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September 2012

Welcome to the September 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).  

UMSON/Governor’s Wellmobile to Participate in P.G. County “Convoy of Care”

An event held Sept. 12 at Buck Lodge Middle School in Landover, Md., launched a new partnership, “Convoy of Care,” with Prince George’s County Schools, Children’s Medical Center, Mary’s Center, UMSON Governor’s Wellmobile program, the Deamonte Driver Dental Project, and SMILE Maryland that will provide free medical and dental care to students in 175 public schools throughout P.G. County. Leading the roster of speakers was Rushern L. Baker, III, P.G. county executive, who announced the partnership before a crowd of more than 100 students, guests, and community members. Kathryn Lothscheutz Montgomery, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, associate dean for strategic partnerships and initiatives, delivered remarks on behalf of UMSON and the Governor’s Wellmobile program.

Kathryn Montgomery delivers remarks at "Convoy of Care" event.

Dean’s Teaching Scholars Announced

Dean Janet Allan recently announced the Dean’s Teaching Scholars for the 2012-13 academic year. The goal of this program, initiated and supported by Dean Allan, is to facilitate development of programs and research that support nursing education. Proposals for one-year projects focusing on research or support of evidence-based practices in teaching or courses/programs that will enhance the teaching/learning process are solicited annually from UMSON faculty members. The following proposals and investigators were approved for 2012-2013:

  • “Impact of a Shortened MBSR Program on First Semester BSN Students Stress, Resilience, Mindfulness and Grade Point Average: A Pilot Randomized Intervention Trial,” Catherine Kelleher, ScD, MPH, MS, RN, associate professor, and Lynn Chen, PhD, MA, assistant professor
  • “High Fidelity Simulation as an Objective Learning Experience for Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Students,” Catherine Haut, DNP, CRNP, assistant professor; Mary Fey, MS, RN, assistant professor and director, Clinical Simulation Labs; and Bimbola Akintade, PhD, MBA, MHA, ACNP-BC, assistant professor

UMSON Participating in Effort to Improve Health Care in Rwanda

UMSON is teaming up with nursing, medical, and public health colleges and universities to assist the government of Rwanda in strengthening its health care system. UMSON is one of 13 top U.S. institutions of higher learning chosen for this unprecedented effort. Following a competitive recruiting campaign, UMSON is sending seven faculty members, three of which are UMSON alumnae, to Rwanda to assist with the health care efforts. The roster of UMSON faculty is headlined by Kathy Schaivone, MPA, director, Clinical Education and Evaluation Laboratory. In addition to UMSON, Duke University, Howard University, New York University, and the University of Illinois, Chicago, are all sending nursing faculty to Rwanda. The University of Maryland School of Medicine will also be participating in this program. Read more:

UMSON Partnering With Montgomery College to Address Statewide Nurse Shortage

A new partnership between Montgomery College and UMSON’s program at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md., is helping to attack the shortage of bedside nurses in Maryland. The joint venture was awarded a two-year Nurse Support Program II grant through the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and the Maryland Higher Education Commission to develop a Model Dual Enrollment (MDE) project.

The goal of the MDE project is to create a smooth transition from the Associate’s Degree in Nursing to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, increasing the number of bedside nursing candidates in Maryland. Although each of the institutions currently has their own nursing program, the grant would allow them to share resources in developing the MDE project. If successful, the project could be duplicated by other colleges and universities in the state, creating even more bedside nursing prospects. Read more:

Six Doctoral Students Named Jonas Scholars

Six UMSON doctoral students are among more than 100 students nationwide to be named Jonas Scholars by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. Two PhD students – Ana Duarte, MS, PMHNP-BC, and Mari Griffioen, MS, RN – and two Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students – Sonia Brown, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, and Susy Postal, MS, RN-BC – have been selected to receive grants from the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program. The program, which launched in 2008, aims to address the nursing faculty shortage by increasing the number of doctoral-prepared faculty available to teach in nursing schools nationwide.  

Among the first cohort to receive scholarship awards from the Jonas Nursing Scholars Program for Veterans Health are PhD student Benjamin Canha, MSN, RN, and DNP student Kathryn Gift, MSN, RN. The program, which launched this fall, seeks to improve veterans’ health care.

Each scholar will receive $10,000 for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years. Read more:

Staff Council Holds School Supplies Drive

The UMSON Staff Council coordinated a school supplies drive in August in support of the University Staff Senate-sponsored drive. The response to the project was remarkable! For the second year in a row, UMSON was among the top contributors to the campus-wide drive. The school supplies drive benefitted the James McHenry Elementary and Middle School.

School supplies donated by UMSON faculty and staff.

Event Recaps

SINI 2012 a Huge Success

More than 400 people gathered at UMSON in July for the 22st Annual Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (SINI), the nation’s pre-eminent conference on nursing informatics. This year’s conference theme, “National and Global Priorities in Informatics and Health Care,” featured keynote speaker William M. Tierney, MD, president and CEO, Regenstrief Institute, Inc., and associate dean for Clinical Effectiveness Research and Sam Regenstrief Professor of Health Services Research at Indiana University School of Medicine. Mark your calendar for SINI 2013, “Beyond Stage 7 and Meaningful Use: What’s Next?” to be held July 17-19 at UMSON. Visit the UMSON website throughout the year at for SINI 2013 updates.

Dr. William M. Tierney delivers keynote address.

Faculty & Staff Appointments & Transitions

Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, associate professor, has been named UMSON’s assistant dean for research. In her new role, Dr. Geiger-Brown will focus on the development and management of the Office of Research’s operational processes that administratively support faculty and grant submissions. She has been a faculty member at UMSON for nine years and co-directs the school’s Organized Center for Health Outcomes Research. Her research studies focus on sleep deprivation— particularly in nurses—a topic on which she has been widely published.

Welcome New Faculty

Kristen Altdoeffer, MSN, clinical instructor, Department of Family & Community Health

Linda Costa, PhD, BSN ’76, RN, NEA-BC, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems & Adult Health

Marie Cournoyer, MS ’86, BSN ‘83, RN, CS-P, clinical instructor, Department of Family & Community Health

Melody Brooks, BSN, clinical instructor, Department of Family & Community Health (Rwanda)

Sharah Horwath, BSN ‘06, clinical instructor, Department of Family & Community Health (Rwanda)

Rani Kahn, MSN, clinical instructor, Department of Family & Community Health (Rwanda)

Amira Lawrence, BSN, CNRN, RN-C, clinical instructor, Department of Family & Community Health (Rwanda)

Michaela Lindahl-Ackerman, MS ’11, MPH, RN, clinical instructor, Department of Family & Community Health

Caroline Orwenyo, MS ‘07, BSN ‘03 MPH, RN, clinical instructor, Department of Family & Community Health (Rwanda)

Alyson Ross, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Family & Community Health

Miriam Smith, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNP, clinical instructor, Department of Family & Community Health

Karen Wickensham, post-doctoral fellow, Department of Organizational Systems & Adult Health

Welcome New Staff

Tiffany Kroeze, MS, assistant director, Student Success Center, Office of Student and Academic Services

Anup Patel, MS, senior instructional technology specialist, Office of Academic Affairs

Kevin Nash, MA, marketing specialist, Office of Communications

Lorrie Voytek, BS, coordinator, Office of Development and Alumni Relations

Shanell Watson, office clerk II, Office of Student and Academic Services

Faculty & Staff Kudos

“Microtubules Underlie Dysfunction in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy,” published in the journal Science Signaling in August, was a Science magazine Editor’s Choice in the “Cell Biology” category (August 24, 2012 edition). The article was authored by Ramzi Khairallah, PhD, post doctoral researcher; Guoli Shi, PhD, research specialist; Carlos Borroto Blanco, MS, research specialist; Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor, and Christopher Ward, PhD, associate professor, each from the School of Nursing; W. Jonathan Lederer, MD, PhD, professor; and Benjamin Prosser, PhD, assistant ProfessorBioMet and Dept. of Physiology faculty members at the School of Medicine; and Anup Mahurkar, BE, MBA; Mark Mazaitis, BA; and Yezhou Sun, MSc, from the Institute of Genome Sciences at the School of Medicine. 

Susan Bindon, DNP, RN, assistant professor, was recently elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors for the National Nursing Staff Development Organization (NNSDO). The NNSDO’s mission is to advance the specialty practice of staff development for the enhancement of health care outcomes. Staff development as a specialty of nursing practice is defined by standards, based on research, and critical to quality patient and organizational outcomes.

Linda Hickman, PhD, MBA, RN, FACHE, assistant professor, was recognized for her 10 years of service as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross Delmarva Region at the organization’s annual meeting and volunteer recognition ceremony held last summer.

“Effects of a Web-based Pre-operative Education Program for Patients Who Undergo Ambulatory Surgery,” written by Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor, UMSON; and Lena Stevens, MSN, RN; Pamela Scott, MS, RN; Kristy Gorman, MS, RN. P. Scott, and K. Gorman, UMMC, was published in the Journal of Health Administration. The article is based on the findings of a UMSON/UMMC collaborative project.

Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor, was first author on the following article:

Nahm, E.-S., Warren, J., Zhu, S., An, M.-J., & Brown, J. (2012). Nurses’ self-care behaviors related to weight and stress. Nursing Outlook. (Epub ahead of print.)

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been named a member of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing. The 13-member committee will discuss issues related to research on credentialing of nurses and organizations, including short-and long-term strategic planning. It will maintain surveillance of the field, discuss planning and program development, and serve as a focal point for discussions and potential ad hoc studies requested by the sponsor and approved by the IOM and the National Academies.

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

Newhouse, R.P., Weiner, J. P., Stanik-Hutt, J., White, K.M., Johantgen, M., Steinwachs, D., Zangaro, G., Aldebron, J., and Bass, E.B. (2012). Policy Implications for optimizing advanced practice registered nurse use nationally. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice (published online), 31 August 2012. 154412456299

Deborah Schofield, DNP, CRNP, assistant professor and nurse practitioner program manager at UMMC, was re-elected to a three-year term as secretary of the Board of Directors for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. In addition, Schofield was appointed a member of the Editorial Board of the Online Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice.

Sue Thomas, PhD, RN, FAAN, assistant dean for the PhD program, received a three-year, $533,064 Graduate Assistance in the Areas of National Need (GAANN) award from the U.S. Department of Education. The GAANN program provides fellowships to assist graduate students who have excellent records, demonstrate financial need, and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course study in a field designated as an area of national need. The grant will support six PhD students (Dzifa Dordunoo, Kyungsook Kim, Vera Kuffour-Manu, Kathleen McElroy, Sarah Mutchler, and Marguerite Russo) as they pursue their doctoral degrees. Dr. Thomas received a perfect score on this, her third GAANN award.

Mark Your Calendar!

Lectures & Conferences

Millicent Geare Edmunds Lecture – “Transformation of a Profession: A Brave New World for Nursing,” featuring guest speaker Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN, chief executive officer/executive director, American Association of Colleges of Nursing. 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, UMSON, Room 140. Reception immediately following lecture. Free admission; registration required. RSVP to: For additional information: or 410-706-3767.

Dean’s Distinguished Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture – “Redefining HIV Prevention,” featuring David Vlahov, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor, University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, UMSON, Room 140. Reception immediately following lecture. RSVP to: For additional information: or 410-706-3767.

The Oral Systemic Link: Creating Collaborative Initiatives, Monday, Oct. 29, Southern Management Corporation Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. To register: For additional information: or 410-706-3767.

Open Houses

Graduate Program (Master of Science, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and PhD) – 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, and 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, UMSON. Free admission; registration required. RSVP at least two days prior to the event to or 410-706-0501.

Entry Into Practice Open House (Bachelor of Science in Nursing and MS [Clinical Nurse Leader]) – 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, UMSON. Free admission; registration required. RSVP at least two days prior to the event to or 410-706-0501.

Alumni News & Notes

Lisa Stewart Covel, BSN ’08, a family nurse practitioner, was recently promoted to medical director at the Brentwood Square Health Center, part of Unity Health Care, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., that works with the underserved.

Hershaw Davis, Jr., BSN ’09, received his Master of Science in nursing with a concentration in Health Systems from the University of Virginia. He works as an RN at the Johns Hopkins Adult Emergency Department and is also president of the Maryland Nurses Association, District 2.  

Sandra Nicholas Jones, MS ’96, MS ’81, BSN ’79, a doctor of nursing practice candidate at Drexel University, was lead author on the following publication:
Jones, S. N., Waite, R., & Clements, P. T. (2012). An evolutionary concept analysis of school violence: From bullying to death. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 8: 4-12. doi:10.1111/j.1939-3938.2011.01121.x

Patricia McMullen, PhD, MS ’81, BSN ’75, was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners during the Academy’s 27th national conference held June 22 in Orlando, Fla.

Karen McQuillan, MS ’83, BSN ’81, was appointed as a representative to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Certification Corporation Board of Directors.  Each year, two members of the AACN Board of Directors serve one-year concurrent terms on the AACN Certification Corporation Board.

Lynelle Naema Baba Pierce, MS ’86, received two awards this past year: The Jayhawker RN Lecturer Award from the University of Kansas School of Nursing and The Expert Leader Award from the University of Kansas Hospital.

JoAnne Reifsnyder, PhD ‘00, was appointed Chief Nursing Officer at Genesis HealthCare.

Kenneth J. Rempher, PhD ’05, MS ‘99, was appointed Associate Chief Nursing Officer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Ronnie Ursin, DNP, MBA, MS ’07, BSN ’05, is Director of Nursing Resources at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC. In this role, Ursin is the nursing leader for Administrative Services, Palliative Care, Interpretive Services, Inpatient Dialysis, Float Pool, and Supplemental Staffing. In May 2012, Ursin was elected president of Black Nurses Association of Baltimore. He recently graduated with a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Hood College in Frederick, Md.

Joyce Willens, PhD ’94 is currently serving as president of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing.

Docent Appreciation Luncheon Held June 15 

Dean Janet Allan hosted a luncheon on June 15 to thank the UMSON Living History Museum docents for their volunteer service throughout the past year. During the luncheon, Dan Caughey, MS, museum curator, gave a historic presentation, “UMSON’s Leadership, 1892-1946.”

Docent Appreciation Luncheon

Alumni Appreciation Day Held at UMMC

Dean Janet Allan; Lisa Rowen, DNS, MS ’86, RN, FAAN, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), and Deborah Schofield, DNP ’09, MS ’95, BSN ’92, assistant professor at UMSON, clinical program manager and lead nurse practitioner for specialty areas at UMMC, and president of the UMSON Alumni Council, hosted an alumni appreciation event on June 8 for UMSON alumni employed at UMMC. Refreshments were provided by Carmel McComiskey, DNP ’10, MS ’96, UMMC director of nurse practitioners, and UMSON Alumni Council member-at-large.

Lisa Rowen, Carmel McComiskey, Dean Janet Allan, and Deb Schofield

Nursing Informatics Alumni Reception Held at SINI

Nursing Informatics (NI) alumni attending the 22nd Annual Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics were treated to a special luncheon in their honor. More than 45 alumni enjoyed the opportunity to network with fellow alumni and learn more about UMSON’s NI program. Dean Janet Allan delivered welcome remarks to the group.

Two nursing informatics pioneers; Marion Ball and Mary Eta Mills

Save the Date! Reunion 2013 – Saturday, April 27

If your DIN or BSN graduation year ends in a “3” or an “8,” mark your calendar for the 2013 Reunion being held Saturday, April 27. We are working on some unique programming for the classes of 2003 and 2008; 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:

Volunteers Needed for Alumni Council Community Service Program

UMSON’s Alumni Council is seeking volunteers for several community service projects both on and off campus.

  • Project Jump Start – an on-campus volunteer program that provides members of the community with a meal. Four to eight alumni are needed from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 23, and/or Nov. 13.
  • My Sister’s Place – an off-campus organization that provides women with shelter, education, and training for employment. Five volunteers are needed from 7-9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, to prepare and serve breakfast to members of the community.
  • Paul’s Place – an off-campus organization 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. Four to five volunteers are needed from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Dec. 12, 2012 and/or Jan. 16, 2013 to staff the nurse’s clinic.

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. 

30th Anniversary Celebration of UMSON’s Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing Specialty Set for Friday, Nov. 2

Save the date and plan to attend a special 30th anniversary celebration to commemorate the establishment of UMSON’s Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing master's specialty.  Tours of the Clinical Simulations Labs, Living History Museum, and University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma Center will be offered from 2-3 p.m. The program, “Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing – Past, Present and Future” will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. A reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. with heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine/beer.

Register online at: For more information, visit or contact Cynthia Sikorski at 410-706-0674 or

Baltimore Area Alumni Happy Hour Planned for Oct. 18

Join fellow Baltimore area alumni for a networking happy hour from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Canton Dockside, 3301 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD 21224 (on the corner of Boston and Clinton Street).  Make great connections and enter to win some door prizes! Free parking is available.  RSVP to give us an idea of how many alumni will be attending to Cynthia Sikorski at or call 410-706-7640.

School of Nursing "In the News"

Janet Allan, dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, is quoted in a story about nurse practitioners. Jane Kapustin, an assistant dean who works with patients at University of Maryland Medical Center's diabetes center, is also quoted.

Hershaw Davis, Jr., BSN ’09, an ER nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital, is trying to eat healthier and exercise more, a challenge given his 12-hour overnight shifts.,0,4940629.story

Elizabeth Galik, assistant professor at the School of Nursing, writes in a letter to the editor of The Baltimore Sun that a policy to reduce the inappropriate use of antipsychotics among dementia patients in nursing homes should not exclude the option for appropriate short term use.,0,5833828.story

Jeanne Geiger-Brown was promoted to Assistant Dean for Research at the School of Nursing.

Kihye Han, a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Nursing, is lead researcher for a study published in the Journal of Nursing Administration that examined survey data from 2,103 female nurses and found 55 percent of them are obese.

At the University of Maryland School of Nursing, postdoctoral fellow Kihye Han and professor Alison Trinkoff found that nurses who worked long shifts were more likely to be obese than underweight or at a normal weight.

Katie Huffling, environmental health program manager, University of Maryland School of Nursing, is quoted in the story, "Nurses Ask Congress to Continue Funding Annual Report on Carcinogens," in Advance for Nurses.

Karen Kauffman, associate professor, School of Nursing, comments on the Alzheimer's Caregiver an online subscription service that translates the most current scientific and clinical Alzheimer Care research into a language and format for family and professional caregivers.

Gail Schoen Lemaire, associate professor in the School of Nursing, discusses the post-baccalaureate program for those interested in the health care field. In the same story, School of Nursing Associate Dean Patricia Morton and the School of Social Work's Edward Pecukonis discuss the interprofessional education task force established by University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay A. Perman.

Yulan Liang, University of Maryland School of Nursing and others have "taken a closer look," reports the article, at acute care hospitals to determine the relationships among characteristics of the nursing practice environment, nurse staffing levels, nurses' error interception practices, and rates of non-intercepted medication errors.

For nurses who work long hours or other "adverse work schedules," the risk of obesity is related to lack of opportunity for exercise and sleep, suggests a study in the August issue of Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, by School of Nursing Professor Alison Trinkoff and colleagues of University of Maryland School of Medicine.

An article in Science Daily reports that University of Maryland researchers and collaborators are expanding the understanding of Duchenne Muscular dystrophy. They include Christopher Ward, associate professor, and Susan Dorsey, associate dean of the School of Nursing; and Ramzi  Khairallah, Benjamin Prosser, and W. Jonathan Lederer, of the School of Medicine.

A consultant from Axiom Consulting Partners will join the Chief Medical Information Officer of the U.S. Army Medical Division in a presentation about workforce development during the annual Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics at the School of Nursing.

The partnership between Montgomery College in Rockville and University of Maryland School of Nursing allows students who complete an associate degree to continue on for a bachelor's degree.

Former assistant dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing Hazel Johnson is the first African-American woman to become a U.S. Army General. She also served as director of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing, an extension of the School of Nursing.

The University of Maryland School of Nursing Governor’s Wellmobile is mentioned in The Washington Post article "Prince George’s bringing medical, dental services to more students."

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