Faculty, Student, and Staff News

Faculty, Student, and Staff News

Faculty, Department of Acute & Chronic Care

Anne Belcher, PhD, RN, AOCN, CNE, FAAN, was the May Guest Expert on the National Cancer Institute’s AccrualNet webpage. She also was the nursing program’s keynote speaker at Stevenson University on Aug. 19 and served on a National League for Nursing think tank July 16–17, focusing on the NLN Education and Competencies Model published in 2010.

Nancy Hodgson, PhD, RN, presented Treatment of Behavioral Symptoms of Advanced Stage Dementia: Protocol Development for an Exploratory Controlled Trial at the Hospice Palliative Nurses Association 2012 Clinical Practice Forum, Sept. 14–15, Pittsburgh, PA.

Pamela Jeffries, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, spoke on the issues, outcomes, challenges, and future directions of clinical simulation at the Baccalaureate Education Conference, Nov. 16, San Antonio, TX.

Casey Shillam, PhD, RN, gave a presentation at the Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers Annual Conference, June 27–29 in Indianapolis, IN to help other states develop the infrastructure and sustainability plan needed to implement the recommendations of the IOM report.

Julie Stanik-Hutt, PhD, ACNP, CCNS, FAAN, delivered the keynote address “Breaking Boundaries in Nursing Practice: A Challenging Proposal” at the 8th International Seminar on Nursing at the University of the Andes School of Nursing in Santiago, Chile, May 17–18.

Jennifer Wenzel, PhD, RN, CCM, received the 2012 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Excellence in Writing Award for Qualitative Nursing Research at the ONS Annual Congress, May 2, New Orleans, LA.

Faculty, Department of Community-Public Health

Kelly Bower, MSN, MPH, RN, defended her dissertation “Race, Place, and Obesity Among Women in the United States:
The impact of neighborhood racial compo-si-tion and neighborhood food store availability on racial disparities in obesity.”

Laura Gitlin, PhD, was given an American Occupational Therapy Association Service Commendation for her work as a representative with the American Medical Association-Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement Dementia Measure Development Work Group 2011-2012.

Betty Jordan, DNSc, MSN, RNC, FAAN, attended the Mobile Health Summit in Cape Town, South Africa, May 29–June 1.

Joan Kub, PhD, APHN, BC, was elected President Elect for the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators.

Christine Savage, PhD, RN, CARN, FAAN, presented “A Model of Compassion Fatigue and Health Related Quality of Life in Nurses Working in an Acute Care Setting” at the 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research.

Christine Savage, PhD, RN, CARN, FAAN, presented her poster “Discharge rates for alcohol related diagnoses at a large urban hospital” at the Research Society on Alcoholism in San Francisco, CA from June 23–27.

Sarah Szanton, PhD, CRNP, was appointed to the rank of Associate Professor on September 17. Earlier that week she presented “CAPABLE: A person-environment intervention to improve function and health-related quality of life in disabled, older adults” at the 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Sept. 13–15, Washington, DC.

Patty Wilson, MSN, RN, received the Johnson & Johnson/American Association of Colleges of Nursing Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Award to further her research on helping African-American survivors of intimate partner violence.


Jennifer Breads, MSN/MPH, co-presented a poster, “Disaster Health Services Enhanced Service Delivery Model,” with American Red Cross Chief Nurse Dr. Sharon Stanley at the 2012 Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness
and Response Training Summit in Nashville, TN.

At the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care conference in Prague, Sept. 9–13, MSN/MPH student Allison Burg presented on cancer care in Ethiopia.

PhD Candidate Jessica Draughon received a $7,500 grant from the American Nurses Foundation to further her study of sexual assault post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV and a $6,000 grant from the Emergency Nurses Foundation and Sigma Theta Tau International.

While volunteering for the Pediatric and School Health Interest Group, graduate students Mary Jo Holuba, Lisa Garrett, and Claire Scheumann demonstrated isolation techniques to middle school students from the Dr. Rayner Browne Academy this May.

Ayla Landry, MSN/MPH, presented her poster “A Model to Enhance Global Nursing Practice,” based on her independent study in Nicaragua, at the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators conference in June.

Graduate student Kelsey Merl, and alumna Sally Hess, accel. ’91, received a Student-Community Small Grant Award of $5,000 from the Urban Health Institute for their work on preventing dating violence with the aid of a smartphone app.


Faculty members Joan Kub, PhD, APHN, BC, and Sara Groves, DrPH, APRN, BC, along with Nicole Johnson from Elev8 Baltimore received an Urban Health Institute grant of $10,000 for their work on anti-bullying.

Faculty Patti Abbott, PhD, RN, FACMI, FAAN, and Assistant Dean for Information and Technology Michael Vaughn taught about Electronic Health Records Systems and facilitated hands-on experiences for students at the NIH Biomedical Informatics Training Session in Cape Cod this summer.

The Office Teaching Excellence presented awards to Diane Aschenbrenner, MS, RN, and Laura Taylor, PhD, RN, for “A class to die for: Integrating simulation and technologies into pathophysiology,” Shawna Mudd, CPNP-AC, PNP-BC, and Andrea Schram for “Tell me more about your cough: Using simulation to evaluate NP student clinical competencies in primary care,” and Chris Keenan, Maggie Neal, Sandy Swoboda, and Pamela Jeffries, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, for “Uncovering assumptions—Clinical faculty’s discoveries of nursing students’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes following an integrated simulation program.”

Patti Abbott, PhD, RN, FACMI, FAAN, Bryan Hanson, RN, and Sharon Kozachik, PhD, RN, were interviewed for the American Nurse Project—a compilation of interviews from nurses across the country. Fourteen nurses from The Johns Hopkins Hospital were also interviewed.

Six faculty members, including Pamela Jeffries, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Marie Nolan, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Miyong Kim, PhD, RN, FAAN, Deborah Gross, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Jerilyn Allen, ScD, RN, FAAN, and Patricia Mary Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, were inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, at the Sigma Theta Tau International’s 23rd International Nursing Research Congress on August 2 in Brisbane, Australia.

Julie Stanik-Hutt, PhD, ACNP, CCNS, FAAN, co-presented papers with Sharon Dudley on Executing Style Education to Prepare Doctors of Nursing Practice at the 7th biennial conference of the International Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practice Nursing Network in London, August 20.

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