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A publication of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing

New Reality

Building an innovative simulation



u Telehealth nursing intervention

u Taking a global view

u Wisdom work through generative leadership

u Transforming the learning environment


Connie W. Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

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Aneisha Tucker

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Mame Osteen, Aneisha Tucker, Laurel Mallon


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03 Live and on Camera!

Videoconferencing improves care coordination for

children with complex health care needs

05 A Global View

School of Nursing Office of Global Programming

responds to societal need for globally competent nurses

06 Anna Terry Shares Her Experience in Honduras

Q and A with Anna Terry regarding her Peace Corps


23 University-Community Partnerships Improve


Healthy youth development projects

36 Transforming the Learning Environment

The school receives its largest gift ever in support of the

Healthy Communities Innovation Center

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2 From the Dean

8 School News

10 Faculty Publications

15 Grant Awards

18 Center News

25 Alumni News

35 Advancement News

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Dear alumni, friends, partners, faculty,

staff, and students,

Welcome to the 2012 Fall issue of Minnesota Nursing magazine.

Learning, discovery, and engagement for the common good – these pillars of the University of

Minnesota, a land-grant University, guide this School of Nursing in its passion to prepare for, versus

be surprised by, the future. Preparation for the future demands engaging in the “unthinkable” with

the top world scientists and local to global citizens. We think about the “unthinkable” – consider

the Internet in your contact lenses; no computers, cell phones, clocks, watches; driver-less cars with

cushions of magnetism; growing organs as they wear out; molecular “smart bombs” circulating

to kill cancer cells; toilets and bathroom mirrors containing sensors to detect cancer; clothes with

sensors; more robot assistants like Health Buddy; nanotechnologies that enable pill cams; smart

homes and smart dinner plates; tourism into outer space; technologies supporting integrative

health [LIFE in the year 2100. THE WEEK, April 8 2011, 11, # 509; Physics of the Future by Michio

Kaku]. We consider the “unthinkable” – those disenfranchised from access to information and

communication technologies or those who lack the knowledge to engage.

from the dean

Preparation for the future also demands that we consider the importance of emerging careers like

astro teachers, doctors, nurses; avatar relationship managers; personal care coordinators; digital

identity managers; environmental health nurses (maybe not so new). [Robotician Emerging

Careers – 2030, The Futurist, Jan-Feb 2011]. These concepts and, in some cases, existing prototypes

can indeed stretch our minds and hearts. Contrast these innovations with a short 100 years ago

when life expectancy was 40 and we had no internet, airplanes, TV, and computers.

The faculty and staff in the School of Nursing merge consideration of these predictions with our

commitment to boldly addressing the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing recommendations –

placing nursing, care coordination, and leadership central to the safety, access and outcomes of care.

The School of Nursing continues the momentum established at conception 103 years ago – titrating

the dosages of the ideal with the pragmatic in our journey “to generate knowledge and prepare

nurse leaders who create, lead, and participate in holistic efforts to improve the health of all people

within the context of their environments” (School of Nursing mission, 2010).

We invite you to a “tasting - sampler” of the integrative innovation of our faculty, staff, students,

and community partners. Explore global health nursing education & research with L. Halcon,

C. Garcia and L. Olson-Keller; anxiety and mechanical ventilation support with L. Chlan; and

telehealth child health care coordination with W. Looman. Engage with us in celebrating sustained

innovation and program leadership milestones: Midwifery Program - 40 years; PhD program – 30

years; and the Center for Adolescent Nursing and the Center for Children with Special Health Care

Needs – both 20 years old. Celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the Jewelry Sale for Scholarships

– a remarkable School of Nursing alumni and friends testimony of dedication, creativity, and

commitment to our students. And a sneak preview of the state-of-the-science and art– the Healthy

Communities Innovation Center supporting cutting edge nursing and interprofessional education

and clinical simulations.

Catch your breath and glide with us as we welcome the opportunities to co-create.

It is an honor to serve as your 10 th dean of this remarkable community – the School of Nursing, in

partnership with our University, health systems, state, and beyond.

With gratitude,

Connie W. Delaney

Professor and Dean

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Live and On Camera!

Videoconferencing improves care coordination for children with complex

health care needs

When Penni Lankford’s 12-year-old daughter, Laci, began to swell

up after eating two small packets of chocolate pudding, Lankford

rushed her from their home in White Bear Lake to the emergency

room at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in St. Paul. The next day,

Laci was still swollen, and Lankford was worried.

Laci has multiple allergies, asthma, and other chronic health

issues. “When she gets sick, she really gets sick,” Lankford says. “I

wondered if we needed to make another trip to Children’s.”

Instead she called Mary Erickson, DNP ’09, a nurse practitioner at

Children’s. After talking to Lankford, Erickson wanted to look at Laci.

She logged into a web-based video program. On her end, Lankford

flipped open a netbook and logged in. Following HIPAA procedure,

Erickson “accepted” the call. Lankford pointed a portable video

camera at Laci and Erickson did an assessment.

Because the program features a dual screen, Lankford and

Erickson could see the same thing. Erickson took a photo of Laci and

emailed it to the doctor, who said she was recovering well. “That

saved us a trip to downtown St. Paul,” says Lankford.

coordinating complex care

Lankford and her family are participating in a four-year study,

“Telehealth nursing intervention for children with complex health

care needs,” funded by a $2.1 million grant from the National

Institutes of Health. Stanley Finkelstein, PhD, a professor in the

University of Minnesota’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and

Pathology, serves as principal investigator.

Finkelstein and School of Nursing faculty and co-investigators

Ann Garwick, PhD, RN, and Wendy Looman, PhD, RN, CNP, study “the

impact of interactive video technology on care coordination and

case management for children with complex health care needs.”

no visit is simple

For children with complex health needs, a visit to the doctor is

never simple. “It can mean loading them, along with a wheelchair

and other medical equipment, and then driving 50 miles or more,”

explains Looman. “Parents miss work and children miss school.”

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Because distinguishing between a minor illness and a serious

emergency can be difficult, parents often take their child into the

ER or the clinic to err on the safe side. A simple cold may develop

into pneumonia, or an allergic reaction may suddenly become


relationship-based care

Erickson, who coordinates care for participating families, says

that videoconferencing allows her to use the full range of her

assessment skills. “I can practice at the top of my license,” she says.

“And I can provide relationship-based care because I get to know

the parents and children as people.”

Videoconferencing can be one avenue

that advances the full utilization of

advanced practice nurses.

That relationship-based care is important to Mae Thayer. Her

16-year-old son, Jason, was born with a rare genetic syndrome that

causes multiple health problems, including pulmonary insufficiency.

“When he gets a cold, he’s usually on oxygen for two weeks,” Thayer


Erickson’s care coordination, combined with videoconferencing,

has made a big difference in the family’s quality of life. “Mary can

see how Jason is doing and communicate with him directly,” Thayer

explains. “If he needs an antibiotic, she prescribes it, and we don’t

need to go into the clinic. If Jason does need to be seen, she ensures

that we get an appointment.”

teaching potential

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students in the final semester

of the pediatric nurse practitioner program shadowed Erickson

for at least half a day during this research. “They saw how

videoconferencing enhances the role of advanced practice nurse

by allowing the nurse to see children in the context of home and

family,” Looman says.

She believes that the new Healthy Communities Innovation

Center will give nursing students the opportunity to become more

comfortable with videoconferencing and other technologies. She

anticipates the day when students can assess children at home

or in community settings under the watchful eye of an instructor

or preceptor. “There’s no limit to what we can do with this kind of

video set-up,” she says.

fostering nurse researchers

Doctoral students also contributed to the telehealth study. PhD

student Jocelyn Gorlin, for example, helped create a tool to evaluate

participants’ quality of life. “My previous experience involved

quantitative research,” she says. “But I realized that without

gathering qualitative information from the families, we would have

gotten erroneous data.”

DNP student Sara Romanski tracked clinic and emergency room

visits made by families. “In talking with families, I got a sense of

their day-to-day difficulties and understood their situation better

from a primary care perspective,” Romanski says.

Cathy Erickson, another DNP student, had lots of clinical

experience, but no research experience. As a parent of a child with

special needs, she helped researchers make data collection familyfriendly.

But her participation in the study had another important

benefit. “It made me feel like I could do applied research, and it

reduced my fears about being involved in future studies,” she says.

Girls in Science

In October, the School of Nursing took part in the Girls in Science

event at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Now in its tenth year,

the event is designed to foster girls’ enthusiasm for science by

showcasing female scientists in wide-ranging fields of science and

technology. For the School of Nursing, the event is a perfect

opportunity to demonstrate the critical role of science and research

in nursing, and introduce young girls to the broad opportunities

that the field of nursing presents. Throughout the day, our

volunteers demonstrated how to use blood pressure cuffs and

stethoscopes, simulated applying an IV and showed event

participants IVAC and ThermoScan thermometers.

The event would not have been possible without the tremendous

volunteers from within the School. One volunteer, Barbara

Mullikin, M.S., B.S., a project specialist with the School of Nursing’s

Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program, said the event was

a tremendous success and a great opportunity for the School to

pursue again.

“We heard so many stories from parents, grandparents, and

Brownie leaders who were so excited to see their children

experiencing a “hands on” health care moment,” said Mullikin.

“The most touching moment for me was a mom telling me about

her daughter’s autism and that this was her first time she’d been

out in such a large crowd. As the little girl successfully completed

her IV flush, she looked up at her mom with big eyes and a huge

smile. The mom had tears in her eyes.”

Thanks again to all our event volunteers, and we’ll be sure to let

you know how you can help next year!

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A Global View

School of Nursing Office of Global Programming responds to societal need for

globally competent nurses

We live in a global community. Health and health concerns, such

as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, as well as

the importance of providing access to quality and safe care and

effective people-centric systems are not only concerns in Minnesota

and the U.S., but concerns shared globally. Today, nurses need

an awareness and knowledge of the geographic, economic, and

cultural factors that influence health and health care throughout

the world.

The Office of Global Programming (OGP) at the University of

Minnesota School of Nursing supports and facilitates opportunities

for global engagement by faculty, students, and staff that enhance

international, intercultural and global knowledge, perspective

and skill. Global learning is occurring through faculty-led study

abroad programs for students in locations such as Honduras and

Ireland; faculty collaboration with visiting scholars from universities

in Taiwan, South Korea, and Thailand; academic partnerships in

Iceland, Iraq, and India and research and practice projects with a

global reach that engage faculty and students alike. “The School

of Nursing is an active and engaged global partner, committed

to advancing and strengthening programming that contributes

to preparing nursing professionals with a worldview,” says Marti

Kubik, PhD, MSN, RN, associate professor and director of global

programming at the School of Nursing.

School of Nursing students on study abroad trip in Honduras

Water for Peace program in Najaf, Iraq schools

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Notes from the Field

by anna terry

Four o’clock has become my favorite time of day here in Concepcion,

Honduras. It is then that the thunderclouds that have been

rumbling in the distance are directly overhead and out comes

buckets of rain and sweet relief from the hot sun and humid sticky

feeling that I’ve been wearing all day. Not only does the rainstorm

provide temporary respite from the heat, but the rain pounding

down on the tin roof ceases all communication and forces everyone

to be silent with their thoughts for the moment at least, while

the strongest part of the storm passes. I relish in this moment of

relative silence, reflect on the day and what is to come. I’ve been

lucky to have a had variety of experiences here so far, a few days in

the clinic, some time at the high school and at the health center,

doing home visits, helping with ‘field clinics’ (health fairs).

We started the trip in the high schools completing general health

screenings, height, weight, blood pressure, anemia tests and short

diet, exercise and ‘sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll’ chats (except instead

of rock ‘n’ roll insert, cumbia, salsa or reggaeton). At the end of each

individual session I’d ask the students if they had any questions,

which ranged from, “Is Lipton tea addicting?” to. . . “What exactly

changes in a girl’s body after she has sex?” to. . .”Is it true that in

America they are going to put micro chips in everyone’s arm in

order to see the doctor?” (maybe?!) to. . . “Can you teach me English

so I can go live with my mom/dad in the States?”

Many nights I’ve been in the clinic completing my chart reviews,

sometimes alone and sometimes with patients around. One night, I

was working with my headlamp because the power was out, when

Don Antonio, the night guard came in to chat, we talked beans and

corn and pigs until I had to get up to swap out more charts and as I

turned my light caught the legs of a big black animal on top of the

file cabinet…a tarantula! I screamed. It looked like a Halloween

prop – massive, hairy, and terrifying. The guard looked over and said,

“Oh, a spider,” and went to get the broom.

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Another night, I sat with a mother of 10 who was with her daughter

who had just given birth to a healthy little boy. I asked if the father

would be coming, she said no, the father had left her daughter

with bruises and one too many headaches. This woman told her

daughter, “Just throw him out.” She explained it like this, “Those

men are like the garbage, you sweep it up and toss it out and never

bring it back. I mean, would you bring back the trash and throw it

all over your floor? No! And that’s what it’s like with that man, he’s


“I’m lucky,” she went on to say. “My husband has no vices, he

doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke and he is a hard worker. Many

people tell me I’m lucky, it’s true.” I wondered how her daughter felt

about her comparing her baby’s father to trash and if it had actually

been that easy to leave.

The road to one of my interviews was the most rugged

I’ve experienced, more of a cattle trail up a mountain side. We

bumped along at 5 mph until we landed at a rural school where

a community health volunteer was to meet us. He showed up

minutes later, having just come in from the fields. He was wielding

a machete, rubber boots and a torn t-shirt. We sat in two desk

chairs under an awning at the school. By the end of the interview a

whole class of children had encircled us, staring, giggling, ‘reading’

over my shoulder but the interviewee and the teacher didn’t seem

to mind so who was I to suggest some privacy? I giggle now, too,

as I listen to the recording complete with laughter and school girl


In my last week I’ll be finishing up with interviews, enjoying my

fill of fresh corn tortillas, beans and fruit, taking in the beautiful

green mountain vistas and soaking up a few more 4 o’clock

rain showers before returning to the hustle and bustle this last

semester is sure to bring.

Anna’s research was funded by a JUDD fellowship awarded by UM Global Programs

and Strategy Alliance.


Anna Terry shares

her Peace Corps


You are a former Peace Corps member.

What is different about this experience

(grounded in nursing research) versus your

Peace Corp experiences?

In the Peace Corps you have two years

to grow relationships and create a

project that is derived by community

members to address problems identified

by the community. This experience was

very different because I had to rely on

relationships the NGO, Hombro a Hombro

(HAH), and other volunteers had established

with the community. Thankfully, HAH

has been there for 20 years and has

good working relationships with many

communities in Intibuca. I went in with a

very specific project, to understand more

about the prevalence and management of

hypertension. This need was illuminated

from the work of past nursing brigades and

its growing presence globally.

It was a research project, so certain

protocol had to be followed: I needed

to seek IRB approval, account for

confidentiality and be very methodical

about data collection and time


As world health is shifting toward noncommunicable

disease, what impact do

you hope this research will have on this

community and the communities closer to


Chronic disease management is costly and

difficult for health systems and patients

alike. With this research, I hope to shed light

on the growing presence of hypertension

and prehypertension in areas where you

might least expect it, like rural Honduras. If

we can identify risk behaviors and promote

healthy lifestyle changes sooner we can

prevent new diagnoses of hypertension.

Televisions and packaged food are available

nearly everywhere now. If the world

continues to adopt ‘western’ lifestyle habits

they will also adopt our diseases.

Think about examples of the benefits on a

human level — testimonials or comments

from project participants.

I was impressed by the attention

hypertension was given in the community.

It was a well known ailment. The health

promoters even performed a skit about HTN

at a health fair I attended. In the interviews

they were eager to share what they knew

and how they cared for people with


What information or experience had the

most impact on you?

As an outsider visiting areas like Esperanza

it’s easy to romanticize their way of life. The

geography is striking, distractions are few,

the pace is easy. Hardships seem minimal

because as an outsider, you can leave. After

spending days in the clinic I realized what

important work this clinic was providing

for many surrounding communities. People

walked hours to get medical attention,

and if the problem was more serious than

they could care for there, they had to find

someone with a car and go three hours up

and down winding mountain dirt roads to

arrive at the nearest hospital. One night I

sat with a woman laboring with her first

child, after three long hours of pushing

they decided they needed to send her to

the hospital. So 10 cm dilated she got in a

truck and had to make the journey to the

hospital. This is when the hard reality of

limitations in health care services set in for

me. Luckily, she made it. But I don’t think

the same luck would be had by someone

suffering from heart attack or stroke, which

is why attention is needed on hypertension

management and prevention.

How has your nursing education

(specifically the MN program) prepared you

to lead this project?

My classes in research and public health

provided the context and foundation for the

tasks I needed to accomplish in Honduras.

The “windshield survey,” a technique used

for community assessment that we learned

about in public health, provided me with

a new way of thinking about community

with a health-based perspective, identifying

social determinants of health and how

they played into the growing prevalence of


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school news

New Appointments

Donald Adderly is the director of clinical

facilities for the School of Nursing. Adderly

has been with the University for more than

30 years. Most recently he worked as a senior

planner for the University’s Academic Health


Wachen Bedell Anderson is the director of

the School of Nursing’s Office of Student

and Career Advancement Services. She

holds a master’s degree in higher education

administration with a concentration in student

affairs. Prior to joining the school, she was the

associate dean for student and multicultural

education at the St. Catherine University. She

has also coordinated judicial affairs at the

University of Minnesota and the University

of Vermont.

Corjena Cheung, PhD, RN, is a tenure-track

assistant professor and a member of the

Adult and Gerontological Health Cooperative

Unit. Her research focuses on the use of

complementary therapies for health promotion

and symptom management in older adults

with arthritis. Prior to joining the School of

Nursing faculty, she was a faculty member for

nine years at St. Catherine University. Cheung

received her master’s degree and PhD from the U of M School of

Nursing in 2005 with minors in gerontology and complementary

therapies. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship funded by the

John A. Hartford Foundation, and has contributed to the Minnesota

Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence Facilitated Learning

About Geriatrics (FLAG) Program. She is the chair-elect for the

Education Committee of the Gerontological Society of America’s

Health Science Section, and the Chair of Gerontological Nursing

Science Section for the Midwest Nursing Research Society.

Mary Dierich, PhD, RN, GNP, is a clinical-track

associate professor and specialty coordinator

of the school’s Adult Health/Gerontological

Nurse Practitioner program. She is a member

of the Adult and Gerontological Health

Cooperative Unit. Since 2001, Dierich has

served as a teaching specialist in the School

of Nursing, and now teaches adult/geriatrics

DNP courses. Her doctoral research focused on

high-risk medication regimens and medication related predictors of

hospital readmission in elderly home care clients. Dierich received

her PhD from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, during

which time she was a John A. Hartford Foundation Predoctoral

Scholar. In addition to the masters degree in nursing (SoN, 1993),

she earned a masters degree in Health Services Research, Policy, and

Administration from the U of M School of Public Health in 2005. As

part of her faculty role, she plans to maintain a part-time clinical

practice as a geriatric nurse practitioner with HealthPartners.

Gisli Kristofersson, PhD, RN, CNS, is a clinical

assistant professor and member of the

Population Health and Systems Cooperative

Unit. He received his PhD and MS (psych/

mental health) from the U of M School of

Nursing. Kristofersson’s doctoral research

focused on mindfulness for persons suffering

from substance use disorders and traumatic

brain injury. He has contributed significantly

to the broader University community through his work at

the Community- University Health Care Center and through

his collaboration with the University of Minnesota Center for

Spirituality and Healing.

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school news

Siobhan McMahon, PhD, GNP-BC, is a tenuretrack

assistant professor and member

of the Adult and Gerontological Health

Cooperative Unit. She received her PhD in

nursing and health innovation from Arizona

State University. Her PhD research, funded

by a pre-doctoral fellowship from NINR

and a John A. Hartford Pre-Doctoral BAGNC

scholarship, focused on health promotion

among community dwelling older adults at risk of falls and injury.

Prior to joining the faculty at the School of Nursing, she was an

assistant professor at the College of St. Scholastica in the College

of Nursing since 2005. She has extensive experience teaching

nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist students in didactic

and clinical courses and has been involved with the U of M School

of Nursing through participation in the Minnesota Hartford

Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence’s Upper Midwest Geriatric

Nursing Education Alliance and the Facilitated Learning About

Geriatrics (FLAG) Program.

Daniel Pesut, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN, joined the

School of Nursing as professor and director

of the Katharine J. Densford International

Center for Nursing Leadership. He also holds

the Katherine R. and C. Walton Lillehei Chair

in Nursing Leadership. Pesut has had a

private practice and has extensive experience

in coaching and leadership development

consulting. He is a well-published author,

speaker and consultant, and is internationally known for his work

in nursing education – creative-teaching learning methods, selfregulation

of health status, clinical reasoning, futures thinking and

leadership development in the health professions.

Prior to accepting his current position, Pesut was a professor of

Nursing and faculty fellow at Indiana University School of Nursing.

Dr. Pesut holds a doctorate in Nursing from the University of

Michigan. He received his master of science degree in psychiatric

mental health nursing from the University of Texas Health Science

Center, San Antonio, Texas, and his bachelor of science degree in

nursing from Northern Illinois University. In addition, he holds a

certificate in management development from the Harvard Institute

for Higher Education and a certificate in Integral Studies from

Fielding Graduate University.

Dr. Pesut served on the board of the Honor Society of Nursing,

Sigma Theta Tau International (1997-2007) and was President from

2003-2005. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and

a board certified clinical nurse specialist in adult psychiatric mental

health nursing. He is the recipient of many awards including an

Army Commendation Award while on active duty (1975-1978) in

the US Army Nurse Corps; the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma

Theta Tau International Edith Moore Copeland Founder’s Award

for Creativity; The American Assembly for Men In Nursing Luther

Christman Award; Distinguished Alumni Awards from Northern

Illinois University School of Nursing-College of Health and Human

Services; as well as a number of other distinguished alumni,

teaching, mentoring and leadership awards.

Melissa Saftner, PhD, RN, CNM, is a member

of the Child and Family Health Cooperative

Unit. She received a NRSA award for her

doctoral studies related to promoting sexual

health in American Indian female adolescents,

and received the MNRS adolescent health

research section dissertation award in 2012.

Saftner is currently examining community

perceptions and beliefs regarding midwifery

care in Duluth, Minnesota. Dr. Saftner is a graduate of the United

States Military Academy in European History/Systems Engineering,

2001; University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, BSN, 2005;

University of Michigan, MS in Nursing and midwifery specialty,

2009; and University of Michigan, Women’s Health Nursing, PhD,

2011. Dr. Saftner was graduate nursing faculty at the College of St.

Scholastica most recently and Dr. Saftner has a clinical practice at

Essentia Health.

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I.W., McMorris, B.J., & Kugler, K. (2012). Factors

distinguishing youth who report self-injurious

behavior: A population-based sample.

Academic Pediatrics, 12(3), 205-213.

Talley, K.M.C., Wyman, J.F. & Shamliyan, T.A.

(2011). State of the science: Conservative

interventions for urinary incontinence in frail

community-dwelling older adults. Nursing

Outlook, 59(4), 215-220.

Taylor, B., Delagran, L., Baldwin, L., Hanson,

L., Leininger, B., Vihstadt, M., Evans, R.,

Kreitzer, M.J., & Sierpina, V. (2012). Advancing

integration through evidence informed

practice: Northwestern Health Sciences

University's integrated educational model.

Explore: The Journal of Science & Healing, 7(6),


Thompson, C.W., Monsen, K.A., Wanamaker,

K., Augustyniak, A., & Thompson, S.L. (2012).

Nurse managed wellness centers: Making a

difference for vulnerable populations. Journal

of Community Health Nursing, 29(1), 1-11.

Tomlinson, P.S., Peden-McAlpine, C. &

Sherman, S. (2012). A family systems nursing

intervention model for pediatric health crisis.

Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(3), 705-714.

Whitebird, R.R., Kreitzer, M.J., Lewis, B.A. &

Hanson, L.R. (2011). Recruiting and retaining

family caregivers to a randomized controlled

trial on mindfulness-based stress reduction.

Contemporary Clinical Trials, 32(5), 654-661.

Wyman, J.F. (2012). Commentary on incidence

and cost of serious fall-related injuries in

nursing homes. Clinical Nursing Research, 21(1),


Yu, F., Leon, A.S., Bliss, D.Z, Dysken, M., Savik,

K. & Wyman, J.F. (2011). Aerobic training

for older men with Alzheimer's disease:

Individual examples of progression. Research

in Gerontological Nursing, 4(4), 243-250.

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grant awards


grant awards

Faculty Principal Investigators

Fiscal Year 2011 - 2012

Bearinger, Linda

Center for Adolescent Nursing (T80)

Maternal and Child Health Bureau/Health Resources and

Services Administration/U.S. Department of Health and

Human Services

Bliss, Donna

Raising Literacy and Capacity for Incontinence

and Skin Care in Dementia (R03)

National Institute of Nursing Research/National

Institutes of Health

Bliss, Donna

Disparities in Incontinence and Perineal Skin

Damage in Nursing Home Elders (R01)

National Institute of Nursing Research/National

Institutes of Health

Bliss, Donna

Self-Healing Therapy Ostomy Pouch (STOP)

System (SBIR)

Eden Medical; National Center for Research Resources/

National Institutes of Health (Prime)

Bliss, Donna

Refining the Incontinence Associated Dermatitis

and its Severity Instrument to Include Dark-Toned

Skin (IADS-D) and Testing Among WOC Nurses

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society

Bronas, Ulf

Diabetic Kidney Disease: Influence of Exercise on

Physical and Vascular Function (K23)

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney

Diseases/National Institutes of Health

Chesney, Mary

Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT)

Health Resources and Services Administration/U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services

Chesney, Mary

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Health Resources and Services Administration/U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services

Chlan, Linda

Testing the Feasibility of Patient-controlled

Sedation in Ventilated ICU Patients (R21)

National Institute of Nursing Research/National

Institutes of Health

Clancy, Thomas R.

The Quality, Safety, and Education in Nursing

(QSEN) Informatics Deep Dive Workshop

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Delaney, Connie

Advancing the Nursing PhD in Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma; Health Resources and Services

Administration/U.S. Department of Health and Human

Services (Prime)

Disch, Joanne

Quality Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN):

Phase 3

American Association of Colleges of Nursing/Robert

Wood Johnson Foundation (Prime)

Disch, Joanne

Creating a Data Repository for Tracking Nursing

Student Errors and Near-Misses

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Duckett, Laura

Emerging Child and Family Health Promotion

Nursing Scientist Program

University of Minnesota School of Nursing Foundation

Edwardson, Sandra

Addressing Health Disparities through DNP


Health Resources and Services Administration/U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services

Flaten, Carol

OIT Faculty Fellowship Program

University of Minnesota Office of Information


Fulkerson, Jayne

Healthy Home Offerings Via the Mealtime

Environment (HOME) (R01)

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney

Diseases/National Institutes of Health

Fulkerson, Jayne

Clinician Role-Play Simulation to Reduce the

Occurrence of Childhood Obesity (R43)

SIMmersion, LLC (Prime)

Garcia, Carolyn

Project Wings: Exploring Migration Effects on

Mexican Adolescent-Parent Communication and

Connectedness using Photovoice

Health Initiatives of the Americas; University of


Garcia, Carolyn

How R U? Momentary Sampling via Texts with

Latina Teens

Midwest Nursing Research Society

Garcia, Carolyn

Engaging Latino Adolescents Boys and

Their Parents in a Photovoice Project: A Pilot


Sigma Theta Tau International – Zeta Chapter

Garwick, Ann

Center for Children with Special Health Care

Needs (T80)

Maternal and Child Health Bureau/Health Resources and

Services Administration/U.S. Department of Health and

Human Services

Gaugler, Joseph

Comprehensive Support for Alzheimer’s Disease

Caregivers (R01)

National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health

Gaugler, Joseph

Caregiver Outcomes Post NH Placement of a

Family Member (R21)

National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health

Gaugler, Joseph

Adult Day Service Utilization and Outcomes: A

Mixed Methods Approach (K02)

National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health

Gaugler, Joseph

Minnesota Community Living Program

Minnesota Board on Aging/State of Minnesota

Gaugler, Joseph

Diagnostic Patterns and Healthcare Resource

Utilization in Patients with Cognitive Impairment

or Alzheimer’s Dementia

Eli Lilly and Company

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grant awards

Hadidi, Niloufar

Problem Solving Therapy for Treatment

of Poststroke Depressive Symptoms and

Enhancement of Quality of Life Outcomes

The John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic

Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) Post-Doctoral

Fellowship/American Academy of Nursing

Herrick, Linda

Educational Needs Survey of Ostomates with

Shortened Lengths of Stay

Sigma Theta Tau International – Zeta Chapter

Herrick, Linda

WOCN Perceptions of Problems Experienced

by Ostomates with Shortened Length of


Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society

Juve, Catherine

Avery, Melissa (Co-PI)

Assuring Quality and Diversity in Advanced

Practice Nursing

Health Resources and Services Administration/U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services

Kaas, Merrie

Training to Improve Late-Stage Dementia (SBIR):

Phase 2

HealthCare Interactive; National Institute on Aging/

National Institutes of Health (Prime)

Krichbaum, Kathleen

Cultural Immersion Service Learning in Public

Health Nursing

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education/

U.S. Department of Education

Kubik, Martha

Development and Pilot Testing of a Youth-focused

Community Assessment Tool for Use in Rural


UMN Academic Health Center Seed Grant

Kubik, Martha

Psychometric Testing of a Survey to Assess Factors

Associated with Breastfeeding Practices in Urban

Working Mothers in Lima, Peru

University of Minnesota School of Nursing Foundation

McMorris, Barbara

Evaluation of a Restorative Justice Program for


Legal Rights Center: Minnesota Department of Public

Safety (Prime)

Mueller, Christine

Developing Comprehensive Dementia-Specific

Nursing Home Quality Indicators

Indiana University; Alzheimer’s Association (Prime)

Mueller, Christine

Developing Exemplary Clinical Education

Partnerships and Learning in Nursing Homes

Health Resources and Services Administration/U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services

Mueller, Christine

Building Faculty Capacity in Geriatric Nursing for

Central Minnesota

West Central Initiative; Robert Wood Johnson

Foundation (Prime)

Mueller, Christine

Evaluating a Comprehensive State-Level Model to

Improve Nursing Home Quality

Indiana University; Agency for Healthcare Research and

Quality. (Prime)

Mueller, Christine

Regulating Licensed Nursing Practice in Nursing

Homes: How RN and LPN Scopes

of Practice are Enacted

Indiana University; Alzheimer’s Association (Prime)

Mueller, Christine

Nursing Home Incentive Payment Program for

the Texas Department of Aging and Disability

Myers and Stauffer; Texas Department of Aging and

Disability (Prime)

Mueller, Christine

Performance-Based Incentive Payment Program

(PIPP) Evaluation

Minnesota Department of Health

O’Conner-Von, Susan

Rural Health Workforce Development Program

Northeast MN Area Health Education Center (Prime)

Olson Keller, Linda

A Culture of Excellence: Evidence-Based Public

Health Nursing Practice

Health Resources and Services Administration/U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services

Olson Keller, Linda

Carrying the Black Bag: The History of Public

Health Nursing in Minnesota

University of Minnesota School of Nursing Foundation

Robertson, Cheryl

Community Coping Intervention for Somali

Refugee Women (R21)

National Institute of Nursing Research/National

Institutes of Health

Sieving, Renee

Prime Time: Health Promotion for Multiple Risk

Behaviors (R01)

National Institute of Nursing Research/National

Institutes of Health

Sieving, Renee

Understanding the Context of Northern Plains

American Teen Pregnancy (P20)

Sanford Research: Center for Health Research in

Aberdeen Area Tribes

Sieving, Renee

Sex Risk Behavior: Early Pregnancy Risk and


North Dakota State University (Prime)

Sieving, Renee

Encuentro! Community Partnerships for Healthy

Youth Development

UMN Prevention Research Center; Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention/U.S. Department of Health and

Human Services

Sieving, Renee

Lead Peace Collaborative Middle Grades Service

Learning Program

Best Buy Children’s Foundation

Talley, Kristine

Restorative Cares Effect on Disability in Long-Stay

Nursing Home Residents (Parent R03)

National Institute on Aging/ U.S. Department of Health

and Human Services

Talley, Kristine

Preventing Toileting Disabilities in Frail Older


Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s

Health (BIRCWH) Grant/Office of Research on Women’s

Health/National Institutes of Health

Treat-Jacobson, Diane

Claudication: Exercise Versus Endoluminal


Rhode Island Hospital; National Heart, Lung, and Blood

Institute/National Institutes of Health (Prime)

Treat-Jacobson, Diane

Exercise Training to Reduce Claudication: Arm

Ergometry Versus Treadmill Walking (R01)

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/National

Institutes of Health

Westra, Bonnie

The Impact of a Certified Wound, Ostomy,

Continence Nurse on Wounds and Incontinence

Outcomes for Home Health Care Patients

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society

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Westra, Bonnie (Co-PI)

University Partnership for Health Informatics

Office of the National Coordinator for Health

Information Technology/ U.S. Department of Health and

Human Services

White, Kathryn

Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program


Health Resources and Services Administration/U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services

Wyman, Jean

Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence

The John A. Hartford Foundation

Wyman, Jean

Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest

Health Foundation North Dakota State University

Wyman, Jean

Developing a Model of Excellence for Community-

Based Teaching and Research to Improve the Care

of Vulnerable Older Adults

University of Minnesota Office for Public Engagement

Yu, Fang

Feasibility and Impact of Aerobic Exercise in

Alzheimer’s Disease

American Health Assistance Foundation

Yu, Fang

Validating Clinical Measures of Executive

Function in U.S. Veterans with Dementia

University of Minnesota Academic Health Center


grant awards

Beukema, Rachel

Using Gender Differences to Tailor Tobacco Cessation Programs


Bless, Kaitlan

The Effect of Exercise on Social Functioning in Older Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease


Dickerman, Jolene

Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice

American Cancer Society, Inc

Fields, Caitlin

Relationships Between Parents’ Control of Preschool-Aged Children’s Eating Behaviors and

Parental Perceptions of Their Child’s Weight


Gjere, Niki

MNRS Mentorship Grant Award

Midwest Nursing Research Society

Larson, Reed

Disparities in Nursing Staffing in Nursing Homes


Olivier, Natalia

Assessing Youth Development: Focus Groups with Youth and Parents in Rural Honduras


Schorr, Erica

Jonas Nursing Scholars Program

American Academy of Nursing

Schorr, Erica

Characterization of the PAD Symptom Experience

NIH NINR (National Institute of Nursing)

Wiltzen, Kjerstie

The time to the development of dual incontinence in elderly residents who have either fecal or

urinary incontinence at nursing home admission


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center news

katharine j. densford international center for

nursing leadership

Wisdom Work Through Generative Leadership

I am delighted to introduce myself as the new Director of

the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing

Leadership at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

Since July 2, 2012 I have spent my time learning about the

rich heritage and future aspirations of the University of

Minnesota, the School of Nursing faculty, staff, students,

alumni, and community stake holders. The purpose of the

Densford Center is to promote the development of nursing

leadership capacity through strategic initiatives that

enhance nurses’ knowledge, leadership skills, and abilities to

navigate complexity to lead change and advance health in a

variety of health care contexts.

I am grateful for the leadership of Founding Director

Mary Jo Kreitzer and Joanne Disch, who preceded me in this

role. I admire and appreciate their contributions in building

and sustaining the Densford Center through time. One of

the unique aspects of the Densford Center is a philosophy

of generative leadership which provides the foundation

for creative and innovative thinking that is required of

all leaders. [http://www.nursing.umn.edu/Densford/


I come to the school with significant leadership experiences based

on my 37 year career as a nurse clinician, educator, researcher,

administrator, consultant, and coach. I believe and practice a

strengths-based approach to leadership and management. I am

an “options” person and enjoy generating creative ideas that move

projects along in a strategic way. I have also learned the back

side of planning is execution and getting things done. In terms

of my own strengths: I am strategic, meaning I can see through

complex issues and discern a path of action. I am a learner who

values connectedness. I am an achiever, and activator. I pledge to

work with the faculty, staff, and community stakeholders of the

University of Minnesota to develop programs and services that

actualize the recommendations of the IOM Future of Nursing

Report. [http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/The-Future-of-Nursing-


As I have studied the generative philosophy, life, and legacy of

Katharine J. Densford, I have come to appreciate and admire her

wisdom. For example, she believed in character, competence, and

healthy communities. She believed those who aspire to a nursing

career are dedicated to a purpose, and are imaginative, daring and

have initiative. She also believed nurses should make the most of

their abilities and talents. Nurses ought to have a high sense of

responsibility, foresight, and a cooperative spirit. Nurses ought to

have deep understanding and sympathy, the ability to think and

come to conclusions. Nurses ought to establish close personal

relationships; realize the importance of leading as well as the value

of following. Nurses should respect and use democratic principles

to support group work dedicated to a greater community and social

good. Nurses ought to keep an eye on the future, be intellectually

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center director:

Daniel J. Pesut, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, ACC


To improve health and health care worldwide through the education, collaboration, and promotion of

nurses as strong leaders and good partners.

for more information:

Phone: 612-625-1187

Email: densford@umn.edu


katharine j. densford international center for

nursing leadership

curious, possess an eager mind, be dedicated to, and work

consciously toward, fuller international understanding of nursing

contributions to the health of local and global communities. Such

values and beliefs, as well as principles and action, suggest the need

for ongoing wisdom work related to nursing leadership.

There is a great need for nursing leadership wisdom work

derived from a generative philosophy. Working in partnership with

individuals, groups, organizations, and systems, I believe together

we can create wise and resilient leaders who can navigate complex

systems and guide us into the future. For example, this fall, the

Center, in collaboration and partnership with Wisdom Out (www.

wisdomout.com), will offer a leadership development program:

Leadership Resilience: Wisdom that Supports Meaningful Change.

In the spring, the Center will partner with the Minnesota Hospice

and Palliative Care Association (http://mnhpc.org/public/hospiceminnesota/about-hospice-minnesota)

to offer a pre-conference

workshop on pain management in palliative and hospice care as

part of the 2013 Florence Wald Lectureship on Hospice and Palliative

Care Nursing.

I am eager to work with you and your organizations to craft

programs that meet your professional leadership, research and

professional development needs. If you have ideas, opinions or

want to establish a partnership with the Center, please contact me

dpesut@umn.edu or 612-626-9443. I look forward to co-creating

the future with you – with wisdom work in mind.

“Wisdom is the application of intelligence,

creativity, and knowledge to the common

good by balancing intrapersonal (one’s own),

interpersonal (other’s) and extra personal

(institutional or other larger) interests over the

long and short terms, through the mediation

of values, so as to adapt to, shape, and select

environments.” (Sternberg, 2004).


Sternberg, Robert. (2004) Words to the wise about wisdom. Human

development; 47: 286-289.

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center news

center directors:

L) Jean Wyman, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FAAN

R) Christine Muller, PhD, RN, FAAN


To advance the care of older adults by preparing outstanding nursing faculty

from diverse backgrounds who can provide leadership in strengthening geriatric

nursing at all levels of academic nursing programs.

for more information

or to subscribe to SageNews, the

center’s e-newsletter:

Email: mnhcgne@umn.edu


minnesota hartford center of

geriatric nursing excellence

Infusing Geriatrics into Nursing Education

With older adults comprising as many as 62% of hospital

admissions, 70% of home health care services, and the majority

of long-term care admissions, it’s clear that nursing education

needs to adapt to include geriatric competencies into

non-specialty courses, and to offer more courses which focus on

the health of older adults. But how do nurse educators with

limited or no geriatric teaching expertise infuse content on care

of older adults into existing courses, develop new courses – or more

importantly – become effective leaders at their institutions to drive

changes in curricula to meet the needs of an aging society?

In its fifth year, the Facilitated Learning to Advance Geriatrics

(FLAG) – formerly Faculty Learning About Geriatrics – summer

institute and mentoring program has helped over 160 faculty, staff

nurse educators, and doctoral students from 18 states develop

competencies and capacity for infusing geriatric content into

their courses. The FLAG Program, sponsored by a grant from the

John A. Hartford Foundation and co-directed by Drs. Merrie Kaas

and Kathleen Krichbaum, introduced innovative teaching and

academic leadership strategies through interactive scenarios and

presentations, as well as demonstrated use of free online geriatric

teaching resources. Other FLAG faculty included: Drs. Christine

Mueller, Bonnie Westra, and guest faculty Paul Ching (UMN) and

Catherine Van Son of Washington State University.

Each faculty participant will participate in group distance

mentoring for a one year period to design, implement, and

evaluate their own geriatric teaching project. Many participants

had immediate plans for projects to alter courses to include new

geriatric content. Deb Townsend from Minot State University in

North Dakota said, “I am planning a project to develop clinical

experiences for nursing students in our ‘Psychiatric and Mental

Health Nursing’ course.” It’s clear that the participants were excited

and inspired to implement changes, which they will refine and

develop over the next year in their mentorships. The FLAG program

has been so successful that it will be refined and changed over the

coming year in preparation for a national effort to help nursing

educators – and even educators in other disciplines – learn how to

infuse geriatrics into their teaching.

FLAG 2012 participants, left to right:

Sandra Holmes, Michelina Kite, Lisa Gibbons,

Stazel Guerin, Debbie Stevens, and Denise Cauble

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center news

center director:

Linda H. Bearinger, PhD, RN, FAAN, FSAHM


Improve the health and well being of young people by educating nurses and other health

professionals to respond to the unique and emerging health needs of young people in families,

schools, and communities.

for more information:

Phone: 612-624-5157

Fax: 612-626-3467

Email: beari001@umn.edu


center for

adolescent nursing

Learning to Lead with Compassion: The Lead Peace Story

This is a remarkable story about Lead Peace, a middle school

service-learning program. Different than volunteering,

service-learning engages students in meaningful service in their

community. It’s a story of heroes who become leaders and a story

about “what works” to help young people grow in healthy ways.


Lead Peace takes place in three urban Minneapolis middle schools

in neighborhoods with disproportionate poverty and violence.

The story also showcases a long-standing successful partnership

between Minneapolis Public Schools, Hennepin County Social

Services, and a team from the Center for Adolescent Nursing led by

Dr. Renee Sieving.

story heroes

Lead Peace engages 6 th to 8 th grade students who are clustered in

small groups with an adult mentor who stays with them all three

years. In 8 th grade, some become “Ambassadors,” co-leading their

small group with their mentor. “It’s like we’re the teacher and we’re

running the class.” Said one Ambassador, “We have to move from

the role of friend to the role of leader. It’s not always so easy. I’ve

had to learn that there’s a time to play and a time not to play.”

story themes

The students’ enthusiasm for Lead Peace resounds in their stories.

Students speak of the value of Lead Peace – for themselves and

others. They talk about “stepping up” – taking on roles, learning

cooperation, and showing compassion. Some students quickly

mobilized to distribute food to area residents after a tornado.

Others spent time packing food for families in Haiti.

Pictured above right: Lead Peace Ambassadors

from Lucy Craft Laney School

Photo by P. Russ

it works

Students are emphatic that Lead Peace “works,” fundamentally

changing how they see themselves and their capacity to contribute.

Evaluation findings confirm what Lead Peace students already knew.

Between the 7 th and 8 th grade years, students reported a stronger

sense of school and peer connectedness, stronger social and

emotional skills, and more cooperative behaviors.


Lead Peace students understand that the story doesn’t end with

them. One Ambassador stated that their personal experiences have

a ripple affect: “… the things you learn in Lead Peace you can teach

to others who are not in the program, and then they can go and tell

others about it and it just keeps going on.”

Ten of the 14 Ambassadors from the 2004 Lead Peace class – all

economically disadvantages African-American, Hmong, and Latino

students – defied the odds. Instead of dropping out of schools, they

began college in the fall of 2009.

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center news

center director:

Ann Garwick, PhD, RN, FAAN


The center prepares pediatric nursing leaders to improve the quality of care and systems of care for

children and youth with an added emphasis on those with special health care needs. Graduates are

prepared for leadership roles in primary and specialty care of children and youth, the organization

and delivery of health services, policy, research, education, and advocacy. u

The center’s holistic approach focuses on

family-centered care within cultural and

community contexts.

for more information:

Email: CSHCN@umn.edu


center for

children with special health

care needs

CCSHCN Celebrates 20 th Anniversary

The Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs is a unique state and national

resource that currently focuses on preparing doctorally prepared (PhD and DNP) pediatric

nursing leaders with a specialty in children and youth with special health care needs

(CYSHCN) ages 0-21. Approximately one in five children in the U.S. has a chronic physical,

developmental, behavioral and/or emotional condition that requires ongoing care and

special services. Our cadre of eight Center faculty represent a variety of specialties in

pediatrics who have a rich repertoire of research and clinical expertise related to maternal

child health and CYSHCN and engage trainees in leadership opportunities at the local,

state, national and international level. The Center also provides continuing education and

outreach through technical assistance and consultations to nursing and maternal child

health professionals. (Visit www.nursing.umn.edu/CCSHCN). Research and scholarship

in the Center focuses on preventing and managing childhood chronic conditions and

improving systems and quality of care for children and their families through innovative


As we celebrate our 20 th year, we gratefully acknowledge the funding support continuously

received over the years through four training grants from the Maternal Child Health Bureau

(MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and

Human Service. This funding has enabled the Center to support and equip pediatric nursing

and maternal child health leaders to address the needs of CYSHCN at the local, state and

national levels.

To date, 181 trainees completed the graduate program, 15 of whom completed two graduate

programs. Graduates are providing leadership in academic, health care, public health,

and community based settings through their teaching, clinical, administrative, research,

and policy/advocacy roles. Advanced practice pediatric nurse practitioners and clinical

nurse specialists are employed in a variety of primary care and specialty care settings as

well as in schools and health departments where they are partnering with families and

interdisciplinary colleagues to provide coordinated, quality care for CYSHCN. Graduates are

also actively engaged in professional organizations and volunteer within their communities

as well as globally (e.g., through camps for children with chronic conditions; Project Smile

and medical missions in third world countries).

Rural Family

Caregiving Project

In 2012, Diane Rose, PhD, RN,

completed her groundbreaking

dissertation research focusing on rural

family caregivers’ experiences caring

for children with complex chronic

health conditions. Managing with

limited resources and needing to travel

long distances to receive specialized

services were common challenges

encountered. Family caregivers shared

a broad range of creative strategies

they used to manage these challenges.

These strategies will benefit other

families and inform policy and quality

improvement of health care services.

Diane continues to advocate and

partner with families and community

leaders in Northern Minnesota to

improve care for children with special

health care needs and their families.

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center director:

Jayne Fulkerson, PhD


To improve the health of infants, children, adolescents, parents, and families in the context of their

communities. Center members develop and disseminate evidence-based interventions and best

practices in primary and secondary prevention.

for more information:

Email: CCFHPR@umn.edu


center for

child and family health

promotion research

University-Community Partnerships Improve Health

The development of partnerships between

the University of Minnesota (UMN) and

the community, community organizations

and their leaders, and interprofessional

relationships with county health and social

service departments, is essential to improving

the health of Minnesotans. Renee Sieving

PhD, MSN, RN, FSAHM, associate professor at

the UMN School of Nursing engages many

levels of community in promoting youth health. Two of Dr. Sieving’s

community connections and partnerships include ¡Encuentro! and

Lead Peace.

¡Encuentro! – A Healthy Youth Development

Community Project

¡Encuentro! is a healthy youth development project, created as a

partnership between Minnesota’s Healthy Youth Development-

Prevention Research Center (HYD-PRC) and organizations that

support Latino youth and their families.

The primary goal of ¡Encuentro! is to develop and evaluate a

program to build Latino adolescents’ life skills and connections with

caring adults and support them in adopting healthy behaviors.

Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Sieving states what compelled her

to get involved in this type of project: “By 2025, one in every four

U.S. youth will be Latino; thus, health and social issues affecting

Latino youth are an important consideration for our nation. Given

the rapidly expanding Latino population, it is imperative that

we utilize innovative approaches to developing programming,

including strong community-university collaborations, to ensure

that programs are successful in supporting the health and

well-being of Latino youth and families.”

The ¡Encuentro! program, based in the Minneapolis and St. Paul

area, will serve 120 Latino adolescents and their parents, who will be

recruited through community outreach efforts. Early in the project,

the program’s scope and activities were fully developed through

a collaborative process that included interviews with health,

education, and social service providers, focus groups with Latino

adolescents and parents, and guidance from Latino youth and adult

community members.

Currently, with guidance from ¡Encuentro! youth and community

advisors and formative research with Latino youth, parents and

youth-serving professionals, Dr. Sieving and staff are finalizing a

16-week program for young teens and their parents. The program

will focus on: cultural identity and cultural pride, family connection

and communication, sexuality education, and life preparation/life

skills. Pilot testing of the program with 120 young teens and their

parents will begin in early 2013.

Lead Peace: A Youth Service Learning

Partnership with the University, Community,

and Minneapolis Public Schools

In addition to her leadership of ¡Encuentro!, Dr. Sieving serves

as PI on Lead Peace, a partnership between Minneapolis Public

Schools, Hennepin County’s Department of Research, Planning,

and Development, the HYD-PRC, and the School of Nursing. The

Lead Peace service learning program aims to prevent violence

and promote academic success among middle school students.

To strengthen internal assets and external supports that buffer

youth from violence and school failure, the program emphasizes

opportunities for students to practice social and emotional skills,

build caring relationships with peers and adults, and gain

real-world experience in school and community leadership.

(See also story on page 21.)

Renee Sieving’s photo by Judy Griesedieck

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center director:

Jean Wyman, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FAAN


To develop and test innovative interventions that help individuals and families create optimal

pathways to health.

for more information:

Jean Wyman, professor

Phone: 612-626-9443

Email: chtr@umn.edu


center for

gerontological nursing

Congratulations for

Excellence in Research


Fang Yu, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, associate

professor, received the 2012 Excellence in

Research Award from the Gerontological

Advanced Practice Nurses Association

(GAPNA) to honor her commitment to the

profession and her contributions to the

care of elders. She was presented with the

award at GAPNA’s annual conference in

Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 21, 2012.

Since 2005, Dr. Yu’s research has tested

the effect of aerobic exercise to retard or

delay the effects of Alzheimer’s disease

in older adults. Few studies in the past

have evaluated the effectiveness of this

intervention; therefore, findings from

her studies will play an important role in

bridging the gap in our current knowledge.

Dr. Yu states that she feels deeply honored

to receive this award as it feels like her

efforts are being corroborated by others as


Developing Geriatric Nursing Scholars

The Emerging Geriatric Nursing

Scientist (EGNS) Program is a

1-year program for prelicensure

(BSN or MN) students

interested in pursuing learning

about geriatric nursing research.

Students participate in a

research project focused on

care of older adults under the

direction of a faculty mentor.

They attend the Midwest

Nursing Research’s annual

Left to right: Breena Hawkins, Siri Freeh, Shanda Demorest, Katie

Wochen, and Kristine McGlennen.

conference and the School of Nursing’s Annual Research Day. Students who participated in

the 2011-12 EGNS cohort included:

Brenna Hawkins is a senior BSN student who graduated in Spring 2012. Brenna participated in

a project on toileting disability in older women residing in assisted living facilities that is being

conducted by her faculty mentor, Dr. Kristine Talley. Brenna felt that that the program gave her

greater insight into the care of older adults, and would like to pursue doctoral study in the future.

Katie Wocken is a senior BSN student who is being mentored by Dr. Kristine Talley. She also

received an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program award to develop a participant

satisfaction survey for frail older women participating in an exercise program.

Shanda Demorest is a senior BSN student who participated on an aerobic exercise project with

Alzheimer’s disease patients being conducted by her faculty mentor, Dr. Fang Yu.

Siri Freeh is a senior BSN student who participated on a heart health promotion project with

women being conducted by her mentor, Dr. Ruth Lindquist. Her goal is to pursue PhD study to

conduct cardiovascular research.

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Kristine McGlennen is a MN student mentored by Dr. Fang Yu . Kristine’s research project focuses

on conducting a literature review on neuroimaging studies investigating the effects of exercise

on cognition in older adults.

Nina Dylla is a senior BSN student who is being mentored by Dr. Christine Mueller. She also was

awarded an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Grant to study Animal-Assisted Interventions

in Nursing Homes: Staff Perceptions.

Carina Lindberg, BSN, RN, has continued directly from the BSN to the Doctor of Nursing Practice

Program and will focus on Adult and Gerontological Health. She was also awarded the 2012

Shelley Joseph-Kordell Scholarship. This highly competitive scholarship is awarded to graduate

students who demonstrate a commitment to working in the field of aging.

alumni news

A Letter from the Nursing Alumni Society President

Dear Alumni and Friends of the School

of Nursing,

Our society is experiencing economic challenges that are pivotal to

the nursing profession. April’s annual nursing alumni celebration,

entitled The Power of Nursing: Building Healthy Communities,

focused on how nurses are changing and advancing health care.

Keynote speaker, Minnesota Commissioner of Health Edward

Ehlinger, Dean Connie Delaney, nursing faculty, and our nursing

alumni engaged in lively round table discussions that evening.

The generations of nurses in attendance – representing providers,

consumers and advocates of patient care – all recognized that

nurses are well positioned to contribute at a leadership level to

health care reform.

As the nation’s largest and most trusted health profession,

nurses are practicing in more diverse settings and focusing on

patient-centered holistic care. Indeed, nurses are becoming more

visible and better recognized by the public. Here are some of the

recommendations voiced during the table discussions with alumni:

• Nurses must be fully accountable for their outcomes and

should prepare reports for targeted audiences that contain

recommendations for action.

• Advanced practice nursing providers should be reimbursed

for care, just as other providers are currently reimbursed.

Nursing is divided into specialties that collaborate for the

advancement of a given practice, and as nurses we must

become involved at the state level in framing legislative

language that allows us to work to the full potential of our


• Nurses should continue building new care models to address:

• children and adolescents to keep them healthy and in


• the general population to keep them connected to a

health care home in lieu of emergency rooms

• older adults to keep them in their homes as long as possible

• complex medical patients to minimize their need for


Today’s nurse leaders have

a tremendous opportunity

to redirect the waste in our

complex health care systems for

the purpose of providing quality

coverage for all citizens. This is an

exciting, and indeed challenging,

time for nursing.

I look forward to serving as

your Nursing Alumni Society

board president this year.

Together with this board, I

want to continue the excellent

work of our past president, Michael Graham, and his board in

strategic efforts to increase alumni engagement. Our goal is to

create a lifelong spirit of belonging and pride in the University of

Minnesota, the School of Nursing, and the nursing profession. We

are sincerely interested in continuing our current relationships and

learning more about building stronger connections to our younger

alums. I welcome your participation and your ideas.

Together in Leadership and Action,

Jeanne Pfeiffer, DNP, MPH, RN, CIC

President, Nursing Alumni Society Board


Alumni Spring Celebration and Reunion program,

“The Power of Nursing: Building Healthy Communities”

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Alumni Spring

Celebration & Reunion

Receives 2012 Program

Extraordinaire Award

The Nursing Alumni Society received the Program Extraordinaire

Award from the University of Minnesota Alumni Association

(UMAA). The award, given in recognition of the society’s innovative

Spring Celebration & Reunion Program, was presented at the

UMAA Awards Dinner held at McNamara Alumni Center on

October 11, 2012.

The award recognizes exceptional alumni programs sponsored by

a collegiate unit, alumni society, or geographic chapter. The School

of Nursing Spring Celebration honors milestone reunion classes,

recognizes alumni achievement, and provides an opportunity for

networking and discovery. Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr.

Edward Ehlinger was the guest speaker at the 2012 program which

focused on how nurses are changing and advancing health care.

Features of the annual event included pre-receptions for honored

reunion classes, a flash mob and mass tweet conducted by students,

the addition of table facilitators to stimulate discussion, and a

Discovery Expo showcasing innovative nursing courses, projects, and

community partnerships.

Pictured at left, top to bottom:

During the Discovery Expo, Nursing Alumni Society

President Jeanne Pfeiffer discusses her poster display

“Improving Quality & Safety Competencies for

Pre-Licensure Nursing Students via Interprofessional

Public Health Immunization Course.”

Lauren Quick, BSN ’12, named Outstanding Nursing

Student, and Hanna Oswald, BSN ’12, student

representative on the Nursing Alumni Board, engage in

table discussion during the 2012 Spring Celebration &

Reunion dinner.

Carol Kelsey ’60, leads table discussion with her fellow

alumna focusing on “The Power of Nursing.”

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Marla Mills

DNP ’07, MSN ’84, RN, CNP

Advance Practice Nurse

NICU and NICU Follow-Up Clinic, University

of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital

For parents,

bringing home

a premature

infant or a child

with any health

issues can be one

of the happiest

moments, but also

one of the scariest

moments for that

family. Children

often go home on a special diet, with

multiple prescribed medications and special

therapies with specific medical needs.

Supporting and ensuring that infants and

children with complex health care needs

and their families are confident upon

their discharge is priority one to School of

Nursing alumna Marla Mills, DNP,RN, CNP.

Mills is an advanced practice nurse in

the NICU and NICU Follow-Up Clinic at the

University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s

Hospital. She has several roles in the NICU

including working in clinical leadership,

quality improvement, research, and

coordinating the parent-to-parent support

program. She also coordinates a team of

pediatric professionals in the NICU Followup

Clinic who see children and their families

back after discharge, assisting during the

important early years following discharge

from the NICU.

Minnesota Nursing talked with Dr. Mills

about her work with infants and families,

the School of Nursing, nursing, and advice

to future alumni.

What brought you to a career in nursing?

In college I liked classes in both biology

and social sciences; nursing allowed me

to combine my interests in these areas.

Nursing offered me so many different

possibilities and options for a career.

I have worked as a staff nurse, research

nurse, and an advance practice nurse. I’ve

also spent time at an orphanage in Calcutta,

India, working with high-risk infants. I found

an area of nursing that I loved – working

in the newborn intensive care unit caring

for babies and their families. I have been

fortunate enough to work in the same unit

since I started as a new graduate.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy having the opportunity to work

with great teams both in the NICU and

NICU Follow-up Clinic. I also enjoy seeing

the children and families in clinic after they

leave the NICU.

Why did you choose to earn your advanced

degrees (MS and DNP) from the U of M

School of Nursing?

When I was looking to enroll in a master’s

program, the School of Nursing was one

of the few programs that offered a clinical

master’s degree in perinatal nursing. I knew

I wanted to remain in the clinical area,

so the School of Nursing was a natural

choice for me. When I returned to earn my

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree,

one of the exciting factors for me about

the program at the school was that it was

a clinically-based program. The focus area

of my DNP capstone project was preparing

families of babies with chronic lung

disease that go home in oxygen. My project

developed comprehensive care coordination

for infants discharged with chronic lung

disease, a key component of the NICU

Follow-Up Team’s activities.

What impact did the DNP have on your


I was in the first DNP class (2007) at the

School of Nursing. The program offered me

further learning in education, theory, health

care policy, evidence based practice, and

quality improvement. It also incorporated

systems thinking. As a student, I was

taught to take a more broad view versus

just limiting myself to my area of nursing.

The fact that it was a clinical doctorate was

perfect since I knew I wanted to remain in

the clinical area. And, the length of the

program made it feasible to manage work

and family responsibilities.

What School of Nursing professors do you

consider mentors? In what way were they


Dr. Linda Lindeke has been inspirational

in her passion for nursing and advance

practice. She led the pediatric nurse

practitioner (PNP) program at St. Catherine

University when I was enrolled. She was

also the faculty advisor for my University

of Minnesota DNP capstone project. Every

Friday afternoon we have the chance to

work together in the NICU Follow-Up Clinic.

Dr. Ann Garwick was one of my professors

as a nursing student at St. Olaf and later at

the University of Minnesota when I took

classes in qualitative research. She role

modeled the importance of listening and

understanding the voices of children and

families in health care.

Any words of advice to new alumni?

Nursing offers a wide range of

opportunities. Find an area of nursing that

you are passionate about, and you will

look forward to going to work every day.

For me, I have really enjoyed working with

babies and their families in the clinic. I get

to see the children and how they’ve grown

and developed over time. I also enjoy the

variety in my work and my interprofessional

colleagues (nurses, physicians, social

workers) in the NICU and Follow-up Clinic.

What do you consider your greatest

achievement or accomplishment?

Being able to work in the same area

throughout my nursing career and seeing

the progress that has been made over

the years. I have seen the equipment

become much more sophisticated. Nursing

knowledge in the area of pediatrics, the

importance of developmental care for

premature infants, the importance of

family involvement, and the emphasis on

breastfeeding – all have improved over

time. Now, babies born at a much younger

gestation are surviving with good outcomes.

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Request for

Vintage Lab Manuals

Class Notes

Seven School of Nursing Alumni Receive 2012 Outstanding

Nurse Awards from Mpls/St.Paul Magazine

The Heritage Committee of

the School of Nursing Alumni

Society maintains the school’s

archival collection. Construction

of the Healthy Communities

Innovation Center (HCIC) – a new

state-of-the-art clinical learning

simulation center – is underway.

The committee is interested in

securing copies of manuals once

used in the old nursing skills lab.

If you have manuals or related

materials on hand that you

wish to donate, please contact

Laurel Mallon at 612-624-2490 or


Mpls/St.Paul Magazine asked nurses, physicians, and patients to recommend nurses who

go above and beyond the call of duty in all areas of health care. The judges, who included

School of Nursing Associate Professor Linda Chlan, PhD ’97, RN, reviewed nearly 100

nominations with an eye toward professionalism, bedside manner and patient interaction,

credentials and experience, and impact on organization. All 54 finalists and 20 winners

were honored at an event held last July, presented by Allina Health and sponsored by the

University of Minnesota School of Nursing and the Minnesota School of Business.

Congratulations to School of Nursing alumni, recipients of the 2012 Outstanding

Nurse Award:

• Dawn Bazarko, DNP ’10, MPH, RN

Senior Vice President of the Center for Nursing, UnitedHealth Group Center for

Nursing Advancement

• Michelle M. Berg, MSN ’07, RN, CNP

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic-Pediatric

Integrative Medicine

Share your recent

achievements, new

employment, and

family news.

Minnesota Nursing publishes all class

notes that we receive. Submit your

note online: nursing.umn.edu/


We welcome photos of alumni

gathered together anywhere in

the world but cannot guarantee to

publish every photo. We publish as

many as space permits.

• Carol Droegemueller, MSN ’01, CNRN, APRN, BC

Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and Stroke Program, Regions Hospital Stroke


• Terry Graner, MSN ’86, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Nursing Officer, Abbott Northwestern Hospital

• Beth Elchek Lavelle, PhD ’98, MS ’80, BSN ’74

Education Coordinator, Westfields Hospital

• Mark Johnston, BSN ’91, RN

Registered Nurse, Regions Hospital Burn Center

• Debra Stealey, MSN ’92, BSN, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife, Diamond Women’s Center

Read the complete biography about each winner at:


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alumni news

On August 25, 2012,

family and friends

gathered at the

Minnesota State Fair

to surprise Carol (’62

BSN) and Don Kelsey

with a bench dedicated

in honor of the

Kelsey’s 50th wedding



Marie Manthey, PhD (Hon), MNA ’64, MA,

BSN ’62, FAAN, FRCN, received the 2012

Alumni Service Award from the University

of Minnesota for her extensive service and

leadership to support the University.

As president of the Nursing Alumni

Society Board, co-chair of the School of

Nursing Centennial Planning Committee,

founding member of the Densford Center

Advisory Council, and chair of the society’s

Heritage Committee, Manthey has devoted

countless hours providing leadership

and service to the School of Nursing

and the University community. Under

her leadership as chair of the school’s

Heritage Committee, a committed group of

volunteers maintains the school’s archival

collection, established the History Center

for the Future of Nursing, and created the

School of Nursing’s centennial exhibit

featured in the Owen H. Wangensteen

Historical Library of Biology and Medicine.

This exhibit has been memorialized in

a DVD and is available online to all new

faculty, staff, students, and friends of the

school. Manthey also dedicated numerous

hours and passionate energy serving as

co-chair of the school’s 2009 Centennial

Planning Committee and was instrumental

in organizing the Centennial Gala and

hosting special events held throughout

the year.

Inspired by her leadership, entrepreneurial

work and passion for nursing, dedicated

donors have established the Marie Manthey

Endowed Professorship for the purpose of

preparing faculty and students to create,

discover, lead and implement innovative

solutions to our most complex local,

national and global challenges in health


“Marie’s deep commitment to the

School of Nursing, passion for capturing its

distinguished history, and inspirational role

creating an endowed nursing professorship

provide powerful energy for engaging

alumni and advancing innovative practice,”

says Laurel Mallon, director of Alumni and

Donor Relations at the School of Nursing.

For more than 40 years, Manthey

has served as a strong advocate for

nursing education and practice. In 1960

she developed the concept of Primary

Nursing and has introduced, designed,

and implemented this care delivery model

throughout the United States and beyond

into systems and hospitals worldwide. In

1979 she founded Creative Health Care

Management, a health care consulting

service, where she now serves as the

president emeritus. Her professional

career also includes several academic

appointments including adjunct faculty at

the U of M School of Nursing, associate

professor at Yale University School of

Nursing, and in 1994 she was elected to

the Royal College of Nursing in the United

Kingdom. At that time she was one of only

four Americans to be so honored.

Manthey completed her diploma from

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Chicago and

earned a Bachelor of Science degree in

nursing administration followed by a

Master of Nursing in administration from

the University of Minnesota. In 1999 she

received an honorary doctorate from the

University of Minnesota School of Nursing,

the first awarded by the school. In 2009

she was named one of the school’s 100

Distinguished Alumni for implementing,

replicating, and sustaining Primary Nursing

internationally as a care delivery system

that expanded the role of staff nurses and

provided high quality patient care.

Discover more

For more information about supporting

the Marie Manthey Professorship, go to



index.htm] or contact Director of

Development Gigi Fourré Schumacher at

612 625-1365 or gschumac@umn.edu. Watch

the video at [http://mediamill.cla.umn.edu/


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Nursing Alumni Calendar of Events


December 5

December 14


January 19

January 23

February 16

March 7

April 25

April 26

May 17

20th Annual Jewelry Sale: Raising Funds for

Nursing Scholarships

7:30 am-4:00 pm, Java City, Moos Health Sciences Tower

515 Delaware St. SE, Mpls.

Fall Commencement Ceremony

2 pm, Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th Street S., Mpls.

Guest speaker: Distinguished Alumni Michael Petty,

PhD ‘96, RN, CCNS, CNS

Minne-College in Naples, FL

Legislative Briefing

5:00 - 7:30 pm, McNamara Alumni Center

200 Oak St. SE

Minne-College in Scottsdale, AZ

Speed Mentoring Program

4:30 - 7:00 pm, 1-120 Weaver Densford Hall

Nursing Student Lounge

Nursing Alumni Spring Celebration & Reunion

4:30-8:30 pm, Town & Country Club

300 Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul

Nursing Research Day

8:00 am-3:00 pm, McNamara Alumni Center

200 Oak St. SE

“Salute to Seniors” Luncheon

12-1:00 pm, McNamara Alumni Center,

200 Oak St. SE, Mpls.

Spring Commencement Ceremony

Speaker: Distinguished Professor and Alumni

Sandra Edwardson, PhD, RN, FAAN

2:00 pm, Mariucci Arena

1901 4th Street SE, Mpls.


Carolyn M. Ceronsky, DNP ’09, GNP ’93, MSN ‘78,

was named a Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing by the

Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing Association. She

is the director of palliative care for Fairview Health

Services and a palliative care nurse practitioner at the

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

Susan Gerberich, PhD, MSPH, BS

’75, was named the first holder of

the University of Minnesota School

of Public Health Leon S. Robertson

Professorship in Injury Prevention.

Dr. Gerberich is a professor in the

School of Public Health, directs the

Midwest Center for Occupational

Health and Safety, and co-directs the Regional Injury

Prevention Research Center, the Center for Violence

Prevention and Control, and the Occupational Injury

Prevention Research Training Program. In 2009 the

U of M School of Nursing recognized her as one of

its 100 Distinguished Alumni for her epidemiologic

research associated with unintentional and

intentional injuries, including youth sport injuries in

the United States and Canada that resulted in returnto-play

criteria and rule changes to reduce injuries.

Her agricultural research also helped indentify and

reduce work hazards to optimize safety in rural



Michael R. Bleich, PhD, MPH ’87, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN,

was named Dean of the Goldfarb School of Nursing

at Barnes-Jewish College in St. Louis, Missouri.

Bleich is a nationally recognized speaker on health

careers and nursing issues. He holds numerous

awards including the 2011 Distinguished Nursing

Alumni Humanitarian Award from the U of M

School of Nursing. Dr. Bleich was the only dean of

nursing to serve on the Institute of Medicine (IOM)

Committee that issued the IOM report The Future of

Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

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Kimberly and Benjamin Giesen, BSN ’87,

met as students at the School of Nursing.

Kimberly works as a school nurse and

Benjamin is a nurse anesthetist. Twenty-five

years later in May, their son Mark (BSN ’12)

also graduated from our BSN program.

Christine Harff, JD, MBA ’90, BSN ’85, was

named chief executive officer of Bartlett

Regional Hospital in Juneau, Alaska.

Margaret Hegge, EdD, RN, MS ’84, was

inducted as a Fellow into the American

Academy of Nursing. She is a tenured

Distinguished Professor and assistant

undergraduate department head for the

Accelerated Program at the College of

Nursing at South Dakota State University.


Mary J. Schumann, DNP, MBA ’93, RN, CPNP,

was inducted as a Fellow into the American

Academy of Nursing. She is an assistant

professor in the School of Nursing at

George Washington University.

Miaofen Yen, PhD ’94, MS ’90, RN, was

inducted as a Fellow into the American

Academy of Nursing. She is a Professor

in the Department of Nursing/College

of Medicine at National Cheng Kung

University in Tainan, Taiwan.


Jessica R. Kuhn, DNP ’12, RN, CPNP, joined

Essentia Health-South University Clinic

as a nurse practitioner in the pediatrics

department. She will provide individualized

care for young people, from infants to

adolescents. In addition to monitoring

patients’ health, growth and development,

she will also treat acute illnesses and

chronic conditions.

Siri Freeh, a BSN senior at

the School of Nursing, was

crowned Miss Minnesota

2012 in June. She competed

on the platform of hearthealth

education and

plans to eventually earn a

doctorate specializing in

cardiovascular research.

She will compete in the Miss America

Pageant in January 2013.

Laura Tillman, BSN ’09, was selected as a

2012-2013 Tillman Military Scholar. Currently

pursuing an advanced degree to become

a pediatric nurse practitioner, she plans to

use her nursing background to work on

impacting health care legislation in order to

ensure access to affordable health care for


Dana Langness, RN, MA, BSN ’82, was

appointed surgical services director at

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC)

in Minneapolis.

Hyeoun Ae Park, PhD, MS ’83, was elected

as chair of the International Medical

Informatics Association Nursing Informatics

Special Interest Group (IMIA NI-SIG). Dr. Park

is a professor in the College of Nursing at

Seoul National University, Seoul Republic

of Korea, and was named one of the 100

Distinguished Alumni of the University of

Minnesota School of Nursing. Read more

about Dr. Park at [http://www.nursing.umn.



Marcia Sylvester, BSN ’81 received her

doctorate of ministry from Luther Seminary

at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis,

Minnesota. The focus of her doctoral

thesis was “Leading Off Road – Leading

Congregations in the Missional Era.” She

currently serves as pastor of Zion Lutheran

Church in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Anne Conklin, MSN ’03,

BA, RN, has been named

the 2012 School Nurse

Administrator of the

Year by the School Nurse

Organization of Minnesota.

Anne graduated from the

University of Minnesota

School of Nursing in 2003 with a MS in

Nursing and Public Health Nursing. Her

studies focused on school health and she

received a Certificate in Leadership in

Health Information Technology in 2012. She

has been the Health Services Coordinator

for Hastings Schools since 1991. As the sole

Licensed School Nurse employed by the

school district, she supervises, coordinates

and provides leadership over the program’s

operations and staff.

Anne has a passion for data collection

used to assess student health information

in order to remove barriers to learning and

is known in her district as “The Duchess of


Top: Laura and her husband Jack Tillman at

his redeployment from Iraq.

Bottom: Laura Tillman during a volunteer

experience at a rural tribal hospital and

school in Southern India.

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In Memory


Dorothy Marie MacNealy (BSN) of Channel Point Village,

Washington, died April 10, 2012, at the age of 102. She worked as a

hospice nurse and enlisted in the Army in 1941. Later, she founded

the Practical Nursing program at Grays Harbor College.


Helen (Shepard) Missall (post graduate studies) of Yelm,

Washington, died May 16, 2011.


Dorothy (Mackley) Stoval (BS, Certificate of Public Health Nursing)

of Billings, Montana, passed away May 15, 2012, at the age of 91.


Jane Phillips (BSN ‘45, MS ‘60), 92, died August 6, 2012. Her career

in nursing administration began at Methodist Hospital, St. Louis

Park, Minnesota, in 1960. Four years later she joined Minneapolis

General Hospital, later Hennepin County General Hospital, in

charge of inpatient nursing services. Jane guided the growth of

the nursing department as the hospital transitioned to a medical

center within new buildings and shared services with Metropolitan

Medical Center. Under her leadership, nursing programs developed

and grew along with the use of new technology. She retired in 1987

as associate administrator and Director of Nursing. In 1972, she was

appointed to the Minnesota Board of Nursing by Governor Wendell

Anderson. She served for five years, half of that time as President,

and was recognized for her insight, breadth of knowledge, and

unique perspectives.


Margaret Stapleton Carlson (BSN) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, died

May 23, 2012, at the age of 89. She was a member of the Cadet

Nurse Corps and worked for the St. Louis County Health Department

(Missouri) as a public health nurse and as a private duty nurse.

Following the death of her husband, she relocated to Minnesota

and joined the Anoka-Hennepin School District, where she worked

as a health care professional for 25 years until her retirement in 1991.

Mary Corrine (Metzroth) Tomasko (BSN) of St. Louis Park, Minnesota,

passed away March 13, 2012. She taught nursing at General

Hospital and was a longtime vision and health screening volunteer.

Memorials preferred to the U of M School of Nursing.


Donna (Olson) DeLane (BS, Public Health Nursing) of Little Falls,

Minnesota, died August 10, 2012, at the age of 88.

Aiko Higuchi (BSN) of Colfax, Washington, passed away

June 17, 2012, at the age of 93. She was an enthusiastic citizen in

the community for many years. She served as a Hopkins School

Nurse from 1956 to 1988 and supported the work of the School

Nurses Organization of Minnesota (SNOM), Glen Lake Opti-Mrs,

the League of Women Voters, OSHA Board, Senior Community

Services Advisory Board, Minnetonka Senior Center, and the South

Pacific Caucus of the Minnesota Education Association where she

received the National Services Award of the National Education

Association’s Ethnic Minority Caucus.


Katherine (Kaye) Lillehei (BS in Nursing

Education) passed away on November 4,

2012, at the age of 91. Preceded in death

by her husband C. Walton Lillehei, Kaye

was a devoted and enthusiastic advocate

of the University of Minnesota. Her

service encompassed transformational

philanthropy, the cultivation of enduring

relationships with alumni and friends,

and a willingness to contribute her

time, energy, and financial support to

promote health care research, education

and innovation at the School of Nursing and the University of

Minnesota Medical School. She established the Katherine R. &

C. Walton Lillehei Chair in Nursing Leadership at the School of

Nursing, received the University of Minnesota Regents Award

in 2004, and was honored as one of the School of Nursing’s 100

Distinguished Alumni in 2009.


Marjorie L. Swanson (BSN) of Rogue Valley, Oregon, passed away

August 22, 2012, at the age of 82.

also remembered

Marian “Billie” Woehning, 97, passed away on

September 9, 2012. Honored for her kindness and

generosity, she was a vibrant member of the University

of Minnesota Presidents Club and Heritage Society. She is

survived by her loving family, including daughter Marilee

Miller, former associate dean of the School and trustee

emerita of the School of Nursing Foundation.

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alumni news


Ret. Colonel Rosemary T. McCarthy (BSN) of Hyattsville, Maryland,

died June 7, 2012, at the age of 85. She served 30 years in the Army

Nurse Corps, beginning her career in the United States Army in 1953

and serving in Korea, San Francisco, Hawaii, Texas and Japan. Her

army career included assignments as a research nurse at Walter

Reed Army Medical Center, a nursing consultant to the office of

the surgeon general, and an Army Nurse Corps historian. She was

a three-time presidential appointee to the Korean War Veterans

Memorial Advisory Board and was the vice-chair of the design

committee. After retiring from the Army in 1983, she taught nursing

at Catholic University from 1983 to 1990 and at Georgetown

University from 1990 to 1995. In 1990, Colonel McCarthy co-founded

and became recording secretary of the International History of

Nursing Society, later known as the American Association for the

History of Nursing. She served as the association’s president from

1986 to 1988.


Doris (Leaf) Timm (BSN) passed away at her home in rural Utica,

Iowa April 10, 2012, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

She was 79.


Marian A. Murphy (BS in Nursing Education), age 87, of Minneapolis,

Minnesota, passed away October 12, 2012. She received a Masters

in Psychiatric Nursing degree from the University of Iowa and

a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University

of Minnesota. She was a psychiatric nurse and Director of the

Outpatient Clinic at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in St. Cloud,

Minnesota. Marian was a teacher of student nurses and was

President of the Minnesota Nurses Association. She was a

competitive tennis player, representing Minnesota at the U.S. Senior

Olympics on three occasions. Memorial donations can be made to

the University of Minnesota School of Nursing Foundation.


Carol G. Heimer (BSN) of West Hartford, Connecticut, died

peacefully on July 4, 2012, after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s

disease. She worked for a number of years at the Institute of Living

in Hartford overseeing several units over the course of many years

and at St. Francis Hospital where she held a number of positions

including as a psychiatric liaison giving comfort to nurses who care

for cancer patients. Carol was a member of the Connecticut Society

of Nurse Psychotherapists and served as its president from 1996-



Linda Kay Miller (BSN) of Roseville, Minnesota, passed away May 29,

2012. She was the founder and director of one of the earliest parent

education programs in Minnesota, Steele County Opportunities for

Parent Education (SCOPE), which provided a wide range of services

including Early Childhood Family Education, USDA Food Program,

and Childcare Resource and Referral. Governor Arne Carlson

appointed her as a member of the Minnesota Early Childhood Care

and Education Council. She was honored as Owatonna’s Business

and Professional Woman of the Year in 1988.


Margaret Linse Heyne (BSN) of Pine River, Minnesota, passed away

February 22, 2012. She was 64.


Donna Ann (Moen) Elling of Minneapolis, Minnesota, passed away

June 1, 2012, at the age of 88.


Janice Kay (Moen) Hancock (BSN ’72, MS ’93) of Maple Grove,

Minnesota, passed away July 23, 2012, surrounded by family and

friends after a 17 month journey with pancreatic cancer. Her first

nursing job was at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota,

as a staff nurse then as a charge nurse. She also worked in the ER at

Unity Hospital in Fridley, Minnesota, then as a clinic nurse manager

for Allina. Jan then assumed the role of trauma coordinator and

was instrumental in implementing emergency policies still in effect

at Mercy and Unity Hospitals. In 1993 she began teaching at North

Hennepin Community College and was honored by the college last

spring as Professor Emeritus.


Mary Jo McCracken (BSN), 59, passed away suddenly in Brussels,

Belgium, on October 23, 2012. She battled Crohn’s disease for many

years but faced her health care challenges with fortitude and drive.

Mary Jo had a passion for being a pediatric nurse practitioner

specializing in cystic fibrosis. She most recently served on the

Nursing Alumni Society’s Annual Meeting Committee.


Nancy M. Stark (MS) of Rochester, Minnesota, passed away August

14, 2012, at the age of 57. She was formerly employed at Winona

Health and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.


William J. Twohy (BSN) of Soldotna, Alaska, passed away

February 21, 2012, of colon cancer. He was 48.

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alumni news

Homecoming Festivities

October 2012

20 Years of

Jewelry Sales



Vivien Betland (senior) wearing

a vintage WWII Cadet nursing

uniform and Marc Victorson


This year the School of Nursing Foundation

will mark the 20 th anniversary of the annual

Jewelry Sale. Begun in 1992 under the

leadership of Florence Ruhland, the sale has

generated more than $156,000. Hundreds of

volunteers – alumni, Foundation supporters,

donors, and buyers – have volunteered

thousands of hours collecting, processing,

marketing, and selling jewelry.

Carol Kelsey, who assumed sale

leadership in 2006, says “We are very

excited to celebrate 20 years! Money from

the sale provides for the School of Nursing

Foundation Leadership Scholarships. In

2012-13, these scholarships have been

awarded to one undergraduate and two

graduate students.”

We’re delighted to accept donations

and to enlist new volunteers. Contributions

may be sent to the school or contact Laurel

Mallon at 612-624-2490 or mallo001@

umn.edu to arrange pick up. Donations are

tax deductible and acknowledged by the

Foundation. As we’ve said for years – If you

don’t wear it, share it!

The 20 th Jewelry Sale will be Wednesday,

December 5, from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on

the U of M Twin Cities Campus (Java City,

2 nd floor, Moos Tower near Harvard St SE &

Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN). Don’t

miss it!

Nursing students at the 2012

homecoming parade

Seniors, left to right: Kelly Johnson, Vivien Betland,

Chase Lembeck, Shanda Demorest, and Siri Freeh

(2012 Miss Minnesota)

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To learn about making a gift of cash, stock or about naming

the School of Nursing in your will, please contact Gigi Fourré

Schumacher at 612-625-1365 or gschumac@umn.edu.

advancement news

a message from the director of development

Generosity Begets Generosity

In March of 2012 we announced the Bentson Foundation’s $3.65 million contribution to the School of Nursing

to fund the renovation of the School’s existing 25-year-old skills lab. This transformative gift is the largest ever

received by the School of Nursing. We are honored to be in receipt of their generosity, and in the spring of 2013,

we will dedicate the Healthy Communities Innovation Center. Since receiving this critical lead gift to support

the construction of the innovation center, we have had several opportunities to share the wonderful news of

the Bentson Foundation’s record breaking support with prospective donors. Their confidence and investment

in the School’s vision and mission have inspired additional philanthropic investment, and we are so grateful for

their leadership in supporting this vital project. We’re continuing to meet with individuals and organizations

about this exciting facility to 1) share the vision and progress and 2) outline the opportunities for additional

support in order to complete the project in 2013. The generosity of the Bentson Foundation and other

benefactors has fueled enthusiasm for participation, and we look forward to continued success.

I am happy to announce that the School of Nursing is participating in a new University-wide program for

increasing student support. Called Fast Start 4 Impact, the program makes it possible for donors to provide

immediate financial support to students, as well as long-term support, through an endowment. For each new

endowment gift of $50,000 or greater, Fast Start will pay four years of annual scholarship or fellowship awards

to students. During these four years, donors will make payments to fulfill their commitment, and earnings will

accumulate on their new endowment fund, bringing it up to a level that can generate the student awards on

its own. The amount of the Fast Start awards for students increases with the size of the gift. This is a great way

for donors to help our students now, while also creating a permanent source of support for students for years

to come. I would be pleased to share more details with you, and information is also available at


Thanks to the generosity of many, the School of Nursing received $6.55 million in cash and commitments

in fiscal year 2012/13 – the largest sum ever received by the School in one year. We’re indebted to all who made

that possible and invite you to celebrate with us a truly remarkable year. Stay tuned!

Gigi Fourré Schumacher

Director of Development

To learn more about making a contribution to the Healthy Communities Innovation Center

or participating in the Fast Start 4 Impact Program, please contact Gigi Fourré Schumacher,

Director of Development, at (612)625-1365 or gschumac@umn.edu

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advancement news

Transforming the learning environment

The school receives its largest gift ever in support of the Healthy Communities

Innovation Center

When the Healthy Communities Innovation Center (HCIC) opens in

January, the former skills lab will be honored as a memory and the

eagerly anticipated innovative simulation environment will be the

new reality.

The landmark gift of $3.65 million from the Bentson Foundation –

the largest in the school’s history – funded all costs related to

the construction of the new skills-based learning environment.

The Healthy Communities Innovation Center not only replaces

a 25-year-old facility, it incorporates state-of-the-art technology

and will bring together students from different disciplines to gain

experience working as a health care team in various health care

settings including emergency room, hospitals, clinics, long-term

care facilities, and patient homes.

The Bentson Foundation’s lead gift was announced in March 2012.

The late Larry and Nancy Bentson, both University of Minnesota

alumni, were very dedicated to helping students achieve their goals.

In 2003, they established the University-wide Bentson Scholarship

Program with a gift of $10 million. The School of Nursing is

continuing to raise the funds for the equipment, technology, and

furnishings needed to complete the $7.8 million project.

“We hope that the foundation’s gift serves as inspiration for others

to consider contributing,” says Laurie Bentson Kauth, daughter of

Larry and Nancy Bentson and chair of the Bentson Foundation.

“My parents firmly believed in the power of education. The center

will offer students transformative learning opportunities and will

help ensure that nurses and other health care professionals receive

the kind of education that helps to improve and transform health

care delivery.”

Many unique features characterize the center:

• Interprofessional team-based approach: Schools and colleges

throughout the health sciences are collaborating to offer

students team-based experiences similar to those that they will

use in their careers. An interdisciplinary advisory committee

helped drive the center’s development.

• State-of-the-art technology: The center features technologically

sophisticated classrooms, integration of electronic health

records, and use of other supportive technologies, such as

portable computers, mobile technologies, and telehealth

devices. In addition to supporting learning, the HCIC is a place

to test emerging technologies.

• Contemporary simulation-oriented learning environment:

Students can build skills in acute, skilled, ambulatory, and home

care settings, and explore innovative interventions.

• Community involvement: The school welcomes health care

organizations to advance the training and education of their


“Opening the center is a major step toward achieving the school’s

goals for reshaping nursing education to meet the dramatic

changes in the interdisciplinary health care environment,” says

Dean Connie Delaney. “The Healthy Communities Innovation Center

will help students expand their knowledge through simulated

experiences that reflect real world practice. We are so grateful for

partnerships that are helping build this opportunity for students

and for the support of our donors, especially the generous

investment of the Bentson Foundation.”

To learn more about how you can support the Health Communities

Innovation Center, please contact Gigi Fourré Schumacher at

612-625-1365 or gschumac@umn.edu.

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advancement news

In the Service of


M. Ann Moser lends her time to

support the school’s new innovation &

simulation center

As an experienced nurse, pioneer in the development of home care

and hospice services, and health care consultant, M. Ann Moser

contributed a wealth of expertise and passion to the development

of the School of Nursing’s new Bentson Healthy Communities

Innovation Center.

A nursing school alumna , Moser, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE, FAAHC,

currently serves on the School of Nursing Foundation Board. She

first learned about the center through her involvement with the

board and was immediately attracted to the concept.

“I had always wanted to give back to the School of Nursing

and the University of Minnesota in some way,” says Moser. “I was

excited to join the foundation, and I saw a way to use my expertise

and skills on a project that was most valuable.”

Moser tackled the early planning for the center in earnest,

including conducting a series of interviews with stakeholders to

determine issues, priorities, and ways to move forward. “We didn’t

want to duplicate existing simulation labs,” she says. It quickly

became clear that the vision of a simulation lab, with opportunities

for team-based interactions, was a distinctive and welcome one.

“In health care, we tend to educate people in silos,” says Moser.

Collaborative simulation brings together students from different

schools and colleges to experience, in a safe environment, the

team-based practice that happens daily in health care settings.

Moser also toured a number of other school simulation centers,

analyzed space, and outlined potential use of the space. She spent

six months working on the project as a volunteer in a labor of love.

“It was a great opportunity for me,” she says. “ I just enjoyed

doing it.”

Moser’s interest in nursing began early. As a child in Texas, she

spent a fair amount of time as a visitor in the hospital and became

comfortable in the hospital setting. She also had a role model – her

cousin was a nurse. She came to nursing after marriage, children,

and a number of moves, and soon made her mark. While working

with cancer patients, she became interested in end-of-life issues

and ultimately started the home healthcare and hospice program

for Fairview Community Hospitals .

Her career took another turn when her husband, a health care

administrator, founded a health care consulting firm, Dennis R.

Moser & Associates. She became a partner in the firm, assisting

hospitals and health care organizations throughout the country

with their programs and facilities planning.

Her education at the University has served her well throughout

her diverse career. “The University of Minnesota School of Nursing

provided me with a broad base of knowledge and the foundation

from which I could do many different things in health care,” says


In turn, the Bentson Healthy Communities Innovation Center will

offer new generations of nursing students a unique place to take

advantage of the latest in technology, practice in diverse settings,

and build their skills, she says, as well as further position the school

as a cutting-edge nursing education leader.

“The center has tremendous value,” she says. “For me, this

collaborative interprofessional concept is so needed. To have the

opportunity for students to learn to work together as a team and

know how to function as a team – that is what will move health

care to the next level.”

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nursing foundation

Shareholders Report

Thanks to the generosity of the many individuals and

organizations committed to the mission and vision of the

University of Minnesota School of Nursing, we ended the

fiscal year on June 30, 2012, with the strongest and highest

level of philanthropic support in the School of Nursing’s

history. THANK YOU!

A total of $6,554,064 in cash and commitments was received,

all of which helps to realize the School’s vision of “a world

where nurses lead collaborative efforts to obtain optimal

health for all people.”

Please join me in recognizing every person and organization

listed below that played a critical role in creating this

extraordinary success. We are honored to be in receipt of the

charitable investments received and are equally bolstered by

the confidence each contribution represents. The financial

support for student scholarships and fellowships, the Healthy

Communities Innovation Center, and other top priorities at

the School of Nursing help to make all of it possible.

Thank you.

Gigi Fourré Schumacher

Director of Development




Bold Presidents Club

Members are honored for lifetime giving to the School of

Nursing and include the following recognition levels:

(B) Builders Society

Lifetime gifts or pledges of $1 million +

(R) Regents Society

Lifetime gifts or pledges of $250,000 +

(T) Trustees Society

Lifetime gifts or pledges of $100,000+

(C) Chancellors Society

Lifetime gifts or pledges of at least $25,000

(H) Heritage Society

Recognizing future gifts

(Ch) Charter

Donors who joined the Presidents Club at the

$10,000 to $24,999 level prior to its reorganization

July 1, 1998


The Dean’s Circle honors donors who invest in the School of

Nursing by making an annual gift of $1,000 or more.

Every gift is important, although space limitations only allow

us to list donors who have made gifts of $100 or more between

July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. Please be sure to let us know if we

have inadvertently omitted your name or misrepresented your


Contact: Laurel Mallon

Director of Alumni & Donor Relations



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nursing foundation

$1 Million and above

Bentson Foundation (B)


Lucy D. Enos* (T)

Katherine R. Lillehei*


Dorothy* & David C.*

McFarland (R)


Anonymous Donor* (H)

Myrtle H.* & John I.*

Coe (C)

Zorada E. Hoge* (C)

Patricia S. Kane (B,H)

David A. & Sheila F. Lein


Margaret H. & James E.

Kelley Foundation (R)

K.A.H.R. Foundation (T)

Patricia A. & Jerry

Robertson (T, H)

Verna M. Simeral* (C)

Wound Ostomy &

Continence Nurses

Society (R)


Emily Carol Hennings

Anderson (C,H)

Sandra J. Anderson

Barbara & Dan Balik (H)

Mary Berg Barkman

Arvilla M. Beckman

Karl E. & Kristin A.


John R. Brand (Ch)

Henry E. & Jeanne A.


Cynthia L. Bultena (Ch)

Brenda H. & Norman W.


Scott M. & Louann M.


Champ Software Inc.

Mary Lou Christensen


Kathryn S. Crisler (Ch)

Connie W. Delaney (C,H)

Joanne M. Disch

Phyllis L. Dow

Bradley A. & Arlene T.


Susan J. Forstrom (H)

George D. Gackle

Ann E. & Dave R. Garwick

Judith M. & Donald E.


Sarah M. Gutknecht

Kathleen J. Lucas

Laurel Gackle Mallon

Marie E. Manthey (C,H)

Robert B. Melin

Barbara J. Merrill

Marilee A. & John W.

Miller (T,H)

Minnesota Organization

of Leaders in Nursing

Thomas D. Moberg (C)

Derry A. Moritz & Charles

Shepard* (R)

Christine A. Mueller (H)

Barbara V. O’Grady (C)

Hyeoun-Ae Park

Park Nicollet Health


Barbara A. Pearce

Stella D. Peterson

Thomas E. & Christine R.


Rahr Foundation (T)

“I have a passion for learning and know that by choosing this

profession, my life will be full of educational experiences that

will keep me engaged for a long time to come.”

Genna Hempen (BSN, Class of 2015)

Jennie Lee Gustavson (Wurm-Giere) Scholarship Recipient

Judith Komives Harris (C)

Margaret D. Horton-

Davis (C)

Elizabeth M. Johnson

J. Stanley & Mary W.

Johnson Family


Robert Wood Johnson


Carol J. & Donald G.

Kelsey (Ch)

June and Elwin Kinney


Harry C. Lefto (C,H)

Sharon L. Lehmann (H)

Gregory S. & Nancy


John G. & Judith R.


Caroline B. Rosdahl

Ruth* & Melvin* Roth

Gloria & Orlando

Ruschmeyer (Ch,H)

Gary L. & Constance E.


Robert P. & Beth K.


Joyce M. Schowalter

Carolyn I. & Clinton A.

Schroeder (T,H)

Nursing is the harmony of art, science,

and caring coming together to be of

service to others.”

Rebecca Brown (Current MN student)

Mary K and Cyrus Field Scholarship Recipient

Gigi Fourré Schumacher

Christine H. & Michael J.

Seitz (Ch,H)

Sigma Theta Tau


Stratis Health

Theresa B. Sullivan

Barbara J. Swanstrom

Virginia C. Syring

Theodore R. & Lynette J.

Thompson (C)

Steve A. & Julie L.


Sadie Vannier

Marguerite Wagenbach*

Mary A. Warne

Mary C. & Jan C. Wenger


James P. & Mary Ann A.

White (Ch)


Mary G. Alberts

Lorna M. Barrell

Kathleen H. Chafey

Ann L. Findlay

Sandra F. Fonkert

Meri E. Hauge

Helen M. Jameson

LaVohn E. Josten (Ch, H)

Seth M. & Laura N. Kirk

G. Anne LaBree (H)

Sadie A. Lefto

Chris A. Mc Donald

Jeanette D. Meier

Lisa A. Motz

Mary H. Murai

Claire C. Nelson

Debra K. Olson

Jeanne Pfeiffer

Nancy L. Schamber

Diane K. Smith

Eugenia R. Taylor (Ch)

Hope B. Thornberg

3M Foundation

Chandra L. Torgerson

U of M Alumni Assn-AZ

West Valley Chapter

Elizabeth A. Vance

Nancy D. Walsh

Susan M. Wittkopf


Katherine C. Akre

Allina Health System

Linda K. Bauck

Michael R. Bleich

Paul F. & Helen R. Bowlin

Jennifer I. Brand

James R. Breitenbucher

Brown Family


Frank Capan

Raul F. Cifuentes

Carol A. Delage

Christopher K. Dietz & Jo

Anne Judge-Dietz

Sandra R.& Phillip L.

Edwardson (C,H)

Edward A. & Kathleen A.


Marlene A. Fondrick

Ruth K. Freymann

Jane A. Gisslen

Lori J. Groenke

Nancy A. Gross

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Kathryn D. Hathaway

Miriam R. Hazzard

Laurentius A. Hedberg

Alan R. & Erika M. Hodnik

Jean J. Jasienski

Katherine J. Justus

Ruth C. Kahn

Lenora Y. & Chak Chi Lau

Ruth G. Manchester

M. Ann Moser

Nedra A. Nicholls

Jane M. Persoon

Carole A. Reid

Sharon A. Ridgeway

La Vonne J. Russell


Phyllis M. & Richard F.


Marcella K. Smith

Frances M. Sullivan

Andrew C. Tomasko

Elizabeth A. Wiens


Vivian I. Aarestad

Jan L. Abell

Priscilla A. & Pat


Kristi A. Abler

Kay M. Acton

Clara L. Adams-Ender


Diane E. Adler

Lynn A. Almquist

Charles A. & Marilynn R.


Ione B. Ambrose

Kolleen A. Amon

Lisa C. Anderson

Cathy C. Anderson

Kathryn M. Anderson

Kurt B. & Mary


Norma S. Artman

Gretchen H. Atkinson

Melissa D. Avery

Ruth N. Bachmeier

Annie J. Bailey

Dorothy E. Baker

Roberta J. Ballot

Patricia A. Barnes

Dwight & Lorraine


Thomas & Julia G.


Patricia G. Bender

Judith G. Berg

Dorothy C. Bevis

Donna Z. Bliss

Linda M. Bloomquist

Terry L. Bock

Gail A. Boe

Frances N. Bower

Delphie C. Boyd Ardene J.


Beverly A. Bridges

Deidre A. Brossard

Betty Ann S. Brown

Carol S. Brown

Merilys P. Brown (H)

Judith L. Buckley

Craig M. & Catherine A.


Jean A. Carraher

Paula P. Carson

Patricia M. Carte

Linda L. Chlan

Lynn M. Choromanski

Colleen B. Clark

Margaret L. Cleveland

Virginia B. Clifford

Mary Jo K. Cody

Shirley A. Conn

Patricia E. Conteh

M. Jean Craemer

Elizabeth A. Croonquist

Mary Beth Crowley

Nancy V. Dagg

Jodell E. Dahl

Jim & Linda Dahlin

Alice B. Daugherty

Sandra S. Deinard

Lorraine B. Dennis

Kelly M. Derby

Susan K. Dewey-Hammer

Carol A. Dieckhaus

Ann Diers

Julie L. Ditzler

Elizabeth A. Dixon

Lois K. Doran

Elaine K. Drenth

Debra J. Drew

Thomas G. & Karen M.


John M. & Jodie Duntley

Ruth A. & John W. Dyer

Robert Dykstra

Jane M. & Peter Eichten

Marlene R. Ellis

Emiko Endo

Carley J. Engwall

Rebecca J. Enos

Virginia H. Estabrook

David N. Falde

Jayne A. Felgen

Kay J. Fellows (Ch)

Walter R. Fetterley

Lois Fielding

Claire M. Fleisig

Anne E. Ford

Lois M. Frels

Susan G. Fritze

Margaret H. Fullinwider

John P. & Robin L.


Eva M. Gallagher

Gannett Foundation

Lois Gantriis

Joanne L. Gardner

Kathy S. Gatzlaff

General Mills Foundation

S. P. & Barbara B. Gibb

Niki A. Gjere

Mary E. Glaeser

Laurie K. Glass

Karen M. Goeke

Nancy C. Goff-Laipple

Mary A. Gookin

Carrie A. Grafstrom

James V. & Nancy J.


Elaine R. Greiner

Cynthia J. Hadenfeldt

Marilyn N. Hady

Gayle S. & John P. Hallin

Jean M. Halverson

Jessica J. Hampton

Cathleen A. Haring

Bonnie M. Haugen

Judith A. Haviland

Annette V. Hayden

Mary R. Hayes

Phyllis H. Hegland

Mary B. & William L.


Susan M. Heller

Avis M. High

Dennis H. Hochsprung

Frances M. Hoffman

Jess Holle & Wendy


Holle & Vidlak Family

Lorine M. Holschuh

Mary C. Hooke

Rosemary M. Hoolihan

Mary L. Hovland

Gladys L. Hughes

Linda M. Hussey

Marsha P. Ingersoll

James N. Jacobsen

Cynthia A. Jacobson

Gary C. Jader

“The fact that the Olsons’ humble life continues to make such

a large impact on others increases my motivation to succeed in

my studies and life-long career in nursing.”

Lissa Mettler (BSN, Class of 2014)

Walter E. Olson and Adela J. Olson Scholarship Recipient

Cecelia B. Jennewein

Mary M. Jewison

Coral S. Joffer

Phyllis L. Johnson

Mary T. & Scott D.


Betty R. Johnson

Donald L. Johnson

Martha A. Jones

Heidi L. Joos

Catherine L. Juve

Muriel K. Kappler

Brian W. & Debra A.


Gregory J. & Teri Kaslow

Julie Katseres

Verliss L. Keller-Miller

Ann W. Kelly

Colette B. Kerlin

Ruth C. Kingsley

Margaret L. Kirkpatrick (H)

Andrew W. Kirscher

Miriam S. Kiser

Jeanette L. Knutson

Katheren Koehn

Mary Koloroutis

Cyndy Krepps-Hoffer

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nursing foundation

Judith G. Kreyer

Sharon A.


Marjorie D. Kuhl (H)

Joseph A. & Gwendolyn

G. Ladner

Susan S. Lampe (H)

Gretchen Landry

Ann M. Larson

Ruth A. & Benjamin C.

Leadholm (R,H)

Lorraine A. Leas

Sonia A. Lee

Ruth E. Leo

Adeline C. Leraas

Betty L. Lia-Hoagberg

Yin T. Liong-Schaff

Alice A. Litton

Helen L. Loesch

Debra A. Loy

Elizabeth C. Lundeen

Sandra J. Mac Kenzie

Marilyn R. Machlup

Mary E. Madda

Patricia A. Madden

Linda J. Mahlberg

Ann M. Maland

Carole N. Maltrud

Trena S. Martinson

Susan I. Marvin

Mary Ann Mc Guire

Janet K. Mc Williams

Sara A. McCumber

Angela M. Medina

Medtronic Foundation

Jeanette A. Mefford

Patricia L. Melby

Suzanne R. Milbright

William R. Miller

Judith L. Miller

Kathryn E. Mitchell

Robert G. Mitchell

Kari Moeller

Karen A. Monsen

Diane E. Mortenson

Gretchen G. Musicant

Debra A. Naegele

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equipped with electronic health record technology, portable

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