering consumers, changing the health care delivery system, improving public and private policies, and enhancing provider capacity.

Vivian Koroknay, MS, RN, CRRN, CNE and Mary Pat Ulicny, MS, RN, CNE, clinical instructors in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health at Universities at Shady Grove, earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) in September after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League of Nursing.

Vivian Koroknay, Pamela Shumate, and Mary Pat Ulicny

Nancy B. Lerner, DNP, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, gave the following poster presentation:

Lerner, N.B. (October, 2012). RN staffing and quality in Maryland nursing homes. National Gerontological Nursing Association meeting, Baltimore, Md.

Deborah McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, served as a grant reviewer on National Cancer Institute Subcommittee F: Institutional Training and Education Grants, Oct. 15-16, in Bethesda, Md.           

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH), and Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN, associate professor, OSAH, were co-authors of the following publication:

Newhouse, R.P., Weiner, J.P., Stanik-Hutt, J., White, J.M., Johantgen, M., Steinwachs, D., Bass, E., Zangaro, G. (2012). Implications for Optimizing Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Use Nationally. Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice, 13(2), 81-89.

Matt Rietschel, MS, director, educational strategies and clinical instructor, and Kathleen Buckley, PhD, RN, IBCLC, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Health, gave the following presentations at the 18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning, held in Orlando, Fla., October 10-12:

“Educating Through Web Conferencing: Effective Instructional Strategies and Best Practices” and “Preparing Blended Courses with Web Conferencing for Quality Matters Certification.”

Pamela Shumate, DNP, RN, CCRN-CMC, clinical instructor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, Universities at Shady Grove, earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice last summer. Her Capstone Project was “Developing a Needs Assessment for Ongoing Preceptor Development.”

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, is mentoring a Fulbright scholar from Brazil, Luciana Goncalves. Her dissertation work, is on nursing informatics competencies for Brazilian nurses.

Nancy Staggers co-authored the following new publications:           

Staggers, N., & Blaz, J. (2012). Research on nursing handoffs for medical and surgical settings: An integrative review. Journal of Advanced Nursing. E-pub July 5, 2012.

Koch, S.H., Westenskow, D., Weir, C,, Agutter, J, Haar, M., Görges. M., Liu, D., Staggers, N. (2012). ICU nurses' evaluations of integrated information displays on user satisfaction and perceived mental workload. Stud Health Technol Inform, 180, 383-387.

Debra Wiegand, PhD, RN, FAAN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, co-authored the following new publication:

Wiegand, D.L., & Funk, M. (2012). Consequences of clinical situations that cause critical care nurses to experience moral distress. Nursing Ethics, 19(4), 479-487.

Marisa Wilson, DNSc, MHSc, RN-BC, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH); Lyn Murphy, PhD, MBA, RN, assistant professor, OSAH: and Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chair, OSAH, co-authored the following manuscript: 

Wilson, M.L., Murphy, L.S., Newhouse, R.P. (2012). Patients’ Access to Their Health Information: A Meaningful-Use Mandate. Journal of Nursing Administration, 42(11), 493–496.  doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182714538

Student News

Bachelor of Science in Nursing student Theresa Card was awarded a 2012 Nursing Foundation of Maryland (NFM) Scholarship at the Maryland Nurses Association’s (MNA) Annual Convention, held in October. The NFM annually awards scholarships of up to $1,000 each to undergraduate or graduate nursing students in Maryland to promote nursing education and improved patient outcomes. 

Maryanne Reimer presents scholarship to Theresa Card

Mark Your Calendar!

The Oral Systemic Link: Creating Collaborative Initiatives, presented by the University of Maryland Schools of Dentistry and Nursing – Monday, Dec. 10  (all day) – Southern Management Corporation Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, Md. To register or for more information:

Alumni News & Notes

Alumni Updates

Marlena Henry, BSN ’05, is an RN at Vanguard Health Systems in Detroit, Mich.

Claudia M. Smith, PhD, MPH, BSN '65, RN-BC, former assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, is co-editor and author of the 5th edition of Maurer, F., & Smith, C. (2013). Community/Public health nursing practice: Health for families and populations, published Oct. 1, 2012 by Elsevier. Frances A. Maurer, MS '79, RN-BC is also a former faculty member at UMSON.

Susan Dale Tannenbaum, MS ’02, APRN, FNP-BC, is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Hawaii Pacific University in Kaneohe, Hi.

Baltimore Area Alumni Happy Hour Held in Canton

Baltimore area alumni gathered for a networking happy hour Thursday, Oct. 18, at Canton Dockside in Baltimore. Attendees made some great connections and even won some door prizes! Attending the event were pediatric nursing specialists Celia Bardoff and Mary Burr, who taught Eleanor Cochran and Christina Green, also in attendance. They enjoyed the chance to reconnect with their former students.

Baltimore area alumni happy hour attendees

Alumni Volunteer for Community Service Projects

On October 10, UMSON alumni volunteers Carla Berard, MS ’10 and Joan Davenport, PhD ’00, led by Liz Krug, MS ’10, chair, Alumni Council Recent Graduate Committee, met at My Sister’s Place and served breakfast to more than 80 women. Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, and Liz’s parents assisted in the effort. My Sister’s Place provides women with shelter, education, and training for employment.

On October 23, UMSON alumni and UM student volunteers prepared 70 meals and delivered them to members of the community at two different sites. This outreach effort is through Project Jump Start, an on-campus volunteer program that provides members of the community with a meal twice per week.

Project Jump Start Team

Volunteers Needed for Alumni Council Community Service Program

The UMSON Alumni Council is seeking volunteers for a community service project at Paul’s Place, an organization that provides children and adults with a number of services, including hot meals, educational training, after school programs, clothing, and access to a nurse’s clinic. Four to five alumni are invited to volunteer to staff the nurse’s clinic from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Dec. 12, 2012 and/or Jan. 16, 2013.

If you would like to volunteer, please send an email with your availability and contact information to For more information call Cynthia Sikorski at 410-706-0674. 

Attention California Alumni!

Save the date to meet UMSON’s new dean, Dr. Jane M. Kirschling, at one of two special alumni events in California:

  • Lunch on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in San Diego or
  • Brunch on Sunday, January 27, 2013 in San Francisco

Details on the event locations and ticket prices will follow shortly.  Questions? Contact Cynthia Sikorski at 410-706-7640 or

Reunion 2013 – Saturday, April 27

If your DIN or BSN graduation year ends in a “3” or “8,” mark your calendar for the 2013 Reunion on Saturday, April 27, 2013. We are working on some unique programming for the classes of 2003 and 2008. More information will be forthcoming. If you would like to help out as a Class Representative, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, at or 410-706-0674. For more information, visit the alumni web site at:

School of Nursing in the News

Dean Janet Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, is quoted in an article, "Nurse Leaders React to Election, Moving Forward with Reforms" in

An article in the Baltimore Business Journal, "University of Maryland School of Nursing Names New Dean," mentions current dean, Janet D. Allan, and quotes University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay A. Perman.

An article, "New Dean Named at University of Maryland School of Nursing to Start in January," in mentions retiring School of Nursing Dean Janet D. Allan and the new dean of the School, Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Christina Calamaro, PhD, CRNP, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, is quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story, "Caffeinated Drinks Not Risky for Most, Experts Say."

Jane Kapustin, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and assistant dean for the master’s and DNP programs, and Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and assistant dean for research, were featured in the Baltimore Business Journal section "People on the Move" and Geiger-Brown's photo was in The Baltimore Sun.

Yulan Liang, PhD, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Health, is mentioned in the article, “Study: Nurses’ Practice Environment Vital to Identifying Medication Errors," in

Assistant Professor Marik Moen, MPH, MS, RN, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health and the School of Nursing’s International Nurse Exchange Program are mentioned in a story, "International Nursing Programs Provide Students, Educators with Opportunities to Learn in Other Countries."

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health is mentioned in an article, "Providing Better Treatment to Elderly Patients," in Eye World.

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