School of nursing news

Aug 13, 2018 Trio of UMSN affiliates earn American Academy of Nursing's highest honor: View the press release.
Aug 08, 2018 UMSN's Distinguished Alumni Award honors Helen Erickson, Ph.D., FAAN (MSN '85): The Alumni Society Board of Governors of the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) and UMSN have selected Helen Erickson, Ph.D., FAAN as the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award winner.Erickson will receive her award and give remarks at the UMSN annual homecoming reunion luncheon on October 5...
Jul 30, 2018 Finding hope for people with COPD through exercise: Difficulty breathing, coughing, mucus and wheezing are the key symptoms that make daily activities difficult for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). In addition, people with COPD are at increased risk of developing heart disease, lung ca­­­­­ncer and other conditions....
Jul 30, 2018 Father/son and Michigan/Congo partnerships create momentous opportunities for survivors of trauma through practice, research and a provocative approach: As a young boy growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Dr. Alain Mukwege saw the best and worst of humanity.   “When I was about nine years old I would follow my father when he was treating patients at a small, countryside hospital,” said Alain. “It was a very poor part of...
Jul 23, 2018 UMSN faculty earns grant to study depression in Arab American women: Nadia Ali Muhammad Ali Charania, Ph.D., RN, a University of Michigan School of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor, received a grant from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA).Charania’s project, “Arab American Women with Recurrent Depression: Self-management Strategies and Social...
Jul 20, 2018 UMSN Lifetime Achievement Award honors Jo Anne Horsley posthumously: By Suzanne Feetham, Ph.D., RN, FAAN (BSN 1962)The contributions of Jo Anne Horsley, Ph.D., RN, FAAN (1940-2018) to the nursing profession and excellence in the practice and science of nursing are exceptional. Horsley was a three-time Michigan graduate, receiving her BSN in 1962, MS in 1968, and her...
Jul 18, 2018 UMSN faculty member named Welch/Woerner Path-Paver by FNINR: Professor and Director of the Ph.D. Program Ellen Lavoie Smith, Ph.D., APRN, AOCN®, FAAN, has been awarded the Welch/Woerner Path-Paver Award by the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research.The Welch/Woerner Path-Paver Award is given to recognize scientists who achieve “one or more...
Jul 12, 2018 UMSN adjunct faculty wins prestigious research award for work on pediatric pain management: Terri Voepel-Lewis, Ph.D., RN, a University of Michigan School of Nursing adjunct clinical instructor, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Protégé Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR). The award is given “to an evolving nurse scientist who shows...
Jul 11, 2018 UMSN faculty co-authors national report on homelessness and health: University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) Professor Barbara L. Brush, Ph.D., ANP-BC, FAAN, served on a prestigious National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee tasked with understanding the connection between permanent supportive housing (PSH) and health outcomes for...
Jun 29, 2018 UMSN Systems, Populations and Leadership names new department chair : The University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) announced Professor Rob Stephenson, MSc, Ph.D., will become chair of its Systems, Populations and Leadership (SPL) department effective July 1, 2018.“We are fortunate to have a leader like this already in our midst who is ready to take on the...
Jun 25, 2018 Student spotlight: First Ph.D. in family of nurses: Some people become a nurse because of a personal experience. Others may do so because they were inspired by a nurse in the family. Both reasons shaped Emily Boltey’s decision.“My grandmother had a poor health trajectory in her last few years,” said Boltey, a Pittsburgh native who comes from a self-...
Jun 21, 2018 Occupational health nursing training at UMSN expands to doctor of nursing practice: The University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) has recently been approved to offer doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) studies for occupational health nurses.The occupational health nursing concentration is part of the University of Michigan’s Center for Occupational Health and Safety...
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 Facilitators of UMSN: Danielle Garner-Jones: At the University of Michigan we believe that success is a collective endeavor. While we celebrate the unique talent and drive that propels our students and faculty to achieve as scholars, we also recognize there is a skilled network of staff who support them along the way. "Facilitators of...
Jun 04, 2018 Global Reproductive and Sexual Health Summer Institute: In May, 2018, University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) organized its first Global Sexual Health Summer Institute. With faculty from UMSN and other health sciences at U-M, the Summer Institute is designed to help participants gain a broad insight into contemporary issues in reproductive...
Jun 02, 2018 Facilitators of UMSN: Amy Grover: At the University of Michigan School of Nursing we believe that success is a collective endeavor. While we celebrate the unique talent and drive that propels our students and faculty to achieve as scholars, we also recognize there is a skilled network of staff who support them along the way. "...
Jun 01, 2018 Facilitators of UMSN: Ryan Shell: At the University of Michigan School of Nursing we believe that success is a collective endeavor. While we celebrate the unique talent and drive that propels our students and faculty to achieve as scholars, we also recognize there is a skilled network of staff who support them along the way."...
May 25, 2018 Facilitators of UMSN: Jade Lange: 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...
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...
May 01, 2018 My beginnings: Raja Issa, DNP '18: This story was originally published in Panacea, Summer 2018.Raja Issa is a certified professional in healthcare quality, patient safety and accreditation. He is working as a Staff Specialist Healthcare at Michigan Medicine, leading Regulatory Readiness for Michigan Medicine’s nurses. He earned his...
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’...