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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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Medi SPA Specials Available for Thanksgiving Week

The University of Maryland Faculty Physicians’ Medi SPA is offering special prices for a number of treatments during Thanksgiving week, including: Eleccio nail polish set ($12), Latisse with a free hydrating lip balm ($18 value), and an hourlong peppermint facial ($60).

You must book or purchase the specials by Wednesday, Nov. 22.

For more information, call 667-214-1772, go to this website, or email medspa@som.umaryland.edu.

 

  
Merideth Marr Bulletin Board, People, University LifeNovember 20, 20170 comments
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Q and A with Perman

Quarterly Q and A With President Perman Set for Dec. 12

The next President’s Q&A will be held Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the School of Medicine HSF II Auditorium.

This session will feature a discussion about the Catalyst fundraising campaign.

Join UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, as he answers questions from students, staff, and faculty. If you have a specific question you would like to ask but haven’t had the opportunity, or if you would just like to know more about what’s happening around the University, please join us.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

  
Claire Murphy University LifeNovember 16, 20170 comments
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OneDrive for Office 365 Offers Flexibility for Your Files

OneDrive is UMB’s new, secure, and universally accessible storage location for all your work files. It is HIPAA and FERPA compliant and University approved.

However, OneDrive offers a lot more than just file storage. It’s an integral part of Office 365, and by using OneDrive, it also allows you to:

  • Access your files securely from anywhere.
  • Share files with others.
  • Work on Office documents with others at the same time.

In a word: Flexibility!

Once your files are in OneDrive, you can access them from any computer or mobile device that has internet access. If you’re at a meeting across campus, at home, traveling for work — whatever the scenario — you can get access to your files  by using the Office 365 portal or mobile app.

Again, OneDrive is HIPAA and FERPA compliant, so you can be assured that your files are safe and secure no matter where you’re accessing them from.

If you need a colleague to review a file, you can let them view and update the file in your  OneDrive by using the “Share” feature — meaning their changes will automatically appear in the file. There’s no need to email a file back and forth.

You also can be in the file at the same time as your colleague, and both can make real-time updates.

By using OneDrive to securely store your files, you gain great flexibility and accessibility. To help you, the Enterprise Training Group provides training opportunities and resources. Please visit the Center for Information Technology Services’ Office 365 website for information.

  
Sarah Steinberg Bulletin Board, Technology, University LifeNovember 15, 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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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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AMCP Student Chapter Brings Home the Gold

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) presents its annual Chapter of the Year Award to three student chapters that have demonstrated the greatest innovation and commitment to establishing quality managed care programming for student pharmacists. The award highlights all of the programs and initiatives established by the winning chapters throughout the year, and the competition can be intense.

With dozens of student chapters vying for this coveted award, it was truly amazing — not to mention incredibly humbling — to hear our chapter announced as the first-place winner of the Chapter of the Year Award at the AMCP Nexus 2017 in Grapevine, Texas, in October.

Raising Awareness About Opportunities in Managed Care

The mission of our AMCP student chapter is to improve students’ understanding of concepts and career opportunities in managed care and industry. Our goal is to provide opportunities for students to gain exposure to the field by inviting speakers from managed care and industry to deliver presentations and meet with students at the School of Pharmacy. We also strive to develop and implement professional development events aimed at helping our members and other students in the school achieve their unique professional goals.

Building Sustainable Programming

Each year, our chapter strives to build on the initiatives put in place by the previous executive board and members to create sustainable programs for students. For instance, to help expose students to managed care concepts, we host a local Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition that allows participants to analyze the cost-effectiveness of new medications on the market, critically examine medication-related literature, and conduct comparative effectiveness research. The team selected as the winner of our competition then has the chance to enter its submission into the national P&T Competition hosted by AMCP.

In addition, to assist students with their professional development, we have implemented an Internship Prep Series (IPS) and Network Development Series (NDS). IPS supports students in their goal to obtain an internship by hosting CV/resume workshops and internship panels. IPS is open to students interested in all areas of pharmacy, including community and hospital. NDS represents the next step in professional development, providing students with the skills necessary to help them learn how to network. Later, students can implement the skills they have learned at our annual AMCP Managed Care, Industry, and Regulatory Affairs Roundtable, which introduces participants to the wide range of careers available in managed care pharmacy.

We also regularly invite speakers from industry and managed care to present to students about residency and fellowship opportunities in managed care, as well as potential career options. Our Seminar Series, made up of webinars, aims to provide in-depth information about career opportunities as well as the day-to-day life of a managed care or industry pharmacist. During each fall semester, we coordinate with fourth-year student pharmacists and current fellows, who also are alumni of the school, to host “PPS 101: Intro to Fellowship Applications.” Personnel Placement Service (PPS) is the application portal through which student pharmacists can apply for fellowships and set up interviews at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Meeting. The goal of this event is to educate students about what to expect during the fellowship application process and to provide steps they can take to enhance their competitiveness as an applicant based on the experience of previous fellows.

Expressing Our Gratitude

As with any notable achievement, this award is the result of the time and effort dedicated by numerous individuals. In addition to the hard work put forth by our members and executive board, we are grateful to the many alumni of the school who have taken time from their busy schedules to talk with students about the field and support our chapter in many other intangible ways. Without everyone’s hard work, this remarkable achievement would not have been possible.

– Yogitha Pazhani, chapter president and third-year student pharmacist

  
Yogitha Pazhani Education, 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 umbrella@umaryland.edu

  
sonya evans Education, People, UMB News, University LifeNovember 10, 20170 comments
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Get a 20 Percent Discount on Everyman Theatre Tickets

Everyman Theatre, a professional theater with a resident company of artists from the Baltimore-Washington area, offers UMB faculty, staff, and students a 20 percent discount on tickets (except for  previews and opening-night performances).

Each season of plays is carefully curated to foster a diverse range of human experiences found in a mix of dramas and comedies selected from timeless classics to world premieres.

To see upcoming plays and ticket availability, please go to UMB’s Everyman Theatre web page.

  
Alice Powell Bulletin Board, For B'more, People, University LifeNovember 9, 20170 comments
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Student Pharmacists Participate in National Drug Take-Back Initiative

Each year, student pharmacists from Generation Rx in the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) at the School of Pharmacy partner with law enforcement officials to establish collection sites for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Drug Take-Back Day initiative. This national campaign offers members of the local community an opportunity to dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired medications that might otherwise have remained in the home, posing a great danger to families and the environment and potentially leading to the misuse or abuse of those drugs.

Cleaning Out Medicine Cabinets in Baltimore

Oct. 28 marked the 14th official Drug Take-Back Day sponsored by the DEA. To give community members more time to clean out their medicine cabinets, student pharmacists at the school’s Baltimore campus collaborated with the UMB Police Force to set up a collection site at the SMC Campus Center on Oct. 25 and 28. Faculty, staff, students, and members of the local community were invited to turn in their unused or expired medication for safe disposal.

In addition to collecting medications, student pharmacists staffing the collection site had an opportunity to educate the public about medication safety and how to properly dispose of medications at home. They explained how disposing of antibiotics down the toilet and/or other drain can increase the severity of antibiotic resistance, and how disposing of birth control pills in the trash or in the toilet and/or drain can negatively affect the aquatic environment.

At the conclusion of Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 28, student pharmacists in Baltimore had successfully collected 46 pounds of expired and unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.

Serving the Community in Shady Grove

Given the growing opioid epidemic, a large, independent senior living community within walking distance from campus, and local pharmacies unable to accept unused and expired medications, the student pharmacists in Generation Rx at the School’s Shady Grove campus in Rockville also saw a need to provide a safe, convenient disposal site for the community.

Student pharmacists at Shady Grove assisted the Rockville City Police with an expansion of the national Drug Take-Back initiative by hosting a second Drug Take-Back Day at the Universities at Shady Grove on Oct. 26. For local community members unable to make it to the national Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 28, this event provided another opportunity for safe disposal. In addition, students chose to host the event in Lot 5, which allowed community members to drive through and drop off medications with ease.

Local pharmacies that helped promote the event as well as the individuals who participated expressed their gratitude to us for hosting an event so close to home. Several students and members of the local community stopped by the event, resulting in the collection of 30 pounds of unused and expired medications — a 10-pound increase from Shady Grove’s first Drug Take-Back Day event in April 2017.

Increasing Our Impact in the Future

Though the Baltimore campus has hosted its Drug Take-Back Day event for several years and the Shady Grove campus is only beginning to test the waters with its initiative, student pharmacists at both campuses are excited to see how these events continue to grow and evolve in the future. We enjoy having this unique opportunity to apply the lessons that we learn in the classroom to help individuals across the state of Maryland understand the importance of safely disposing of their unused and expired medications, and to provide a convenient collection site for them to participate in this national event.

— Larissa Nguy and Payal Patel, third-year student pharmacists

  
Larissa Nguy Community Service, University Life, USGANovember 9, 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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Broadway 101 Event at Hippodrome: Learn to Sing with Becky Mossing

Bring your best voice, learn basic techniques, and learn a Broadway favorite by joining Becky Mossing for a one-hour vocal workshop at the Hippodrome Theatre on Nov. 16 at noon as part of the UMB Council for the Arts & Culture’s Broadway 101 Brown Bag Lunch Series.

Mossing is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received an Outstanding Achievement Award in musical theater. She received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Goucher College in 2000. She has worked as an actor off-Broadway, in national tours, and in regional theater. She also has taught acting and/or musical theater classes at Everyman Theatre, Summer Stock Performing Arts Camp, and New York’s Musical Theatre Works, Inc. She is currently co-director of The Hippodrome Foundation’s summer theater camp. Her cabaret performances can be seen regularly in the Baltimore area.

To attend this event, register here.

For more on the Council for the Arts & Culture, check out its web page.

 

 

 

 

  
Alice Powell Bulletin Board, For B'more, People, University LifeNovember 8, 20170 comments
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