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minnesota fall/winter 2008

A publication of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing





SoN Celebrates a Century

densford center:

broadening influence

Body, Mind, Spirit:

Reshaping care delivery

fall/winter 2008


6 SoN Commemorates a Century

of research, scholarship,

education, and service

8 The Changing Face of Nursing

Men are a small—but growing—

presence in nursing

14 Data-Based Modeling

For hospital administrators, it’s

the next best thing to a crystal ball

16 Body, Mind, Spirit

SoN’s collaboration with the

Center for Spirituality & Healing

is reshaping care delivery

18 A Force for Change

Densford Center broadens its

sphere of influence


1 From the Dean

2 School News

21 Publications

25 Grant Awards

28 Center News

36 Alumni News

41 School of Nursing Foundation

on the cover:

Nursing PhD candidate Michael Petty

and ICU nurse Monica Vu check a

patient’s vitals at the University of

Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

Dean, School of Nursing

Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI


Nancy Giguere

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Amy Barrett, Linda Bearinger, Connie W. Delaney,

Joanne Disch, Ann Garwick, Nancy Giguere,

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Jean Wyman


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from the dean


from the dean

Dear friends,

This has been a very full year in the School of Nursing, as we have all worked together to

carry out the school’s transformative mission of advancing research, education, and practice.

In this issue of Minnesota Nursing, we highlight the innovations and exciting events

of the last few months. We invite you to celebrate and reflect with us.


Our school is boldly contributing to transforming the face of nursing. We celebrate the

diversity of enrollments and welcome the enrichment that this diversity is bringing to

nursing practice. Men discover the treasures of this profession. Recent immigrants and

long-time residents welcome the opportunities of this profession. Mature students with

expertise in other fields bring their rich background to the school as they complete a

second, and sometimes a third degree. International partnerships enrich student and

faculty learning and scholarship.

But there’s even more cause for celebration. Consider, for example:

• The school’s focus on integrative health. We are one of a only select few in the world

to offer the doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) with a focus in integrative therapies,

while at the same time committing to advanced practice preparation that includes an

integrative therapy core in all specialties. Imagine how this will help transform health

care into person-centric system.

• The school’s excellence in informatics. We are one of the first American school of

nursing to approve a DNP with a focus in nursing informatics. This commitment is

supported and enriched by the research of SoN faculty like Dr. Thomas Clancy who are

leading the way in important areas like complexity, complex adaptive systems, and

the transformation of health and nursing care systems.

• The school’s commitment to nursing leadership. The Katharine J. Densford International

Center for Nursing Leadership has been key in fostering leadership in students, faculty,

and health systems. Now we are looking ahead to the Center’s next phase: its evolution

as a world center of innovation in leadership, a resource for local and global nursing and

health care, and a force for bold change toward a person-centric health care system.


The coming year will be a time to reflect on our rich heritage as the nation’s first

continuously operated, university-based school of nursing—and to honor the courage and

commitment of nursing and health care leaders who shaped the school and made it a

center of nursing excellence.

In this issue, we offer a preview of the Centennial year events. Please mark your

calendars! We invite all of you—alumni, friends, colleagues, faculty, staff, and students—

to join us as we celebrate our strengths and successes, while looking ahead to future

advancements in nursing.

With warmest regards,

Connie Delaney

Professor and Dean

fall/winter 2008


school news

Foot care for the homeless



It’s not easy to get a group of nine BSN juniors interested in foot

care for the homeless—at least not at first: “After sleeping four

hours that night, I awoke in the morning with a headache. I was

crabby and upset that I would be spending my day washing the

feet of homeless individuals,” Paul Broker admits.

Despite such misgivings, the foot care clinics at the Dorothy

Day Center, held in collaboration with the department of nursing

at the College of St. Catherine and Healthcare for the Homeless,

turned out to be a highlight of our public health clinical experience.

The people who flooded the commons of the Dorothy Day

Center came from all walks of life. They included recent college

graduates who had just moved to the Twin Cities, had little or no

family support, and were having difficulty meeting debt payments.

Others were mentally ill and not receiving appropriate treatment

for their condition. And some were temporarily out of work. “The

energy in the commons was vibrant, edgy, loving, and desperate,”

Mary Crimi recalls.

We set up basins of warm water in a corner room and added

Epsom salts and tea tree oil. Then we walked around the center

to see who we could help. “One guy asked me why we were there.

I think maybe he thought there was something in it for us as well,”

Marne Donnelly says. “I told him we were there to help them take

care of their feet, to educate them about foot care, and to listen

to their story. He was truly appreciative and amazed.”

We served about 30 people during the first clinic. “We provided

excellent foot care, but we discovered that what people really

wanted was a place to relax, a break to lift their spirits, and someone

to listen rather than tell,” Broker says.

Colleen May agrees: “After 10 minutes of foot soaking, some

conversation, and a clean pair of socks, you could really see a

difference in people’s faces. It was a privilege to serve them.”

The field experience has led us to reconsider our stereotypes

about homeless people. “I now know that homeless people

have diverse histories, stories, and lives,” Kristin Miller says. And

BSN student Mary Crimi provides foot care at the Dorothy Day Center.

Bernadette Vanyo found that the experience “made me re-evaluate

my values, both personally and professionally.”

Before going to Dorothy Day, most of us felt that foot washing

would have little impact on people’s lives. Instead we discovered

that it was a vital public health intervention. For only $200 dollars

worth of supplies, we were able to connect with, teach, and

empower a group of people desperate for help. The Dorothy Day

Center should remain a major site in any public health clinical

rotation. What students learn at sites like Dorothy Day cannot be

taught in the classroom.

Kristen Neigebauer sums the experience up this way: “What

is more meaningful than to humble one’s self for a person who

has really been humbled in life?” Adds Chelsey Wolfgram: “It’s that

feeling of making a difference in someone’s life that drives me

to be a nurse.”

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school news

SoN team raises

$8000 to fight cancer

A team organized by the School of Nursing chapters of the Nursing

College Board and National Student Nurses’ Association raised over

$8000 during the University of Minnesota’s 2008 Relay for Life on April 18.

It was the largest contribution of any participating team. Nearly three

dozen SoN students and several faculty members walked or ran in the

relay, which is the signature activity of the American Cancer Society. BSN

student Laura Bell has captured the excitement of the event in a short

video (

Elaine Darst attends workshop in Denmark

SoN clinical associate professor Elaine Darst, PhD, RN, attended the International

Educators Workshop in Copenhagen last April. The workshop offered educators from

around the United States an opportunity to learn about the Danish International

Study Abroad Program.

Over the last five years, 25 undergraduate nursing students have participated

in the program, which offers classes in English, clinical experience with a Danish

nurse preceptor, and interaction with Danish nursing students. Students benefit

from good support, qualified faculty, and academically rigorous courses.

The International Educators Workshop offered Darst, who codirects the BSN

program, a taste of what Minnesota students experience in Denmark. Darst and

her fellow educators attended class with students, met with faculty and staff, and

enjoyed “study tours” to various sites in the city.

Learn more about the Danish International Study Abroad Program at

Darst (far left) enjoys a class on Danish language and culture.

SoN faculty and students visit Iceland

The University of Iceland hosted 20 students and 15 faculty from the University of

Minnesota School of Nursing, School of Public Health, and College of Veterinary

Medicine during a weeklong Global Health Institute last April.

The collaborative effort included three one-credit graduate courses addressing

public health, informatics, and the environment, along with a reception and dinner,

field trip, and visit to the Blue Lagoon, a world-famous geothermal spa.

Participants also visited the home of Olafur Ragnar Grimmson, the president

of Iceland, who gave a presentation on climate change.

SoN associate professor Christine Mueller and School of Public Health associate dean Debra Olson,

present Olafur Ragnar Grimmson, the president of Iceland, with a special gift from the University of

Minnesota during a reception at his home.

fall/winter 2008


school news

Honors & Awards


Melissa Avery, PhD, RN, CNM, associate

professor, received the 2008 President’s

Faculty Multicultural Research Award from

the University of Minnesota Office of the

Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity

and Diversity.

Debra Bernat, PhD,

clinical associate

professor, testified

before the Minnesota

Senate’s K-12 Education


on March 26, 2008.

Dr. Bernat testified in support of comprehensive

sexuality education, citing new data

from a phone survey of 1,600 Minnesota

parents that she conducted last spring

with SoN professor Dr. Linda Bearinger and

other researchers.

Donna Bliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, professor,

was elected co-chair of the Gerontological

Nursing Research Section of the Midwest

Nursing Research Society. Dr. Bliss was also

appointed to two committees of the 4th

International Consultation on Incontinence:

the Conservative Management of Fecal

Incontinence and Technical Aspects of

Continence Devices.

Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, clinical

professor and director of the Densford

International Center for Nursing Leadership,

received the 2008 Distinguished Alumni

Award from the University of Wisconsin

Alumni Association.

Laura Duckett, PhD, MPH, RN, associate

professor, was awarded a grant-in-aid from

the Research, Artistry, and Scholarship

Program of the University of Minnesota

Graduate School for her study, “Testing

Feasibility, Acceptability, and Safety of Reiki

Touch for Premature Infants.”

Carolyn Garcia, PhD, MPH, RN, assistant

professor, was named a Building Interdisciplinary

Research Careers in Women’s Health

Scholar by the University of Minnesota

Deborah E. Powell Center.

Ann Garwick, PhD,


professor and

associate dean for

research, received

the Senior Researcher

Award from the

Pediatric Research Section of the Midwest

Nursing Research Society.

Catherine Juve, PhD, MSPH, MN, CNP, RN,

clinical associate professor, received the

Outstanding Poster Award from Advanced

Practice Education Associates during the

annual conference of the National Organization

of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.

Linda Olson Keller, DNP, MS, APRN, BC,

FAAN, clinical associate professor, delivered

the keynote address at two major public

health nursing conferences: the 2008

Illinois Public Health Nursing Summit

in Springfield, Illinois, and the Dakota

Conference on Rural and Public Health in

Fargo, North Dakota.

Barbara Leonard, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor,

received a Distinguished Alumni Citation

from Gustavus Adolphus College. This award

recognizes outstanding and exceptional

professional achievements.

Linda Lindeke, PhD, RN, CNP, associate

professor, was named president of the

National Association of Pediatric Nurse

Practitioners (NAPNAP), a professional

association for pediatric nurse practitioners

and other advanced practice nurses who

care for children.

Emily Litt, RN, MS, PHN, clinical assistant

professor, is the president-elect of the

Minnesota Public Health Association. Her

one-year term will begin July 2009. Litt

was also awarded the 2008 School of

Nursing Research Day Graduate Student

Poster Award.

Karen Monsen, PhD,

MS, RN, assistant

professor, was elected

co-chair of the Public


Health Research

Section of the Midwest

Nursing Research Society. Dr. Monsen also

received a 2008 MNRS New Investigator

Seed Research Grant and the PhD Dissertation

Award from the MNRS Informatics

Research Section.

Margaret Moss, PhD, RN, JD, associate

professor, was named a 2008–2009 Robert

Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow.

Christine Mueller, PhD, RN, BC, CNAA,

FAAN, associate professor, was selected to

represent the University of Minnesota as a

member of the Committee on Institutional

Cooperation. The CIC is a consortium of

12 research universities, including the 11

members of the Big Ten Conference and

the University of Chicago, whose mission

is to advance academic excellence by

sharing resources and promoting and

coordinating collaborative activities across

the member universities.

Diane Treat-Jacobson,

PhD, associate

professor, received

the Jeanne E. Doyle

Excellence in Vascular

Nursing award from

the Society of Vascular

Nursing, the highest honor given by the SVN.

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school news

Emily Litt (right) receives her first-place ribbon from

SoN assistant professor Dr. Wendy Looman.

Amara Rosenthal presents her poster at the

Midwest Nursing Research Society conference.

Bonnie Westra, PhD, RN, assistant professor,

is the chair-elect of the Nursing Informatics

Research Section of the Midwest Nursing

Research Society.

Jean Wyman, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA,

professor, is the president-elect of the

Midwest Nursing Research Society.

Dr. Wyman was also selected to the

Academic Health Center’s Academy of

Excellence in Health Research. Membership

in the Academy is the highest recognition

of excellence in AHC faculty research.


Laura Bell received the 2008 Outstanding

Undergraduate Nursing Student Award

from the School of Nursing Alumni Society.

Ann Marie Dose received a dissertation

award from the End of Life/Palliative

Care Section of the Midwest Nursing

Research Society.

Scott Harpin, MS,

MPH, received the

2008 University of

Minnesota President’s

Student Leadership

and Service Award.

Michael Jenkins received the 2008 Outstanding

Graduate Nursing Student Award

from the School of Nursing Alumni Society.

Karlee LaBreche received the 2008 Nurses

Clinical Practice Award from the International

Society for Psychiatric Mental Health.

Nicole Lynch was reappointed to the

State Advisory Council on Mental Health

by Governor Tim Pawlenty.

Three School of Nursing students

received the University’s Undergraduate

Research Opportunity Program

(UROP) Award:

Andrew Fuxa

Project Title: “Obesity and School

Performance among Minnesota


Advisor: Dr. Jayne Fulkerson

Jennifer Heath

Project Title: “Post-Operative Pain and

Analgesic Step-down Upon Discharge”

Advisor: Dr. Linda Herrick

Amara Rosenthal

Project Title: “The Impact of Extrinsic

Factors of Nursing Homes on Resident


Advisor: Dr. Christine Mueller

Pamela Nelson received a dissertation

award from the Health Seeking Behavior

Research Section of the Midwest Nursing

Research Society.

Christine Rangen was selected as a

McNair Scholar by the University of

Minnesota College of Education and

Human Development.

Amara Rosenthal was awarded the 2008

School of Nursing Research Day Undergraduate

Student Poster Award for her poster

“The Relationship Between Autonomy

and Satisfaction Among Nursing Home

Residents,” which she also presented at the

2008 conference of the Midwest Nursing

Research Society.

Michael Jenkins displays his award as Dr. Margaret

Moss looks on.

Molly Secor-Turner, MS, RN, received a

predoctoral National Research Service

Award from the National Institute of

Nursing Research, NIH, for her project

“Social Messages and Teen Sexual Health:

Voices of Urban African American Youth.”

Dr. Renee Sieving and Dr. Ann Garwick

are her faculty sponsors.

Sarah Stoddard, BSN, RN, PHN, was one

of 12 North American doctoral students

selected to participate in the Society for

Research on Adolescence and the European

Association of Research on Adolescence

summer school program this spring in

Torino, Italy.

Julia Trachy received the 2008

Barbara Volk Tebbitt Undergraduate

Nursing Leadership



Kim Klose, MA, received the Gross Family

Award for Management and Leadership

Team Project for her collaboration on the

Charities Review Council’s Accountability

Wizard, an online tool that assesses

non-profit organizations’ effectiveness in

the areas of finance, board activities, and

management. View the prize-winning

assessment tool at


fall/winter 2008


In honor of the centennial, and to welcome

the arrival of our second century, we asked

nine key individuals to answer the question,

“How is nursing changing, and how is

the School of Nursing helping to lead that

change?” Here’s what they had to say:


a Century

Nursing is changing because of changes in

health care needs and technological advances.

Nurses must continue to be in the forefront

of disease prevention and care of chronically

ill patients. Nurses are also assuming

greater roles in shaping health care policy.

The University of Minnesota School of Nursing is helping

lead the changes by its commitment to preparing new graduates

to assume their roles. The progressive curriculum ensures

better preparation within a reasonable time. Curricula changes

position graduates to take their place in the profession and to

seek further knowledge. Research is a cornerstone and ensures

continued change and progression.

Clara Adams-Ender, PhD(hon.), MMAS, MS ’69, BSN, RN, FAAN,

CNAA | President and CEO, CAPE Associates, Inc.; Brigadier general,

retired, United States Army; member, School of Nursing Board

of Visitors; keynote speaker, 2009 BSN commencement ceremony

In March 1909, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing

welcomed its first class—four students—to campus. Today

the school is preparing to commemorate an amazing century of

research, scholarship, education, and service to the people

of Minnesota and the world.

“We’re planning a yearlong celebration through a variety of

different activities—scientific and scholarly through pure fun,” says

SoN professor Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, who is co-chairing the

centennial celebration with associate professor Kathleen Krichbaum,

PhD, RN, and Marie Manthey, BSN ’62, MNA ’64.

The celebration will kick off on January 27, 2009, with a stateof-the-school

address by Dean Connie Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN,

FACMI. Over the course of the year, the school will host several

regional and national professional conferences, including the

annual conference of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, a

1,300-member organization that promotes the development of

nurse scientists.

Spring and fall galas will provide schoolwide opportunities to

gather and celebrate. In November, the school will host a Summit

of Sages international conference that will draw world-class

speakers to examine innovation, inspiration, and transformation

in the creation of new care delivery models.

Mark your calendar now for the peak of the festivities, three

days of fellowship and fun planned for November 5–7, 2009. Events

will include a gala event, alumni tours and lunch, recognition of

100 distinguished alumni, and a tailgate party and football game

at the new Gopher stadium.

For more information on all centennial celebrations, watch

the School of Nursing Web site,

Nursing has expanded beyond the traditional

role of bedside care to a dynamic

profession that offers careers in informatics,

legal, forensic, research, and entrepreneurship.

The opportunities are limitless. The

University of Minnesota School of Nursing’s

bachelor of science program educates future nurses as leaders

in patient-care management and prepares them for professional

success. The school offers not only academic programs but also

builds partnerships with universities, research centers, communities,

and hospitals locally, nationally, and internationally. Its

collaborative efforts embrace us as part of a global community

to improve health and healthcare worldwide.

Benish Punjwani | BSN Class of 2009

The big change is the nurse shortage, and

the School of Nursing has been very proactive

in addressing that. The post-baccalaureate

program we cosponsored has helped bring

more nurses to the bedside. We are also

seeing increased interest on the part of

nurses in pursuing advanced education, and on the part of the

health care system in engaging nurses at every level in a way

that maximizes the use of their skills. The new DNP program

provides professionals a nice opportunity to pursue additional

education while staying aligned with clinical programs.

Kathie Taranto, MA, BA, RN | CEO and senior vice president of patient

care services, University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, Fairview

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celebrating a century

Nursing is being called on to meet more

health care needs in a wider variety

of settings than ever before. An aging

population requires care most appropriately

given by nurses. New roles, new

settings, and changing demographics

demand higher levels of academic preparation. The School of

Nursing has always excelled in recognizing and responding

to emerging societal needs while retaining the core values of

nursing. From World War I programs to iron lungs to today’s

“minute clinics,” nurse practitioners, and DNPs, the school

has always prepared nurses who rise to new challenges while

continuing to ably meet traditional needs.

Marie Manthey, PhD(Hon), MNA ’64, MA, BSN ’62, FAAN, FRCN |

President emerita, Creative Healthcare Management; Executive

committee member, Katharine J. Densford International Center for

Nursing Leadership; member, Nursing Heritage Committee; co-chair,

Centennial Committee

Health care is very different than it was

a decade ago. The need for outpatient

services is growing. Technology—telephone

and computer—is a bigger part of delivering

care. Increasing consumer involvement,

an increasingly diverse population, and an

aging population and workforce are also altering the nursing

role and responsibilities. I see the School of Nursing focused

on creative solutions such as building leadership skills, carrying

out research to provide practical answers for tough questions,

and creating programs to address emerging needs. The School

of Nursing has long been a leader in developing nurses, and it

will continue to lead the way into the next decade.

Jeannine Rivet, MPH, BSN, RN | Executive vice president,

UnitedHealth Group; Advisory board member, Katharine J. Densford

International Center for Nursing Leadership

What is not changing about nursing practice

is that nurses view patients holistically and

in the context of family and community.

What is changing is that nurses are care

coordinators, helping patients and their

families manage chronic health conditions

and navigate complex health systems. Our school of nursing

is providing cutting-edge programs to ensure graduates can

provide leadership and excellent clinical care in a dynamic health

care environment. We lead the nation in offering an innovative

doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program with specialty areas

such as integrative health and healing, informatics, and adult

and gerontological health.

Christine Mueller PhD, RN, BC, NEA-BC, FAAN | Associate professor

and chair of the Adult and Gerontological Health Cooperative,

University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Research in the School of Nursing explores

some of the key health and social issues of

our day. From childhood obesity to geriatrics,

researchers here are breaking new ground

in areas that have a dramatic impact on our

health care system and on our society

as a whole. They have blazed many trails in interdisciplinary

research, and are key to solving numerous health problems

around the world. Sponsored program expenditures have

increased dramatically in recent years, a clear testament to the

importance of research already underway and a positive sign

of many great discoveries to come.

R. Timothy Mulcahy, PhD | Vice president for research,

University of Minnesota

Health care is changing, and nursing is a

vital participant in that change. As patients

become more complicated and technology

advances, nurses need broader skill sets

than ever in order to meet emerging needs

while providing the compassionate, capable

care that is the hallmark of our profession.

The School of Nursing is fortunate to have a world leader

in informatics at its helm. It is committed to preparing students

for a technology-intense future while remaining strong in

fundamental skills. In these tight times, it is critical that we

support the school’s efforts to meet emerging needs.

Mary C. Edwards, MPH, BSN | Vice president of public policy,

Fairview Health Services

The establishment of the National Institute

of Nursing Research in 1993 has catalyzed

the development of a significant body of

nursing science. Today, advances in research

and technology shape nursing practice

and health care delivery worldwide. School

of Nursing researchers lead the way in developing innovative

interventions to improve health across the life span. Studies

focus on reducing health disparities through health promotion

and prevention, symptom management, and management

of chronic health conditions. Faculty members prepare future

nursing leaders by engaging students at all levels in research

and evidence-based practice to improve client outcomes and

promote health and well-being.

Ann Garwick, PhD, RN, LP, LMFT, FAAN | Professor and Associate

dean for research; director of the Center for Child and Family Health

Promotion Research, University of Minnesota School of Nursing

spring/summer 2008


the changing

face of nursing

Men are a small—but growing—presence in nursing


Until the mid-19th century, nursing was a male-dominated profession.

Only around the time of the Civil War did women become active in

nursing, due to a shortage of available men.

Throughout the 20th century, the majority of nurses were woman.

Even today, only about 6 percent of nurses are men. But that’s

beginning to change. According to the National League for Nursing,

12 percent of nursing school graduates in 2006 were men.

During its first four decades, the U of M School of Nursing did

not admit men. Although the school did provide training for a

group of Navy corpsmen during World I, it was not until the fall of

1949, that men were allowed to enroll as students (see “Men Join

Women in Nursing Classes," page 13).

Since then, men have been a small but growing presence in

the school. In spring 2008, 16 percent of students enrolled in the

BSN program and 12 percent of those enrolled in graduate-level

programs were men.

SoN male graduates are active in all areas of nursing, from

clinical care to research, from public health to health care administration.

Here are the stories of five grads. They are of different ages

and backgrounds, but all have one thing in common: They are glad

they chose nursing.

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changing face

michael petty:

Studying the Implications

In the 1970s, when Michael Petty was a psy -

chotherapist working with mentally ill adults,

few patients were able to get well and stay well.

“It was frustrating,” he says. “We did our best, but

our patients faced enormous barriers.”



So Petty shifted gears and decided to help people get better

physically. Although he had been a pre-med student in college, he

opted for nursing. “I wanted to know what nurses know,” he says.

Medicine, he explains, is like a snapshot, while nursing is like a

videotape: “The physician sees a patient for a few minutes, but

nurses have continuing contact. We can see and communicate subtle

changes in the patient to the medical team. And we’re aware of

the implications of illness and treatment for patients and families.”

When Petty graduated from nursing school in 1980, male

nurses were a rarity. But he has never felt discriminated against.

“Some might even say that my gender has been a help since people

often mistake me for a doctor,” he says. “But I’m not convinced. I do

know that I have worked hard to build good relationships with all

members of the team, including doctors and nurses, patients and

families. Those relationships are integral to effective care.”


Since completing his master’s degree at the School of Nursing,

Petty has worked at the University of Minnesota Medical Center,

Fairview, as a cardiothoracic clinic nurse specialist. In this role,

Petty functions as a consultant and educator for patients and staff.

He may help nurses start a heart patient’s IV or counsel a

family about what to expect when a heart transplant patient

returns home from the hospital. He also works on hospital-wide

initiatives to improve care or implement new procedures.

Michael Petty



Petty is currently completing a PhD. His research focuses on family

caregivers of patients with left ventricular heart-assist devices.

“I want to find out what their lives are like and what we can do to

make them better,” he says.

He hopes that his research will help improve best practices.

“I won’t be in this career forever,” he says. “And after so many years

in the field, you feel like you want to leave something behind, a

legacy for the profession.” ˘

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changing face

seyoum adem:

Caring for the Community


Seyoum Adem saw his first nurse when he was

six years old and living in Oromia, a region of

Ethiopia. “My mother took me to the clinic, and I

was impressed by the nurse’s white clothes and

shoes,” he remembers.


Nursing was not his first career choice, however. After completing

an agricultural degree, Adem advised farmers on crop production.

In rural areas, he saw children with hunger-swollen bellies

and adults with malaria and other diseases. “They asked if we

were medical people, and they wanted us to treat them,” he says.

“I thought how good it would be to be a nurse because then I

could help them.”

Like many other members of the Oromo community, Adem

and his family fled Ethiopia to escape from political oppression.

Here in the United States, his community faces different, but no

less serious, health challenges.

“We have to adapt to different food and a more sedentary

lifestyle,” he explains. “At home we walked, but here we ride in

cars. Many people work two jobs and have no time to exercise.

They develop high blood pressure, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.”


Determined to realize his dream, Adem applied to the School of

Nursing and was accepted to the BSN program on the Rochester

campus. Commuting from the family home in Chaska wasn’t

possible, so Adem moved to Rochester.

“I really enjoyed school and working at the Mayo Clinic,” Adem

says. “But it was hard to be away from my family. I was always

thinking of my wife and my children. But the sacrifice was worth it.”

The 48-year-old Adem graduated with a BSN on May 15, 2008.

Two days later, he and his family returned to the University to

celebrate the graduation of his son, Abdisa Taddese, who earned a

degree in microbiology.


Adem hopes eventually to practice in public health, focusing on

health promotion in the Oromo community. He looks forward to

one day completing a doctorate of nursing practice.

He encourages men to consider nursing. “To me, it’s not a

gender-based profession,” he says. “Men can care for people just as

women can.”

Adem at BSN commencement

ceremony, May 2008.

doug flashinski:

At Home in Nursing

As a high school kid, Doug Flashinski considered

careers in nursing and school psychology. His

mother, a nurse, encouraged him to follow in her

footsteps, but he chose psychology. “Like many

18-year-olds, I questioned whether my mom knew

what’s best,” he says.


After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in

2003, Flashinski found himself at a crossroads. He could either go

to graduate school or join his dad and brother on the family farm.

He chose the farm.

“I farmed for a few years and enjoyed it,” he says. “When I was

sitting in the tractor tilling the fields, I knew I was doing something

valuable.” But fieldwork aggravated his allergies, and Flashinski

wanted a different lifestyle. So he revisited his career choices. This

time, he opted for nursing.

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Harpin consults with teen at

St. Joseph’s Home for Children.

His background in psychology was a plus. So was his undergraduate

research experience. He also has a strong work ethic,

shaped by life on the farm. “I learned the value of hard work,

dedication, and how to manage my time most efficiently,” he says.

“And that’s the way I approach nursing.”


After graduating with a master’s in nursing this December,

Flashinski plans to practice in intensive care. After that, he hopes to

complete a doctorate in nursing practice and become a nurse

anesthetist. Eventually, he’d like to become a clinical instructor or

professor and conduct research.

Flashinski was drawn to anesthesia after shadowing a nurse

anesthetist during high school. “The field offers autonomy and

responsibility. The patient’s life is literally in your hands during the

operation,” he says.


Most of Flashinski’s high school friends chose traditional male jobs,

while he selected a nontraditional profession. “They poked a little

fun at me when they found out I was going into nursing,” he admits.

But he remains unfazed by their teasing. “I’ve told them that

nursing has so much to offer,” he says. “You can go in so many

different directions. There’s job security, it’s well paying, and it’s

important work. And they’re beginning to understand my choice.”

scott harpin:

Improving Adolescent Health


Scott Harpin discovered nursing as a college

freshman, when he took a job as a nursing assistant.

Over the next few years, he worked in a

variety of settings and found he truly enjoyed

caring for patients and families.


Then during his last year of college, Harpin discovered public health

nursing. “Until then, I figured I’d be an ICU or an OR guy,” he says.

“But I really was taken with the idea of primary prevention and the

focus on community and keeping the most vulnerable healthy.” ˘

Flashinski with his mother

Bonnie Flashinski on the

family farm. Mrs. Flashinski

is a public health nurse with

Clark County Public Health

Department in Wisconsin.

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changing face

Scott Harpin

john borg:

Making Things Happen

When John Borg entered the School of Nursing in

1971, male nurses were rare. But he didn’t hesitate.

A former Army medic who had served in Vietnam,

Borg was sure of his career choice.

After graduation, Harpin worked on medical-surgical unit

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis. A friend suggested he

take a “side job” as a staff nurse at St. Joseph’s Home for Children,

which specializes in assessment, crisis intervention, and residential

programming for children with emotional and behavioral problems.

At St. Joe’s, Harpin discovered he liked the challenge of working

with teens. In some ways, his gender made the job easier. “Many

teens—both boys and girls—enjoyed having a guy figure in their

lives,” he says.

Harpin also discovered he liked trying to understand adolescent

issues and their connection to public health. “I enjoyed that more

than focusing on a single patient,” he says.


“I was older than most of the other students, and I was married so

I had a support system, which male students needed back then,”

says Borg, who also completed a master’s in nursing and hospital

administration in 1976.

During his 30-year career, he never experienced discrimination on

the job, but job interviews were sometimes a different story. “One

doctor asked me if my children were really my biological children,”

he remembers. “Today such a question would never be allowed.”


Since 1987, Borg has held various administrative positions at Valley

Health, which serves residents of the northern Shenandoah

Valley. He is part of the senior management team that oversees

three hospitals in Virginia and two in West Virginia. He also serves

as president of Morgan County War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley

Springs, West Virginia, where he is overseeing the construction

of a new $25 million facility—the fourth hospital he has helped

design during his career.


During his time at St. Joe’s, Harpin served on the Hennepin County

Community Health Advisory Committee. This allowed him to

collaborate with other adolescent health professionals and expand

his practice to include public policy.

After completing a dual master’s degree in nursing and public

health, Harpin spent three years as the co-coordinator of the

master’s-level public health nursing program in the School of

Nursing, while continuing to work part-time at St. Joe’s.

Now a full-time PhD student, Harpin has his sights set on a

research and teaching career, which will allow him to work on broad

issues he couldn’t address as a staff nurse.

“I want to delve into the next generation of questions and

explore the link between policy decisions and real-life teen issues,”

Harpin explains. “I want to shape best practices that will result in

positive changes in youth health.”

Borg reviews a patient’s chart with Christeena Brown, RN.

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MINNEAPOLIS STAR, March 13, 1950


IN ‘U’


Men Join Women in

Nursing Classes


Minneapolis Star Staff Writer


FOUR FRESHMEN in University

of Minnesota school of nursing

aren’t worrying about keeping their

hair off their uniform collars or

whether fingernail polish should be

removed for operating room duty.

They are the first men students

to enrol for the 16-quarter program

leading to a degree of bachelor of

science in nursing.

Since last fall they have been

among 20 students in the freshman

class. As the group prepared for

clinical work in University hospitals

this month, the problem of uniforms


With several of their women

classmates, faculty members and

physicians, the male nursing students

selected their official on-duty


It includes white duck trousers

and white tunic with a V-neck

and blue pocket strip to match

the women’s uniforms. There is a

white jacket for dress wear and

white shoes.

The four invaders of the field of

Florence Nightingale are:

Russell E. Church, 3179 James

Avenue N., who switched from

Four University of Minnesota freshmen who have enrolled in the

school of nursing learn to handle a young customer, Brian T. Overboe,

one-week old son of Mr. and Mrs. James T. Overboe, 608 Washington

avenue SE. The male nurses are, from left, Russell Church, William

Kidd, Olaf Tiikkaninen and Eugene Roedl.

engineering to nursing after serving

two years as a pharmacists mate

third class in the war.

Olaf Tlikkainen, Virginia, Minn.,

who was a navy radio technician

for three and one-half years.

William Kidd, Eyota, Minn., who

worked as an orderly at Rochester

Minn. state hospital and at Mayo

clinic in the summers while attending

St. Olaf college, Northfield, Minn.

Eugene Roedl, Eden Valley,

Minn., who was in the merchant

marine for three years and transferred

to the university from St.

Johns university, Collegeville, Minn.

Only six men are active RNS

(registered nurses) in Minnesota—

about one-tenth of 1 per cent of

the 5,789 active RNs in the state.

Making the university nursing

school co-educational was an action

taken by the faculty, Katherine J.

Densford, director, reported.

Male student nurses take the

same classwork and clinical training

as their women classmates.

“There is increased demand for

male nurses today,” Miss Densford

pointed out. “They are especially

needed in mental health care,

urology and in the care of male


“High salaries in the nursing field

make the profession more attractive

to men.”

“I like to look at the broader picture, develop programs, involve

people in solving problems, and make things happen,” he says.

His success is due in large part to his nursing education and clinical

experience: “That gives me credibility and helps me hone in on

problems. I’m able to ask the right questions.”

During his years at Valley Health, Borg has worked to implement

cutting-edge programming. Soon after his arrival, the system

initiated case management for patients with special health needs. In

the early 1990s, Valley Health created a parish nurse program. More

recently, Borg led the development of a comprehensive diabetes

management program.


For Borg, nursing was the perfect career choice. “It gives you a

broad entry to health care and health organizations,” he says.

“It offers mobility, an excellent living, and tremendous rewards.”

He would like to see more men enter the field. “The door is

open,” he says. “Why wouldn’t you take advantage of it?”

Interested in nursing? Today’s nurses are of all backgrounds, all

ages, and both genders. Their specialties range from pediatrics to

geriatrics, from bedside care to public health, from administration

to industry. Learn more at

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For hospital administrators, it’s the

next best thing to a crystal ball.


Many thanks to Mercy Hospital,

Iowa City, Iowa, for providing information

about data-based modeling and simulation.

Modern hospitals are complex systems

of interwoven relationships and social

networks. Changes in one hospital process,

such as the introduction of new technology,

can impact the entire system.

“Decision-making is difficult because

outcomes are impacted by numerous

variables in the hospital environment,”

says SoN Clinical Professor Tom Clancy,

PhD, MBA, RN. “These variables include the

people who work there, the patients and

their response to treatment, the availability

and functioning of equipment, and the use

of different protocols.”


A poor decision is costly is terms of dollars

and staff morale. It can also lower the

quality of patient care. For example, the use

of an electronic health record may appear,

on the surface, to be efficient and costeffective.

But the success of the new system

is influenced by a complex set of variables.

The transition from a paper to an

electronic record has a dramatic effect on

the nurses’ workflow. In addition, computer

terminals must be placed within easy reach

but not in the way of staff and equipment,

and protocols need to be established about

when and how data will be entered into

the system and who will do it. And, of course,

not everyone can type.

“A hospital can spend multi-millions of

dollars on an electronic health record, but the

expenditure will be a waste of money if the

staff refuses to use the system,” says Clancy,

an experienced hospital administrator.


What if health care systems and hospital

administrators had a crystal ball that

allowed them to see the results—both

intended and unintended—of their decisions

before they made an investment of time,

effort, and dollars?

Thanks to the emerging field of

complexity, they now have the next best

thing: the ability to make predictions

using data-based models that simulate the

interaction of multiple variables.

Let’s say that the hospital administration

wants to modify the workflow so that

patients in the emergency department will

have a shorter wait. Before making any

changes, department managers consult with

the staff and map out the current workflow.

Then they create alternate maps or

flow charts and analyze how changes

would affect emergency department staff,

patients, and other areas of the hospital.

This process is known as scenario analysis,

and in the past, it was done on paper.


“Today using computers, we can create

models that are far more complex, run

various scenarios, and see how the system

reacts to changes over time,” Clancy says.

Although the models look simple, the

underlying statistical analysis is based on

complex mathematical formulas. Once

created, the models must be validated. This

is done by entering existing data into the

model—length of wait, day and time of

arrival, staffing patterns, admissions criteria,

and so on—and comparing the results with

the observable, real-life situation.

Once the model is validated, new

values can be substituted for existing data,

and the results analyzed. Sometimes the

results are unexpected: A new policy that

benefits patients by reducing waiting time

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Data-Based Modeling

in the emergency department may create

difficulties for the nurses who work there.

When this happens, the parameters of

scenario can be adjusted and the simulation

run again to see what happens in the model.


Simulation models can capture incremental

benefits that are hard to measure. Here’s

an example: In some hospitals, nurses wear

devices allowing them to communicate

with other nurses on the unit. When they

need help turning a patient, they don’t

have to run out into the hall and look for

another nurse. They can use the device to

ask for help.

But the devices are expensive, and

some administrators are reluctant to invest

in them. Then a simulation model demonstrated

that nurses who used the devices

spent up to two hours less looking for help

and resources needed to care for patients.

“We were able to attach a dollar amount to

the time saved and predict overall cost

savings,” Clancy says.

In addition, models can be used as a

facilitation tool to help staff embrace

change. “When we wanted to simulate how

nurses worked on the unit, we involved

them in building the model,” Clancy

In a complex system

like a hospital, nothing

happens in isolation.

explains. “They were helping create the

change, and the process itself became

a consensus-builder.”


During the past decade, Clancy and his

colleagues have built over three dozen

different models of hospital operations.

These have now been linked to create a

virtual hospital.

This comprehensive model has allowed

administrators to see how even small

changes affect the entire system. “It’s helped

us make better decisions because we’ve

learned that nothing happens in isolation,”

Clancy says. “For instance, if we increase

admissions through the ER, we may create

backups in radiology.”


For the last three years, Clancy has worked

with Dean Connie Delaney to bring

simulation modeling to the School of

Nursing. “An academic center is a close

cousin to a hospital in terms of complexity.

But instead of patients as consumers,

you’re dealing with students,” Clancy says.

Clancy, Delaney, and colleagues have

created a model of one of the School’s

key processes: academic scheduling. The

model revealed that faculty workflow was

uneven. The number of scheduled classes

was low on Monday, peaked on Wednesday,

and dropped off on Friday. Leveling the

distribution of classes made it possible to

get the schedule out sooner. A better

distribution also increased the efficient use

of faculty, so important given the current

faculty shortage.

Faculty reaction has been positive. More

balanced scheduling means more time

to devote to research and grant-writing. In

fact, Clancy says, the number of grants

awarded to the School has risen since

scheduling changes were implemented.

Students were indifferent to the

changes, however. “That’s probably because

the data show that student satisfaction

with the school was high to begin with,”

Clancy says.

SoN offers DNP in Nursing Informatics

Program is first in the U.S.


In the 21st century health information

technology permeates all areas of health

care, and nurse informaticians will play an

essential role to assure the design, implementation,

and evaluation of technology

supports patient safety and quality.

To meet the need for nurse informaticians,

the School of Nursing is offering a

post-baccalaureate, doctorate of nursing

practice (DNP) with a focus in informatics.

The SoN is the first nursing school in the

nation to offer a DNP in this specialty.

Nurses who have completed a master’s

degree with a specialty in informatics can

enroll in a one-year DNP program tailored

to their needs. A more extensive BSN to

DNP program will be launched in fall 2009.

Nursing informatics integrates computer,

cognitive, information, and nursing

sciences to manage and communicate data,

information, knowledge, and wisdom. The

focus of nursing informatics is to support

patients, nurses, and other providers in their

decision-making in all roles and settings.

The need for nursing leaders specializing in

informatics is critical, with estimates

ranging from 10,000 to 40,000 staff within

the next 10 years.

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SoN’s collaboration

with the Center

for Spirituality &

Healing is reshaping

care delivery


For many people, good health care is

synonymous with curing illness or fixing

what’s broken. But nurses understand

that good health care is more than that.

It nurtures the health of the whole person:

body, mind, and spirit. Good health care

supports a healthy lifestyle, promotes

health, provides healthful and healing

environments, honors multiple traditions,

and strives to prevent illness and injury.

This holistic philosophy is the basis for

the decade-long collaboration between

the School of Nursing and the Center for

Spirituality & Healing. “Our partnership

with the Center is a core partnership of the

School,” says Dean Connie Delaney, PhD,

RN, FAAN, FACMI. “We understand that

integrative health practices are essential

to the full experience of health and the

treatment of illness for patients, families,

and communities.”


In 1999, Mariah Snyder, PhD, RN, SoN

professor emeritus, and the center’s first

director of graduate studies, launched a

graduate minor in complementary therapies

and healing practices. The minor has been

very popular with master’s and doctoral

students in nursing. Ten SoN faculty currently

hold appointments in the Center, and many

teach in its graduate program.

In 2000, the center received a $1.6

million grant from the National Center for

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

of the National Institutes of Health. The

grant supported an initiative to integrate

complementary therapies into the curricula

of the SoN and the Colleges of Medicine

and Pharmacy. The grant also supported

the development of online learning for

health professionals. Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD,

RN, FAAN, founder and director of the

Center for Spirituality & Healing and a

professor in the School of Nursing, served

as the principal investigator.


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Body, Mind, Spirit

Consumers are beginning to expect a more

multidimensional, whole-person approach to health.

DNP With a Difference


This initiative has helped health care educa -

tion meet consumers’ growing expectations

for a more multidimensional, whole-person

approach to health, says Linda Halcón,

PhD, MPH, RN, SoN associate professor and

chair of the integrative, global, and public

health cooperative. Halcón also serves as the

center’s director of graduate studies.

“The public is already there,” Halcón

says. “If we’re going to be credible, we have

to be there, too.”

The center has also launched a Web

site for consumers (www.takingcharge.csh The site offers overviews of

complementary therapies from aromatherapy

to traditional Chinese medicine, many of

which were authored by SoN faculty. Visitors

to the site will also find an interactive

personal health planner that will help them

create and track personal health goals.


Last June, the SoN and center, in collaboration

with Woodwinds Health Campus in

Woodbury, offered a five-day professional

development program for nurses, nursing

faculty, and other health care providers.

Participants came from all over the United

States as well as from Korea, Germany,

Japan, and England.

The goal of the program, which was

based at Woodwinds, was to prepare

participants to teach about integrative and

holistic health and healing and to integrate

complementary therapies and healing

practices into various health care settings.


On the practice front, Georgia Nygaard,

DNP, RN, SoN clinical assistant professor, is

helping to ensure a range of complementary

therapies are available to residents of the

Powderhorn and Central neighborhoods of

south Minneapolis.

The Pillsbury House Integrated Health

Clinic, which opened in November 2007,

brings together medical, nursing, complementary,

and alternative medicine practitioners.

Under Nygaard’s supervision, SoN

students team up with students from a wide

variety of disciplines including medicine,

chiropractic, acupuncture and Oriental

medicine, massage therapy, and psychology.

Working together, students and patients

determine which treatments will be most

effective in supporting optimal health.


Recently, the Academic Health Center

administration asked the SoN and the

center to lead the development of a

“person-centric” care delivery model as an

alternative to the current system. “The

system is broken,” Halcón says. “There’s a

sense among health professionals at every

level that this is really a mess.”

The new model is based on a systems

approach to care. It would take into account

the individual’s family, health profile, and

environmental context. The model emphasizes

personal responsibility for health and

personal participation in choices for healing.

The goal is “better outcomes at lower

cost,” says Kreitzer. “We envision a health

care commons, a portal where people could

access seamless, personalized, and holistic

care.” Services would often be communitybased

in a variety of settings, rather than

concentrated in one location.

The commons would be a “one-stop

shop” where people could learn how to

improve health and manage chronic illness,

gather information about treatment

options, and coordinate services—a place

where individuals can connect to the health

care system, and, if they choose, establish

a “health care home.”

Halcón believes that the University

of Minnesota is the perfect place to create

this new model. “Things are opening up

quickly, the right people are in place in

leadership positions and faculty members

feel permission to be creative,” she says.

“There’s a lot going on here.”

Program incorporates

integrative health

and healing throughout


When planning began for the School of

Nursing’s new doctor of nursing practice

(DNP) program, many faculty wanted to

incorporate integrative health and healing

into one of the program’s specialties.

During a discussion about which specialty

would be the best fit, someone asked a

pointed question: Would any DNP graduate

not need the knowledge?

“The answer was, ‘no,’” says Mary Jo

Kreitzer, director of the Center for Spirituality

& Healing.

As a result, the DNP program, implemented

in spring 2007, incorporates

complementary and alternative therapies

in all specialties. Beginning in fall 2009,

a post-baccalaureate DNP specialty in

integrative health and healing will also be

available for those wishing a primary focus

on this area of nursing.

“Every program will have significant

content in integrative health and healing,”

says Linda Halcón, associate professor and

chair of the integrative, global, and public

health cooperative. “It’s so consistent with

nursing’s history and theoretical base.”

For example, students in the nurse

anesthesia program might learn about

guided imagery and essential oils, and

students in the psychiatric-mental health

DNP program will study nonpharmacological

as well as conventional and pharmacologic

approaches to mental health care.

Halcón says the inclusion of integrative

approaches throughout the DNP curriculum

is still unusual. “Most universities have

one DNP specialty that includes integrative

curriculum,” she says. “We’re taking it a

step farther.”

It’s a concept whose time has come,

Kreitzer says. “This is the future of health

care, and we will continue to see it unfold.”

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a force for change

Densford Center broadens its sphere of influence

“A ship in port is safe,

but that’s not what ships are built for.”

Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, computer scientist and U.S. Navy officer.

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a force for change

To improve health and health care worldwide through the

education, collaboration, and promotion of nurses as strong

leaders and good partners” —the mission of the Katharine J.

Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership effectively

ensures that the center will be a force for change.

Led first by part-time director Mary Jo Krietzer, PhD, RN, FAAN,

and for the last eight years by Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, the

center brings individuals and groups together to generate new

ideas, challenge the status quo, and work toward transforming the

way people think and act. During this time, the center developed

and implemented forward-looking initiatives such as the Summit

of Sages, the Clinical Scholars program, the Densford Undergraduate

Scholars program, and Days of Dialogue.

The center has also offered workshops on professional practice

environments, healthy learning environments, and quality and

safety in nursing. Researchers associated with the center have

conducted funded studies on issues such as collaborating with

physicians to improve patient safety and create more welcoming

health care environments for multicultural communities.

Recently, the center developed “Nursing for Non-Nurses.” The

goal of this program is to help SoN faculty and staff who are

not nurses better understand the values, issues, and opportunities

of professional nursing. Plans are currently under way

to offer the program in expanded communities as well.



But a phenomenal resource such as the Densford

Center cannot “remain in port.” The center must

continue to equip nurses to be effective leaders and

strong partners, while advancing broader health

care agendas. It must work to reach a wider

audience, to shape health care education and

delivery systems, and to advance the scholarship

of leadership and the formation of health policy.

During the past year, the Densford Center

Executive Committee developed a philosophy of

“generative leadership” as an organizing frame -

work for this ongoing effort. This is leadership

that generates and translates new knowledge

and ways of thinking. A generative leader sees

new possibilities when they are not apparent or

when gridlock has been the norm and engages

with others to explore and excel.

The center philosophy reflects the spirit of the entire school,

which we define as “a community that generates and translates

new knowledge and ways of thinking by creatively examining

issues, challenging the status quo, capitalizing on opportunities,

embracing a spirit of abundance, and collectively leveraging the

strengths of its members and partners.”

Innovation, creativity, new knowledge, and new ways of

thinking are the hallmarks of this spirit. The Densford Center

serves as a catalyst, stimulus, and resource to the School of

Nursing, the state of Minnesota, the nation, and even the world.

The Densford Center is moving from a

singular focus on nursing to a vision of

interprofessional collaboration.


During Phase Two, this philosophy will guide Densford Center faculty

and staff as they expand the center’s sphere of influence from

a regional presence to a national and international one, widen the

center’s singular focus on nursing to an interprofessional vision,

and move from the dissemination of policies to their creation.

The center’s priorities for action during the next biennium include:

• Advancing innovation and creativity in care delivery models

• Building nursing and health provider capacity

• Improving quality and safety education for nurses and other

health care professionals

• Developing faculty leadership

• Creating a national consultation service

To accomplish these goals, center faculty will use a wide

variety of strategies, which include consulting at external sites,

welcoming groups of learners to the University, and increasing

the use of technology for learning, networking, and collaboration.


During the first half of this year, center director Joanne Disch,

administrator Arlene Birnbaum, and SoN faculty and staff have sailed

into the challenging waters of health care delivery and reform.

The center has stimulated dialogue and action on key health care

issues through the following initiatives:

• “A Nursing Perspective on Health Care Reform,” a community

forum, held in January. It brought together some 200 nursing

leaders from the greater Twin Cities metro area to explore key

concerns of consumers and families. Participants also made

recommendations for action. ˘

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a force for change

• “Reform, Then Better Financing,” a letter to the editor written

by Joanne Disch and published in the March-April 2008 issue

of Health Affairs. In the letter, Disch argues that health care

reform is destined to fail—in fact, deserves to fail—if national

leaders and policymakers don’t fix the right problem: the

dysfunctional health care delivery system.

• “Are we really ready for the Boomers?” a paper presented by

Disch in April at the Advanced Leadership Development Program,

sponsored by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership

and GE’s Institute for Transformational Leadership.

• “Setting the Stage for the Evolution of Baccalaureate Nursing

Education,” a video produced and distributed last May by

the Densford Center and the American Association of Colleges

of Nursing (AACN). The video highlights several trends

that schools of nursing must seriously consider if they

want to prepare students to practice in the current

health care environment. View the video at

Densford Center Executive Committee

Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chair

Thomas Clancy, PhD, RN

Connie Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

Sandra Edwardson, PhD, RN, FAAN

Helen Hansen, PhD, RN

Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN

Kathleen Krichbaum, PhD, RN, FAAN

Marie Manthey, MSN, FAAN, FRCN

Christine Mueller, PhD, RN, FAAN

Linda Olson Keller, DNP, RN, APRN-BC, FAAN

Bonnie Westra, PhD, RN

Kim Zemke, MS, RN


Joanne Disch Leads the Way

Creating environments that foster success

Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of

the Katharine J. Densford International

Center for Nursing Leadership, discovered

her own calling as a nursing leader more

than three decades ago when her first

head nurse, a dynamic woman named

Rocky Schmitz, showed her the power of

empowering others.


“She targeted her energy toward creating

an environment where the 30 or 40 of us

who worked together could give the best

care to patients and their families,” Disch

recalls. “I realized being a leader could be a

neat thing.”

Since then, Disch has focused on being

the kind of leader who creates environments

that foster success for both individuals and

organizations. She succeeded Rocky Schmitz

as head nurse—“They called me ‘Pebbles,’ ”

she laughs—and later served as president

of the American Association of Critical Care

Nurses and member of several national

boards. In 2000, she became the first fulltime

director of the Densford Center.


In 2002, Disch was elected to an open seat

on the AARP board of directors, and in

2006 she became board chair. Her nursing

background prepared her well for a

leadership role in the organization, which

serves almost 40 million members concerned

with health care and aging issues.

During Disch’s two-year tenure as chair, the

board voted to support the Medicare

Modernization Act and took a stand against

the privatization of Social Security.

Disch also led AARP through a yearlong

organizational assessment. “That was

incredibly challenging,” she says. “There

was a lot of healthy disagreement.”

That notion—healthy disagreement—

is a key concept for Disch. “I believe that

conflict of ideas is a very healthy thing,” she

says. “You want the richness of different

ways of seeing the situation, of different

ways of thinking.”


Disch views nurse leaders as key to resolving

looming challenges in health care. What’s

needed, she says, is “generative leadership”—

leadership that seeks to create change by

introducing new ways of thinking.

“Because of the role nurses play in health

care, we have such a valuable perspective,”

she says. “Nurses have answers.”

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Journal of Clinical Monitoring & Computing,

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Stein-Parbury, J., & Liaschenko, J. (2007).

Understanding doctor-nurse collaboration as

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Stevens, G. L., & Kaas, M. J. (2008). Psychotherapy

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Stoddard, S. A., Kubik, M. Y., & Skay, C. (2008).

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Journal of School Nursing, 24(1), 43–8.

Talley, K. M., Wyman, J. F., & Gross, C. R. (2008).

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Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 56(2),


Thorson, M. A., Bliss, D. Z., & Savik, K. (2008).

Re-examination of risk factors for non-Clostridium

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Thrall, M., Kjeldahl, K. S., Savik, K., Gulbahce, H. E.,

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Widome, R., Sieving, R. E., & Secor-Turner, M.

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Yu, F., & Lang, N. (2008). Using the Omaha

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problems, interventions, and outcomes between

clients with and without cognitive impairment.

Rehabilitation Nursing, 33(3), 124–31.

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grant awards

faculty grant awards

principal and co-principal investigator

july 1, 2007–june 30, 2008

Avery, Melissa

Technology-enhanced Learning in

Graduate Nursing (TELIGN)

Health Resources and Services Administration/

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Avery, Melissa

Exercise for American Indian Women with

Gestational Diabetes: A Pilot Study

P20 Center for Health Trajectory Research/

UMN School of Nursing

Avery, Melissa

Development of an Exercise Intervention for

American Indian Women with Gestational

Diabetes: A Community-Based Approach

American College of Nurse-Midwives Foundation

Avery, Melissa

Exercise for American Indian Women with

Gestational Diabetes: A Pilot Study

UMN – Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost

for Equity and Diversity

Bearinger, Linda

Center for Adolescent Nursing

Maternal and Child Health Bureau/

Health Resources and Services Administration/

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Bearinger, Linda

Adolescent Health Protection Research

Training Program

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Benbenek, Mary

Sunlight Exposure, Dietary, and Dress Habits

of Somali Girls

Sigma Theta Tau International, Zeta Chapter

Bernat, Debra

Effect of Minnesota Statewide

Clean Indoor Air Law on Young Adult Smoking

ClearWay Minnesota

Bliss, Donna

The Impact of Fiber Fermentation on

Fecal Incontinence

National Institutes of Health/

National Institute of Nursing Research

Bliss, Donna

Smart Seal Ostomy Appliance: Further Testing

National Institutes of Health/

National Center for Research Resources (Prime);


Bliss, Donna

Development of Tool to Identify Perineal

Dermatitis and its Severity

3M via University of Minnesota Foundation

Bliss, Donna

Evaluation of Characteristics and Typical Usage

of Incontinent Products for Fecal Incontinence

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Carney-Anderson, Lisa

The Perioperative Experience of

Parkinson’s Patients

P20 Center for Health Trajectory Research/

UMN School of Nursing

Chlan, Linda

Anxiety Self-Management for Patients

Receiving Mechanical Ventilatory Support

National Institutes of Health/

National Institute of Nursing Research

Chlan, Linda

Patient-Controlled Sedation Feasibility Study

UMN – Academic Health Center Faculty Research

Development Program

Delaney, Connie

Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Program

Health Resources and Services Administration/

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Delaney, Connie

Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program

Health Resources and Services Administration/

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Fulkerson, Jayne

Healthy Home Offerings via the

Mealtime Environment (HOME)

National Institutes of Health/

National Institute of Diabetes &

Digestive & Kidney Diseases

Garcia, Carolyn

BIRCWH Program Scholar (K12)

National Institutes of Health/

National Institute of Child Health and

Human Development (Prime)

UMN – Deborah E. Powell Center for Women’s Health

Garcia, Carolyn

Pilot of a Coping Intervention Tailored to Latina

Adolescent Females

P20 Center for Health Trajectory Research/

UMN School of Nursing

Garcia, Carolyn

Health Insurance Affordability and

Health Care Access/Quality in

High and Low Uninsurance Communities

UMN Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)

Garcia, Carolyn

Addressing the Mental Health of the

Twin Cities Latino Community

UMN School of Nursing Foundation

Garcia, Carolyn

Using Health Realization with Latino Adolescents:

Piloting the “No Te Quebres El Coco” Program

UMN President’s Faculty Multicultural Research Award

Garwick, Ann

Building an Interdisciplinary Research Agenda

to Enhance Quality of Life and Transition to

Adulthood for Youth with Chronic Health

Conditions Conference

Minnesota Department of Health

Garwick, Ann

Center for Children with Special

Health Care Needs

Maternal and Child Health Bureau/

Health Resources and Services Administration/

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Scal, Peter

Garwick, Ann (Co-PI)

Internet-Based Health Care Transition Program

Academic Health Center Development Grant

Gaugler, Joseph

Comprehensive Support of Alzheimer’s

Disease Caregivers

National Institutes of Health/

National Institute on Aging

fall/winter 2008


grant awards

Gaugler, Joseph

Caregiver Outcomes Post Nursing Home

Placement of a Family Member

National Institutes of Health/

National Institute on Aging

Gaugler, Joseph

Nursing Home Training to Impact CMS Indicators

National Institutes of Health/

National Institute on Aging (Prime)

HealthCare Interactive, Inc.

Gaugler, Joseph

The Dementia Demonstration Project

Department of Veterans Affairs

Gaugler, Joseph

Early Dementia Identification Project

State of Minnesota/

Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

Gaugler, Joseph

Nursing Home Diversion Project

State of Minnesota/

Minnesota Board on Aging

Gaugler, Joseph

A Multi-Site, Cross-Sectional, Non-Treatment

Prospective Trial to Collect Bio-Fluids and

Neuropsychiatric Data from Cognitively Normal

Elderly Subjects

Pfizer, Inc (Prime); INC Research, Inc

Gaugler, Joseph

The Memory Club: Providing Support to Persons

with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease and Their

Care Partners

UMN Office for Public Engagement

Gross, Cynthia

Kreitzer, Mary Jo (Co-PI)

Impact of Mind-Body Interventions

Post Organ Transplant

National Institutes of Health/

National Institute of Nursing Research

Gross, Cynthia

Mindfulness Meditation versus Pharmacotherapy

for Chronic Insomniac: A Pilot Study

AHC Faculty Development Program

Henly, Susan

American Indian MS to PhD Nursing Science

Bridge – Phase 2

National Institutes of Health/

National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Kerr, Madeleine

Latino-based Multimedia to Prevent NIHL

National Institutes of Health/

National Institutes of Deafness and

Other Communication Disorders

Kreitzer, Mary Jo

CAM Clinical Research Fellowship Program

National Institutes of Health (Prime)

Minnesota Medical Research Foundation

Kreitzer, Mary Jo

CAM Research Education Partnership Project

National Institutes of Health (Prime);

Northwestern Health Sciences University

Kreitzer, Mary Jo

Stress Reduction for Caregivers:

A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study

National Institutes of Health (Prime);

HealthPartners Research Foundation

Kreitzer, Mary Jo

Impact of a Residential Integrated Treatment

Program on Women with Eating Disorders

Park Nicollet Foundation (Prime);

BlueCross BlueShield Foundation

Kubik, Martha

Team COOL Pilot Study

National Institutes of Health/

National Institute of Diabetes &

Digestive & Kidney Diseases

Kubik, Martha

A Clinic-Based Intervention Targeting Primary

& Secondary Prevention of Childhood Obesity

Allina Hospitals & Clinics

Kubik, Martha

A School-Based Body Mass Index Screening

Program: Phase II

UMN – Academic Health Center Faculty Research

Development Program

Lindeke, Linda

Service Use and Outcomes of

Prematurity at Adolescence

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners,

Minnesota Chapter

Lindquist, Ruth

Neuropsychological Functioning, Delirium,

and Health-Related Quality of Life of Patients

Following On- and Off-Pump Coronary Artery

Bypass Surgery: A 3-Year Follow-Up Study

Minnesota Nurses Association Foundation

Lindquist, Ruth

Acupuncture for Prevention and Treatment of

Atrial Fibrillation in CABG Surgery Patients

P20 Center for Health Trajectory Research/

UMN School of Nursing

Looman, Wendy

Correlates of Quality of Life for Rural and Urban

Families of Children with VCFS

P20 Center for Health Trajectory Research/

UMN School of Nursing

Monsen, Karen

Discovering Effective Models for

Home Visiting Practice

Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)

Moss, Margaret

Native Nursing Careers Opportunity

Program (NNCOP)

Indian Health Service/

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mueller, Christine

Geriatric Nursing Education Project: Creating

Careers in Geriatric Advanced Practice Nursing

The John A. Hartford Foundation

Mueller, Christine

Developing Comprehensive Dementia-Specific

Nursing Home Quality Indicators

Alzheimer’s Association (Prime);

University of Indiana

Mueller, Christine

Multicultural Health and Wellness Services for

Seniors in Independent Housing

UMN Office for Public Engagement

O’Boyle, Carol

Minnesota Emergency Readiness

Education and Training (MERET)

Health Resources and Services Administration/

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

O’Conner-Von, Susan

Field Test of a Web-Based Program to Help Youth

Cope with Cancer Treatment

P20 Center for Health Trajectory Research/

UMN School of Nursing

Olson-Keller, Linda

Enhancing the Capacity of Public Health Nursing

Through Partnerships

Association of State and Territorial Directors of Nursing

Olson-Keller, Linda

A Public Health Nurse/Population Ratio

for the 21st Century

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Prime);

University of California San Francisco

Peden-McAlpine, Cynthia

Understanding Dying in Critical Care:

A Qualitative Study

UMN Graduate School – Grant in Aid

Peden-McAlpine, Cynthia

Extending Pediatric Critical Care Nurses’

Expertise in Family Settings

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Sieving, Renee

Prime Time: Health Promotion for

Multiple Risk Behaviors

National Institutes of Health/

National Institute of Nursing Research

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grant awards

Sieving, Renee

Lead Peace-Plus: Evaluating a Middle School

Service Learning Program

University of Minnesota Prevention Research Center

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Treat-Jacobson, Diane

Interdisciplinary Clinical Research Scholar Program

UMN Academic Health Center

Treat-Jacobson, Diane

Claudication: Exercise versus

Endoluminal Revascularization

National Institutes of Health/

National Heart Lung & Blood Institute (Prime);

Rhode Island Hospital (sub)

Westra, Bonnie

Predictive Modeling for Improving Incontinence

and Pressure Ulcers in Homecare

P20 Center for Health Trajectory Research/

UMN School of Nursing

Westra, Bonnie

Developing Predictive Models for Improving

Home Care Patients’ Ambulation and

Oral Medication Management Outcomes

UMN Graduate School – Grant in Aid

Westra, Bonnie

Leadership through Nursing Informatics

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Prime)

Regents of the University of California

Westra, Bonnie

Improving Informatics Competencies for

Minnesota Nursing Leaders

UMN Office for Public Engagement

Wyman, Jean

(P20) Center for Health Trajectory Research

National Institutes of Health/

National Institute of Nursing Research

Wyman, Jean

Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence

The John A. Hartford Foundation

Wyman, Jean

Pfizer Visiting Professorship in Pain Management

Pfizer, Inc.

Yu, Fang

Functional Impact of Aerobic Exercise Training

in Alzheimer’s Disease

K12 Career Advancement Program for

Clinical Research Scholars (CAPS)

Yu, Fang

The Effect of Aerobic Fitness Exercise Functioning

and Function in Community-Dwelling

Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease

American Nurses Foundation

student grant awards

principle investigator

july 1, 2007–june 30, 2008

Bjorklund, Darlene

Faculty Sponsor: Linda Chlan

Predoctoral Scholarship Award

The John A. Hartford Foundation

Black, Mary

Faculty Sponsor: Margaret Moss

Predoctoral Scholarship Award

The John A. Hartford Foundation

Croswell, Emily

Faculty Sponsor: Donna Bliss

Diet Modifications in Persons with

Fecal Incontinence

UMN–Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Program (UROP)

Fuxa, Andrew

Faculty Sponsor: Jayne Fulkerson

Obesity and School Performance Among

Minnesota Students

UMN–Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Program (UROP)

Graziano, Judith

Faculty Sponsor: Cynthia Gross

Impact of an Automated Telephone Intervention

on HbA1c in Type 2 Diabetes

Novo Nordisk

Guttormson, Jill

Faculty Sponsor: Linda Chlan

Patients’ Recall and Assessment of

Mechanical Ventilation: Impact of Sedation

National Institutes of Health/

National Institute of Nursing Research

Hooke, Mary

Faculty Sponsor: Ann Garwick

Fatigue, Physical Performance, and

Carnitine Levels in Children with Cancer

American Cancer Society

Heath, Jennifer

Faculty Sponsor: Linda Herrick

Post-Operative Pain and

Analgesic Step-down Upon Discharge

UMN–Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Program (UROP)

Manthey, Amanda

Faculty Sponsor: Donna Bliss

Individual Goals of

Fecal Incontinence Management

UMN–Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Program (UROP)

Patel, Kristina

Faculty Sponsor: Donna Bliss

Paternative Perspective Used By Those Who

Have Fecal Incontinence

UMN–Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Program (UROP)

Rosenthal, Amara

Faculty Sponsor: Christine Mueller

The Impact of Extrinsic Factors of Nursing Homes

on Resident Satisfaction and Quality of Life

UMN–Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Program (UROP)

Secor-Turner, Molly

Faculty Co-Sponsors: Renee Sieving, Ann Garwick

Social Messages and Teen Sexual Health:

Voices of Urban African American Youth

National Institutes of Health/

National Institute of Nursing Research

Talley, Kristine

Faculty Sponsor: Jean Wyman

Fear of Falling and Disability Trajectories

in Older Women

National Institutes of Health/

National Institute of Nursing Research

fall/winter 2008


center news

Moving the debate forward

On June 10, the center co-sponsored “Minnesota Innovations:

Moving the National Debate on Health Care Reform Forward,” with

the AARP, the Academic Health Center and School of Nursing, the

Mayo Center for Health Policy, and Twin Cities Public Television.

This community forum featured panels of local and national experts

who answered prerecorded questions from ordinary Minnesotans

and direct questions from moderator Cathy Wurzer, the host

of Morning Edition on Minnesota Public Radio. The forum will be

broadcast on Twin Cities Public Television in September and will

also be available as a webcast.

Center director Joanne Disch welcomed participants and noted

that Minnesotans want to live in a country where—to paraphrase

Garrison Keillor—“families are insured, the vulnerable are safe,

and children are healthy.” Panelists included John Rother, national

AARP executive vice president for policy and strategy; Hugh Smith,

professor of internal medicine and cardiology at the Mayo Clinic;

Representative Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth; Senator Linda Berglin,

DFL-Minneapolis; Cal Ludeman, commissioner of the Minnesota

Department of Human Services; Sanne Magnan, commissioner of

the Minnesota Department of Health; Randy Moore, CEO of

American TeleCare; and School of Nursing dean Connie Delaney.

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center news


Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN


To improve health and health care

worldwide through the education,

collaboration, and promotion of nurses

as strong leaders and good partners.


Joanne Disch, Clinical Professor

Phone: 612-625-1187


katharine j. densford international center for

nursing leadership

Densford Undergraduate

Scholars selected


Two students have been named Densford Undergraduate Scholars for

the 2008–2009 academic year:

Jordan Hart, originally from Ishpeming, Michigan, came to the

University of Minnesota in 2004 to study neuroscience. After

two years in the College of Biological Sciences, he applied to the

School of Nursing and was accepted into the 2009 BSN class.

Hart will study what leadership means for different people and

how to help them actualize their full potential as leaders. Hart

also recently received a Fairview Nursing Sponsorship.

Maari Schreiber, class of 2010, transferred to the University of

Minnesota School of Nursing Rochester campus after one year at

Rochester Community and Technical College. She was attracted

to nursing because she enjoys helping people and loves to learn

new things. She hopes to become a nurse practitioner and

work in a rural clinic. Schreiber plans to develop her leadership

abilities and to participate in projects that will advance the

School of Nursing.

The Densford Undergraduate Scholars Program was established in 2001 to provide

enriched leadership opportunities for senior undergraduate nursing students. Each spring,

one or two students are selected through a competitive process to work in the Densford

Center, participate in center activities, and lead a project of their own choosing. Last year’s

Undergraduate Scholar, Mat Keller, established a new special interest group within the

school, Men Enjoying Nursing (MEN).

This past spring, 18 students—an all time record—applied to the program. For the first

time, applicants included both sophomore and junior students, ensuring there would be

both a junior and a senior Densford Undergraduate Scholar.

Kay Lillehei:

Supporting Nursing Leadership

The Endowed Chair in Nursing Leadership

held by Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, was

created for the Densford Center through a

gift from Katherine (Kaye) Lillehei. A former

nurse, Lillehei says it was important for

her to establish a center to support research

in her field of practice and interest. Her

generous donation of $3 million has allowed

the center to develop initiatives that

are helping nurses tackle today’s health

care issues.

“The face of nursing is changing,”

Lillehei says. “Nurses are impacting health

care beyond the bedside, all while keeping

the patient at the center of care. We must

continue to develop nurse leaders who will

shape education, research, and care delivery.”

Lillehei has high praise for Disch’s

leadership abilities: “She has done a tremendous

job of building the center’s reputation

through its programs and research. I am

excited to see what lies ahead.”

fall/winter 2008


center news


Linda H. Bearinger, PhD, RN, FAAN


To educate nurses and other health

professionals to be expert clinicians,

teachers, researchers, leaders, and

policymakers who will serve the health

needs of young people.


Linda H. Bearinger, Professor and Director

Phone: 612-624-5157

Fax: 612-626-3467


center for

adolescent nursing

Seed Scattered and Sown

Influence of center spreads across

the country and the world

“I can’t see myself in the position I am today without the support

and the knowledge I gained in the master’s program,” says Windy

Solsvig, MS, RN, an HIV/AIDs case manager at Children’s Memorial

Hospital in Chicago.

As a graduate student in the School of Nursing and member of

the Center for Adolescent Nursing, Solsvig completed practica at

Midwest Children’s Resource Center, working with adolescent girls

at risk for sexual abuse and prostitution. After graduation, she

transitioned into a full-time, advanced-practice case manager position

at a clinic, then moved to Chicago and took the leadership

position she has now.

Her MS coursework clearly prepared her well for the clinical

practice, research, and administrative work she does at the

hospital. “I have absolutely no second thoughts about my choices

for my educational track,” she says.


Solsvig is one of approximately 90 students who earned master’s

degrees through the School of Nursing’s Center for Adolescent

Nursing over the last 15 years. She and other alumni are using their

education and experience in diverse ways, and the impact they are

having on adolescent health is far-reaching. The issues they are

addressing in their influential roles range from reproductive health

to mental health.

Some are providing direct services in community-based clinics,

others are working in school health settings, and still others are

leading programs in public health agencies. Some are enrolled in

PhD programs; others—seven at last count—have already earned

their doctorate degree. Some have joined the faculty at universities

in the global community, such as Japan and New Zealand. Others

teach in nursing programs here in the Midwest.

Luz Huntington-Moskos, MS, RN—who came to the center

after working as a nurse in the Peace Corps, on reservations, and in

urban hospitals—is inspiring the next generation of nurses as a

faculty member at Southeast Indiana University. She’s also looking

into the possibility of earning her PhD. “I wish I lived closer to

Minnesota so I could return and start my program there,” she says.

Solsvig and Huntington-Moskos represent just two of many

success stories made possible by the Center for Adolescent Nursing,

its community partners, and its funding agencies, including the

Maternal-Child Health Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention, which has provided training grants for many years.


To ensure the best preparation for the next generation of advancedpractice

nurse leaders, the School of Nursing is transitioning the

Master of Science degree, major in nursing, to the Doctor of Nursing

Practice degree (DNP). As a result, the center will shift its focus to

the DNP program.

“We routinely ask ourselves if we are offering the best

education to our students,” says center director Linda Bearinger,

PhD, MS, RN, FAAN. “We want to be sure we are giving them

the best tools to fill their toolboxes as they set forth on the next

steps in their careers.”

While Bearinger says the time is right to switch to the DNP

program, she looks back with pride on the center’s first 15 years of

achievements and the successes of its graduates.

“The seeds of our program certainly are scattering and blooming

across the United States and improving youth health well beyond

our state’s borders,” she says.

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center news


Jean Wyman, PhD, GNP-BC, 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.


Jean Wyman, Professor


minnesota hartford center of

geriatric nursing excellence

Upper Midwest Geriatric Nursing

Education Alliance meets

The Upper Midwest Geriatric Nursing Education Alliance held its

first meeting on May 28–29. The gathering drew representatives

from 37 colleges in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North and South

Dakota, along with faculty from five of six tribal colleges.

Members of the Alliance established their mission: a commitment

to excellence in geriatric nursing education in associate

and higher degree programs. The mission is supported four goals:

1. To provide leadership in nursing education by infusing and

strengthening geriatric nursing competencies in associate

and higher degree programs

2. To provide support and networking to promote geriatric

nursing education in schools of nursing

3. To build and sustain a strong alliance

4. To advocate for the health and well-being of older adults

Special guests included Patricia Kappas-Larson, senior vice

president of public affairs at Evercare, and Rachael Watman, program

officer of the John A. Hartford Foundation. Watman presented

the Hartford Foundation grantmaking mission, which is to enhance

and expand the geriatrics

training of physicians, nurses,

social workers, and other health

professionals and to promote

innovation in the integration

and provision of services for all

older people.

Rachael Watman

Focus on Boomers

Heather Young

Heather Young, PhD, GNP, FAAN, Grace Phelps Distinguised

Professor, and director of the John A. Hartford Foundation Center of

Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Oregon Health Science University

School of Nursing, presented “When the Age Wave Hits the Shore:

Implications for Caring for Aging Baby Boomers” on Tuesday

evening, May 27.

Dr. Young’s remarks focused on the biggest age band in history,

the Boomer generation born between 1946 and 1964. She discussed

the need for alternative models, solutions, and philosophies of care

to meet the Boomers’ expectations for communication, quality,

and care, which differ from those of today’s older adults.

This was the inaugural event for the Minnesota Hartford

Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. It was attended by 75 people

including students and representatives from area health care

organizations and colleges, private and government health care

service programs, public health agencies, and volunteer organizations

The event was held in conjunction with the meeting of the

Upper Midwest Geriatric Nursing Education Alliance.

The Hartford Foundation provides funding for the Minnesota

Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. Evercare co-sponsored the

Alliance meeting and Dr. Young’s presentation.

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center news


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


To develop and test innovative

interventions that help individuals

and families create optimal pathways

to health.


Jean Wyman, Professor

Phone: 612-626-9443


minnesota center for

health trajectory research

Visiting scholar

Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, FAAN,

dean of the School of Nursing at the

University of Pittsburgh, served as the

center’s visiting scholar on April 10–11,

2008. She presented two research

seminars to faculty, students, and staff.

The first focused on adherence strategies

and measurement in clinical trials. The

second explored retention issues and

strategies in longitudinal studies. Dunbar-Jacob also consulted with the center’s

executive committee on the continued development of the scientific theme.

In addition, Dunbar-Jacob delivered the keynote address to more than 350 faculty,

students, and community partners at the School of Nursing’s Annual Nursing Research

Day on April 11. Her presentation was entitled, “Developing a Program of Research:

Building Knowledge on Patient Adherence.”

The Minnesota Center for Health Trajectory

Research was established in 2005 with a

$1.5 million grant from the National Institute of

Nursing Research. The center is developing and

testing innovative interventions that will help

individuals and families create optimal pathways

to health. Center researchers are exploring the

interrelationships among the many biological,

behavioral, psychosocial, and environmental

factors responsible for health or illness and how

to manage them over time.

Learn more

Please check out our Web site at for

links to seminars and presentations

conducted by the center.

One-year pilot studies

The center provides funding to faculty to conduct one-year pilot

studies. Projects funded for 2008–09 year are:

• Exercise for American Indian Women with Gestational Diabetes:

A Pilot Study. Principal Investigator: Melissa Avery, associate

professor and chair, Child and Family Health Cooperative

• Correlates of Quality of Life for Rural and Urban Families

of Children with Velocardiofacial Syndrome (VCFS).

Principal Investigator: Wendy Looman, assistant professor

• Pilot of a Coping Intervention Developed for Latina Adolescent

Females. Principal Investigator: Carolyn Garcia, assistant professor

L–R, Melissa Avery, Wendy Looman, Carolyn Garcia

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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

both children and youth, the organization

and delivery of health services,

policy, research, education, and advocacy.

The center’s holistic approach focuses

on family-centered care within cultural

and community contexts.


Ann Garwick, Professor


center for

children with special

health care needs

Grant Announcement: Another 5 Years

The Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs is extremely

proud to announce receipt of a $1 million, five-year grant from the

Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), (Title V, Social Security

Act) Health Resources and Services Administration, Department

of Health and Human Services. The center has been continuously

funded by MCHB since 1993, and is one of five Leadership Education

in Maternal and Child Health Nursing programs in the nation.

During the past 15 years, the center, created under the direction

of Barbara Leonard, PhD, RN, FAAN, has supported over 125 masters

and doctorally prepared pediatric nurses who have assumed

leadership roles in a variety of academic, clinical, public health, and

policy settings. Center faculty include: Ann Garwick, PhD, RN, FAAN;

Barbara J. Leonard, PhD, RN, FAAN; Linda L. Lindeke, PhD, RN, CNP;

Wendy Looman, PhD, RN, CNP; Susan O’Conner-Von, PhD, RNc;

Christine Poe, DNP, RN, CNP; and Cheri Friedrich, DNP, RN, CNP.


Linda Lindeke, PhD, RN, CNP, is the new president of the National

Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), the professional

association for pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) and other

advanced practice nurses who care for children.

School of Nursing graduate programs

available for trainees

Specialty preparation is available for advanced practice roles such

as pediatric nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists, as

well as for pediatric faculty, research, administration, and public

policy roles. The center supports post-master’s certificate and

doctoral (PhD and Doctor of Nursing Practice-DNP) leadership

students who are preparing to serve children with special health

care needs and their families.

Online continuing education opportunities

The center offers educational programs, online resources, conferences,

and workshops for professionals working with children with special

health care needs. Educational resources and technical assistance

are provided to our maternal and child health partners (MCH). We

are pleased to offer online streaming video seminars for continuing

education contact hours at no cost to the practitioner. Visit the

“Continuing Education” section of our Web site to participate.

2008 Transition Conference resources

Two resources from this year’s conference, Building an Interdisciplinary

Research Agenda to Enhance Quality of Life and Transition

to Adulthood for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions, are now

available on our Web site. Also available are:

• 2008 Interdisciplinary Transition Conference Report by Ann

Garwick and Peggy Mann Rinehart. The report includes:

1) a summary of conference highlights, 2) the Transition Research

Agenda, 3) information about the interdisciplinary research

plan development, 4) participant contact information, and

5) a Research Action Planning tool. This report represents the

thoughtful contributions of young adults, parents, community

partners, health and education professionals, and researchers

who worked together to develop a Transition Research Agenda

for the State of Minnesota.

• Breeze presentations and PowerPoint slides for these plenary


Chronic Illness and Disability in Children and Adolescents:

Implications for Transition by Dr. Judith Palfrey, T. Berry Brazelton

Professor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School.

Improving Transition Services Through Integrated Services and

Research for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions by Dr. Richard N.

Roberts, professor of psychology, Utah State University.

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center news


L) Ann Garwick, PhD, RN, FAAN

R) 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.


Ann Garwick, Professor

Jayne Fulkerson, Associate Professor


center for

child and family health

promotion research

Addressing health disparities

Center faculty researchers conduct community-based participatory

action research that addresses health disparities among children,

youth, and families from ethnically diverse and underserved

populations. This approach is resulting in the development of

culturally appropriate instruments, resources, and interventions

that address community-identified needs. Some examples:

• Melissa Avery, PhD, RN, CNM, FACNM, is using a communitybased

approach to develop an exercise intervention for

American Indian women with gestational diabetes that builds

on her clinical expertise as a nurse midwife.

• Carolyn Garcia, PhD, MPH, RN, is focusing on promoting the

mental health of Latino adolescents. She has developed an

instrument to measure Latino mental health knowledge and

is working in partnership with Latino community leaders to

develop culturally appropriate mental health interventions.

• Madeleine Kerr, PhD, is working in partnership with labor

unions to prevent noise-induced hearing loss among Latino

construction works in a tailored multimedia intervention study.

• Wendy Looman, PhD, RN, CNP, has been collaborating with

Hmong community leaders and parents who work with

children with special health care needs to develop a culturally

relevant Hmong translation of her Social Capital Scale for

Children with Special Health Care Needs.

• Cheryl Robertson, PhD, MPH, RN, focuses on promoting the

mental health of refugees, particularly mothers of children from

war-torn countries such as Somalia. Robertson collaborated with

Linda Halcón, PhD, MPH, RN, on a landmark strength-focused,

group intervention for female Somali refugees using a health

realization model.

Focusing on public health issues

Center investigators are also developing innovative communitybased

interventions to address critical public health issues.

Some examples:

• Jayne A. Fulkerson, PhD, is working to prevent childhood

obesity and excess weight gain through a community-based

intervention with families of elementary school-aged children.

The Healthy Offerings Via the Mealtime Environment (HOME)

intervention is designed to increase fruit/vegetable consumption

and the quality of foods in the home and at family meals.

• Martha Kubik, PhD, MSN, RNC, has collaborated with clinical

partners to develop a clinic-based intervention targeting

primary and secondary prevention of childhood obesity. She

has also partnered with school nurses on a project to conduct

an annual school-based body mass index screening program

involving kindergarten students and 2nd, 4th, and 6th graders.

Sarah Stoddard awarded

Theresa V. James Fellowship

We are pleased to announce that doctoral candidate Sarah Stoddard

has received the 2008 Theresa V. James Fellowship to support her

dissertation research. This annual award is made possible by funds

that were generously contributed by center faculty members and

the James family to acknowledge an outstanding doctoral student

who is conducting research related to the center’s mission. Sarah’s

research will focus on examining social connections, hopelessness,

and violent behaviors in African American youth living in urban

impoverished neighborhoods. Sarah’s dissertation co-advisors are

Dr. Susan Henly and Dr. Renee Sieving.

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center news


Jean Wyman, PhD, GNP-BC, FAAN


To improve the health, quality of life,

and delivery of quality nursing care to

aging adults of diverse cultures


or to join the University of

Minnesota Gero Nursing listserv:

Jean Wyman, Professor


center for

gerontological nursing

Donna Bliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, was elected co-chair

of the Gerontological Nursing Research Section of the

Midwest Nursing Research Society at its annual meeting

in Indianapolis in March 2008.

Kristine Talley, MS, GNP-BC, and clinical assistant professor, was awarded her

PhD in nursing during May’s graduation ceremonies. Her dissertation was titled

Fear of Falling and Disabilities Trajectories in Community-Dwelling Older Women.

Talley was also named a Claire M. Fagin Fellow by the John A. Hartford Foundation

Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity program. Fellows receive $60,000

per year for two years to support advanced research training, mentorship, leadership,

and career development. Talley will investigate the effectiveness of restorative

nursing at preventing excess disability in long-stay nursing home residents. Her

mentors include Drs. Jean Wyman, Christine Mueller, and Robert Kane. In addition,

Talley will collaborate with nurse researchers from Duke University, the University

of Maryland, and the National Center for Heath Statistics. She will be the center’s

first postdoctoral scholar.


Mary Dierich, MS, GNP-BC, and teaching specialist, was

named a 2008–2010 John A. Hartford Foundation Predoctoral

Scholar. Predoctoral scholars receive a scholarship covering tuition

and fees of up to $50,000 per year for two years to support their

doctoral training. Dierich will study medication use among

community-dwelling elders. Her mentors include Drs. Christine

Mueller, Bonnie Westra, and Robert Kane.

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alumni news

Stories and memories bring history to

life. To celebrate the School of Nursing

Centennial in 2009, we are asking

nursing students, alumni, and friends to

submit favorite memories, stories, and

photos. Submissions will be posted on

our new Nursing Memories Web site at for

everyone to enjoy.

Send stories and photos to:

School of Nursing

Attn: Cathy Konat

5-140 WDH, 308 Harvard Street SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455

Or e-mail to

We cannot return your photos. Please send copies only.


“In 1994, I became president of a dynamic group that began the

building process for the Katharine J. Densford Center for Nursing

Leadership. We spent many work sessions along with Dean

Edwardson and other nursing leaders from around the country

brainstorming and putting our vision on paper. We wanted a

leadership center where ideas could be shared, potential recognized,

and students at all levels could grow. It was an exciting time!”

— Mary Bishop ’79

“Responsibilities are frightening to remember. At 17, I was the only

nurse for 40 patients. Penicillin had been discovered, but it was

not long-lasting, so we had to give those shots every three hours.

I did learn not to waken people to give them a sleeping pill.”

— V. Lynette McKewin Kimble ’48

“During the summer of 1946…a polio epidemic was rampaging, and

the students at General particularly were caught in the middle of

it. By the time I came back to General, our patients on “Contagion”

were those in the old iron lung. We all had to know how to care

for those patients and to work the bellows by hand should the

electricity fail.”

— Juanita Niemann Peterson ’48

“First day of full-time clinical experience on Station 42, Wangensteen’s

unit I think. I was so naïve I thought the orderlies were doctors—

and very diligent ones—since they were weighing the patients at

7:30 a.m. Sharing joys, zaniness, sorrows, disappointments,

embarrassments with wonderful women who were an essential

part of who we became because of all we experienced on the way

to becoming professionals.”

— Patricia Short Tomlinson ’57

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alumni news

“The absolutely black sky and cloud burst of rain on the evening of

our commencement on June 8, 1968, which limited our ceremony

in Memorial Stadium to marching in, looking at the clouds, and

President Malcolm Moos declaring us ALL graduated in one big swoop

of his arm, then ordering us all to run for cover!! The ceremony

took all of 10 minutes! No time for pictures, tears, or goodbyes…

it was just over! Thank heaven our own pinning ceremony had

taken place at an earlier date.”

— Class of 1968

“Several students thought it was time to re-create a student

government in order to have input into the affairs and concerns

of the School of Nursing. Mary Dee McEvoy was a grad student,

and Barb Bungert and I worked at the undergraduate level. We

developed by-laws, policies, worked with faculty, and, of course, did

fundraising. Taking the required class at the student union about

safe bake sales seemed redundant after microbiology!”

— Mary Nyquist Koons ’76

“Our education here was unusual, exceptional, thorough, and

unique. We all remember the children who were the first surgical

heart patients. We remember the bypass machines that changed

even during our OR experience as improvements were made

and changes tried. We remember the OR flooding with water and

everyone in boots, to ground the OR personnel. Our living together

was the great gift of our education. We were a sorority, a support

group, and a group of friends, a sisterhood. We owe much to this

institution that educated us.”

— Susan McKinley, ’57

Centennial 2009


November 5, 2009

School of Nursing Centennial Gala

November 6, 2009

Alumni back-to-campus day

November 7, 2009

Pre-game tailgate party and football

game in new Gopher stadium!

DON’T MISS OUT! To receive information about School of Nursing Centennial events, please

send updated contact information to, or call Cathy at 612-624-0103.

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alumni news


Class Year



Class Year






Jean Umezu 1972

Class Agents:

Classmate Connectors

In preparation for the 2009 Centennial, we

are recruiting class agents. Check the list on

the right to locate the agent for your class.

If your class doesn’t have an agent,

please consider serving. During your twoyear

team as class agent, you will:

• Serve as the liaison between your

classmates and the School of Nursing

• Update contact information of

classmates including e-mail address

• Promote participation of classmates

in Centennial activities

It’s a great opportunity to reconnect

with classmates! Interested? Call

Cathy at 612-624-0103 or e-mail her at

2008 May Gatherings:

Inspiration for Learning,

Motivation for Giving

SoN alumni and friends learned about new discoveries and

approaches to nursing at this year’s May Gatherings in the Twin

Cities, Rochester, and St. Cloud. Hosted by the School of Nursing

Foundation, the popular get-togethers showcased recent research

by SoN faculty. Topics included “Taking stress reduction to heart,”

“Learning about research the COOL way,” and “Changing the world

one megabyte at a time.”

Participants agreed that the annual gatherings were like a breath

of fresh air. One alumnus shared his impressions: “The dynamic

and progressive direction taken by the University of Minnesota

School of Nursing is impressive, and it inspired me to consider

making a contribution to support outstanding progress in nursing

care!! The May Gathering also got me interested in pursuing a

DNP degree at the U…!”




Shirley Small 1945

Mary Lou Smith

Betty Thayer 1946

Jean Hall

Lois Zumberge

Patricia Ruby Morse Dec 1947

Eileen Scanlon 1948

Verle Waters Clark




Phoebe Becktell Mar 1952

Gloria Ruschmeyer

Bev Dorsey Aug 1953



Janet Ford 1956

Susan Steiner

Susan McKinley Mar 1957

Kathryn Swanson Aug 1957

Kathleen Broman

Sandra Gure Monson Aug 1958

Nancy Peterson Mar 1959

Mary Lou Christensen 1960

Margaret Fullinwider Aug 1960

Louanne Sheneman 1961

Gwen Kline

Mary Thompson Mar 1962


Alison Clark Mar 1964


Carol Shukla 1966

Mary Ann Loftus 1967

Nancy Reichmann 1968

Naomi Strom 1969


Lisa Have 1974


Mary Koons 1976


Barb Bungert Ottinger 1978




Carmela Hubler 1982




Brigetta Johnson 1986





Susan Reinemann Bauer 1991



Chris McDonald 1994




Melissa Thorson 1998

Laura Doten


Susan Ehman 2000


Shay Schroetter 2002






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alumni news

class notes

Share your recent achievements, new employment, and family news at

Susan (Larson) Ehman, MS ’04, BSN ’00,

and her husband, Dominic, welcomed their

daughter, Gabriella, on December 17. They

are enjoying their new addition and trying

to catch some sleep when possible. Sue

continues to enjoy working at Regions

Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she

is a trauma nurse clinician. She also picks

up an occasional shift in the surgicaltrauma


Karen S. Goedken, MS ’84, spent 2007 as a

staff officer/policy analyst with the Army

Wounded Warrior Program in Washington,

D.C. During the first six months, she

traveled the United States and Germany

with the Army Surgeon General’s Traumatic

Brain Injury Task Force. She was the only

Army reservist on the task force. Karen

wrote the long-term care portion of the

task force report, published in January

2008. She also worked on the initial stage

of a redesign of the Department of Defense

care system for military members, from

site of injury to return home. The redesign

merges the DOD and VA systems for the

first time. Karen retired from the U.S. Army

Reserves Army Nurse Corps after 20 years

of service on March 1, 2008, with the

rank of lieutenant colonel. She now works

as a Hennepin County public health nurse,

providing case management for persons

with disabilities.

Rebecca Otterness, MS ’95, RNC, recently

authored an article, “An Inside Story: Long-

Term Caregiving and For Better or Worse,”

which appeared in Lutheran Partners,

Jan/Feb 2008 issue. Lutheran Partners is

the professional journal for ordained and

lay leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran

Church in America (ELCA). The article is also

on the Web at


Cheryl Robertson (left) with her daughter Maria and

Scott Harpin, who presented the award.

Cheryl Robertson, PhD ’00, MPH ’88,

received the Distinguished Alumni

Humanitarian Award from the SoN Alumni

Society at the Alumni Spring Celebration

and Reunion on April 12, 2008. Cheryl has

practiced in global nursing and public

health arenas for more than 20 years. She

has developed services for refugee war

trauma and torture survivors in the United

States and abroad. Through her contributions,

she has improved the lives of some

of the world’s most vulnerable people.

D. Elaine Anderson Wood, MS ’68, RN, CNE,

is assistant professor at the University of

Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College

of Nursing.


August 1958


“A Fashionable Walk Through Nursing History”

offered alumni and friends an afternoon of

entertainment and nostalgia. Specially honored

were the reunion classes of 1948, 1958, and 1968.

Reunion class memories can be viewed online


March 1958

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alumni news

in memory

Ruth “Rufus” Benson, BSN ’47, Edina,

Minnesota, on May 8, 2008. Ruth retired in

1992 after 25 years of nursing at Fairview

Southdale Hospital.

Isabel Harris, First SoN Dean

Advocated for creation of

independent nursing school

Isabel Harris, a tireless advocate for the School of Nursing and the school’s first dean,

passed away March 2 in Bloomington, Minnesota. She was 93.

Born in Michigan, Harris attended the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins

University where she completed a master’s degree in nursing. She joined the Army

Nursing Corps shortly after World War II began. She was initially based in Australia, but

moved with the Army as the Allies gradually reclaimed the islands of the Pacific.

Harris came to the School of Nursing in 1947 at the invitation of Katherine Densford,

who asked her to help establish a program in psychiatric nursing. She earned a PhD in

nursing, becoming one of the first dozen people to achieve that honor.


Harris, who served as School of Nursing dean from 1969 to 1975, was the first female

dean at the University of Minnesota. The beginning of her tenure coincided with the

formation of the Academic Health Center. She worked hard to promote the value of a

nursing school separate from the University’s Medical School. “She got a lot done just

by being her gracious self,” says Sandra Edwardson, SoN professor and former dean.

A quiet force for change, Harris was, nevertheless, a strong supporter of women’s

rights. When she learned that she was paid substantially less than men in equivalent

positions, she sued the University and her salary was increased.

After stepping down as dean, Harris returned to teaching until she retired in 1981.


An avid fan of Gophers football, Harris attended games at Memorial Stadium on even

the coldest days. Her friend Ruth Weise remembers that Harris usually joined a group

of nursing faculty for a post-game party, often contributing a poppy seed cake.

Harris was a world traveler who visited places as varied as South Korea, South Africa,

Madagascar, Europe, and Minnesota’s Gun Flint Trail. She was often accompanied by

her friend Florence Julian.

After retiring, Harris served as a docent at the Weisman Museum and continued

an active life that included bicycling and daily swims. She will be remembered as a loyal

friend and a doting aunt. “She was warm, comfortable, humble, quiet, gentle, smart,

and affectionate,” says her niece Megan Harris. “She loved her family, but I think she

especially cherished being around the younger generation.”

Martha E. Cress, BSN ’47, Roswell, New

Mexico, on January 14. Martha interrupted

her nursing education to serve in the Army

Nursing Corps during World War II. She

developed the curriculum for the nursing

program at Eastern New Mexico University

in Roswell, where she spent 21 years as

director of nursing before retiring.

Jean Rossman Field, BSN ’44, Edina,

Minnesota, on March 17, 2008. Jean began

her career at the University of Minnesota

Hospitals. She later worked at Fairview

Southdale Hospital in the ICU. A scholarship

has been established in her name at the

School of Nursing.

Edna Fordyce, BSN ’60, Laurel, Maryland,

on September 13, 2007.

Judith Freiberger Hintz, BSN ’70, Stillwater,

Minnesota, on July 22, 2007. Her family

remarked on the sense of pride Judith felt

as a graduate of the School of Nursing.

Mae McQueeny, BSN ’60, on March 20,

2008. Mae received her degree in nursing


Pauline Ferrel Peters, BSN ’47, on April 21,


Elizabeth Routson, former trustee of the

School of Nursing Foundation Board,

on January 2, 2008, after a battle with

breast cancer. Beth was the President and

CEO of BioVigil, LLC, and had her own

consulting firm.

Ruth Ann Graves Schwab, BSN ’48, on

February 11, 2008.

Lillian V. Stenehjem, BSN ’36, Rochester,

Minnesota, on January 22, 2008. Lillian’s

career focused on working with children.

After retiring in 1981, she became a

consultant for the National Child Care


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u of m school of nursing

The University of

Minnesota School of

Nursing Foundation

“is the means

through which nursing

and the public can

collaborate in efforts

to raise funds to

support scholarship,

to encourage new

trends and developments,

to strengthen

the financial base,

to develop community

respect and understanding

of need

through encouragement

of endowments

and planned program


Elva Walker Spillane

Founding President 1958

School of Nursing Foundation


July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008

Annual Report

Celebrating our 50th year, the School of Nursing Foundation remains dedicated to supporting

nursing research, education, and service. This year the foundation received the largest gift ever

given to support scholarships. The $2.5 million Mary K. Field and Cyrus A. Field Scholarship will

provide support for undergraduate and professional nursing students. The gift has been approved

for matching University funds that will ultimately double its impact. Throughout the donor report

presented on the following pages, we are pleased to highlight some of the additional $1.33 million

in gifts received during the past fiscal year.

Special grants were awarded by the foundation to support Nursing Research Day, the Community

Partnership Breakfast, and a pilot project “Comparing the Roles of School Nurses in Coordinating

Asthma Care for Pre-adolescents and Adolescents in Iceland and St. Paul, Minnesota.” Two students

received Jewelry Scholarships from the proceeds of the foundation’s annual jewelry sale. For the

second year, School of Nursing pins were provided to BSN and post-baccalaureate graduates through

the Nursing Legacy Fund, which supports the establishment of new traditions.

In September 2007, we began work on a broad initiative to create a new strategic plan that will

position the foundation for the School of Nursing’s 2009 Centennial and the years that follow. At the

same time, the foundation’s on-going fundraising and major gift activity continued. A few highlights:

• The Art and Truth of Nursing dinner, hosted by Jack Spillane in honor of the legacy and

leadership of his late wife Elva Walker Spillane, first president of the foundation. The program

featured guest artist Gloria Tew and a presentation by Dr. Joanne Disch.

• The third annual Community Partnership Breakfast for health systems and corporate partners

held in conjunction with Nursing Research Day in April 2008. Ten corporate sponsors joined the

foundation in supporting Research Day.

• Monthly Dean’s Luncheons for alumni and friends in the Twin Cities community; Rochester,

Minnesota; Washington, D.C.; and Scottsdale, Arizona.

• May Gatherings held in eight locations including the Twin Cities metro area, Rochester, St. Cloud,

and Stillwater. The events showcased faculty research.

• The 4th annual Scholarship and Fellowship Reception. The event, held in October 2007, brought

together SoN scholarship recipients and major donors. During the past fiscal year, more than

170 scholarships and fellowships were awarded to deserving students. Including the Field

Scholarship, 34 undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships have now been endowed

by donors at the $25,000 level or above and approved for matching funds.

Thank you to all who made 2008 a very successful 50th year for the School of Nursing

Foundation. We truly appreciate our loyal and generous donors, foundation trustees, Dean Delaney,

and the School’s faculty, alumni, and students. Thanks to you, the School’s leadership in nursing

excellence will continue to improve health care in Minnesota, the nation, and the world. We are

grateful for your powerful support.

Carol Kelsey, Chair 2008

Class of 1960

Laurel Mallon, President

Director of Development

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nursing foundation

shareholders report

We gratefully acknowledge the generous individuals and

corporations who have made pivotal gifts to advance

nursing research, education, and service during the 2008

fiscal year ending June 30, 2008.


Bold Presidents Club

Members are honored for lifetime giving

to the School of Nursing and includes

the following recognition levels:

(B) Builders Society

Gifts or pledge of at least $1 million

(R) Regents Society

Gifts or pledge of at least $500,000

(T) Trustees Society

Gifts or pledge of at least $100,000

(C) Chancellors Society

Gifts or pledge of at least $50,000

(F) Founders Society

Gifts or pledge 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

* Deceased

Elva Walker Spillane, founding

president of the School of

Nursing Foundation in 1958.


Mary K. Field* (B)


Dorothy C. Calafiore* (T)

Claire M. Gauthier* (T)



Mary Ann L. Anglim (F)

Blue Cross Blue Shield

of Minnesota

Children’s Health Care–

Minneapolis (C)

Nancy L. Cook* (C, H)

Fairview Health Services

HealthEast Care System

Margaret H. & James E.

Kelley Fdn. (T)

Kat herine R Lillehei (B, H)

Mayo Fdn. for Medical

Education & Research

John W. Miller (C, H)

Marilee A. Miller (C, H)

Ovations (C)

Karen L. Rothenbuhler (C, H)

St. Cloud Hospital

Dorothy M. Tucker (F)

Sadie Vannier

Wilton E. Vannier*

Elizabeth A. Wiens

Wound Ostomy &

Continence Nurses

Society (T)

Delores E. Young*


3M Fdn. (F)

Clara L. Adams-Ender (Ch)

Allina Health System (T)

Myrtle E. Aydelotte (C, H)

M. Barbara Balik (H)

Jane H. Barnsteiner

Arvilla M. Beckman

Karl E. Bennett

Kristin A. Bennett

Mary M. Bonnabeau

John R. Brand (Ch)

Connie W. Delaney (F, H)

Joanne M. Disch

Joan Erickson

Jane K. Filerman

Arlene T. Forrest

Emiline E. Hauge*

Hennepin County

Medical Center

Margaret D. Horton-Davis

Illinois Nurses Assoc. Fdn.

Patricia S. Kane (B, H)

Elwyn G. Kinney (Ch)

June W. Kinney (Ch)

James Koons

Mary N. Koons

Chak Chi Lau

Lenora Y. Lau

Harry C. Lefto (F)

Paul W. Lett (F)

Carol A. Lindeman (H)

Carole N. Maltrud

Medpoint Communications

Minnesota Nurses


Minnesota Nurses

Association Fdn. (C)

Barbara U. Morris

Barbara W. Neill

North Memorial Health

Care/North Memorial Fdn.

Barbara V. O’Grady (Ch)

Park Nicollet Health Services

Bonnie C. Pearson

Christine R. Poe

Thomas E. Poe

Rahr Fdn. (T)

Barbara H. Rich*

Martin D. Rich

Rockwell Collins

Gloria T. Ruschmeyer (Ch)

Orlando Ruschmeyer (Ch)

Joyce M. Schowalter

Carolyn I. Schroeder (T, H)

Clinton A. Schroeder (T, H)

Christine H. Seitz (Ch)

Michael J. Seitz (Ch)

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Agnes L. Sherman

Shirley A. Conn

Sigma Theta Tau

International (F)

Justine J. Speer

Delphie C. Stevens

Theresa B. Sullivan

Lynette J. Thompson (F)

Theodore R. Thompson (F)

UCare Minnesota (C)

University of Minnesota

Medical Center

Jan C. Wenger (F)

Mary C. Wenger (F)

Emily G. Whaley*

Marian M. Woehning (H)


Katherine C. Akre

Mary C. Andersen

Sandra J. Anderson

Mary B. Barkman

Lorna M. Barrell

Helen R. Bowlin

Kathleen H. Chafey

Mary Lou Christensen (Ch, H)

Robert E. Collier

Eileen F. Dzubay

Bruce A. Finger (Ch)

Sandra F. Fonkert

Jean A. Foote

Ruth K. Freymann

Leonard O. Fritze

Nancy M. Fritze

Carol J. Gates

Joan M. Gibson

Paul L. Gibson

Gillette Children’s

Specialty Healthcare

Marjorie M. Gunderson*

John W. LaBree (H)

Helen J. Langevin

Charlotte A. Lindstrom

Harold R. Lindstrom

Jeanette D. Meier

Minnesota Homecare Assoc.

Lisa A. Motz

Mary H. Murai

JoAnn Nielsen

Lisa L. Noel

Rick J. Noel

Jean A. Norrbom (Ch)

Joanne M. Pedersen

Grace G. Peterson

Elinor C. Pinkert

Barbara C. Salter

Dorine R. Seaquist

Wendy E. Sharpe

Phyllis M. Smith

Frances M. Sullivan

Hope B. Thornberg

Julie L. Vanderboom

Steve A. Vanderboom

Ruth D. Weise (Ch)

Helen Wells (Ch, H)

Anne E. Wiberg

Mark P. Wiberg

Andrea G. Winick

giving highlights

John and Marilee Miller contributed additional

assets from their IRA to further endow

the Marilee A. Miller Fellowship in Education

Leadership Fund, which supports outstanding

students pursuing graduate degrees in nursing.

Charles A. Amann

Marilynn R. Amann

Ione B. Ambrose

Harriet H. Anderson

Lisa C. Anderson

Jean K. Andrews

Kurt B. Angstman

Mary Angstman

Jean P. Antonello

Martha A. Arneson

Benjamin W. Atkinson

Gretchen H. Atkinson

Sandra L. Baines

Dorothy E. Baker

Roberta J. Ballot

Louis W. Banitt

Mary P. Banitt

Miriam M. Barlett

Louise A. Barrow

Susan B. Bauer

Douglas M. Berg

Judith G. Berg

Edwin L. Bersagel

Shirley M. Bersagel

Dorothy C. Bevis

Arnold W. Bigbee (H)

Donna Z. Bliss

Thomas C. Bliss

Linda M. Bloomquist

Anne L. Boisclair-Fahey

Phyllis A. Boler

John H. Borg

Frances N. Bower

Donna G. Boyer

James R. Breitenbucher

Beverly A. Bridges

Jill A. Briggs

Merilys P. Brown (H)

Ruth A. Bryant

Sandra L. Caligiuri

Marjana F. Callery

Robert L. Callery

Amy M. Card

Margaret L. Carlson

Rosalie H. Carlson (Ch, H)

Patricia M. Carte

Winston P. Cavert

Steven L. Chiang

Arlis H. Christenson

Dale L. Christenson

Raul F. Cifuentes

Virginia B. Clifford

giving highlights

M. Jean Craemer

Robert H. Cress

Nancy V. Dagg

Jodell E. Dahl

Corinne M. Daly

Florence E. Deaner

Carol A. Delage

Abigail D. Deming

Kelly M. Derby

Faye E. Dettmann

Martha E. Dew

Susan K. Dewey-Hammer

Rebecca A. Diekmann

Christopher K. Dietz

M. Barbara Dixon

David B. Drache

Mary T. Drache

Debra J. Drew

Lou A. Dykstra

Robert Dykstra

Mary K. Eberley

Marlene R. Ellis

Emiko Endo

Carley J. Engwall

Gretchen L. Erpelding

Edward A. Fagerlund

Kathleen A. Fagerlund

Charles J. Farho

Joyce E. Farho

Lois Fielding

Karen S. Finnegan

Laura E. Folden

Marlene A. Fondrick

Agnes A. Fredricks

Sarah M. Gutknecht

Helen E. Hansen

LaVohn E. Josten (Ch)

Kappa Phi Sigma Theta Tau

Carol J. Kelsey (Ch)

Donald G. Kelsey (Ch)

G. Anne LaBree (H)


Vivian I. Aarestad

Priscilla A. Abercrombie

Kay M. Acton

Candace D. Allender-Kropf

Lynn A. Almquist

Evi Altschuler

The Margaret H. and James E. Kelley Foundation

awarded a $25,000 grant to the Cynthia Kelley

O’Neill Scholarship for Psychiatric Nursing. The

scholarship supports students pursuing graduate

studies in psychiatric mental health nursing.

O’Neill Scholarship recipient, Jane Meineke.

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Lois E. Freeberg Requa

Peggy L. Griffin

Miriam R. Hazzard

Jeanne M. Howell

Barbara J. Leonard

Lois M. Frels

Cynthia J. Hadenfeldt

Michael R. Heller

Linda M. Hussey

Adeline C. Leraas

Annette K. Fritz

Joan K. Hagen

Susan M. Heller

Linda M. Huwe

Betty L. Lia-Hoagberg

Margaret H. Fullinwider

Lisa M. Hagen

Avis M. High

IBM International Fdn.

Gary L. Lindstrom

Maren D. Gaalaas

Marian E. Haij

Richard J. Hill

Nancy J. Irvin

Loranne M. Lindstrom

Peder A. Gaalaas

Mark A. Hallberg

Barbara R. Hiller

Cynthia A. Jacobson

Elizabeth C. Lines

Carol L. Gackle

Mary Jo Hallberg

Susan E. Hirst Ketcham

Helen M. Jameson

Yin T. Liong-Schaff

George D. Gackle

Gayle S. Hallin

Rudolph K. Hoagberg

Mary M. Jewison

Beatrice S. Lippitt*

Robin L. Galambos

Barbara J. Hanks

Dennis H. Hochsprung

Coral S. Joffer

Mary A. Loftus

Nancy L. Gallagher

Betty J. Hanna

Carol E. Hocking

Betty J. Johnson

Sandra L. Lovell

Joanne L. Gardner

Jeni M. Hansen

Frances M. Hoffman

Donald L. Johnson

Lori L. Luther

Betty A. Gassett

Mary R. Hanstad

Sharon E. Hoffman

Edna E. Johnson

Craig J. Luzinski

Elizabeth M. Johnson

Norma J. Lyslo

giving highlights

Dorothy Tucker established the Jean Rossman Field Nursing Scholarship in

memory of her dear friend. Dorothy and Jean (’44) met at the University

of Minnesota where they became

roommates and lifelong friends.

Following graduation from the

School of Nursing, Jean Rossman

Field worked as an RN at the

University of Minnesota Hospital

and later in the ICU at Fairview

Southdale Hospital. She married

Orrin Field in 1945, and they had

five children and nine grandchildren.

An accomplished bridge

player, Jean possessed keen

Jean Rossman Field (left) and Dorothy Tucker

Scrabble skills and was an avid

fan of football, baseball, and hockey. Throughout her adult life she

remained an active and devoted member of the School of Nursing Alumni

Association. Jean passed away on March 17, 2008, at the age of 86. Through

Dorothy’s generosity, Jean leaves a wonderful legacy for the nursing

students who will follow.

Phyllis L. Johnson

Ruth E. Johnson

Elizabeth B. Johnston

Martha A. Jones

Ann S. Jordan

Jo Anne Judge-Dietz

Katherine J. Justus

Illola F. Keefe

Ann W. Kelly

Colette B. Kerlin

Barbara L. Kern-Pieh

Floris E. King (Ch)

Linda G. Klammer

Patsy M. Klose

Judith G. Kreyer

Mary E. Krick

Carol S. Kuehnel

Alice M. Kuramoto

Robert C. Kyarsgaard

Victoria A. Kyarsgaard

Barbara J. Lace-Langdon

Gwendolyn G. Ladner

Karen B. McCampbell

Carin W. McClelland

Isabel T. McGarry

Donald E. McGrath

June E. McGrath

Floyd G. McLellan, Jr.*

Mary Ann S. McLellan*

Janet M. McMartin

Kerstin L. McSteen

Sandra J. MacKenzie

Mary E. Madda

Pat A. Madden

Kristine M. Maki-Olson

Ann T. Maland

Laurel G. Mallon

Ruth G. Manchester

Rosemary V. Manion

Sandra R. Markel

Cary L. Martinson

Jeanette A. Mefford

Carrie A. Meier

Barbara J. Merrill

General Mills Fdn.

Barbara B. Gibb

Jane A. Gisslen

Cynthia A. Gmitro

Michael G. Gmitro

Karen M. Goeke

Maureen P. Golden

Maria T. Grabriel

Elaine R. Greiner

Michael R. Griffin

Dorothy L. Hare

Judith L. Harris

Margaret E. Harris

Ruby C. Hass

Ruth L. Hass

Kathryn D. Hathaway

Meri E. Hauge

Jan K. Haugland

Judith A. Haviland

Mary R. Hayes

T. J. Hoffman

Zorada E. Hoge (H)

J. Adele Hoglin

Una S. Hoisser

Linka M. Holey

Lorine M. Holschuh

Daniel D. Hoolihan

Rosemary M. Hoolihan

Pearl R. Hoover

William Horne

Joseph A. Ladner

Nancy E. Lamo

Susan S. Lampe

David L. Larson

Lorraine A. Leas

Sharon L. Lehmann (H)

Dorothy J. Leigh

Norma A. Leino

Kathleen F. Lenarz

Brenda K. Lenz

Ruth E. Leo

Priscilla J. Merryman

Laura G. Mitchell

Patricia J. Molloy

Darwin J. Monson

Sandra J. Monson

Meryl J. Montgomery

Ruth Morehead

Diane E. Mortenson

Nicole V. Morton

Deborah J. Muller

Angela R. Mund

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giving highlights

D. P. “Dewey” Ramlo’s planned gift will

establish the Aimee Ramlo Fund for Nursing

Excellence in memory of his beloved wife

of 51 years. Alice “Aimee” Veard Ramlo (’56)

taught at several hospitals in Milwaukee

and the Twin Cities, including St. Barnabus

and Abbott. She also taught federal nurse

refresher courses. The Ramlos moved to

Eugene, Oregon, in 1970. Aimee became

active in AAUW and later the U of M Alumni

Association, Welsh Corgi Rescue, and the

Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon. Aimee died

December 21, 2006, at the age of 75.

Steven J. Mund

Marilyn A. Murphy

Claire C. Nelson

Mabel M. Nelson

Judith K. Nemecek

Rebecca J. Nesse

Kristen C. Nicklawske

Barbara J. Nordberg

Carol D. Nordgaard

Valatrice E. Nordin

Catherine J. Norman

Theresa K. Nyberg

Claire S. O’Connor Frisch

Marie L. O’Koren

Ellen A. O’Neal

Alvhild M. Olander

Jacquelyn J. Olson

Mary K. Oppegaard

Marianne G. Orton

Debra J. Ouellette

Sarah E. Parsons

Anne L. Pavlich

Jane M. Persoon

Michelle A. Pesonen

John P. Pesonen

Carol G. Peterson

Eileen H. Peterson

Michael G. Petty

Claire S. Pfau

Pfizer Fdn.

Stephen W. Pieh

Anne T. Pierce

Kay R. Plymat

Elizabeth I. Polcyn

Jody B. Portu

Beverly H. Price

Therese C. Prochaska

Procter & Gamble

Timothy M. Rand

Mary A. Rapacz

Sandra A. Rasmussen

Mashall K. Reller

Kenneth J. Rempher

Marcia A. Renaux

Carol A. Repp

Sharon A. Ridgeway

Michael J. Ringhand

Patricia A. Robertson (F, H)

Sandra Robertson

Sandra K. Robinson

Richard A. Rohla

Charlotte G. Romain

Diane K. Rose

Jean D. Rose

Phyllis M. Roseberry

Ruth E. Rosen

Florence R. Ruhland (H)

LaVonne J. Russell Hootman

Muriel B. Ryden

Beth K. Schafer

Alice J. Schmidt

Muriel Schoon

Martha A. Schroth

Florence M. Schubert (H)

Ellen D. Schultz

Maynard W. Schultz

Lori A. Schutte

John H. Schwab

Philip Seyd

Ena M. Shawhan

Arden R. Short

Gretchen M. Short

Marilyn J. Simonds

Daniel Simundson

Diane K. Smith

Jean M. Smith

Joan M. Smith

Marion T. Smith

Judith J. Snow

Delphie J. Sorenson

Joan C. Stanisha

Joan D. Stenberg

Philomena M. Stewart

Mary K. Stranik

Jo Ann Strom

Kathryn A. Strony

Florine M. Sullivan

Mary J. Sumpmann

Barbara J. Swanstrom

Connie L. Swenson

Kenneth Syring

Virginia C. Syring

Renee R. Tasaka

Susan L. Taylor

David P. Tellett

Lucille S. Tellett

Jeanne M. Terhaar

Judith P. Tierney

Mary F. Tracy

Kelsey H. Tritabaugh

giving highlights

Lois M. Troemel

Virginia B. Turba

Bonnie Underdahl

Shirley Veith

Cynthia A. Verhey

Mary A. Warne

Verle I. Waters Clark

Susan M. Weisbrich

Mary L. Welz

Linda M. Wenkel

Yvonne Whalley

Elizabeth A. Wiborg

Mattie M. Widen

Nancy K. Williams (Ch)

Preston P. Williams

Sharon R. Williams

Carol L. Witte

Ellen Wolfson

Wendy L. Worner

Xcel Energy Fdn.

Barbara A. Zell (H)

David W. Zemke

Kimberly K. Zemke

Diane M. Zempel

Jane M. Zimmerman

Mary J. Zimmerman

Lois C. Zumberge

Nancy L. Cook* (’48) left bequests totaling $88,465

to establish a Dean’s Strategic Initiatives Fund

and the Nancy L. Cook Fellowship for PhD students.

Nancy earned a baccalaureate degree from the

School of Nursing and a PhD in child psychology

from the Graduate School. She was proud of her

association with the University. In a letter written

to the Dean of Nursing in 2001, Nancy stated, “It is

my pleasure to support the School that started me on my professional

career and furthered my knowledge through my years of teaching.

I helped start the Department of Nursing at California State University,

Bakersfield, and was chair of this department from 1978 until my

retirement in 1992.” She went on to share her best wishes for “continued

success as an excellent School of Nursing.”

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Phyllis L. Dow

Patricia J. Graham

Helen K. Aase

Nancy A. Drange

Gerilee M. Greeley

Betty L. Aasland

Joan B. Edin

Charles T. Green

Deborah E. Achenbach

Susan M. Edstrom

Sandra M. Green

Susan G. Akey

Maxine E. Ehlers

James V. Greenwood

Carolyn R. Allen

William A. Ehlers

Nancy J. Greenwood

Sarah M. Amendola

Esther E. Ehlert

Cynthia R. Gross

Delores A. Anderson

Claudia C. Eklund

Karin E. Grosscup

Joan Anderson

Nancy R. Emmolo Sudol

Blossom C. Gullickson

Lorraine C. Anderson

Phyllis R. Engstrom

James Haas

Marian H. Anderson

Dorothy B.


Julia L. Andrix

Ann B. Antolick

Tobey B. Aronsohn

Norma S. Artman

June J. Aspenson

Dawn R. Atchison

Marjorie A. Auld

Lorinda L. Austin

Sharon A. Autio

Marianne E. Baez

Marina E. Bahmer

Annie J. Bailey

Jana K. Balfany

Mary L. Bassett

Eileen F. Battle

Brian H. Batzli

Jeanne M. Batzli

Kaye L. Baum

Bonnavieve M. Bear

Julia G. Behrenbeck

Thomas Behrenbeck

Sue E. Bell

Judith A. Beniak

Carol C. Berman

Alex Berner

Austin Berner

Michele L. Berner

Ruth E. Bertell

Jayne E. Beske

Virginia A. Beske

Mary M. Bishop

Helen K. Bjorlin

Gwili M. Blair

giving highlights

Lynette and Theodore Thompson established

a $25,000 endowed scholarship for students

from non-traditional fields who are seeking

a professional nursing degree. The scholarship

will support students who have entered

the School of Nursing with a minimum of a

baccalaureate degree in an area of study

other than nursing.

Karyl K. Blair

Marva K. Bohen

Angela Bonfe

Margaret A. Bornhoft

Jane M. Boster

Beverly Boyer

Charlotte L. Boyles

Cheryl L. Brandt

Melissa M. Brandts

Mary L. Braun

Carol J. Brezina

Judith A. Brink

Mary E. Broderick

Deidre A. Brossard

Betty Ann S. Brown

Elsie E. Brown

Marilyn A. Brown

Mary Jo M. Brun

Jean M. Burroughs

Shirley S. Butters

David A. Cahlander

Frances S. Callihan

Dayton C. Carlson

Gwen K. Carlson

Lori L. Carlson

Linda R. Carlyon

Richard T. Chamberlain

Sarah W. Chamberlain

Colleen B. Clark

Lawrence F. Clark

Margaret L. Cleveland

Georgiana M. Coray

Jill E. Cordes

Kathryn S. Crisler (Ch)

Mary Beth Crowley

Michelle J. Cunningham

Phyllis M. Dahl

Marjorie R. Dahlager

Betty J. Darby

Alice B. Daugherty

Joan C. Davey

Frances A. Decker*

Marilyn F. Deling

Lorraine B. Dennis

Alice F. Dettwiler

Kay R. Dickison

Carol A. Dieckhaus

Lois K. Doran

Delma L. Entner

Dean E. Erickson

Mary A. Fautsch

Kathryn L. Faville

Judith A. Feiler

Michael K. Feiler

Kay J. Fellows (Ch)

Vivian L. Fick Simpson

Brian A. Field

Nancy G. Field

Ann L. Findlay

Paul D. Finney

Suzanne K. Forsythe

Janet L. Fouts

Ellen B. Frazeur

Diane J. Fredeen

Cynthia K. Freeman

Susan G. Fritze

Kelly J. Gallagher

Lois Gantriis

Irene E. Garcia

Judith M. Gardner

Marlys N. Gebhard

Elaine K. Gelber

Ann M. Gengler

Rita E. Gengler

Gail R. George

Gudrun G. Giere

Jennie L. Giere

Melody J. Gifford

Lorraine Giordano

Mary E. Glaeser

Nancy C. Goff-Laipple

Stephen Goodell

Myrna J. Goodman

John W. Gorman

Teresa A. Haas

Mary M. Hachenburg

Karol A. Hagberg

Jean M. Halverson

Tracey K. Hammel

David J. Hand

Mary M. Hand (H)

Verona M. Hansen

Cathleen A. Haring

Louise H. Harris

Susan D. Hasselle

Ursula H. Hawkins

Ann M. Hayden

Meredithe Hedenstrom

James T. Hegland

Phyllis H. Hegland

Katherine L. Heller-Ostroot

Marilyn Z. Hempstead

Theresa M. Hendrickson

Jane Hennessy

Burke A. Hill

Carol J. Hill

Signe S. Hill

Frances M. Hirsch

Stephen J. Hirsch

Marjorie R. Hoagland

Melvin G. Hoagland

Karen R. Holmes

Diane L. Hubers

Jacquelyn A. Huebsch

Barbara J. Hunt

Patricia J. Hunter

Eleanor L. Hutchinson

James N. Jacobsen

Marjorie R. Jacobsen

Carol A. Jakway

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Karen A. Jansky-Koll

Cecelia B. Jennewein

Gerald F. Jirsa

Susan E. Jirsa

Susan T. Johanson

Timothy D. Johanson

Mary B. Johnson

Irene M. Johnson

Joanne L. Johnson

Karen L. Johnson

Karen S. Johnson

Timothy P. Johnson

Jennifer L. Kack

Florence S. Kahn

Barbara S. Kaminski

Christina C. Kant

Stephanie L. Kapfer

Milree Keeling

Julia A. Kelly

Rita A. Kelly

Elizabeth L. Kemper

Mary J. Kempf

Wendy E. Kidd

Elinor K. Kikugawa

Laurie M. King

William P. Kingston

Margaret L. Kirkpatrick

Mark S. Kirschbaum

Mary Jo Kirschbaum

Miriam S. Kiser

Marilyn C. Klein

Carol J. Knoll

Janice Knutson

Lois Knutson

Odell Knutson

Carolyn A. Kochel

Samuel S. Kochel

Cathryn Konat

Gerald C. Korblick

Judith A. Kramer

Kevin A. Kramer

Marjorie D. Kuhl (H)

Lindyce A. Kulik

Arlene L. Kyte

Cheryl H. Lanigan

Susan K. Lantz

Polly E. Lanz

Ann M. Larson

Greg P. Larson

Julene A. Larson

Mary K. Larweck

Robert B. Lasser

giving highlights

The Class of 1961 secured $25,000 in gifts

and pledges to become the second class to

endow a new scholarship commemorating

their years at the School of Nursing.

Rebecca H. Leach

Alice C. Lehman

Ann Leland

Catherine A. Lexau

Steve Leyendecker

Yea-Nah A. Liao

Deborah M. Link

Alice A. Litton

Ann R. Loth

Debra A. Loy

Heather R. Lucken Scholl

Emily A. Lundberg

Elizabeth C. Lundeen

Kathleen M. McDonough

Mary Ann McGuire

Cheryl L. McKane

Susan J. McKinley (H)

Margaret R. McLellan

Jean A. MacDonald

Alexis R. Maciej

Ruth H. Macklin

Betty J. Main

Katie J. Maki

Michael T. Malone

Sue A. Marguleas

Vina L. Marquart

Trena S. Martinson

Elaine A. Mason

Denise A. Meijer

Patricia L. Melby

Gretchen G. Mettler

Judith L. Miller

Peter T. Mitchell

Margaret A. Monahan

Kelly Morberg

Penny M. Morin

Wende D. Morrell

Patricia J. Morse (H)

Betty J. Moyer

Michael R. Mullin

Susan M. Mullin

giving highlights

The new Marion Vannier Scholarship, honoring

the School of Nursing’s third director (1924

to 1930), was endowed through leadership gifts

provided by Sadie and Wilton* Vannier and

Buck-A-Year contributions received from alumni.

Anne L. Murphy

Gretchen G. Musicant

Tracey K. Myers

Debra A. Naegele

Penelope E. Naki

Beth M. Nelson

Betty J. Nelson

Charlotte A. Nelson

Floyd L. Nelson

Pamela J. Nelson

Sandra R. Nimmo

Susan Noel

Ardis L. Nohner-Black

Margarett A. Nordstog

Thomas L. Nystrom

Susan K. O’Connell

Stephen J. O’Connor

Jean A. O’Leary

Delila C. Ojeda

Reuben Ojeda

Barbara B. Ottinger

Joyce A. Overman Dube

Naomi A. Palmer-Strom

Richard A. Pearson

Diane M. Peaslee

Anthony Peck

Cynthia J. Peden-Mc Alpine

Don W. Perlich

Joan K. Perlich

Karen Y. Persico

Aaron L. Peter

Kristine J. Peterson

Mary K. Peterson

Luann M. Petska

A. Jeanne Pfeiffer

Joanna L. Pierce (Ch, H)



Margaret L. Plunkett

Daniel M. Pogatchnik

Jennifer Pogatchnik

Mary A. Pollard

Michael S. Popadiuk

Deborah A. Poppie-Dubois

Cynthia A. Prestholdt

Beatrice R. Price

Grant A. Pylkas

Mary J. Pylkas

Diana C. Rachuy

Christine V. Rahn

Lori M. Ramig

Deborah J. Rasmussen

Astrid M. Ravenholt

Margaret J. Rawlings

Ruth M. Reed

Patricia J. Reily

Betty L. Reinhart

Linda D. Ridlehuber

Barbara L. Rodorigo

Janet G. Rog

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Beverly A. Walling

Christine M. Walsh

aarp contributes

to fellowship

AARP has made a generous contribution toward

the establishment of the Joanne Disch Fellowship

of Geronontological Nursing Leadership at the

School of Nursing. The contribution honors Disch

who served for six years on the AARP national

board of directors. From 2006 through 2008, she

served also as board chair (see “Joanne Disch Leads

the Way,” page 20).

At a dinner in Washington, D.C., last May,

AARP CEO Tom Nelson commended Disch on her

Tom Nelson and Joanne Disch

visionary leadership, governance skills, sense of

humor, and interpersonal strengths. Dean Connie Delaney also congratulated Disch: “This recognition

of your years of service to the AARP, your leadership in the field of nursing, and your commitment to

gerontological health are a source of great pride to your colleagues at the School of Nursing.”

We encourage SoN alumni, friends, and supporters to contribute to this fellowship, which

supports graduate nursing education. To learn more about donating to the School of Nursing, contact

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(L–R) Kathryn Leggitt, Andy Steiner, Judy Norsigian, Deborah Ringdahl and Melissa Avery

Nursing’s Legacy ˘

Andrew Aubart, Safiya Ahmed, and Gina Adney anxiously wait

to have their degree conferred by Regent John Frobenius and Dean

Connie Delaney at the school’s BSN commencement ceremony

on May 15. Said Dean Delaney: “…Today you inherit this legacy:

…an education grounded in scholarship, leadership, and service.

You have been prepared to engage in relationship, to continuously

explore the science and art of nursing practice.”

¯ Our Bodies Ourselves:

Pregnancy & Birth

Dr. Melissa Avery, associate professor and

chair of the SoN Child and Family Health

Cooperative, moderated an open discussion

and special presentation with Judy Norsigian,

co-author of Our Bodies Ourselves: Pregnancy

& Birth. Also participating were Andy

Steiner, author of Spilled Milk: Breastfeeding

Adventures and Advice from Less-Than-Perfect

Moms; Deborah Ringdahl, SoN clinical

assistant professor; and Kathryn Leggitt,

SoN alumna and certified nurse-midwife

at Hennepin County Medical Center.

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Nursing Research Day ˙

Faculty, students, and community partners presented research

findings and discussed implications for practice and policy at the

SoN’s annual Nursing Research Day. Dr. Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob

delivered the keynote address. View presentations from this event




BSN students Brittney Disrude (left) and Gina

Adney (right) present their quality improvement

poster “High Dose? Low Dose? No Dose?”

SoN Professor Dr. Donna Bliss (left) and her

advisees, graduate students Daniela Kramer (center)

and Nicole Ressler (right). The students partnered

on the research poster “Evidence-Based Practice

Recommendations for the Prevention and Treatment

of Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis.”

Graduate student Momodou Ceesay discusses

his research poster “Polypharmacy Issues and the

Elderly Population.”

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February 27

Nurse Practitioner/Midwife Student Conference

March 27–30

Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference

April 24

Nursing Research Day

May Gatherings

(held throughout the month)

May 5–7

Nurses’ Week Celebration, Nursing Grand Rounds

May 15

BSN Commencement Ceremony

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