School of Nursing News

Aug 17, 2017 Joanne Disch (Ph.D., '85) will receive UMSN's inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award: The Alumni Society Board of Governors of the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) and UMSN have named Joanne Disch, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, the inaugural 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award winner.Disch was selected for numerous accomplishments and qualities, chief among them her leadership in...
Aug 16, 2017 Alumna serves working class communities through occupational health: The first in her family to go to college, Ariana Spiewak, MSN, FNP-C, knew she wanted a career that let her engage with working class populations. A recent alumna (MSN 2017) from the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) primary care family nurse practitioner program with a concentration...
Aug 14, 2017 UMSN alum Linda R. Cronenwett named AAN Living Legend: Linda R. Cronenwett, Ph.D., RN, FAAN was recently named as one of five Living Legends by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). This is the AAN's highest honor. Cronenwett received her BSN in 1966 and her Ph.D. in 1983 from the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Read more about the...
Aug 02, 2017 Faculty impact: An advocate for teens, an adversary of human trafficking: Michelle Pardee’s career is not what she envisioned as an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) nearly 30 years ago.“I was going to be a head nurse at a hospital and be in that role forever,” said Pardee. “None of this was my plan. Getting my doctorate and...
Jul 27, 2017 UMSN students carry out hands-on research on trauma-informed care: University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) students are working on a unique research project: analyzing how trauma-informed care is taught at the School of Nursing in clinical and didactic settings.One of the projects under the research initiative CASCAID which aims to comprehensively...
Jul 20, 2017 After traveling the world for Doctors Without Borders DNP student returns to where it all began: Kelly Grimshaw’s return to Ann Arbor was a homecoming after years of adventure, hard work and health care service in nearly a dozen African and Asian countries. She was born in the former St. Joseph’s hospital that is now partially home to the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN). When...
Jul 10, 2017 Summer 2017 staff newsletter: Movement afoot in School of Nursing spaces UMSN is in the process of completing phase one of its space planning and implementation, bringing changes for some faculty and staff offices.Several moves are happening in July and August, as UMSN continues to create the most effective use of space in...
Jun 30, 2017 Faculty members and alumni selected as 2017 AAN Fellows: The American Academy of Nursing recently announced its 2017 class of Academy Fellows. Of the 173 distinguished nurses selected, two are faculty at the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) and two are UMSN alumnae.Fellows are selected based on their significant contributions to nursing...
Jun 28, 2017 More than half of all opioid prescriptions go to people with mental illness: ANN ARBOR—Fifty-one percent of all opioid medications distributed in the U.S. each year are prescribed to adults with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, according to new research from the University of Michigan and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. "Despite representing only...
Jun 27, 2017 What's in a name? Nurse, veteran, farmer: student's unique experiences help guide him along the journey to a DNP degree: Nursing students may wake up early and work long hours, but not many of them start and end their day by taking care of a herd of dairy goats, a handful of ducks, some chicken, and a couple of horses.Michael Cochenour, doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) student who expects to defend in December...
Jun 16, 2017 Collaborative learning across continents: Every summer, the midwifery program holds a suturing workshop for students who will begin attending births through their clinical course in the fall. This summer, the workshop was joined by a handful of special guests.Two students joined from Academie Verloskunde Maastricht (AVM), a midwifery...
Jun 16, 2017 Faculty Impact: Pumping new life in patients and the future of nursing: Sometimes just one clinical experience as a student is powerful enough to set the course for a career. That’s what happened to Jesus (Jessie) Casida, PhD, RN, APN-C, at a cardiology unit during his junior year of nursing school.“I became absolutely fascinated with cardiovascular physiology,” said...
Jun 09, 2017 UMSN alumna and student named President’s Staff Innovation Award finalist: Balancing the workload of nurses while providing the best possible patient care is not an easy task. Each hospital unit must find a system that works for that particular area in an environment that is often fast paced, frequently changing and stressful.“I noticed how time-consuming making patient...
Jun 07, 2017 Improving practice one chart at a time: DNP student's perspective bringing technology and nursing together: Fadi Islim, clinical nursing informatics analyst at Michigan Medicine and current doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) student at University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN), never intended to immigrate to the United States.Originally from Jordan and trained as a nurse, in 2005 he had accepted a...
Jun 06, 2017 UMSN receives grant to increase study abroad opportunities: The University of Michigan School of Nursing is a recipient of a 2017 Capacity Building Grant for U.S. Undergraduate Study Abroad from the U.S. Department of State and Partners of the Americas. Each of the 11 winning institutions will be awarded up to $42,000 to increase and diversify participation...
Jun 01, 2017 UMSN reaches major fundraising goal: Ann Arbor, Mich -- The University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) is pleased to announce it has reached its $28 million goal in the Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign.“Donors are recognizing the important work happening at UMSN,” said Colleen Zimmerman, UMSN’s executive director of...
May 30, 2017 Faculty recognition: The UMSN faculty is filled with members who are world-renowned educators, researchers and scholars. As the 2016-17 academic year draws to a close, UMSN is proud to celebrate the many prestigious awards and achievements of its faculty. Congratulations!Cynthia Arslanian-EngorenAssociate...
May 26, 2017 University of Michigan School of Nursing magazine summer 2017 edition now available: The University of Michigan School of Nursing magazine, summer 2017 edition, is now available. Contact sn-comm@umich.edu if you would like a magazine mailed to you.
May 17, 2017 Clinical Assistant Professor selected for AACN's Faculty Policy Intensive: Elizabeth Kuzma will attend an immersive program to enhance her knowledge of policy and advocacy and engage with federal departments and agencies, Congress, and national organizations.
May 16, 2017 UMSN associate dean featured speaker at March for Moms: “We must do all we can to assure all families have access to the maternity care they desire with the goal of providing the right care, in the right place, at the right time, with the right health professional team members,” Lisa Kane Low, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, told the cheering crowd gathered in...
May 16, 2017 Long-time UMSN faculty member creates change through community:  Twenty-five years deep at the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN), Dr. Patricia Coleman-Burns, or “PCB” as she is affectionately known to students, continues to create community. This year, she has been recognized with the 2017 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Lifetime...
May 15, 2017 Dr. Ada Sue Hinshaw receives honorary degree: Ada Sue Hinshaw, Ph.D., RN, FAAN and professor emerita was honored at Penn's commencement for her contribution to nursing science.
May 10, 2017 Nursing student uses yoga to cope with life-altering injuries and illness: A history of cyclic vomiting syndrome, skull fractures from a boat accident so severe the driver was killed, and ulcerative colitis, is reason enough that Jaclyn Schaumburger might try to avoid hospitals whenever possible. Instead, she’s pursuing a career in nursing that will allow her to use her...
May 09, 2017 UMSN PhD candidate receives Rackham award: Julie Buser, PhD candidate, received a Rackham International Research Award to support her dissertation research: Newborn Outcomes at Maternity Waiting Homes in Rural Zambia.
May 04, 2017 Graduation pictures: Photos from the 2017 UMSN ceremony are available on our Facebook page.
May 03, 2017 Powerlifting, crossfit and hockey: UMSN faculty embrace "Year of the Healthy Nurse": The American Nurses Association designated 2017 as "The Year of the Healthy Nurse." The organization represents more than 3.6 million nurses. It created the initiative to put a focus on nurses to improve their own health and pass that momentum on to their patients and communities.The...
May 03, 2017 Ironclad bond: UMSN prof and alumna train together for Ironman: “It’s a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a full 26.2 mile marathon,” says April Bigelow, Ph.D., ANP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, a University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) clinical associate professor.Bigelow is explaining the Ironman race she and alumna Jennifer El Aile are training for together....
May 01, 2017 Pride, joy and tears at 2017 Convocation: Graduates at the University of Michigan School of Nursing’s (UMSN) Saturday, May 29th convocation ceremony were filled with nervous pride as they filled Hill Auditorium to be recognized for their hard work, newly-earned diplomas, and the change of professional status their graduation brings. ...
May 01, 2017 UMSN sophomore wins prestigious Gilman scholarship: May finds University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) students scattering near and far. One student, Michelle Tuyo, leaves for Uganda immediately after finishing her second year at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Tuyo won a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International...
May 01, 2017 American Nurses Association endorses position statement on substance use among nurses and nursing students, authored by UMSN professor: Ann Arbor, Mich. -- The American Nurses Association (ANA) has endorsed a joint position statement from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) that encourages a focus on prevention, treatment and recovery for nurses and...
Apr 27, 2017 UMSN senior and liver transplant patient shares 20-year bond with Michigan Medicine nurse: Shihan Huang had a high chance of dying before her first birthday. She was born with biliary atresia, a condition in which the ducts around the liver do not form correctly.Her best chance of survival was a liver transplant, but Huang was born in Taiwan at a time when most in-country hospitals did...
Apr 19, 2017 Student Spotlight: First-generation student rises above challenges to make a lasting gift: The University of Michigan represents several firsts for Alex Fauer. He would be the first in his family to attend college and U-M was his first choice. His parents, while supportive of Fauer pursuing higher education, had reservations. “They know Michigan is hard school to get into,” said Fauer...
Apr 17, 2017 Making hearing protection a habit: UMSN's Dr. McCullagh is featured in AgAlert for her work helping farmers to protect their hearing.
Apr 14, 2017 UMSN faculty and students receive Honors, present research at Midwest Nursing Research Society conference: The University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) was well represented at one of the largest nursing conferences in the region. The Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) has more than 1,300 members from 13 states. The annual MNRS conference is an opportunity for UMSN faculty and students to...
Apr 13, 2017 Bicentennial endowment fund: Class of 2017 Gift: Two students recently announced the goal for the Class of 2017 gift: an endowed fund for scholarships.
Apr 10, 2017 Student Spotlight: Nursing senior aiming for the Peace Corps: Hollis Wyatt understood the fundamentals of what a nursing career could be, but she was also inquisitive about opportunities beyond traditional paths. "'You’ll definitely have a job when you graduate,’ is the first thing most people would say when I told them I was going to nursing school,” said...
Apr 10, 2017 Dean’s Research Day 2017: The science of addictions: From risks to recovery: “I am knocked away by the poster session; I don’t think I’ve ever seen one with that kind of vigor,” said University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) Dean Patricia Hurn, Ph.D., RN, as she greeted the crowd of approximately 200 guests, faculty, staff and students gathered for UMSN’s annual Dean’...
Apr 07, 2017 First Hillman Scholar to defend: Jordan Harrison defended her dissertation and earned her Ph.D. in March, 2017. She is the first UMSN Hillman Scholar to receive her degree.
Apr 03, 2017 Get to know your faculty: Elizabeth “Libby” Brough: Showcasing Strengths “Tell me an example of you at your best as a nursing student.” That’s how Clinical Instructor Libby Brough, PhD, RN, invites her students to introduce themselves at the start of each semester. Brough’s focus on positive psychology is a recurring theme in her teaching,...
Mar 30, 2017 IPE workshops: More than 60 health science students participated in a motivational interviewing workshop.
Mar 29, 2017 Student Spotlight: Advocate for mothers and midwives:  The list of Debra Rhizal’s professional accomplishments is long. She is the owner/operator of Pregnancy Arts in Ann Arbor, which offers childbirth classes and doula services; co-owner of MarasWorld.com, LLC, a website and blog dedicated to providing information and preparation for the...
Mar 28, 2017 NINR T32 training grant focuses on improving health and safety: Complexity: Innovations in Promoting Health and Safety grant provides funding to develop and test transformative interventions. Marita Titler, PhD, RN, FAAN is PI.
Mar 24, 2017 Work on diversity, equity and inclusion at UMSN continues, guided by strategic plan: As the semester winds down, work at the School of Nursing towards goals set in the 2016-2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Plan is ramping up. The Implementation Committee, led by Senior Diversity Director Dr. Rushika Patel, has focused on three areas for intense work. These areas...
Mar 23, 2017 UMSN students honored for international internships: Juniors Karina Zanyk McLean and Emma Gell interned in India last summer.
Mar 20, 2017 U-M School of Nursing to lead national alliance for cancer care: The $15 million effort, funded by the Merck Foundation, will take a multifaceted approach to improving patient-centered care, support and outcomes. ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) has been selected to serve as the National Program Office (NPO) for...
Mar 17, 2017 Faculty Impact: How anthropology, a lost opportunity and a passion for vulnerable populations came together at UMSN: Megan Eagle’s connection to vulnerable populations literally began the day she was born. At the time, her parents were Peace Corps volunteers serving in New Delhi, India. Through the examples of her parents and her earliest life lessons, Eagle’s interest in helping the people who need it the most...
Mar 10, 2017 UMSN's Michelle Munro-Kramer teaching new interprofessional course: Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking with Health Care Settings is offered to dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, public health, public policy, and social work students.
Mar 08, 2017 Funding for interprofessional work: The Health Sciences Council, including Dean Hurn, announces new grant funding targeting health outcomes and value of interprofessional education, research, and more.
Mar 07, 2017 Bridging climate and health: New research agenda promoted by UMSN professor:  As daffodils are springing up from the ground a month earlier than usual in Ann Arbor, Sue Anne Bell, Ph.D., clinical faculty member at University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) and National Clinical Scholar at the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), is leading the...
Mar 01, 2017 Department Spotlight: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UMSN: Rushika Patel, UMSN’s new senior director of diversity, joined the school this fall and has hit the ground running. Just this month, Patel has arranged two trainings for staff on unconscious bias to be held in room 1330, 400NIB. These are on Tuesday, March 28 from 8:00-9:30 a.m., and Friday,...