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Four Faculty Members Among 2017 American Academy of Nursing Fellows

Four University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) faculty members, five alumnae, and a student were inducted into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) as fellows during the group’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 5-7.  They join a community of 2,400 AAN Fellows nationwide.

The following faculty were inducted into AAN’s 2017 class of fellows:

  • Shannon Idzik, DNP, MS, CRNP, FAANP, associate professor and associate dean of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program
  • Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, MS, BSN, CRNP-Neonatal, FAAN, assistant professor and director, Office of Global Health
  • Charlotte Seckman, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, FAAN, associate professor
  • Shari Simone, DNP, MS, CPNP-AC, PPCNP-BC, FCCM, FAANP, FAAN, assistant professor

Additionally, DNP student MiKaela Olsen, MS, APRN-CNS, AOCNS, and UMSON alumnae Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, BSN, CRNA, LAc; Anita Hufft, PhD, BSN, RN; Kathleen Hunter, PhD, MS, BSN, RN-BC, CNE; Karen Swisher Kesten, DNP, APRN, CCNS, CNE, CCRN-K; and Susan Renda, DNP, MS, ANP-BC, CDE, FNAP, were among the 173 highly distinguished nurse leaders who comprised this year’s cohort.

“We are extremely proud of our newly elected fellows and congratulate our faculty, alumnae, and student on achieving this significant honor,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “As educators, clinicians, and researchers, they are making significant contributions within their chosen specialties and in their communities.”

Criteria for selection as a fellow include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current AAN fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based in part on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all.

Fellows include nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research, including hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers. The 2017 class represents all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and 29 countries.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeOctober 17, 20170 comments
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Nursing’s Trinkoff Co-Authors Award-Winning Training Program

Alison M. Trinkoff, ScD, MPH, BSN, RN, FAAN, professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), is a co-author on an online evidence-based training program that recently won the 2017 Bullard-Sherwood Research to Practice Intervention Award from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). UMSON alumna and former faculty member Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD ’01, RN, FAAN, dean, School of Health, Stevenson University, also served as co-author.

The team won the award for their NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours, which aims to minimize the health and safety risks associated with shift work, long work hours, and related workplace fatigue issues in nurses. Launched in 2015, the training program was developed, managed, and disseminated through the joint efforts of several key partners, including Trinkoff and UMSON colleagues, who conducted pilot testing at the School with the help of student volunteers; Claire Caruso, NIOSH; Masaya Takahashi, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Kawasaki, Japan; and Akinori Nakata, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyushu, Japan.

The training program offers nursing continuing education credits through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Training and Continuing Education Online. Its goal is to suggest proven interventions to improve sleep and fatigue. The program summarizes research evidence regarding the origin of sleep problems and their relationship to shift work and health issues. After reviewing the summary, nurses are advised on how to overcome their sleep issues.

According to the American Nurses Association, 74 percent of nurses who responded to a 2011 survey reported the acute or chronic effects of stress and being overworked as their top health and safety concern. Additionally, 55 percent of respondents reported working 41-60 hours per week, 56 percent reported their usual shift was 10 or more hours, and 53 percent reported working some mandatory or unplanned overtime each month. These demanding hours and work requirements often lead to difficulties with sleep. Several studies have found that when those who do shift work or work long hours do not get sufficient sleep, cognitive performance declines, increasing the risk for personal injury to the nurse and for patient care errors.

“It is very rewarding to be recognized for this innovative nurse fatigue training,” Trinkoff said. “I’m happy to say that it has already helped thousands of nurses, and the training program will continue to support the nursing profession by empowering nurses to improve their sleep and fatigue problems.”

“We are thrilled to have this important training program recognized with a prestigious Bullard-Sherwood Award,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “This work represents the very best type of collaborative effort, engaging faculty from the School of Nursing, numerous experts from other institutions, Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, and staff from the American Nurses Association, among many others. The resulting product fills an important need for a free, comprehensive, online training program that helps to address the significant health and safety risks linked to shift work and long hours for nurses. We applaud the entire team for their contribution to improving nursing practice.”

NIOSH Scientific Awards are presented annually to recognize significant accomplishments in research, partnership, research translation, career achievements, and service.

Kevin Nash Collaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 5, 20171 comment
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Nursing Award Winners

Nursing Faculty and Alumnae Honored

Two University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) faculty members, eight alumnae, and a former adjunct assistant professor were honored at the American Academy of Nursing’s (AAN) annual meeting and conference recently held in Washington, D.C.

Associate Professors Elizabeth Galik, PhD ’07, CRNP, FAANP, and Joseph E. Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia specialty, were inducted into AAN’s 2016 class of fellows, and alumna Ann Wolbert Burgess, DNSc, MS ’59, RNCS, FAAN, professor, Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing, was designated a Living Legend, an AAN Fellow of at least 15 years who has demonstrated extraordinary, sustained contributions to nursing and to health care.

“The induction of Drs. Galik and Pellegrini speaks to their dedication to nursing education, research, and practice, and to their many scholarly achievements. We are extremely proud of both of them and grateful for their ongoing contributions to the School of Nursing,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess’ recognition as an AAN ‘Living Legend’ is a wonderful acknowledgment of her profound and lasting contributions to understanding and addressing the impact of sexual violence and trauma at the individual and societal levels. We salute her on achieving the highest of all AAN honors.”

Additionally, UMSON alumnae Murielle Beene, DNP, MBA, MPH, MS ’01, RN-BC, PMP; Kristy Duffey, MS ’98, APRN, GNP-BC; Patricia Sengstack, DNP, MS ’88, BSN ’82, RN-BC; JoAnne Silbert-Flagg, DNP, MS ’83, BSN ’79, CRNP; Laura A. Taylor, PhD, MS ’90, BSN ’86, RN, ANEF; Ting-Ting Lee, PhD ’98, MS ’93, RN; and Cara J. Krulewitch, PhD ’92, CNM, FACNM; and former Adjunct Assistant Professor Sherry B. Perkins, PhD, RN, were among 164 highly distinguished nurse leaders who composed this year’s cohort.

“We are thrilled that eight alumnae were recognized, and we congratulate each one on achieving this significant national honor. It is a testament to the contributions that each one is making within their chosen specialties and in their communities,” Kirschling said. “We also congratulate Dr. Sherry Perkins, our esteemed colleague, on this well-deserved honor. She has contributed so much to nursing practice and health care delivery regionally and nationally through her executive leadership and operational roles.”

Criteria for selection as a fellow include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current AAN Fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel of elected and appointed fellows.

Galik has been internationally recognized for her work in improving care practices for older adults with dementia. She has served as principal investigator or co-investigator for 11 research studies and has been an advisor to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Additionally, Galik has been named a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar.

Pellegrini has made significant contributions to research, education, and leadership in the nurse anesthesia field and has been published in 68 peer-reviewed journals. He also serves as the sole representative for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists on the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Patient Safety Council.

Burgess has been internationally lauded as a pioneer in the assessment and treatment of victims of sexual violence and trauma. Her transformative work as co-founder of one of the first hospital-based crisis counseling programs introduced Rape Trauma Syndrome into scientific literature. She has worked with the FBI to study links between child abuse, juvenile delinquency, and subsequent perpetration.

AAN consists of more than 2,400 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research, including hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers. The 2016 class represents all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., and 28 countries.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeNovember 3, 20160 comments
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