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Feb 26, 2021 As learners and volunteers, nursing students play an important role in the fight to conquer COVID-19 : Over the last year, University of Michigan School of Nursing students and faculty have both created and capitalized on new opportunities to apply their skills in a wide range of efforts to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control.Griffin Klaft and Maureen Luddy are seniors in U-M’s Bachelor of...
Feb 25, 2021 U-M School of Nursing to host 2021 Global Summer Institute virtually May 11-13: The University of Michigan School of Nursing will host its third Global Summer Institute with three days of special virtual programming May 11 through 13. This year’s event centers on the theme of sexual reproductive health and rights for all as presenters and attendees explore the intersection of...
Feb 23, 2021 Professor Rob Stephenson named chair of WHO Scientific and Technical Advisory Group for sexual and reproductive health: The U-M School of Nursing’s Sylvia S. Hacker Collegiate Professor of Nursing and Sexual Health Rob Stephenson, Ph.D., has been appointed chair of the World Health Organization’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Group for Sexual and Reproductive Health (STAG-SRH).Stephenson, who has been a member...
Feb 22, 2021 U-M School of Nursing announces Preceptor of the Year Awards: The University of Michigan School of Nursing’s Office of Practice and Professional Graduate Studies has announced the winners of the latest Preceptor of the Year Awards. These awards are given annually to individual preceptors and departments who have shown exceptional dedication to providing...
Feb 18, 2021 Alumna receives American Nurses Association's 2021 Innovation Award: University of Michigan School of Nursing alumna Becky Cherney (BSN ’12) received the American Nurses Association’s 2021 Innovation Award for her work creating TrachTrail™, the first comprehensive, standardized adult tracheostomy care education program of its kind. Cherney, a staff nurse and...
Feb 12, 2021 An announcement on Spring Commencement from Dean Hurn: Dear U-M School of Nursing spring 2021 graduates,I hope this note finds you, your family and friends well and strong.All of us in the school are excited about your impending graduation and the plans we have in store to honor your collective achievements at the May 1 U-M School of Nursing Spring...
Feb 11, 2021 Meet your professor: Akshay Sharma, Ph.D., MBBS, MPH: Dr. Sharma will discuss the incidence and prevalence of infectious diseases during a mock lecture for admitted students on Tuesday, Feb. 16.A recipient of the U-M School of Nursing’s 2020 Mae Edna Doyle Teacher of the Year Award, Assistant Professor Akshay Sharma leads undergraduate nursing...
Feb 10, 2021 U-M midwifery students receive scholarship to attend ACNM annual meeting: Two students in the University of Michigan School of Nursing’s master’s program in nurse-midwifery have won a scholarship from the Michigan affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) to attend the organization’s annual meeting in May.Anup Bhullar and Katie Bolling were selected for...
Feb 04, 2021 U-M School of Nursing appoints new Ph.D. program director: Associate Professor Sarah Stoddard, Ph.D., RN, CNP, FSAHM, has been named the new director of the University of Michigan School of Nursing’s Ph.D. program.Stoddard is an accomplished researcher and public health nurse practitioner who has dedicated her career to promoting the health and well-being...
Feb 04, 2021 A Parallel Pandemic Hits Health Care Workers: Trauma and Exhaustion: Thousands of health care workers have already paid the ultimate price for their workaday devotion. Since March, more than 3,300 nurses, doctors, social workers and physical therapists have died from Covid-19, according to a tally by Kaiser Health News and the Guardian.Experts say the...
Jan 28, 2021 COVID-19 updates for undergraduate students: Dear Under Graduate  Students,I wanted to just clarify that the U-M School of Nursing plans to move forward with classes and clinical as planned.  We continue to use all of our public health informed practices as an integral part of this process. These prevention  practices...
Jan 27, 2021 Amid the isolation of COVID, Michigan Alzheimer’s deaths soar: In 2020, as COVID-19 tore through Michigan, deaths from Alzheimer’s jumped 18 percent from the previous six-year average, according to a Bridge Michigan analysis of state data. Similar rises were noted nationally.  A growing body of research suggests a link ...
Jan 27, 2021 Hospitals should not restrict parent visitation at child’s bedside, say U-M researchers: Since hospitals began curtailing visitation to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many allow only one parent at the bedside of pediatric patients.A new consensus statement (PDF) argues that parents and guardians are “essential caregivers” and should be allowed at the bedside without...
Jan 22, 2021 Global immersion at home: The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our lives, and international travel has been disrupted. Seventy-six students registered to travel abroad in the spring and summer semesters before all programs were canceled. Despite those challenges, many students decided to continue their global education...
Jan 22, 2021 Facts & figures: Global engagement in 2020The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our lives and international travel has been disrupted. At the same time, the pandemic put a spotlight on the significance of global health and global collaboration. During the 2019-20 academic year, 15 graduate students were able to travel...
Jan 22, 2021 U-M programs and partnerships support research to reshape maternity care in Ghana: Collaborative research connected Veronica Dzomeku to the University of Michigan School of Nursing before she ever set foot on campus. When she arrived in Ann Arbor in 2017 to join the U-M African Presidential Scholars Program (UMAPS), that connection grew stronger. The program and Dzomeku’s...
Jan 22, 2021 Leadership thoughts : Dear friends and colleagues,While the COVID-19 pandemic eclipsed 2020 as a celebration of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, I am forever optimistic about the impact we have on the health of the world’s populations. As I reflect on the...
Jan 21, 2021 Alum’s ambition paves new global pathway for DNP students: Sarah Warnez is approaching her nursing career with a global focus, motivated by her experience in the University of Michigan’s Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. While pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, Warnez was determined to carry out her capstone project...
Jan 20, 2021 Supporting a sustainable future for research in Thailand: Professor Kathleen Potempa’s work in Thailand began in the late ‘90s, when she planted roots that quickly grew into a role advising national strategies in nursing and public health over the next two decades. Now, supported by three successive grants from the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty...
Jan 20, 2021 News from the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center:  2020: The Year of the Nurse and the MidwifeWe began 2020 celebrating the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife with our colleagues and students through events, film screenings and conversations. Our first film was Survivors: Hope and Resilience in the Time of Ebola, which we screened in early...
Jan 18, 2021 News & notes:  Wipada Kunaviktikul announces her retirement from Chiang Mai UniversityIn summer 2020, Wipada Kunaviktikul, RN, MS, MPH, FNP-BC, announced her retirement after more than 20 years as dean of the faculty of nursing at Chiang Mai University in northern Thailand, one of the U-M School of Nursing’...
Jan 13, 2021 Donors decide the winner of U-M School of Nursing’s inaugural We Dare Challenge during special virtual event: The University of Michigan School of Nursing’s We Dare Challenge saw nearly 150 donors contribute $21,986 during the month of October to support student-led projects. On Nov. 2, donors took part in a livestream event to learn more about the four student groups vying to receive those funds and vote...
Jan 13, 2021 Tweets, posts and notes: U-M School of Nursing friends and family took to social media to share their excitement about returning to campus, welcome a new class of Michigan Nurses, honor the accomplishments of alumni and much more.Whether you're sharing an accolade, view on a nursing-related topic, memory, suggestion...
Jan 13, 2021 Alumni news and notes: Thank you to the alumni who shared their latest news and accomplishments with us. The world has changed in many ways, but the need for highly educated nurses remains, and the need for nursing leadership grows stronger every day. The world needs us, and you can help. We invite you to join with...
Jan 13, 2021 Faculty news and accolades: Cynthia Arslanian-EngorenRecognized as one of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing's top three reviewers       Sue Anne BellAppointed to a second term on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Advisory Council Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of...
Jan 13, 2021 A message from Dean Patricia D. Hurn: Over the last year, we have faced new challenges and many different kinds of hardships. Yet these difficult moments have also allowed us to create new opportunities, further our resolve to educate nursing's leaders and best and accomplish our scholarship even in the cold grip of the pandemic....
Jan 13, 2021 Learning to heal : When Pamela Katz Ressler decided to leave her hometown of East Lansing and study nursing at the University of Michigan, she wasn’t sure where it would lead, but she knew something felt right. Since earning her bachelor’s degree from the U-M School of Nursing in 1979, Ressler’s professional journey...
Jan 13, 2021 Staff-led pilot projects propel new discoveries at the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities: Two years ago, the U-M School of Nursing’s Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities (CSHD) announced a new initiative giving staff members the chance to develop and lead yearlong pilot projects on a sexual health subject of their choosing. Supported by the Janet Gatherer Boyles Small Project...
Jan 13, 2021 Delivering digital education at a pivotal moment: This fall, after two years of exhaustive planning and preparation, the U-M School of Nursing welcomed its first cohort of students in the new Master of Science in Nursing programs in the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (PCFNP), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), and...
Jan 13, 2021 A nursing innovation to connect caregivers: Assistant Professor Sheria Robinson-Lane, Ph.D., RN, is a nurse, educator, gerontologist and internationally recognized expert on care for older adults with cognitive disabilities. She is not a software developer. But that’s a new world she’s found herself in as she works to create a smartphone...
Jan 13, 2021 My journey on the front lines: Kristi Leicht earned her BSN from the U-M School of Nursing in 2017. Over the last year, she has been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in an adult surgical intensive care unit at a hospital just outside of New York City. She took the time to share her experiences as a young nurse living...
Jan 13, 2021 Becoming a nurse and a groundbreaking business leader: Alumna Andra Rush’s U-M School of Nursing education inspired entrepreneurship that has broken barriers and supported communities across the United States and Canada. Before Title IX legislation helped create more opportunities for women in athletics, Andra Rush (BSN ’82) hid her long hair under a...
Jan 04, 2021 DNP Student, Nathan Stefanovsky Awarded a Nurses Educational Funds Scholarship: Nurses Educational Funds awarded Nathan Stefanovsky a Scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Nathan attends the University of Michigan School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program.In addition to his doctoral studies, Nathan is working to obtain a concentration in...
Dec 18, 2020 Celebrating Staff Accomplishments : Our operations teams took on many new challenges presented by the pandemic during the fall 2020 term. As we head toward the new year, we look back and celebrate their accomplishments. We did it!Office of Admissions and RecordsThis fall, the Office of Admissions and Records assembled a comprehensive...
Dec 16, 2020 Welcome to my office: We asked U-M School of Nursing staff to show us around their home office and share something in their space that inspires, calms or motivates them.Erin Maki-Spadafore, HR generalist associateIn my home office space, I added a small letterboard, which my husband and I like to change up with...
Dec 04, 2020 Dr. Sarah Stoddard appointed to Community Preventive Services Task Force: Associate Professor Sarah Stoddard, Ph.D., RN, CNP, FSAHM, FAAN, has been appointed to the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF). Her appointment was recently approved by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, and she will officially join the task force for...
Dec 03, 2020 Leading the Way: Kinnothan Nelson, Director of Technology: Kinnothan Nelson’s journey to Ann Arbor began in Ninety Six. No, not 1996, but the small South Carolina town of less than 2,000 people where he was born. He spent much of his childhood going back and forth between Flint and Ninety Six before enrolling at the University of Michigan, where he turned...
Nov 18, 2020 Renée Pitter joins the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Leaders: We are proud to announce that  Research Program Manager Renée Pitter of the U-M School of Nursing Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership programs. These programs...
Nov 18, 2020 Breathe Better With COPD - National COPD Awareness Month: More than 16 million people in the U.S. are living with COPD. Millions more likely have the disease but don’t know it. Symptoms can be mild at first and get worse over time.“Some people with COPD get very short of breath when they try to walk, or do any kind of physical activity,” says Dr. Janet...
Nov 09, 2020 Veterans Week alumni spotlight: Mark Thomas (BSN ’98), U.S. Navy: Military service and the University of Michigan were always part of Mark Thomas’ mission. Like his grandfather, who was aboard the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Thomas enlisted in the U.S. Navy. His brother, fellow U-M alumnus Col. Michael Thomas (B.S. ’97), followed their father’...
Nov 09, 2020 Students who serve: David Vander Beek, U.S. Navy: David Vander Beek was finishing a bachelor’s degree in health care systems administration at Ferris State University in 2008 when a brief moment of helplessness pushed him into the nursing profession and ultimately to the University of Michigan as a student in the School of Nursing’s master’s...
Nov 09, 2020 Veterans Week alumni spotlight: Greta Krapohl (Ph.D. ’11), U.S. Army: Becoming a nurse was always in Greta Krapohl’s plans, but serving in the U.S. Army wasn’t supposed to be long term. What began as a four-year obligation to earn an ROTC scholarship turned into two decades of distinguished military service leading into a doctorate from the University of Michigan and...
Nov 09, 2020 Students who serve: Holly Carlson, U.S. Army: Holly Carlson is a proud military brat. Before serving in the Army Nurse Corps, she grew up on the move across the United States following her father, a retired Air Force pilot. Of the family’s five children, four have gone into military service: Carlson’s older brother is an A-10 pilot in the Air...
Nov 06, 2020 Celebrating Veterans Week at the U-M School of Nursing: Since Florence Nightingale's groundbreaking service in the Crimean War, nurses have played an essential, lifesaving role in militaries around the world. In the United States, nurses have served at home and abroad as some of the most distinguished and respected professionals in the Armed Forces....
Nov 03, 2020 2020 Rho Chapter Awards : Each year, Sigma Rho Chapter nursing honor society recognizes excellence in nursing with its chapter awards program.Although due to COVID-19, we were unable to celebrate in-person, we proudly salute our awardees for the 2020 Sigma Rho Chapter Excellence Awards. Thank you for your leadership and...
Nov 03, 2020 County ends stay-in-place order as U-M COVID-19 cases drop: The Washtenaw County Health Department’s stay-in-place order for University of Michigan undergraduate students ends at 7 a.m. Nov. 3 and will not be extended, following a decrease in the proportion of county COVID-19 cases associated with U-M.In a Nov. 2 press release, the health department said U-...
Oct 29, 2020 Congratulations to the U-M School of Nursing faculty and alumni being inducted as AAN fellows: Three members of the U-M School of Nursing community will be inducted as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing during a virtual ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 5:30 p.m. EST. Join us in congratulating Assistant Professor Sue Anne Bell, (Ph.D. '14), FNP-BC, and alumni Lauren Underwood...
Oct 26, 2020 Alumna receives American Academy of Nursing's COVID-19 Courage Award: U-M School of Nursing alumna Doris Grinspun (MSN '91), Ph.D., RN, FAAN, LLD(hon), Dr(hc), O.ONT, is one of four nurses selected for the American Academy of Nursing's COVID-19 Courage Award for her exceptional work to save lives, advance health equity and protect communities....
Oct 23, 2020 U-M School of Nursing Dean Patricia Hurn reappointed through 2026: At the recommendation of Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Susan Collins, the University of Michigan Board of Regents has approved the reappointment of Patricia D. Hurn, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, as dean of the School of Nursing for a second five-year term, effective Aug. 1, 2021,...
Oct 20, 2020 Undergraduate student Stay in Place order: U-M School of Nursing undergraduate students, faculty and staff,Today, the Washtenaw County Health Department, in collaboration with the university, issued a 14-day Stay in Place order for our undergraduate students. We fully support this action, as it enhances protections for our students and the...