Panacea Winter 2021

PANACEA Winter 2021

In this wide-ranging digital edition of Panacea, we hear from Dean Hurn about overcoming the challenges of 2020 and prospects for a brighter future in 2021. We also learn the stories of two entrepreneurial alumni whose experiences at U-M helped them become leaders in health care and industry, take a closer look at staff-led sexual health research and explore an assistant professor's innovative intervention to support caregivers. In addition to updates from alumni and faculty, other stories detail the successful launch of our new digital education programs last fall as well as a refocused, community-led approach to diversity, equity and inclusion.

A message from the dean

 Dean Patricia D. Hurn shares her gratitude for all those who helped the U-M School of Nursing continue its critical mission over the last year, while sharing hope for a light at the end of the tunnel this winter.

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Learning to heal

Alumna Pamela Katz Ressler’s professional journey has been marked by a combination of challenges and opportunities that have helped her become a respected leader in a nontraditional nursing role.


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A community approach to an inclusive future

A new discourse around issues of inequality, identity and anti-racism has emerged across the country. At the School of Nursing, students, faculty and staff have coalesced around efforts to build a more inclusive culture and chart a new path forward. 

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Small grants help staff strengthen the science of sexual health

A unique initiative has allowed five current and former staff members to capitalize on pilot grants to examine topics at the forefront of sexual and gender minority health research. 


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Sheria Robinson-Lane

A nursing innovation to connect caregivers

Assistant Professor Sheria Robinson-Lane is a nurse, educator, gerontologist and renowned expert in her field. But she now finds herself in the world of software development,  working to create a smartphone application that can improve the lives of dementia caregivers.

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Delivering digital education at a pivotal moment

A dedicated team of faculty and staff, including multimedia specialists, instructional designers, project managers and technology experts, spent thousands of hours creating programs that could bring the excellence of a U-M School of Nursing education to an all-new platform. 

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 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. 

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Andra Rush

Becoming a nurse and a groundbreaking business leader

A nurse-turned-entrepreneur, alumna Andra Rush’s U-M School of Nursing education inspired a career that has broken barriers and supported communities across the United States and Canada.

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Donors decide the We Dare Challenge winner during special virtual event

Last November, donors took part in a livestream event to learn more about the four student groups vying to receive funds raised during the inaugural We Dare Challenge and cast their votes for the winner.

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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. 

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Faculty News and Accolades

Updates and accomplishments from U-M School of Nursing faculty, including new grants and research endeavors, notable publications, professional appointments, awards and other honors.

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Alumni News

From academic achievements to new career paths and special recognition, many U-M School of Nursing alumni took time to share updates and accomplishments with our community.

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