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October 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). 

Benner Presents Findings of Carnegie Report at Edmunds Lecture

More than 500 people gathered at UMSON in September to hear Patricia Benner, PhD, RN, FAAN, one of nursing’s pre-eminent educators and theorists present strategies that will radically reshape the way nurses are taught. Benner offered findings and recommendations from the National Nursing Education Study—the first of its kind in more than 30 years—recently released by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It revealed a need to update the content and process for educating nurses to keep pace with advances in science, technology, and clinical practice.

Benner is a professor emerita at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing and co-author of a book on the Carnegie report, Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation.  She is also the author of Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Nursing Practice

Dr. Benner Delivers Edmunds Lecture

Pellegrini Named Director of Nurse Anesthesia Program

Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, associate professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH), has been named director of the Nurse Anesthesia master’s specialty, effective January 1, 2011. Pellegrini came to UMSON in 2009 and has served as co-director of the anesthesia program since that time. 

Fall 2010 Komen Visiting Professor Announced

Tish Knobf, PhD, RN, FAAN, an internationally known breast cancer researcher and scientist, will join UMSON Nov. 1-5 as the fall 2010 Komen Visiting Professor. Dr. Knobf is a professor at Yale University School of Nursing, where she is responsible for the nursing oncology master's program. If you would like to schedule a presentation by Dr. Knobf for your class or community group, e-mail Abby Plusen at

Welcome New Faculty and Staff

The UMSON family welcomes: Rachel Hamilton, MA, research project coordinator; Richard Kimball, PhD, RN, assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Health (FCH); and Bassel Shalaby, BA, laboratory research technician.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

“A Systematic Assessment of Strategies to Address the Nursing Faculty Shortage, U.S.,” co-authored by Dean Janet Allan and Jillian Aldebron, JD, MA, chief of staff, was selected as the most outstanding article in the Education category by Nursing Outlook. The article was printed in the November/December 2008 issue of the publication.

Robyn Gilden, PhD, RN, assistant professor, FCH, had an article published as follows:

Gilden, R. (2010). Pesticides use in hospitals: health protection, health hazards, and viable alternatives. Nursing Administration Quarterly 34(4): 320-6.

Deborah McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, OSAH, learned recently that her article, “Maintaining Study Validity in a Changing Clinical Environment,” printed in the July/August 2000 edition of Nursing Research, was among the 25 most recently viewed articles in the publication. “It generated significant interest among our readers,” said Molly Dougherty, editor of Nursing Research.

PhD student Luke Michaelson, MS, RN; Guoli Shi, PhD, research specialist, Office of Research; and George Rodney, PhD, assistant professor, OSAH, co-authored the following publication:

Michaelson, L., Shi, G., Ward, C. W., Rodney, G. G. (2010). Mitochondrial redox potential during contraction in single intact muscle fibers. Muscle & Nerve, 42, 522-529.

Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, was one of 30 nurses representing 20 nations, who were competitively selected to attend the Global Nursing Leadership Institute held recently in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference, which was sponsored by the International Council of Nurses, provided senior level nurse leaders the opportunity to build strategic alliances for solving global health challenges and to influence health policy worldwide.

Sandra Picot, PhD, RN, CLNC, FAAN, FGSA, associate professor, OSAH, received Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC) certification, and is now a member of the National Alliance of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants. She attended a six-day certification training program, passed the certification exam, and completed a two-day apprenticeship to achieve the certification.

Kathy Schaivone, MPA, clinical instructor and manager, Clinical Education Evaluation Lab, has been appointed as an Accreditation Site Reviewer by the Council for Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs.

Alison Trinkoff, ScD, RN, FAAN, professor, FCH; Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN, associate professor, OSAH; Carla Storr, ScD, RN, professor, FCH; and Yulan Liang, PhD, associate professor, FCH co-authored the following publication:

Trinkoff, A.M., Johantgen, M., Storr, C.L., Han, K., Liang, Y., Gurses, A.P., Hopkinson, S. (2010). A comparison of working conditions among nurses in Magnet hospitals and non-Magnet hospitals. Journal of Nursing Administration. 40:309-315, 2010.

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

Geiger-Brown, J., Trinkoff, A. Is it time to pull the plug on 12-hour shifts? Part III. Harm reduction strategies if keeping 12-hour shifts. Journal of Nursing Administration, 40(9):357-359, 2010.

Student News from Shady Grove

USG and Dr. Broc

BSN students and faculty at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) coordinated a Children’s Health Fair as part of USG’s first Community Day, held on Saturday, Sept. 25.  Approximately 3,000 visitors attended the event, including Dr. Broc (Broccoli) from Kaiser Permanente.

The following students received scholarships through the USG Scholarship Program: Tiffany Hampton, Mulikat Ishola, Patricia Mukum, Edithe Ngagou, Miriam Hafey, Megan Contento, Victoria Anthony, and Priscilla deOliveria. Three students—Contento, Anthony, and deOliveria—received the prestigious Camille and Clifford Kendall Endowed Scholarship, which awards full tuition and fees until graduation. Each Kendall Scholar has a faculty mentor who will meet with them throughout their course of study.

Mark Your Calendar!

Breast Cancer Awareness Event – 5-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11 – UMSON Room 150. Come and hear a two-time breast cancer survivor’s inspiring story.  Free admission. Presented by the Komen Maryland Affiliate Partnership and the Nursing Student Government Association.

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

Dean’s Distinguished Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture – 4-6 p.m. Dec. 8 – UMSON, Room 130. Jay A. Perman, MD, PhD, president, University of Maryland, Baltimore will be the keynote speaker. Free admission. For more information, visit or call 410-706-3767.

Alumni News & Notes

Dean Janet Allan and Alumni Association President Deborah Schofield, DNP ’09, MS ’95, RN, hosted a brunch for Washington, D.C.-area alumni at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) on Sunday, Sept. 26.  The event brought alumni together to hear a State-of-the-School presentation by Dean Allan and to network and socialize. Current students Nicole Brynes (Baltimore) and Tatyana Bakke (USG) shared their personal stories and perspectives on being a nursing student. Attendees toured the Clinical Simulation Labs and viewed the new UMSON Living History Museum exhibit.  

DC Alumni Brunch

New Alumni Directory Scheduled for 2011

The UMB Foundation, Inc. has contracted Harris Connect to create Alumni Today, a new publication designed to help keep our alumni connected. Harris Connect will produce a 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 Alumni Today 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 on April 30 to reconnect with classmates and renew your pride in UMSON! 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: Roaring Into Nursing
Source: - Oct. 1.
Summary: At Franklin Square Hospital Center's third annual research conference, Kathleen Buckley, PhD, RN, IBCLC, associate professor at the School of Nursing, offered tips on the best ways to disseminate finished research through poster, podium, or manuscript publications.

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 School of Nursing’s 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.

Subject: Rational Use of Antipsychotics in a Black-Box World
Source: MedScape News - Sept. 27
Summary: A presentation highlighting what nurse practitioners can do to facilitate the safe and appropriate use of antipsychotic agents in older adults was featured at the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association 2010 Annual Education Conference and Business Meeting. Presenter Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, assistant professor at the School of Nursing, was interviewed.

Subject: Harming the Healers
Source: The Baltimore Sun - Sept. 22
Summary: Recent workplace violence at Hopkins Hospital should prompt a call for new and stronger state regulations to keep health care workers, patients, and visitors safe in Maryland's health care facilities, contend Kathleen McPhaul, PhD, MPH, RN, assistant professor at the School of Nursing, and Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and director or the Work and Health Research Center.,0,3595419.story

Subject: Troublesome Trends in Hospital Violence
Source: WYPR-FM - Sept. 17
Summary: Violence against hospital staff is more pervasive than the public suspects, says Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of the School of Nursing's Work and Health Research Center and a professor at the nursing school and the School of Medicine. Lipscomb was interviewed on the show Midday With Dan Rodricks.

Subject: Experts: No Need for Metal Detectors at Hopkins
Source: The Baltimore Sun - Sept. 17
Summary: Kathleen McPhaul, PhD, MPH, RN, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, says, "It's just unclear to me whether we have to go to the level of metal detectors, but I'm not sure there's really any other way to make sure someone is not bringing a weapon in."

Subject: Diversity in Health Care
Source: The Baltimore Sun - Sept. 12
Summary: Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor at the School of Nursing, says the Maryland Alliance to Transform the Health Professions targets universities as "the pipeline to the education of the workforce and key to increasing diversity." Pictured is Rachel Hitt, MS, RN, CNL, assistant director of the School's clinical simulation lab.

Subject: Technology Jobs Expected to Grow at an Exceptional Rate
Source: - Aug. 31
Summary: "Health care reform and advances in technology have propelled the need for trained informaticists in health care to new heights," said Marisa Wilson, DNSc, MHSc, RN, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing.$438031523-828.html

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