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Summer 2011

Welcome to the Summer 2011 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). Have a safe and happy summer!

Convocation 2011

UMSON graduated the largest class of nurses in the state at its annual Convocation ceremony held May 20 at 1st Mariner Arena. The 626 graduates included 299 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 302 Master of Science, 15 Doctor of Nursing Practice, and 10 PhD graduates. Pamela S. Hinds, PhD, RN, FAAN, director, Department of Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes, Children’s National Medical Center and professor of pediatrics at George Washington University, delivered the Convocation address.

New PhD grads surround Dr. Sue Thomas, assistant dean for the PhD program (third from left)

Staff of the Quarter Winners Announced

Dean Janet Allan announced the UMSON Staff of the Quarter winners for the last quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011 at the UMSON Faculty and Staff Assembly in May. Enjoli Sonnier, special events coordinator, Office of Communications, was honored for the last quarter of 2010, and Amanda Lamar, editor/web content manager, Office of Communications, received the award for the first quarter of 2011.

In addition to certificates of recognition and canvas bags filled with UMSON spirit wear, awardees received Dr. Margaret G. Tyson Dean’s Fund for Excellence Awards in the amount of $250 to be used for professional development. 

Enjoli Sonnier, Dean Janet Allan, and Amanda Lamar 

NSP II Graduates Celebrate Their Achievements

Twenty-two Nurse Support Program II students celebrated their graduation at an event held at UMSON on May 17. The NSP II grant is a partnership between UMSON, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and Franklin Square Hospital Center to increase the number of master’s prepared, hospital-based clinical instructors and preceptors in the state of Maryland. To date, 44 students have graduated from the program. 

NSP II Graduates

Grants & Contracts

Louise Jenkins, PhD, RN, professor, and Carol O’Neil, PhD, RN, CNE, associate professor, are co-principal investigators on a $1,087,779, four-year (7/1/11-6/30/15) education grant, Implementing Statewide Initiatives for Nursing Faculty from the Nurse Support Program II, Maryland Higher Education Commission. Through UMSON’s Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions, the project seeks to increase the number of nurses who will be prepared to function effectively in a faculty role. By increasing the number of faculty members, more students can be admitted to nursing schools in Maryland and be prepared as qualified bedside nurses.

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor and Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Endowed Chair in Gerontology, received a $100,000 grant from the Leonard & Helen Stulman Charitable Foundation to further her study (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative) to help assisted living residents in Maryland to function independently. The funding will allow Resnick and her colleagues to further implement and test this promising protocol that uses a train-the-trainer model to facilitate the adoption of function focused care in 20 residential living facilities in the Baltimore area.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Five UMSON faculty members were honored with Nursing Excellence Awards during the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Nurses Week celebration in May. They are: Janice Hoffman, PhD, RN, assistant dean for the BSN program (UMSON Colleague Award); Debra Schofield, DNP, CRNP, assistant professor (Excellence in Advanced Practice Award); and Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, associate professor; Cynthia Renn, PhD, RN, assistant professor; Joan Davenport, PhD, RN, assistant professor; and their UMMC nursing colleagues (Excellence in Innovation Through Research Award).

Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, CCRN, assistant professor, was selected to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Leadership for Academic Nursing program. The purpose of the program is to develop and enhance leadership skills in new and emerging executive administrators in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs and prepare them for academic leadership positions.

Karen S. Kauffman, PhD, RN, chair, Department of Family and Community Health, chaired the 23rd annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum, held May 15-17 in Washington, D.C. The event brought together more than 625 Alzheimer’s advocates from 47 states who provided input on the National Alzheimer’s Plan mandated by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. Attendees visited more than 400 congressional offices to deliver the message that our nation must act now to address the escalating Alzheimer’s crisis.

Shannon McClellan, Esq., MBA, special assistant to the dean, helped coordinate and host Law Day 2011, held May 17 at the Sheppard Pratt Convention Center. The conference, which drew more than 120 students and advisors, focused on “Rules of the Road." McClellan is secretary of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Citizenship Law-Related Program and a member of the Public Awareness Committee.

Deborah McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, co-authored the following publications:

Kimble L.P., Dunbar S.B., Weintraub, W.E., McGuire, D.B., Manzo, S.F., & Strickland, O. (2011). Symptom clusters and health-related quality of life in patients with chronic stable angina. Journal of Advanced Nursing, Feb 24. Doi: 1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05564x (E-pub ahead of print.)

Peterson, D.E., Bensadoun, R-J, Lalla, R.V., & McGuire, D.B. (2011). Supportive care treatment guidelines: Value, limitations, and opportunities. Seminars in Oncology, Vol. 38, No. 3 (June 2011), pp. 367-373.

Kelly Miller-Wilson, MS, RN, clinical instructor, authored the following publications:

Miller-Wilson, K. (2011). Reflections of emergency care past and present in the Tuscan region of Italy. Journal of Emergency Nursing. 37(3), 280-283. 

Miller-Wilson, K. (2011). They only come out at night; bed bugs and their alarming resurgence. Nursing 2011. 41(1), 54-58.

Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs, has been selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow, beginning in fall 2011. The three-year leadership development program is designed to prepare a select cadre of RNs who are in senior executive positions for influential roles in shaping the U.S. health care system of the future. There were 138 applications; 47 applicants were selected for interview, and 20 were selected as Fellows.

Dr. Morton hosted a UMSON Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing alumni dinner during the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ National Teaching Institute, held in Chicago in May. She also made two presentations at the conference: “Is Graduate Education Right for Me?” and “Writing for Publication: Demystifying the Publishing Process.” Other faculty, students, and alumni who made presentations at the conference were: 

Alumni: Dorrie Fontaine, P. Milo Frawley, Lynn Gerber Smith, Kiersten Henry, Kimmith Jones (also a DNP student), Karen Kesten, Mary Beth Makic, Karen McQuillan, Patricia Moloney-Harmon, Brenda Shelton, Carol Rauen, Marianne Chulay, Timothy Smith, Paul Thurman, and Terry Tucker

Faculty: Cathy Haut, Karen Johnson, Nancy Munro, Suzanne Sherwood, Pamela Shumate (also DNP student), Kathryn VonRueden, and Debra Wiegand. Jocelyn Farrar had a paper accepted, but could not attend the conference.

DNP student: Susan Bindon

Suzanne Sherwood, MS, RN, assistant professor, made the following presentations:

Sherwood, S.F. (2011). Crash Dynamics and Mechanism of Injury; Assessment and Management of Patients with Abdominal Trauma; Orthopaedic Trauma: More than Broken Bones, and Trauma and the Substance Abuse Patient: Not a Good Mix. Presented at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ National Teaching Institute, Chicago, Ill.

Sherwood, S.F. (2011). Trauma and the Substance Abuse Patient: Not a Good Mix. Presented at the Chesapeake Bay Chapter American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ Futures Conference, Towson, Md.

Sherwood, S.F. (2011). Orthopaedic Trauma: More than Broken Bones. Presented at the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses’ National Congress, Baltimore, Md.

Sherwood, S.F. (2011). Historic Trauma Cases: Would they Survive Today?  Emergency Medical Associations’ Maryland State Broadcast, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, Md. 

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, co-authored several publications and made several presentations:

Chang, J., Poynton, M., Gassert, C., & Staggers, N. (2011). Nursing Informatics Competencies Required of Nurses in Taiwan. International Journal of Medical Informatics, e-pub ahead of print, March 18, 2011.

Matney, S., Sward, K., Cloyes, K., P., & Staggers, N. (2011). Philosophical approaches to the nursing informatics data-information-knowledge-wisdom framework. Advances in Nursing Science, 34(1), 6-18.

Technology as a Behavior Change Catalyst for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.  Jessica McPhail; Lorena Aguilar; Alison Eldredge, MS, RN; Jodi Groot, PhD, RN; Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN; and Lauren Clark, PhD, RN. Western Institute of Nursing Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nev., April 2011.

Staggers, N. (2011). State of the Science: Optimizing Patient Care Handoffs Using Information Technology. Western Institute of Nursing Research Conference. Las Vegas, Nev., April 14, 2011.

Invited testimony on EHR [Electronic Health Record] usability at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s Hearing for the HIT Policy Committee, April 21, 2011.

Kathryn VonRueden, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, FCCM, has been promoted to associate professor, non-tenure track. In addition, VonRueden was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Trauma Nursing and had the following publications and presentations:

Makic, M.B., VonRueden, K.T., Rauen C, & Chadwick, J. (2011). Evidence-Based Practice Habits: Putting sacred cows out to pasture. Critical Care Nurse, 31(2):38-61.

VonRueden, K.T., Thurman, P., McQuillan, K., Dalenkoff, S., Hake, S., Walitzer, B., & Merenda, J. (2011). Prevalence of Delirium in Trauma Patients. Oral Presentation, Society of Trauma Nurses. National Meeting, San Antonio,Texas.

VonRueden K.T., Handley C., McQuillan, K., et. al. (2011). Evidence-based approach to reducing central line associated blood stream infections in trauma patients. Poster presentation. National Teaching Institute, American Association of Nurses, Chicago, Ill.

VonRueden, K. T. (2011). Agitation? Delirium? Both? And What to do about it. Presented at the 2011 Gore-Farha Critical Care Nursing Symposium, Wichita, Kan.

VonRueden, K. T. (2011). Secondary traumatic stress in critical care nurses. Presented at the 2011 Gore-Farha Critical Care Nursing Symposium, Wichita, Kan.

VonRueden, K. T. (2011). Update on Sepsis: Patho to Protocols. Presented at Trends in Cardiovascular and Trauma Nursing, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter AACN, Atlantic City, N.J.

VonRueden, K. T. (2011).  Applying Hemodynamic Concepts via Case Simulations (panel). Presented at Trends in Cardiovascular and Trauma Nursing, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter AACN, Atlantic City, N.J.

VonRueden, K.T. (2011). Leading Performance Improvement with Confidence. (Concurrent Session), National Teaching Institute, American Association of Nurses, Chicago, Ill.

VonRueden, K.T. (2011) Interdisciplinary Performance Improvement: Talking the Lead (Mastery session)  National Teaching Institute, American Association of Nurses, Chicago, Ill.

Debra Wiegand, PhD, RN, FAAN, assistant professor, was invited to serve as a visiting scholar at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) School of Nursing in April. While there, she presented Giving Bad News, The Family Experience During the Process of Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapy, and Ethical Case Studies in the ICU.

Dr. Debra Wiegand giving a presentation in Brazil

Student News

Three oncology graduate students were awarded national (competitive) American Cancer Society Graduate Scholarships in Cancer Nursing Practice, each in the amount of $20,000, over the next two years (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2013). They are: Jan Clemons – Health Services Leadership and Management, plus Oncology certificate program; Geri Raber – Health Services Leadership and Management, plus Oncology certificate program; and Jennifer DeSanto – Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, plus Oncology certificate program.

Maura Edmonds, PhD candidate, presented a research poster, "Informal Caregivers of Head and Neck Cancer Patients: A Grounded Theory Study," at the Oncology Nursing Society’s Annual Congress, held in Boston in April.    

Jennifer DeSanto was awarded the national Oncology Nursing Society Master’s Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 for a one-year term. 

Myra Woolery, PhD candidate, was awarded the national Oncology Nursing Society Doctoral Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 for a one-year term. 

Alumni News & Notes

Lisa Rowen, DNSc, MS ’86, RN, FAAN, chief nursing officer, University of Maryland Medical Center, received the top award in the “Advancing and Leading the Profession” category from Nursing Spectrum magazine, DC/MD/VA region. In the fall, Rowen will be considered with winners from other regions for Nursing Spectrum’s national Nurse of the Year awards.

Reunion 2011 a Great Success

More than 140 alumni and guests attended the 2011 Alumni Reunion held April 30 at UMSON. Attendees had the unique opportunity to meet and reminisce with Dean Emeritus Nan Hechenberger, PhD, RN, who traveled from Pennsylvania to share in the festivities.  Highlights of the program included Dean Janet Allan’s presentation on the State of the School and the induction of the 50th Anniversary Class of 1961 into the Heritage Class. Outgoing National Student Government Association President Nicole Brynes, BSN ’11, shared her nursing school experiences, which rekindled many fond memories of those in the audience. The 2011 Distinguished Alumni award was presented to Donna Havens, PhD ’91, professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She discussed how the research that she conducted as a UMSON PhD student influenced the direction of her future research interests and her professional career path. Following a luncheon, tours of the UMSON Clinical Simulation Laboratories, Living History Museum, and bench research labs were offered. Visit the Alumni Web pages at to view Reunion 2011 photos and for information about upcoming events and programs.

Dean Emeritus Nan Hechenberger and Dr. Patricia Morton

Save the Date - Reunion 2012

If your BSN graduation year ends in a “2” or “7,” mark your calendar for the 2012 Alumni Reunion scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2012. Details will be posted on the UMSON website as they become available.

Nursing Informatics Alumni Reception Scheduled for July 22

Nursing Informatics (NI) alumni who are attending the 2011 Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (July 20-23) are invited to a reception from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. Friday, July 22. The event will be held in UMSON’s second floor lobby near the museum. Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with NI faculty and alumni.

For information or to RSVP, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, 410-706-0674, or

Lead Donors Honored at Reception

Leadership donors and members of the Louisa Parsons Legacy Society joined Dean Janet Allan for a reception at UMSON in May. Scholarship recipient Jennifer Lavy, BSN ’11, expressed her gratitude for the generous support of UMSON donors. Leadership donors are those who have given $500 or more to the School of Nursing since July 1, 2009. The Louisa Parsons Legacy Society is comprised of alumni and friends who have included UMSON in their estate plans.

Donor group gathers at reception

Deans Serve Up Pizza and Encouragement to Newest Grads

Dean Janet Allan; Patricia Morton PhD ’89, MS’79, associate dean for academic affairs; and Janice Hoffman PhD ’06, assistant dean for the BSN program, donned their aprons and served pizza to many of the 2011 graduates attending a three-day NCLEX review course at UMSON in May. The lunch, sponsored by the UMSON Alumni Association, provided a welcome break from the rigorous exam prep. 

Pleshette Palmer and Dean Janet Allan

Mark Your Calendar!

Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics: Real Meaningful Use-Evolution or Revolution? – July 20-23, 2011; Preconference Tutorials July 18-20.  For more information visit:

School of Nursing "In the News"

Subject: Local Health Service Gets Boost From Laurel Club
Source: - June 9
Summary: The Woman's Club of Laurel has donated $10,000 to the Wellmobile program, a partnership between the state and private donors that is run through the School of Nursing. "It was uplifting," says Wellmobile Director Susan Antol, MS, RN, an assistant professor at the School. State budget cuts in 2009 had led to a 50 percent reduction in the program's funding.

Subject:  NIH Presents Pain Care Agenda
Source: - May 24
Summary: Included in an unprecedented level of federal funding for pain research - some $400 million was allocated in 2010 by the National Institutes of Health - is funding for the Maryland Center for Pain Studies at the School of Nursing in interdisciplinary pain research.

Subject: Schaefer's Will Remembers Friends, Organizations
Source: WJZ-TV - May 17; WMAR-TV - May 17; WBAL-TV - May 17; The Baltimore Sun - May 18
Summary: Jane Kapustin, CRNP, PhD, BC-ADM, FAANP, an associate professor and assistant dean at the School of Nursing, is interviewed about William Donald Schaefer's will, in which he left $50,000 to the Hilda Mae Snoops Memorial Scholarship Fund. Kapustin said the fund benefits both graduate and undergraduate nursing students. The former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor established the endowment in 1999 in honor of his longtime companion, who was a nurse and health care analyst.

Subject: Schaefer Honors Friends, Institutions in Will
Source: - May 17
Summary: William Donald Schaefer, the former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor who died April 18, left money directly to several academic institutions. According to his will as filed, this includes $50,000 to the Hilda Mae Snoops Memorial Nursing Fund at the University of Maryland. The fund is administered by the School of Nursing.,0,861255.story

Subject: The Universities at Shady Grove Marks Milestone With 10th Graduating Class
Source: The Gazette - May 11
Summary: J.R. Fraker completed a two-year School of Nursing program by taking his classes at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md. He now works as a psychiatric registered nurse with Adventist Behavioral Health.

Subject: Seniors Exercise Right to a Better, More Youthful Life
Source: USA Today - May 10
Summary: Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, is an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, where most of her research has been done on how to motivate older adults to exercise. "They have fear about exercise, are afraid it will hurt, or they're lazy," she says.

Subject: The Power of Naps
Source: The Baltimore Sun - May 4 - May 7

Summary: Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, a director of the Work and Health Research Center at the School of Nursing, says people slated for extremely long shifts should also get a regular chance to catnap.,0,1841745.story

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