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fall/winter 2011

A publication of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing


in our local, national, & global communities


u Arts-based program improves connection between Latino

adolescents and their families

u Aerobic exercise improves QOL for people with Alzheimer’s disease

u Center for Health Trajectory Research publishes in special issue of

Nursing Research

u Emily Carol Hennings Anderson Establishes Endowed Scholarship



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13 Strengthening the Bond

Arts based program helps improve communication

between Latino adolescents and their families

16 Exercise Matters

Aerobic exercise improves quality of life for people

with Alzheimer’s disease

18 Heart to Heart

School of Nursing PhD students discuss their

passion for nursing research

38 DNP Program Transforms an Idea into

an Innovative Program

Alumni Profile: Janet Dutcher



39 Informatics Revolutionizes Korean Nursing

Education and Health Care

Alumni Profile: Hyeoun Ae Park

45 Learning is Forever

Emily Carol Hennings Anderson establishes endowed

scholarship for undergraduate students

46 Planned Giving Matters

School of Nursing alumna Susan Forstrom helps

shape the future of health care


on the cover: An image from a photovoice exhibit

displaying the effects of deportation on families.

Read more on page 13 about how School of Nursing

Assistant Professor Carolyn Garcia and colleagues are

working to improve connections between Latino youth

and their families.


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

Managing Editor

Aneisha Tucker

Contributing Writers

Tony Baisley, Nancy Giguere, Darlene Gorrill,

Aneisha Tucker

Art Direction

Aneisha Tucker

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24 Grant Awards


28 Center News

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36 Alumni News

44 Advancement News

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from the dean


Welcome to this issue of Minnesota Nursing magazine.

As you read this testament to our school’s collective

engagement, I invite you to get engaged yourself. That is

Involvement, Interaction, Influence, and Intimacy with the

people, programs, and initiatives of the School of Nursing

at the University of Minnesota. Our engagement extends

beyond the Twin Cities’ campus to the Rochester community,

the state of Minnesota, across the United States, and

throughout the world as we expand our partnerships

to grow both our programs and expertise.

We invite you to join us in welcoming the 16th President

of the University of Minnesota, Eric Kaler. Get involved in

our partnership with President Kaler to deliver on the

fundamental themes of his administration:

• Excellence from teaching to research to community

engagement to operations;

• Access to all qualified Minnesota students,

regardless of family income;

• Diversity of our student body and faculty;

• Research to support health, advance technology,

and seek solutions to the most daunting problems

facing our communities and that empower Minnesota’s

innovation economy;

• Pace (speed) and efficiency in all that we do;

• Engagement with partners in businesses, nonprofits, urban,

and rural communities, and even the K-12 education system

to leverage our unique resources and expertise; and

• Philanthropy, which will be vital to build on public

investment and transform the U of M from very good

to truly great.

We want your participation and trust to know that the

concerns of the public are paramount to those of us in health

related education, research, and practice as we look to reform

health care. Our commitment to ensuring accessible, quality,

and value-driven care is dependent upon this trust and upon

our ability to foster synergy across our missions –

of science/research/scholarship, educating the next

generation of nursing leaders, and evidence-based clinical

care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.

This engagement must ensure team and interprofessional

interactions of all health related disciplines and expertise.

Such engagement relies on our knowledge, support, and

use of all the expertise noted in the Institute of Medicine’s

The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

2010 report.

Nursing science brings a unique contribution to health

care as noted in ”IOM and the Future of Minnesota Nursing,”

and “Minnesota Joins 15 states to become IOM Action

Coalition” (page 6).

Engagement requires attention to transitions, from across

the lifespan of health, illness, or chronic care, throughout the

continuum of care settings that include home, clinics, hospitals,

or long term care as described in the premiere Nursing Research

supplement authored by several of our scientists (pages 28-29.)

Central stories such as “Exercise Matters” conducted by

Dr. Fang Yu (page 16), and “Strengthening the Bond,”

Dr. Carolyn Garcia’s work with Latino adolescents and their

families (page 13) further underscore our engagement.

Celebrate with us the lectureships of Drs. Kathleen Buckwalter

and Susan Reinhard (page 30), our new American Academy

of Nursing (AAN) fellows and Joanne Disch being named the

organization’s new president (pages 7-8). Read about the

engagement of Emily Carol Hennings Anderson in “Learning

is Forever,” (page 45) which highlights the creation of an

endowment to support nursing students’ education.

We invite your continued (or new) engagement through

Involvement, Interaction, Influence, and Intimacy.

Stay in touch with us on our vibrant web site and join us in our

new partnership with nurseslounge.com.

Thank you for the opportunity to be engaged as

your 10th Dean.

Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

Professor and Dean

Wondering how you can

become engaged with

your School of Nursing?

For more information,

contact Gigi Fourré

Schumacher or

Laurel Mallon at


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President Kaler

Joins Nursing

Students in

Delivering Care

University of Minnesota President Eric

Kaler and his wife Karen Kaler visited the

Academic Health Center (AHC) as part

of a campus crawl during Inauguration

Week. During the September 19, 2011 tour,

President Kaler visited the AHC IERC and

Simulation Center where he participated

as a member of an interprofessional team

with Master of Nursing students Margaret

Dimon and Casey Wangen to deliver care to

a simulated patient. The team was led by

Dr. Jane Miller, director of the AHC IERC and

Simulation Center and included students

from the College of Pharmacy and the

Medical School.

“The simulation lab is a great beginning

to practice in an interprofessional setting

with other schools the AHC. From the

first day of class we are taught to be not

just nurses, but nursing leaders, and it’s

extremely important to learn how to

fulfill this role while working in a team -

as we will once we begin practicing, says

Margaret Dimon. “With our different

specialties it is absolutely imperative that

we work together to best care for our

patients both in the acute setting as well

as in the community. If we don’t utilize our

colleagues’ expertise and collaborate, we

will shortchange ourselves, our patients,

and the future of healthcare.”

The University of Minnesota Board of

Regents named alumnus Eric Kaler, PhD, as

the University’s 16th president; he assumed

his new role on July 1, 2011. Learn more

about President Kaler and his goals for the

U, view photographs, watch videos, and sign

his guest book at www.umn.edu/president.


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photos: mark engebretson, aneisha tucker

1) Dean Connie Delaney (right) greets President Eric Kaler and his wife Karen Kaler.

2) Margaret Dimon and Casey Wangen in the AHC IERC and Simulation Center.

3) Dean Connie Delaney (center) chats with Eric and Karen Kaler in the AHC simulation Center.

4) President Kaler prepares with the health professional team to deliver care to the SimMan®

5) Dean Connie Delaney (center) with MN students Casey Wangen and Margaret Dimon.

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Improving the Health of our


U of M receives $51 million NIH award, funding to help researchers push new

discoveries forward faster

by tony baisley

Earlier this year, the University of Minnesota was awarded a $51

million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) by the

National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award, the largest singleinstitution

NIH award ever received by the University, will support

a broad scope of U of M researchers in both new and existing

programs to push treatments, therapies, and clinical trial outcomes

to patients and communities faster, while offering more immediate

benefits from research discoveries.

This enormous University triumph concluded a five-year effort

that saw the U of M skyrocket from a mid-level contender to one

of the top CTSA award winners. Overall in 2011, five institutions

received $200 million for their Academic Health Centers to

accelerate laboratory discoveries into patient treatments.

Joining the University of Minnesota in 2011 are Pennsylvania

State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; University

of California, Los Angeles; University of Kansas Medical Center,

Kansas City; and the University of Kentucky, Lexington. With the

most recent awards, the NIH is now funding 60 CTSA institutions

nationwide, creating a consortium of institutions working towards

joint research efforts between universities and the community and

increasing the efficiency at which the discoveries and results of

clinical trials translate into new treatments, cures, and improved

health outcomes.

CTSA sites, like the University of Minnesota, will also train a

new generation of researchers to engage early in collaborative,

interprofessional efforts surrounding clinical research, and to focus

on the training needs of faculty and staff as well as for community

leaders. The CTSA award will support the infrastructure for the

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University.

making it happen

“The CTSA is a transformative initiative whose ultimate value is

changing the health of the people - changing it in an expedited way

through collaboration and partnership with health professionals,

patients, and communities,” says School of Nursing dean Connie

Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI. Last year, Delaney was asked to

support the University’s efforts to achieve this award as the CTSI

associate director-BMI (Biomedical Informatics).

School of Nursing student researcher in the lab.

Delaney proved a key strategic partner in advancing the University’s

infrastructure. Her informatics expertise, commitment to

teamwork, and leadership roles as CTSA program co-lead, director

of the AHC Biomedical Health Informatics (BMHI), as well as being

the acting director of the Institute for Health Informatics (IHI), had

a significant impact in the improved CTSA score and final awarding

of the grant. Associate Professor Jayne Fulkerson, PhD, served as

co-director of the Evaluation and Monitoring for the CTSI, and

many other School of Nursing faculty contributed to the CTSA grant

application and award.

a promising future

For the U of M, the award confirms both the success and future

promise of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

For the last five years, the U of M’s Office of Research – and the

Academic Health Center, in particular – have invested substantial

resources in the CTSI to actively engage University faculty and staff

with community partners in the clinical trials and research process.

“Our CTSI provides the underpinning support necessary to

exponentially expand our infrastructure and training capacity and

push new discoveries forward faster,” says Bruce Blazar, MD, CTSI

director and leader of the CTSA program at the U of M. “Ultimately,

ttim rummelhoff

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university of minnesota academic health center

School of Nursing Dean Connie Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, pictured

with Aaron Friedman, MD both are of the CTSI leadership team. Other

members include: Jasjit Ahluwalia, MD, Bruce Blazar, MD, Barbara Brandt,

PhD, Mark Herzberg, DDS, PhD, Tucker LeBien, PhD, Andrew Nelson, MPH,

Sheila Riggs, DDS.

this award is about capitalizing on the most promising

research and putting findings into practice to improve the

health of our patients and communities.”

The full scope of the U of M’s CTSI includes five areas

of research and expertise: Clinical Translational Research

Services; Biomedical Informatics; Education, Training and

Research Career Development; Populations; and the Office of

Discovery and Translation.

building on the university’s strengths

“With this distinguished grant award, the NIH recognizes

the strength of our University’s clinical research enterprise

and our extraordinary capacity to translate scientific

breakthroughs into improved health and well-being,” says

Aaron Friedman, MD, Vice President for Health Sciences and

dean of the Medical School. “The CTSA provides a catalytic

opportunity to build on the fine foundation already in place at

UMN and across the state of Minnesota.”

The CTSA will tie together research taking place across

focus areas known as the University’s Corridors of Discovery:

cancer, cardiology, diabetes, infectious diseases and brain

sciences. It will also leverage work happening in other

University programs, with our community partners, as well as

with CTSA partners across the region and nation, maximizing

the potential impact.

Learn more about the CTSA at


Stay connected to your

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Our school has created this strategic partnership to keep

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In 2011, the School of Nursing ranked in the top 5

percent among public and private nursing schools

in the nation (U.S. News & World Report). The school

also ranked in the top 10 in midwifery and clinical

nurse specialist/public health nursing programs!

For more information about our programs, go to


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school news

IOM and the Future

of Minnesota Nursing


On May 12, 2011 nursing educators, health professionals, students,

and the public attended the “IOM and the Future of Minnesota

Nursing: A Call to Meet Expanding Public Need” conference to hear

key insight and advice from Michael R. Bleich, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean

and Carol A. Lindeman Distinguished Professor from Oregon Health

& Science University.

The conference consisted of three working sessions with a core

focus to transform health and health care delivery to the people

and communities in Minnesota.

The sessions focused on: creating a competent workforce; how

nursing addresses the diverse communities of Minnesota, as well as

the diversity of student and faculty body; and nursing leadership in


These discussions will generate next steps for nursing and

non-nursing partnership in Minnesota to move forward in

implementing the objectives of the Institute of Medicine report,

The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The report

explores how nurses’ roles, responsibilities, and education should

change significantly to meet the increased demand for care and to

advance improvements in America’s increasingly complex health


Throughout the day, Dr. Bleich shared key ideas that stimulated

discussion in the writing of the groundbreaking IOM report. Bleich,

“Great things can happen when you bring great minds together.”--Dr. Michael

Bleich at the “IOM and the Future of Minnesota Nursing: A Call to Meet

Expanding Public Need” conference held May 12, 2011 at the College of St.

Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota.

a 1987 alumni of the U of M School of Nursing, was a member of

the IOM commission that produced the Future of Nursing report.

The event concluded with his public lecture entitled “Nursing

and the IOM: Can We, Will We Lead Change to Advance Health in

Minnesota... in America?” where he charged those in attendance to

use their voice to help move this critical agenda ahead.

This conference was sponsored by the Minnesota Association of

Colleges of Nursing (MACN) and cosponsored by the AD/PN Directors

Association, Center for Nursing, HealthForce Minnesota, Minnesota

Board of Nursing, and the Minnesota Hospital Association.

Watch video of the sessions at


Minnesota Joins 15 states to

become an IOM Action Coalition

Minnesota has been awarded national recognition by the

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP Foundation to join

15 states in becoming an Action Coalition. “This is a clear sign

that Minnesota’s nurses are working together and working in

collaboration with non-nursing partners in teams that work and

make strategic sense,” says Dean Connie Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN,

FACMI. Dean Delaney and Clinical Professor Joanne Disch, PhD, RN,

FAAN, are members of the steering committee formed to support

the Minnesota Action Coalition. Other key stakeholders include

Minnesota Center for Nursing, HealthForce Minnesota, Minnesota

Board of Nursing, Minnesota Association of College of Nursing

(MACN) and the Minnesota Hospital Association.

Action Coalitions are being launched throughout the U.S. to

continue the conversations with nursing and non-nursing leaders

about the opportunities to transform health care through nursing

as brought forth in the IOM report Future of Nursing: Leading

Change, Advancing Health. These coalitions are the driving force of

the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and will effect longterm

sustainable change at the local, state, and regional levels.

The statewide goals of the Minnesota’ Action Coalition include:

• Improving leadership capacity and the influence of nursing.

• Creating and delivering clear messages on the IOM


• Expanding the ability of nurses to come together and create

needed change by creating a sustainable fiscal model with new


• Collaborating with diverse constituencies for the purpose of

identifying innovative health optimizing initiatives.

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we are committed to leadership.

Leadership has always been a core value of the University

of Minnesota School of Nursing; our faculty exemplifies the

Academy’s vision of leaders in the profession and influencers

of the future of health care. We are proud to congratulate

our faculty on their induction as Fellows into the American

Academy of Nursing:

Thomas Clancy, PhD, MBA, RN

Merrie Kaas, DNSc, RN, CNS-BC

Karen Monsen, PhD, RN

We also congratulate Distinguished Alumna

Hyeoun-Ae Park, PhD, MS, on her induction

as an International Fellow.

And we celebrate Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, on

her presidency of the American Academy of Nursing.

They now join our Faculty and Emeritus Faculty Fellows including Dean Connie Delaney, Melissa Avery, Linda Bearinger, Donna Bliss,

Sheila Corcoron-Perry, Joanne Disch, Sandra Edwardson, Ann Garwick, Mary Jo Kreitzer, Barbara Leonard, Joan Liaschenko,

Linda Lindeke, Ruth Lindquist, Elaine Mansfield, Marie Manthey, Christine Mueller, Margaret Newman, Carol O’Boyle, Linda Olson

Keller, Cheryl Robertson, Mary Fran Tracy, Mariah Snyder, Diane Treat-Jacobson, Bonnie Westra, Jean Wyman.

Pictured l-r: Karen Monsen, Merrie Kaas, Joanne Disch, Thomas Clancy.

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Honors & Awards L-R:

Karin Alaniz, Linda Chlan, Ruth Lindquist, Diane Treat-Jacobson, Fang Yu.


American Academy of Nursing

inducts four faculty, Joanne

Disch assumes presidency

On October 15, 2011, at the Academy

of Nursing’s 38th annual meeting and

conference, four School of Nursing faculty

were inducted as fellows and Clinical

Professor Joanne Disch was inducted as

President of the organization’s Board

of Directors. Fellowship in the Academy

represents the nation’s top nurse

researchers, policymakers, scholars,

executives, educators, and practitioners.

Thomas Clancy, PhD, MBA, RN, was

selected by the Academy for transforming

theories of complex adaptive systems

into tools to support nursing practice.

Clancy developed computer simulation

models (CSM) that are used to aid

decision making when implementing

information technology, faculty redesign,

or practice change. This development

has enabled commercial businesses

and health care systems to successfully

implement electronic medical records or

new equipment; and has been used as an

innovative tool by academic institutions to

educate students and test theories.

Merrie J. Kaas, DNSc, RN, PMHCNS-

BC, was selected by the Academy for her

contributions in effecting change in the

health care of one of the country’s most

underserved and underrepresented

populations - older adults with emotional

disorders. As a nationally recognized

educator in psychiatric/mental health

nursing and a geropsychiatric nurse

clinician, Kaas has improved access and

treatment for older adults with emotional

disorders by working with colleagues to

develop innovative models of care such

as an in-home volunteer professional

counseling program for home-bound

elders, a model for geriatric depression

screening and management used in

rural primary care clinics, and a statewide

interprofessional public awareness

campaign about geriatric depression.

Karen Monsen, PhD, RN, was selected for

her national and international leadership

in improving the quality of nursing practice

and related population health outcomes

through nursing informatics. She has

developed new metrics, methods, and

models that use and analyze standardized

nursing data. Monsen is the founder of an

international nurse-led organization that

enables the advancement of data-and

practice- quality innovations, including

Omaha System Users Groups and the

University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Center for Nursing Informatics Research

based Omaha System Partnership for

Knowledge Discovery and Health

Care Quality.

Hyeoun Ae Park, PhD, MS, School of

Nursing Distinguished Alumna, was

inducted as an International Fellow for

the advancement of nursing science in the

area of nursing informatics. Her expertise

in informatics has revolutionized nursing

education in Korea. She introduced the first

statistical consulting lab and computer

lab in a Korean nursing school and

established the first nursing informatics

major in graduate studies in Korea. Park

also developed an electronic nursing

records system that improved sharing and

exchanging accurate delivery of information

between health care facilities in Korea.

This work led to the development and

publication of a national standardized

nursing terminology.

Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, was inducted

as President after two years as Presidentelect

and board member of the American

Academy of Nursing. “The Academy is

well positioned to advance nursing’s voice

to positively enhance health outcomes,”

says Disch. “I look forward to ensuring

the Academy is at the forefront of these

conversations.” Disch has extensive

experience as an educator, chief nurse

executive, leader, researcher, policy-maker,

and spokesperson. She served as board

member and Chairman of the National

Board of AARP; as President of the American

Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN),

and President of the AACN Certification

Board. Disch is also a contributing editor for

the American Journal of Nursing.

Five School of Nursing Faculty

Receive the DAISY Award

School of Nursing faculty Karin Alaniz,

PhD, RN, Linda Chlan, PhD, RN, Ruth

Lindquist, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAHA, FAAN,

Diane Treat-Jacobson, PhD, RN, FAAN,

and Fang Yu, PhD, GNP-BC, RN, were

presented with the DAISY award for their

commitment to the nursing profession and

inspirational influence on their students.

Given in collaboration with the American

Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN),

the award recognizes school of nursing

faculty who have a profound impact on the

future practice patterns of their students.

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune

System) Foundation was formed in 2000,

by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died

at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic

Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) in honor

of the excellent and compassionate care he

received from nurses.

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Melissa Avery, PhD, RN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN,

received the 2011 Graduate Professional

Teaching Award for outstanding

contributions to post-baccalaureate,

graduate and professional education.

This is the University of Minnesota’s most

prestigious award for excellence in teaching.

Avery was also promoted to full professor by

the University’s Board of Regents.

Connie Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN,

FACMI, was named one of 25 Women

Industry Leaders in the Twin Cities by the

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Melissa Frisvold, PhD, RN, CNM, RN, was

elected to the Accreditation Commission for

Midwifery Education Board of Review.

Ann Garwick, PhD, RN, LMFT, LP, FAAN,

was elected to the Board of Directors for

Minnesota Visiting Nurses Agency (MVNA).

Susan Henly, PhD, RN, was appointed as a

Reynolds Distinguished Visiting Professor in

Aging at the University of Oklahoma College

of Nursing (OUCN).

Bonnie Westra, PhD, RN, FAAN,

was promoted to Associate Professor

with tenure by the University of Minnesota

Board of Regents. She was also inducted as

a Fellow in the American College of Medical

Informatics (ACMI), an honorary society

of elected fellows from the United States

and abroad who have made significant

and sustained contributions to the field of

medical informatics.

Kathryn White, DNP, RN, CRNA, was

elected to the Board of Directors for

the Minnesota Association of Nurse

Anesthetists. Her two year term will begin

October 7, 2011

New Appointments

Ulf Bronas, PhD, ATC, ATR, Assistant Professor and Director of the School of Nursing

Laboratory of Clinical Physiology, received his PhD in exercise/applied physiology from

the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on the efficacy of exercise therapy in

the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic

disease. Watch a video of Dr. Bronas discussing his research at www.nursing.umn.edu/


Alison Frank-Quick joined the school’s Office of Student Career and Advancement

Services as the Admissions and Enrollment Coordinator for the BSN and PhD programs.

She also serves at the Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Linda Lindeke.

Frank-Quick has worked at the University of Minnesota since 2003, previously with the

Office of Student Finance, One Stop Student Services, and the School of Social Work. She

completed her B.A. in Art History at the University of Minnesota.

Kari Moeller joined the School of Nursing as the development administrator; she will

be working with members from both the school’s Development and Alumni Offices.

Moeller has a full and varied background including work as a development officer in

the San Francisco Bay area, experience as an executive administrator and campaign

manager in the Washington D.C. area, and as the manager of leadership and education

with the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.

Teddy Potter, PhD, RN, Clinical Associate Professor, received her master of science with

a concentration in nursing higher education from the University of Minnesota and her

PhD from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her dissertation, Reconstructing

a New Story of Nursing: Critical Analysis of Nursing Textbooks Using Riane Eisler’s

Partnership Paradigm, challenges the current story which minimizes the contributions

of nursing care and limits the full potential of nurses. Potter has been a practicing nurse

for more than 30 years specializing in home care, AIDS care, and infusion therapy. Her

clinical expertise also includes rehabilitation and transitional care.

Claudia Schmidt joined the School of Nursing as the administrative assistant for the

Dean’s Office. Schmidt enjoyed working many years for the University of Minnesota

Mankato in Financial Aid, Alumni Affairs and The Computer Science Department.

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Heart to Heart

by eunice areba

For Dawn Witt, earning a PhD in nursing at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing offered her an opportunity to combine her

love for research with the practice of community and public health—especially as it relates to women’s health. Currently in her second year

of the PhD program, Witt, MPH, is helping women cope with heart disease under the guidance of her academic advisor Ruth Lindquist, PhD,

RN, ACNS-BC, FAHA, FAAN. Witt co-facilitates the Women’s Only Cardiac Support Group at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and

Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and the Women’s Health Program. She leads discussions with members of

the support group on featured topics and hosts guest speakers who are health experts in the cardiovascular field. She is also implementing

“Embrace,” an amenity program which informs female cardiac patients at Abbott Northwestern Hospital about the Women’s Program and

how to find educational and social support after they are discharged from the hospital. Witt was recently interviewed by fellow graduate

student Eunice Areba about her research interest and what led her to the School of Nursing’s PhD program.

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Eunice Areba: What motivated you to embark on a doctoral degree with a concentration on

heart disease among women?

Dawn Witt: I have always had an interest in issues that affect women; I have a BA in Global

Studies, with a minor in Women’s Studies. I completed my MPH in Community Health

Education at the U of M, and my Plan B advisor was Cheryl Robertson, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN.

I realized that I wanted to explore the aspect of women’s health more through research

and with her encouragement, and the encouragement of Dr. Lindquist, I applied for the PhD

program in nursing. I am not a nurse, but the School of Nursing PhD program matched my

goals to develop my research career.

E. A.: How are you using your previous graduate work in public health to further your

current studies?

D.W.: I’ve been able to use my experience and expertise in community health education to

connect with a group of women in the cardiac support group who share concerns and fears

about their heart disease, and who seek health education for self care to improve their

emotional and physical health. The experience thus far has been very stimulating, and my

previous background very beneficial.

E. A.: Tell me more about your interest in heart disease among women.

D. W.: In the general population, there is a lack of awareness that still exists about the

prevalence of heart disease and its risk factors among women —especially among

populations of disadvantaged women. The needs in this area have drawn me to focus my

dissertation to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors within this population of women.

In my dissertational research, I will be analyzing data from the Minnesota Women’s Healthy

Heart Program of the Women’s Center of Excellence.

E. A.: Are you involved in other research activities or projects?

D. W.: I am a graduate research assistant for Diane Treat-Jacobson, PhD, RN, FAAN,

on her NIH funded grant, EXERT: Exercise Training to Reduce Claudication

(www.nursing.umn.edu/EXERT). This experience has given me an opportunity to

develop my research and publication skills. I have also been involved in the evaluation

of the cardiac support group at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

E. A.: How has the PhD program prepared you for a possible career in research or academia?

D. W.: To date, the quality of the program has exceeded my expectations. The program

has prepared me to further my research career, to develop my skills as an independent

researcher and to contribute to the body of knowledge of cardiovascular disease prevention

among underserved populations of women.

Learn more about the School of Nursing’s PhD program, at www.nursing.umn.edu/PhD.

Eunice Areba, (bottom photo) currently in her

third year of the school’s PhD program, is working

with School of Nursing Associate Professor Dr.

Cheryl Robertson on her project, “Community

Coping Intervention for Somali Refugee Women”

which aims to decrease stress and teach new

coping skills to Somali refugee women who

have experienced war trauma and associated

psychosocial problems. Areba credits school’s

PhD program with helping her fulfill a desire to

combine research and an interest in the complex

public health issues of refugees and immigrants.

Read more about Eunice at


aneisha tucker

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Continuing Professional Education

Continuing Professional Development at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing

is an ANCC-accredited provider of lifelong learning that meets the educational needs

of its customers and reflects the excellence of the School’s research and mission. This is

accomplished through online course development, web-based modules, and partnership in

educational onsite seminars

and events.

More than a dozen onsite presentations are planned for fall 2011, including co-providing

with Minnesota Organization for Leaders in Nursing (MOLN) on their fall conference

(School of Nursing faculty Drs. Joanne Disch and Mary Chesney were featured speakers);

the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities annual conference which is part of the

University of Minnesota Academic Health Center interprofessional initiative; and a new inhouse

project—Visibility and Voice in Public Health Nursing, the second annual international

public health nursing conference (October 9-11, 2011).

Online course leaders for the fall include:

American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA 10x10)

The 13-module course examines the implications of informatics for practice in nursing and

health care, including electronic health records, safe exchange of patient data, and ethical

and global issues and challenges. The course launched this fall with fully updated content,

a new course interactive feature that connects students online with expert faculty, and an

onsite workshop in the fall at the AMIA annual meeting.

Telehealth Nurse Presenter

This course teaches essential knowledge about the role of the telehealth nurse presenter. It

includes information about telehealth practice, equipment, visits, and continuity of care, as

well as future directions. It is co-provided with the support of the Great Plains Telehealth

Resource and Assistance Center (TRAC).

Children with Special Health Care Needs

These modules are produced through grant funding from the Maternal and Child Health

Bureau, Dept. of Health and Human Services, and provide self-paced, accredited learning

about maternal and child health at no cost. Two new topics are posted this fall.

While Professional Education continues to focus on key conferences and online courses

and seminars, the Office of Practice, Partnership, and Professional Development has added

additional opportunity. For example, a partnership with VitalSims and local hospital groups

will use serious gaming technology (See “Playing to Learn” in the spring/summer issue of

Minnesota Nursing) as a way to deliver essential training to the health care industry in a

way that is cost-effective and learner-friendly. Partnership grants are also a future prospect

for content and course development.

Discover more at www.nursing.umn.edu/ContinuingEd.

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nursing research

Effects of deportation,

including child and parent

separation, were captured in

the photographs and words of

participants in Minnesota.


the bond

Arts-based program helps improve communication between Latino

adolescents and their families u

by darlene gorrill

fall/winter 2011 13

health promotion

Every Saturday for eight weeks, 12-year-old Kaily Ceballos and

her mother Norma Gaona, along with four other parent-adolescent

pairs, gathered at the El Colegio Charter School in

south Minneapolis where they reviewed and discussed their

assignments to document, through photos, the impact of

immigration on their lives.

Increasingly, their brother and son Jonathan Ceballos, who works

at El Colegio, began to notice changes in the mother-daughter

relationship. “They both put aside time for this,” he says. “It was a

good opportunity for them to work together, and I could see my

sister and mother getting closer.”

Strengthening the bonds between Latina mothers and

daughters is the kind of outcome that helps demonstrate

the benefits of Project Wings programs, currently involving

communities in Minnesota and Mexico. Carolyn Garcia, PhD, MPH,

RN, assistant professor, at the University of Minnesota School of

Nursing, and Rosa Maria Aguilera, researcher from the National

Institute of Psychiatry in Mexico serve as co-principal investigators

for the bi-national project.

the power of voice

Through Project Wings, Garcia and Aguilera are applying an artsbased

program to address some age-old dilemmas—improving the

connections among adolescents and family members and offering

community members who may lack other such channels a new way

to voice their concerns.

For several years, Garcia had looked to develop a project with

photovoice, a process where a group uses photography in a

structured way to express their voice on an issue of concern and in

some cases influence policy. In 2009, after building a relationship

with El Colegio, she launched a pilot photovoice project at the

school with the goal of promoting healthier relationships between

Latina mothers and daughters. Those stronger bonds, in turn,

help enhance the overall health of Latina girls, a population

disproportionately at risk for serious mental health issues, including

depression and suicide.

“Photovoice offers an opportunity not only to focus on

relationships with families, but also with other people in the

community,” says Garcia. “You can see changes at the individual

level and changes between family members. At another level,

it can inform policy.”

Blanca Raniolo-Olivares, director of community outreach

and parent engagement at El Colegio, helped recruit families

for the pilot and for Project Wings. An enthusiastic supporter of

Kally Ceballos (right) and her mother Norma Gaona work on their poster entitled

“Anoranza” which means a sense of nostalgia missing their home country and

family members, for a photovoice exhibit held at El Colegio Charter School.

photovoice, she was co-facilitator for the Project Wings sessions and

saw firsthand the powerful discussions that took place.

“When one of the parents described emotional memories, it was

sad and happy at the same time,” she says. “Everyone was learning

from each other.”

expression in minnesota & mexico

In the fall 2010 Project Wings group, the five adolescent-parent

pairs shared their experiences as Latino immigrants through the

photos that they took. Their photos revealed several themes. The

importance of family values and education were emphasized.

Families also shared a desire to keep their traditions, culture, beliefs,

and customs alive. The group presented their photos during a

public exhibition at the school that attracted more than 50 families,

community members, and the Spanish-speaking media.

Photovoice participants in Mexico documented the struggles

of families with members who emigrate to the U.S., including

the “feelings of loneliness, nostalgia, and the fear of family

disintegration,” says Aguilera. “The project both helps define the

main problems of the community, including generational conflicts

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Carolyn Garcia, PhD, MPH, RN


• Latino adolescent health trajectories, mental well-being, family and school connectedness

• Access to quality health care, health care reform implications

• Asset-based health promotion interventions grounded in a socio-ecological framework

• Mixed methods, photovoice, community-based participatory methods


and lack of government support,” she says, “while at the same time

identifying some of its strengths, such as festivals and traditions.

Emigration can place a strain on the family relationships.

“Family disintegration caused by emigration to the U.S. produces

homes where grandmothers are left with the responsibility

of raising grandchildren,” she says. “The relationship between

grandparents and grandchildren is often complicated because the

generational perspectives are not mediated by the parents, who are

now in the U.S.”

Photovoice helped the participants express their feelings.

“The project allowed them to share their experiences related

to emigration of family members within their community and

also helped increase interest in activities that encourage youth

participation,” Aguilera says.

next steps: connecting fathers & sons

Project Wings will continue this fall with an additional group in

both countries. In Minnesota, the project team heard from Latino

fathers, who saw the positive impacts from the first group of

mothers and daughters and wanted also to participate. As a result,

the next Minnesota group will involve Latino fathers and their

teens. In addition, Garcia recently submitted a proposal to fund a

larger photovoice program for Minnesota high school Latina girls.

For participants, the benefits of photovoice projects continue. “The

whole family learned more about their history, their traditions, and

culture through the story that they and their photos told,” says

Jonathan Ceballos. His mother and sister are still taking photos.

“Not only is there the opportunity to grow as a family, there is the

opportunity to grow as themselves,” he says.

Jonathan Ceballos will be a co-facilitator with Raniolo-Olivares

for the father-and-son photovoice group in the fall. “It’s really hard

for dads to communicate with boys in the family,” says Ceballos.

“Just seeing the way my mother and sister came together is an

example I can share with this new group.”

Grandmother and granddaughter working together in a garden in Mexico. When

parents immigrate to the U.S., the relationships between these family members

often change and generational differences contribute to intra-familial conflict.

Pictured l-r: School of Nursing Assistant Professor Carolyn Garcia, Therese Genis,

School of Nursing graduate assistant, Blanca Ranlolo-Olivares, El Colegio Charter

School, and Grecia Camarillo, School of Nursing undergraduate assistant.

photos courtesy of therese genis

Read more about Dr. Garcia’s research and see additional photos

from the photovoice exhibits in the U.S. and Mexico at


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chronic conditions management



Aerobic exercise improves

quality of life for people

with Alzheimer’s disease

by nancy giguere


As a young nurse in her native China,

Fang Yu, PhD, GNP-BC, RN, noticed that

care for patients with dementia was often

ineffective. “People didn’t know what to do

with them,” she says. “Once they were in the

hospital, they went downhill fast.”

Yu wanted to learn how to care for

these patients, and that desire led her to

the United States, and eventually to the

University of Minnesota, where she is

currently an assistant professor in the

School of Nursing.

Since 2005, she has been testing the

hypothesis that aerobic exercise can

improve function in older adults with

Alzheimer’s disease (AD). “We know from

studies of patients without dementia that

aerobic exercise improves cognition and

executive function, so it’s logical to think

that it could work the same way for

patients with dementia,” Yu says.

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Fang Yu, PhD, GNP-BC, RN


• Non-pharmacological interventions for improving cognition and function in older adults

• Aerobic exercise in older adults with dementia


testing feasibility

Because people with AD have difficulty with communication as well

as cognition, Yu first worked with two individuals to see whether

they could follow an exercise program using recumbent exercise

bikes. As a second step, she did a small study with four participants

to test the feasibility of using objective measures of intensity,

frequency, and duration.

When the baseline data from that study proved unreliable, she

switched to subjective measures in the third phase of her feasibility

research, which she conducted at Lyngblomsten, a continuing

care community in St. Paul. The eight participants, who included

both elders from the community and residents of Lyngblomsten’s

Heritage apartments, were asked to rate their effort from easy to

hard on a 1-to-5 scale.

During the six-month study, the elders exercised three times a

week, gradually working up to 45 minutes at moderate intensity.

Sessions also included a short warm-up and cool-down.

“After six months, participants had greater stamina and were

in better physical shape,” Yu says. “We also saw a trend toward

cognitive improvement and better executive function, but because

the sample was so small, we couldn’t draw definitive conclusions.”

a definite difference

Jennifer Veitenheimer, housing manager for the Heritage, says

she noticed a definite difference in residents who participated in

the study: “They were more energetic, more social, and more alert

and happier.”

They looked forward to exercise sessions. “It was a social event

for my mother,” says Rick Kringle, son of a Heritage resident.

“She always mentioned it when I came to visit.” And Mary Kay

Schneider, daughter of another resident, says her dad liked to brag

about his progress.

As a result of the study at the Heritage, Lyngblomsten has added

an exercise class. “Our goal is to have a dedicated fitness room,”

Veitenheimer says.

a fascinating study

Yu is now conducting the fourth phase of feasibility testing at

Lyngblomsten and the Southdale YMCA in Edina. This time she

is using objective measurements except when conditions like

heart arrhythmia or medications like beta-blockers make this

method unreliable. “For these participants, we use subjective

measurements, and for some people, we use both,” she says.

Dr. Yu monitors the progress of a study participant during an excercise session at

at Lyngblomsten Care facility.

This study includes three groups of about 10 participants each.

Assisting Yu in this phase is Christine Peterson, OTR/L, CES, an

occupational therapist with 20 years experience in cardiac

rehabilitation. “I have firsthand experience with the benefits of

exercise,” she says. “But this is my first research study, and I find it


looking ahead

Yu will conclude the last phase of her feasibility studies in January

2012. After that, she plans to apply for funding for a larger, more

definitive study. The results could have a big impact. That’s because

anything that improves quality of life and delays cognitive decline

in people with AD could postpone nursing home admissions. Since

the annual cost of nursing home care averages $75,000 per person,

any delay means real savings to families, government programs,

and businesses.

Yu’s research is also benefitting nursing students. “The students

who have worked on these studies have learned how to talk with

people who have dementia, how to assess them, how to advocate

for them,” she says. “This is a real opportunity to educate the next

generation of nurses.”

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grant awards

Faculty Principal & Co-Principal Investigators

July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011

Adwan, Jehad

Pediatric Nurses’ Grief Experience Over the Death

of Their Patients: Its Relationship with Burnout

and Job Satisfaction

Sigma Theta Tau International—

Zeta Chapter

Avery, Melissa

Exercise for American Indian Women with

Gestational Diabetes (P20)

Center for Health Trajectory Research; National Institute

of Nursing Research/National Institutes of Health

Avery, Melissa (C0-PI)

Prevention of Gestational Diabetes in American

Indian Women

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services

Bearinger, Linda

Adolescent Health Protection Research Training

Program (T01)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services

Bearinger, Linda

Center for Adolescent Nursing (T80)

Maternal and Child Health Bureau/Health Resources and

Services Administration/U.S. Department of Health and

Human Services

Bliss, Donna

Disparities in Incontinence and Perineal Skin

Damage in Nursing Home Elders (R01)

National Institute of Nursing Research/National

Institutes of Health

Bliss, Donna

Raising Literacy and Capacity for Incontinence

and Skin Care in Dementia (R03)

National Institute of Nursing Research/National

Institutes of Health

Bliss, Donna

Self-Healing Therapy Ostomy Pouch (STOP)

System (SBIR)

Eden Medical; National Center for Research Resources/

National Institutes of Health (Prime)

Bronas, Ulf

Claudication: Exercise Versus Endoluminal


Rhode Island Hospital; National Heart, Lung, and Blood

Institute/National Institutes of Health (Prime)

Bronas, Ulf

Diabetic Kidney Disease: Influence of Exercise on

Physical and Vascular Function (K23)

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney

Diseases/National Institutes of Health

Chesney, Mary

Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT)

Health Resources and Services Administration/U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services

Chlan, Linda

Anxiety Self-Management for Patients Receiving

Mechanical Ventilatory Support (R01)

National Institute of Nursing Research/National

Institutes of Health

Chlan, Linda

Bioeletric Impedance as a Measure of Muscle

Mass in Mechanically Ventilated ICU Patients

Center for Excellence in Critical Care/UMN Academic

Health Center

Delaney, Connie

Advancing the Nursing PhD in Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma; Health Resources and Services

Administration/U.S. Department of Health and Human

Services (Prime)

Delaney, Connie

Institutional Clinical and Translational Science

Award (U54)

National Center for Research Resources/National

Institutes of Health

Disch, Joanne

Quality Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN):

Phase 3

American Association of Colleges of Nursing/Robert

Wood Johnson Foundation (Prime)

Disch, Joanne

Transforming Organizational Culture and

Performance by Improving Senior Leadership

Team Effectiveness

National Center for Healthcare Leadership and Robert

Wood Johnson Foundation

Edwardson, Sandra

Addressing Health Disparities Through DNP


Health Resources and Services Administration/U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services

Edwardson, Sandra

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Health Resources and Services Administration/U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services

Edwardson, Sandra

Scholarships for Minnesota and Advanced

Practice American Indian Students

Minnesota Department of Health; Office of Minority

Health/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Fulkerson, Jayne

Healthy Home Offerings Via the Mealtime

Environment (HOME) (R01)

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney


National Institutes of Health

Fulkerson, Jayne

Observational Ratings of Child Feeding Practices

Among Preschoolers

UMN Obesity Prevention Center

Garcia, Carolyn

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in

Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program Scholar (K12)

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

National Institute of Child Health and Human

Development/National Institutes of Health (Prime)

Garcia, Carolyn

Dissemination of Photovoice Study via

Community Forums

School of Nursing Foundation

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grant awards

Garcia, Carolyn

Engaging Latino Adolescents Boys and Their

Parents in a Photovoice Project: A Pilot Project

Sigma Theta Tau International—Zeta Chapter

Garcia, Carolyn

Linking Latino Families to Mental Health Services

Using a Community Health Worker Based Multi-

Agency Collaborative Model: A Development and

Feasibility Study

Medica Foundation

Garcia, Carolyn

Pilot of a Latina Mother–Daughter Photovoice

Intervention to Promote Connectedness

Sigma Theta Tau International—Zeta Chapter

Garcia, Carolyn

Project Wings: Exploring Migration Effects on

Mexican Adolescent–Parent Communication and

Connectedness Using Photovoice

University of California; Health Initiative of the Americas

Garwick, Ann

Center for Children with Special Health Care

Needs (T80)

Maternal and Child Health Bureau/Health Resources and

Services Administration/U.S. Department of Health and

Human Services

Gaugler, Joseph

Adult Day Service Utilization and Outcomes: A

Mixed Methods Approach (K02)

National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health

Gaugler, Joseph

Caregiver Outcomes Post Nursing Home

Placement of a Family Member (R21)

National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health

Gaugler, Joseph

Comprehensive Support for Alzheimer’s Disease

Caregivers (R01)

National Institute on Aging/

National Institutes of Health

Gaugler, Joseph

Minnesota Community Living Program

Minnesota Board on Aging/

State of Minnesota

Gaugler, Joseph

Project ROSE

Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging; Minnesota Board

on Aging/State of Minnesota (Prime)

Gross, Cynthia

Mindfulness for Symptom Reduction: A

Transplant Candidate Study (R01)

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney

Diseases/National Institutes of Health

Hadidi, Niloufar

A Feasibility Study of Problem Solving Therapy for

Treatment of Poststroke Depressive Symptoms

and Enhancement of Quality of Life Outcomes

UMN Graduate School

Hadidi, Niloufar

Establishing Types of Depression in Stroke


Midwest Nursing Research Society

Hadidi, Niloufar

Problem-Solving Therapy for Treatment

of Poststroke Depressive Symptoms and

Enhancement of Quality of Life Outcomes

The John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic

Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) Post-Doctoral

Fellowship/American Academy of Nursing

Herrick, Linda

Educational Needs Survey of Ostomates with

Shortened Lengths of Stay

Sigma Theta Tau International—

Zeta Chapter

Kaas, Merrie

Training to Improve Late-Stage Dementia (SBIR):

Phase 2

HealthCare Interactive; National Institute on Aging/

National Institutes of Health

Kreitzer, Mary Jo

CAM Research Education Partnership Project (R25)

Northwestern Health Sciences University; National

Institutes of Health (Prime)

Kreitzer, Mary Jo

Impact of Meditative Movement on Health

Outcomes of Older Adults in Long-Term Care


Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Kreitzer, Mary Jo

Stress Reduction for Caregivers: A Randomized

Controlled Pilot Study (R21)

HealthPartners Research Foundation; National Institutes

of Health (Prime)

Kreitzer, Mary Jo

Whole Systems Healing Curriculum Development


Life Science Foundation

Krichbaum, Kathleen

Cultural Immersion Service Learning in Public

Health Nursing

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education/

U.S. Department of Education

Kubik, Martha

Development and Pilot Testing of a Youth-

Focused Community Assessment Tool for Use in

Rural Honduras

UMN Academic Health Center Seed Grant

Lindquist, Ruth


Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Lindquist, Ruth

Systems Change: Integrating Positive Lifestyle

Behaviors Into Daily Life

Center for Spirituality and Healing/

UMN Academic Health Center

McMorris, Barbara

Evaluation of a Restorative Justice Program for


Legal Rights Center; Minnesota Department of Public

Safety (Prime)

Mueller, Christine

Building Faculty Capacity in Geriatric Nursing for

Central Minnesota

West Central Initiative; Robert Wood Johnson

Foundation (Prime)

Mueller, Christine

Developing Comprehensive Dementia-Specific

Nursing Home Quality Indicators

Indiana University; Alzheimer’s Association (Prime)

Mueller, Christine

Developing Exemplary Clinical Education

Partnerships and Learning in Nursing Homes

Health Resources and Services Administration/U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services

Mueller, Christine

Evaluation of Minnesota Consortium Projects

Minnesota Department of Human Services

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grant awards

Mueller, Christine

Evaluation of a State-Level Model for Promoting

Nursing Home Quality

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Indiana

University (Prime)

Mueller, Christine

Nursing Home Incentive Payment Program

for the Texas Department of Aging and

Disability Services

Myers and Stauffer; Texas Department of Aging

and Disability Services

Mueller, Christine

Regulating Licensed Nursing Practice in Nursing

Homes: RN Delegation, the Role of the LPN, and

Outcomes of Nursing Care

Duke University Medical Center;

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (Prime)

Olson Keller, Linda

A Culture of Excellence: Evidence-Based Public

Health Nursing Practice

Health Resources and Services Administration/U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services

Olson Keller, Linda

Carrying the Black Bag: The History of Public

Health Nursing in Minnesota

School of Nursing Foundation

Painter, Patricia

Shared Equipment for Near Infrared Spectroscopy

UMN Graduate School

Peden-McAlpine, Cynthia

The Experience of Community-Living Men with

Fecal Incontinence

Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

Robertson, Cheryl

Community Coping Intervention for Somali

Refugee Women (R21)

National Institute of Nursing Research/National

Institutes of Health

Robertson, Cheryl

Understanding Somali Refugees’ Perceptions of

Mental Health Care: A Focused Ethnography

Program in Health Disparities Research/UMN Academic

Health Center (AHC)

Savik, Kay

Improving Dementia Care at Home and Reducing

Burden for Family Caregivers (SBIR)

HealthCare Interactive; National Institutes of Health

Sieving, Renee

Encuentro! Community Partnerships for Healthy

Youth Development

UMN Prevention Research Center; Centers for Disease

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

Human Services

Sieving, Renee

Lead Peace Collaborative Middle Grades Service

Learning Program

UMN Prevention Research Center; Best Buy Children’s


Sieving, Renee

Prime Time: Health Promotion for Multiple Risk

Behaviors (R01)

National Institute of Nursing Research/National

Institutes of Health

Talley, Kristine

Preventing Disability in Frail Older Women

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s

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

Health/National Institutes of Health

Talley, Kristine

The Effect of Restorative Care Nursing on

Patterns of Disability in Long-Stay Nursing Home


The John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin

Fellowship Award/American Academy of Nursing

Treat-Jacobson, Diane

Claudication: Exercise Versus Endoluminal


Rhode Island Hospital; National Heart, Lung, and Blood

Institute/National Institutes of Health (Prime)

Treat-Jacobson, Diane

Exercise Training to Reduce Claudication: Arm

Ergometry Versus Treadmill Walking (R01)

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/National

Institutes of Health

Westra, Bonnie

Development of a Consumer Research Network

for Studying Obesity (T15)

Institute of Nursing Research/National Institutes of


Westra, Bonnie

The Impact of a Certified Wound, Ostomy,

Continence Nurse on Wounds and Incontinence

Outcomes for Home Health Care Patients

Wound, Ostomy and Continence

Nurses Society

Westra, Bonnie (Co-PI)

University Partnership for Health Informatics

Office of the National Coordinator for Health

Information Technology/

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

White, Kathryn

Nurse Anesthesia Traineeship Program

Health Resources and Services Administration/U.S.

Department of Human Services

Wyman, Jean

Center for Health Trajectories Research (P20)

National Institute of Nursing Research/National

Institutes of Health

Wyman, Jean

Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence

The John A. Hartford Foundation

Wyman, Jean

Developing a Model of Excellence for Community-

Based Teaching and Research to Improve the Care

of Vulnerable Older Adults

UMN Engaged Department Grant Program

Wyman, Jean

MAGEC Mentorship/

FLAG Expansion

Health Resources and Services Administration/U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services

Wyman, Jean

Pfizer Visiting Professorship in Alzheimer’s



Yu, Fang

Feasibility and Impact of Aerobic Exercise in

Alzheimer’s Disease

American Health Assistance Foundation

Yu, Fang

Validating Clinical Measures of Executive

Function in U.S. Veterans with Dementia

Faculty Seed Grant Program/UMN Academic

Health Center

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grant awards

Student Principal &

Co-Principal Investigators

July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011


Dierich, Mary

John A. Hartford Foundation

Building Academic Geriatric Nursing

Capacity (BAGNC) Pre-Doctoral

Scholar Award

American Academy of Nursing

Dickerman, Jolene

Graduate Scholarship in Cancer

Nursing Practice

American Cancer Society, Inc.

Guttormson, Jill

Patients’ Recall and Assessment of

Mechanical Ventilation: Impact of


American Association of Critical-Care


Guttormson, Jill

Patients’ Recall and Assessment of

Mechanical Ventilation: Impact of

Sedation (F31)

National Institute of Nursing Research/

National Institutes of Health

Schorr, Erica

Characterization of the PAD

Symptom Experience (NRSA)

National Institute of Nursing Research/

National Institutes of Health

Schorr, Erica

Jonas Nursing Scholars Program

American Academy of Nursing

Uban, Nicolle

Low-Income Women’s Expectations,

Needs, and Desires for Social

Support in the Postpartum Period

Sigma Theta Tau International—

Zeta Chapter


Bless, Kaitlan

The Effect of Exercise on Social

Functioning in Older Adults with

Alzheimer’s Disease


Fields, Caitlyn

Relationships Between Parents’

Control of Preschool-Aged Children’s

Eating Behaviors and Parental

Perceptions of Their Child’s Weight


Natalia Olivier

Assessing Youth Development:

Focus Groups with Youth and

Parents in Rural Honduras


Larson, Reed

Disparities in Nursing Staffing in

Nursing Homes


Wiltzen, Kjerstie

The Time to the Development

of Dual Incontinence in Elderly

Residents Who Have Either Fecal

or Urinary Incontinence at Nursing

Home Admission


$71.3 Million in Federal

Funding to Expand

Nursing Education

minnesota schools awarded

nearly $830,000 to enhance

their nursing programs

The latest round of funding comes from the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services through

the federal health care law, aimed to strengthen

nursing education and practice.

Programs benefitting range from baccalaureate

nursing education to support for advancedpractice

nurses. The money also goes to help

registered nurses complete their graduate

education to become nurse faculty, and increases

nursing education opportunities for people from

disadvantaged backgrounds.

Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship:

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis: $90,688;

College of St. Scholastica, Duluth: $41,679;

Winona State University, Winona: $33,279;

Metropolitan State University, St. Paul: $32,337;

Minnesota State University, Mankato: $26,956;

Augsburg College, Minneapolis: $22,891;

Minnesota State University, Moorhead: $16,658;

St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona: $11,924.

Advanced Nursing Education:

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis: $280,853.

Nurse Anesthetist Training:

Minneapolis School of Anesthesia, Minneapolis:

$10,231; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis:

$2,154; St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona:


Nurse Faculty Loan Program:

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis: $250,000.

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center news

Nursing Research is the official journal of the Eastern Nursing

Research Society and the Western Institute of Nursing. The

mission of Nursing Research is to report empirical findings

from the highest quality basic and clinical research focused on

understanding health and illness experiences, and to estimate

the impact of therapeutic actions and nursing systems.

Learn more at www.nursingresearchonline.com

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center director:

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


To develop and test innovative

interventions that help individuals

and families create optimal pathways

to health.

for more information:

Phone: 612-626-9443

E-mail: chtr@umn.edu


center minnesota forcenter for

adolescent health trajectory nursingresearch

A Call for New Strategies

to Develop Person-

Centered Science

To provide a new vision for nursing science, investigators from

the Minnesota Center for Health Trajectory Research recently

published a collection of articles in a special issue of Nursing

Research published in May/June 2011. Articles in this supplement,

Health Trajectory Research: Advancing Person-centered Nursing

Science, present the nursing science perspective on health trajectory

research and important theoretical considerations in studying

health and illness over time (trajectory)—including advances in

statistical modeling that support this area of research. Studying

the pattern of health of individuals can lead to the development of

strategies aimed at influencing health over time rather than at a

single point in time.

The supplement includes exemplar papers from original studies

applying the trajectory perspective in different conditions, settings,

and populations, and time scales ranging from seconds to years.

Topics include:

• Changes in anxiety related to mechanical ventilation in critically

ill patients (Dr. Linda Chlan and Kay Savik)

• Changes in patterns of pain (claudication) during treadmill

testing in patients with peripheral artery disease (Drs. Diane

Treat-Jacobson, Susan Henly, Ulf Bronas, Arthur Leon, and

George Henly)

• Changes in gastrointestinal symptoms in incontinent patients

being treated with fiber supplements (Dr. Donna Bliss, Kay Savik,

Drs. Hans-Joachim Jung, Robin Whitebird, and Ann Lowry)

• Changes in burden and depression in caregivers of spouses

with dementia as they transition to long-term care (Drs. Joseph

Gaugler, David Roth, William Haley, and Mary Mittelman)

• Changes in functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system

related to feeding in newborns after surgery for major congenital

heart abnormalities (Dr. Tondi Harrison)

• Changes in patterns of condom use by sexually active teens

participating in a pregnancy prevention program (Drs. Linda

Bearinger, Renee Sieving, Naomi Duke, Barbara McMorris,

Sarah Stoddard, and Sandra Pettingell)

The supplement concludes with a research agenda that lists

priorities for health trajectory research in nursing science, including

preparation of nurse scientists. According to the guest editors,

Drs. Susan Henly, Professor and Methods Director of the center

and Jean Wyman, Professor and Cora Meidl Siehl Chair of Nursing

Research and center director, the goal for this special issue was

to provide nurse researchers with ideas on how to incorporate a

health trajectory perspective into nursing intervention studies in

order to determine how interventions affect the course of health

for individuals. Knowledge generated from this type of personcentered

science can lead to interventions tailored to the individual,

improved clinical care, and optimal patient outcomes.

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center news

center directors:

L) Jean Wyman, PhD, RN,


R) Christine Muller, PhD, RN, FAAN


To advance the care of older adults

by preparing outstanding nursing

faculty from diverse backgrounds

who can provide leadership in

strengthening geriatric nursing

at all levels of academic nursing


for more information

or to subscribe to SageNews, the

center’s e-newsletter:

E-mail: mnhcgne@umn.edu


minnesota hartford center of

geriatric nursing excellence

Center Hosts Two National

Nurse Leaders

On April 13-15, 2011, the Minnesota Hartford Center of Geriatric

Nursing Excellence hosted Kathleen Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN, as

the Pfizer Visiting Professor in Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Buckwalter

is Professor Emeriti at the University of Iowa, Professor of Research

and Distinguished Nurse Scientist in Aging at Oklahoma University

College of Nursing and the Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing


During her visit, Buckwalter offered her expertise to faculty,

students, and clinicians and the opportunity to discuss mutual

research interests in behavioral management strategies for patients

with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. She presented

two lectures, “Beyond Bingo: Training Interdisciplinary Staff to

Enhance Activities for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia,”

and “Progressive Lowered Stress Threshold Model for Care of

Alzheimer’s Patients: Research into Practice” which coincided with

National Careers in Aging week.

Pictured left to right:

School of Nursing

Professor Christine

Mueller, Susan Reinhard,

Dean Connie Delaney,

and Professor Jean


Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President for the

AARP’s Public Policy Institute and Chief Strategist for the Center to

Champion Nursing was the featured speaker for the 4th Annual

Upper Midwest Geriatric Nursing Education Alliance meeting. Held

June 8-9, 2011, the theme for the Alliance meeting and Reinhard’s

presentations were based on the landmark report published by the

Institute of Medicine last fall on the Future of Nursing. On June 8th,

Reinhard gave a special address to the public entitled “The Future of

Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” where she discussed

the breakthrough report and the national campaign, Campaign

for Action, underway to ensure the report recommendations are

implemented. The following morning, she expanded on her public

presentation to address Alliance members where she shared ways

for members to analyze the report and find solutions to incorporate

or apply the suggestions in the report to their educational

institution’s curriculum. The event was co-sponsored by the

Minnesota Hospital Association and the U of M School of Nursing.

The Upper Midwest Geriatric Nursing Education Alliance is one

of four main initiatives of the MnHCGNE, and was established to

promote excellence in geriatric nursing education in associate and

higher degree programs in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota,

Wisconsin, including all Tribal Colleges.

Dr. Kathleen Buckwalter (left center) during session with School of

Nursing faculty.

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center director:

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.

for more information:

Phone: 612-625-1187

E-mail: densford@umn.edu


katharine j. densford international center for

nursing leadership

Accountable Care

Organizations and Health

Care Homes:

Can Minnesota Make These Work?

Accountable care organizations are groups of health care providers

joining together to agree to be accountable for the quality, cost

and overall care of a population of patients across settings, e.g.,

community, hospital, rehab. Health care homes, often called medical

homes in other states, are models of primary care that link a patient

to a provider or practice, and are also accountable for providing

high quality, cost-effective and personalized care to that individual.

These care innovations share many similarities. Both are highly

touted as solutions for the health care crisis, and Minnesota has

been on the leading edge nationally in adopting these forms of

care delivery.

Yet there are many issues with both ACOs and HCHs, not the

least of which is the role of nurses in either of these models. On

November 9, 2011 the Densford Center hosted a Community Policy

Forum where a panel of experts reflected on care innovations and

comment on:

• What are the pros and the cons of the ACO and HCH?

• What role should nurses play?

• Can Minnesota make these work?

As with other Community Policy Forums, the provocative group of

speakers shared their thoughts, followed by audience discussion.

Forum speakers included Dave Moen, MD, President of Fairview

Physician Associates, Lawrence Massa, MSBAS, President and CEO

of the Minnesota Hospital Association, and Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD,

RN, FAAN, Professor and Director of the Center for Spirituality &


As many thought leaders have noted over the years, change will

only come if each one of us, individually and collectively, works to

make not only change—but the right changes happen.

Speakers from the April 2011 Community Forum on the Future of Nursing report

and related initiatives nationally and in Minnesota. Pictured from left to right

are: Ellen Benavides, assistant commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health;

Erin Murphy, Representative, Minnesota House of Representatives; Linda Lindeke,

associate professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing; and

Marla Weston, Executive Director of the American Nurses Association.

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center director:

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


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.

for more information:

Phone: 612-624-5157

Fax: 612-626-3467

E-mail: beari001@umn.edu


center for

adolescent nursing

Crossing Boundaries:

Global Learning at Home

and Abroad

Like others focused on the health of young people, the Center for

Adolescent Nursing recognizes that distance isn’t as important as it

once was.

During a post-doctoral fellowship in the Center, Molly Secor-

Turner, PhD, RN, worked in several refugee and immigrant

communities of the Twin Cities—Latino/a, African American, Somali,

Hmong, and Liberian. Now an assistant professor at North Dakota

State University, Dr. Secor-Turner reflects, “During my post-doc work,

I came to realize that health issues of refugees and immigrants

from various corners of the globe could be the same or wildly

different from those of young people raised in the Midwest.”

Secor-Turner is one of a number of students, fellows, and faculty

in the Center taking advantage of opportunities to gain a global

perspective on health—even while working in communities

surrounding the University campus.

Minnesota and Morelos: Mexican Families in

Two Places

Like Secor-Turner, Carolyn Garcia, PhD, MPH, RN, assistant professor

in the Center, has gained a global perspective through her

work with adolescent immigrants. Focused primarily on Latina

adolescents, she has found their issues mirror those of other

immigrants. “Health needs are exacerbated by language barriers

and the difficulties of negotiating two cultures,” she says. “The

resulting stress can increase risky behaviors such as smoking, drug

use, and unprotected sex, and could trigger underlying physical or

mental health problems such as diabetes or depression.”

Recently Garcia collaborated with a colleague at the National

Institute of Psychiatry in Mexico City. Their “photo-voice” study

gives expression to the attitudes, values, and challenges of migrant

families on both sides of the US–Mexican border. Two groups of

families participated – Mexican immigrants and their children now

living in Minnesota and Mexican families considered “left behind”

in Morelos, a small city about 40 miles northwest of Mexico City.

Interestingly, a high proportion of Morelos citizens immigrate to


For two months, researchers gave digital cameras to families in

Morelos and Minnesota with instructions to photograph what’s

important to them and “tells their story.” Together parents and

children captioned their photographs. “Their photos painted a

picture of their life today,” says Garcia. “For immigrants in the US,

it was a story of leaving behind a family and trying to honor their

culture. For those in Mexico, it was a story of longing for those who


“We designed this purposefully to include parents and teens

together—using this intervention to promote family connectedness

– a key protective factor for all adolescents,” says Garcia. “Though

sometimes reluctant to enter counseling to address family health,

they relished the chance to be together, discussing their lives

through their photos.”

Global Trends, Local Impact

“Whether abroad or at home, we can’t escape global health trends,”

Secor-Turner says. The Midwest is experiencing an influx of people

from around the globe, each with their own health needs and

perhaps struggling with the challenge of straddling two cultures.

“To be attuned to the needs of adolescents in the US, we must pay

attention to global patterns. It has direct and indirect influences

on health and well-being of young people everywhere,”

says Secor-Turner.

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center director:

Jayne Fulkerson, PhD


To improve the health of infants,

children, adolescents, parents, and

families in the context of their

communities. Center members

develop and disseminate evidencebased

interventions and best

practices in primary and secondary


for more information:

E-mail: CCFHPR@umn.edu


center for

child and family health

promotion research

Research with a community-engaged focus is one of the prominent

hallmarks of the Center for Child and Family Health Promotion

Research. Center faculty regularly engages with domestic, national,

and international health care communities in their research.

Melissa Avery, PhD, RN, CNM,

FACNM, FAAN, Professor and

chair of the School of Nursing

Child and Family Health

Cooperative, is engaged with

several American Indian

communities in relation

to her research regarding

gestational diabetes. Avery

recently concluded a project

to develop and test the

feasibility of promoting exercise for American Indian women with

gestational diabetes. Funded by the School of Nursing’s Center for

Health Trajectory Research, the study included focus groups, key

informant interviews, and a pilot randomized controlled trial with

American Indian women in urban communities and on reservations.

She successfully collaborated with community clinics such as the

Native American Community Clinic, Community University Health

Care Center, Indian Health Board Clinic, American Indian Family

Center and Hennepin County Medical Center in program planning

and recruitment. Currently, she is collaborating with Dr. Jamie

Stang from the U of M School of Public Health to examine the

feasibility of a 24-week intensive lifestyle intervention focusing on

enhancements in diet and exercise for the prevention of gestational

diabetes among American Indian Women. This project is funded by

the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/U.S. Department of

Health and Human Services; DHHS.

Mary Benbenek, PhD, RN, FNP, PNP, clinical associate professor,

helps promote the health of East African mothers with small

children, pre-teen and teenage girls, and elder women as an

Advisory Council member for the East African Women’s Center. Dr.

Benbenek’s research is also focused on health promotion of women

and girls from East Africa. Her dissertation addressed sunlight

exposure, dietary, and dress habits of Somali girls to promote

adolescent bone health. Most recently, Benbenek and her colleague,

Doroth Mayer from the East African Women’s Center, received

funding to conduct a project entitled “Developing a culturally

appropriate community-based pre and post natal education

program for East African Women.” Grant funding was awarded

by the Office of Community Engagement for Health within the

University of Minnesota’s Clinical and Translational Science

Institute which funds pilot grants designed to foster research,

build collaboration, and strengthen existing research relationships

between the University and the community.

Karen Johnson awarded a Theresa V. James Fellowship

Doctoral candidate Karen Johnson, BSN, BA, RN, received the 2011

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. Johnson’s research focuses

on adolescent sports team participation and health risk behaviors

such as sexual risk taking, violence involvement, substance use,

depressive symptoms, among alternative and traditional high

school students. Linda Bearinger, PhD, RN, FAAN, FSAHM is her


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center director:

Ann Garwick, PhD, RN, FAAN


The center prepares pediatric nursing

leaders to improve the quality of care

and systems of care for children and

youth with an added emphasis on

those with special health care needs.

Graduates are prepared for leadership

roles in primary and specialty care of

children and youth, the organization

and delivery of health services, policy,

research, education, and advocacy.

The center’s holistic approach focuses

on family-centered care within

cultural and community contexts.

for more information:


E-mail: CSHCN@umn.edu

center for

children with special

health care needs

Leadership through

Community Engagement

Center faculty and students are committed to enhancing the quality of care for children

and youth with special health care needs (CYSCHN) through advocacy, education, evidencebased

practice, research and health care reform. Collaborations with key stakeholders and

partnerships at the local, state, and national level are key to preparing future pediatric

nursing leaders and achieving quality outcomes for CYSCHN.

Engagement through Community-based Research Partnerships

Jehad Adwan, PhD, RN is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing whose

dissertation focused on Pediatric Nurses’ Grief Experience: Its Relationship with Burnout

and Job Satisfaction. Jehad is able to integrate his research findings into his clinical practice

and teaching roles and plans to develop interventions for nurses experiencing the loss of

pediatric patients in hospital settings.

Mary Mescher Benbenek, PhD, RN, FNP, PNP is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the

new coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty in the School of Nursing. Her

dissertation focused on Enablers and Barriers to Factors Contributing to Bone Health

Among Early Adolescent Somali Girls. Mary continues her community-based connections

to improve the health of Somali girls and their families through her clinical practice and

community-based research.

Community Engagement: Head Start Partnership

Center faculty Cheri L. Friedrich, DNP, RN, CNP serves on the Ramsey County Community

Action Partnership-Head Start/Early Head Start Health Services Advisory Committee in St.

Paul, MN. This partnership provides an opportunity to share health information with Head

Start, opens doors for research and has the potential to provide learning venues for our

students. This community-based partnership has also resulted in the development of web

based asthma education and resources through the Get a Head Start on Asthma Project

(Ann Garwick, PI). http://www.nursing.umn.edu/GetaHeadStartonAsthma/

L-R: Jehad Adwan, May M. Benbenek,

Cheri L. Friedrich

Community Outreach through

Continuing Education

Be the Change: A parent’s perspective on

family-centered care by Theresa Zimanske

Theresa Zimanske, founder of Be the

Change, LLC, shares the patient and

family perspective in health care and her

family’s real life experiences to strengthen

relationships and create partnerships with

health care providers. She eloquently shares

her story of a family’s journey with a son

who died from a complicated rare disease.

The Be the Change module will be available

online fall 2011.

Eight self-paced CSHCN continuing

education modules with Minnesota Board

of Nursing or ANCC contact hours available

at no cost on our center’s Continuing

Education page at


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center director:

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


To develop and test innovative

interventions that help individuals

and families create optimal pathways

to health.

for more information:

Jean Wyman, professor

Phone: 612-626-9443

E-mail: chtr@umn.edu


center for

gerontological nursing

Center Faculty Receive

Research Awards

Hadidi Receives GAPNA Excellence in Research Award

Depression affects almost 20 percent of stroke survivors in acute

rehabilitation settings leading to greater disability, impaired

quality of life, and worse health outcomes. Niloufar Hadidi, PhD,

CNS, APRN, BC, assistant professor and Claire M. Fagin Scholar,

has been studying the effect of problem-solving therapy to

reduce depression in older stroke survivors. According to Hadidi,

this innovative therapy shows much promise to improve health

outcomes of older stroke patients. Since the start of her study,

supported with funds from the University of Minnesota’s Grant-In-

Aid Program and the John A. Hartford Foundation, she has received

positive reports from patients and clinicians about how helpful

the therapy has been in improving patients’ depressive symptoms.

Based on her pioneering work and commitment to nursing research

that benefits older adults, Hadidi was awarded the Gerontological

Advanced Practice Nursing Association’s (GAPNA) Excellence in

Research Award on September 16, 2011 during their annual meeting

held in Washington D.C.

Talley Named 2011

BIRCWH Scholar

The University of Minnesota’s

Deborah E. Powell Center

for Women’s Health named

Kristine Talley, PhD, GNP-BC,

assistant professor, a 2011

Building Interdisciplinary

Research Career in Women’s

Health (BIRCWH) Scholar. Funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and

Office of Research on Women’s Health, this faculty-mentored

development program supports Talley’s research focused on

preventing and delaying disability in older women. According to Dr.

Talley, “Many people do not realize that disability is a costly health

concern for older women, as they account for the majority of people

living with disabilities and for the majority of Medicaid costs when

their disability triggers nursing home placement.”

One of the greatest risk factors for nursing home placement is

the inability to self-manage toileting. Toileting disabilities result

when difficulties with walking, transferring, and dressing occur

with urinary incontinence. Talley is working with multidisciplinary

gerontological experts to design a program that combines

physical activity, non-pharmacological continence strategies, and

environmental modification to prevent or delay toileting disabilities

in frail older women living in assisted living facilities. The ultimate

goal is to prevent or delay nursing home placements and allow

older women to live as independently as possible. She recently

received a highly competitive Academic Health Science Center

Seed Grant to support the development of her intervention. Tally

is mentored by School of Nursing Professor Jean Wyman, PhD, RN,

FAAN and James Neaton, PhD, from the U of M Biostatistics, School

of Public Health.

Dr. Niloufar Hadidi and with stroke survivor Susan B. Bardill.

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A Letter from the


Dear Alumni and Friends of the School of Nursing,

As I assume the presidency of the Nursing Alumni Society Board for the 2011-12 academic

year, our number one goal is to increase participation of alumni old and new in our Society.

I am not referring to age when I think of “old and new,” but to those who have and will continue to participate in alumni activities, and

those who haven’t yet taken the opportunity to do so. Since my election to the Board approximately three years ago, I have worked with a

talented and

very dedicated group of alumni who strive to create a program of activities rich in content, but we have still not hit our stride.

This year will be focused on the engagement of alumni who have graduated from all of our programs —bachelor’s through doctoral,

including those holding certificates, and from those across the U.S. and throughout the world. We want to hear from you, your ideas

about what we, as a Society, can do to make your alumni experience a more involved and rewarding with the School of Nursing and the

University of Minnesota.

Tell me what we’re doing well, and where we need to do better. Tell me how you want to be connected to the growth of the School

and I promise to listen and to represent your views to our Board, which includes the Dean. Let’s make this new academic year one of

engagement and renewed commitment to celebrating the diversity and strength of our alumni. You may reach me at graha052@umn.edu.

If you’d like to have a virtual or real cup of coffee and talk, I’m always available.

Yours in service,

Michael Graham, PhD, RN, PHN, (MN ’08)

President, Nursing Alumni Society Board

Upcoming Alumni Events


December 7-8

December 16

Scholarship Jewelry Sale

President’s Club Holiday Celebration

Fall Commencement Ceremony


January 14

January 21

February 25

April 27

May 11

Minne-College (Surprise, Arizona)

Minne-College (Naples, Florida)

Dean’s Alumni Gathering (Albuquerque,

New Mexico)

Nursing Research Day: Community Engaged

Research & Practice

“Salute to Seniors” Luncheon

Spring Commencement Ceremony

Learn more about these and other School of Nursing Alumni events

at www.nursing.umn.edu

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Nursing Alumni Spring Celebration and

Reunion 2011

Alumni, faculty, and students gathered for a lively reunion at McNamara

Alumni Center on April 30, 2011. Minnesota Senator Kathy Sheran gave the

keynote address, “Quality Health Care for All: A Call to Social Action,

alumni awards were presented, and reunion classes honored.

Excellence in Nursing Education Award

Georgia Nygaard DNP, RN, CNP, BSN ‘85. Conscientious instructor and

influential role model, whose creative teaching methods and passion for

patient care inspire students to navigate the arena of advanced practice

nursing with pride and purpose.


Excellence in Nursing Education Award

Linda Herrick, PhD ‘98, MSN ’91, RN. Admired advisor, mentor, and educator,

whose sincere interest in students and passion for health care education and

research provide meaningful learning opportunities for students, nurturing

their journey into the professional world of nursing.

Rising Star Award

Janet Dutcher, DNP ’09, RN, NNP. Exemplary graduate of the School of

Nursing and health care advocate, whose devoted service and professional

accomplishments as a neonatal nurse practitioner include facilitation of an

innovative neonatal advance care plan to meet the needs of infants.

(Read more about Dr. Dutcher on page 40.)


Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Dawn Petroskas, RN, PhD(c). Recognized for committed service to

underrepresented and underserved populations, contributions to the

profession of nursing through research, and tireless local and national

advocacy for responding to the health concerns of persons experiencing



Outstanding Undergraduate Nursing Student Award

Michaella Murphy, BSN ‘11, RN. Recognized for energetic leadership on

the Nursing College Board, compassionate commitment to service and

demonstrated competence in the delivery of nursing care.

Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award

Michael Bleich, PhD, MPH ’87, RN, FAAN. Honored at the school’s May

commencement ceremony for courageous leadership, compassionate

commitment to service, and dynamic contributions to shaping the future

of the nursing profession and nursing education for the ultimate benefit of

health care.


aneisha tucker

1) Minnesota State Senator Kathy Sheran discusses with guests the successes and challenges

in providing health care for underserved populations. 2) Dean Connie Delaney (center)

pictured with award winners (left to right) Linda Herrick, Michaella Murphy, Dawn Petroskas,

and Georgia Nygaard. 3) Class of 1971 pictured from left to right are Peck Salmen Tierney,

Jeanine Emmons, Marth Perry Bolton, and Jane Howe Tripple. 4) Georgia Nygaard pictured

with NP students. 5) 2011 School of Nursing Alumni Society President Cheryl Lanigan presents

Dr. Michael Bleich with the Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award at the School of

Nursing’s commencement ceremony on May 13, 2011.


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alumni news



School of Nursing’s DNP program

helps alumna to transform ideas

into innovative programs

by darlene gorrill

Janet Dutcher, DNP ‘09, RN, NNP-BC, has spent much of her nursing

career working with the tiniest and most vulnerable of patients –

babies who are born too early. She entered the Doctor of Nursing

Practice (DNP) program at the University’s School of Nursing with a

commitment to improve care for neonates and their families.

She more than made good on that commitment: She succeeded

in turning her DNP project into a new program for her organization,

the Avera Health Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As a result,

when family members initially learn the devastating news that

their baby may die or face life-limiting conditions, they receive the

support of an interdisciplinary team who helps guide them through

the challenging days ahead.

In recognition of her work, Dutcher received the inaugural Rising

Star Award from the School of Nursing Alumni Society in April 2011.

She also has coauthored an article for the Journal of Perinatal and

Neonatal Nursing on the development of palliative care program,

known as Embrace.

Her DNP experience not only helped turn her idea into an

innovative program to bring care to families, it prepared her for

promotion to nurse manager of the health center’s Neonatal

Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

“It really gave me the tools and confidence just to take my

thinking to a whole new level,” says Dutcher. “

The program offers a wide variety of courses that are not found in

general nursing. It gave me the skills to be able to move forward

with the project.”

Dutcher knew that developing a standard program to bring

palliative care required hospital-wide change. As one of her first

steps, she met and joined forces with the physician in charge of

adult palliative care. They also involved representatives from other

disciplines to support families. “My University courses helped me

Janet Dutcher at School of Nursing Research Day last spring after receiving the

Rising Star Award.

think through program development and the value of involving key

stakeholders early,” she says.

The hospital launched a pilot in 2009, a precursor of its current

program that now provides both adult and children’s palliative care.

The core palliative care team, which includes a nurse practitioner,

physician, chaplain, geneticist, and social worker, works with family

to develop a birth plan and stays with the family before and after

birth. Other hospitals in the Avera system have indicated an interest

in using the program as a model for their own efforts.

For Dutcher, satisfaction comes from knowing the important

impact of these efforts on families during a painful and stressful

time in their lives. “You share the most sacred time in their lives,”

she says. “You are enriched so deeply by the time you spend with


Dutcher also enhances the larger nursing community through

her volunteer efforts. She helping the University of South Dakota

develop an online program in palliative care and serving on the

Governor’s Task Force on Infant Mortality.

Bolstered by her DNP education, she looks forward to making

greater contributions. “The DNP helps you to learn how to take

evidence-based practice and nursing excellence to the bedside.”

Learn more about the School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice

(DNP) program at www.nursing.umn.edu/DNP.

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Hyeoun Ae


Alumna’s innovations in informatics

revolutionizes nursing education

and health care in Korea

Hyeoun Ae Park (second from the left) during a visit to the School of Nursing

to learn more about the school’s Center for Nursing Informatics. She is pictured

with Clinical Professor Thomas Clancy, Dean Connie Delaney, and Associate

Professor Bonnie Westra.

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by aneisha tucker

Hyeoun Ae Park, PhD, MS, has devoted much of her career to

advancing nursing science, especially in the area of nursing

informatics. Her legacy includes achievements such as establishing

the first nursing informatics major in graduate studies and

introducing the first statistics consulting lab and computer lab in a

Korean nursing school.

Park, a Professor in the College of Nursing at Seoul National

University (SNU), Seoul, Republic of Korea, is a Distinguished

Alumna of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and the

School of Public Health, where she earned a master’s degree in

nursing in 1983, a master’s in Biometry and Health Information

Systems in 1986, followed by her PhD in 1987.

When Park returned to Korea in 1987 she was one of very few

nursing educators with a PhD. She used her doctorate experience

and expertise in informatics to revolutionize nursing education by

integrating nursing informatics and creating health informatics

courses for SNU’s undergraduate curriculum and developing a

graduate program for nursing informatics. “Leading the Korean

nursing community in the advancement of nursing science is an

area of my work I am most proud,” says Dr. Park. “It has grown from

a conceptual level to a systematic structural level – that has been

exciting to witness.” Park also assisted her fellow SNU colleagues

in pursing higher education by offering her skills in research

methodology, statistical analysis, and information technology and

later developed courses in writing research proposals, data analysis

and the use of computer and IT.

Her expertise in informatics has been a great benefit not only to

the Seoul National University, but has impacted the entire Korean

and international nursing community. Park was asked to work with

the Korean Institute of Health and Social Affairs to further research

regarding national healthcare systems where she developed the

first standardized terminology-based electronic nursing record

system. The system directly affected the daily practices of health

care providers in Korea including the entire nursing population.

This system improved the sharing and exchange of information

between health care facilities and led to the development and

publication of national standardized nursing terminology which

ultimately resulted in the adoption of national guidelines. It has

been made available to all hospitals in Korea to standardize their

information systems.

Park feels her University doctoral experience taught her

the importance of a successful professional career: leadership,

communicative abilities, collaboration, and networking. Since

returning from the states after earning her PhD, assuming

leadership roles in nursing and health informatics was natural.

Park has authored numerous books, written in both Korean

and English, focusing on nursing informatics, biostatistics, and

research methodology, as wells as hundreds of articles with a

focus of nursing informatics. She has also received national and

international honors and awards from the nursing and informatics

communities including the Korean Society of Medical Informatics

Award, Award for the Best Article in Science and Technology from

the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies, and

the University of Minnesota Distinguished Leadership Award for

Internationals. Park has served on various committees and boards

(International Medical Informatics Association, Korean Society of

Medical Informatics) and organized national and international

conferences (9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics);

these activities demonstrate that her leadership is not just confined

to her home country but includes the global scientific community.

“I was able to promote nursing to the outside world and bring in

other types of knowledge to improve nursing science. This was

only possible through the abilities I gained during my time at the

University of Minnesota.”

In recognition of her transformative work, Park was inducted as

an International Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the

highest honor in the nursing profession.

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Class Notes

Gayle Hallin Receives Alumni

Service Award

Gayle Hallin (MPH ’77, BSN ’70) received the prestigious 2011

Alumni Service Award from the University of Minnesota for her

long-time service, advocacy, and support of the School of Nursing.

For more than 30 year Hallin has served as a powerful advocate

for the School of Nursing and a leader in public health. During her

time as an undergraduate student in the nursing program, she

played an influential role in the redesign of the school’s programs

and classes. That leadership, influence, and connection continued

in her many years of service as the Alumni Society Board as president (2006), Secretary/

Treasurer (2011), representative to the University of Minnesota Alumni Association National

Board, and as the chair of the Densford Board of Advisors. During her time of service with

the Nursing Alumni Society Board, the society was named Outstanding Alumni Society

in 2006 and 2010 and received the Program Extraordinaire Award in 2009 for its Speed

Mentoring Program.

In 2009, Hallin was nominated by her fellow alumni and named one of the School of

Nursing’s 100 Distinguished Alumni. She was recognized for her contributions to improve

access and quality of healthcare for communities and the people of Minnesota.

Hallin’s impressive career combines nursing, health care administration, and public

health. She’s held positions with the Bloomington Health Department as director of public

health; Minnesota Department of Health as the Assistant Commissioner of Health; and

United Health. Her advocacy has changed the way community leaders view problems and

how they approach problem-solving. She is described by colleagues as a public health

ambassador who is always available to offer a good voice on critical issues; connecting the

School of Nursing (and the University) to state leaders and the broader community for the

advancement of the health of our state. “Gayle has always been a creative problem-solver,”

says Commissioner Edward P. Ehlinger of the Minnesota Department of Health. “She has

had major impact on the University, its schools of Nursing and Public Health, the Alumni

Association, and the community… She has also been a great ambassador for the University

of Minnesota.”

Hallin received the Alumni Service Award at a celebration hosted by the University of

Minnesota Alumni Association on October 20, 2011. The ceremony, part of Homecoming

2011, was held at the University’s McNamara Alumni Center.


Mary A. Rossi ( BSN ‘70, MSN ’75, CNM) was awarded the 2011 Public Policy Award from the

American College of Nurse Midwives. This award recognizes legislative, regulatory, and

health policy efforts that furthered the profession of midwifery or that had a significant

impact on the practice of midwifery nationally or internationally.

L-R: Margo Karsten, Sharon Pontious

Sharon Pontious (PhD, MS ’72, psychiatric

nursing) was appointed to the Board of

Directors for the Miami Jewish Health

Systems (MJHS), one of South Florida’s

largest healthcare organizations and the

nation’s leading providers of comprehensive

healthcare for people of all ages. Pontious

is interim dean and professor of Florida

International University’s College of Nursing

and Health Services, a member of the board

of directors of the United Home Care and

the advisory board for the Haitian-American

Nurses Association, and a board member of

the South Florida Nursing Consortium.


Margo Karsten (PhD, MS, BSN ‘84), was

named Chief Executive Officer of Creative

Health Care Management (CHCM), an

international health care consultation,

education and products company.

In her new role as CEO, Karsten will

represent CHCM to the world of health

care executives, researchers, educators,

physicians, clinical professionals and service

support leaders.


Robin Lally (PhD ’06; MS ’99; BSN ‘91),

received funding from the American Cancer

Society which will provide more than

$700,000 over the next five years to fund

her research and training pertaining to the

psychological adjustment of women to

breast cancer. Lally is an Assistant Professor

at the State University of New York at

Buffalo School of Nursing and an Adjunct

Assistant Professor at Roswell Park Cancer

Institute in Buffalo, New York.


Judy Pechacek (DNP ’09; RN) was named

2011 Outstanding Alumni of Inver Hills

Community College. Pechacek is vice

president of patient care services and chief

nursing officer at Fairview Southdale.

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In Memory


Mercedes D. Smith (certificate, public health nursing) of

Columbia, Missouri died on June 16, 2011 at the age of 98. Smith

had a long career in public health nursing working in both

Indiana and Kansas City. She was also an instructor of public

health nursing at the University of Missouri Sinclair School of

Nursing from 1952 to 1960 until she retired.


Eileen F. Dzubay (BSN) of Golden Valley, Minnesota passed away

May 2011. She worked in several area hospitals for more than

20 years. In 1968 she transitioned from nursing to teaching

licensed practical nursing at Hennepin County Vocational

Center. In 1987 she retired from teaching but continued working

part-time at Dayton’s department store well into her 70’s. She

was active in several community organizations including the

Golden Valley Historical Society and Friends of the Golden

Valley Library.

Marguerite Florence Wagenbach (BSN) of Barron, Wisconsin

passed away at her home on August 11, 2011. Her nursing career

spanning more than 40 year included working as an RN at

Miller Hospital (St. Paul, Minnesota), St. Joseph’s Hospital, and

Rydell Clinic, which later became part of Indianhead Clinic (both

located Rice Lake, Wisconsin.) She was respected for her skill,

dedication and caring manner and worked countless hours at

the Barron Thrift Store and Food Pantry, Gifts from the Heart,

and with Meals on Wheels.


Lucy DeReid Enos (BSN; MA ‘54) of Oakmont, California passed

away on January 26, 2011 from lung cancer. She was a Professor

Emeritus of nursing at San Francisco State University.


Patricia M. Reedy (BSN) of LaJolla, California passed away

on July 2, 2010 after a long and courageous struggle with

complications from Parkinson’s disease.


Phyllis Elaine (Lillegren) Johnson (BSN) of Maple Grove,

Minnesota died on May 18, 2011. During her nursing career, she

held positions at Miller Hospital, Golden Valley Lutheran College

and in several long term care facilities as an infection control

nurse. She was also an accomplished pianist and served as a

Sunday School and Midweek School teacher at her church.

Zorada Hoge:

A Pioneer in School Nursing

The School of Nursing community

mourns the loss of Zorada Esther Hoge

(BS, public health nursing ’62), a pioneer

for her contributions to school nursing.

Hoge died on March 28, 2011 at the age

of 95.

She graduated in 1937 from the Kahler

School of Nursing associated with the

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The

Mayo brothers – Will and Charlie – were

still practicing when she was a student.

In 1962 she earned a BS degree in public

health nursing from the School of Public Health at the University

of Minnesota. A major part of Hoge’s nursing career was spent as a

school nurse for the city of Saint Paul where she built a reputation

as a compassionate leader. She developed the Department of

School Nurses in the early 1970’s, and was part of a group of

professionals selected to create the first official standards for school

nurses in the U.S. Hoge organized the School Nurse Organization of

Minnesota and in 2003 was granted Honorary

Life- Time membership. She also established the student health

records and the Kindergarten Round Up program that led to

the creation of the national Head Start program. It was for

these contributions that she was named one of the school’s 100

Distinguished Alumni in 2009.

Hoge’s inadvertent exposure to formaldehyde and subsequent

development of multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) disorder

led her to establish the Zorada Hoge Research Fund in Multiple

Chemical Sensitivity at the U of M School of Nursing. The purpose

of the fund is to engage graduate nursing students and faculty in

research to raise awareness about MCS. Later, her experiences in

senior living environments inspired her to create the Zorada Hoge

Gerontology Nursing Fund at the School of Nursing. With the goal

of improving the environment and care of patients in nursing

home facilities, she founded this fund to provide program support

for faculty, students, and staff who are studying or teaching

geriatric nursing.

Hoge’s philanthropic interests also extended to the End-of-the-

Line Park and Museum in her home town of Currie, Minnesota,

which built a replica of the mill owned and operated by her late

father and grandfather. The park also reclaimed the first general

store which her grandfather had also purchased. To complete the

family legacy, Hoge sponsored the Currie Presbyterian Church

(founded in 1871) move to the park in 2005.

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1948 (continued)

Barbara Frances (Beatty) McKie (Graduate

in Nursing, BS public health) of Hibbing,

Minnesota, died on June 17, 2011 at the age

of 85. She joined the Cadet Nurses Corp and

graduated with honors from the School

of Public Health with a degree in nursing.

In the mid 60’s McKie worked as a public

health nurse assisting with tuberculin

testing and working as the Head Start

nurse when the program was just being

introduced nationwide.

Kristy Louise (Olsen) Juergens (BS,

nursing) of Rochester, Minnesota, passed

away on June 12, 2011. She was known

for her caring, insightful heart, and her

steadfast spirit. As a busy and beloved

wife and mother of four daughters, she

still found time to serve on the Civic

League Board from 1958 to 1966, including

becoming its president. In 1966 Juergens

began teaching at the newly organized

school of nursing at Rochester Community

College, where she taught for 13 years.


Katherine “Katy” Ness (BSN; MS ‘58) of

Canton, South Dakota, passed away on

July 19, 2011 after a lengthy battle with

Alzheimer’s. She was 92 years old. She

graduated from Augustana Academy in

1938 and earned a diploma in surgical

and obstetrical nursing from St. Barnabas

Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis.

In 1950 she received a BSN with distinction

from the University of Minnesota School of

Nursing and a Master of Education in 1958.

Ness resided in the Minneapolis area most

of her life where she taught nursing at St.

Olaf College until retirement.


Alys A. DuCharme (BSN) of Maplewood,

Minnesota died on February 28, 2011. She

was 79 years old. She devoted her life to

helping others and is survived by her

loving husband Fred of 54 years and their

five children.

Geraldine K. (Knott) Jackson (BSN) of

Spring Valley, New York, passed away on

May 12, 2011 at age 80. After a successful

career of nursing and care giving that

spanned 50 years, she retired as a nursing

instructor from Rockland Community

College (RCC) in 2003. Her legacy continues

through the Enthusiasm and Caring Award

presented each year to a graduating RCC

nursing student.

Ann Moorhous (BS, in nursing) of

Sioux Falls, South Dakota passed away on

August 4, 2010. She attended Northwestern

Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis,

Minnesota, and later earned her bachelor’s

degree in public health nursing from the U

of M School of Nursing. Moorhous worked

as a public health nursing for many years

and retired as the Administrative Supervisor

for the Minnesota Department of Health,

Section of Public Health Nursing.


Loretta Birdelle Roberts (MPH) of Duluth,

Minnesota died on May 16, 2011 at the age

of 97. A career nurse and civic leader, she

earned nursing degrees from Piedmont

Hospital, Vanderbilt University, and the U

of M School of Public Health. She served

as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army

Nurse Corps during World War II, worked

for the American Red Cross on disaster

teams, taught at the School of Nursing at

University of Texas and Emory University,

and was the executive director of the

Visiting Nurse Association’s Atlanta chapter

for 10 years before she retired in 1979. In

1981 she became the first woman elected to

the Suwanee City Council and played a role

in starting the Suwanee Day festival.


Jean Anita Gangloff Huff Gala (BS, public

health) of Lincoln, Illinois passed away

on July 22, 2011. She met and married her

husband of more than 30 years while she

was stationed in Ethiopia with the World

Health Organization. Gala graduated from

St. John’s School of Nursing as a registered

nurse; received her BSN from University

of Minnesota; a MSN from the Catholic

University of America in Washington, D.C.;

and a PhD in education from Illinois State

University. She was an instructor of Public

Health Nursing at University of Illinois

College of Medicine in Peoria, Illinois until

1992, and taught at Illinois Wesleyan

University in Bloomington, Illinois.


Ruth Proft Dannehl (MA, nursing education)

of Saint Paul, Minnesota died on September

21, 2010 at age 92. She was a Professor

Emeritus at Gustavus Adolphus School of

Nursing, spending most of her life caring

for and nurturing others. She served as

medical missionary in Hong Kong, and

volunteered for local organizations and

university boards.


Donna K. Franck (BSN) of Faribault,

Minnesota, died on March 22, 2011 at the

age of 66. She and her husband William

raised their four children in Prior Lake,

Minnesota. She worked as a full time nurse

for more than 40 years and held positions

at the University of Minnesota Hospital,

Minnesota Children’s Hospital, and most

recently at District One Hospital in Faribault,

where she passed away after spending a

short time under home hospice care. Franck

enjoyed golfing, the outdoors, and was an

avid camper and Master Gardener.


MaryAnn Miller (BSN; MS, public health),

former University of Minnesota School

of Nursing adjunct faculty member from

1993-1997, died peacefully surrounded by

family on May 12, 2011 in Sun City, Arizona.

Miller had a rewarding nursing career that

spanned 43 years. She graduated from

St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester,

Minnesota in 1962, and continued her

nursing education at the U of M School

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Candy Nislter, Loretta Roberts, Benjamin Gidmark

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of Nursing, earning a bachelor’s of nursing degree in 1978,

completed the adult nurse practitioner program in 1980, and

received a master’s of public health in 1985. She touched many

lives and continued to practice nursing in many different

capacities until her death.


Candy J. Nistler (MS) of Paynesville, Minnesota passed away

on May 22, 2011. In 1980 she enlisted in the United States Air

Force and served her country in operation Desert Storm and

Desert Shield, earning seven commendations. In 1996 she was

honorably discharged from the Air Force at the rank of Major.

Nistler worked as a nurse for the Good Samaritan Home from

1996-2004, then went to work for Koronis Manor where she

worked until her death. She was a role model in the nursing

profession; she loved her patients and was a constant advocate.


Benjamin Gidmark (BSN), of Minneapolis, Minnesota, passed

away on August 5, 2011 peacefully in his home of heart-related

causes. He was a remarkably talented poet and musician,

and was a profoundly embraced friend and counselor to

countless people. He worked as a registered nurse in the field

of adolescent psychiatry, in which he rose quickly to the level

of charge nurse, in evident respect for his truly unique and

beautiful talent in relating to very troubled kids.

We also remember…

Hazel Clarice (Carvelli) Gray of Spokane, Washington passed

away May 2011. She was 73.

Irene E. (Bjerknes) Heisey of Millersville, Pennsylvania passed

away on August 26, 2011 surrounded by family; she was 91.

Upon completing her nursing degree, Heisey joined the United

States Army. As a registered nurse and 1st lieutenant in the

U.S. Army, she helped to establish a psychiatric hospital near

Herefordshire, England. When she returned to the U.S. in 1945,

she worked as a stewardess for Northwest Airlines. After raising

five children, Heisey returned to nursing, serving as a college

nurse at Millersville University.

Isabelle (Mason) Walker (BS, nursing education) of Carlsbad,

California passed away on May 12, 2011. A pioneer among

Army nurses, she joined in 1940 with a steady rise in rank and

assignments including Germany and Iran. She retired as a

lieutenant colonel, one of the few Army nurses to reach that

rank in her day. After retirement she became a legend as a

volunteer in San Diego County and was named state

Volunteer of the Year by the California Federation of

Women’s Clubs in 1988.

Florence Kahn

Of Incredible Strength &


The school mourns the loss of Florence

Anna Stroebel Kahn (BSN ’63) who

passed away at the age of 72 on May

2, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Stroebel Kahn received a bachelor’s

degree in Biology Education from St.

Olaf College, and went on to earn a

Bachelor of Science degree from the

University of Minnesota School of

Nursing. She worked in intensive care at the University, then

as a public health nurse in Madison, Wisconsin. After one year

in graduate school in pediatrics, she worked as a pediatric

clinician at the U of M Hospital. She was nursing educator at

St. Olaf and Bethel colleges, College of St. Catherine, and the

University of Minnesota. She also gave talks on attitude and

awareness at schools in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

She married Alan Kahn in 1970 and in 1973 her life changed

dramatically at age 35 when she was involved in a care accident

leaving her paralyzed as a quadriplegic. The catastrophe not

only cost her mobility; she lost her three day old daughter,

a successful singing career, and later her husband through

divorce. With the help of her family friends, she emerged from

her grief with an illuminated spirit and stronger faith.

Laurie Kuehn was her caregiver, confidant, and surrogate

daughter for the last 32 years. Stroebel Kahn lived in Plymouth,

Minnesota for 18 years, where she worked as a frequent

volunteer at Courage Center and the Sister Kenny Institute. In

2009 the U of M School of Nursing recognized Stroebel Kahn

as one of its 100 Distinguished Alumni for sharing personal

insights on spinal cord injury through teaching and speaking in

the health care community and her extensive volunteer work

with the Courage Center and Sister Kenny Institute which has

helped women struggling with disabilities adjust to life.

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a message from the director of development

Engaging Alumni and


To learn about making a gift of

cash, stock or other securities or

if interested in learning about

naming the School of Nursing in

your will, please contact Gigi Fourré

Schumacher at (612) 625-1365 or


Many of us have heard the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”. While

childrearing is chiefly a parental or primary caregiver responsibility, many community

members assist in the creative and challenging process of raising children. Family members,

teachers, neighbors, and others play an important role in shaping children’s lives. The

wonderful result of this focused dedication is a new generation of happy and productive

members of society.

Similarly, it takes a village to create success at the School of Nursing. Daily, the school’s

outstanding faculty and staff work together to create extraordinary opportunities for our

students. Our partners in research are discovering significant ways to improve health and

well being. While those leading innovative ventures create new partnerships that promise

to improve lives in our local, national, and global communities. Without the engagement

and commitment of alumni and friends of the School of Nursing these landmark

achievements would not be possible. The generous support of our benefactors is core to the

school realizing its mission and vision. Each relationship shaped and sustained the first 100

years and helped position us for a remarkable second century of learning and discovery.

As you consider where and how you might invest a portion of your time, expertise, and

money please know we are honored and grateful when you select the School of Nursing.

Dedicated volunteers enable us to host events and strengthen important relationships. Our

volunteer’s introductions to new prospective partners - whose priorities align closely with

the School of Nursing - are making a vital difference. It has always taken a village to realize

the dreams of the school and I thank each member of our broader community for their

unique and important contribution.

As you reflect upon the method of engagement that’s right for you this year, please

consider being a member of the Dean’s Circle. If you’re looking for a good investment in

these turbulent economic times, your gift of $1,000 or more will automatically enroll you

to the Dean’s Circle and yield invaluable dividends. What’s the dividend, you may ask? It

is the knowledge and satisfaction of knowing your gift will change and improve lives.

Dean’s Circle members will receive periodic updates and be invited to an annual reception

recognizing our benefactors. We hope you can join us.


Gigi Fourre Schumacher

Director of Development

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Learning is


Emily Carol Hennings Anderson

establishes endowed scholarship

for undergraduate nursing students

by aneisha tucker

Emily Carol Hennings Anderson didn’t graduate from the University

of Minnesota School of Nursing, nor did she make millions in the

stock market, but through thoughtful financial planning and a final

nudge from a television commercial, Emily’s generous financial

support will have a lasting impact on future nursing students.

“For many years I had been thinking about creating a scholarship

but thought I would have to do this in my will and not necessarily

during my lifetime” says Emily. “Ironically it was while watching

television I saw a Johnson & Johnson commercial about recruiting

nurse educators, and I became inspired me to do something now.”

Her gift established the Emily Carol Hennings Anderson

Endowed Scholarship which will fund scholarships for students

pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Emily, who received a scholarship to attend Methodist-Kahler

School of Nursing located in Rochester, Minnesota until closing in

1970,) earned her RN degree there and, particularly wanted to help

students from the five-state area fulfill their dream of becoming

a nurse. She wanted to support students who needed financial

assistance, as she had, and may not have had the opportunity to

become a nurse without assistance. She envisioned s that this

scholarship would also provide students a solid foundation to

give back in to their communities in one way or another when the

time was right. Emily earned a BS in nursing education from the

University of Minnesota College of Education and received her

public health nursing certification from the U of M. The long-time

resident of Rochester, Minnesota taught for four years at Kahler

School of Nursing, then went on to work as a public health nurse

for 28 years for Olmsted County Public Health Department where

she formerly retired in 1994. Emily has always been proud of her

nursing career, and through her teaching role at Kahler and as a

public health nurse, understands the importance of a well-prepared

nurse. “Students need a good baccalaureate education to be leaders

in helping people learn how to live healthier lives or assist others

through the various stages of their life”, says Emily “With our aging

population, I feel we need to have nurses that are ready to enter the

Emily Carol Hennings Anderson (left) pictured with Dean Connie Delaney

during the signing ceremony to establish an endowed scholarship to support

undergraduate scholarships.

profession, whether it’s in rural areas, hospitals, nursing homes, or

public health.”

It was after leaving a Learning is Forever class, an enrichment

course for people 50 and over, held in a U of M Rochester campus

classroom that Emily walked in the office at the School of Nursing

and shared that she wanted to start a nursing scholarship. “I

was surprised and of course delighted when I received the call

about Emily’s interest in making a contribution,” said Gigi Fourré

Schumacher, development director of the School of Nursing. “It was

a welcomed opportunity to assist Emily in realizing her dream...”

The two met over lunch to discuss the details and Emily realized

what she really wanted was to create a named endowed fund. “I’m

going to do it! This is something I’ve really, really wanted to do

for a long time.” After the initial meeting, things moved forward

fairly quickly. Emily had made up her mind, received whole hearted

support from her spouse, made arrangements with her financial

advisor to fund the scholarship and also adjusted her will in

order to provide future support through estate. Emily signed the

appropriate paperwork and the endowed fund was established.

“I’m not a millionaire. I was just an ordinary working nurse,”

said Emily. “I’ve donated too many worthwhile organizations

over the years and I’ve always had a good sense of my budget. It’s

structured to allow me to save for retirement, give to charity, meet

my expenses, and still have a little fun travelling which is a great

passion of mine.” She has set and nearly met her personal challenge

for giving in 2012 and admits it’s been fun meeting her goals for

next year.

Even though the endowment will not be distributed until

next fall Emily is excited to share her story and looks forward to

meeting the deserving students - knowing who they are and where

they came from. “I have really experienced great joy in doing this

now and not waiting until I passed away, said Emily. “It’s been a

good feeling. I’m meeting a lifetime goal on something I’ve been

planning but doing it in an earlier cycle of my life.

For more information about making a contribution or establishing

a new scholarship that will benefit nursing students, please contact

the Director of Development, Gigi Fourré Schumacher at

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

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Planned Giving


School of Nursing alumna

Susan Forstrom helps shape

the future of health care

by aneisha tucker

For Susan Forstrom, BSN ’65, MS ’79, the call to philanthropy came

later in life. The “call” was an invitation from Christine Sietz and

Carol Kelsey to take the lead in fundraising efforts to establish a

professorship in nursing innovation and entrepreneurship. “My

initial thought was asking a person for money is not something I

would enjoy,” says Forstrom “But then, I thought about how the

education I received from the School of Nursing really prepared

me for my nursing career and this would be a way for me to give

back.” Forstrom accepted the invitation and her initial reluctance

ultimately led to her creating a planned gift to support a priority

initiative for the School of Nursing.

Forstrom, who received her BSN in 1965 and her MS in 1979 from

the School of Nursing, fondly remembers her time on campus as

an undergraduate student living in Powell Hall and several years

later while earning her master’s in psych-mental health nursing.

Since then she’s experienced a varied and successful nursing career

spanning more than 30 years, beginning as a U.S. Army nurse

stationed in Germany, to a nurse consultant with Creative Health

Care Management (CHCM) where she formerly retired in 2001 and

periodically returns to do consulting work.

Health care in the U.S. is experiencing unprecedented systemic

and technological changes that have expanded the role for the

nursing profession. Forstrom recognizes the need for students

to be prepared to meet the demands of the evolving health care

environment and is impressed by the quality of students she’s met

while serving on the School of Nursing Foundation Board and the

Board of Sigma Theta Tau International, Zeta Chapter. “These are

really bright nurses and I’m encouraged for the field of nursing

and health care,“ she says. “I’ve been quite amazed at the diversity

of the research and interests and what’s been accomplished. The

research is directly benefiting the students and the public through

the education they are receiving. It’s been wonderful to see how we

[School of Nursing] are preparing today’s nurses.” Forstrom is also

pleased to know her gift and fundraising efforts will help support

top: Susan Forstrom (center) pictured with SoN Foundation Board members

Patricia Robertson, ‘68 (left) and Susan Lampe ‘77 (right). left: Susan Forstrom

pictured with Marie Manthy ‘64, ‘62. right: Susan Forstrom in 1963.

scholarships and fellowships to supplement the cost of students’


Although retired, the planned giving opportunity enabled

Forstrom to make a significant provision to support a professorship

in nursing innovation and entrepreneurship, which she feels is

knowledge strongly needed for nursing and health care profession

today. And, in a time where state support will continue to diminish,

she knows the importance for a school to be able to recruit and

retain the top faculty and researchers. “How we do this is by raising

private funds to support initiatives like student scholarships,

professorships, and chairs,” she says. “I hope the Marie Manthey

Professorship in Innovation will enable future nurses and faculty to

strike out against old trends and be innovative, take risks, and feel

the safety in doing so.” The experience she gained while interacting

with potential donors, uncovered something unexpected, “I found

that I didn’t mind doing the asking,” says Forstrom. “Had I not been

asked, I never would have thought to be involved in fundraising. I

would definitely do this again.” She also learned that finding a topic

that someone is passionate about and linking that connection to

the school made the ‘ask’ much easier.

“The efforts of Susan Forstrom, like many alumni and friends of

the school, make a significant impact on the ability of the School

of Nursing to stay on the forefront of innovation.” says Gigi Fourre

Schumacher, development director of the School of Nursing. “Her

commitment makes a significant difference in moving the school

forward to meet the demands of our changing health care climate.”

For more information about making a contribution or establishing

a new scholarship that will benefit nursing students, please contact

the Director of Development, Gigi Fourré Schumacher at 612-625-

1365 or gschumac@umn.edu.

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an invitation to

Join the Dean’s Circle

Launched in 2011, the Dean’s Circle recognizes generous donors to the School of Nursing who make an

annual gift of $1,000 or more. I am pleased to share that 58 people have already joined me by becoming

members of the Dean’s Council. Please consider joining us.

As a donor, you may designate your gift for a specific purpose or choose to make an unrestricted

contribution to support the areas of greatest priority. These pivotal resources will provide student

scholarships, foster evidence-based research, and prepare graduates for the full scope of nursing practice.

Dean’s Circle members will be invited to an annual appreciation event and receive periodic updates on the important work at the

school. Members will also be recognized in Minnesota Nursing magazine, the school’s donor wall, and in the Dean’s Circle honor roll online.

You may join the Dean’s Council with a gift or pledge of $1,000 or more. Simply enclose your gift in the enclosed response envelope or

visit www.nursing.umn to make a qualifying contribution. Thank you for your consideration.


John Reiling

Chair, School of Nursing Foundation

Shareholders Report

We gratefully acknowledge the generous benefactors who stepped forward to support

nursing education, research and practice from July 2010 through June 2011. These pivotal

gifts support emerging needs at the School of Nursing and respond to the rapid growth

and changes within the nursing profession. Thank you for helping to change the lives of

our nursing students, faculty members, alumni, and the patients for whom our nursing

community cares.

Some of this year’s giving highlights include: Emily Carol Hennings Anderson and Sheila

and David Lein established named endowed scholarships. The newly launched Dean’s Circle

welcomed 64 founding members. Barbara ’61 and Bruce Hiller made a generous estate

provision to provide scholarship support for future students. Harry Lefto joined the Heritage

Society with an estate provision that will strengthen the Tanya V. Ash Memorial Scholarship

and future initiatives. Distributions received from the estate of David C. McFarland, husband

of deceased alumna Dorothy ’45, will support the renovation of the school’s simulation

innovation center. Professor Donna Bliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, was named the inaugural recipient of

the newly established School of Nursing Foundation Research Professorship funded through

philanthropic support.

To learn more about how you can make a gift to advance nursing education, please contact

Gigi Fourré Schumacher at 612-625-1365 or visit www.nursing.umn.edu.

Pictured left to right: John Reiling, Professor Donna

Bliss, Carol Kelsey, Dean Delaney at Andrea Printy

Memorial Lecture announcing the inaugural

recipient of the School of Nursing Foundation

Research Professorship.

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Bold Presidents Club

Members are honored for lifetime

giving to the School of Nursing and

include the following recognition levels:

(B) Builders Society

Lifetime gifts or pledges of $1 million +

(R) Regents Society

Lifetime gifts or pledges of $250,000 +

(T) Trustees Society

Lifetime gifts or pledges of $100,000+

(C) Chancellors Society

Lifetime gifts or pledges of $25,000+

(H) Heritage Society

Recognizing future gifts of any size

(Ch) Charter Members

Donors who joined the Presidents Club

at the $10,000 - $25,000 level prior to

its reorganization July 1, 1998.


Every gift is important, although space

limitations only allow us to list donors

who have made gifts of $100 or more

between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011.

Please be sure to let us know if we have

inadvertently omitted your name or

misrepresented your contribution.


Gigi Fourre Schumacher

Director of Development



$100,000 - $999,999

Katherine R. Lillehei (B, H)

David C. McFarland Jr. * (R)

$10,000 - $99,999

Emily Carol Hennings Anderson (C, H)

Ethel Bernitt*

Helen Donatsch Ditmer*

Margaret H. & James E. Kelley

Foundation Inc. (R)

David A. & Sheila F. Lein (C)

Marilee A. & John W. Miller (T, H)

Patricia A. Robertson (T, H)

Irmagene S. Stark*

Wound Ostomy & Continence Nurses

Society (R)

$1,000 - $9,999

Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Allina Health System (T)

Melissa Avery & Andrew Schnoes

Barbara and Don Balik (H)

Karl E. & Kristin A. Bennett

John R. Brand (Ch)

Mary E. & Frank D. Broderick

Cynthia L. Bultena (Ch)

Martha M. Carroll

Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of


Mary Lou Christensen (C, H)

Connie White Delaney (C, H)

Joanne M. Disch

Mary C. Dolan

Dolan Family Fund, Minneapolis


Fairview Health Services (R)

Bruce A. Finger (Ch)

Bradley A. & Arlene T. Forrest

George D. Gackle

Ann E. Garwick

Donald E. & Judith M. Gerhardt

Sarah M. Gutknecht

Judith Komives Harris (C)

Margaret R. Herndon

Margaret D. Horton-Davis

Elizabeth M. Johnson

J. Stanley & Mary W. Johnson Family


Patricia S. Kane (B)

Carol Jo & Donald G.

Kelsey (Ch)

Mary N. & James Koons

Koons Family Fund of the Oregon

Community Foundation

G. Anne LaBree (H)

Harry C. Lefto (C, H)

Sadie A. Lefto

Kathleen M. Johnson Lucas

Laurel Gackle Mallon

Marie E. Manthey (C, H)

Barbara J. Merrill

Minnesota Hospital Association

Robert G. Mitchell Jr.

Thomas D. Moberg (C)

M. Ann Moser

“Thank you for your generous award from the Rahr Fellowship in Nursing

Research. Your support has been essential to realizing my goal of

graduating from the Doctorate of Nursing Program (DNP) in May 2015

after earning a PhD in Nursing.”

-Marjorie G. Webb, RN (DNP program)

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Claire C. Nelson

Sadie Vannier

Marla E. Salmon

Nancy A. Gross

Barbara V. O’Grady (C)

Nancy G. & David W. Olson (Ch)

Barbara A. Pearce

Bonnie Christoffersen Pearson

Mary Ann A. & James P. White


Eleanor C. & Frederick Winston

Billie Woehning (C,H)

Nancy L. Schamber

Robert A. Schuette

Verna M. Simeral

Diane Klein Smith

Kathryn D. Hathaway

Jan K. Haugland

Miriam R. Hazzard

IBM International Foundation

“Thank you for the generous scholarship from the

Nottage Fund for Graduate Nursing Education. It will

help me complete my goal of obtaining a post-master’s

certificate as an adult nurse practitioner.”

-Mandy Rae Blume, RN (Post-Master’s Certificate Adult Nurse

Practitioner program, 2012)

Judith M. Pechacek

Grace G Peterson*

Christine R. & Thomas E. Poe

Rahr Foundation (T)

John G. Reiling

Jeannine M. Rivet (C)

Caroline B. Rosdahl

Gary L. and Constance E. Saltus

Beth K. & Robert P.

Schafer Jr.

Joyce M. Schowalter

Carolyn I. & Clinton A. Schroeder

(T, H)

Gigi Fourré Schumacher

Christine H. & Michael J. Seitz


Carol J. Shropshire

Sigma Theta Tau International


St. Cloud Hospital & CentraCare

Health System

Branislav R. Stankovsky

Virginia C. Syring

Lynette J. & Theodore R.

Thompson (C)

University of Minnesota

Medical Center, Fairview

Steve A. & Julie L. Vanderboom

Julianna O. Wright

Rufus Wright Trust

$500 - $999

Mary B. & John Barkman

Lorna Mill Barrell

Kathleen H. Chafey

Mark D. Dixon

Susan G. Forneris

Susan J. Forstrom (H)

Gillette Children’s Specialty


Mary McDonald Hand (H)

Harry Lefto Software

Meri E. & Donald V. Hauge

Hennepin County

Medical Center

LaVohn E. Josten (Ch, H)

Ruth C. Kahn

Seth M. & Laura Kirk

Rosemary T. McCarthy

3M Foundation Inc (C)

Lisa A. Motz

Christine A. Mueller (H)

Mary H. Murai

Stella S. Peterson

Sharon A. Ridgeway

Mary A. Rossi

Janet L. & William E. Stacey

Hope B. Thornberg

Robert & Lois Troemel

United Hospital (T)

Mary A. Warne

$250 - $499

Katherine Jacobson Akre

Candace D. Allender-Kropf

Linda J. W. Anderson

Beckman Coulter Foundation

Helen R. & Paul F. Bowlin

William C. & Julie M. Brown

Brown Family Foundation

Mary L. Chesney

Raul F. Cifuentes

Helen E. Hansen & Robert E.


Carol A. Delage

Kathleen A. & Edward A.


Jayne A. Felgen

Sandra F. Fonkert

Jane A. Gisslen

Molly M. Goodyear

“Thank you for your generous award from the Katherine

Densford Dreves Scholarship Program. Your Scholarship has

allowed me extra time for my studies and to volunteer my

time at a local hospital all the while reducing the burden of

student loans.”

-Megan Donnelly (MN program)

Helen M. Jameson

Shirley E. Jesberg

Katherine J. Justus

Kristen A. Keirsey

Linda G. Klammer

Sandra & Charles Mac Kenzie

Chris Anne McDonald

David K. & Julie K. Moe

Ruth Morehead

Joanne M. Pedersen

Monica J. Perme

Jane M. Persoon

Elizabeth I. Polcyn

Jody Bauman Portu

Mary A. Rapacz

Carole A. Reid

William J. & Suzanne Rodgers

Rosemarie Reger-Rumsey &

Timothy J. Rumsey

Dorine R. Seaquist

Phyllis M. Smith

Frances M. Sullivan

Renee R. Tasaka

Jennifer Brand &

Nicholas J. Webb

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“My family fled Cambodia 20 years ago to seek refuge in

America. Neither of my parents spoke English nor had a

formal education; yet, they managed to raise their children

with the hope that they could construct a better life for

themselves. I feel that it is my duty to fulfill the wish of

my family and graduate with a degree in nursing. I cannot

emphasize enough what awarded from the Danielson

Scholarship Fund means to me and how much it helps. I hope

to one day make such a significant contribution to others.”

-Monica Luu (BSN, 2012)

Jane H. & Dobson West

Donna Z. & Thomas C. Bliss

Joshua D. & Tressa K. Wiltsie Shirley A. Brekken

Beverly A. Bridges

$100 - $249

Deidre A. Brossard

Vivian I. Aarestad

Betty Ann S. Brown

Priscilla Abercrombie

Carol S. Brown

Mary G. Alberts

Terry J. Burrell

Lynn A. Almquist

Margaret L. Carlson

Marilynn & Charles Amann

Luz L. Carpina

Ameriprise Financial Inc.

Jean A. Carraher

Harriet H. Anderson

Patricia M. Carte

Jean K. Andrews

Debra E. Cathcart

Norma S. Artman

Linda L. Chlan

Dawn R. Atchison

Beverly A. Christie

Gretchen H. Atkinson

Margaret L. Cleveland

Marianne E. Baez

Virginia B. Clifford

Annie J. Bailey

Charles A. & Roberta J. Collins

Sandra L. & Barry K. Baines

Patricia. Conteh

Joseph G. Balberan

Jill E. Cordes

Roberta J. Ballot

Elizabeth A. Counsell

Patricia A. Barnes

M. Jean Craemer

Dianne M. Bartels

Elizabeth A. Croonquist

Mary L. Bassett

Jodell E. Dahl

Linda K. Bauck

Phyllis M. Dahl

Lorraine Baumgardner

Hans-Peter de Ruiter

Judith A. Beniak

Sue & Amos S. Deinard

Judith G. & Douglas M. Berg

Lorraine Bradt Dennis

Dorothy C. Bevis

Susan K. Dewey-Hammer

Michael R. Bleich

Jo Anne Judge-Dietz &

Christopher Dietz

Julie L. Ditzler

Lois K. Doran

Josefina H. Duga

John & Jodie Duntley Jr.

Ruth A. M. Dyer

Lou Ann & Robert Dykstra

Eileen F. Dzubay

Jane & Peter Eichten

Marlene R. Ellis

Phyllis R. Engstrom

Carley J. Engwall

Evelyn K. Ewing

Charles and Joyce Farho

Kathryn L. Faville

Jane K. Filerman

Jane E. Flickinger

Winifred D. Fossum

Ruth King Freymann &

John Freymann

Susan G. Fritze

Sandra F. Fritz-Kelly

“Thank you very much for awarding me the Class of 1961

Scholarship. For the past year I have worked as a research

assistant for Dr. Joseph Gaugler here at the University in

his research with cancer and Alzheimer’s caregivers. The

scholarship you have awarded, allows me to continue and

seek these experiences, while continuing to focus on my

academic studies.”

-Katie Wocken (BSN, 2013)

Jayne A. Fulkerson

Margaret H. Fullinwider

Gannett Foundation Inc

Irene E. Garcia

Kathy S. Gatzlaff

General Mills Foundation

Stephanie R. Genz

Niki A. Gjere

Mary M. Grado

Carrie A. Grafstrom

Nancy J. Greenwood

Elaine R. Greiner

Peggy L. & Michael Griffin

Lori J. Groenke

Marilyn & Thomas Hady

Gayle S. Hallin

Barbara J. Hanks

Margaret E. Harris

Judith A. Haviland

Annette Vigil Hayden

Phyllis H. Hegland

Susan M. & Michael R. Heller

Avis M. High

Tom & Debbie Hiltner

Dennis H. Hochsprung

Frances M. Hoffman

Mary C. M. Hooke

Rosemary M. & Daniel D.


Jeanne M. Howell

Gladys W. Hughes

Linda M. Hussey

Nancy J. Irvin

Florence M. Jacob

Cynthia A. Jacobson

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Cecelia B. Jennewein

Adeline C. Leraas

Mary M. Jewison

Betty Lia-Hoagberg

Coral S. Joffer

Marguerite T. Lincoln

Donald L. Johnson

Elizabeth C. Lines

Joanne L. Johnson

Lorraine J. Louder

Mary T. Johnson

Elizabeth C. Lundeen

Phyllis L. Johnson

Norma J. Lyslo

Ruth E. Johnson

Mary E. Madda

Elizabeth B. Johnston

Patricia Madden

“It is a privilege and an honor to receive an award from

the Grace B. Dayton Scholarship Fund. I will be complete my

final clinical immersion this fall semester in the cardiac unit

at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and I can’t wait to apply

everything that I’ve learned.”

-Rachel Buchberger (MN program, 2011)

Anne C. Jones

Carole & Paul Maltrud

Martha A. Jones

Ruth G. Manchester

Florence A. Kahn*

Rosemary V. Manion

Carol D. Nordgaard

Stephen J. O’Connor

Claire O’Connor Frisch

Delila C. Ojeda

Marie L. O’Koren

Alvhild M. Olander

Debra K. Olson

Jacquelyn & Theodore Olson Jr.

M. Kristine Oppegaard

Alison H. Page

Lucy A. Paquin

Sarah E. Parsons

Kathy L. Pass

Anne L. Pavlich

Louis H. & Ruth A. Peters

Nancy J. Peterson

C. Suzanne Pfau

Cathy L Pfeil

Kathleen McDonough &

Melanie Ruda

La Vonne J. Russell Hootman

Grace M. Sarosi

Laura Schmid

Alice J. Schmidt

Muriel Schoon

Ellen D. Schultz

Lori A. Schutte

Helen E. Sell

Laura A. Senn

Gretchen Birkholz Short

Marilyn J. Simonds

Daniel Simundson

Jeffrey D. Sliper

Shirley J. Small

Elizabeth M. Smieja

Hisako U. Smith

Kathleen L. Kelm

Colette B. Kerlin

Barbara L. Kern-Pieh

Ruth C. Kingsley

Margaret L. Kirkpatrick

Miriam S. Kiser

Susan Maples

Cary L. Martinson

Trena S. Martinson

Mary Ann Mc Guire

Cheryl L. Mc Kane

Janet M. Mc Martin

“Thank you for your generous support from the Mary K.

Field & Cyrus A. Field Scholarship program. Due to your

gracious support, I feel I will be able to positively impact

the profession and I hope to one day help others, as you

have helped me when I needed your financial support.”

-Tanya Burks, RN (DNP program)

Cami Sue Knapkewicz

Stephanie J. Knobloch

Carolyn A. Kochel

Helen R. Kohler

Barbara A. Kyle

Ann M. Larson

Laura Lathrop

Lenora Y. & Chak Chi Lau

Rebecca H. Leach

Lorraine A. Leas

Sonia Aiok Lee

Ruth E. Leo

Carin Weiss McClelland

Sara A. McCumber

Isabel T. McGarry

Jeanette A. Mefford

William R. Miller

Gretchen G. Musicant

Diane Naas

Betsy Neff

Judith K Nemecek

Nancy J. Ng

Nedra A. Nicholls

Susan L. Noel

Pfizer Foundation

Joyce G. Plumb

Leticia N. Ramos

Sandra A. Rasmussen

Bonnie Westra & John


Marcia A. Renaux

Michael J. Ringhand

Linda M. Robertson

Judith F. Rogers

Diane K Rose

Phyllis M. Roseberry

Marcella K. Smith

Marjorie & Myron Smith

Judith J. Snow

Delphie J. Sorenson

Justine J. Speer

Elizabeth Spooner-Falde &

David Falde

Karen K. Stanley

Joan D. Stenberg

Mary O. Stephens

Joyce Stevens

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Philomena M. Stewart

Linda R. Stodghill

Linda C. Stover

Brielle J. Stoyke

Kathryn Strony

Maureen T. Sullivan-Spano

Mary J. Sumpmann

Kathryn L. Swanson

Barbara J. Swanstrom

Connie Swenson

Karen P. Swenson

Judith M. Szalapski

Kiyomi K. Takekawa

C. D. Tan

Wen-Na E. Tan

Lucille S. Tellett

Sonia A. Thoreson

Mary M. Tomes

Mary F. Tracy

Travelers Foundation

Kristine R. Tromiczak

Virginia B. Turba

Bonnie Underdahl

Elizabeth A. Vance

Shirley Veith

Cynthia A. Verhey

Kathleen C. & Philip M. Vukovic

Christine M. Walsh

Verle H. Waters

Susan M. Weisbrich

Ruth D. Weise (Ch, H)

Mary L. Welz

Dianne E. Werger

Elizabeth A. Wiborg

Betty & Cornelius Wiens

Joan M. Wilcox

Sharon R. & Preston P. Williams

Ellen Wolfson

Diane M. Wrobleski

Irma M. Wyman

Xcel Energy Foundation

Diane M. Zempel

Turn your jewelry into scholarships

The School of Nursing Foundation wants your costume, estate, and collectible jewelry to support the School

of Nursing Scholarship Program. Your jewelry will be recycled and sold at the annual sale, which has raised

more than $145,000 (including $8,500 raised in 2010) since 1992.

Our next sale will be held December 7-8, 2011 from 7;30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on the second floor of Phillips-

Wangensteen in the Academic Health Center on the Twin Cities campus. Please stop by.

All donations are acknowledged for tax deduction purposes. For more information contact

Laurel Mallon at the School of Nursing, 612-624-2490.

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December 16

school of nursing

fall commencement ceremony

2 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128-4th St. S. Minneapolis

We invite you to join us in celebrating our fall 2011 MS, MN,

PhD, and DNP graduates. Commencement speaker:

Alumnus Craig Luzinski, MSN, RN ‘85, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN, Director

of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s

Magnet Recognition Program.


April 26

school of nursing

alumni spring celebration

The Power of Nursing

Plan now to attend our annual get together of nursing alumni and

students. Enjoy networking and reconnecting. Focusing on how

nurses are changing health care.

April 27, 2012

school of nursing

research day

Transforming Health through Community Engaged

Research and Practice

School of Nursing faculty, students, and our community partners

will showcase research studies and evidence-based clinical

innovations for ways to improve health outcomes and foster

systems change. Poster displays including student posters,

throughout the day

Keynote speaker: Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate

Dean for Research and Global Affiars, University of Michigan School

of Nursing.

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

McNamara Alumni Center

200 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis, MN

Town and Country Club

300 Mississippi Blvd., St. Paul, MN

5:00 p.m. Reception

6:00 p.m. Dinner

For more information about these and other School of Nursing

event, go to www.nursing.umn.edu or connect with us on

Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and the Nurses Lounge!

7:00 p.m. Program

For more information or assistance with class reunion planning,

please contact Laurel Mallon, Director of Alumni and Donor

Relations, at 612-624-2490 or MALLO001@umn.edu.

5-140 Weaver Densford Hall

308 Harvard Street S.E.

Minneapolis, MN 55455



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home is where the health is.

Poor diets and too much TV time are feeding America’s obesity

epidemic. Not coincidentally, healthy home-cooked meals are

less of a fiber in our cultural fabric. School of Nursing researcher

Jayne Fulkerson’s “HOME Plus” program teaches families

how to create nutritious meals and snacks… together. And

there’s no place like home for learning healthy new habits.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Learn more at homeplusstudy.umn.edu

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You can ensure that the University of Minnesota School of Nursing remains strong for generations to come. Use this envelope to make

a gift, or visit www.giving.umn.edu, where online giving is now easier than ever.

Marilee Miller pictured with Eunice Areba, PhD ‘12, recipient of the Marilee Miller Fellowship in Educational Leadership.




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