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Evidence-Based Practice Writing Workshop

Learning Outcomes:

The participant of the workshop will be able to:

  • Identify the process for project dissemination through publication
  • Describe the most effective pathway to successful dissemination
  • Draft a preliminary outline of a project publication with mentor support

Target Audience:

Members of the nursing community who are interested in disseminating their project through writing/publication.

For More Information and to Register go to:

This program is provided and endorsed by Research and Translation Committee under Nursing Governance at University of Michigan Health System.

University of MI Professional Development & Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's commission on accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-423, 03/01/2019)


Laura Feuerbacher and Michelle Fernamberg had their abstract selected for a poster presentation at the 43rd Annual AAACN Conference, May 9-12, 2018. The abstract describes the redesign of the model of care at the Briarwood Center for Reproductive Medicine. The title of the abstract is “It Takes a Village to Raise a Baby‚ĶIt Takes a Team to Make One.”

Congratulations to the Pediatric Ventilator Team (Ann Marie Ramsey-NP, Sarah Brennan-RN, Adam Stricker-RN, Kurt Riek-RRT, Dana Brown-RRT, Rachel Gurtowsky-NP, Julie Sturza- Statistician, and Amy Filbrun, MD) for getting “Emergency airway and ventilator procedures for community based home care staff validation of an education program” published! Pediatr Pulmonol. 2018 Jan 4. doi: 10.1002/ppul.23936. [Epub ahead of print].

Philanthropy for Nursing



Beginning more than a year ago, plans to actively involve the Department of Nursing as a benefactor of philanthropic gifts were put in place. A Philanthropy for Nursing Advisory Council was established, nurse leadership training occurred this fall, and the Nursing Department participated in the University-wide Giving Blue Day. Momentum continues to build with plans to involve another 100 nurses in a professional training course to inform and clarify the nurse’s role in philanthropy. Take a look at successes to date:

  • Giving Blue Day (GBD) brought in $5,605 to the general Nursing at Michigan fund... in 24 hours! The fund continues to grow and now holds $7,132 when gifts made outside the GBD 24-hour window are included.
  • The Dr. Margaret Calarco Fund for Nurse Professional Development holds $5000 and remains open as an opportunity to continue to acknowledge nursing.
  • An $100,000 endowed Lectureship has been given by Michigan Medicine in Dr. Margaret Calarco’s name upon her retirement in December 2017. Proceeds from this resource support leadership training for all U of M nurses. Funded lectures are intended to be of interest to nurses employed by the University of Michigan Hospital System as well as nurses from the School of Nursing.
  • A $1000 Gift to Pediatric Nursing supported a nurse who did a podium presentation at the Society of Pediatric Nurses Conference in Denver. She shared findings from her evidence based project demonstrating that premature infants who are fed on feeding readiness cues, rather than provider initiated scheduled feedings, reach their feeding goals at a faster rate and with less complications.
  • Distributed yearly, two gifts of $100,000 made to CVC support teams with innovative ideas. This year both winning teams included nurses!
  • Dan Silverman, a grateful patient of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center (FCVC), recently made a gift of endowment to establish the Daniel J Silverman Family & Friends Endowment for Cardiac Care Nursing Education and Research. This fund will be used to support education to improve the care and safety of heart transplant patients in the FCVC. The Fund will provide awards to heart transplant staff who are not faculty and who provide direct patient care, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners, and clinical care coordinators. The FCVC directors will make annual awards to staff members who demonstrate improved patient care and safety for heart transplant patients. In next month’s newsletter, learn about the motivation behind Dan’s wonderful gift to support heart transplant nursing!
  • A Grateful Patient mailing is scheduled for January with directed gifts going to one of two funds -- happy to announce that one of the two is the Nursing at Michigan Fund!

These efforts support nurses and the ever centric goal of providing the best of care to patients and families who seek our help. Thank you to those of you who have contributed through personal gifts, providing exemplary patient care or by referring donors to development officers - all are elements of a successful plan to enhance resources for nursing.

Margy Fox, Clinical Nurse Specialist for the PMR ambulatory care clinics has been appointed to the Clinical Adjunct Faculty Network (CAFN). The School of Nursing Executive Committee has approved her appointment as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor for a two-year term.

Dr. Anne McLeod, RN, DNP and the NNPN workgroup (National Nursing Practice Network Transition to Evidence Based Practice) had a poster accepted into the 25th National Evidence-Based Practice Conference in Iowa. The title of the poster is "EYE ON THE EVIDENCE (EOE). Seeing is Believing! How One Resource can Change Organizational Behavior."

Oncology National Nursing Society National Meeting (ONS Congress) will be held in Washington DC, May 16-20th 2018. Congratulations to Maggie Perrone, RN, MA who will be presenting the abstract and poster on the topic of Compassion Fatigue: The Impact on Nursing Practice.

Apply Now for the Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program
in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

This one-year comprehensive post-graduate fellowship program will allow new graduates and experienced nurse practitioners to acquire clinical expertise in hospice and palliative care through a variety of clinical, educational and research opportunities during their training. Visit the Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program in Hospice and Palliative Medicine website for more information.


Apply HERE now through 3/1/18!

Catherine Meldrum and Meilan King awarded grant University of Nebraska

Catherine Meldrum, PhD MS RN CCRC and Meilan King Han, MD (Internal Medicine) has received a grant: Reliability of a Portable Device to Measure Respiratory and Step Rates. University of Nebraska $22,340.00

Catherine Meldrum, Carlos Martinez, Deborah Kloska, Fernando Martinze, MeiLan Han and Janet Larson presented European Respiratory Society Conference in Milan, Italy

Catherine Meldrum, PhD, MS, RN, CCRC and her Internal Medicine colleagues, Carlos Martinez, Deborah Kloska, Fernando Martinez, MeiLan Han and Janet Larson lectured at the European Respiratory Society Conference in Milan Italy. The lecture ‘Frailty and its components predict health-related quality-of-life in middle-aged and elderly COPD people and could identify areas for age-specific interventions: an analysis of the NETT study' was well received.

Nancy May selected for AONE 2018 conference podium presentation

Nancy May, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC (Ambulatory Care CNO) has had her abstract "Leadership Mandate: Empowerment for Nursing Leadership in Ambulatory" selected as a podium presentation at the AONE 2018 Inspiring Leaders in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Veterans Week is November 6-10, 2017

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is proud to offer a week of events that educate and celebrate the experiences and sacrifice of those who have served our country.

All events are free and are open to the entire university community and to the general public*. We encourage you to attend as many of these events as you can. Please see for more information.


Amanda Fore awarded Student Research Award at Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative Conference

Congratulations to Amanda Fore, PhD, RN, Staff Specialist, Nursing Research, Quality and Innovation for receiving the Skippy Student Research Award (for Medical/ Graduate/ Undergraduate Students) at the MAQC Conference. The Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC) is a collective of Michigan hospitals (72 hospitals as of 2017) dedicated to improving quality in surgical care - generating new knowledge and deploying it practically. MSQC focuses on real- world improvements in surgical outcomes.

Kathryn Hall and Ronnie Downer to present North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference

Kathryn Hall, RN and Ronnie Downer, RN from the Pediatric Pulmonary department. were accepted to present on the Transition of Care at the 2017 North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference at the Indiana Convention Center along with leading a workshop on the thematic presentation in November.


Sharon Smith, Corinne Lee, Lori DeVries, Julie Juno LaPan and Dorothy Nagle presented ANA-MNA Conference

Sharon Smith, Corinne Lee, Lori DeVries, Julie Juno LaPan, and Dorothy Nagle from Professional Development and Education presented at ANA-MNA Conference and Assembly on October 26, 2017 a session entitled "Workplace Wellness: Nurse Safety Initiatives and Michigan Health." The presentation featured our SPHM) Safe Patient Handling and Mobility) policy, program and education.


Sharon Smith featured Nurse Leader Journal

Sharon Smith, PhD, RN, Director of Professional Development and Education, was featured in Nurse Leader Journal October 2017 Issue in a column entitled "What's on Your Desk?". The article highlights our leadership development on all levels. We've come a long way in a few short years. We are excited for the future of this programming. Please click here to see the story!


Steven Strobbe Invited as Speaker Society on Alcoholism and Other Addictions (SAA) in Iceland

Dr. Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and the Department of Psychiatry. was an invited speaker at the 40th Anniversary Conference of the Society on Alcoholism and other Addictions (SAA), held in Reykjavik, Iceland, October 2-4. That following weekend, Dr. Strobbe was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) in a ceremony in Washington, DC.


What's New in Nurse Recruitment and Retention...

Expansion Update: Brighton Center for Specialty Care

Welcome BCSC Nursing Leadership Team


Expansion Update: Brighton Center for Specialty Care

The Brighton Center for Specialty Care is scheduled to open for patients in September 2018 and will include: specialty care; operating and medical procedure rooms; diagnostic imaging; and infusion and radiation therapy services.

Project facts:

  • More than 400 staff positions available
  • Located at 7500 Challis Road, Brighton, MI
  • 153 exam rooms
  • 33 treatment rooms
  • 16 infusion chairs
  • 4 operating rooms
  • Onsite lab and pharmacy
  • 4 Ambulatory Diagnostic Treatment Unit (ADTU) observation rooms
  • And more!

Ready to join the Brighton team? Apply now!

Welcome to the new BCSC Nursing Leadership Team

  • Michelle Fernamberg, MHA, BSN, RN
    Nursing Services Senior Director / Brighton Center for Specialty Care
  • Gretchen Pagac, MSN, RN, CNOR
    Nursing Services Senior Director / Ambulatory Care Services - Surgical Centers; BCSC OR/ PACU
  • Angela Commons, BSN, RN
    Nursing Supervisor/ BCSC-PACU / 23 hour stay unit
  • Amy McGonegal, BSN, RN, CNOR
    Nursing Supervisor/ BCSC- OR

The Daisy AwardThe Daisy Award

Linda Walla and Tiffany Hunter (PCTU)



Congratulations to Liana Walla, RN and Tiffany Hunter, RN (PCTU) for receiving Daisy awards! The DAISY Award is given through a nationally known program currently in place in over 2,700 healthcare facilities in 50 states and 15 countries. 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. This is a wonderful honor.

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Michigan Medicine Nurses: Remember to Enter Your
Professional Contributions


Have you recently completed a manuscript, book chapter, or presentation? Have you received a grant or award? If so, we’d like to hear about it! Please take a few minutes to tell us about your achievement by completing the survey linked below. Nursing Contribution Submissions:

This information will be used to recognize contributions made by UMHS nurses. It will be posted on the external Nursing Cited Work website (updated quarterly) and will also be included in Marge’s Monthly Nursing Updates, Nursing Services’ annual reports, Nurse’s Week activities, and shared at other appropriate venues. Thank you for your contributions!

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