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UMBrella Caregivers Group to Meet Jan. 8

The UMBrella Group hosts Caregivers, a support group for members of the UMB community who care for elderly loved ones. Open to all faculty, staff, and students, the group meets once a month to socialize, learn from each other, share resources and information, and hear from experts on a wide range of topics.

The next meeting will be held Jan. 8, noon to 1 p.m., in Room 203 of the SMC Campus Center.



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Sonya Evans Bulletin Board, Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeDecember 12, 20170 comments
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Interprofessional Education Faculty Development Day Set for Jan. 31

University President Jay A. Perman, MD, has made interprofessional education (IPE) a priority at UMB, and the Center for Interprofessional Education will be holding its sixth annual IPE Faculty Development Day on Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the School of Pharmacy.

The event will feature three breakout learning sessions designed to help faculty improve their IPE skills and learn how to integrate IPE in the classroom.

Registration opens Dec. 11. Click here for more information, and you can direct questions via email to Patricia Danielewicz.

Breakout Learning Sessions

  • Introductory Session: IPE 101-Designing IPE Projects.
  • Intermediate Session: Cultural Competence for Health and Human Service Providers.
  • Advanced Session: Sustain, Evaluate, and Measure Assessment.


  • 8:30 a.m.-9 a.m. — Registration and light refreshments.
  • 9 a.m.-9:10 a.m. — Welcome: Jay A. Perman, MD, president of UMB; Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of School of Nursing and director of Center for Interprofessional Education.
  • 9:15 a.m.-10 a.m. — Keynote presentation: “Interprofessional Education in a Real World Clinical Setting” (2015 IPE Seed Grant Award). Panel: Barbara Resnick, School of Nursing; Nicole Brandt, School of Pharmacy; Everett Smith, School of Social Work.
  • 10 a.m.-10:10 a.m. — Break.
  • 10:10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. — Breakout learning sessions and network opportunity.
  • 11:30 a.m.-noon — Debriefing.


Patricia Danielewicz Collaboration, Education, UMB News, University LifeDecember 8, 20170 comments
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Nurse Anesthesia Specialty Granted 10-Year Continued Accreditation

The University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia specialty has been granted continued accreditation for 10 years from the Council on Accreditation (COA).

“I am thrilled, but am not at all surprised, that the COA awarded UMSON’s Nurse Anesthesia program full accreditation. It is not often that the COA awards a program full, 10-year accreditation with no progress report required,” said Shannon Idzik, DNP ’10, MS ’03, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, associate professor and associate dean of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. “It is something to be proud of and speaks to the quality, integrity, and performance of our program, faculty, and students. Our faculty are extremely dedicated to our Nurse Anesthesia program and students, and with support from our many health care partners, we graduate some of the best nurse anesthetists in the world.”

UMSON’s Nurse Anesthesia specialty, which was found to be in 100 percent compliance with the standards, was granted accreditation with no annual progress report required, which is rare. Even fewer programs achieve the maximum accreditation of 10 years. Although UMSON is not required to submit an annual progress report, it does need to submit faculty and student online evaluations in the spring of 2022. The Nurse Anesthesia specialty is next scheduled for consideration for continued accreditation in the fall of 2027.

“I am extremely proud of the fact that our program was in 100 percent compliance with the standards,” said Joseph E. Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, director of the Nurse Anesthesia specialty. “This is a testament to the outstanding faculty, students, and staff who support and facilitate this program.”

COA is an accrediting agency that grants public recognition to nurse anesthesia programs and institutions in the United States that award post-master’s certificates and master’s and doctoral degrees that meet nationally established standards of academic quality. It also assists programs and institutions in improving educational quality.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 30, 20170 comments
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Call for Proposals: Interprofessional Education Collaborative Spring Institute

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will be hosting faculty teams at an Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute set for April 30-May 2, 2018, at the Association of American Medical Colleges Learning Center in Washington, D.C. The event’s topic is “Interprofessional Education: Building a Framework for Collaboration.”

The UMB Center for Interprofessional Education’s director (Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN) and co-directors (Heather Congdon, PharmD, CACP, CDE; and Dave Mallott, MD) would like to invite you to prepare a brief proposal (no more than one page), including a brief description of the proposed IPE project the team would design and implement as a result of participating in the institute. The team selected to represent UMB will be asked to submit a proposal for seed grant funding from the center for up to $10,000 to support the IPE initiative. (To learn more about the seed grant application and template, visit the UMB IPE website. A template for IPEC proposals is available on the website and below.)

Proposal deadline: Jan. 19

The deadline for proposals is Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. The team members identified in the proposal must represent at least three different health profession disciplines. One member of the team can be from another University of Maryland System school if they are representing a discipline other than those offered at UMB. The team should range in size from three to five members. Please send your proposal via email to Patricia Danielewicz.

All costs associated with attendance will be covered by the UMB Center for Interprofessional Education.

The goal of the IPEC effort is to create faculty champions who can enhance interprofessional curricula, learning experiences, and assessment of learners (to learn more about IPEC, go to its website.) Faculty across the health disciplines will join together to explore how to embed such content into their curriculum. Upon returning to their home institutions, it is expected that workshop participants will help to develop faculty teams with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement an interprofessional education project. The scope of the project must be interprofessional and have a direct link to clinical care. Your project will require a final report within 18 months of the conference.

Please share this information with faculty who might be interested in submitting a proposal.

Template for Interprofessional Education Collaboration (IPEC)

Date of IPEC Institute                     April 30-May 2, 2018

Title of Submission

Date Submitted


Team Organizer


Title and Credentials

School Affiliation

Email Address

Telephone Number

Information for additional team members


Title and Credentials

School of Affiliation

Email Address

Telephone Number

Brief description of the proposed IPE project (no more than one page)


Patricia Danielewicz Collaboration, UMB NewsNovember 29, 20170 comments
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Weekend Work Wins Drummond Praise, Employee of Month Award

Persia Drummond says she’s the joker of the group among her co-workers at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), where she is the weekend supervisor. That was evident when she was honored as UMB’s November Employee of the Month on Nov. 20.

After surprising Drummond with the award, UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, shared a series of glowing comments about her work at the library, thanked her for her efforts, and said he had some things to give her.

“Ooooh, presents!” Drummond replied, eliciting laughter from the group of HS/HSL colleagues in the President’s Conference Room that included M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, associate vice president, academic affairs, and executive director, HS/HSL; Alexa Mayo, MLIS, AHIP, associate director for services; and Everly Brown, MLIS, head of information services.

The laughs continued after Perman told her there would be an extra $250 in her next paycheck. Drummond smiled, rubbed her hands together, and said, “Ooooh, I can buy more books! Thank you!”

“I am probably the ‘jokiest’ person at the library,” Drummond said later, “and I just like to make everything fun. I just have energy and bubbliness. I even make cleaning day fun, like, ‘Let’s have snacks and pizza, and let’s clean while we do it!’ ”

When it comes to getting her job done, though, Drummond is super serious, showing impressive work ethic, versatility, and dedication to the HS/HSL.

“She is professional, dedicated, a natural leader, and proud of her work, regularly receiving compliments from colleagues and patrons,” said Brown, her supervisor. “As our weekend supervisor, she is responsible for not only the service desk but also control of the building when there are often many students and visitors around but few other employees.”

Perman echoed Brown’s compliments, telling Drummond, “People say that when they encounter you in the library, you’re always so helpful. Dr. Philip Mackowiak, a professor emeritus at the School of Medicine whom I hold in very high regard, said in an email, ‘Just a short note of praise for Persia Drummond. I needed help in the library today and she went out of her way to see I got what I needed.’

“There are a lot of accolades for you, and you’re the kind of person we need a couple thousand of at UMB,” Perman said. “So I want to thank you. Keep up the good work.”

Drummond, who has worked at the library for 12 years, pulls 12-hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday, providing reference and circulation services among other tasks. “Anything I can do that’s within the scope of the library, I will do,” Drummond said. “And if any emergency arises, I’m in charge of the building.”

In addition, she’s as dependable and durable as can be, according to her supervisor. “She is exceptionally reliable and hasn’t called out sick or used annual leave on a weekend for years,” Brown said. “This is remarkable and shows a profound dedication to the library and respect for her colleagues.”

Drummond says she’s simply being conscientious, not wanting to disrupt a co-worker’s weekend plans by asking someone to fill in for her.

“By the time you get to the weekend, most of the people have already worked their 40 hours, so I just don’t get sick,” she said. “People are going to be doing their weekend events, so I make it my business to be there. I plan my activities during the weekdays.”

Drummond has a bachelor’s degree in management from University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and is aiming to complete her master’s degree in project management from UMUC by 2019. She says she might pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting, too, so she could do that part-time.

But library services are closest to her heart.

“I just love libraries, and I love helping people. That’s what it comes down to,” Drummond said, turning serious. “I work with a great group of people, and it’s an overall good campus. You run into interesting people, unique personalities.”

One of those unique personalities is Drummond, the humorous sort who also showed off her humility by saying her Employee of the Month honor was a group effort.

“It’s an honor, and I wish everyone at the library could win,” she said. “We’re a great bunch. It’s easier to do my job because it’s a great place to work.”

— Lou Cortina

Lou Cortina People, UMB News, University LifeNovember 27, 20170 comments
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Pharmacist McPherson Named Visionary in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, MDE, BCPS, CPE, professor and executive director of advanced postgraduate education in palliative care in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, has been named a Visionary in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). She is one of 30 health care professionals, and the only pharmacist, to be honored by the organization this year in recognition of her continued work to advance the field.

“In the nearly 30 years since she joined the faculty at the School of Pharmacy, Dr. McPherson has achieved worldwide recognition as a trusted authority in the field of hospice and palliative care medicine,” says Jill A. Morgan, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, associate professor and chair of PPS. “She has dedicated her career not only to improving care for patients diagnosed with serious illnesses and their families as a practicing pharmacist, but also to educating future generations of practitioners to ensure that they enter the field prepared to have a marked impact on the lives of their patients. There is no one more deserving of this award, and our department congratulates her on this tremendous achievement.”

Pioneer in Palliative Care

An international expert in the field of palliative care and pain management, McPherson received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the school in 1986 and joined the faculty in 1990. She has maintained a practice in hospice and ambulatory care throughout her career while teaching extensively in the school’s PharmD program on pain management and end-of-life care. She established one of the first palliative care pharmacy residency programs in the United States at the school and recently launched an online, interprofessional MS in Palliative Care program for which she serves as director. She is the author of four books, including Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations: A Guide for Effective Dosing, and has received numerous honors and awards for her practice and teaching throughout her career, including the Presidential Citation from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and the Robert C. Chalmers Distinguished Educator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. McPherson over the years on a number of educational activities, both with AAHPM and now with her recently launched MS in Palliative Care program at the School of Pharmacy,” says Vincent Jay Vanston, MD, FAAHPM, associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, who nominated McPherson for the award. “She is a truly outstanding teacher. Through passion, humor, and a razor-sharp mind, she engages students and draws them into her commitment to providing excellent care for patients near the end of life. More importantly, she is a genuinely kind person. She is honestly interested in her students and works assiduously to help them achieve their goals.”

Pinnacle of Success

Hospice and palliative medicine is the medical specialty that focuses on improving quality of life and relieving pain and other symptoms of seriously ill patients. AAHPM is the professional organization for physicians who specialize in this field, though members also include nurses and other health care professionals such as pharmacists, who have demonstrated a commitment to improving quality of life for seriously ill patients and their families. Its Visionaries in Hospice and Palliative Medicine awards program was established in 2012. The award is presented to deserving leaders in the field every five years based on nominations submitted by AAHPM members. From the more than 140 nominations received this year, 30 practitioners were selected as recipients.

“This program recognizes key individuals who have been critical in building and shaping our field over the past 30 years,” says Steve R. Smith, MS CAE, chief executive officer for AAHPM. “These individuals represent thousands of other health care professionals in this country who provide quality medical care and support for those living with serious illness — each and every day.”

McPherson will receive her award at the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care in March. She and the other honorees join the inaugural group of Visionaries named by the organization in 2012.

“It is truly an honor to have been named one of this year’s Visionaries in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, particularly given the list of ‘who’s who’ nominees for this prestigious award,” McPherson says.  “I am touched that my peers thought that my work in the field to date has been of value, and receiving this recognition has invigorated me to continue my work with palliative care colleagues from across all health disciplines to further advance the role of appropriate medication management in serious illness.”

Malissa Carroll

Malissa Carroll Clinical Care, Education, People, UMB NewsNovember 22, 20170 comments
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School of Nursing at Shady Grove Wins Partnership Award

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) in Rockville, Md., was presented with the Adventist HealthCare Spirit of Partnership Award at the organization’s gala Nov. 18. Through the award, Adventist HealthCare recognizes individuals and organizations that have led the way in furthering its mission through their commitment to health care and improving lives.

UMSON at USG was honored for the strong partnership it has formed over the years with Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and Washington Adventist Hospital The School of Nursing has provided Adventist HealthCare with the most nursing residents of any nursing school, helping to build a pipeline to the medical center of nurses who deliver high-quality and compassionate care. Adventist and UMSON at USG work together to ensure nursing students gain hands-on experience while completing their senior practicum, including 180 hours at the bedside with a nurse who guides the student’s clinical practice. On average, eight School of Nursing students complete their practicum at Shady Grove Medical Center each semester. Additionally, students finishing their junior year at UMSON at USG serve as externs in Adventist’s externship program, which prepares students to succeed in the residency program in the future.

“Adventist HealthCare is a very strong supporter and partner of the nursing school program at USG. Our students have been welcomed in all areas of the enterprise, and, in turn, many of our graduates have chosen to begin their nursing careers at the various Adventist Health entities,” said Rebecca Wiseman, PhD ’93, RN, associate professor and chair of the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s program at USG. “It is a pleasure to work with a quality-driven organization that continually strives for excellence in meeting the health care needs of Montgomery County.”

Shady Grove Medical Center, a not-for-profit, 305-bed, acute-care facility in Rockville, is a part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of health care services. It is nationally recognized for cancer care, cardiac and vascular services, orthopedics, and joint replacement. Adventist HealthCare, based in Gaithersburg, Md., is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization of dedicated professionals who work to provide excellent wellness, disease management, and health care services to the community.

“We are thrilled that the School of Nursing program at the Universities at Shady Grove has been recognized by this distinguished award from Adventist HealthCare,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We have a longstanding and shared commitment to bringing excellent nursing care to individuals and families throughout Montgomery County and the region. We are deeply appreciative of our partnership with Adventist HealthCare; it is essential to ensuring that the next generation of nursing professionals is well-prepared to meet the needs of our diverse and growing population.”

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 22, 20170 comments
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Warren Serving as Co-Chair of Foundation’s Nursing Research Grants Program

Joan Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN, of the School of Nursing (UMSON) has been selected to serve a one-year term as co-chair of the American Nurses Foundation’s (ANF) Nursing Research Grants program for 2018.

As co-chair, Warren will work closely with the current chair to guide the grant review process, then will become chair for 2019. Warren has been recognized for advancing the professionalism of nurses and improving hospital environments through research. Additionally, Warren has been instrumental in building structures and developing processes for infusing evidence-based practice and research into the Association for Nursing Professional Development.

“I am extremely honored to be selected as co-chair and future chair of ANF’s Nursing Research Grants program,” Warren said. “The program has supported beginner and experienced nurse scientists in conducting scientific research across the health care continuum for almost 60 years, and as a former recipient of the grant, I know how meaningful the award is to aspiring nurse scientists for their career growth. I look forward to working with the reviewers and ANF staff in achieving its mission for improving the health of the nation through the power of nursing research.”

Each year, through the Nursing Research Grants program, ANF provides funds to nurse researchers to conduct studies that contribute to advancing nursing science and enhancing patient care. The program continues to grow with contributions for nursing research from organizations and individuals. These donations support scientific research for advancing the practice of nursing, promoting health, and preventing disease.

“We want to congratulate Dr. Warren on the honor of being selected as co-chair of the ANF’s Nursing Research Grants program,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Her longstanding commitment to engaging nurses in research and the translation of evidence into practice coupled with her leadership in professional development for nurses make her ideally suited to contribute to this important national program.”

ANF is dedicated to transforming the nation’s health through the power of nursing. It is the only philanthropic organization with a mission to improve health care and support the United States’ 3.6 million nurses.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeNovember 15, 20170 comments
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UMBPACE/UMBrella New Affinity Group to Meet

UMBrella welcomes a new Affinity Group, UMB Professional Administrative Committed to Excellence (UMBPACE).

UMBPACE will meet Nov. 15, noon to 1 p.m., in the President’s Conference Room on the 14th floor of the Saratoga Building.

The mission of the UMBPACE group is to support UMB’s administrative professionals’ quest to enhance and improve their skills. We are committed to communicating UMB best practices and sharing our expertise and experiences with current and new administrative professionals at UMB.


  • Provide and direct administrative professionals to resources, identifying website links and learning tools that will help familiarize them with UMB policies and procedures that will help them better understand and maneuver through UMB processes.
  • Offer skill improvement tips and demonstrations to enhance organizing, coordinating, and problem solving techniques by inviting each committee member to share from their perspective and expertise and/or invite speakers from UMB departments to present and speak on a relevant topic useful to UMB administrative professionals.
  • Improve communications among administrative staff by identifying areas needing upgrades or improvements throughout UMB that will enhance the UMB experience.
  • Encourage new UMB administrative support professionals to reach out to the committee to obtain information and tools offered.
  • Create and offer a workshop presentation to the community through the UMB Community Engagement Center on Office Etiquette and basic office skills, procedures, and customer service.
Sonya Evans Community Service, UMB NewsNovember 13, 20170 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the November issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on UMB’s outreach to alumni, a wrap-up of Founders Week, Derreck Kayongo’s Politics and Policy presentation, MPower seed grant recipients and an award for the BioPark, stories on RISING Baltimore and the schools’ Mission of Mercy community service, a safety tip, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Chris Zang Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 10, 20170 comments
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UMBrella Caregivers Group to Meet Nov. 20

UMBrella hosts Caregivers, a support group for members of the UMB community who care for elderly loved ones. Open to all faculty, staff, and students, we meet once a month to socialize, learn from each other, share resources and information, and hear from different experts on a wide range of topics.

Next Meeting

Nov. 20, noon-1 p.m., SMC Campus Center, Room 203

Please RSVP at

sonya evans Education, People, UMB News, University LifeNovember 10, 20170 comments
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School of Nursing Dean, Faculty Member Honored At Sigma Convention

Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), a faculty member, four alumnae, and the School’s local Pi Chapter were honored at Sigma’s 44th Biennial Convention in Indianapolis.

The awards from Sigma (formerly Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society for Nursing) recognized health care professionals for their contributions to professional excellence.

Kirschling received the Melanie C. Dreher Outstanding Dean Award for Excellence in Chapter Support, which honors a dean who is an active participant in the chapter and is engaged in supporting Sigma chapter activities. The awardee also provides significant support from the school to the chapter while championing faculty and student involvement in chapter activities and encouraging faculty and student participation in local, regional, and/or global Sigma activities.

Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor and associate dean of research, was named an honorary member of Sigma. The organization bestows honorary membership upon individuals of national or global influence who are not eligible for regular membership but have furthered the course of health care and demonstrate sustained superior achievements that have contributed to the advancement of nursing and health care at the national or global levels.

The four alumnae who received awards at the convention were:

  • Janice Hoffman, PhD ’06, RN, ANEF
  • Robin P. Newhouse, PhD ’00, MS ’99, BSN ’87, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
  • Elizabeth Sloand, PhD, MS ’86, CPNP, FAAN
  • Nancy Sullivan, DNP, MS ’92, BSN ’75, RN

Sloand earned the Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children, presented each biennium to a nurse who has made significant contributions to the health and well being of children, and Newhouse earned the Dorothy Garrigus Adams Award for Excellence in Fostering Professional Standards, which recognizes leadership in encouraging the use and promotion of growth of professional standards. Hoffman and Sullivan received The Capstone International Nursing Book Award for their publication, Medical-Surgical Nursing: Making Connections to Practice.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Friedmann has been named an honorary member of STTI in recognition of her international standing as a researcher and scientist. We also warmly congratulate our alumnae on their prestigious awards,” Kirschling said. “It is truly a privilege to be a part of the School of Nursing’s Pi Chapter, which fosters nursing excellence not only among our own students, faculty, and alumni, but also among nurses throughout the region; being recognized for chapter support is indeed an honor and quite humbling.”

Additionally, UMSON’s local Pi Chapter was recognized through the Showcase of Regional Excellence for its efforts to fulfill Sigma’s Presidential Call to Action, which asks chapters to demonstrate influence through advocacy, policy, philanthropy, and/or lifelong learning. Pi Chapter was recognized at the regional level in the lifelong learning category for its partnership with the school’s Office of Professional Development to co-sponsor and support the Ann Ottney Cain Lecture in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and the Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture, both part of the annual Dean’s Lecture Series, and the Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics.

Sigma seeks to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Membership is offered to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who have demonstrated excellence by scholarship. Nurses who exhibit exceptional achievements in nursing also can be invited to join via the Nurse Leadership option.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 9, 20170 comments
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Do-It-All Skills Earn Wells UMB Employee of the Month Award

Tara Wells is a bit of a multitasker.

In addition to the numerous and varied duties she performs as an administrative assistant II in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH) at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Wells is trying to buy a home and working toward getting her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from University of Maryland University College.

The heavy load, however, hasn’t slowed her down or affected her job performance. In fact, she thrives in such an environment, which was evident when she was named the UMB Employee of the Month for September.

“I’m on Cloud 9,” Wells said after receiving praise from UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, a plaque, and word of a $250 bonus in her next paycheck. “I’m very, very honored. I’m beyond excited right now. I can’t stop smiling.”

Wells was instructed to report to the 14th floor of the Saratoga Building on Nov. 1 for a focus group with the UMB president. Perman did show up, but his mission was to put the group’s focus on Wells and to surprise her with the award. Attendees included School of Nursing Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN; associate professor and OSAH Chair Kathleen Michael, PhD, RN, CRRN; and OSAH administrator Wendy Bridges, who is Wells’ supervisor. All three beamed with pride as Perman spoke about Wells.

“People say that you always address every challenge and many requests that support and honor the students,” Perman said to Wells. “And I care very much about the students, because in the final analysis, that’s the reason we’re here. And I know you buy into that.

“I’m also told that you excel in performance, you go above and beyond what’s written in your job description, and you’re a team player. And if you know anything about me, teamwork is the thing that most excites me about what we do here. We do it together and we support each other.”

Wells, who joined the School of Nursing in 2012, plays her supporting role well, with tasks that include scheduling for the department chair, making sure nurses’ conference registrations are paid, keeping track of supplies for faculty and staff, maintaining a spreadsheet of faculty leave requests, creating and formatting certificates for preceptors, collecting timesheets from teaching assistants, and even planning parties.

“For the most part, that’s my title — I assist. So anything anybody needs, I assist them,” Wells said. “For instance, we’re having a party today, so I had to plan that, getting the food and other items, and that’s not an easy task. So I do a lot of everything.”

Like a Jack of all trades, she was asked. Wells responded with a laugh, saying, “Actually, I’d call it a Jacquelyn of all trades.”

Two traits of Wells’ trade are professionalism and patience, which were on display recently when a School of Nursing graduate was in California and struggling to get the proper paperwork needed to gain approval for an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse license. Wells said she was supposed to go home early that day but stayed late instead, juggling phone calls, emails, and faxes for more than two hours until the issue was resolved.

“It seemed like it was urgent, and I always put myself in other people’s shoes. If I really needed something, I would want someone to stop and help me. And I did,” she said. “I didn’t mind staying late. I’m just glad he got what he needed, and he emailed me to thank me. And that makes me feel good.

“I’m a people person, so I love to be interacting, and that’s why I took to the field of communications [for her studies],” added Wells, who said her future goals include becoming the executive producer of her own talk show. “I don’t like to be isolated in my job. And this job helps me to be in communication with people all day, every day.”

Asked what she likes best about her job, Wells said she loves the students, the staff, and especially her bosses.

Kirschling said the feeling is mutual.

“We have amazing staff, and Tara is one of our stars,” the School of Nursing dean said. “We’re just so grateful for all that she does, and I’m so proud of her.”

— Lou Cortina

Lou Cortina People, UMB News, University LifeNovember 7, 20170 comments
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School of Social Work’s Harrington Receives GADE Award for Excellence in Mentoring

University of Maryland School of Social Work professor Donna Harrington, PhD, recently was selected as winner of the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE) Award for Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students. Harrington will receive her award at the annual GADE Reception at the Society for Social Work and Research Conference in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 10-14, 2018.

The GADE Award for Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students is given to a faculty member at a GADE member organization who has made extraordinary and sustained contributions to the scholarly development of social work doctoral students. This award recognizes that mentoring is an essential component of doctoral education and that mentoring helps to shape the future direction of social work. Faculty distinguished by this award display a strong commitment to, and effectiveness in, mentoring social work doctoral students.

Award criteria include:

  • Extraordinary, sustained commitment to mentoring of doctoral students.
  • Effectiveness in mentoring doctoral students with a demonstrated record of mentoring success.
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating an environment supportive of doctoral students.
  • Innovativeness in mentoring.

GADE was established more than 25 years ago to provide a forum for sharing ideas and strategies among doctoral programs in social work and strengthening efforts at enhancing doctoral education. The membership, composed of directors of established social work and social welfare doctoral programs located in accredited universities, has established two new awards for faculty. The Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students Award recognizes faculty members who have made significant contributions to the mentoring of doctoral students in social work.

Matt Conn People, UMB NewsNovember 7, 20170 comments
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