March Highlights

From the fight against Ebola to exemplifying leadership, UMSN students, alumni, and faculty are at the forefront of advancing health.

6th in Nation Grad School Rank


Rankings and Results

--University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) maintains its #6 position in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of the nation’s graduate schools. For the first time, the magazine used statistical data on graduate nursing programs, in addition to peer assessment surveys. "Our school has outstanding graduate programs led by renowned faculty, and we appreciate this acknowledgement of our efforts and outcomes," said UMSN Dean Kathleen Potempa, PhD, RN FAAN. Six UMSN master’s specialty programs also earned top ten rankings.
--UMSN continues its track record of impressive scores on the NCLEX exam, which is required for nurse licensure and certification. The following numbers reflect the annual 2014 scores:
  • UMSN               92.35%
  • Michigan           83.3%
  • National            81.79%


--PhD candidate Celeste Schultz received the 2015 Research Poster Award at the 36th Annual Conference of The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Schultz’s poster “Giving Children a Voice: Exploring Preschool-Age Children's Beliefs about Eating” represents her research exploring similarities and differences in the beliefs of children who are obese and those of a healthy weight, while also evaluating different methodological approaches for data collection.
--Congratulations to the students who participated in U-M’s Dance Marathon, raising Students at Dance Marathonmore than $460,000 in support of pediatric rehabilitation. Participating nursing students:
  • Katie Douglas
  • Abigail Grimm
  • Sarah Hoffman
  • Marni Jacobson
  • Jen Jarnot
  • Mariela Macedo
  • Grace Moore
  • Taylor Nicholson
  • Juliet Paterson
  • Alison Rossini
  • Caroline Rossini
  • Sammy Scoggin
  • Awbreigh Slagle


Belinda Fish in Sierra Leone volunteering in the fight against Ebola

Global Outreach

UMSN master’s alumna Belinda Fish (MSN ’14) “couldn’t pass up the opportunity to engage with such a huge public health problem” and recently spent more than a month treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. She shares her experience with Michigan Today.

New National Clinician Scholars Postdoctoral Program

U-M and three other top universities (Penn, Yale, and UCLA) are creating new leadership opportunities for early-career nurses and doctors. The Clinical Scholars Program (CSP) is designed to advance research and health care through team-based approaches with value on the expertise brought by both disciplines. The Early Action application due date is May 15.

Current Events

Dean’s Research Day will be a day of celebrating nursing science and inspiring new ideas and collaborations. This year’s theme is focused on pain science but will include widespread research topic areas. All are invited to attend this event which features the Fifth Annual Brouse Lecture to be presented by Susan G. Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Dean’s Research Day includes poster presentations, a panel discussion, and a reception. 3.5 nursing contact hours will also be provided. Please register here.
--UMSN’s Dr. Stephen Strobbe will deliver his Golden Apple lecture "Lessons from an Imperfect Life: A Premature Last Lecture" on March 31 at 7 p.m. at Rackham Auditorium. The Golden Apple Award is the only student-selected award on campus and honors teachers who inspire and engage their students in the pursuit of knowledge. All are welcome to attend the lecture.
--Two nursing projects are featured in the “Learning in Real Life” exhibit currently on display at the Hatcher library. One Norma Sarkar at Learning in Real Life presentationof the nursing projects was also featured in a panel discussion. "The presentations at the panel were all about helping students make connections,” says UMSN Clinical Instructor Norma Sarkar MPH, RN, who represented the project Community Health Nursing: Vision Through a Global Lens. “We were very happy to share our story of connecting Community Health Nursing to global health through immersion experiences, videoconferencing and working with local vulnerable populations.” The second nursing project is “Digital Storytelling and End-of-Life Care,” led by Clinical Instructor Elizabeth Brough, PhD, RNThe exhibit runs through April 14.


Save the Date

UMSN will celebrate the grand opening of our new building on September 18th. Details forthcoming. Contact: UMSN's Office of Development and External Relations: (734) 763-9710.