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With Hard Work, Efficiency Efforts, Hines Wins Employee of the Month

Angie Hines, senior academic services specialist in the Office of Academic Deans at the School of Nursing, says that she’s at the school so much, she’s thought of sleeping over some nights.

“I’m trying to get them to give me a bed,” joked Hines, who often works late and devotes hours on weekends and holiday breaks as well. “This way, I don’t even have to go home. I’m kidding, but I am here a lot. It’s part of the job. You have to be willing to dedicate the time.”

For that work ethic and her commitment to teamwork and efficiency, Hines was honored Jan. 31 as the UMB Employee of the Month. Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, led a group of School of Nursing employees who attended the ceremony at the Saratoga Building, where UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, surprised Hines with the award, a plaque, a letter of commendation, and a promise of $250 in her next paycheck.

“I want to tell you what your colleagues say about you,” Perman said. “They talk about you as championing an environment of teamwork. In fact, there are many comments about you being a team player. And you know how much I value that. To have employees who are all about teamwork is special, and you carry my message. I really appreciate you for that.”

Hines, who has worked at the School of Nursing since 2013, described her job as being “the support system” for four associate deans — Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN; Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN; Gail Lemaire, PhD, PMHCNS, BC, CNL; and Nina Trocky, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNE.

“The term ‘all duties as assigned’ applies to my job,” Hines says. “And I also oversee the staff in the office — the work we do with the students, the programs, coordinating curriculum committee meetings, meeting with the students, talking about how to get certified to become a nurse, and all the steps in between.”

Hines says she has great respect for the four academic deans and considers herself one of the luckiest people on campus because “all of my bosses are amazing.” One of those bosses, Idzik, said the feeling is mutual, describing Hines’ impact on the School of Nursing as “immeasurable.”

“Angie is always going above and beyond the call of duty. She does whatever it takes to get the job done,” Idzik says. “She is not a 9-to-5 employee. When work ramps up, so does she. She is a team player and a leader. Not only does she lead the team in our office, but she has developed relationships with lead department staff to optimize practices throughout the school. She is a role model for efficiency.”

Hines’ commitment to efficiency can be seen in a program she helped to facilitate in which staff members are cross-trained on all job roles, so when someone is out sick or on vacation, the office continues to “run like a well-oiled machine,” according to Idzik.

“When I started here, we had coordinators sitting side by side who didn’t know each other’s programs,” Hines says. “If one of them was out of the office, no one could step in and assist their student if they showed up. As I got into my role, I wanted to learn more about the different programs, and we initiated that everyone needs to know something about all the programs. That way, the office doesn’t stop. It keeps functioning.”

Idzik said Hines also directed an automation initiative that has made the office nearly paperless by moving paper files to electronic files.

“She led the team to organize, scan, and save files in the database, along with working alongside the programmers to create digital filing parameters and saving profiles,” Idzik says. “Her ability to visualize and use forward thinking have been critical components in this automation. Decades of files were scanned and organized. Angie has pioneered many practices in the school and is a go-to person for automation.”

Asked where her commitment to efficiency comes from, Hines pointed to her father, a Marine.

“I grew up on a military base,” she says. “We don’t have time to slow down. We don’t have time to stop and think it out. You have to make sure you’re efficient and you’re on top of it. And then you need to make sure that you’re not only efficient, but you’re also effective in your efficiency. And if you’re not, you need to speak up and tell somebody.”

That attitude is much appreciated at the School of Nursing, says Idzik, who praised Hines’ take-charge personality. “Angie is known for saying it like it is, which can be a breath of fresh air in a world where we are often told that we have to do things one way because that’s how we’ve always done it,” Idzik says.

Hines, who is completing a bachelor’s degree in business administration this spring and will continue her studies into an MBA program at University of Maryland University College, admitted she can be blunt — “I’m very, very, very frank,” she says — but softened when talking about being honored as January Employee of the Month.

“It’s a very nice thing to do for staff members,” Hines says. “It’s nice to spend time with President Perman, so that’s very cool. And you get all this nice stuff like a plaque and a bonus. UMB is a great place to work. I’m very happy here. I’ve found that it’s very fulfilling. And you really have a lot of room to grow.”

— Lou Cortina

Lou CortinaPeople, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 2, 20180 comments
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School of Nursing, P.G. Community College Sign Dual-Admission Agreement

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) in Largo, Md., recently signed an agreement of dual admission that will ensure students’ seamless transition from PGCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program to UMSON’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

Through the agreement, students can apply and be admitted to UMSON’s BSN program while in PGCC’s ADN program. Students will receive transfer credits from UMSON for completed coursework at PGCC and will be granted special student status, allowing them to take UMSON courses while still working on their associate degree, thereby saving them time and money in completing their BSN degree.

“This dual admission agreement offers a remarkable opportunity for our nursing students to begin the pursuit of their BSN while simultaneously completing their ADN program,” said Angela D. Anderson, dean of health, business, and public service at PGCC. “We value our partnership and look forward to working with UMSON on this and future initiatives.”

An effort to increase qualified nursing candidates, the agreement is helping further the mission of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AARP to advance comprehensive health care change. The campaign uses as its framework the landmark 2010 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The partnership program specifically addresses one of the eight goals set forth in the report: to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.

“Our partnership with Prince George’s Community College is exciting for the University of Maryland School of Nursing. It provides ADN students at the community college with a flexible option for obtaining their BSN degree as they work on prerequisites or take UMSON courses while still enrolled in their prelicensure program,” said Linda Murray, DNP, CPNP-Ped, assistant professor and director of the RN-to-BSN program at UMSON. “The partnership will assist with increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in Maryland.”

To matriculate to UMSON’s BSN program, students must graduate with an ADN from PGCC and satisfy UMSON’s progression criteria.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGADecember 13, 20170 comments
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Nursing’s Mitchell Receives AHEC West’s John M. Dennis Award

Jacqueline C. Mitchell, MS, CRNA, director of clinical education, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), was recently recognized by the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center (AHEC West) with the John M. Dennis Award for her leadership and advocacy for rural practice opportunities. Mitchell also received special recognition from several members of U.S. Congress for her efforts.

Recipients of the John M. Dennis Award are usually university representatives who have made noteworthy contributions to off-campus health professional education in Western Maryland through outstanding leadership, ingenuity, advocacy, and education. Mitchell has been a strong supporter of rural clinical education and nurse anesthetist students and a dedicated partner with AHEC West for clinical placements. Several UMSON nurse anesthetist graduates are now practicing in Western Maryland.

“My heart is overwhelmed with joy because I am being formally recognized for my work. I am very thankful for this distinguished award and I am empowered to do even greater work for the students and the community,” Mitchell said. “What is great about this partnership with AHEC West is, although the majority of our students are from the Baltimore area, they are being afforded the opportunity to train in Western Maryland, allowing them to be exposed to different care settings and job opportunities.”

The award is in honor of John M. Dennis, MD, who served as vice chancellor for health and academic affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore from 1977 to 1988. Dennis was a dedicated visionary whose support made it possible for the development of the AHEC West program and center.

“We congratulate Ms. Mitchell on her receipt of this prestigious award. Her exemplary efforts to create practice experiences for nurse anesthesia students in the rural counties of Western Maryland have introduced countless students to the opportunities and rewards of living and serving in the region,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Through her efforts, she is helping to ensure that we meet the needs of residents throughout Maryland.”

AHEC seeks to improve the health status of Marylanders through community educational partnerships that foster a commitment to enhancing health care access in the rural and urban underserved areas of the state.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAAugust 23, 20170 comments
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National Black Nurses Association

New Downtown Chapter of National Black Nurses Association

A new chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) is finally here at the UMSON, Baltimore campus! We are very excited to form a collaboration among nursing students, faculty, and staff in order to establish an extensive impact here on campus and throughout the Baltimore area.

Members can expect to take advantage of participating in various events, fundraisers, and community service opportunities throughout the semester. For more information on our organization and becoming a member, please email us at

Ashley FosterBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, UMB NewsApril 11, 20170 comments
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Interprofessional Education

IPE at UMB – Your Input is Appreciated

The Center for Interprofessional Education will host a 90 minute forum for the UMB community on Thursday, March 16, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the School of Nursing auditorium. The purpose of the forum is to seek stakeholder input on what activities should be included within UMB’s Center for Interprofessional Education.

Please RSVP to Patricia Danielewicz by Wednesday, March 8.

Patricia Danielewicz Collaboration, Education, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 13, 20170 comments
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Coverdell Fellows Expansion Program at Nursing

The School of Nursing (UMSON) has been approved to launch a Paul D. Coverdell Fellows expansion program through the Peace Corps. After serving in countries around the world, two Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) each year will be offered an opportunity to bring their expertise to communities and neighborhoods in Baltimore while pursuing their studies at UMSON with the help of a $10,000 scholarship that can be applied to tuition and fees.

RPCVs often find careers in health care to be a natural fit, as many have been involved in the field while serving at their posts worldwide. They are known for being highly adept at integrating international and global perspectives into all they do and have learned to work collaboratively across cultures, communities, and countries. This expertise aligns with the increasingly global and cross-cultural focus of nursing and will afford Coverdell Fellows a wide variety of future career options.

“This program will bring more students with global, community-based experience to the School of Nursing and into the profession of nursing, which will expose Baltimore communities to a worldwide view,” said UMSON’s Coverdell Fellows Program Coordinator Lori Edwards, DrPH, MPH, BSN ’80, RN, PHCNS-BC, assistant professor. “It will enhance our shared programs with the University of Maryland School of Social Work, which has had an exemplary Coverdell Program for many years. This interprofessioanal collaboration will be of great value to incoming Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and will strengthen both programs.”

At UMSON, fellows can earn either a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree or a clinical nurse leader master’s degree. As part of their studies, they will enroll in elective courses, offered through the UMB Graduate School, focused on service learning and population health in Baltimore and will have opportunities to become involved in and serve communities during clinical experiences throughout the metropolitan area.

In addition to receiving the scholarship, fellows selected for the program can take advantage of specialized career mentoring from Edwards and from other UMSON faculty who have served in the Peace Corps, as well as networking opportunities with fellows from the School of Social Work.

Since the Coverdell Fellows program’s inception in 1985 at the Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, more than 5,000 RPCVs have participated. The program now includes more than 90 university partners across the country.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 9, 20170 comments
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Nursing and Cecil College Sign Dual Admission Pact

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and Cecil College in North East, Maryland, recently signed an agreement of dual admission that will ensure students’ seamless transition from Cecil’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program to UMSON’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The program will be available to nursing students this fall.

Through the agreement, students will be simultaneously admitted into Cecil’s ADN program and UMSON’s BSN program while satisfying the requirements of both schools. Students enrolled in the program will receive transfer credits for completed coursework and will be granted special student status, allowing them to take UMSON courses while still working on their associate degree.

“Cecil College is committed to fostering seamless academic progression for associate degree nursing students,” said Laura Schenk, MS, RN, academic progression coordinator, Cecil College. “In an effort to enhance academic progression and promote lifelong learning, the dual-admission program offers students a head start on attaining a BSN and decreasing completion time.”

An effort to increase qualified nursing candidates, the agreement will also help further the mission of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing Campaign for Action to advance comprehensive health care change. Specifically, it will address one of the eight goals set forth in the IOM report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health: to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.

“The faculty and staff at Cecil College have been exceptionally forward thinking on developing and implementing the dual-admission option,” said Nina Trocky, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNE, assistant professor and associate dean for the baccalaureate program. “This agreement allows us to honor a commitment we’ve made to our students who are pursuing a career in nursing.”

To matriculate to UMSON’s BSN program, students must graduate with an ADN from Cecil and satisfy UMSON’s progression criteria.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeFebruary 9, 20170 comments
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Janet Allan

Dean Emerita Named to Education Board

Dean Emerita Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), has been selected to the American Health Council (AHC) Education Board, an advisory council comprising nationally respected educators and health care industry leaders.

Active in health care for more than 50 years, Allan is an expert in community health, primary health care and research (regarding women and weight management), and nurse practitioner education and practice. As a member of the board, she will help promote ideas that contribute to the health care industry’s growth and that foster relationship-building though networking.

“I am honored to be appointed to the education board of the American Health Care Council. Improving the health of populations through the education of future health professionals requires innovative interprofessional approaches,” Allan said. “I hope to utilize my clinical and academic nursing knowledge and skills to work with other health care professionals to improve the well-being of the U.S. and global populations.”

Allan, who served as UMSON’s dean from 2002-12, made a major impact on the School during her decade-long tenure. The School’s U.S.News & World Report ranking reached an all-time high of seventh, and UMSON achieved a top-20 ranking among schools of nursing receiving federal research funding. Enrollment rose, making UMSON one of the nation’s largest nursing schools.

During her career, Allan has held leadership positions including vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, board member and treasurer of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and president of the Southern Nursing Research Society and of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty. She also has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland Nurses Association, the Researcher of the Year Award from the Southern Nursing Research Society, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and the Award for Care of People with AIDS/HIV Infection from the U.S. Secretary of Health. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

AHC is composed of leaders across the health care industry who share their ideas, challenges, and experiences with fellow members to improve our nation’s health care system. By connecting participants in patient treatment, educators, researchers, and those in the public and private sectors, AHC works to advance the health care industry.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, People, UMB NewsJanuary 11, 20170 comments
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Eunshim Nahm

Nursing’s Nahm Named Gerontological Society of America Fellow

Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD ’03, RN, FAAN, professor and specialty director, Nursing Informatics, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), was recently named a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) during its annual scientific meeting in New Orleans. Nahm was amongst 94 fellows inducted into this year’s class.

The status of fellow, the highest class of membership within the society, is an acknowledgment of Nahm’s continued outstanding work in gerontology. Inductees have contributed to research, teaching, administration, public service, practice, and notable participation within the organization. Fellows are chosen from each of the GSA’s four membership sections: behavioral and social sciences, biological sciences, health sciences, and social research policy and practice. Her membership is in the health sciences section.

Nahm, who has had several studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, specializes in developing and utilizing health IT programs to deliver more efficient, safer care to patients. Advancements in health IT have revolutionized health care by allowing patients to access their own electronic health records and offering enabling health tools; however, some patients, particularly older ones, have had problems transitioning to this technology. Nahm’s research examines the challenges of acclimating older adults to technological innovations that allow them to participate actively in their care.

“We congratulate Dr. Nahm on her selection as a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. It is a tremendous honor and speaks to her contributions to research, education, and practice,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Dr. Nahm’s ongoing application of nursing informatics to developing interventions that promote and manage the health of older adults is an outstanding example of collaborative and interdisciplinary work. It holds great promise for improving the lives of older adults, their families, and our communities.”

Founded in 1945, the GSA is a multidisciplinary organization devoted to research and education in all aspects of gerontology, including medical, biological, psychological and social, and is the driving force behind the advancement of gerontology both domestically and internationally.

“I am honored to be inducted as a fellow of the GSA, an organization that is devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging,” Nahm said. “I have learned so much from many excellent GSA members, and I hope that I can do the same for others.”

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, UMB NewsDecember 21, 20160 comments
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Larry Nohe

SON’s Nohe Wins Photo Contest

Larry Nohe, an information system engineer in the School of Nursing, has won the 2016 Snap! UMB Photo Contest with his riveting black-and-white portrait from within the Bromo-Seltzer Tower. Titled “The Inner Workings,” the photo was judged the best of nearly 300 entries submitted by University faculty, staff, and students, and BioPark and Medical Center employees.

Nohe, a UMB employee for 10 ½ years, passes the Bromo-Seltzer Tower each workday on the way to the bus stop. “I heard they were now open weekends for tours so I made special arrangements with them for a Tuesday afternoon. It’s a very small area,” he says with a laugh, “so you can only take so many shots. I was maybe there a half-hour or so.”

The winning photo didn’t overwhelm Nohe, whose photography hobby started with lighthouses over 15 years ago. “I like my third-place Peabody Library shot better,” he says of a color print of the Peabody’s six majestic balconies, which he titled “17 E. Mount Vernon Place.”

All the photos in the contest were not local. Young soo Kim, a third-year student in the law school, submitted dozens of pictures he took from as far away as Istanbul, Mexico, and Chile. Two of his Snap! entries — “Aftermath” from near the Cairo Museum and “Jamaica Station” from New York City — won second-place honors. “I travel during breaks,” he says via email. “Right now I’m in Quito, Ecuador, part of a monthlong South America trip.”

The third annual Snap! UMB Photo Contest, part of the University’s Council for the Arts & Culture, was judged by council chair Yumi Hogan, first lady of Maryland; Fletcher Mackey, a faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art; Calla Thompson, an associate professor in photography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and Tom Jemski, a photographer, videographer, and instructional support specialist at the School of Medicine.

“We are most grateful for the help of all our judges,” says Steve Bossom, MFA, web developer in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs and coordinator of the Snap! contest. “And we are thrilled with the growth in the contest’s popularity. We went from 110 entries last year to 291 this year. Obviously we have struck a chord with our University community. I thank everyone involved for their support.”

See all the winning photos at

Chris ZangBulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeDecember 21, 20160 comments
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World AIDS Day Event

Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. Please join us for a night of thought-provoking discussion with HIV providers and professionals who have dedicated their life’s work to addressing the HIV epidemic.

Join Us

Dec. 1, 5 to 7 p.m.
School of Nursing, Room 140
655 W. Lombard St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
All are welcome to attend. Dinner will be provided after the event.

This event is a collaboration between the Student Section of the Maryland Public Health Association (SMdPHA), the JACQUES Initiative of the Institute of Human Virology, the School of Medicine, Nurses for Global Health, the Global Health Interest Group, and the Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity.

Alan Lin Education, For B'more, People, USGANovember 9, 20160 comments
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Coffee With a Cop

Coffee With a Cop

“Coffee With a Cop,” created in Hawthorne, Calif., in 2011, aims to connect police departments to the communities they serve outside of crisis situations. More than 2,000 law enforcement agencies around the country participate in the monthly events.

At UMB, Coffee With a Cop is held every first Friday of the month in buildings throughout campus. Don’t miss the next gathering – 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Nov. 4, in the lobby of the School of Nursing.

Mary PhelanBulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Administration, University LifeOctober 26, 20160 comments
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UMB Names Ozbolt Professor Emerita

Judy G. Ozbolt, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been has been appointed professor emerita by University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay A. Perman, MD. Ozbolt served as professor and specialty director of nursing informatics at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) beginning in 2006 and retired in 2010.

An emeritus faculty member is a retired professor who has demonstrated an exemplary record of service to the School and to the profession. Additionally, the faculty member must express a desire to continue to support the mission of the School. While at UMSON, Ozbolt, with the help of a Health Resources and Services Administration grant, tripled student enrollment in the nursing informatics program while maintaining the diversity of the student body. Ozbolt has also chaired the program committee for the School’s renowned Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (SINI) Conference and has continued to serve in leadership roles with the SINI program committee since her retirement.

“Dr. Ozbolt’s contributions to the field of nursing informatics over a 46-year career are unparalleled. She joined the School of Nursing having already had a celebrated career, and we are truly grateful for her dedication, service, and ongoing support of SINI,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Her appointment as professor emerita is a testament to her pioneering work, unflagging leadership in the field, and commitment to developing the next generation of nurse leaders in informatics. It also reflects the deep affection and respect of her colleagues.”

During her career, Ozbolt held several significant national and international academic, clinical, and administrative appointments. In 1972, Ozbolt began a research program in nursing informatics during the early days of the field. She also served as a scholar at the Institute of Medicine, where she led planning initiatives in biomedical and health informatics across all components of the National Academy of Sciences for five years.

Since her retirement, Ozbolt continues to contribute to the health informatics field. She serves on federal committees and is involved in policy work, continuing to share her knowledge and experience with the UMSON nursing informatics community.

“During my time at UMSON, and as chair of the planning committee for SINI, students, faculty, and staff were very gracious to me. They showed in many ways how much they appreciated my efforts,” Ozbolt said. “I’m filled with gratitude that after a thorough review by the Promotion and Tenure Committee, the highest levels of administration, and faculty, I have been accorded emeritus status. It is validation of a job well done and a career well spent.”

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeOctober 19, 20160 comments
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Confronting Violence Exhibit

Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives Exhibit at HS/HSL

Activists and reformers in the United States have long recognized the harm of domestic violence and sought to improve the lives of battered women.

During the late 20th century, nurses took up the call. With passion and persistence, they worked to reform a medical profession that largely dismissed or completely failed to acknowledge violence against women as a serious health issue.

Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the vanguard as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work toward the prevention of domestic violence.

This exhibition explores images, manuscripts, and records that tell the stories of the nurses who witnessed the effects of domestic violence and campaigned for change. “Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives” will be on display at the HS/HSL’s Weiss Gallery now through Nov. 5, 2016.

Ryan Harris Bulletin Board, Community Service, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University LifeOctober 4, 20160 comments
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