The Michigan Cancer Consortium has presented their highest honor, a Spirit of Collaboration award, to , UMSN Professor and member of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center and to Barbara Hiltz, MSW, Director of the Cancer Support Community. The award is given to people or organizations that have formed outstanding collaborative partnerships to significantly move comprehensive cancer control activities forward in Michigan. Dr. Northouse and Ms. Hiltz were selected for the academic-community partnership they formed to implement the FOCUS program, a research-based intervention developed by Northouse and U-M colleagues that provides information and support to cancer patients and their family caregivers. The FOCUS Program has been successfully implemented in the Cancer Support Community and has shown to be effective for increasing patients’ and caregivers’ ability to manage the illness and treatments for it, reducing their emotional distress, and improving their quality of life.
Post-Doctoral Fellow Deleise Wilson, Ph.D., RN, received an award from the National Institute on Aging through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Loan Repayment Program (LRP). The two-year award will be utilized for the 2013-2015 academic years. The NIH-LRP program supports health professionals’ commitment to at least two years of qualified research in exchange for repaying a portion or all of the researcher’s student loans. Dr. Wilson’s research program focuses on the influence of safety organizing behaviors and the role of nursing unit leaders on patient outcomes.
Professor Beatrice J. Kalisch, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, has been selected as the 2013-2014 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Distinguished Nurse Scholar in Residence. During the year-long immersion program, Dr. Kalisch will be taking a prominent role in national health policy development. She is also expected to develop or actively participate in a policy-oriented paper related to an IOM study. The program is supported by the American Academy of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Foundation. Dr. Kalisch’s fellowship begins in September in Washington D.C.
Associate Professor Patricia Abbott, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, has been appointed to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) eHealth Technical Advisory Group (TAG). TAGs are comprised of prominent, international experts to provide guidance and expertise to the WHO on dedicated topics. The eHealth TAG is a newly formed group focusing on information and communication technologies for health. Dr. Abbott says the appointment is a great honor for her personally and an opportunity to include nursing in an international dialogue dedicated to bettering and strengthening the use of health information technology in health and healthcare.
Assistant Professor Jason Mitchell, Ph.D., MPH, received a three-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for, “Development of a HIV prevention toolkit for at-risk HIV-negative male couples.” The award, worth more than $700,000, will be used to build on Dr. Mitchell’s previous research related to the development of agreements among couples to help decrease their HIV risk while promoting HIV testing. The three phases of this study are to develop, pilot, and refine a web-based toolkit using interviews and focus groups among other methods. The goal is to assist couples in forming sexual agreements that include testing for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, decrease high-risk behavior, and raise awareness about HIV prevention and testing resources.
UMSN is proud to recognize the high pass rate of our students who recently took the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). At 97%, UMSN’s rate far exceeds the national average of 83%. In addition, it’s higher that the State of Michigan’s 86% pass rate. These numbers represent NCLEX results for the 2013 Second Quarter, April 1- June 30. The NCLEX is the required test for graduates to receive their professional nursing license. Congratulations to the students and to the faculty who provide an excellent education for UMSN undergraduates!
Recent Pediatric Nurse Practitioner graduate Frankie Bonner received a grant from the Kiwanis Club of Flint. It will be used to help establish a Reach Out and Read (ROR) Program for the pediatric patients of Hamilton Community Health Care Network in Flint, MI. ROR partners with pediatric health care providers to give books to children ages six months to six years old and educate the parents about the benefits of increasing their child’s literacy.
Associate Professor Kristy K. Martyn, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FNP-BC has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). The organization has members from 90% of American educational institutions with NP programs, in addition to several other countries. It works to advance NP education through improved resources, scholarship and policy. Dr. Martyn says “As a NONPF Board Member I will work with the NONPF Board and membership to lead quality nurse practitioner education.” Dr. Martyn’s term runs through 2015.
Ph.D. student Jade Curry Burns has been selected as a 2013 Paul Ambrose Scholar by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research & the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion., Burns will join 40 students from across the country for the four-day Paul Ambrose Scholars Program Symposium in Washington, D.C. which focuses on the complexities and varying attitudes toward public health. In addition, Burns will conduct a community-based health education project organizing focus groups of African American early adolescent males to find out if using technology such as smart phone apps is a feasible project to strengthen communication about sex between father and son.
Ph.D. student Denise Weiss is the recipient of a Research Doctoral Scholarship from the Oncology Nursing Society. Weiss will use the $3,000 scholarship to continue her research on quality of life and mental fatigue in family caregivers of cancer patients participating in Phase I clinical trials. Weiss is interested in learning more about how care giving can create stress and have a negative impact on health. She hopes to utilize that information to create interventions aimed at improving the quality of life for caregivers. The scholarship will be used for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Clinical Instructor Elizabeth Kuzma, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, was accepted into the Michigan Education Policy Fellowship Program 2013-2014 cohort. Fellows meet monthly for seminars, interactive learning and leadership development related to public policy issues. Fellows also participate in two national meetings, the Leadership Forum and the Washington Policy Seminar. Kuzma will enter the program in September 2013. She says her goals are to learn more about policy development and advocacy, network with professionals from a variety of arenas and similar interests, and to further develop her leadership skills.
Denise Cooper, MS, ANP-BC, received the Evidence Based Practice Award from the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP) for her poster presentation, Improved Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Assessment and Resident Outcomes: An Evidence Based Implementation Project in Long-Term Care. Cooper’s focus was on verbalizing ways to improve accurate assessment of UTI symptoms and ways to reduce incidences of recurrent UTIs in long term care residents. Cooper is in the first cohort of UMSN DNP students and expects to graduate in April 2013.
Laura Gultekin, a Ph.D. student at UMSN, has been honored with an Institute for Research on Women and Gender/Rackham Graduate Student Research award. Gultekin’s areas of interest are life events that contribute to housing instability and homelessness in women with children. Gultekin plans to use a qualitative, narrative approach to interview mothers in Detroit who are seeking emergency housing assistance. The IRWG award will supplement Gultekin’s National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award for participant incentives and researcher travel expenses to and from Detroit.
Jennifer Salerno, DNP, CPNP, FAANP, an adjunct clinical instructor, received the 2013 Hilary E.C. Millar Award for Innovative Approaches to Adolescent Health Care from the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). Dr. Salerno led development of the Rapid Assessment for Adolescent Preventative Services (RAAPS) screening tool, a 21-question, youth-friendly, online survey on topics such as diet, violence, substance abuse, depression and sexuality. Results of the survey are used by clinicians during an adolescent’s appointment to better address individualized risk behaviors. In addition, the RAAPS screen tool is used to electronically capture and store data in a consistent manner to easy administrative duties for health professionals. This award is presented annually at the SAHM Annual Meeting in March.
Cynthia Darling-Fisher, PHD, FNP-BC, received the UMHS “Making a Difference” Award. She was nominated by Darlene Ledwon, a co-worker at Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools in Washtenaw County. Ledwon said, “Dr Darling-Fisher provides skilled and compassionate care to her clients. She always goes the “extra mile” in helping families meet their healthcare needs. Cindy is a great team player, optimistic problem solver and a joy to work with.” Awardees receive a pin, a certificate and are invited to a special awards reception in December.
Jade A. (Curry) Burns is a winner of the 2012 “Five Under Ten” Award. The University of Michigan African American Alumni Council (AAAC) honors five alumni who have graduated in the past 10 years, for professional achievements and contributions to the community. As a volunteer and a pediatric nurse practitioner, Burns is dedicated to improving patient care in underserved communities. She is continuing her education at University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) as a PhD student. Her research interest includes using technology such as mobile applications to reduce risky sexual behavior among adolescents and parent adolescent sex-communication between African American adolescent males and their fathers.
Cynthia Fenske, a lecturer at UMSN, has been named one of two Collegiate Lecturers for the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor campus for the 2012-2013 school year. The Collegiate Lecturer Program was established in September 2011 to recognize those lecturers who have demonstrated a sustained record of excellence in teaching and learning and/or in service or other contributions to the University. Lecturers who hold the title of Lecturer II or Lecturer IV and who have been employed as a Lecturer for at least ten years are eligible for nomination. Ms. Fenske has been awarded for her demonstration of a strong commitment to students and for her use of effective integrative teaching strategies in the classroom and in the UMSN Simulation Center. She is the faculty of record for a variety of courses within the undergraduate programs including medical-surgical nursing as well as fundamentals.
Minna Navvab, a student in the Nurse-Midwife (NM) program at the U-M School of Nursing, has received the Midwives of Color-Watson Scholarship from the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). Minna was chosen by ACNM Foundation members from a competitive applicant pool of self-identified persons of color enrolled in midwifery education programs. She was recommended for the award by clinical assistant professor Dr. Katie Moriarty. The scholarship awards $1,000. Minna discovered her passion for midwifery while working with pregnant patients on a medical trek in Nepal. After graduating from the CNM program, Minna hopes to work in an urban setting helping women with health disparities receive proper prenatal and postpartum care, as well as have a positive laboring experience.
Michelle Munro, a doctoral candidate at the U-M School of Nursing, has received a Midwest Nursing Research Society/Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (MNRS/CANS) Dissertation Research Grant for her dissertation project entitled "To B or not to B?: Plan B and Post-Assault Comprehensive Care." Associate Professor Dr. Julia Seng serves as her mentor on the project, which explores the use of over-the-counter Plan B after sexual assault and its effects on comprehensive care for survivors. The purpose of the MNRS/CANS award is to encourage dissertation research that advances nursing science and practice. In addition to the PhD program at the School of Nursing, Michelle is also pursuing a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies and anticipates graduating in Spring 2013.
Dr. Richard Redman, Professor and Director of the DNP program, has been appointed by the U-M Board of Regents as the Ada Sue Hinshaw Collegiate Professor of Nursing. A Collegiate Professorship is one of the highest honors that active faculty at the U-M School of Nursing can receive. The appointment is given to professors who exemplify excellence in all areas: scholarship, teaching, and leadership. It is bestowed upon faculty who: have an established record of scholarship that is recognized internationally; are currently making significant scientific contributions to the field of nursing; demonstrate a sustained and unequivocal record of excellence in teaching; have a record of scholarly eminence which advances the frontier of knowledge; and demonstrate continuous leadership and contributions in academic, professional, and community service.
Hannah Richardson, a 2012 BSN graduate of the School of Nursing, has received this year’s Outstanding Honors Project Senior Poster Award. Her winning research paper is entitled, "Nurse Communication Regarding Position During Second Stage Labor of Nulliparous Women." Hannah’s study seeks to identify whether a lack of translation exists between evidence-based practice and actual practice surrounding the issue of nursing communication on positioning during second stage labor. Assistant Professor Dr. Lisa Kane Low served as her advisor on the project. A group of impartial faculty reviewed senior honors students’ research papers and determined Hannah’s project to be the winner based on criteria such as writing quality, clarity of presentation of ideas, depth of analysis, and originality.
Dr. Joanne Pohl, Professor Emerita, has been selected to receive the Loretta C. Ford Award for Advancement of the NP Role in Health Care from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The Loretta Ford Award is named after the founder of the nurse practitioner movement and was established in honor of Dr. Ford’s induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011. The award is bestowed annually to a nurse practitioner who demonstrates participation in health care policy development; contributes to clarification of the role and scope of practice of NPs; and/or takes creative action to turn a challenge to the NP role into an opportunity to advance practice. At the U-M School of Nursing, Dr. Pohl directed the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program and served as Associate Dean for Community Partnerships. She is actively involved in policy related to primary care and nurse practitioners.
Dr. Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren, Associate Professor at the U-M School of Nursing, has been awarded the 2012 Golden Lamp Award from the Northwest Ohio Nurses Association. Recipients of this award are chosen by their peers based on their outstanding efforts to promote the growth of nurses in the community; mentor others through direction, instruction, and support; motivate others in their professional growth; serve as a role model through involvement in professional associations; and promote health and quality of life for persons in the community. Dr. Arslanian-Engoren received the Golden Lamp Award in April 2012. In addition to teaching at the School of Nursing, Dr. Arslanian-Engoren is an expert in decision science and coronary heart disease in women. Her research focuses on treatment delays for myocardial infarction with an emphasis on nurses’ triage decisions and women’s treatment-seeking decisions.
Dr. Barbara Brush has been selected as one of 10 fellows in the inaugural class of the U-M Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT). The ten fellows, five health services researchers and five individuals from the policy sector, will meet over the winter semester in a series of bimonthly all-day sessions to engage in discussions of health policy and legislative issues (particularly many of the "hot topics" currently underway in the state), work directly with health policy and legislative experts, and produce deliverables. Each academic and policy fellow is paired to work on a specific area of interest and expertise. In tandem with her policy partner, a state legislator, Dr. Brush will combine her community-based participatory research with vulnerable community populations and her workforce expertise to assess mental health delivery and capacity in Michigan and make recommendations for improving access to the state's mental health care.
Dr. Marjorie McCullagh, an assistant professor, has been awarded the Medique Unique Leadership award by the Michigan Association of Occupational Health Nurses (MAOHN) at the Association’s recent meeting in Bay City, Michigan. Dr. McCullagh was selected to receive this award based on her demonstration of outstanding leadership qualities, including initiative, motivation, productivity, creativity, and commitment. Dr. McCullagh serves as Director of the U-M School of Nursing Occupational Health Nursing program.
Dr. Christopher Friese, an assistant professor at the U-M School of Nursing, was the first nurse scientist to receive a Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The objective this award program is to "increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented NIH-supported independent investigators. The program is designed to facilitate a timely transition from a mentored postdoctoral research position to a stable independent research position" (NIH). This five-year, $930,000 grant has allowed him to develop his research, at first with guidance from an experienced investigator-mentor and then later independently. Having successfully transitioned into the independent phase of the award, Dr. Friese is working to identify opportunities for improving the organization of nursing care for patients with cancer.