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Jan 30, 2020 Teaching the ABCs of Prescription Drug Safety : Over six million people in the United States misuse addictive medications. Carol Boyd, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, spent years trying to develop the ABCs of Prescription Drug Safety to address this public health crisis, but she struggled to get her idea off the ground. The Healthcare Innovation Impact Program...
Jan 30, 2020 My Beginnings : When I dreamed about what I wanted to do in life, it never involved being a nurse. As a high school freshman, my mother — a retired nurse of 30 years — was in a car accident. She broke both her legs and was bedridden for an entire summer. It was my responsibility to take care of her, and I...
Jan 30, 2020 Q&A with Dean Hurn: The rollout of the U-M School of Nursing “We Dare” branding was one of the first major initiatives you implemented in 2020. Why was it such a priority for you to start the new year?Dean Patricia Hurn: There are more than 900 nursing schools in the country, so for the U-M School of Nursing to...
Jan 27, 2020 Measuring and improving cancer care: Nursing leads the way: Written by: Christopher R. Friese and Alex J. Fauer The challenge is daunting: The latest statistics suggest that nearly 1.8 million Americans will receive a cancer diagnosis in 2020 and over 600,000 will die from cancer in the same period. Despite impressive advances in cancer...
Jan 14, 2020 U-M School of Nursing faculty members contribute to award-winning book on evidence-based practice: A new book co-authored by Rhetaugh G. Dumas Endowed Professor Marita Titler, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, has received third place in the American Journal of Nursing’s 2019 Book of the Year Awards in the Advanced Practice category. The book’s contributing authors include U-M School of Nursing Clinical...
Jan 13, 2020 U-M School of Nursing honors graduate students during inaugural White Coat ceremony: On Friday, Jan. 10, the University of Michigan School of Nursing held its first White Coat Ceremony, honoring graduate students who are making the transition from coursework to advanced practice clinical experiences.For advanced practice nurses and midwives, receiving a white coat represents a...
Jan 09, 2020 Christopher Friese named associate director for cancer control and population sciences at U-M Rogel Cancer Center: The University of Michigan Rogel Cancer has named two new associate directors.Bhramar Mukherjee, Ph.D., will be the associate director for quantitative data sciences, and Christopher Friese, Ph.D., R.N., was named associate director for cancer control and population sciences.Mukherjee, chair...
Jan 06, 2020 U-M School of Nursing study aims to reduce risk of prescription opioid misuse : Leftover prescription opioids pose risks to kids, yet most parents keep unused painkillers even after they’re no longer medically necessary. A new study led by U-M School of Nursing Associate Professor Terri Voepel-Lewis found that giving parents educational materials on how to properly...
Dec 19, 2019 E-cigarette and tobacco use patterns among U.S. adolescents: Last year, 28% of e-cigarette users said they started smoking no later than age 14, compared to about 9% in 2014.  A new study led by U-M School of Nursing researchers examined e-cigarette and tobacco use patterns associated with tobacco use disorder and substance use disorder...
Dec 11, 2019 U-M School of Nursing researchers find water births to be as safe as land births: A new study found that water births are no more risky than land births, and that women in the water group sustain fewer first and second-degree tears.University of Michigan researchers analyzed 397 waterbirths and 2025 land births from two midwifery practices. There were no differences in outcomes...
Dec 03, 2019 U-M School of Nursing study explores innovative ways to increase HIV testing among transgender youth: Transgender individuals are over three times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV than cisgender individuals, and rates of other sexually transmitted infections are significantly higher in transgender individuals compared to cisgender individuals.Despite these statistics, transgender youth have low...
Nov 18, 2019 Labor of Love - Ruth Zielinski promotes the benefits of midwifery and nursing: “I saw my first baby being born when I was eight, and I knew then that I wanted to be a midwife,” says Ruth Zielinski. “They hired me for 25 cents an hour to wash the babies. I loved it.”Zielinski’s childhood experience in a mission hospital in the United Arab Emirates (then called the Trucial...
Nov 14, 2019 Rollercoaster weight changes can repeat with second pregnancy, especially among normal-weight women: Everyone knows that gaining excess weight during one pregnancy is bad, but clinicians rarely consider weight gains and losses from one pregnancy to the next — especially in normal-weight women.But researchers from Marquette University and the University of Michigan School of Nurisng found that...
Nov 11, 2019 Alumni spotlight: Colonel Leana Fox, BSN '79: Growing up in Detroit, Leana Fox remembers her parents saying she would make a great nurse. “I believed them,” she said. “I think they saw the nurturing characteristics in me at a young age, and they had a strong influence in shaping my career.” At Murray-Wright High School, Fox enrolled in...
Nov 07, 2019 Students who serve: Catherine Renner, U.S. Air Force: Growing up, military service was never far from Catherine Renner’s mind. Her grandfathers served in the Air Force and Marine Corps, and her parents always supported military service as a rewarding career path — nearly all of her younger siblings have pursued military careers....
Nov 07, 2019 Students who serve: Stephanie Colton, U.S. Army: \Stephanie Colton has always wanted to help other people. It’s a passion that inspired her to become a nurse and pushed her to join the U.S. Army in 2010. She completed her military service in 2017 as a first lieutenant and is now in her second year of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse...
Nov 07, 2019 Students who serve: Warren DeLong, U.S. Navy: Warren DeLong enlisted in the U.S. Navy out of high school and began his military career as a Hospital Corpsman, training for a wide variety of health-focused duties from deployment in active combat zones to working in primary care clinics.“I knew I wouldn’t regret military service,” he said. “I...
Oct 29, 2019 US-born residents more than five times likely to use prescription opioids than new immigrants: A new study from the University of Michigan and Dartmouth University found that in an adjusted analysis, immigrants who lived in the U.S. between five and 15 years were more than three times as likely to use opioids than new immigrants. U-M Nursing associate professor, Matthew Davis discusses the...
Oct 24, 2019 U-M School of Nursing study shows too many older adults readmitted to hospitals with same infections they took home: About 15% of hospitalized older adults will be readmitted within a month of discharge.However, a new study led by U-M School of Nursing Professor Geoffrey J. Hoffman, Ph.D., MPH, found that a disproportionately high number return for preexisting, or linked infections — infections...
Oct 14, 2019 U-M School of Nursing selects Noodle Partners to help launch online MSN program in Leadership, Analytics and Innovation:  The University of Michigan School of Nursing has announced a partnership with online program manager (OPM) Noodle Partners to develop its new fully online Master of Science in Nursing program in Leadership, Analytics and Innovation. Courses officially begin in fall 2020.The program will...
Oct 14, 2019 U-M School of Nursing professor earns prestigious recognition as ACMI Fellow: University of Michigan School of Nursing Associate Professor Marcelline Harris, Ph.D., RN, FACMI, has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), recognizing her as one of the nation’s top biomedical scientists and her significant, sustained contributions to...
Oct 09, 2019 U-M School of Nursing staff pivotal to launch of new online MSN programs:  The U-M School of Nursing announced the launch of three new online Master of Science in Nursing degree programs last month, and staff members are playing an important role in their development and delivery.In addition to traditional residential programs, students will have the opportunity to...
Sep 30, 2019 Innovation for intervention: a collaborative effort to teach the ABCs of Prescription Drug Safety: Over 6 million people in the United States misuse addictive medications, while nearly 80 percent of Americans who use heroin started with misusing prescription opioids. Led by Carol Boyd, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, a team of researchers at the University of Michigan School of Nursing’s Center for the...
Sep 23, 2019 U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood returns to campus to share insight with future U-M nurses: On Saturday, Sept. 21, U-M School of Nursing alumna and U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (BSN ’08) returned to her alma mater for a special reception, where she spoke with students, faculty, alumni and other members of the U-M School of Nursing community.Underwood serves Illinois’ 14th Congressional...
Sep 20, 2019 Welcome, new U-M School of Nursing faculty!:            Noël Arring, DNP, Ph.D., RN, OCNAssistant ProfessorNoël Arring joins our faculty after more than 15 years at the Mayo Clinic, Arizona, where she most recently served as nurse administrator for education and professional development...
Sep 19, 2019 U-M School of Nursing researchers work to reduce maternal and child deaths with maternity waiting homes: In many countries, pregnancy and childbirth remain life-threatening events, yet most pregnancy-related deaths can be prevented. A team of researchers including U-M School of Nursing collaborators Carol Boyd, Jody Lori and Michelle Munro-Kramer are bringing women closer to well-equipped...
Sep 13, 2019 New U-M School of Nursing study shows prescription drug misuse is related to later substance use disorders:  A new University of Michigan study shows that the frequency and age at which older teens and young adults misuse prescription drugs are two predictors of substance use disorders later in life, especially alcohol misuse.The study examined annual misuse patterns for prescription opioids,...
Sep 09, 2019 U-M School of Nursing launches 3 online master’s programs: The University of Michigan School of Nursing is now offering three of its Master of Science in Nursing degree programs online, with courses beginning in fall 2020.In addition to traditional residential programs, students will have the opportunity to complete their MSN in the Primary Care Family...
Sep 04, 2019 U-M School of Nursing researcher plays key role in new National Poll on Healthy Aging: Most people over age 50 say they’re ready for natural disasters and emergency situations, but a new national poll shows that many haven’t taken key steps to protect their health and well-being in case of severe weather, long-term power outages or other situations.These findings and other...
Aug 19, 2019 UMSN names new associate dean for undergraduate studies: Following a vigorous search process that engaged a strong community of faculty, staff and students, Dana Tschannen, Ph.D., RN, has been named the next associate dean for undergraduate studies in the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN).“I am honored to be named the next associate dean...
Aug 09, 2019 Faculty impact: Breaking stigmas and improving care for mental health and addictions:  “Human beings are complex and interesting entities; I’ve always found the human mind to be fascinating.Stephen Strobbe, Ph.D., RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP, FIAAN, FAAN, knew he had found his niche in his first job as a psychiatric aide in a residential treatment facility for mentally ill young...
Jul 30, 2019 Research study expands to help Flint-area residents: A University of Michigan research program designed to support people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is expanding from Ann Arbor to Flint.Difficulty breathing, coughing and wheezing are some of the symptoms that can make daily activities difficult for people with COPD. In addition...
Jul 29, 2019 Carol Ann and Jim Fausone selected for David B. Hermelin Award: The University of Michigan School of Nursing celebrates the selection of alumna Brigadier General Carol Ann Fausone (ret.) and her spouse, James G. Fausone, by the University of Michigan as 2019 recipients of the David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership. Carol Ann and Jim are...
Jul 23, 2019 All nurses aren’t the same. Is it time to stop measuring them like they are?: The way nurses are evaluated could be heading for a change.  “Think about it, in our healthcare system nursing care is counted like sheets or meals,” said University of Michigan School of Nursing Associate Professor OIga Yakusheva, Ph.D. “I think it undervalues nurses. I’m trying to...
Jul 23, 2019 Staff spotlight: From political refugee to advocate for adolescent health: Tanaka Chavanduka was just four years old when his family fled from persecution in Zimbabwe. His father, Mark Chavunduka,* was a prominent journalist and founding editor of The Zimbabwe Standard, an independent newspaper that offered an alternative to government-owned media. His outspoken advocacy...
Jul 11, 2019 New opportunity for staff to lead research projects: A new initiative at the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities (CSHD) gives staff members the chance to develop and lead a year-long pilot project on a focus area of their choosing. Supported by the Janet Gatherer Boyles Small Project Support Fund for Sexual and Reproductive Health, the...
Jun 17, 2019 Faculty impact: Caring for children with cancer paired with evidence-based practice to help parents: A health scare as a teenager turned into lifelong inspiration for Elizabeth “Beth” Duffy, DNP, RN, CPNP, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN). She had abnormal blood cell counts and there was concern she might have leukemia.“I didn’t have cancer, but...
Jun 12, 2019 DNP and post-master's APRN certificate programs receive renewed accreditation from CCNE:  The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education’s (CCNE) Board of Commissioners renewed accreditation for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and post-master's APRN certificate programs at the University of Michigan School of Nursing for 10 years, extending to June 30, 2029. The...
Jun 03, 2019 Beyond #MeToo at UMSN's Summer Institute: The 2019 UMSN Global Summer Institute on Reproductive and Sexual Health took place on May 10-17 in a two-day conference followed by a five-day workshop. The 2019 Summer Institute theme:  “Beyond #MeToo” explored ways to advance knowledge and practice to address gender based violence and human...
May 23, 2019 UMSN’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award winner announced: The University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) and its Alumni Society Board of Governors selected Jane H. Barnsteiner, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, as this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winner for her extensive contributions to nursing science, practice and education focused on patient safety and...
May 23, 2019 Professorship puts spotlight on gender-based violence: University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) congratulates Assistant Professor Michelle Munro-Kramer, Ph.D., CNM, FNP-BC, on her selection as UMSN’s Suzanne Bellinger Feetham Professor. The professorship supports the research of a promising nursing faculty member who completed a doctoral degree...
May 10, 2019 Student spotlight: Understanding the business of health care to create change from within: Nursing students are known to have some of the busiest schedules, but University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) Honors Student Kathryn Parkhurst isn’t letting that deter her from taking on extra challenges to benefit her future career and patients. She’s following an uncommon academic path by...
May 05, 2019 Celebrating Nurses Week: National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12 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 2019, the theme is "4 million reasons to celebrate...
Apr 22, 2019 Falling short on fall prevention: Caregivers are not being given the resources needed to prevent falls for their care recipient, according to new research from Geoffrey Hoffman, Ph.D., MPH, a University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) assistant professor, and a team of UMSN researchers. “Falls are a trifecta in terms of...
Apr 11, 2019 2019 Research Day: Driving nursing innovation to the forefront: “Nurses are in closest proximity to the problems patients face and are well positioned to deliver and implement solutions,” said Nancy P. Hanrahan, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, as she kicked off the Brouse Lecture at University of Michigan School of Nursing’s Research Day: Innovation at the interface of...
Apr 10, 2019 Faculty impact: Driven by family and practice to improve care for African-American women: Lenette Jones was nearly brought to tears while practicing for her first research assignment, but it wasn’t because she was overwhelmed with the task. It was because of what her own grandmother revealed.Jones is currently a University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) assistant professor, but at...
Apr 04, 2019 Congratulations to Sigma Rho Chapter award winners and new members: The Rho Chapter of Sigma, nursing’s only international honor society, is celebrating the induction of its largest class to date. On March 31, 2019, 112 new members were welcomed into the organization during a ceremony at the Michigan League.Members are selected for high academic performance and a...
Mar 26, 2019 Student spotlight: Medvec Nursing Innovation Award goes to DNP student focused on maternal health: Jessica Fladger, winner of a respected University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) award, is creating new opportunities to support women preparing for childbirth. This aspiration is at the forefront of her enduring calling to care for mothers and babies.“I think I was born with it,” she said. “...
Mar 20, 2019 Student spotlight:  From unsure about nursing to outspoken advocate: Andrea Matsumoto didn’t expect a graduate program to change her core professional values.“I went from the kid that sat in the back of the class, did my work and went home, to a person who feels such a responsibility to make sure nursing is seen at its best and that we’re practicing at the highest...
Mar 20, 2019 Attacking ‘invisible threat’ that affects cancer care workers: Exposure to chemotherapy can create hazards for nurses, pharmacists as they deliver lifesaving care to patients, but use of protective devices remains low. Chemotherapy drugs are lifesaving to cancer patients, but these toxic drugs are hazardous to the health care workers who come into contact...