Apply NowGivingAlumniEventsDirectoryStudent Logins
HomeAbout UsAdmissionsAcademic ProgramsResearchCollaborative OutreachStudent ResourcesPublic Affairs

October 2013

Welcome to the October issue of School of Nursing News, an electronic newsletter designed to inform, engage, inspire, and connect with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other constituents of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON).

Edmunds Lecture Focuses on “The CAPABLE Project”

Sarah SzantonThe annual Millicent Geare Edmunds Lecture, held at UMSON on Sept. 16, featured guest speaker Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, MS ’98, CRNP, an associate professor in the Department of Community and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. While providing house calls in East and West Baltimore, Dr. Szanton saw the need to address housing as well as health care to decrease disability among older adults. In her talk, “Seeking to Bend the Cost Curve by Applying Lessons Learned in Practice: The CAPABLE Project,” Dr. Szanton addressed the clinical observations that led to an active program of research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Affordable Care Act, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that has the possibility of saving tax dollars while improving lives.

New Lactation Center Opens at UMSON

Faculty, staff, students, and guests of UMSON joined University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Jay A. Perman, MD, and UMSON Dean Jane Kirschling on Sept. 25 for the grand opening of UMSON's s new lactation center. The lactation center provides a private space for nursing mothers to pump breast milk. It has three stations with two hospital grade Medela pumps and a refrigerator to store milk. UMSON’s lactation center is the seventh to be opened on the UMB campus. Read more at:

Lactation Center Grand Opening

UMSON Faculty and Staff Support Sustainability

UMSON faculty and staff were enthusiastic and active participants in learning how to “Recycle it Right” by “Scraping and Slapping into a Slim Jim” recycling bin at the all-school picnic in August. This exercise demonstrated that UMSON can lead the way in the campus-wide commitment to modeling sustainability. If you are interested in the UMB sustainability initiative and supporting or becoming a member of the UMSON Green Team, contact Robyn Gilden at

See video for a recycling refresher:

Harvest for the Holidays to Benefit Paul’s Place

Since the late 1990s, UMSON has had a partnership with Paul’s Place. It is a clinical site for the Department of Family and Community Health and a leader for improving the quality of life for residents of Pigtown/Washington Village and surrounding communities in Southwest Baltimore.

This year, a Harvest for the Holidays is being sponsored by Sisters4Sisters, Inc. Baltimore Chapter to benefit Paul’s Place. The following items are needed to fill baskets with holiday foods: pancake mix, syrup, brownie mix, stuffing, and turkey gravy. If you would like to contribute to this effort, please drop off your donation to Beverly Horne, UMSON Room 616 by Friday, Nov. 15. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Horne at or 410-706-6002.

Faculty & Staff Appointments

Michelle Gonzalez, PhD(c), CRNA, MSOM, Dipl. OM, Lic. AC, has joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as a clinical instructor. She comes to UMSON from University of Maryland Medical Center. She is also in the United States Navy Reserve, where she is a Commander and the Department Head for Anesthesia for the Reserve Same Day Surgery Program at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda. Michelle holds a BSN from North Park College, Chicago; an MSN from DePaul University; a diploma in Nurse Anesthesia from Ravenswood Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago; and an MS in Oriental Medicine and BS in Nutrition from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership at Trident University International based in California.  

Grants & Contracts

Elizabeth Galik, PhD ’07, CRNP, associate professor, has been awarded a five-year, $1,025,000 grant from the National Institute of Aging to examine the challenges of providing care for nursing home residents confronted with health issues, including dementia, through the Function and Behavior Focused Care for the Cognitively Impaired (FBFC-CI) approach. Dr. Galik and her team will implement this trial with 480 residents in 12 nursing homes across the Maryland and Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Read more at:

Marian Grant, DNP '10, RN, CRNP, ACHPN, assistant professor, and Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, professor, UM School of Pharmacy, received a $102,000 grant from Maryland’s Office of Health Care Quality to develop an online education for nurses, social workers, and nursing assistants working in nursing homes and long-term care facilities to better care for their patients. The title of the grant is “Improvement in Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes in Caring for Older Adults with Advanced Illness.”

Robin Newhouse, PhD ’00, MS ’99, BSN ‘87, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, is a co-investigator on an innovative five-year, $5 million capacity building grant awarded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to Daniel Mullins (PI), PhD, professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. See: The PATient-centered Involvement in Evaluating the effectiveNess of TreatmentS (PATIENTS) Program is designed to enhance the existing infrastructure at the University of Maryland (Baltimore and College Park) to enhance patient-centered outcomes research. Dr. Newhouse will be responsible for building capacity in evidence translation, dissemination, and implementation by: developing infrastructure for dissemination and implementation of research products and findings to patients, patient advocates, clinicians, and health care systems; building sustainable digital infrastructure for data mining, data set integration, and virtual collaborations for training and research; providing mentorship for faculty research development and tools and methods for implementation and dissemination.

Dr. Newhouse, along with Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN, associate professor and interim assistant dean for the PhD program; Nina Trocky, DNP, RN, assistant professor; Sue Thomas, PhD, MS ’73, BSN ’69, RN, FAAN, professor; and Matt Rietschel, MS, clinical instructor and director of instructional technology, will also be conducting a capacity building sub-project (Improving Heart Failure Outcomes in Rural Hospitals) with Riverside Health System in Virginia. Dr. Terris Kennedy, chief nursing officer/vice president at Riverside Health System, is a member of the PATIENTS Internal Steering Committee. The goal of this project is to test an evidence-based nursing intervention successful in non-rural settings in two rural hospitals using a quasi-experimental approach, evaluating patient outcomes (readmissions at 7 and 30 days post discharge, knowledge and self-care post discharge). They will also determine which health care processes and outcomes are most important to patients with heart failure who live in rural areas.

Mary Regan, PhD, RN, associate professor, and Jacques Ravel, PhD, professor, UM Institute of Genomic Science, have been awarded a $1.8 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) to examine the effect of diet on vaginal microbiota and preterm birth (PTB). Drs. Regan and Ravel, in collaboration with researchers from UMSON and NINR, will investigate this health issue by studying 400 pregnant women from Baltimore City neighborhoods that have higher than average PTB rates. Findings from the study are expected to determine if modifying social and biological behavioral factors have any influence on the composition, frequency, and duration of change in the vaginal microorganisms during pregnancy and if there is any association with PTB. Read more at:

Christopher Ward, PhD, associate professor, has been awarded a two-year, $531,594 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The disease is  caused by a mutation in the dystrophin gene, resulting in the absence or reduction of the dystrophin protein. Currently, gene-based treatments targeting the replacement of the dystrophin gene or the enhancement of dystrophin expression have not yet reached therapeutic effectiveness. Ward is seeking to identify novel molecular pathways that can be therapeutically targeted to slow the disease’s progression until a genetic cure is realized. Read more at:

Faculty Kudos

Janice Hoffman, PhD ‘06, RN, assistant professor and assistant dean for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, has been elected president of the Maryland Nurses Association (MNA). She has been an officer of the Association since 2008 and officially took over the reins as MNA’s president at its annual conference earlier this month. As president, Dr. Hoffman will be working with MNA’s Board of Directors and district presidents on nursing policy and legislation and recruiting people to serve on committees. Read more at:

Robin P. Newhouse, PhD '00, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been elected to a four-year term on the AcademyHealth Board of Directors. In her newly-elected role, Newhouse and the board are responsible for providing the overall strategic direction for AcademyHealth, an organization that seeks to improve health and health care by generating new knowledge and moving knowledge into action. It is a leading health services and policy research national organization that supports health professionals in increasing the quality, accessibility, and value of health care through the development and use of rigorous, timely, and relevant evidence. Read more at:

Nancy Staggers, PhD '92, MS '84, RN, FAAN, professor, was elected as a regional board member for Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and as the regional representative to the Alliance for Nursing Informatics.

Faculty Publications & Presentations

Louise Jenkins, PhD '85, MS '81, RN, professor and co-director of the Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions, co-authored the following publication: 

Sowan, A. and Jenkins, L.S. (2013). Designing, delivering, and evaluating an interactive hybrid nursing research course using the seven principles of effective teaching. Nursing Education Perspectives, 34(5), 315-322.

In addition, Dr. Jenkins presented the following paper at the National League for Nursing Education Summit in Baltimore, September 20: “Transition to Teaching:  An Orientation Series for New Faculty.”

Louise Jenkins, Carol O’Neil, PhD, RN, professor and co-director of the Institute for Educators in Nursing and the Health Professions, and Susan Bindon, DNP '11, MS '96, RN, assistant professor, presented the following poster at the NLN Conference, held Sept. 20 in Baltimore: 

Jenkins, L.S., O’Neil, C., Bindon, S. The Institute for Educators: Addressing the Nursing Faculty Shortage. NLN Nursing Education Conference, Baltimore, Md., Sept. 20, 2013.

Robin P. Newhouse, PhD ’00, MS ’99, BSN ‘87, RN, FAAN, co-authored the following publications:

Uys, L.R., Newhouse, R.P.,  Oweis, A., Liang,  X.L. (2013).  Descriptive survey of the contextual support for nursing research in 15 countries.  Curationis, 36 (1), available at doi: 10.4102/curationis.v36i1.126

Zeng, J.Y., An, F.R., Xiang, Y.T., Qi, Y.K., Ungvari, G.S., Newhouse, R., Yu, D.S., Lai, K.Y., Yu, L.Y., Ding, Y.M., Tang, W.K., Wu, P.P., Hou, Z.J., Chiu, H.F. (2013). Frequency and risk factors of workplace violence on psychiatric nurses and its impact on their quality of life in China. Psychiatry Research.  doi:pii: S0165-1781(13)00329-6. 10.1016/j.psychres.2013.06.013. Epub ahead of print.

Lynn Oswald, PhD, RN, professor, co-presented the following poster:

Oswald, L.M., Wand, G.S., Kuwabara, H., Wong, D.F., Brown, C.H. Risk-Taking and stress are positively associated with amphetamine-induced dopamine release in humans. Poster presentation at the 14th Congress of the European Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism. Warsaw, Poland, Sept. 10, 2013.

Nancy Staggers, PhD '92, MS '84, RN, FAAN, professor, co-authored the following new publication:

Matney, S., Maddox, L. & Staggers, N. (2013). Nurses as knowledge workers: Is there evidence of knowledge in patient handoffs? Western Journal of Nursing Research. e-publication July 25, 2013. 

Student News

Gordon Han, a BSN student at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), has been awarded a Nursing Foundation of Maryland Scholarship from the Maryland Nurses Association (MNA). This scholarship promotes nursing education and improves patient outcomes. Scholarship recipients demonstrate and exemplify academic achievement, leadership, and community service in the practice of nursing. Gordon received the scholarship at the MNA convention held recently in Baltimore.

Katie Townsend, a BSN student at USG, co-authored the following publication:

Memisevic, V., Zavaljevski, N., Pieper, R, Rajagopala, S.V., Kwon, K., Townsend, K,, Yu, C., Yu, X., Deshazer, D., Reifman, J., Wallqvist, A. (2013). Novel burkholderia mallei virulence factors linked to specific host-pathogen protein interactions. Molecular and Cellular Proteomics. E-pub. June 24, 2013.

On October 1, the Universities at Shady Grove, in conjunction with Kaiser Permanente, held a Poverty Simulation exercise for more than 130 students from the School of Nursing; University of Maryland, College Park Criminal Justice; Towson University Education; and University of Maryland, Baltimore County Social Work. More than 40 volunteer staffers played the roles of various resources (social services, bank, supermarket, pawn shop, school, etc.). Students played roles of people and families living in poverty and had to figure out how to survive for one month with the resources they were given. Students and volunteers who had personal experience with living in poverty shared their experiences during a very profound, moving, and powerful de-briefing session.

The University of Maryland Association of Nursing Students at USG sponsored a blood drive on October 3. BSN students and students from the School of Pharmacy’s program at USG volunteered for a variety of jobs, including registering donors, managing the check-in table, and recruiting people to donate blood. 

Blood Drive 2

In the News

Subject: Dr. Jocelyn A. Farrar, Nurse
Source: Baltimore Sun - Sept. 18
Summary: Kathryn VonRueden, a clinical nurse specialist at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and an associate professor in trauma and critical care at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, is quoted in the Baltimore Sun obituary, "Dr. Jocelyn A. Farrar," for Jocelyn A. Farrar, an assistant professor at the School.

Subject: University of Maryland Assistant Dean Joins ANA Advisory Committee
Source: - Oct. 3
Summary: School of Nursing Professor Jeanne Geiger-Brown was featured in the article, “University of Maryland assistant dean joins ANA advisory committee."

Subject: Night Shifts Won't Make You Dumb: No Link Found Between Working Nights and Mental Decline
Source: Medical - Oct. 11; Chicago Tribune - Oct. 11
Summary: Jeanne Geiger-Brown was quoted in the story "Night Shifts Won't Make You Dumb: No Link Found Between Working Nights And Mental Decline" in the Chicago Tribune, and other outlets.,0,3...

Subject: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Appoints Nurse as Chair of Committee
Source: - Oct. 12
Summary: Robin Newhouse was featured in the article, "Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Appoints Nurse as Chair of Committee."

Subject: Robin P. Newhouse Elected to the AcademyHealth Board of Directors
Source: CityBizList - Oct. 15
Summary: Robin Newhouse was quoted in the article, "Robin P. Newhouse Elected to the AcademyHealth Board of Directors."

Subject: Elizabeth Galik Awarded Grant to Study Cognitively Impaired Older Adults
Source: Executive Insight - Oct. 19
Summary: Elizabeth Galik of the School of Nursing was featured in the article, "Elizabeth Galik Awarded Grant to Study Cognitively Impaired Older Adults," in Executive Insight.

Subject: Let Nurse Practitioners Do Their Jobs
Source: The Baltimore Sun - Oct. 21
Summary: Dean Jane M. Kirschling co-authored the op-ed, "Let Nurse Practitioners Do Their Jobs," with Patricia Travis, a past president of the Maryland Nurses Association.

Subject: University of Maryland School of Nursing Opens New Lactation Center
Source: - Oct. 22
Summary: University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay. A Perman, MD, School of Nursing Dean Jane M. Kirschling, and the School of Nursing were mentioned in the article, "University of Maryland School of Nursing Opens New Lactation Center."

Alumni News & Notes

Patricia Abbott, PhD, MS ’92, BSN ’89, an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, was appointed to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) eHealth Technical Advisory Group (TAG). TAG is comprised of prominent, international experts who provide guidance and expertise to the WHO on dedicated topics. 

Sara Barger, BSN ’67, was inducted into the 2013 Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame on October 10 at the Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Event Recaps

Alumni Speaker Series Program Kicks Off on September 9 

The first Alumni Speaker Series Program, held September 9, featured four recent graduates who spoke to current students about their roles at staff nurses. The panel included Noah Bennett, BSN ’13, an RN at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit; Kathleen Hallock, BSN ’13, an RN in Labor and Delivery at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center as part of the University Health Consortium/American Association of Colleges of Nursing New Graduate Nurse Residency program; Anna Lee Stevenson, MS ’12, who works at Sinai Hospital in the ICU; and Caitlin Thomas, BSN ’13, who works in the Pediatric ICU at UMMC. 

Alumni Speaker Series - Nov. 9

Baltimore Area Alumni Networking Event Held October 1

UMSON alumni enjoyed attending a networking event hosted by Dean Jane Kirschling on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Canton Dockside. They had an opportunity to meet Dean Kirschling and make some great connections. A few guests even won fun door prizes!

Alumni Networking Event at Canton Dockside

Upcoming Alumni Events

Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing (WRAIN) Class of 1969 Reunion

Save the dates – November 8-11, 2013 – for a WRAIN Class of 1969 Reunion! Planning is underway for a gathering in Washington, D.C. over the Veterans Day 2013 Weekend. For more information, contact Lynda Whitlow King, BSN ’69, at

Save the Date! Reunion 2014 – Saturday, April 26

If your DIN or BSN graduation year ends in a “4” or “9”, mark your calendar for the 2014 Reunion being held Saturday, April 26. More information will be forthcoming. 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

Alumni Association Volunteer Opportunities

The Alumni Association’s Recent Graduate Committee is recruiting alumni volunteers for the following community service programs during fall 2013 and winter 2014:

My Sister’s Place: a non-profit located in Baltimore that provides women with shelter, education, training for employment, and meals. Join fellow alumni volunteers in preparing and serving breakfast on the following Wednesdays from 7-9 a.m.: Nov. 13, Dec. 4

Paul’s Place: a non-profit located in Southwest Baltimore that provides men, women, and children with a number of services, including hot meals, educational training, after school programs, clothing, and access to a nurse’s clinic. Through a partnership between UMSON and Paul’s Place, UMSON students staff the clinic during the school year as part of their clinical experience. However, volunteers are needed to staff the clinic when UMSON classes are not in session and when students are working on special projects.

You are invited to volunteer with fellow UMSON alumni in staffing the nurse’s clinic at Paul’s Place on the following Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Nov. 6, 2013; Jan. 15, 2014

If you are interested in volunteering, send an email with your contact information and availability to For more information, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, at or 410-706-7640 or Liz Krug, MS ’10, at  

Contact Information