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October 2011

Welcome to the October 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).

Faculty Members/Alumni Inducted as Fellows in AAN

Susan Dorsey, PhD ’01, MS ‘98, RN, associate professor, and Robin Newhouse, PhD ‘00, MS ’99, BSN ‘87 RN, NEA-BC, associate professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, were among 142 nurse leaders inducted as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) during the AAN’s 38th annual meeting and conference held Oct. 13-15 in Washington, D.C. Also among the 2011 inductees were UMSON alumni Kathryn Fiandt, PhD, BSN ’71, RN, FNP-BC, associate dean for graduate programs and clinical affairs, University of Texas Medical Branch; Hae-ra Han, PhD ‘01, RN, associate professor and director, PhD program, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; Karen McQuillan, MS ‘86, BSN ’81, RN, CNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, clinical nurse specialist, University of Maryland Medical Center; C. Fay Raines, PhD ‘85, RN, dean and professor, University of Alabama, Huntsville; Linda Rose, PhD ‘92, RN, associate professor, Department of Acute and Chronic Care, Johns Hopkins University; and David Vlahov, PhD, MS ’80, BSN ’77, RN, dean, University of California at San Francisco School of Nursing.

The AAN’s approximately 1,500 Fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice, and research. Fellows contribute their time and energy to the AAN, and engage with other health care leaders outside the AAN in transforming America's health care system.

Dr. Robin Newhouse and Dr. Susan Dorsey

Newly Renovated Museum Unveiled

A September reception celebrated the opening of UMSON’s newly renovated Living History Museum. Changes to the permanent gallery bring the exhibits to the modern day and update the story of nursing to address contemporary developments such as new nursing specialties, innovative nurse-led research, and the ongoing nursing shortage. Two rotating temporary exhibit spaces, which were added to the permanent gallery area, will cover a variety of historical topics throughout the year that relate to UMSON and the nursing profession. The current rotating exhibit, "Angels of the Battlefield: Nursing during the Civil War," is on display throughout the 150th anniversary of the start of the conflict, and will remain open until January 27, 2012. For more information, visit

New museum exhibits cover a variety of historical topics.

UMSON Hosts Summit to Plan Response to IOM Report on the Future of Nursing

The Maryland Summit on the Future of Nursing drew leaders from nursing education and health care, and physicians, elected officials, state government organizations, and business leaders to UMSON in September for a conference held in response to a 2010 ground-breaking Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

The purpose of the summit was to develop a strategic plan for implementing the recommendations of the IOM report in Maryland. The summit was led by the executive committee of the Maryland Action Coalition, one of 36 state-based coalitions named by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Maryland’s designation was announced Sept. 26 by the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), and the AARP Foundation.

The conference was organized into eight work groups—one for each IOM recommendation—to draft a strategic plan for implementing The Future of Nursing’s recommendations in Maryland.

Members of the Maryland Coalition Executive Committee

Student Success Center Celebrates Grand Opening

UMSON celebrated the grand opening of its Student Success Center (SSC) at an Oct. 3 event. The SSC is funded by a four-year, $980,000 grant through the Who Will Care? Campaign, an initiative aimed at increasing the number of nurse graduates in the state by 1,500 per year, thereby helping to alleviate the shortage of professional nurses. The SSC is designed to meet the needs of pre-licensure students by offering a full array of services to promote their success. These services include academic coaching, writing assistance, academic enrichment workshops guided study sessions, and private peer tutoring.

Student mentors plan their day at SSC

WOR-WIC Community College Students Visit UMSON

More than 60 nursing students from Wor-Wic Community College (WWCC) in Salisbury, Md., visited UMSON on Oct. 7, at the invitation of University of Maryland President Jay A. Perman, MD. The students toured the clinical simulation labs, where they experienced hands-on learning opportunities using high-fidelity mannequins; the Clinical Evaluation and Education labs, where they interviewed standardized patients to practice their clinical and communications skills; and the Living History Museum, where they learned about the rich heritage of UMSON and the nursing profession.

WWCC students get hands-on experience with Sim Man

Komen Visiting Professor at UMSON Oct. 24-28

Frances Marcus Lewis, PhD, MN, RN, professor, University of Washington in Seattle, will serve as UMSON’s sixth Komen Visiting Professor, October 24-28. Dr. Lewis, an oncology nurse clinician and behavioral scientist, has spent her professional life studying families who are affected by serious medical illnesses (especially breast cancer). Her research program has moved from descriptive studies to clinical trials research in psycho-oncology with the goals of enhancing the adjustment and well-being of patients and family members living with cancer across all stages of the disease. Dr. Lewis is also an international consultant in the development of evidence-based psycho-oncology programs, including work in Brazil, Japan, the Ukraine, Taiwan, and Russia. She directs the Family Functioning Research Program at the University of Washington and currently has four active clinical trials. If you would like to schedule time with Dr. Lewis, contact Abby Plusen at or 410-706-4233.

Faculty & Staff Appointments/Transitions

Bimbola Akintade, PhD ’11, MS ’05, MBA, BSN ’03, joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as an assistant professor. He most recently worked part-time as an acute care nurse practitioner in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Md. Prior to that position, Akintade worked as an acute care nurse practitioner in the Surgical Critical Care Unit at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. He holds a PhD, MS, and BSN from UMSON, and an MBA from University of Maryland University College.

Susan Bindon, DNP '11, MS '95, RN-BC, joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as an assistant professor. She previously worked as Senior Consultant, Education Development, at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore, where she developed partnerships with schools of nursing and had oversight of the new graduate residency and preceptor development programs for LifeBridge. Prior to that position, she was Director of the Education Resource Center at LifeBridge Health. Bindon holds DNP and MS degrees from UMSON, as well as a post-master's certificate in teaching in nursing and the health professions. She holds a BSN from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.

Ling-Yin (Lynn) Chen, PhD, joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as an assistant professor and the Office of Academic and Student Affairs as an evaluator. She most recently worked as a research associate at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing (UTASON), where she conducted program evaluation projects, completed annual surveys and reports for curriculum evaluations, administrated program assessment surveys and employer surveys, managed longitudinal data set, and performed data analyses. Prior to that position, Chen served as a graduate research assistant at UTASON. She holds a PhD and an MA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA from Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Michelle Harrison joined the Office of Student and Academic Services as coordinator for community health and compliance. She formerly worked in the Department of Family and Community Health.

William Joyner, BA, joined the Office of Student and Academic Affairs as an admissions specialist. Joyner, who holds a BA degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, previously worked as an intern at the GLBT Community Center in Baltimore and as an instructional assistant at Sylvan Learning Center of Waldorf.

Kwai A. Alier Kwai, PhD, MSc, BSc, joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as a post-doctoral fellow. He most recently worked as a research associate in the Department of Physiology and prior to that, the Department of Medicine, at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Kwai holds a PhD and MSc from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He holds a BSc from the University of Dundee in Scotland.

Mark Weil, BS, joined the Office of Administrative Services as Senior Systems Administrator. He has more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, network design, administration, configuration, and documentation of various applications, platforms, and procedures. Weil most recently worked as Senior Systems Administrator at GANTEC, Inc., where he supported the enterprise network operations and delivery of customized database applications for the Voter Registration System on behalf of the Maryland State Board of Elections. He holds a BS in Computer Networking from Strayer University.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

The Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) recently awarded the 2011 Outstanding Pathfinder Award to Dean Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN.  Dean Allan was recognized for the impact she has had on the nursing profession through her state and national leadership roles. She was also acknowledged for her creativity, dedication, and vision that has helped nursing in the state of Maryland achieve excellent outcomes for patients and gain national recognition as an innovator in nursing and health care. The annual award is presented to a member of the MNA who has demonstrated excellence and creative leadership that fosters development of the nursing profession.

Dean Janet Allan delivered the keynote address, “The Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Report: Implications for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants,” at the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistants National Conference, held Sept. 9 in Baltimore. In addition, she participated in a panel presentation, “Increasing the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Workforce in Maryland: Challenges and Solutions,” at the GWIP Health Care Workforce Summit: Preparing for Health Care 2020, held Sept. 19 in Baltimore.

Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, began her term as the president of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) at the conclusion of GAPNA's annual conference, held September 14-17 in Washington, DC.  GAPNA is a national organization of 1,700 advanced practice nurses whose mission is to promote excellence in advanced practice nursing that enhances the wellbeing of older adults.

Elizabeth Galik co-authored the following publication in a special issue of Nursing OutlookGerontological Nursing: Development of the Science, Education and Practice.

Franklin, PD, Archbold, P.G., Fagin, C.M., Galik, E., Siegel, E., Sofaer, S., & Firminger, K. (2011).  Building academic geriatric nursing capacity:  Results after the first 10 years and implications for the future. Nursing Outlook, 59, 198-206.

Janice Hoffman, PhD, RN, assistant dean for the baccalaureate program, received the Rosalie Silber Abrams Award from the Maryland Nurses Association for her exceptional work in legislative issues. 

Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP, BC-ADM, FAANP, assistant dean for the DNP and Master’s programs and associate professor, has been appointed a member of the Health Care Delivery Reform Subcommittee of the Maryland Health Reform Coordinating Council. The purpose of the committee is to review health care payment and delivery reform efforts in Maryland. The appointment was made by Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Jan Lazear, DNP, RN, clinical instructor, Department of Family and Community Health, successfully presented her Doctor of Nursing Practice capstone project, “Vitamin D Deficiency in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes.” Congratulations, Dr. Lazear!

Jacqueline C. Mitchell, MS, CRNA, director, clinical education, nurse anesthesia master’s specialty, ran the Army Ten Miler, held Oct. 9 in Washington, D.C. She ran a 9.57 mile/hr., with a finish time of 1:39:39. This is the second largest 10 miler in the nation, with 30,000 participants.

Jacqueline Mitchell at the eight-mile mark of the Army Ten Miler

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, authored the following article:

Newhouse, R.P. County and state quality data to inform expanded roles for nursing's future. (2011). Journal of Nursing Administration, 41(9), 343-346.

Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN, associate professor; Lily Fountain, MS, CNM, RN, assistant professor; and Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, co-authored the following article:

Johantgen, M., Fountain, L., Zangaro, G., Newhouse, R.P., Stanik-Hutt, J., and White, K. Comparison of labor and delivery care provided by certified nurse-midwives and physicians: A systematic review 1990-2008. (2011). Women's Health Issues, in press. Pre-release article available at:

Deborah Witt Sherman, PhD, CRNP, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FAAN, professor, was named the University of Maryland, Baltimore Faculty Senate Representative on the Faculty Advisory Council to the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, had the following publications and presentations:

Journal publications:

Guo, J., Irbarren, S., Kapsadkoy, S., Perri, S., & Staggers, N. (2011). Usability evaluation of an Electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR). Applied Clinical Informatics. e-pub ahead of print July 2011.

Staggers, N., Clark, L., Blaz, J., & Kapsandoy, S. (2011). Nurses' information management and use of electronic tools during acute care handoffs. Western Journal of Nursing Research. E-pub ahead of print May, 2011. 

Staggers, N. (2011). The April 2011 Hearing on EHR Usability. Column on crucial conversations about technology design. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, 15(2).

Book chapters:

Nelson, R., & Staggers, N. (2011).  Overview of Nursing Informatics. In K. Mastrian & D. McGonigle (Eds.), Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge (2nd edition).  (pp. 95-109). Burlington, Mass.: Jones & Bartlett Learning.


Using Knowledge Management as a Strategic Planning Tool in Organizations. Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics. Baltimore, Md., July 20, 2011.

Promoting Usability in Organizations with a Health Usability Maturity Model. A Community-Building Workshop: Measuring, Evaluating and Improving the Usability of Electronic Health Records. National Institute for Standards and Technology, June 7, 2011.

Staes C., Bradshaw R., Rajeev D., Mottice S., Lui Z.W., Altamore R., Hulse N., Staggers N., & Narus S. Design and Development of a Standards-based Knowledgebase to Publish Electronic Laboratory Reporting Criteria. 2011 Annual Conference of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), Pittsburg, Penna., June, 2011.  


Gibson, B., Weir, C., Marcus, R., Samore, M., Staggers, N., Jones, J. (2011). Evaluation of Simulation-Based Behavior Change Intervention. National Library of Medicine Fellows Annual Meeting, Bethesda, Md.

Poynton, M.R., Crouch, B.I., Gesteland, P., Allen, T.L., Corneli, H., Wong, B.G., Staggers, N., & Wyckoff, A. (2011). Electronic information exchange between emergency departments and poison control centers: consensus opinion on issues, opportunities, and barriers. Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting, Boston, Mass., June 3, 2011.

Brenda Windemuth, DNP, CRNP, assistant professor, received the Clinical Project Presentation Award at the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association conference, held recently in Washington, D.C. The award is presented for a clinical project that showcases new ideas and outcomes APNs are researching or implementing to further the care of older adults. 

Student News

The University of Maryland Student Government Association’s Executive Board selected BSN student Theresa Card as the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s representative to the University System of Maryland Student Council.

More than 50 Community/Public Health Nursing students from the Universities at Shady Grove visited the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Ft. Detrick, Md., to learn about different nursing career opportunities available to them. A series of presentations on clinical research, including human use and ethics, the role of the protocol nurse, and quality assurance, and talks about international nursing research and career opportunities for military nurses highlighted the day. Students also toured the facility.

USG Students at AMRID, Ft. Detrick, Md

Mark Your Calendar!

Research Seminar – “Social Cognitive Theory: What Does this Theory Offer in Intervention Studies?” – featuring Frances M. Lewis, PhD, MN, RN, professor, University of Washington in Seattle and UMSON Komen Visiting Professor. noon-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, UMSON Room W-202. Free admission. RSVP to or 410-706-2619.

Entry Into Practice Open House for BSN and MS (Clinical Nurse Leader) – 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, UMSON. Free admission; registration required. RSVP to or 410-706-0501.

Dean’s Distinguished Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture, “Evidence-based System Transformation: Keeping the Patient at the Center of Care,” featuring Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, UMSON. Free admission; registration required. RSVP by Oct. 28 to For more information, visit or call 410-706-3767.

Environmental Excellence in Health Care: Measuring Success, featuring keynote address by Christina Vernon, AIA, LEED, AP BD+C, senior director, Sustainability and Environmental Strategy, Office for a Healthy Environment, Cleveland Clinic. 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, UMSON. $55 per person; $30 continuing nursing education: 5.25 contact hours available. For more information, visit

Alumni News & Notes

ANP/GNP Alumni Reconnect at GAPNA Conference

Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner alumni were invited to a reception held in September during the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association’s (GAPNA) 30th Conference in Washington, D.C. Alumni enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with faculty and alumni from the ANP/GNP program.

GAPNA Conference Attendees

Alumni Brunch Held at USG

Dean Janet Allan hosted a brunch for Washington, D.C. area alumni on Sept. 25 at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG).  The program included remarks from Dean Allan on UMSON initiatives, and two current students—Sanna Ali and Regina Leonard—discussed their nursing school experiences. Liz Ness, MS ’93, Alumni Council Vice President, served as emcee for the event. Pam Shumate, MS, RN, clinical instructor at USG and current DNP student, led a tour of the USG Clinical Simulation Labs.

DC Alumni Brunch Attendees

Alumni Council Holds Fall Meeting

The UMSON Alumni Council held their fall meeting Sept. 27 at the School. Dean Janet Allan welcomed the Council’s four new members-at-large: Hershaw Davis, Jr., BSN ’09; Liz Krug, MS ’10; Ruth Lee, DNP ’11, MS ’04; and Wini Hayes, MS ’74, BSN ’71, and presented an update on recent developments at UMSON. Hara Oyedeji, Graduate Student Nursing Association representative, and Sanna Ali, Nursing Student Government Association representative, gave reports about their organization’s activities. Marjorie Fass, MA, assistant dean for student and academic affairs, discussed the admissions process and ways alumni can assist in UMSON’s admissions and recruitment efforts.

Alumni Council Meeting Attendees

Upcoming Alumni Events

Baltimore Area Alumni Happy Hour Planned for Nov. 10

Join fellow Baltimore area alumni for a networking happy hour from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at Della Rose’s Tavern at Canton Crossing, 1501 S. Clinton St., Baltimore, MD 21224.  Make some great connections and enjoy happy hour drink specials, free munchies, and door prizes! Free parking is available. RSVP to Debra Modlin at or call 410-706-7640.

Save the Date! Reunion 2012 – Saturday, April 28

If your DIN or BSN graduation year ends in a “2” or a “7,” mark your calendar for the 2012 Alumni Reunion being held Saturday, April 28. If you would like to volunteer as a Class Representative, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, at or 410-706-0674. For more information, visit the alumni website at:

School of Nursing "In the News"

Subject: Faking Sick Is Less Art, More Science
Source: Washington Post - Oct. 17
Banger Daily News - Oct. 18

Summary: Kathryn Schaivone, MPA, clinical instructor at the School of Nursing comments.

Subject: Caring for Caregivers: Assessing Needs, Offering Help
Source: Clinician Reviews - Oct. 13
Summary: Clinicians can be caregivers allies when it comes to encouraging patient compliance with a treatment regimen, says Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor and Sonia Ziporkin Gershowitz Endowed Chair in Gerontology at the School of Nursing.

Subject: Demand Is High for Pretend Patients
Source: The Washington Post - Oct. 13
Summary: They can’t overact, said Kathy Schaivone, MPA, clinical instructor and director at the School of Nursing.

Subject: Alternative Degrees for Geriatrics Care
Source: Aging Well - Oct. 10
Summary: In hopes of meeting the health care demands of the aging population, Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa, has introduced a new online degree program designed to arm students with the skills that will give them a strong position in the job market to care for baby boomers. "No matter what professional field, everyone will be working with older adults," says Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, president of the American Geriatrics Society and a professor at the School of Nursing.

Subject: DC/Maryland/Virginia Notable Nurses
Source: - Oct. 10
Summary: The School of Nursing's Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, CCRN, assistant professor; Louise Jenkins, PhD, RN, professor; Carol O'Neil, PhD, RN, CNE, associate professor; Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, the Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Endowed Chair in Gerontology; Debra Wiegand, PhD, RN, FAAN, assistant professor; Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor; and Robin Newhouse, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, associate professor, were all mentioned for recent honors and appointments.

Subject: Maryland Nursing Schools Team up to Help RNs Treat Breast Cancer
Source: - Oct. 10
Summary: Entering its sixth year, the Komen Maryland Affiliate Nursing Partnership: Advancing Education and Practice, is bringing new partners on board along with the School of Nursing.

Subject: Heavier Kids Have More Social Problems
Source: iol lifestyle - Oct. 6
Summary: Children who are heavier than their peers at ages four and five are more likely to struggle in their relationships with other children several years later, according to an Australian study. "It's interesting that we're seeing these problems at an early age," said Christina Calamaro, PhD, CRNP, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing.

Subject: Nurse Managed Clinics Provide Critical Services
Source: - Oct. 3
Summary: Opinion letter supporting the Governor's Wellmobile program, affiliated with the School of Nursing.

Subject: Nursing Employment Center
Source: WBAL-AM - Oct. 3
Summary: Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN, associate dean at the School of Nursing, spoke about the Student Success Center, which helps meet the need for more nurses in the work force by assisting students with writing, test-taking, and career development.

Subject: Nurses at the Forefront of Breast Cancer Programs and Initiatives
Source: NurseZone - Oct. 3
Summary: Sandra McLeskey, PhD, RN, professor at the School of Nursing, has transformed the way students and practicing nurses learn about breast cancer through the development of Web-based models that focus on evidence-based research.

Subject: Heavier Children Have More Social Problems, Study Says
Source: (Reuters) - Sept. 23
The Times (Johannesburg) - Sept. 23 - Sept. 25

Summary: Children who are heavier than their peers at ages 4 and 5 are more likely to struggle in their relationships with other children several years later, according to an Australian study. Christina Calamaro, PhD, CRNP, professor at the School of Nursing, says, "I think this speaks to the fact that health care providers need to take weight into consideration at an earlier age, so we can cut it off at the pass before they hit middle school."

Subject: New Targets for Heart Therapies Possible via Newly Discovered Heart Mechanism
Source: MedIndia - Sept. 12
Medical News Today - Sept. 10
Articles of the Heart - Sept. 10 - Sept. 10

Summary: University of Maryland researchers have described for the first time a new mechanism by which heart cells communicate to regulate the heartbeat. The research is detailed in the latest issue of the journal Science. Quoted are Jonathan Lederer, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Technology (BioMET); Christopher Ward, MD, associate professor, School of Nursing; and Benjamin Prosser, PhD, postdoctoral fellow, BioMET.

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