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October 2009

Welcome to the October 2009 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).

Edmunds Lecture Highlights Health Care Reform

Marla Oros, MS, BSN '84, RNMarla Oros, MS, BSN ’84, RN, president, The Mosaic Group, delivered the 2009 Millicent Geare Edmunds Lecture, “Health Care Reform: What Really Needs to Happen?” Thursday, Oct. 8. A seasoned community health practitioner and community innovator, Oros discussed how the practice of community health must be radically retooled to promote health and wellness for the next generation. “A new set of health issues, capacities, and partnerships will be necessary to achieve true health care reform that changes outcomes and addresses the alarming health disparities confronting some of our nation’s poorest communities,” she said.



This Month in School of Nursing History

In October 1926, a 30-bed children’s department opened at University Hospital, allowing the Hospital’s Training School for Nurses to provide onsite pediatric clinical experiences for its students.

New Web Site Unveiled

UMSON’s newly designed Web site, launched October 5, concludes a nine-month project to create a new Web presence for the School. The goal of the project, led by Bryan Hantman, director of Web development and e-communications, was to reconstruct the Web site in response to market demands and trends within higher education, best practices in Web development and design, and overall expectations of functionality in a Web site.

Faculty and Staff Kudos

Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor, was named a supporting member of the National Priorities Partnership’s Population Health Work Group. The Partners will work together to ensure that all Americans receive the most effective preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, adopt the most important healthy lifestyle behaviors known to promote health, and that the health of American communities will be improved according to a national index of health. In addition, Dean Allan has been appointed to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Task Force on The Future of Research-Focused Doctoral Programs. The Task Force is charged with developing a "preferred future" and quality indicators for research-focused doctoral programs.

Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN, associate professor Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, was the first recipient of the Research Mentorship Award from the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues, a special interest group from AcademyHealth. AcademyHealth is the primary professional organization for health service researchers. Johantgen was honored with a plaque and honorarium at the 2009 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting held in Chicago.

Karen Johnson PhD, RN, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, and Timothy Meyenberg, MS, CNL, Senior Clinical Nurse I, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, University of Maryland Medical Center, had their paper, “Physiologic Rationale and Current Evidence for Therapeutic Positioning of Critically Ill Patients,” published in the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ Advanced Critical Care.

Ann Mech, JD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, received the Delmarva Foundation’s 2009 Trustee “Driving Quality” Award, which recognizes the importance of hospital board leadership and support for initiating and sustaining quality improvement efforts. She was the only trustee of a hospital board in Maryland who received the award. Delmarva is this region’s quality review organization for Medicare and several other third party payers. Mech received the award at the Maryland Healthcare Education Institute’s 34th Annual Medical Staff and Governance Leadership Conference, held recently in Hershey, Pa.

A manuscript, “Outcomes Assessment of Clinical Information Systems Implementation: A Practical Guide,” co-authored by Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, and her colleagues, Dr. Vinay Vaydia, Mr. Danny Ho, Dr. Barbara Scharf, and Dr. Jake Seagull, was selected as the Best Practice Paper published in 2007-2008 in Nursing Outlook, the official journal of the American Academy of Nursing. The article, based on their work as members of the multidisciplinary University of Maryland, Baltimore Informatics and Human Factors Journal Club, was presented at the School of Nursing’s 2005 Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics. Nahm and her colleagues will be recognized at a November reception in Atlanta sponsored by Nursing Outlook and the publisher, Elsevier.

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been selected as the American Academy of Nursing’s (AAN) 2009 Nurse Leader in Aging. She will be honored during the AAN’s annual meeting, being held in Atlanta, November 5-7.

Rosemarie Satyshur, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, gave a presentation, “Grandparents Raising Children—Community-Based Interventions to Improve Health,” at Generations United’s 14th International Interdisciplinary Conference, held recently in Washington, D.C.

Grants and Contracts

Assistant Professors Cynthia Renn, PhD, RN, and Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, received an administrative supplement grant of $99,262 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Nursing Research, to support the purchase of equipment that will facilitate enhanced measurement of the effects of HIV drug-induced peripheral neuropathies in mice. This work is part of a study, BDNF signal strength modulates NRTI-induced allodyni, supported by Dorsey’s R-01. Renn was responsible for writing this grant proposal, which is her first successful NIH proposal submission.

Co-principal investigators Chris Ward, PhD, and Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, associate professors in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, received a $2,204,914 grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health. Their study, trkB.T1 as a Genetic Modifier of Muscular Dystrophy, was funded under the RC2 Grand Opportunities mechanism under the ARRA program. This study will be conducted in collaboration with Dr. Eric Hoffman of the Children’s Research Institute at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C., and Dr. Clair Fraser-Liggett, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Institute for Genomic Science. This translational study will determine whether the cell surface receptor trkB.T1 is regulated differently in children with muscular dystrophy as well as in animal models of muscular dystrophy. A secondary aim will be the first ever sequencing of the human and animal dystrophic genome. The results of this study could identify novel therapeutic targets to improve muscle function in children with this disease.

Mary Jess Regan, PhD, RN, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, received a $231,251 grant from the NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, her first NIH funding, to support a two-year, R21 study, A Study of the Factors Influencing Women’s Decisions About Childbirth.

Student News

Bismark Oteng, a junior in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), was one of eight students (out of more than 3,000 applicants) awarded a Camille & Clifford Kendall Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship, named for USG Board of Advisors member Clifford Kendall and his wife Camille, provides at least 20 scholarships annually to junior- and senior-level students who have demonstrated financial need, shown high potential for success, intend to remain in Maryland after graduation, and demonstrated prior service to others.

Alumni News and Notes

Judith Levine, BSN ’89, was elected to a two-year term for the National Latino AIDS Action Network (NLAAN) Steering Committee, representing the Washington, D.C. metro area. NLAAN is a coalition representing the major organization that works with Latino populations affected by HIV across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Upcoming Lectures and Conferences

“The Nurse’s Role in Buprenorphine Treatment: Best Practices and Future Trends,” 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 – UMSON. Featuring nationally recognized experts in the field of buprenorphine treatment. Free admission. Up to seven nursing contact hours are available. For more information, visit or e-mail

“Environmental Excellence in Health Care: Greening Maryland Hospitals,” 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 – UMSON. Featuring Kathy Gerwig, MBA, vice president and Workplace Safety and Environmental Stewardship officer, Kaiser Permanente. Fee: $55. For more information, visit or e-mail

Dean’s Distinguished Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture: “Nickel and Dimed: On “Not” Getting by in America,” 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 – UMSON. Featuring renowned author and journalist Barbara Ehrenreich. Reception and book signing immediately following. Free admission. For more information, visit or e-mail

“Palliative Care: Enhancing Competencies through Interdisciplinary Collaboration,” Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 2-3. For more information, visit or e-mail

IRB Lectures

Surviving CICERO,” Lynnee Roane, BS, nurse coordinator, Office of Research – noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 – UMSON Computer Lab #245. Free admission. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Glendora Williams, 410-706-2619, or

School of Nursing “In the News”

SUBJECT: Nursing Informatics Conference a Success
SOURCE: - Sept. 21
Informatics and nursing are becoming ever more intertwined, which might explain why about 400 nurses from 46 states and five countries came to Baltimore for the 19th annual Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics conference July 22 to 25 at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Judy Ozbolt, RN, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, FAIMBE, served as program chair for SINI 2009 and also is professor and program director, nursing informatics at the School of Nursing.

SUBJECT: A Research Conference for the Bedside Nurse
SOURCE: - Sept. 21
Robin Newhouse, RN, PhD, CNAA, BC, CNOR, assistant dean and associate professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, delivered a presentation regarding types of research and selecting an appropriate research design for a research study.

SUBJECT: Nursing Programs – Colleges Address Critical Shortages
SOURCE: Baltimore Sun Education Supplement – Sept. 13
At the University of Maryland School of Nursing, total enrollment in the school’s nurse practitioner programs has literally doubled in the past five years. Nurse practitioners, many of whom work for physicians, are stepping up to the plate and performing admirably in a variety of specialties and settings, says Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP, RN, assistant dean for master’s studies and associate professor at the School. NPs are providing close to 40 percent of primary care in Maryland.

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