September 2017
UMSON Hosts Big Ten Nursing Deans Retreat
The School of Nursing hosted an annual retreat for nursing deans and associate deans of the Big Ten Academic Alliance. Attendees representing 13 schools in the Big Ten Conference gathered to discuss collaborative initiatives and to set the strategic direction for the year. 
Hammersla and Windemuth Appointed to New Leadership Roles at the School of Nursing
Assistant Professors Margaret Hammersla, PhD '17, MS '05, BSN '95, CRNP, and Brenda Windemuth, DNP '11, RN, CRNP, have been appointed to new leadership roles within the School of Nursing's Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health. Hammersla, who most recently served as co-specialty director for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) specialty, has been named senior director of the School's Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and Windemuth takes over Hammersla's old post as co-specialty director for the AGPCNP specialty. Read more. 
Nursing Mentors Offer Students 'Cool Opportunity'

Two undergraduate students from the University of Maryland, College Park learned about lab research and presentation techniques this summer as they took part in the UM Scholars Program under the guidance of faculty members from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Read more
Mitchell Serves as Representative for Army Surgeon General Education and Training Initiative in South Africa

Jacqueline C. Mitchell, MS '07, CRNA, director of clinical education, served as a representative for the Army Surgeon General's Education and Training Initiative in South Africa. While there, Mitchell and colleagues trained 1,200 nursing and medical providers from the United States and South Africa.
School Seeking Adjunct Professors and Preceptors
UMSON is seeking adjunct faculty members and preceptors. The School hires adjunct faculty members to provide clinical instruction to entry-level students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and the Clinical Nurse Leader master's option. UMSON is also seeking skilled, experienced preceptors to work with students as they complete their clinical requirements.
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When Beliefs Make You Sick: What is the Nocebo Effect?
Tuesday, Sept. 19
4-5 p.m.
School of Medicine, Taylor Lecture Hall
The third in a series of four, this lecture provides a systematic presentation on the psychoneurobiological mechanisms of nocebo effects. Learn more.

Howard County Alumni Event 
Wednesday, Oct. 11   
5-7 p.m. 
Union Jack's British Pub (Next to The Mall at Columbia)   
Join  Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, for an alumni networking event. Make great connections and win fun door prizes. Free parking is available. Email or call 410-706-0674 to RSVP.

Baltimore County Alumni Event 
Wednesday, Nov. 1  
5-7 p.m. 
The Valley Inn, 10501 Falls Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093 

Join Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Carmel McComiskey, DNP '10, MS '96, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, University of Maryland School of Nursing Alumni Association president, for an alumni networking event. Mingle with fellow alumni and enjoy the ambiance of this historic venue. Free parking is available. Email or call 410-706-0674 to RSVP.

Fourth Annual Interprofessional Forum on Ethics and Religion in Health Care 
Tuesday, Nov. 7 
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
Southern Management Corporation Campus Center

During this conference, participants will examine what allows one person to succeed in overcoming addiction and another to continuously struggle. Learn more
A Special Evening for UMB Alumni
Thursday, Nov. 9 
6 p.m. 
National Press Club in Washington D.C.  

Join UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni as they discuss politics and the media in the age of Trump. The evening begins with an alumni reception with a program to follow. Register now.
Save the Date: Reunion 2018 
Friday, April 27- Saturday April 28  
School of Nursing  

Save the dates for UMSON's All-Alumni Reunion with special recognition for milestone classes ending in 3 or 8. Check back for more information. If interested in volunteering on your class's planning committee, email Cynthia Sikorski or call 410-706-0674. 
Haspert Quoted in Severna Park Voice

Kurt Haspert, MS '11, BSN '09, RN, addiction medicine nurse practitioner, University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center, was quoted in an article in the Severna Park Voice about free Maryland Overdose Response Program classes offered to help educate the public on the signs and symptoms of an opiate overdose. Read more.

Fontaine to Lecture at Sinai Hospital in October

Dorrie Fontaine, PhD, MS '77, RN, FAAN, dean and Sadie Health Cabaniss Professor of Nursing, University of Virginia School of Nursing, will present "Creating a Healthy Work Environment through Compassionate Care" at the Second Annual Distinguished Nursing Lecture on Oct. 18 at Sinai Hospital located in Baltimore.

James Promoted Within UMMC NICU Unit

Treza James, MS '05, RN, NNP-BC, has been promoted to the role of nurse manager for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). She assumed her new leadership position in July. James has served in several roles at UMMC since 1996, including as a senior partner, a neonatal transport nurse, and most recently, a NICU clinical practice and education specialist. She has received several awards and nominations, including the Intelligent Health Association Grand Award in 2016 and was selected as a Nursing Excellence GEM Finalist in 2013.
Raymond Promoted at University of Maryland Medical Center

Greg Raymond, MS '10, MBA, BSN '05, RN, was recently promoted to vice president for nursing and patient care services at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He is responsible for nursing clinical practice, education, and professional development. Additionally, Raymond will oversee the behavioral health service line, in collaboration with faculty partners, at both the University and Midtown campuses while continuing to monitor the neurocare units at the University campus.

Sharps to Receive NLN Lillian Ward Humanitarian Award
Phyllis W. Sharps, PhD '88, BSN '70, RN, FAAN, an UMSON inaugural visionary pioneer, has been selected to receive the National League of Nursing (NLN) Lillian Ward Humanitarian Award. Sharps will accept her award on Sept. 16 at the NLN Education Summit. Read more.

Vlahov Joins Yale School of Nursing

David Vlahov, PhD, MS '80, BSN '77, RN, FAAN, an UMSON inaugural visionary pioneer, now serves as the associate dean of research for the Yale School of Nursing. He joins Yale after serving as dean and professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing. Read more.  

UMSON Spirit Merchandise Available Online

UMSON spirit merchandise is available online. Some items available for purchase include note cards with historical UMSON images, a plush crab in UMSON's school colors, and a spacious tote bag. The UMSON license plate frame will show your pride no matter where you travel in your car! For more information, email Lorrie Voytek or call 410-706-7640.
Career Resources for Alumni
UMSON students and alumni can access professional career services through the Student Success Center. Services include a job board, resume and cover letter writing workshops, interviewing skills workshops, mock interviews, and online resources.
Docents Needed for Living History Museum
The UMSON Living History Museum is seeking alumni volunteers to serve as docents. The museum is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the academic semesters. Docents are also needed for occasional special events, such as school tours and open houses for new and prospective students. Scheduling is flexible. If you would like to volunteer, email Cynthia Sikorski or call 410-706-0674. Learn more about the museum.
Linda L Costa, PhD, RN, assistant professor, was invited to the International Summer School of Zhengzhou University, located in Zhengzhou, China. While there, Costa provided a consultation and presented at The First Peoples Hospital of Nantong, located in Nantong, China. 
Many Nurses Lack Knowledge Of Health Risks To Mothers After Childbirth
Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN, associate professor, talks with NPR Morning Edition about her new study and the importance of teaching nurses about maternal mortality. NPR. Aug. 17.

Many Nurses Don't Educate Moms About Their Postpartum Health Risks 
Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN, associate professor, discusses the importance of educating nurses about the rise in maternal mortality. Scary Mommy. Aug. 19.
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