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Nursing at Michigan Accomplishments 2013-2014As we look forward to 2015, please take a few moments to read and reflect on the many ways Nurses at Michigan have influenced patient care and our profession regionally, nationally and internationally.

Awards & Honors

Blush, R.R. (2013). King/Chavez/Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Recipient for DNP Program of Study. Oakland University, State of Michigan.

Brunson-Gillespie, E. (2013). Irene E. Vogler Endowed Scholarship. Wayne State University College of Nursing.

Brunson-Gillespie, E. (2014). Best Student Research Award. Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP).

Pesenecker, J.L. (2014). Learning Catalyst Award for Outstanding Nurse Educator. UMHS Nursing Education.

Coucouvanis, J.A. (2014). Melva Jo Hendrix Award and Lectureship. International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses.

Lewis, C.C. (2013). Featured Nurse for October 2013. National Nursing Practice Network.

Martin, C.L. (2013). American Diabetes Association Champion's Award. American Diabetes Association.

Merkel, S.I. (2013). Exemplar Award in Pain Management of the Pediatric Patient. American Society for Pain Management.

Published Manuscripts

Blush, R.R. (2013). Acute Bronchitis: Evaluation and Management. The Nurse Practitioner. 38(10) 14-20.

Blush, R.R. (2014). "Gastrointestinal Symptoms". Palliative Care Nursing: Quality Care to the End of Life. Ed. Marianne Matzo, Deborah W. Sherman. New York: Springer, 2014.

Clark, K.M. (2013). Science, not Blame: Pediatric Obesity Update. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 29(2), 191-192.

Cooney, M., Czarnecki, M., Dunwoody, C., Eskterowicz, N., Merkel, S.I., Oakes, L., et al. (2013). ASPMN Position Statement with Clinic Practice Guidelines: Authorized Agent Controlled Analgesia. Pain Management Nursing, 14(3), 176-181.

Dempsey, D. J. and Freeland, B. (2014). Enhancing Nursing Students' Experience in the Assessment and Care of Vascular Access Devices. The Journal of the Association for Vascular Access, 19(1) 17-20.

Downer, V.S. (2014). Infection Control Guidelines for Cystic Fibrosis. Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC). June, 2014.

Jaiswal, M., Lauer, A., Martin, C.L., Bell, R.A., Divers, J., Dabelea, D., et al. (2013). Peripheral Neuropathy in Adolescents and Young Adults with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes From the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Follow-up Cohort: A Pilot Study. Diabetes Care, 36(12), 3903-8.

Kocan, M.J. (2014). Stroke awareness among inpatient nursing staff at an academic medical center. Stroke, 45(1), 271-273.

Kocan, M.J. (2014). Efficacy of antibiotic-impregnated external ventricular drains in reducing ventriculostomy-associated infections. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 21(5), 765-768.

Martin, C.L., Albers, J.W., Pop-Busui, R. and DCCT-EDIC Research Group. (2014). Neuropathy and Related Findings in the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial/Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications Study. Diabetes Care, 37(1), 31-38.

Park, S.K., Meldrum, C.A., and Larson, J.L. (2013). Subgroup Analysis of Symptoms and Their Effect on Functioning, Exercise Capacity, and Physical Activity in Patients with Severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Heart and Lung, 42(6), 465-472.

Pop-Busui, R., Cleary, P.A., Braffett, B.H., Martin, C.L., Herman, W.H., Low, P.A. et al. (2013). Association between Cardiovascular Autonomic Neuropathy and Left Ventricular Dysfunction in the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial/Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (DCCT/EDIC) Study. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 61(4) , 447-454.

Shanley, M.M. (2014). Biology of Sepsis: Its Relevance in Pediatric Nephrology. Pediatric Nephrology. Epub ahead of print.

Smith, G.L. (2014). The Long and Short of Tamoxifen Therapy: A Review of the ATLAS Trial. Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology, 5(1), 57-60.

Veliz, P.T., Epstein-Ngo, Q.M., Meier, E., Ross-Durow, P.L., McCabe, S.E., Boyd, C.J. (2014). Painfully Obvious: A Longitudinal Examination of Medical Use and Misuse of Opioid Medication among Adolescent Sports Participants. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54(3), 333-340.

Wallaker, K.R., Fortuna, E., Bradin, S., Macy, M., Hassan, M., and Stanley, R. (In Press). Milk and Molasses Enemas: Clearing Things Up. Journal of Emergency Nursing


Benloucif, S.M. (2014). Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter Ablation: Pearls of Wisdom for the Allied Health Professionals. Cardiac Rhythm Management Conference. St. John-Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Warren, MI

Blush, R.R. (2014). Minor Procedures - Enhancing knowledge and skill base for Nurse Practitioners in selected procedures. Michigan Counsel of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP) Annual Conference. Lansing, MI.

Clark, K.M. (2014). The role of the nurse in the long-term care and treatment of patients post diagnosis of craniopharyngioma. 16th European Congress of Endocrinology: Endocrine Nurses Session, Wroclaw, Poland

Feldkamp, S. and Brand, S. (2013). Enhancing Education of Dialysis Patients with Peer Mentors. International Transplant Nurses Society 22nd Annual Symposium, Kidney Transplant Expo. Washington DC.

Fromes, G. (2013). Vagus Nerve Stimulation. PACU Nurses Conference, University of Michigan Hospital. Ann Arbor, MI

Fromes, G. (2013). Vagus Nerve Stimulator Programming. Epilepsy Fellows Conference, University of Michigan Hospital. Ann Arbor, MI

Fromes, G. (2013). Vagus Nerve Stimulation. Epilepsy Fellows Conference, University of Michigan Hospital. Ann Arbor, MI

George, C.A. (2013). Leadership: Coping with Stress by Developing Leaders at the Bedside. Annual American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses (ASORN) Conference. New Orleans, LA

Grunawalt, J. and Wood, W. (2013). Implementing a Mobility Program on a Medical-Surgical Unit. Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses. Nashville, TN

Fulkert, M.K. (2014). Nephrectomy, Postoperative Care. Great Lakes SUNA Conference. Livonia, MI

Grunawalt, J. and Wood, W. (2013). Implementing a Patient Mobility Program. Mobility Enhancement Webinar for the Michigan Hospital Medicine Safety (HMS) Consortium and Michigan Transitions of Care. Ann Arbor, M

Holmes-Walker, S. M. (2013). Pain Management and Patient Family Centered Care: A Winning Combination. 2013 Cardiovascular Symposium: Close to Your Heart, University of Michigan Health System. Ann Arbor, MI

Lewis, C.C. (2014). Using Evidence to Improve Child Health. Society of Pediatric Nurses Conference 2014. Scottsdale, AZ

Dammeyer, J.A. (2014). Delirium in the ICU. Rehabilitation Psychology Conference - Translating Evidence into Practice - Pre-Conference Rehab Psychology in Critical Care. San Antonio, TX.

Dammeyer, J.A., Miller, S., and Birchfield, A. (2014). The Most Important Thing in Communication is Hearing What Isn't Said. (Transfer of Accountability with CCMU and 6D). SICU Leaping Forward: Stitching Evidence into Practice 2014. Ann Arbor, MI.

Derossett, J. (2013). Bladder Cancer Statistics. Bladder Cancer Support Group. UM Danto Auditorium. Ann Arbor, MI

Derossett, J. (2013). Sexual Function after Prostate and Bladder Cancer. Men's Fellowship Breakfast/Washtenaw Community. Ann Arbor, MI

Lewis, C.C. (2014). APRN Practice: The Legislative Challenge. Southeast Michigan Chapter of Michigan Network of Nurse Educators. Ann Arbor, MI

Merkel, S.I. (2013). The Poke Program: Evidence Based Practice Changes to Reduce Procedure Pain and Anxiety. The 2013 Conference on Pain. Diamond Conference Center. Novi, MI.

Muck, C.A. (2013). So You Need A Transfusion Safety Officer. American Association of Blood Banking. Denver, CO.

Parry, J.S., Kearly, G.E. and Shakarjian, L. (2013). Creating a gateway for communicating with hiring managers. National Association for Healthcare Recruitment (NAHCR) 39th Annual Conference: IMAGE 2013. Minneapolis, MN.

Paulin, P.L. (2013). Wilson disease patient advocate Perspective. Scientific Workshop on Copper Metabolism Disorders. Baltimore, MD.

Pionk, C.M. (2013). Getting Started in Occupational Health. Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) National Conference. Orlando, FL

Price, D., Strodtman, L.K. Brough, E., Luo, A., and Lonn, S. (2013). Using Digital Storytelling in Palliative Care Education. Palliative Care Collaborative: 7th Annual Regional Conference. Dearborn, MI

Ramsey, A.M. (2013). Variables Affecting Weaning from Chronic Home Mechanical Ventilation in Children Under the Age of Four Years. CHEST 2013, American College of Chest Physicians. Chicago, IL

Ross-Durow, P.L. and Boyd, C.J. (2014). Home-storage of Controlled Medications and Association with Adolescents' Nonmedical Use and Diversion. Midwest Nursing Research Society. St. Louis, MO

Merkel, S.I. (2013). Reducing Pain and Anxiety in Children. Morning Conference for the Pain Resource Program; Blessing Health System. Quincy, IL.

Strodtman, L.K., Price, D., Brough, E., Lou, A., and Lonn, S. (2013). Using Digital Storytelling in Palliative Care Education. UMHS Nursing Poster Days. Ann Arbor, MI

Zill, S.C., Phan, T.V., Piazza, J.R., Baetzel, A.E., Newland, J.A. and Schuetze, B. (2014). The Journey is the Destination: PFCC Partnering Through Design and Discovery for Healing and Hope on the Perioperative Journey. Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care. The 6th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care. Vancouver, BC, Canada

Invited KeyNotes

Coucouvanis, J.A. (2014). A Journey with Autism: Perspectives from 30 Years of Clinical Practice. 2014 ISPN National Conference. Greenville, SC

Merkel, S.I. (2013). Pain Management: Translating Evidence into Practice. Research Day; Sigma Theta Tau, Pi Pi Chapter: Blessing Reiman College of Nursing. Quincy, IL

Shever, L.L. (2013). Using Evidence in Innovative Ways. Nursing Research and Scholarship Day; Priscilla Payne Hurd Nursing Lectureship, St. Luke's University. Bethlehem, PA

Poster Presentations

Adkins, E., Averhart, V., Balduc, M., Bogardus, A., Fronczak, A., Higgins, M., et al. (2013). I have a chemo spill! Promoting competence and safety through low fidelity, simulation-based education. American Cancer Society's Great Lakes Oncology Nursing Conference. Troy, MI

Anderson, J., Myler, L., Seurynck, K., Anderson, J., Bay, E., Brancheau, M.A., et al. (2013). Nurse mentor use and awareness of mentor resources and toolkit. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Systems Quality Month Poster Session and University of Michigan School of Nursing Post Day. Ann Arbor, MI

Averhart, V., Payne, S., and Wall, P. (2013). Keeping Our Patients Safe: Competency-based education of unlicensed assistive personnel. UMHS Nursing Poster Day. Ann Arbor, MI

Benmoussa, B. (2014). Supporting Practice Change Using The Awareness to Adherence Model in a Pediatric ICU. AANP 2014 National Conference. Nashville, TN

Brunson-Gillespie, E. (2014). Policy Analysis of the Organ Donation Policy at the University of Michigan Health System. College of Nursing Research Day, Wayne State University. Detroit, MI

Carpenter, D.E. and Renner, E. (2013). Pulmonary Embolism Associated with Sleeping in a Car: A Case Report. International Street Medicine Symposium. Boston, MA

Freeman, R. and Maley, K. (2013). An Innovative Reallocation of Resources to Reduce Pressure Ulcers in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. Nursing Research Poster Day, UMHS Quality Month, and Cardiovascular Symposium. Ann Arbor, MI

Haverstick, S., Goodrich, C., Freeman, R. and Thakur, M. (2013). Increasing Patient Hand Hygiene to Reduce the Spread of Infection. Nursing Research Poster Day, UMHS Quality Month, and Cardiovascular Symposium. Ann Arbor, MI

Luo, A., Lonn, S., Strodtman, L.K., Price, D., and Brough, E. (2013). Engaging Learners Through Digital Storytelling in Palliative Care Education. Medical Education Day, Department of Medical Education, The Medical Education Scholars Program, UM Medical School. Ann Arbor, MI

Maley, K., Freeman, R., McNeice, J., Loik, P., Engoren, M., Geltz, A., et al. (2013). Using Evidence Based Practice to Reduce Ventilator Associated Pneumonia in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. Nursing Research Poster Day, UMHS Quality Month, and Cardiovascular Symposium. Ann Arbor, MI

Strodtman, L.K., Price, D., and Lonn, S. (2013). Teaching and Learning with Digital Storytelling. Enriching Scholarship, CRLT, University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI

Wood, W., Trotsky, A., Grunawalt, J. & Tschannen, D. (2013). Implementing a Mobility Program on an In-Patient Medicine Unit. University of Michigan Nursing School Dean's Research Day Program, 15th Annual Evidence Based Practice: Building a Solid Foundation, UMHHS Quality Month Poster Session and University of Michigan School of Nursing Poster Day. Ann Arbor, MI.

Wood, W., Trotsky, A., Grunawalt, J. & Tschannen, D. (2013). Implementing a Mobility Program on an In-Patient Medicine Unit. National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. San Antonio, TX.
Poster Presentations, con't

Freeman, R., Garner, C., Elliot, A., Robbins, M., & Barrientes, M. (Feb 2014). Nurse Driven Quality Improvement to Enhance Standards of Skin Care in the CVICU. Poster presented at Leaping Forward Stitching Evidence into Practice Critical Care Conference Ann Arbor, MI.

Grunawalt, J. and Wood, W. (2013). Can a Proactive Toileting Program Decrease Falls on an Inpatient Unit? UMHS Nursing Poster Day. Ann Arbor, MI

Wood, W., Grunawalt, J. & Kendziora, S. (2012). Improving Staff Satisfaction. Quality Month Poster Presentation. Ann Arbor, MI.

Wood, W., Trotsky, A., Grunawalt, J. & Tschannen, D. (2013). Interdisciplinary Mobility Project on an In-Patient Medicine Unit. UMHS Quality Month Poster Session and University of Michigan School of Nursing Poster Day. Ann Arbor, MI.

Wood, W., Evans, D. and McClish, D. (2013). Innovative Interventions in Improving Patient Satisfaction. Quality Month Poster Presentation and UMHS Nursing Poster Day. Ann Arbor, MI.


Haverstick, S. Co-Investigator, Goodrich, C. Co-Investigator, Freeman, R. Investigator (2013). Increasing Patient Hand Hygiene to Reduce the Spread of Infection. FIGs. $2,350.

Benmoussa, B.A. (2014) Passport to Transplant Study. FIGS. $2300


Carpenter, D.E. (2014). Pool Cohort Equations Risk Calculator. Introduction of the new ACC/AHA cardiac risk calculator. Webinar.

Dammeyer, J.A., Rukstele C. (2014). Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone ICU: Sedation & Delirium Management Toolkit (2014 Update). Updated Toolkit to include additional EBP and links to staff education. This was completed through MHA and dissemintated via Collaborative website and a focus of a monthly Collaborative conference call.

Derossett, J. (2013). Journal in Oncology Times. Bladder Cancer and Smoking. Oncology Times, March 2013, Volume 35.

Magill, K.L. (2014-2016). Board of Directors, Member at large, American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses (ASORN). Elected to board. National Professional Organization.

Merkel, S.I. (2013). Certified Instructor for "M" Technique. Completed education and demonstration requirement.

Paulin, P.L. (2013). Wilson Disease Board. Nominated to the Board of the Wilson Disease Association. Professional Organization.

Shever, L.L. (2013). Examining Nursing Interventions that Impact VTE Prevention: SCD Use and Heparin Administration. MHA/HEN VTE Prophylaxis Project, University of Michigan. Webinar, Ann Arbor, MI

Skalski, A.M. (2014). Sigma Theta Tau. Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau for academic excellence in graduate program. Drexel University.

Stonebraker, K., Kannenje, R., Eakin, R., Oliver, B., Mitchell, A., and Stonebraker, J. (2014). First Response: Kenya. Six-member team went to Kenya to provide EMS training to medical staff in Kilifi, Kenya.

Nursing Poster Day 20142014 Nursing Research & Translation
Poster Days Celebrates Innovation
and Practice at UMHHC




More than 320 people viewed a record 48 posters in the sixth-annual University of Michigan Health System and School of Nursing Poster Days Event. The two day event, held September 15 and 16, allowed staff nurses, students, and nursing leadership to learn about nursing research, evidence-based practice changes, and clinical innovation efforts to improve the quality of care for patients. Awards were given for Research, Clinical Innovation, Evidence-Based Practice and People's Choice Award.

Those who attended the event saw how significant nursing interventions resulted in improved patient outcomes. Posters highlighted simple changes such as offering patients the opportunity to wash their hands after toileting, placing anti-bacterial gauze over pressure areas that developed near ostomy sites, and initiating early mobility protocols for surgical patients. Other posters highlighted specific surgical interventions for both adult and pediatric patients including the preemptive use of acetaminophen during surgery on children and the use of magnets over implanted cardiac devices during procedures. There were also posters that focused on improving nursing satisfaction, workload, and alarm fatigue. The posters were judged by members of the UMHHC Research and Translation Committee, Clinical Nurse Specialists and additional School of Nursing faculty.

The winners for each poster category are listed below and will also be highlighted by the National Nursing Practice Network (

2014 Winners
Research Category Effect of Preemptive Acetaminophen Administered within One Hour of General Anesthesia on Gastric Residual Volume and pH in Children. Author: Connie Burke, RN, BSN, Co-authors: Shobha Malviya, MD, Rebecca D'Agostino, RN, UMHS Anesthesia
Clinical Innovation Category Redesigning Workload to Meet Patient Mobility Standards on a Progressive Care Unit Author: Christina Reames, RN, MSN, Co-authors: Deborah Price, DNP, RN; Kim Rosso, MSPT, Dayna Ryan, MSPT; Elizabeth King, RN, BSN; Nicholas Kromrei RN, MSN, MBA; Samantha Judkins, RN, BSN, UMH 8D Intermediate Care
Evidence-Based Practice Category (tie)

12W Discharge Medication Project. Author: Cathy Lewis MSN, RN. Co-Authors: Jennifer Kelley, BSN, RN and Heather Berlin, BSN, RN. UMHS/Mott Children's Hospital

Evaluating the Implementation of an Early Mobility Protocol in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) on Pressure Ulcer (PU) Free Days. Authors: Nora Cheung, MD; Sharon Dickinson, MSN, RN, ANP, CNS, CCRN; Connie Rickelmann, RN; Dana Tschannen, PhD, RN; Leah Shever, PhD, RN; Pauline Park, MD; Krishan Raghavendran, MD; Lena Napolitano, MD.

People's Choice Award Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) Management for Invasive Procedure. Author: Laura Horwood MS, ACNP-BC, Co-authors: Shannon Mitchell, Jim Bloom, Bridget House, Janice Norville, UMHS Cardiovascular Center Internal Medicine, and UMHS Device Program

The event was coordinated by Chris Conrad, Ann Cornicelli, and Paul Edick, who are members of the UMHHC Nursing Research and Translation Committee. Sponsors of the event included the Nursing Research and Translation Committee, UMHHC Department of Nursing, Department of Nursing Recruitment and Retention, University of Michigan School of Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau, Rho Chapter.

Daisy PhotoThe DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing...
Congratulations to Nancy Rogers, Clinical Care Coordinator,
(Otolaryngology Clinic) who recently received the award!

The DAISY Award is given through a nationally known program currently in place in over 450 hospitals. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System and this award was established by a family whose son succumbed to a disease of the immune system. During his prolonged hospital stay, he and his family greatly benefited from care provided by superb RNs. This award was established to honor nurses who exemplify that compassionate, thorough care. Within the University of Michigan Health System, candidates for the Daisy Award are nominated by patients and/or their families.

SICU/RRT wins prestigious Beacon Award

Beacon AwardSICU/RRT have been awarded the Beacon Award for 2014-2017. This is the third time the unit has achieved this prestigious award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The Beacon Award recognizes intensive care units that exemplify exceptional patient care and a nursing culture based on collaboration, staff development and evidence based practice. This is a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment. The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes.

Units that achieve this three-year award designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award. Congratulations to the entire SICU team for their commitment to clinical excellence and patient care.

Nancy Wallace awarded: SOHN Clinical Excellence Award

SOHN LogoNancy Wallace, BSN, RN, CORLN, in the Department of Otolaryngology is the recipient of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses Clinical Excellence Award. The award is to recognize SOHN nurses who have consistently demonstrated excellence in the delivery of skilled and compassionate care to the ORL-Head and Neck Patient. The award was announced at the SOHN's Annual Congress & Nursing Symposium in Orlando.

Denise O'Brien and Sue Kofflin published: Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing

Journal of PeriAnesthesia NursingDenise O'Brien, CNS and Sue Kofflin, Nurse Manager, Women's Birth Center have been published! A Cross-Sectional Survey Study of Nurses' Self-Assessed Competencies in Obstetric and Surgical Postanesthesia Care Units. Mary Lou V. H. Greenfield, Denise D. O'Brien, Susan K. Kofflin, and Jill M. Mhyre. Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses. 1 October 2014. (Volume 29 issue, 385-396





Anne McLeod published: Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics

International Journal of Gynecology & ObstetricsAnne McLeod (Nurse Manager) collaborated in getting the clinical article, "Experiences during the first four years of postpartum perineal clinic in the USA," published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (2014). Authors are: Cynthia Brincat, Erin Crosby, Anne McLeod, Dee E. Fenner.


Dean Kathleen Potempa inducted: Institute of Medicine

Dean Kathleen Potempa, PhD, RN, FAAN, was inducted into the Institute of Medicine this month! This recognizes Dean Potempa's significant contributions to nursing and to health care.




Judith Coucouvanis published: Rules and Tools for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders: Changing Behavior One Step at a Time

Rules and Tools for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum and Related DisordersJudith Coucouvanis, NP in Ambulatory Care Psychiatry, has published Rules and Tools for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders: Changing Behavior One Step at a Time. The book guides parents' journey toward understanding their child and solving problems related to their behavior. Judy has been a clinician for over 35 years, specializing in the treatment of children with developmental disabilities, severe behavior challenges, autism spectrum disorders, and co-occurring conditions. She is a national speaker on behavior management, social skills training, psychopharmacology, educational strategies, and toilet training.





Lisa Kane Low inducted: American Academy of Nursing

AACN LogoLisa Kane Low, CNM PhD, FACNM, FAAN was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in honor of her outstanding ongoing commitment to national and global levels of policy and research in obstetric nursing and nurse-midwifery.

Emily Dickie awarded: Crosby Award for Excellence in Critical Care Nursing

Emily Dickie, RN is the 2014 John R. Crosby Award for Excellence in Critical Care Nursing award winner! Emily has been a nurse in the PICU since 2006, when she first joined us as a graduate nurse. She has become a well-respected team member and is viewed as a clinical expert by her peers. Paula Crosby (John's mom) shared beautiful sentiments about what giving this award means to her and her family. They are so grateful for the care John received during his time here. They felt cared for as an entire family not just as a family of a patient.

Jennifer Kelley, Heather Berlin, and Cathy Lewis to present: Society of Pediatric Nurses National Conference

Society of Pediatric Nurses LogoJennifer Kelley RN, Heather Berlin RN and Cathy Lewis CNS (12W) submitted an abstract for Nursing Leadership for Discharge Medication Process Improvement to the Society of Pediatric Nurses and have been notified of their acceptance for a podium presentation at the annual national conference in April 2015. Congratulations on having this MPLAN project going forward for presentation.






Steven Strobbe installed as President-Elect: International Nurses Society on Addictions

LogoStephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry, was recently installed as President-Elect of the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) during the annual educational conference in Washington, DC. Dr. Strobbe will serve in this role for two years (2014-2016), at which time he will assume the presidency of the organization. IntNSA is a professional specialty organization for nurses - in all clinical settings and practices - committed to the prevention, intervention, treatment, and management of addictive disorders (

Team of Ambulatory Care Transplant Nurses presented: International Transplant Nursing Society

LogoA team of Ambulatory Care Transplant Nurses presented at the International Transplant Nursing Society's Annual Symposium in Texas: Michelle Rassin, Julia Huang, Bernie Mathews, Sandy Feldkamp, and Kasha (Cathy) Newcomb.


  • "We Can But Should We? A Frailty Case Study?" Amy Smith, RN, BSN; Bernice Mathews, RN, MSA; Michelle Rassin, RN, BSN; Gina Bergmooser, RN, MSN.
  • "Use of Liver Grafts From Donors Positive For Antihepatitis B-Core Antibody (Anti-HBC)" Julia Huang, BSN, RN, CCTC; Cathy L. Newcomb, RN.
  • "PTLD Remission - Not Mission Impossible" Bernice Mathews, RN MSA; Amy Smith, RN BSN; Gina Bergmooser, RN MSN.


  • Sandra Feldkamp RN BSN, called "Taking Patient Care to The Community Through Outreach Clinics".

Leaping Forward4th Annual Conference
Leaping Forward in Critical Care: Stitching Evidence into Practice




Presented by the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Sigma Theta Tau at the University of Michigan

Conference Date: February 17, 2015

An opportunity to share research, clinical innovation and evidence-based practice at our fourth annual critical care symposium.

Eligible Topics for Presentation:

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Clinical Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Process Improvement
  • Clinical issues and scenarios

*Please note that previously presented research should be submitted for poster presentation only*

Questions? Email Sharon Dickinson ( or Connie Rickelmann (

Winnie Wood, Dana Tschannen, Alyssa Trotsky, Julie Grunawalt, Danyell Adams, Robert Chamg, Sandra Kendziora and Stephanie Diccion-MacDonald published: American Journal of Nursing

American Journal of NursingCongratulations to authors: Winnie Wood, MSN, RN, CNS, Dana Tschannen, PhD, RN, Alyssa Trotsky, DPT, Julie Grunawalt, MS, RN, GCNS-BC, Danyell Adams, CNA, Robert Chang, MD, FHM, Sandra Kendziora, BSN, RN, and Stephanie Diccion-MacDonald, MS, RN whose article "A Mobility Program for an Inpatient Acute Care Medical Unit" was published in the American Journal of Nursing, October 2014 (Vol. 114, No. 10).





G. Lita Smith published: Journal of Advanced Practice Oncology

Journal of Advanced Practice OncologyG. Lita Smith, MS, RN, ACNP, Nurse Practitioner Supervisor in the Cancer Center, had her article "The Long and Short if Tamoxifen Therapy: A review of the ATLAS Trial" published in the Journal of Advanced Practice Oncology in the Jan/Feb, 2014 issue.







Heidi Mason, Mary Beth DeRubeis, Jared Foster, Jeremy Taylor and Francis Worden published: Oncology Nursing Forum

Oncology Nursing ForumHeidi Mason, MSN, NP, and Mary Beth DeRubeis, MSN, NP, Cancer Center Team 2, co-authored the article, "Outcomes Evaluation of a Weekly Nurse Practitioner-Managed Symptom Management Clinic for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer Treated with Chemoradiotherapy" which was published in Oncology Nursing Forum, November 2013. Authors included Heidi Mason, MSN, NP, Mary Beth DeRubeis, MSN, NP, Jared C. Foster, PhD, Jeremy M.G. Taylor, PhD, and Francis P. Worden, MD. They concluded that patients receiving chemoradiotherapy benefit from close monitoring for toxicities by NPs to successfully complete their treatment and avoid hospitalization.




Beverly Benmoussa awarded: FIGs Grant

Fostering Innovation Grant LogoBeverly A. Benmoussa, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Transplant Center received a Fostering Innovation Grant (FIGs) sponsored by the University of Michigan Health System for support of a project titled "Passport to Transplant".


Patti Paulin nominated and requested as speaker: Wilson's Disease Association Board

Wilson's Disease LogoPatti Paulin, RN, Liver Transplant, who is a member of the Wilson's Disease Association Board has been nominated for another three year term that will be voted on at their Conference. She had also been asked to speak at this conference which was September 5-7th.


Jeff Thomas and Chad Stoller win first place: CAE Cup, Air Medical Transport Conference

Jeff Thomas and Chad StollerThe annual CAE Cup, held at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Nashville, brought together 10 of the best and brightest in air medical rescue teams to demonstrate critical, life saving techniques with CAE Healthcare's human patient simulators. Congratulations to Jeff Thomas, RN and Chad Stoller, RN (UM Survival Flight) for taking FIRST PLACE in the CAE Cup critical care skills competition. Their shining accomplishment? Showing off their emergency medical care skills with Fidelis Lucina (the first-ever pregnant patient simulator to demonstrate at a CAE Cup competition) and performing a stressful - and, successful- simulated birth at the scene! The entire simulated rescue scenario of Fidelis Lucina is captured on video by air medical retrievalist/resuscitationist, Bill Hinckley and was uploaded so all could see the Lucina/Survival Flight video.

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