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Jun 06, 2018 UMSN faculty, students and alumni shine at annual American College of Nurse-Midwives meeting: More than a conference, the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of midwives in the country. This year, hundreds of midwives gathered in Savannah, Georgia. The theme, Giving Voice to the Soul of Midwifery, celebrated “the grand midwives of the South…...
Jun 04, 2018 Global Reproductive and Sexual Health Summer Institute:  The University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) organized its first Summer Institute on Global Reproductive and Sexual Health this year. The event brought together 18 scholars, researchers, practitioners and faculty from a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds to UMSN....
May 24, 2018 Faculty impact: An unconventional path to UMSN’s Teacher of the Year award: Christine “Tina” Leech is a spirited example of making the most of unexpected opportunities through hard work and a willingness to step out of her comfort zone. Higher education was not a priority while she was growing up, but that didn’t stop her from building a distinguished military and academic...
May 10, 2018 Opening doors for herself and others: DNP is changing how Sherri Fannon sees her future: Safety for pediatric sedation“I have a real love for pediatric patients and implementing safety measures, and in clinical practice there are so many areas that need improvement.”Sherri Fannon, doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) student at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, is in her...
May 09, 2018 Faculty recognition for 2017-18 academic year: The UMSN faculty is filled with members who are world-renowned educators, researchers and scholars. As the 2017-18 academic year draws to a close, UMSN is proud to celebrate the many prestigious awards and achievements of its faculty. Congratulations!April BigelowClinical associate...
May 09, 2018 U-M visit inspires Detroit high school students to consider health care careers: Two dozen students from Detroit’s Cody Medicine and Community Health Academy were welcomed to the University of Michigan to learn about the roles of health care providers and potential career opportunities.Hosted by the U-M School of Nursing (UMSN), the students toured UMSN’s high-tech Clinical...
May 07, 2018 Celebrating Nurses Week: National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th which is Florence Nightingale's birthday. Every year the American Nurses Association selects a theme for the week highlighting a particular aspect of nurses’ practice.  For 2018, the theme is "Nurses: Inspire, Innovate...
May 01, 2018 Improving undergraduate clinical evaluation with ITS and Canvas: ITS Teaching & Learning data concierge Jeff Ziegler recently completed a project for the School of Nursing’s Undergraduate Nursing program that has greatly improved their student evaluation process. Working with clinical instructor Diane Accurso and student advisors Rachel Patterson...
Apr 27, 2018 Faculty impact: A champion for women and reproductive justice: Yasamin Kusunoki was a young girl growing up in California when she made an observation that stayed with her.“I saw the power dynamics between boys and girls and that didn’t sit well with me,” she explained. “I come from a family of strong women, so whether it was on the playground or in a...
Apr 23, 2018 Ph.D. student wins prestigious ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation award: Jordan Harrison, graduating this April with her Ph.D., has been awarded the 2017 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award from Rackham Graduate School. This award carries a cash prize and recognizes exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students. Harrison was a...
Apr 22, 2018 Facilitators of UMSN: Jamie Rasmussen: At the University of Michigan School of Nursing we believe that success is a collective endeavor. We celebrate the unique talent and drive that propels our students and faculty to achieve as scholars as we recognize the skilled network of staff who support them along the way."Facilitators of...
Apr 20, 2018 Strengthening trauma-informed care and services for survivors: Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who make it to SafeHouse Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, are a step closer to healing and reclaiming their lives, but that doesn’t mean the trauma of their experiences has gone away or that the road ahead will be an easy one.Reactions to trauma may...
Apr 17, 2018 Facilitators of UMSN: Listron Mannix: At the University of Michigan School of Nursing we believe that success is a collective endeavor. We celebrate the unique talent and drive that propels our students and faculty to achieve as scholars as we recognize the skilled network of staff who support them along the way."Facilitators of...
Apr 17, 2018 Sigma Theta Tau International induction and awards ceremony: Dozens of new members of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Rho Chapter were inducted into the nursing honor society during an April ceremony at the Michigan Union. Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse...
Apr 16, 2018 Junior faculty win at MNRS: Two junior faculty members at the University of Michigan School of Nursing were recognized at the Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Conference on April 12-15, 2018.  Lenette Jones, Ph.D., ACNS-BC, RNJones, assistant professor, won the 2018 New Investigator Award for the Health...
Apr 11, 2018 Nursing student insight: DNP at University of Michigan: Meet Raja Issa, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CPPS, HACPDoctor of nursing practice (DNP) student at the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN).Works full-time as a Staff Specialist Healthcare at Michigan Medicine.Area of focus is patient safety and alarm fatigue.Will graduate in May 2018.Why he pursued a...
Apr 09, 2018 Where are they now? UMSN catches up with past student spotlights: Throughout the year UMSN highlights students from all degree programs and departments. We’re proud to shine a light on the various individuals who make up our community. See what’s changed for some of our past spotlights as they move on to the next phase of their lives!Spoiler alert: these include...
Apr 09, 2018 Research Day 2018: The Science of Nursing Education: More than 200 students, faculty and researchers came together for the University of Michigan School of Nursing's eighth annual Research Day. The event celebrates the wide range of nursing research, from big data to health promotion, but this year it was nursing education that was the primary focus....
Apr 06, 2018 Student spotlight: A focus on healing after sexual assault and childhood trauma: Every 98 seconds, someone in America is sexually assaulted. On college campuses across the country, the risk of being assaulted is even higher.Laura Sinko, a Ph.D. student and Hillman Scholar at the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN), wants to help survivors heal beyond their physical...
Apr 02, 2018 Student Spotlight: UMSN junior studies how well nursing students take care of themselves: Jonah Kazmierski is starting his research career early. With an interest in pursuing a Ph.D., he is learning about the research process through a focus on health promotion.His honors research project attempts to understand the connection between sleep and academic performance.“I always really loved...
Mar 29, 2018 UMSN undergrad earns grant to help local seniors: Erin Similuk’s clinical placement during the first semester of her senior year brought an unexpected challenge and accomplishment when her group was assigned to the Chelsea Retirement Community.“I’ve always been really interested in working with geriatric populations,” said Similuk. “So many...
Mar 14, 2018 Faculty Impact: An advocate for adolescents through practice and beyond:  “Some of these kids get mislabeled as bad kids, but they are usually just kids who have had bad things happen to them, and it’s often because of the adults in their lives.”Nurse practitioner Elizabeth Kuzma, DNP, FNP-BC, is speaking about adolescents she cares for at the Pathways to Success...
Mar 07, 2018 Puerto Rican pride: Ties to cultural home encourage UMSN student to give back, and stay strong: Nathaniel Mercado had just begun his first year at the University of Michigan School of Nursing when Hurricane Maria hit his family’s homeland, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017. Maria was one of the most destructive storms the island has ever seen. He had been visiting family the month...
Mar 02, 2018 Training school nurses to reverse opioid overdoses: “How many of you have seen an overdose?”In a room filled with two dozen Washtenaw County school nurses, about a quarter of them raised a hand. They work in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the county and some of the overdoses had occurred at their schools.The nurses had gathered for a...
Mar 02, 2018 Facilitators of UMSN: Karen Kirchner: At the University of Michigan School of Nursing we believe success is a collective endeavor. We celebrate the unique talent and drive that propels our students and faculty to achieve as scholars as we recognize the skilled network of staff who support them along the way. "Facilitators of UMSN...
Mar 01, 2018 Focus on rural women and the opioid epidemic: Aspiring midwife sees need for nonjudgmental support: In the home stretch of her third and final year in the Nurse Midwifery MSN program, Alisha Marchand is excited to provide the kind of care she sees as lacking in her local area.A labor and delivery nurse for Promedica Monroe Regional Hospital in Monroe, Michigan (pop. 26,470), she has seen the...
Feb 22, 2018 Faculty impact: UMSN alumna embraces innovation to challenge the patient care status quo: Dana Tschannen was an early-career nurse working in an intensive care unit (ICU) when she found she had a hard time leaving work at work.“I would consistently come home from a shift and wonder if we should have handled a situation differently, or if we really did the right thing for a particular...
Feb 20, 2018 Facilitators of UMSN: Angela Cao: At the University of Michigan School of Nursing we believe success is a collective endeavor. We celebrate the unique talent and drive that propels our students and faculty to achieve as scholars as we recognize the skilled network of staff who support them along the way. "Facilitators of UMSN...
Feb 15, 2018 Student spotlight: A grave diagnosis in the family and unanswered questions inspire research focus: Clare Donohoe was 16 years old when her young niece, Leah, was diagnosed with a rare subtype of acute myeloid leukemia. Leah went through months of treatment at a hospital in Washington, D.C., but still needed a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a match in the family or on the...
Feb 12, 2018 Facilitators of UMSN: Joel Scharboneau: At the University of Michigan School of Nursing we believe that success is a collective endeavor. We celebrate the unique talent and drive that propels our students and faculty to achieve as scholars as we recognize the skilled network of staff who support them along the way."Facilitators of...
Feb 05, 2018 Excelling in art while pursuing nursing: UMSN freshman Kaylee Yang wins art competition: Almost as a rule, nursing students are busy people with demanding course loads. Nonetheless, many at the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) find ways to get involved in activities outside of their classes.Art and nursing, a perfect matchKaylee Yang, a freshman from Canton, Michigan,...
Feb 01, 2018 Facilitators of UMSN: Brad Sroka: At the University of Michigan School of Nursing we believe that success is a collective endeavor. We celebrate the unique talent and drive that propels our students and faculty to achieve as scholars as we recognize the skilled network of staff who support them along the way. "Facilitators of...
Jan 29, 2018 Student spotlight: Stage four cancer survivor provides inspiration and awareness: Katie DeGrace was just ten years old when subtle signs of trouble began to appear. It was the late summer of 2006 when she started having occasional stomachaches, fatigue and fevers.“I was always an active kid but I didn’t want to do many things,” said DeGrace, a native of Frankenmuth, MI. “I didn’...
Jan 24, 2018 UMSN announces DEI Activities Seed Funding: The University of Michigan School of Nursing has just announced the opportunity for faculty, students and staff to apply for funding of up to $300 to support diversity, equity, and inclusion activities in courses and co-curricular activities. This initiative comes out the office of the...
Jan 17, 2018 Ph.D. student receives grant to support research in Zambia: Julie Buser, Ph.D. candidate at University of Michigan School of Nursing, received the Bobbe and Jon Bridge Award for Engaged Scholarship to support her original research in Zambia.The award comes to her from Rackham Graduate School. Bobbe and Jon Bridge Awards for Engaged Scholarship support...
Jan 10, 2018 2018 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium: Get involved in one of the largest university celebrations honoring the life and work of Dr. King. Here is a sampling of activities on and around campus. Please note that UMSN will host a stream of the keynote speech at 10am and the Health Sciences lecture at 12pm. Both will be held in 1330, 400...
Jan 05, 2018 UMSN faculty named among new Interprofessional Leadership Fellows: Diane Asher, BSN, MS, FNP, RN and Elizabeth Duffy, DNP, RN, CPNP, are included in the 2018-19 cohort of Interprofessional Leadership Fellows, named by the Interprofessional Education Center.  This year, UMSN faculty, in particular Marjorie McCullagh, Ph.D., RN, APHN-BC, COHN-S,...
Jan 02, 2018 Two careers, three kids, and twenty years of marriage: Brandon and Chanda Perry's balancing act: When Chanda and Brandon Perry decided to go back to school, they knew it would test their mettle. The married couple had spent more than a decade working decent-paying automotive and clerical jobs to support their family, but neither had a career. That wasn’t an issue for the Perrys until Michigan...
Jan 01, 2018 Nursing student insight: DNP at University of Michigan: Meet Suzanne KnightDoctor of nursing practice (DNP) student at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.Works full-time in nursing professional development while pursuing her DNP.Area of focus is system-wide education and development.On track to graduate in 2018.Her inspiration“I was inspired...
Dec 13, 2017 Sedative/tranquilizer misuse a strong indicator of future substance use disorder; young adults most at risk: ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Misusing sedatives or tranquilizers signals a credible risk for the abuse of more addictive substances in the near future, according to new research from the University of Michigan School of Nursing’s (UMSN) Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health.“Once you...
Dec 06, 2017 Brave spaces at the University of Michigan School of Nursing: The University of Michigan School of Nursing recently unveiled a set of educational materials designed to encourage productive, challenging conversations among the school community. Designed to be used both in the classroom and in office settings, or even just among friends, “Creating Brave Spaces...
Dec 06, 2017 Seventeen reasons 2017 was a great year at UMSN: We're counting down 17 highlights of 2017 at the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN). In no particular order, we'll share achievements and milestones focused on our students, faculty, staff and alumni. Check back often as we add new reasons regularly. 17. Campaign funds in...
Dec 05, 2017 Leadership insight: Q&A with Colleen Zimmerman: Executive director of development and alumni relations Colleen Zimmerman talked with Kate Wright about her role at the school, raising money from nurses, and her hopes for the future of the school.Kate Wright (KW): What does the executive director of development and alumni relations do at UMSN?...
Dec 04, 2017 Faculty impact: Improving patient outcomes through nurse leadership: When Ray Blush started to think about a career in health care, he initially put physician at the top of the list. That changed when he was an undergraduate student and got a tech job in a hospital. “That’s where I began to understand that what I really wanted to do in caring for patients was what...
Dec 03, 2017 My beginnings: Tanya Vaughn, CNM, FNP-BC: This story was originally published in Panacea, Winter 2018.Tanya Vaughn is dully certified as a nurse midwife and a family nurse practitioner working at Partridge Creek OBGYN in Macomb, Michigan. She earned her BSN from the University of Michigan-Flint then went on to the University of Michigan-...
Dec 01, 2017 Op/Ed: Trump’s rhetoric fuels HIV epidemic: Written by Rob Stephenson, a UMSN professor and Director of the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities at the University of MichiganANN ARBOR, -- December 1 marks the first World AIDS Day under the Trump presidency. Created in 1988 to raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to...
Nov 27, 2017 Faculty Impact: From NASA to nursing, a statistician’s team science journey: “If you had told me when I was a high school student that one day I would be a statistician, I would have laughed,” said Robert Ploutz-Snyder, Ph.D., PSTAT®, a research professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN). “I did fine in math, but I thought it was boring.”That changed...
Nov 21, 2017 Leadership insight: Q&A with Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren: Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren sat down recently with Kate Wright to discuss her plans for faculty development in the upcoming academic year. She highlighted a number of initiatives aimed at new faculty, and reflected on how the school is...
Nov 10, 2017 Alumni spotlight: An international student advances global focus: As a teenager growing up in Argentina, Lucia Michelazzo Ceroni knew she wanted a career in health care that would give her opportunities to travel the world while making a difference through hands-on service.“I wanted to join Doctors Without Borders,” she explained. “I wanted something where I...
Nov 07, 2017 UMSN faculty member wins APHA new investigator award: Assistant Professor Geoffrey J. Hoffman, Ph.D., MPH, was selected for the 2017 James G. Zimmer New Investigator Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA) Aging & Public Health Section.The award is given to new investigators in recognition of demonstrated and expected future...