UMHS Nursing in the News: 2014 News Archive

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New for September 2014:
U-M School of Nursing offers new MS degree and programs
in Systems Leadership and Effectiveness Science

School of NursingAs a top nursing school with a unified academic-practice environment, the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) is positioned to produce leaders who improve quality and control the cost of health care, test interventions in real world settings, and advance use of research findings by diverse populations. To ready these leaders, UMSN now has a division of “Systems Leadership and Effectiveness Science.” The emerging discipline of effectiveness science uses comparisons and context to determine what treatments work for whom and in what setting. It helps consumers, clinicians, purchasers, and policy makers make informed decisions that will improve individual and population-level care by always using the best possible evidence.

This new UMSN division’s flagship Master of Science degree program in Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science offers two distinct areas of focus: Leadership and Informatics. In addition, both nurses and non-nurses can earn UMSN's Certificate in Health Informatics with completion of just 16 credits - which also prepares students to sit for a variety of informatics certifications.

Leadership focus: Provides the knowledge and skills needed to lead inter-professional teams in complex environments, assess the impact of health and communication technology, and improve efficiency of health systems and organizations; offers an access point for collaborative research and development of methods for integrating evidence-based practice in clinical and community settings.

Informatics focus:  Provides a foundation for working with data in health communications, policy, research, and administration; enhances the expertise of those who see the challenges of our changing health system and want to play a role in its transformation.

Systems Leadership and Effectiveness Science at UMSN is accepting applications through May 1 for Fall 2014 admissions. With a web-blended curriculum, students attend approximately 4-8 distributed days of on-site classes each semester, supplemented by virtual learning experiences. Admitted students to fall term are offered a full-time (1.5-year) or part-time (3-year) program plan. The MS degree is awarded by the Rackham Graduate School at U-M.

Prospective students can email or call 734-763-5985.

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All are invited to learn about the latest discoveries in nursing research
and how it‘s improving the health of communities.

The 2014 Dean’s Research Day - Thursday, April 3, 2014, 1:00 - 5:30 PM

Dean's Research Day 2014Dean's Research Day
Thursday, April 3, 2014
1:00 - 5:30 PM
University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex, Building 18, Dining Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

All are invited to learn about the latest discoveries in nursing research and how it‘s improving the health of communities at U-M School of Nursing Dean‘s Research Day 2014 "Learning on the Edge of Discovery." The annual event brings together students, faculty, and members of the community to share the impact of health research, hear new perspectives and forge partnerships. The event includes the Brouse Lecture on Nursing and Population Health: Opportunities and Challenges for the 21st Century, to be presented by Barbara L. Brush, PhD. Event is free, but registration is requested.

What's New in Nurse Recruitment and Retention...
- 2014 Career Launch attracted 187 nursing students from across the state
- Announcing the Winners of the Blitz Scrubs Giveaway
New Nurse Panel

The 2014 Career Launch attracted 187 nursing students from across the State. The event aims to support the shift from the role of a "nursing student" to that of "graduate nurse looking for a job." The Saturday gathering begins with a welcome from Margaret Calarco, PhD, RN who helps participants focus on their accomplishments, personal goals and what they should be looking for in their first nursing position. Featured topics include: Transitioning from the Student to the Professional Role; Navigating the Job Market; Writing a strong Resume; and Interview Tips.

The highlight of the event is the New Nurse Panel – a collection of 6 UMHS nurses who answer any question posed by the audience. We thank Nathan Hanovich, BSN; Laura Sauve, BSN; Erin Nicoson, BSN; Jenelle Ritchie, BSN; Chad Roath, BSN; and Robert Booth, BSN.

Winners of Blitz Scrubs Giveaway:

  • Autumn Smith - CSR
  • Abigail Imarhiagbe - 7C
  • Karly Hendee - CVC5

Thanks to all nurses that came by our table to "spin the wheel" and fill out the Nurses Week Survey during Blitz.

Your input will be used to plan future Nurses Week activities. We enjoyed talking to so many of you!

Certified Nurses Day LogoCertified Nurses Day is March 19th.
Congratulations to all our Certified Nurses!

Certified Nurses DayCertification: 'a process by which a nongovernmental agency validates an individual’s personal mastery of specialized knowledge and professional skills related to a specific area of practice.’




Daisy PhotoThe DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing...
Congratulations to David Lieber, RN (12E)
who recently received the award!

The DAISY Award is given through a nationally known program currently in place in 1,629 healthcare facilities in 10 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.

Daisy Foundation LogoApply for a J. Patrick Barnes Grant for Nursing Research
and Evidence-Based Practice Projects

Deadline for letters of intent: March 31, 2014

Funds are available for:

  • EBP Projects that develop, implement and evaluate changes in nursing practice in treatment of patients with cancer and auto-immune diseases
  • Clinical research studies that directly benefit patients and/or families involving treatment of cancer and auto-immune diseases.

Guidelines and applications are posted at Letters of intent are due March 31, 2014.

2014 Schwartz Rounds Conferences
Mark your calendars for our remaining 2014 schedule.
Schwartz Center Rounds image
  • April 7: Ford Auditorium
  • May 12: Ford Auditorium
  • Jun 9: MCHC
  • Jul 14: Ford Auditorium
  • Aug 11: Ford Auditorium
  • Sep 8: MCHC
  • Oct 6: Ford Auditorium
  • Nov 17: Ford Auditorium (UMHS Grief week)
  • Dec 8: MCHC

In addition, there is an online webinar you are welcome to register for: The link to the actual webinar will be sent to you in a confirmation email from "Webinar Host". Topic: Clinical Resilience: Preventing Burnout, Promoting Compassion and Improving Quality.

G. Lita Smith published: Journal of Advanced Practice Oncology

Journal of Advanced Practice OncologyG. Lita Smith, MS, RN, ACNP, Interim Director of Advanced Practice Nursing and NP Supervisor in the Cancer Center had an article published, "The Long and Short of Tamoxifen Therapy: A Review of the ATLAS Trial" in the Jan/Feb issues of the Journal of Advanced Practice Oncology.

Carolyn Morris published: Neurology and Urodynamics

Neurology and Urodynamics LogoCarolyn Morris, Nurse Practitioner in Geriatrics published an article, Urge Urinary Incontinence and the Brain Factor,” in the journal Neurology and Urodynamics (2013) 32:441-448.

Stephen Strobbe, Jim Cranford, Marcin Wojnar, and Kirk Brower published:
Journal of Addictions Nursing

Journal of Addictions NursingDr. Stephen Strobbe (Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, and the Department of Psychiatry) and colleagues, Dr. Jim Cranford, Dr. Marcin Wojnar, and Dr. Kirk Brower, recently had an article published in a special issue of the Journal of Addictions Nursing (vol. 24, issue 4, pp. 209-216), dedicated to spirituality and addictions, titled, “Spiritual awakening predicts improved drinking outcomes in a Polish treatment sample,” based on international collaborative efforts with Dr. Wojnar and others at the Medical University of Warsaw, Poland.

Charles A. Muck presented: American Association of Blood Banking

logoCharles A. Muck (Apheresis) presented "So You Need A Transfusion Safety Officer" at the American Association of Blood Banking in Denver, Colorado.

Christopher Friese, Julie C. Grunawalt, Sara Bhullar, Karen Bihlmeyer,
Robert Chang, and Winnie Wood published:
Journal of Nursing Administration

Journal of Nursing AdministrationChristopher R. Friese, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, Julie C. Grunawalt, MS, RN, GCNS-BC, Sara Bhullar, RN, Karen Bihlmeyer, RN, Robert Chang, MD, and Winnie Wood, MSN, RN had their manuscript "Pod Nursing on a Medical/Surgical Unit: Implementation and Outcomes Evaluation" accepted to the Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA).

Jolene Bostwick and Ilze Hallman published: MEDSURG Nursing Journal

LogoJolene Bostwick, PharmD and Ilze Hallman, DNP, MS, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, GNP-BC recently had an article "Agitation Management Strategies: Overview of Non-Pharmacologic and Pharmacologic Interventions" published in the MEDSURG Nursing Journal. This is the Official Journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. This is just one example of the type of intraprofessional collaboration we practice daily.

Poster by Stacy Brand and Sandy Feldkamp selected for presentation:
National Kidney Foundation 2014 Spring Clinical Meetings

LogoStacy Brand, MBA, Clinic Outreach Coordinator, and Sandy Feldkamp, BSN, RN, Transplant Program, are congratulated that their poster, "The Benefit of Peer Mentors in Dialysis Patient Education Through Transplant Expos," has been selected for poster presentation at the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) 2014 Spring Clinical Meetings to be held April 22-26, 2014.

Denise O'Brien published: Critical Care Medicine

Critical Care Medicine LogoDenise D. O’Brien, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN published her research from her DNP with Shanks, Amy M. MS; Talsma, AkkeNeel PhD, RN, FAAN; Brenner, Phyllis S. PhD, RN, NEA-BC; Ramachandran, Satya Krishna MD, FRCA. "Intraoperative Risk Factors Associated With Postoperative Pressure Ulcers in Critically Ill Patients: A Retrospective Observational Study* was published in Critical Care Medicine, January 2014 - Volume 42 - Issue 1 - p 40-47 (Clinical Investigations). doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e318298a849

Subsequently, an editorial also cited Denise‘s work. Hopf, Harriet W. MD, FUHM; Gordillo, Gayle MD. "Intraoperative Management and Pressure Ulcers: Not Where the Problem Lies?" Critical Care Medicine, January 2014 - Volume 42 - Issue 1 - p 199-200 (Editorials).doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e31829ec875

Ambulatory Care NewsAmbulatory Care News...
from the Ambulatory Care Nursing Forum
held Tuesday, February 19, 2014

On Tuesday, February 19, a forum was held for nurses across Ambulatory Care. Juanita Parry, Director Nurse Recruitment Retention & Magnet Readiness and Marge Calarco, Chief of Nursing presented the Overview of Magnet Standards

This was followed by a series of presentations by staff:

  • Debbie Schmidtke, RN, BSN – Care Navigator; Canton Health Center, Overview of Care Navigator Role
  • Cathy Boehl, RN, BSN – Pediatric Pulmonary Division & Karla Stoermer-Grossman, RN, MS – CCC Pediatric Asthma Program, Pediatric Asthma Program
  • Donna Doyle, CCC & Program Coordinator – Pediatric Diabetes Division, Pediatric Diabetes Education Program
  • Miriana Popadich, NP – Neurosurgery Department, Nursing, Setting a Trend

The program was outstanding. It was a wonderful opportunity to network and learn about nursing work across Ambulatory Care.

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