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Cherishing the Student Experience


As the saying goes, “Time flies when you are

having fun!” This June marks the completion

of the second year of my term as your president.

It is a privilege to work with such

talented and dedicated alumni volunteers and

staff. The connections with current

students have been an added

pleasure. I am constantly

awed by the outstanding

quality of our school’s

faculty and students.

What is most gratifying

is to see what a

difference alumni

support makes in the

life of the school. Your

unrestricted gifts to

the Nursing Annual

Fund are truly changing

lives by funding student and

alumni scholarships, faculty

awards and professional development,

and other vital work of the school.

Thank you for your generous support. Now, as

never before, private gifts are critically important

to ensure the U.Va. School of Nursing

can maintain its standards of excellence.

The feature story in this issue offers a

glimpse of the Raven Society, in honor of the

centennial of that prestigious organization.

Did you know that more than 150 members of

the society are our own alumni, some of

whom were the first women elected as

Ravens We can all be proud that the School

of Nursing has had such a strong presence in

the Raven Society’s rich tradition.

What do you recall about your own experience

as a nursing student at U.Va. I am

convinced we would all have different stories

to tell, but with many similarities. I entered

Summer Session as a rising third-year in 1973,

and was a member of the last class to reside in

McKim Hall. Many of us were transfer students

from other institutions, and it was a

challenge for all of us in that era to acclimate

ourselves and to become integrated into the

culture of the University at large. I can only

imagine how difficult—if not impossible—it

was for the nursing students before 1970.

I am happy to report that U.Va. nursing

students today are active members of the

University community. This issue provides a

glimpse of several current students who have

successfully integrated themselves into U.Va.

student life in a variety of ways. These students

are representative of the “new wave” of

nursing student; many undergraduates enter

the School of Nursing in their first year, with

the highest academic credentials (most are in

the top 10 percent of their high school graduating

classes), and they are immediately

engaged in some of the most rigorous academics

on Grounds. Many have a heart for

serving their community as well. Through the

“Alumni in Residence” program, the Alumni

Council hopes to connect with students

throughout their four-year experience, with

the goal of cultivating them as active future

members of the Nursing Alumni Association.

In closing, I want to again invite your

active participation in alumni-sponsored

events. Check out the calendar for upcoming

opportunities to visit the school. When you

visit, take time to talk to a student or two and

you will consider it time well spent.

As always, if you have ideas, concerns or

comments, please feel free to contact me or

Karen Ratzlaff, Managing Director of

Development & Alumni Affairs, at (434) 924-

0084. If you would like to “share the fun,” we

invite you to volunteer your time. We can

match your interests and talents with various

jobs, both large and small.

I look forward to seeing many of you at

your Reunion in June. Happy spring!

With warmest regards,

Cindi Colyer Allen

BSN Class of 1975

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times a year by the University of

Virginia School of Nursing and Nursing

Alumni Association. Your comments,

feedback, and story ideas are always

welcome! Please contact the editor.

Thank you for your support.


University of Virginia

School of Nursing

Alumni and Development Office

P.O. Box 800782

Charlottesville, VA 22908-0782

(434) 924-0138

(434) 982-3699 FAX



Karen Jordan Ratzlaff

Editorial Advisers:

Reba Moyer Childress, Shannon

Marshall Ikenberry, Jennifer Collie

Hutchinson, Emily Eiwen Drake

Class Notes & News Editor: Anca Arnautu


Richard Montoya: design

Contributing Writers:

Kathleen Phalen Tomaselli, Dan

Heuchert, Mary Beth Knight,

Barbara Brodie, Karen Ratzlaff


Tom Cogill, Kathy Kayser, Stephanie

Gross, Andrew Shurtleff, the CNHI

Historical Collections, John Gillooly,

Dan Heuchert

The Virginia Legacy is published with

private funds.

University of Virginia School of Nursing

Established in 1901

Main Switchboard: (434) 924-2743

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Jeanette Lancaster, RN, PhD, FAAN

Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of

Nursing and Dean







The Ravens Celebrate 100

The Nurses’ Experience


Alumna in the Spotlight

Dorothy (Dottie) Kluttz, BSN ’66


Worth Noting

News from the School of Nursing

14Making the Rounds

Around Grounds: Nursing

Student Life in 2004


From the Boardroom

News from the Nursing Alumni



2 President’s Letter

6 Philanthropy

20 Events in Review

24 Class Notes and News

Back Cover Calendar

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The Nurses’ Experience

The Nurses’ Experience

Founded in 1904, the Raven

Society is the oldest and most

prestigious honorary society at the

University of Virginia. It is also

unique to the University, taking its

name in honor of the most famous

poem of the University’s most

famous poet, Edgar Allan Poe. The

Raven Society has a distinguished


See more about the Raven Society at

By Dr. Barbara M. Brodie,

Madge M. Jones Professor of

Nursing Emeritus

Icame to the University in the

summer of 1970. As a new faculty

member, I was surprised to learn

from President Edgar Shannon at a

faculty orientation that this was a very

special time in the history of the

University of Virginia. What made it

so special, he noted, was that women

had just been admitted into the

College of Arts and Sciences as firstyear

students. Several new nursing

faculty members left this meeting

wondering what we might encounter

as female faculty working in an institution

that was predominantly male

for so long.

Our concern proved unwarranted.

The 1970s were a wonderful time to

be at the University. There was excitement

in the air and changes were

sweeping throughout the faculty,

schools, and the University. In short

order it became obvious to all that the

women admitted into the College were

extremely bright, creative, and quick

to assume leadership positions across

the Grounds.

There were many instances of

women at the University before 1970,

dating back to the early 1900s.

Daughters of U.Va. faculty members

transferred to the University as upperclassmen,

or were admitted as graduate

students. There is ample documentation

of female teachers attending

graduate programs, and a woman was

admitted to the medical school in the

mid-1920s. But the most notable

example of a large group of women

being educated at the University were

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the student nurses enrolled in the

University of Virginia Hospital School

of Nursing.

In 1901, the Board of Visitors,

responding to a request from the

School of Medicine, built a hospital to

serve the educational needs of medical

students. Following the lead of other

American hospitals of the era, medical

faculty quickly moved to create a hospital-based

School of Nursing. The

school was initiated primarily to

I find this early admission

of women by the Raven

Society to be refreshingly

open and generous, and a

wonderful testimony to the

Raven members of the time.

acquire the services of student nurses

to provide patient care, and, secondarily,

to train young women to become

nurses. It is interesting to note that

the education of student nurses was

not considered an academic endeavor

but rather, training women to care for

the ill was considered a vocational task

because everyone knew that caring was

inherent in the character of a woman.

It would take many years of struggle

before the nursing faculty, in 1950,

persuaded President Darden, the

University faculty, and the Board of

Visitors that professional nursing

requires college education for its practitioners.

Finally, in 1956 the School of

Nursing was created as one of the

University’s 10 independent academic


As a new faculty member in 1970 I

quickly learned about the rich traditions

of the University’s organizations

and societies, including the Raven


There are currently 10

student Ravens and seven

faculty Ravens, and more

than 140 nursing alumni

who belong to this distinguished

honor society.

After graduation, only one

alumna or alumnus may be

elected to membership each

year from the School of


Each year, eight nursing

students become members.

Only four faculty members

from the University are

elected each year, therefore

elections of nursing faculty

members do not occur each


Society. Many of the brightest and

most committed to the University of

my male colleagues were Ravens, and

from them I learned of the public

activities of the Raven Society.

Founded in 1904, the Raven Society

brings together students, faculty,

administrators, and alumni who have

proven themselves academically outstanding

and who demonstrate a

strong commitment to the University.

Recently, I decided to explore when

women were admitted to the Raven

Society. After examining the official

Raven Society papers in the

University’s archives at Alderman

Library, I found there were no women

admitted into the organization, either

as students or faculty, between 1904

and 1970. However, it is clear that the

Raven Society made a deliberate move

to open its membership to qualified

women in 1970. To do so, the society

had to waive its traditional requirement

that undergraduate candidates

be at the University at least two years

prior to being considered for membership.

I find this early admission of

women by the Raven Society to be

refreshingly open and generous, and a

wonderful testimony to the Raven

members of the time.

In 1970 four women were admitted

into the Raven Society. Patricia

Cloonan (Prentiss), then a third-year

nursing student, was the first undergraduate

admitted. Sue Glacking

Dillport, a second-year student from

the Law School, Barbara Lynn Smith

from the Education School, and Judith

Malene Wellman from the Graduate

School of Arts & Sciences were the

first women graduate students to

become Ravens in 1970.

From this time on, female students

were admitted in greater numbers and

quickly became officers in the Raven

Society and in other University organizations.

Interestingly, some of the

organizations they joined and positions

they held were often ones they

created themselves.

To complete the early story of nurses

being admitted into the Raven Society,

Betty Norman Norris, a faculty member

at the School of Nursing, was

inducted in 1977.

This year, on the occasion of their

100th birthday, I join with my fellow

Ravens in congratulating the University

of Virginia’s oldest and most prestigious

honorary society. The long list of

Raven members includes such prominent

leaders as President Woodrow

Wilson, numerous state governors and

national legislators, leaders in science,

industry, education, engineering, medicine,

nursing, the humanities, and the

military. It is an organization that, for

100 years, has helped create the distinguished

academic and personal

standards of U.Va. students, alumni,

and faculty.

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Play Along


are an important ingredient in the Nursing

Annual Fund’s success. No matter what size

gift they make, they all are committed to

helping the U.Va. School of Nursing make a

difference in the world. We celebrate the

unique contributions — and the similarities

of these young donors in a game we

like to call “Six Degrees of Donation.”



Hartch (BSN ’97)

– As a student, Christa

was president of Nursing

Student Council. She still dabbles in

politics in her hometown of Greenwich,

Connecticut. A mother of two, Christa has

found time to squeeze in a teaching stint,

like Bridget Kuczkowski. Role model

Her first U.Va. clinical instructor,

Carolyn Eddins.


Baker DeGuzman

(BSN ’96) – Quadruple Hoo,

who enjoys wearing her orange.

After earning her BA, BSN, MSN and

MBA, she’s now a manager at the U.Va.

medical center. She loves getting to see

nursing grads and faculty during her

workday. Family: Husband Darryl and

baby Zoe. Served on Nursing

Student Council

with Christa



Kuczkowski (BSN ’01,

MSN ’02) – Bridget’s brother,

Alex, is married to Margie Kuczkowski.

Bridget is tying the knot with fellow Wahoo

Peter Leary this summer. An active and founding

member of Nursing Students Without

Borders, she lived in Spain for seven

months after earning her MSN.

Recently joined Marisa

Kozlowski, BSN ’99, on

U.Va’s Young Alumni

Council. Works as a public

health nurse and

instructor at VCU.







Thompson Sutton

(BSN ’94, MSN ’99) – Like

Pam DeGuzman, Angie held leadership

roles at the School of Nursing. She

was president of her class and of Student

Nurses of Virginia, U.Va. chapter.

A fan of scrapbooking

and traveling, this acute

care nurse practitioner

is preparing to move

with her family to

Raleigh, NC.

McHale Kuczkowski (BSN ’99)

– Enjoys athletics like Samantha

Franz. Her pick: coed floor hockey.

Margie works in the Georgetown NICU,

but in her spare time is fixing up her Falls

Church home and volunteering at the

local elementary school. As a 2004

Reunion volunteer, she is busy

preparing for U.Va.’s June

gathering of alumni.


McDonald Franz

(BSN ’95, MSN ’00) –

Another nurse practitioner, but

specializing in family care. Ran her

fifth marathon in November, and now

has a baby on the way. Younger sister,

Heather, is a U.Va. nursing grad, too.

Favorite U.Va. tradition:

hypnotist Tom



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Join the Circle!

The Dean’s Circle, that is. We offer

this special opportunity to the

BSN classes of 1992 through 2003.

Your gift (as outlined below) will

qualify you for all benefits of membership

in the prestigious Dean’s Circle

gift society, normally offered exclusively

to alumni and friends making

gifts of $1,000 or more annually. This

includes special correspondence from

the school, as well as invitations to

special events like the elegant

Benefactor’s dinner (where that little

black dress from college formals will

finally come in handy again!).

• Classes of 1999–2003 qualify with

a gift of $250

• Classes of 1992–1998 qualify with

a gift of $500

Month-by-month credit card or bank

account deductions are easy to

arrange. Corporate matching gifts

from your or your spouse’s employer

can help you qualify.

If the Dean’s Circle is beyond your

means, remember every gift helps!

Participation each year in the Nursing

Annual Fund is what counts. The

Annual Fund provides crucial funding

for scholarships, fellowships, research,

and programmatic support at the

School of Nursing. In one way or

another, you likely benefited from the

Annual Fund as a student. Your generosity

as alumni is helping to prepare

new outstanding U.Va. nurses.

Thank you!

Dorothy (Dottie) Kluttz

BSN Class of 1966

The healing arts have always been

integral to Dottie Kluttz, and

recently led her to a creative and

meaningful position with Hospice

Savannah in Savannah, Georgia. Three

years ago, after an 11-year stint as a

hospice nurse listening to her patients’

life stories, Kluttz created a new position

as “story keeper.” She conducts

interviews with hospice patients and

presents the written transcript and

audio recording to their families,

usually after the patients’ death.

Capturing some life stories can take

several months, with a series of 30- to

60-minute interviews. To facilitate the

process, Kluttz asks patients to complete

a worksheet, outside of their time

together, that identifies happiest times,

proudest moments, and even difficult

periods in their lives. “It is very healing

to review one’s life,” she explains,

“to look back and say, ‘I did this well. I

had this challenge and I overcame it.

And maybe I didn’t do some things

well, but I learned from them and I

survived.’” For family members, the

recorded history can be illuminating as

well as moving, since they often hear

about an experience in the person’s life

for the very first time.

Kluttz also helps create special messages

from parents to their children at

pivotal occasions such as graduations

and marriages. While the parent is no

longer physically present, his or her

words can still resonate. “Having that

person’s voice is so important,” she

emphasizes. “It’s so great on your wedding

day to hear your mother’s words.”

Positive feedback about Kluttz’s

work has extended from her family, to

her local Hospice colleagues, and all

the way to the national colloquy on

palliative care. In fact, the first life

story she recorded was her husband,

Dottie Kluttz with Hospice Savannah patient

and storykeeper participant, Ken Boice.

Jim’s, also a graduate of the University,

in honor of his birthday. The couple

continues to document their life,

choosing events and milestones to

recount each month.

At Hospice Savannah, story keeping

has seamlessly been integrated into the

continuum of care. Along with music

therapy, it serves as one of the healing

arts, and staff referrals to Kluttz now

include how story keeping will assist a

particular patient. In addition to

numerous presentations in Savannah,

Kluttz has recently spoken at the

Georgia Hospice Organization Annual

Symposium in Atlanta, and the

National Hospice and Palliative Care

Organization (NHPCO) clinical team

conference in Las Vegas.

Kluttz draws from her own nursing

education and career, primarily as a

nurse educator, which included positions

at U.Va., Richmond Memorial

Hospital School of Nursing, and

Emory University. “If I arrive at a

home and that person is in pain or

having other problems, I can solve

them quickly,” she says. “Nursing also

developed my powers of observation,

the ability to ask questions and to read

non-verbal communication. It has

helped in many ways.”

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CCNE Accreditation

Visit Successfully


Site visitors representing the

Commission on Collegiate Nursing

Education (CCNE) visited the School of

Nursing October 1 through 3, 2003.

The commission is an autonomous

accrediting agency officially recognized

by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a

national accreditation agency. The

CCNE’s focus on ensuring the quality

and integrity of baccalaureate and

graduate education nursing programs

contributed to the school’s decision to

select CCNE accreditation, rather than

continuing the accreditation we have

had with the NLNAC.

The CCNE Board of Commissioners

will make final accreditation decisions

in April 2004. We anticipate receiving

accreditation approval, to last 10 years.

Concurrent with the CCNE site visit,

two representatives of the Virginia

Board of Nursing reviewed our undergraduate

program. The School of

Nursing has been granted full approval

from the Virginia Board of Nursing for

eight years.

All visitors shared their praise in

many areas, including the school’s

committed and enthusiastic faculty,

excellent students and graduates who

speak clearly of their positive experience,

our history of listening to student

concerns and making changes, our

strong and positive relationship with

the Medical Center, and our faculty’s

involvement in the University.

He’s No Dummy

Reba Moyer Childress finally got

her man … -nequin.

Childress, director of the School of

Nursing’s Laboratories for Clinical

Learning, first came across the

SimMan patient simulator more than

two years ago at a clinical simulation

conference in San Antonio, Texas, and

it was love at first sight. “I’ve been

coveting him ever since,” she said.

For two years, she scraped together

nickels and dimes. Finally, word came

last fall that she would receive grant

money from the University’s

Equipment Trust Fund to make the

$44,450 purchase. SimMan—and a

few suitcases worth of high-tech baggage—arrived

over the winter break

and moved into the Theresa A.

Thomas Intensive Care Simulation

Laboratory in McLeod Hall. Though

there are more than 750 SimMan simulators

in use worldwide, U.Va.’s

model is the first purchased by a

Virginia public institution for use by

both undergraduate and graduate

nursing students.

The mannequin—which actually

can be adapted to be either male or

female—certainly stands out in the

crowd of simulators (including three

full-length models and several other

“parts”) in the beds around it, most of

which date back to the lab’s opening

in 1995.

SimMan may be a mannequin, but

he’s no dummy. He’s sophisticated,

powered by a Dell laptop computer

and an air compressor that provides

remarkably lifelike breathing. He’s a

great communicator, with an array of

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pre-programmed vocalisms (“My chest

hurts, and I can’t breathe”) and the

capability to record an unlimited number

of customized phrases. And he lets

you know how he feels in other ways,

too; he can be hooked up to a touchscreen

patient monitor, and nursing

students can check his carotid, radial,

and femoral pulses, and listen to realistic

heart, breathing, and bowel sounds.

He can take a lot of abuse, with ports

for IV hookups and defibrillators, plus

anatomically correct parts for chest

tube insertions and catheterization.

He is, however, fairly sickly. He is

prone to cardiac and pulmonary problems.

Faculty programmers can cook

up any number of patient-care scenarios

on the laptop to be played out by

students at the bedside. He can simulate

a wide variety of symptoms — his

handheld remote control has buttons

for “cough, “moan” and “vomit,” and

he can develop lockjaw or a swollen

tongue at the stroke of a key, making

intubations much more difficult.

“He does bite,” warned Joe Huse, a

medical education specialist with

SimMan’s manufacturer, Laerdal

Corp., at a February open house for

faculty, staff, and students.

Childress and Huse eagerly showed

off SimMan’s capabilities to an evershifting

crowd of curious colleagues. His

chest rose and fell with labored breathing

as the heart-rate monitor beeped at

varying paces. He coughed and moaned,

complaining, “I’m so sick.”

Most visitors seemed content to

keep their distance, despite Childress’

urging to try some hands-on nursing.

Finally, a brave soul approached,

stethoscope in hand.

“Go away!” an irritable SimMan

ordered, obviously wary of being

poked and prodded.

Soon, Childress had a few visitors

responding to a pre-programmed crisis.

His heart rate was up, but his oxygen

levels were falling. Nurses made

suggestions for altering his care, and

the responses caused changes in his


That’s the attraction of SimMan,

Childress said. “It doesn’t just teach

individual skills. When you look at the

basic acquisition of clinical skills,

there’s generally a mannequin for this

and a mannequin for that. The whole

point of SimMan is to provide an integrated

experience. It’s very holistic,

especially in light of the fact that you

can communicate with him.

“He’s not one-task oriented. You’re

not just performing skills, but employing

critical thinking.”

SimMan’s effectiveness in educating

registered nurses will be tracked in a

three-year, multi-site study being

sponsored by the National League for

Nursing and by Laerdal. U.Va. was

selected as one of eight sites (from a

field of 156) to participate. Childress

has already written a cardiac-crisis scenario

for her second-year nursing

students to tackle as part of the study.

She can videotape their responses and

gather the data generated by their

efforts for later review.

At the open house, the would-be

lifesavers, distracted by more demonstrations

of SimMan’s capabilities,

neglected his care and he flat-lined,

only to be revived with a few clicks of

a mouse.

New arrivals marveled at his features.

“He’s got bowel sounds” a

professor asked admiringly.

As the crowd dwindled, two more

adventuresome souls tackled the preprogrammed

scenario. They upped the

oxygen being fed through his nose,

and his vital signs stabilized.

“Thanks, nurse. You saved my life,”

he said.

What a charmer.

Former Faculty and

Graduate Honored

In November, Patty Hale (MSN ‘86,

FNP ‘96) was named one of four

national winners of 2003 U.S.

Professors of the Year Awards from the

Council for

Advancement and

Support of

Education (CASE)

and the Carnegie

Foundation for the

Advancement of

Teaching. Hale, a

U.Va. faculty

member from

1986 to 1997, has

taught nursing at

Lynchburg College

in Lynchburg, Virginia, since 1997. She

is the first nursing professor to win the

award in the 22-year history of the

awards program.

Dr. Kenneth Garren, president of

Lynchburg College, said, “Dr. Hale is a

most deserving recipient of this national

honor. She embodies Lynchburg

College’s century-long commitment to

scholarship, community, and leadership.

Her students thrive under her

rigorous standards and caring nature,

and continue to benefit from her example

long after graduation.”

Congratulations, Patty!

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Supporting and

Recruiting Men in


Unlimited professional opportunities,

in countless settings, make nursing

a very favorable and exciting career

choice. Why wouldn’t anyone want to

become a nurse with those types of

options As the face of health care continues

to evolve, so does the face of


Men in nursing are one of the profession’s

best-kept secrets. According to the

March 2000 National Sample Survey of

Registered Nurses, 5.4 percent of the

nation’s 2.7 million registered nurses are

men. In an attempt to encourage more

men to join the ranks of nursing and

publicize the profession, Men in Nursing

(MIN) was developed.

MIN is a new student organization at

the U.Va. School of Nursing, designed to

increase the visibility of men in nursing,

support the career development of men

who want to become nurses, and promote

men’s health issues.

The members of MIN identified these

objectives from the American Assembly

of Men in Nursing: to encourage and

implement strategies for the recruitment

of men in nursing at U.Va.; support

career development for male nursing

students at U.Va.; and promote the

research of men’s health issues.

Founding members (L to R) Michael Cary,

Gabriel Henderson, Brad Langdon, Alan

Young, and Michael Miller.

New Advisory Board Chair Steps In

Jim Roberts passes the gavel to Lucien Bass.

Lucien L. Bass III

has big shoes to

fill, but then, he’s the

right man for the job.

In November 2003,

Bass assumed the role

as chair of the School

of Nursing Advisory

Board, leading a

group of dedicated

volunteers who devote

significant time and

energy to help the

nursing school achieve

its goals. “The School

of Nursing is one of

U.Va.’s centers of

excellence, and is

poised to become a national leader during

the coming decade,” Bass said

upon picking up the chairman’s reins.

“I want the board to do what it can to

advance that effort.”

Bass, who retired in 1997 as Senior

Director for International Development

with R. J. Reynolds Tobacco

International, returned to Charlottesville

with his wife, Mary, in 2000 and

stepped into a new life as a teacher,

sharing his professional expertise with

a new generation of students in the

McIntire School of Commerce. He has

been deeply involved in many other

aspects of University life for more

than a decade, serving as president of

the Virginia Engineering Foundation

and on the board of the Darden

Foundation, as well as numerous panuniversity

task forces and commissions,

including serving on the executive

committee of the Campaign for

Virginia. “We are indeed fortunate that

Lucien has turned his attention to the

needs of the School of Nursing,”

reflected Dean Jeanette Lancaster.

“His expertise and experience will be

invaluable in the coming years.”

Bass replaces James C. Roberts, a

charter member of the school’s leadership

board who also served as its chair

from 1997 to 2003.

Roberts, an attorney in Richmond

and the proud parent of a two-time

U.Va. nursing graduate, left his own

indelible impression on the School of

Nursing. During Roberts’ tenure on

the Advisory Board, the School of

Nursing’s first fund-raising campaign

garnered a record $19.1 million in

philanthropic commitments, and significant

portions of that success can

be traced to his efforts. In addition,

he is credited with developing the

school’s Advisory Board into one of

the most effective volunteer groups on

the University Grounds. An untiring

advocate whose wise and tenacious

leadership skills are both widely recognized

and respected, Roberts was

named an honorary alumnus of the

School of Nursing in 2001.

Not yet willing to move entirely to

the sidelines, Roberts has recently

accepted charter membership on the

new Virginia Health Foundation board.

In addition, he has accepted emeritus

membership on the School of Nursing

Advisory Board, where his wise counsel

will continue to be valued.

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Online Master’s Program Trains Nurse Leaders from Underserved Rural Areas

Erin Cruise, who supervises the

school health program in

Montgomery County, has long sought

a master’s degree in nursing.

“A lot of people on the job see me as

a resource,” she said. “I thought I

needed more education.”

The problem: with a staff of eight

part-timers serving 9,000 students at

22 schools, there wasn’t much time left

over on weekdays to enroll in a fulltime

master’s program.

“I thought I might have to make a

choice between quitting my job and

getting my master’s,” she said.

The solution: the School of

Nursing’s new online master’s program

for Leadership in Community and

Public Health, and Health Systems

Management. Cruise could work at her

Dublin home at night and on weekends,

while making only two day trips

to Charlottesville per semester.

The program was funded by a threeyear,

$693,000 grant from the U.S.

Department of Health and Human

Services’ Health Resources and Services

Administration. Charlottesville-based

professors redesigned and enhanced

their curriculum for online use, assigning

readings, papers, exams and online


The two-year program should be

especially helpful for nurses like

Cruise, who work full-time in oftenunderserved

rural areas, said Doris

Glick, an associate professor of nursing

and director of the master’s program.

Another student, Janice Drum of

Galax, said she initially had some reservations

about online education. “I had

always been skeptical about online programs.

People don’t think you get the

same quality of education.”

Nevertheless, Drum—who is busy

managing 21 nurses and 13 beds as

manager of the emergency department

at Twin County Regional Hospital—

joined the program’s charter sevenmember

class in Fall 2003. The

quality of the education has been a

pleasant surprise, Drum said. “It has

been difficult, very challenging. It’s

been wonderful—so intellectually


Said Glick, “The quality of the program

is the same as the regular

in-class program—the same admissions

requirements, the same course

requirements.” Both the community

and public health leadership and

health systems management programs

have incorporated concepts of leadership

in their curricula and are adding

content about emergency preparedness,

Glick said.

The feedback from students has

been excellent thus far, she said, and

the interaction has been as good as, or

better than, classroom discussions. “If

I ask a class a question, they respond

in a short period of time,” she noted.

“If I ask online, they take their time to

answer, and the answers are usually

better thought-out.”

For additional information on

the program, please call

Associate Nursing Professor

Doris Glick, director of the

master’s program, at

(434) 924-0105, or via

e-mail at

Research Impacting Education and Practice

The online options allows

Southwest Virginia residents

Erin Cruise, left, and Janice

Drum to continue their

nursing careers while

working toward master’s


Research projects undertaken by U.Va.

nursing faculty illustrate the depth

and breadth of interests and expertise in

the School of Nursing, not to mention

the needs of patients throughout the

health care spectrum.

Last summer, Associate Professor

Pamela Kulbok received almost

$40,000 from the Virginia Youth Tobacco

Project to study “Protective Factors and

Youth Nonsmoking Behavior.” The

major goal of this one-year study is to

identify individual and environmental

factors and associated belief and value

structures related to nonsmoking behavior

in adolescents, particularly in young

people from ethnically and socio-economically

diverse backgrounds. The identification

of these factors will contribute

to the development of innovative health

promotion and disease prevention efforts

to reduce tobacco use among children

and adolescents in Virginia.

Vickie Southall, a nursing instructor,

participated in a March of Dimes minigrant

with the Thomas Jefferson Health

District. Students in her course helped

implement parts of the grant, including

helping to conduct an immunization

audit at elementary schools, creating an

immunization bulletin board at the

Louisa Health Department, and developing

printed materials for an elementary

school health fair.

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Service to the School


Two significant transitions within the

School of Nursing took place in

recent months. We acknowledge the

many contributions of two faculty leaders

who have done so much for

students and colleagues.

In the fall of 2003, Barbara Parker

stepped down as director of the Center

for Nursing Research. Parker had served

in this role since 1995. An expert

researcher in her own right, Parker

organized the infrastructure within the

school to support other faculty as well

as doctoral students. A search is currently

under way to find a replacement

for this important position.

Judy Sands and Sarah Farrell.

In December 2003, Judy Sands

stepped down as director of the undergraduate

program. Sands, who joined

the school’s faculty in 1984 and who

served as director of the BSN program

for 12 of those years, handed the reins

to Associate Professor Sarah Farrell in

January. At a celebration in her honor,

the dean commented, “her commitment

to excellence, her integrity and

honesty, and her passion for undergraduate

education are invaluable.”

Both Parker and Sands remain on


Leading Local Collaboration Aimed at Increasing,

Diversifying Pool of Nurses

Virginia is currently experiencing a

10 percent shortage in its nursing

workforce, and that figure is expected

to rise to 36.4 percent by 2020, threatening

access to health care across the

Commonwealth, according to figures

compiled by the U.S. Department of

Health and Human Services.

In 2003, U.Va. received a three-year,

$651,153 federal grant to fund a collaborative,

two-pronged effort aimed at

deepening and diversifying the local

pool of professional nurses. The funding,

from the Health and Human

Services’ Health Resources and Services

Administration, will go mostly toward

increasing faculty resources at both the

U.Va. School of Nursing and Piedmont

Virginia Community College (PVCC).

Local hospitals, including the U.Va.

Medical Center and Martha Jefferson

Hospital in Charlottesville, the Augusta

Medical Center in Fishersville and

Western State Hospital in Staunton,

will also provide resources to support

the clinical training of additional nursing


“This is the first time that a partnership

in problem-solving for nursing has

included the U.Va. Medical Center plus

the regional health-care institutions that

are the consumers of nursing education,”

said Judith K. Sands, associate

professor of nursing at U.Va. and project

director for the grant. “It is also the

first time that all institutions have volunteered

to help solve education’s very

real dilemmas in being able to serve a

larger group of well-qualified students

by supporting faculty positions.”

The grant seeks to increase the number

of professional-level nurses through

two paths: encouraging certified nurse

aides (CNAs) to seek additional training

through courses at PVCC, which

will offer more night and weekend

options; and increasing admission to a

two-year, second-degree program at the

School of Nursing for those who have

received bachelor’s degrees in other academic


CNA positions are considered entrylevel

on the nursing career ladder. Most

CNAs have a high school diploma and

received their training either in vocational

education programs or through

programs offered by some hospitals.

The grant seeks to identify the most

promising CNAs in the local community,

encourage them to enter PVCC’s

nursing program, and offer them mentorship.

“There are people in the CNA pool

who, for whatever reason, have potential

that has not been tapped,” Sands said.

“We hope the program will help us

achieve some diversity in the nursing

profession,” said Amy Black, vice president

and chief nursing executive at

Martha Jefferson Hospital. “I’m really

excited about the career counseling

aspect of it. It should help us tap into

some populations that don’t traditionally

think of nursing as a career.”

PVCC’s program, which has traditionally

required a full-time, daytime

commitment, will offer new night and

weekend options to allow students to

continue working while pursuing an

associate’s degree. The expansion will

allow Piedmont to graduate an additional

20 to 30 registered nurses each

year, most of whom will remain in the

local community, said PVCC President

Frank Friedman. “This grant is another

example of how our community

benefits from the tremendous partnership

between PVCC and U.Va.,”

Friedman said.

Sands noted that minorities constitute

38 percent of CNAs, and said she

hopes that many will take advantage of


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a chance to move up the career ladder.

Both locally and nationally, the number

of minorities “drops off precipitously”

at the higher rungs of nursing’s professional


The second thrust of the program is

boosting the U.Va. School of Nursing’s

annual enrollment of Second Degree

candidates from 32 to 48. This enrollment

increase has already begun.

“We felt an obligation to work with

our education and health-care partners

to increase the number of new nurses

being prepared,” said Jeanette

Lancaster, dean of the School of

Nursing. “The enthusiastic cooperation

demonstrated in the development of

this grant by the Medical Center,

Martha Jefferson Hospital and

Piedmont Virginia Community College

was absolutely inspiring.”

This is the 13th year that the nursing

school has offered a two-year

degree program to students who have

already earned bachelor’s degrees in

other fields. Besides the expanded

enrollment, the grant will allow the

school to rearrange its curriculum to

Distinguished Majors Program

make it more attractive for working students,

although it will still require a

full-time commitment.

The Second Degree students are

generally more mature than those who

enter the school as first-year students,

Sands said, and a higher percentage

remain in the community after earning

their BSN degrees.

Once the initial federal grant establishes

the new programs, Sands hopes

the local hospitals will continue to sustain


Pamela F. Cipriano, chief clinical

officer and chief nursing officer at the

U.Va. Health System, said the program

is an important solution to a major


“It is our goal to be leaders in

addressing the nursing shortage that

faces Virginia,” Cipriano said. “The

U.Va. Medical Center is proud to be a

part of this effort to prepare more registered

nurses for the future. By pooling

our talent and resources, we can create

and model solutions to the nursing

shortage not only for the Commonwealth,

but also for the nation.”

Nursing students who demonstrate superior academic performance are encouraged to

apply for the Distinguished Majors Program (DMP), now in its third year. The program

gives these academic and clinical leaders an opportunity to pursue a substantive

project of their own devising, over and above the traditional course of study. Participating

students are expected to submit a thesis of approximately 30 to 50 pages that demonstrates

independent work of high quality.

Examples of projects presented in academic year 2002-03 included Joanna

Woersching’s (BSN ‘03) thesis titled “Earthquakes in El Salvador: A Descriptive Study of

Health and Illness after a Natural Disaster.” One part of Woersching’s article was published

in the Disaster Management and Response Journal and another has been submitted

for consideration in the same journal.

Acceptance into the program requires a cumulative GPA of 3.4, the submission of a

thesis proposal outlining the project to be undertaken, and the approval of a faculty

member willing to direct the project. Application to the DMP is made during the spring

semester of the third year of the program. The final project will be reviewed by at least

two faculty members and presented to faculty and students. Students who successfully

complete the program meeting specific academic standards graduate with distinction or

highest distinction (for a cumulative GPA higher than 3.75).

Faculty Achievements

Jeanette Lancaster, dean, has

been named as president-elect of

the American Association of Colleges

of Nursing (AACN), and will serve as

president in two years. The AACN is

the national voice for America’s baccalaureate-


higher-degree nursing


programs. Lancaster

also received the


Association of

Colleges of Nursing

Government Affairs

2003 Grassroots

Star Award” in

recognition of her

dedication to

advancing nursing education and

research through public advocacy. This

award was presented by the AACN’s

President and Government Affairs


Barbara Parker, professor of

nursing, was named chair-elect of the

American Academy of Nursing’s

expert panel on violence.

U.Va. Medical Center Professor of

Nursing Courtney Lyder was the

first nurse selected to give the Bernard

Hohenberg Memorial Lecture (the

only endowed lectureship in chronic

wound care in the world) at the

University of Pennsylvania School of

Medicine, Department of

Dermatology. Lyder was also selected

to be the University of North Carolina

at Chapel Hill’s SON Visiting Minority

Scholar for 2004.

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Making the Rounds Around Grounds:

Nursing Student Life in 2004

Not everyone understands

what goes into

a nursing education.

For students today it’s a life packed

with tight schedules, rigorous classes,

clinicals (an opportunity for students

to utilize the classroom and laboratory

skills they’ve learned in a clinical setting),

patients, charts, exams, and

study. It’s always been a life of close

bonds and life-changing experiences.

From the first day to the last, nursing

students eat, sleep, breathe, and sometimes

even dream nursing. As they

progress through the program, they are

together in every class. By their third

and fourth year, juggling lectures and

clinicals can be a little like hitting the

10th mile in a 26-mile run. If they are

in class all day, then their lunch hour is

a run to the hospital to pick up the

next day’s patient assignments. That

night they read about the patient,

study his or her disease and medications.

The next day is full of patient

care, journals, logs, and more study

before the cycle starts again the

next day.

“Our students are just amazing,”

says Theresa Carroll, PhD, assistant

dean. “In their last semester, many traditional

college students pick fairly

easy courses. In comparison, the last

seven weeks for a nursing student is

called the synthesis practicum, a mentorship

during which they are doing

the work of a full-time nurse. Many of

our Second Degree students are also

married, with families. Imagine juggling

all that responsibility.”

So for many, stepping outside the

intensity is important. Finding outlets,

doing things they love—such as the

student who plays viola in the

University Symphony, the varsity

cheerleader or the Madison House volunteer—gives

them breathing space

and time to escape the daily rigors.

“We encourage it. We tell new students

to take time to get adjusted,

check the University out. We think

you’ll be a happier person if you get

involved,” says Carroll. “And research

has shown that the more involved college

students are, including nursing

students, the better their grades are…it

makes them better time managers and

they are doing what they really love.”

It seems the busier some students

are, the more they love it. Here’s how

four nursing school students balance

their nursing education with University

student life.

Heidi Ritter

It was September 11, the same morning

Americans were stunned by images of

flaming towers, that Heidi Ritter (BSN

’04) put on her Air Force ROTC uniform

and was sworn in to military

service. “I’m a patriotic person and

wanted to see what it was like,” she says.

Heidi always knew she’d choose a

profession serving people. But serving

has taken on a life of its own and sometimes

seems more like a way of life.

She’s got an ongoing list of things she’d

like to do, never convinced she’s doing

quite enough. After her second year in

nursing school she was in boot camp in

Texas, so the next summer she and her

sister traveled to Thailand teaching

English to orphans. Last spring break

and this year, volunteer work with

Virginia Beach-based Orphan Network

took her to Nicaragua. “I wanted to give

Heidi Ritter.

back,” she says. “Reaching out beyond

this culture is very moving. I will

always remember these experiences.”

A typical day for Heidi begins at six

in the morning with ROTC workouts,

continuing long past dinner. Because

of a required clinical she misses one

Air Science class. So afternoons are

spent meeting with her professor to

catch up on what she missed. Then it’s

a quick meal and evenings of ROTC

training and meetings. She is part of a

simulated wing structure and since

she’s now considered a cadet officer,

she supervises others. “The nursing

school and ROTC have been flexible

to meet my needs,” she says. “I’m able

to manage all of this because of the

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supportive people I work with. I try to

remain positive. It has been challenging,

but it is worth it.”

Seems like a full plate, but there’s

more. Heidi’s part of the planning

committee for the U.Va. Women’s

Leadership Development Program.

She serves on the nursing student

council, is a member of Kappa Delta

sorority, and still cherishes some relaxing

alone time. “I’m the kind of person

who values personal time and I realize

I have to protect it sometimes,” she

says, with the calmness of one who

still has plenty of breathing space.

“I’m still going to relax and write in

my journal.”

Becky Bracato

There are days when Becky Bracato

(BSN ’05) is physically and mentally

exhausted. Take this past Wednesday.

It started with an early morning stop

at a friend’s house, followed by seven

hours in class, three hours working at

Ragged Mountain Running Shop, a

several mile training run, and four

hours volunteering for the University’s

student-run Madison House (an

“I’ve always been like this and I work

well when I’m really busy.”

A third-year nursing student, Becky

heads volunteer health services for

Madison House. In fact it was her

work with the volunteer organization

that led her to transfer into nursing

education her second year. Assigned to

volunteer in the hospital’s cancer center

her first year at U.Va., she loved the

work and patient contact. “It solidified

my decision,” she says. Her passion for

nursing has only grown as a result.

“It’s gotten better with each year and

each clinical,” she says. “I fall in love

with it every time.” Since her first volunteer

assignment, she’s taken on

increasing responsibility with Madison

House and in her current position

supervises volunteers working in twenty

different units. “It involves a lot of

management problem-solving, but I

love it,” she says.

Is there any time for fun Sure,

Becky says with confidence. “I run for

three hours with friends every

Saturday and I ran the Richmond

marathon this year.”

So how does she juggle so much

Time management, and desire.

“Volunteering is so awesome,” she says.

“Once you get involved, it enhances

everything…I encourage people to

think about volunteering, about stepping

outside the U.Va. bubble.”

Sarah Riggs

Sometimes doing

what you love

comes so naturally,

you can’t imagine a

world without it.

That’s how cheerleading

is for

third-year nursing

student Sarah Riggs

(BSN ’05). She’s been

cheering since second

grade, and now she’s

on the University’s

Varsity squad.


including long, strenuous

practice sessions,

summer cheer- leading

camp, home

basketball games,

traveling with the

football team to all

their games, and public

relations events just

keep her more organized.

It doesn’t matter

Sarah Riggs.

that clinicals begin at 6:30

a.m. and cheerleading practice begins

12 hours later. It’s just part of being

involved. Although she admits, academics

come first. “If I didn’t have

cheerleading to keep me busy, I wouldn’t

continued on page 16

Sarah Riggs and

Connor Ginley.

Becky Bracato.

organization that enables students to

volunteer in the community). Still,

there’s nothing she’d change.

“”Everything that’s on my plate is definitely

where it should be,” she says.

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continued from page 16

get everything else done,” she says.

Student life is good for Sarah.

Blending the intimacy of the nursing

school with much more public endeavors

like cheerleading and weekly Delta

Gamma sorority meetings in some ways

colors her nursing experience. “I can’t

imagine not being involved, it makes

me feel part of the bigger university picture,”

she says. “I meet so many people

and I have so many opportunities to

interact with a variety of types … that

gives me a better bedside manner.”

Even so, balancing two clinicals with

games and practice can challenge even

the most ardent organizer; so when the

nursing school offered a condensed

May clinical experience, she was quick

to pick that option. That way she can

devote more intensive time to her clinical

practice. “I want to be an obstetrics

nurse.” she says. “Having the opportunity

to do my next clinical in May, after

most cheering obligations are complete,

works out well.”

Connor Ginley



Ginley’s (BSN

’05) schedule is

pretty tough

this year with

class and clinicals.

But his mother is an emergency

room nurse, so he’s been around the

profession all his life and understands

nursing education rigors. He also

understands the value of doing more

than nursing, of stepping away from it

from time to time; sometimes to help

others, sometimes to just have fun.

“This is an important time for me to

develop all aspects of my life,” he

says. “Between work and extracurriculars

I stay pretty busy.”

A couple of surgeries on his neck

during his second year of college

made Connor reevaluate his own life

and decide on nursing education. “I

was sure that I was eventually going

to get a teaching degree and a nursing

degree somewhere down the line,” he

says. “So I decided there was no time

like the present.”

He’s volunteered as a medic with

Nursing Students Without Borders

for three years. As a member of the

Delta chapter of the Alpha Tau

Omega Fraternity, he’s been the chaplain,

community service chair, and

pledge master. Still, he admits his

No. 1 priority in the fraternity is to

have a good time.

What motivates Connor’s involvement

in University student life “I am

at an amazing place with more opportunities

than I will ever have time to

sample, and I can be involved with

passionate and dynamic people,” he

says. “It all gives me a different perspective

and I am able to relate to

people in a more holistic way.”

His advice to nursing students considering

taking on more than just

nursing “This is your university too,

take some ownership in it, and try to

have it all.”

Hey, Hoos Out There

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special, you can find your

nursing friends and classmates

when you visit, the official

U.Va. online directory.

Here are just some of the benefits to you:


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What About the Children Nursing Researchers Study Their Fates

The story is all too familiar: A

troubled relationship, an abusive

partner, a disagreement, a lashing out,

blood spilled. One dead, the other led

away in handcuffs—or perhaps a


What happens to the children, some

of whom may even have witnessed the


Richard H. Steeves, an associate

professor of nursing who has studied

bereavement for much of his career,

said he was “shocked” to find that no

one really knows. He and a colleague,

Barbara J. Parker—a nursing professor

and expert in domestic violence—

searched for records to document the

fate of children in such cases, and

found none.

So, armed with a three-year,

$750,000 grant from the National

Institute for Nursing Research (part of

the National Institutes of Health),

Parker and Steeves have embarked on

their own study of the children of uxoricide—literally,

the murder of one’s

wife, but broadened to include the

killing of one parent by another.

They are seeking to interview adults

who have lived through domestic

homicide. Unfortunately, they believe

that there will be no shortage of interviewees.

By multiplying the number of

domestic homicides among couples of

child-bearing age each year by an average

of two children, they estimate that

there are approximately as many children

of uxoricide—2,700—as there are

children diagnosed with leukemia


A smaller pilot study conducted in

the summer of 2002 turned up seven

people from Central Virginia, including

two pairs of siblings. Although

Parker and Steeves declined to discuss

their findings, for fear of prejudicing

future interviews, they say that the

response demonstrates that there are

Researchers Barbara Parker and Rick Steeves.

people who are willing to talk about

their experiences.

The new study will seek subjects

from a wider geographical area. The

parents need not have been married

at the time of the homicide to be

included; live-ins or ex-spouses

qualify. The children can have been of

any age when the killing occurred,

they need not have any memory of

the event itself.

The U.Va. study is qualitative, not

quantitative. Interviewers will ask

open-ended questions and let the subjects

guide the interview. And they

need not talk about their parents’

deaths if they are not comfortable

doing so.

“We want to know what it was like

for them to grow up after this trauma,”

Steeves said. “We want them to

tell us what is important.”

When Parker and Steeves began

looking into the fates of these children,

they discovered that no one kept

records—not the court system, not

social service agencies. “These kids are

not officially victims of crime, so they

are not followed by victim support

groups,” Parker said.

Some are taken in by relatives; others

enter the social service system.

Some find stable homes; others “go

from foster home to foster home,”

Parker said. Often, the disposition of

the children is not recorded.

The researchers acknowledge that

their results will not necessarily represent

the full range of experiences that

these children have, as they may end

up interviewing only those people who

are well-adjusted enough to be able to

talk about their pasts.

“The end result is finding out what

kinds of intervention these kids need

and when they need it,” Steeves said.

“We just don’t know anything about

these kids.”

Anyone willing to be included in the study may

call toll-free (866) 834-9564; (434) 243-6949 in

the Charlottesville area; or contact the researchers

via e-mail at

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Faculty Excellence Honored

The Nursing Alumni Association

presented the Distinguished

Professor Award to Richard Steeves,

the Excellence in Teaching Award to

Shelley Huffstutler, and the first annual

Faculty Leadership Award to Suzanne

Burns on November 1, 2003.

The 2003 Distinguished Professor

Award recognized superior accomplishments

in teaching, research, and

service. Steeves, an associate professor

who has been at U.Va. since 1992, is

an internationally recognized nurse

scholar and researcher in the area of

bereavement, and a dedicated teacher

of nursing. His research has been funded

by the Oncology Nursing Society,

the National Institute of Nursing

Research, and the National Institute on

Aging, among others. Doctoral students

praise his teaching skill and express

great appreciation for his abilities to

stimulate their interest in and knowledge

of the clinical research process. He

teaches undergraduate students at the

Hospice of the Piedmont, where he nurtures

developing nurses through a

challenging clinical placement.

On the Other End of the Line

Shelley Huffstutler,

2003 Excellence in

Teaching awardee.

In addition to his service to the

School of Nursing, Steeves has served

for years on a prestigious scientific

review committee at the National

Institutes of Health, reviewing training


According to one letter of nomination,

although internationally

recognized for his research, “Rick is

essentially an unassuming academic

who is always open to learning something

new and seeing things from a

different perspective. He is a scholar of

When you hear from the U.Va. Phonathon,

the person on the other end of the phone

line may be third-year nursing student Michelle

Bennett from Lynchburg, Virginia. Michelle is calling

with important information about the school,

updating contact information, and asking you to

contribute to the Nursing Annual Fund.

Michelle decided to work for the Phonathon

because she wanted the opportunity to interact

with alumni. She truly appreciates the advice she

receives about the school and job opportunities.

Michelle is also the vice president of the Black

Student Nurse’s Association and a member of the Nursing Student Council.

Please join Michelle in our efforts to raise awareness and support for the school’s

current needs and future endeavors.

Rick Steeves, 2003 Distinguished Professor,

with Cindi Allen, President, Nursing Alumni


Suzi Burns, 2003 Faculty

Leadership awardee.

the highest order and a nurse who puts

principles of caring into practice for the

benefit of us all.”

The 2003 Excellence in Teaching

Award was presented to Associate

Professor Shelley Huffstutler.

As director of the Primary Care Nurse

Practitioner program, Huffstutler is

responsible for overall programming in

that advanced practice master’s option.

She also teaches advanced practice seminars

and clinicals throughout the year,

pharmacology at the graduate level, and

health assessment to undergraduates.

Colleagues describe Huffstutler as a polished

and proficient teacher with a

wealth of clinical expertise from which to

draw, enhancing learning opportunities

for many students. Student evaluations

of her courses are consistently exceptionally

positive. To undergraduate students,

Huffstutler presents an inspiring example

of advanced practice nursing and

encourages them to pursue graduate


In 2003 the Alumni Association

sponsored for the first time a faculty

award that recognizes and supports a

faculty member who is a leader in the

profession. Recipients must demonstrate

outstanding leadership qualities

as a nursing professional, as evidenced

by outstanding contributions to the

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profession through research, leadership

positions, legislative influence,

clinical service, or scholarly work.

The recipient of the 2003 Faculty

Leadership Award, Suzanne Burns, is

described as the cornerstone of the

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program.

She models the role of

practitioner-teacher each day to students

seeking a career in advanced

practice nursing. Burns has been

involved in critical care for more than

30 years and is well-known and highly

respected for her contributions in

patient care, nursing education, and

improving health care systems.

Burns has received national recognition

from the American Association of

Critical Care Nursing as Researcher of

the Year, and serves on their board. In

2002, Burns received a Presidential

Citation from the Society of Critical

Care Medicine for outstanding contributions

and was inducted as a fellow in

that organization. Burns is the inventor

of the BWAP program, a tool to

help clinicians determine when to safely

and effectively wean patients from

mechanical ventilation.

As an educator, Burns provides clinical

guidance and education within the

UVA Health System through critical

care programs and conferences, and for

graduate nursing students. Nationally,

she is involved in the development of

standards of care for pulmonary


Comments from a colleague in the

MICU colleague sum up her contributions

most effectively: “The

environment of the Medical ICU is

different when Suzi is present. There

is not a person here that she doesn’t

affect when she is on the unit. She

continually finds ways of bringing out

the best in staff, and always focuses on

the positive.”

The Nursing Alumni Association

congratulates all three recipients.

Where Are They Now

The Alumni Association is trying to locate the following members of classes who

celebrate their Reunion in 2004. If you can help, please call (434) 924-0138, fax

(434) 982-3699, or e-mail Thank you!

BSN 1959

Jacqueline Ames


Amelia Stollings Cook

Elspeth G. Scott


Nancy Graves Pittman

BSN 1964

Margaret Ramsey


Barbara Bowery Carlson

Alice Kyle Pounds

Margaret D. Ramsey

Betty Stephens Whitman

Alumni Council Election


Barbara Evans Worman

BSN 1969

Jane Draper Ayers

Judith Robbins Barkana

Anne C. Brown

Marilyn Hansen King

Carolyn Hodge Magee

Linda Boggs Norman

Sarah F. Reaves

Sally Bell Schwarz

Votes will be cast on June 5 at the annual business meeting of the Nursing

Alumni Association for the election of the Awards Coordinator and

Representative to the Virginia Legacy.

If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to cast your vote, please

return this ballot by June 5 to the U.Va. School of Nursing, Alumni &

Development Office, PO Box 800782, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0782. Or e-mail

your vote to

❑ Awards Coordinator

Kathryn Henley Haugh, BSN 1979

(re-election to a second term)

Kathryn has served on the U.Va. faculty since 1994, and has worked in the Health

System since 1984. Currently she is assistant professor of nursing, her area of focus

being adult medical-surgical nursing.

❑ Representative to the Virginia Legacy

Lisa Kelley, BSN 1999

BSN 1974

Pauline Diaz Hagan

Melinda I. Mullenix

Elizabeth M. Parrish

Kathryn Hunting Servis

Beth Hazel Turner

BSN 1984

Sharon G. Libby

Jennifer A. Martin

BSN 1994

Dean Altizer Joyner

Lynne Mary Zuercher

Lisa earned her MSN/NP at Boston College in 2002. She is now working as a nurse

practitioner with the HOPE group (a private hematology/oncology group). Lisa was

the undergraduate representative to the Alumni Board of Directors while a student

at U.Va.

Return your ballot by June 5!

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Honoring the “Old School” Nurse—Mary Jane Morris

When Beth Burn Joosten (BSN ’74) was approached by the editor of a collection

of nurse stories to submit an essay, her immediate thought was of one

nurse, Mary Jane Morris (Diploma ’42).

“She was and is such a unique and

remarkable influence on so many

people’s lives, including mine,”

Joosten explained. “Since

the book went to press,

I’ve had some misgivings

about what I

wrote. My memory of

her might come across

as trivial, especially in

relation to all the other

contributions she has

made.” The art of nursing

is just one facet of

Morris, Joosten said, yet it is

so important—perhaps more so

today than ever before.

Morris (right) working with a nursing student.


Old School: Miss Mary Jane Morris

By Elizabeth Burn Joosten

Published by Sigma Theta Tau, International, Indianapolis, Indiana. The book “Ordinary People,

Extraordinary Lives: The Stories of Nurses” can be purchased by calling toll-free (888) 634-7575 or

visiting the Publications section at

She wasn’t our idea of today’s nurse. If anything, we would pass her in the hospital

and be amazed there were any nurses still around like her. Seeing her walking

erectly down the halls of the University of Virginia Medical Center, we considered

her a throwback, the nurse of yesteryear who seemed to us novices to be out of

place in the modern world of medicine where we now worked.

…She was as particular about patient care as she was about her dress. …She

would spend endless hours ensuring [the nursing assistants] learned how to make

a proper bed, give a relaxing back rub, and patiently feed an elderly patient. We

thought it was nice, but not really nursing.

We doubted that she comprehended the complex technology we used daily. We

wondered how someone could have survived in such a vacuum. …How could she

remain so serenely confident and happy, teaching and doing the menial nursing

tasks that she did daily and at her age

And then one day, I was on a gurney being rolled back into my room after a

tonsillectomy. She passed me, turned around, escorted me back to my room. She

changed me immediately out of the hospital gown into my flannel nightgown. She

fluffed my pillows. She spooned me ice chips. She made sure I had some pain

medication. She adjusted the lighting so it wasn’t too bright. In that half-hour, she

taught me about the art of nursing. She also made me a believer in and a practitioner

of the special “art” of nursing.

Nursing Alumni

Working Together

The mission of the U.Va. School

of Nursing Alumni Association

is to serve as a resource for nursing

alumni by providing organizational

support for endeavors that promote

the professional and social

bonds of members; and to work

closely with and assist the School

of Nursing through financial and

organizational support to assist

with scholastic and professional

endeavors for alumni, students,

and faculty.

If you’d like to join our cause,

there are a number of ways you

can help. All graduates of the

School of Nursing—diploma or

baccalaureate, master’s, post-master’s,

or PhD—are considered

members of the Nursing Alumni


If you’re an alumna or alumnus

with some free time, or you want

to give back to your alma mater, or

you just want to get involved with

U.Va. (or any combination of

these), there are opportunities

available through the Nursing

Alumni Association. You could:

• Join our Local Alumni

Volunteer list.

• Become a Class Advocate.

• Serve on the Virginia Legacy

Editorial Board.

• Serve on the Nursing Alumni


For more information on any of these

opportunities, visit

on the Web, e-mail nursing-alumni@ or e-mail Alumni and

Volunteer Network Coordinator Sallie

McCormick at We hope to

hear from you!

20 The Virginia Legacy SPRING 2004


Creative Energies Channeled in Creative Ways

For the second year, Clinical Instructor Jeanne Erickson coordinated a creative

writing contest in the fall 2003 semester for undergraduate nursing students.

Winners received a certificate and a modest cash prize, funded by an Innovative

Teaching Award sponsored by the Nursing Alumni Association.

Congratulations to the winners:

First Place Essay—One Purple Grape by Laura Bland

Second Place Essay—Paper Topic by Sara Stassen

First Place Poem—Morning walk at the state mental hospital by Kelly

Davison (see below)

Second Place Poem—Room 330 by Taylor Jakubowski

Honorable mention—Lulu by Emily Smith

Alumni Directories


In October 2003, the publisher

University Publishing

Corporation mailed copies of

the 2003 Alumni Directory to

all participating alumni (those

who returned a biographical

update card, with or without a

voluntary donation).

If you didn’t receive a copy

but you’d like one, a limited

number are available and will

be distributed on a first-come,

first-served basis. Call (434)

924-0138 or e-mail


request a copy. A donation to

the Nursing Annual Fund is

requested to help us cover the

postage expense.

Morning walk at the state mental hospital

We walk side by side

you—taller and darker-skinned

I—younger and saner (we’re supposing).

I hold a red umbrella over my curly hair

you let September rain fall on your black

sweatshirt hood.

You tell me your mother couldn’t take it

any longer, you with all those voices,

loud parties in your bedroom

when you were all alone.

You tell me about your criminal charges

between puffs on your fourth cigarette.

I hear: little girl, semen,

and I don’t ask you to repeat what else you


nor do I avoid your exhaled smoke.

I have seen you weave a basket

wetting strips of reed so they bend easy

your calloused black fingers threading


one by one.

Please don’t talk to me when I’m weaving,

Miss Kelly

you murmur, and I’ve been silent all along.

The hospital will sell your basket,

giving you half—

twelve more dollars of cigarettes to pass

the day.

We walk past a Lay’s potato chip truck.

You ask, Miss Kelly, what would ya do if

that truck of chips was yers

I start to say, I’d give them away,

then correct myself, I’d sell half, but

let’s not talk about me,

let’s talk about you.

And we walk on through puddles,

I under a red umbrella,

you letting the rain fall on your black hood

and drip down your nose.

—Kelly Davison

Need Help Paying for Medical Expenses

U.Va. School of Nursing alumni are encouraged to apply

for assistance from the Tabitha S. Grier Medical Assistance

Fund. There are no age restrictions, but the funds must

be used for personal medical expenses not covered by

insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. The annual deadline

for applications is August 1.

You can download guidelines and an application from

the Web at then click

on “Grier Medical Assistance Fund.” Or call (434) 924-

0138 or e-mail to request

an application.

The Virginia Legacy SPRING 2004 21







Envision Nursing Events Continue

SEPTEMBER 13, 2003—Harriett Nash Lee (Diploma ’61, left) was one who attended the Envision

Nursing event for Charlottesville-area alumni, hosted by Lucien and Mary Bass.

OCTOBER 11, 2003—Pam Peden Harrington (BSN ’71) hosted a group at her home on Kiawah

Island, SC. In attendance were Dean Lancaster, Colleen Corish (BSN ’86) and Jayne Gosnell

Helm (BSN ‘64).

Other regional Envision events held in the fall and winter were in Chicago (hosted by Beverly

Reynolds Raudabaugh, BSN ’78 and Mary Ann Leeper), Atlanta (hosted by Susan Zsamer

Hunter, BSN ’73) and Ft. Worth, Texas (hosted by Marinda Elliott Allender, BSN ’78).

For more information on the Envision Nursing process, or to subscribe to the school’s new

electronic newsletter, visit

SEPTEMBER 22, 2003—Members of the Diploma Class of 1958 returned to Charlottesville

for two days of fun and reconnection. A luncheon hosted by Dean Lancaster was held in

McLeod Hall.

OCTOBER 15, 2003—Mary Ann Leeper, MS, MBA, PhD was the featured speaker for the 28th

annual Zula Mae Baber Bice Memorial Lecture.





NOVEMBER 1, 2003—the Beta Kappa

chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International,

the national honor society of nursing,

inducted 34 new members. Beta Kappa currently

boasts over 400 active members.


22 The Virginia Legacy SPRING 2004







Denise Geolot Sherer (BSN ’70, ENP ’75), Nancy Albertson, and Michele Tarbet (both

BSN ’74).

NOVEMBER 15, 2003—the School of Nursing hosted its Benefactor’s Dinner in the Rotunda

Dome Room. More than 120 donors and friends attended the event, honoring the school’s most

generous benefactors and dedicated volunteers, and celebrated their contributions to the life of the


MARCH 16, 2004—The fifth annual Thank-A-Thon attracted 17 faculty and student callers, who

spent the evening thanking donors for their gifts to the School of Nursing. Shown here: master’s

student Ann Fuqua.

APRIL 26, 2004—Janis Peacock Bellack (Diploma ’68, BSN ‘70) was the featured speaker for the

Catherine Strader McGehee Memorial Lecture. The lecture, an early celebration for faculty, students,

and clinicians of Week of the Nurse, was titled “Every Nurse Leadership,” Bellack’s philosophy that

leadership is not about a title or position but about a way of being and doing, and thus, every

nurse is a potential leader.

Bellack is currently vice president for academic affairs/provost and professor at the Massachusetts

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, with campuses in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts,

and Manchester, New Hampshire.

2003-04—For the first year, as part of the Alumni in Residence program, the Nursing Alumni

Association hosted a series of luncheons for first- through fourth-year students. At each, Dean

Jeanette Lancaster spoke, as well as various student and young alumni, sharing valuable information

for students following in their footsteps.



Jim and Charlotte Roberts.


Doris Cobb (BSNEd ’50).


The Virginia Legacy SPRING 2004 23



’38 Ella Vivian Gillespie of El

Paso, TX, is now in a retirement

complex. During World War II

she was a member of the 8 th Evac



’64 BSN Sandy Whitley Ryals of

Roanoke, VA, is the chief deputy

director for the Department of

Professional and Occupational

Regulation (DPOR), a

Commerce and Trade secretariat

agency for the Commonwealth of

Virginia. The DPOR regulates 31

occupations and professions

through 19 boards composed of

practitioners and citizens

appointed by the Governor.

’67 BSN Mary Brundage

DeLashmutt is a certified doula

and founder of her own company.

Check out her Web site at

’67 BSN Patricia Bedsaul

Popeck of Scranton, PA, has

been the director of Student

Health Services at the University

of Scranton for the past 16 years.

She is also an adjunct faculty

member for the University of

Scranton and Keystone College.


’74 Norah Ray Knutsen of

Kents Store, VA, founder of the

Richmond-based Mature

Options, a geriatric nursing practice,

was profiled in an article

titled “Mature Options Helps

Families Care for Elderly,” in the

Richmond Times-Dispatch on

March 1, 2004.

’74 Beth Pritchett Staton of

Bluefield, VA, is the director of

the RN to BSN Program at

Bluefield State College in

Bluefield, WV.

’75 Valerie Smith Kirkman of

McLean, VA, was elected to the

Raven Society this year. The

organization honors alumni who

demonstrate a commitment to the

University through service, as well

as showing exemplary achievement

in their professional life.

See story on page 4.

’57 BSN Margaret Lafon

Nuckols died in April 2002. In

memory of Maggie, her friends at

the University of Virginia Elson

Student Health Center planted a

memorial tree in Pavilion VIII

Garden at the University of

Virginia. If you would like to contribute

to this memorial for

Maggie Nuckols, please send your

donation to: “Student Health

Staff Enrichment Memorial,”

Elson Student Health Center,

400 Brandon Avenue, P.O. Box

800760, Charlottesville, VA



’63 Diploma Alice

Swartzentruber Raiford of

Spartanburg, SC, received her

master’s degree in Christian

counseling in May 2003 from

Gordon-Conwell Theological

Seminary in Charlotte. She has

been a nurse for the past thirty


’64 BSN Adair Donnell

DeLamater of Sharon Spring,

NY, received her master’s degree

in social work. She works in the

Emergency Department at the

Albany Medical Center, in

Albany, NY.



to the BSN

1967 Class:

Join your class for a minireunion

in New York, NY the

weekend of June 4–6, 2004.

Accommodations are available

with special rates (until

May 4) at the Beacon Hotel.

If you would like to make

reservations please call

(800) 572-4969 and identify

yourself as a member of the

U.Va. SON Class of 1967.

Contact classmate Susan

Donckers for more information


BSN ’68, PhD ’79 Jo Anne Kirk

Henry of Richmond, VA, was

awarded the Distinguished

Faculty Award for Service by

Virginia Commonwealth

University (VCU).

’75 Kathleen Cox of McLean,

VA, was named president and

CEO of the Corporation for

Public Broadcasting.

’75 BSN, ’96 MSN Trish Higgins

of Charlottesville, VA, received

the national Mentor Leadership

Award from the National

Committee to preserve Social

Security and Medicare. The

award honors “individuals who

have inspired positive aging

through leadership,” according to

Barbara Kennelly, president and

CEO of the national organization.

Higgins is the nurse practitioner

for the Jefferson Area Board for

Aging (JABA) and a clinical

instructor for the School of

Nursing. Higgins and JABA also

won an award for a health services

program for the aged in rural

areas, a program Higgins initiated.

’77 Catherine Ratliff of Troy,

VA, was a contributing writer for

the recently published book,

Management Guidelines for Nurse

Practitioner Working with Older

Adults (Second Edition).


’82 Denise Hitt Walsh of

Charlottesville, VA, who worked

for the U.Va. Health System for

17 years, is now working as a certified

massage therapist and

nurse in an out-patient setting.

Her daughter, Elizabeth, recently

was selected for the National

Youth Leadership Forum on

Nursing in Boston, MA, where

she participated in workshops and

clinical scenarios to learn more

about a career in nursing.

’85 Irma Heppner Mahone of

Charlottesville, VA, who is now a

doctoral student, has received the

O’Brien Scholarship.

MSN ’86, NP ’96 Patty Joy Hale

of Afton, VA, was the 2003

Professor of the Year National

winner. See story on page 9.

24 The Virginia Legacy SPRING 2004


’87 MSN, ’88 NP Carol Gibbs

Rothacker of Huntington Beach,

CA, just moved back to the

United States after spending two

years in Sweden.

’89 Audrey Wright Snyder of

Madison, VA, is an assistant professor

at the U.Va. SON. She

volunteers for Remote Area

Medical Clinic (RAM). In addition

to her work with RAM, she

volunteers for Nursing Students

Without Borders, and is a paramedic

with the Madison County

Rescue Squad.


’90 Janine Bowden Brown of

Chesapeake, VA, and her husband,

Richard, had their second

child and daughter, Sydney

Ellison, on November 19, 2002.

’91 Helen French of Waynesboro,

VA, co-authored an article in the

June 2003 issue of the journal of

the Association of Perioperative

Registered Nurses. It was part two

of an article titled: “Experiential

Learning and Service to Others,”

and discussed her experiences

related to the Medical Equipment

Recovery of Clean Inventory

(MERCI) program she founded.

’91 Leila Gutowski of Richmond,

VA, become severely and chronically

ill four years ago after

working mainly in Hospice and

AIDs care in Massachusetts. She

would like to reconnect with

friends; her email address is

’92 Anna-Liisa Bentti Vockell of

Cincinnati, OH, is a pediatric

nurse at the Cincinnati Children’s

Hospital Headache Center. She

married Christopher Vockell on

October 21, 2000, and had a son,

Oliver Herrick, on October 6,


’94 Elizabeth Harvin Tarkington

of Atlanta, GA, is a medical missionary

in the Medical Missions

Department of an International

Missions Agency.

’94 Leigh Ann Johnson Nordt of

Charlottesville, VA, and her husband,

Kevin, welcome the birth of

their third child in October 2003.

’94 Stefanie Diane Tompkins of

Bath, England, married Nicholas

Robert Scott on August 2, 2003.

’95 Heather Grehawick Roberts

of Wilmington, MA, and her husband,

David, had their first child

and daughter, Taylor Alexandra,

on June 21, 2003. She is currently

working for the labor and delivery

unit at Beth Israel Deaconess

Medical Center in Boston, MA.

’97 Jenny Sigel Burkett of

Columbia, MD, married Allen

Burkett on August 2, 2003. She is

currently studying in the acute

care nurse practitioner program at

the University of Maryland. Allen

is an operating room nurse at the

National Naval Medical Center in

Bethesda, MD.

’97 Christa Janowski Hartch of

Greenwich, CT, is a clinical

instructor at the Greenwich

Hospital for nursing students at

Norwalk Community College.

’97 Shannon Marshall

Ikenberry of Lexington, VA,

began her master’s degree in

Women’s Health at the VCU

Health System in fall 2002. She

will finish in 2005, and will practice

as a women’s health nurse

practitioner. Currently, she is

working at the Birthing Center

for Stonewall Jackson Hospital in

Lexington, VA.

’97 Tracey Dawn Pietron of

Garner, NC, married Matthew

Wayne Perry on December 21,

2002. She is a registered nurse in

labor and delivery at Johnston

Memorial Hospital in Smithfield,


’98 April Carman of Chantilly,

VA, is working in Uzbekistan as a

health educator for the Peace


’98 Patricia Chang Carpenter of

Severn, MD, is a charge nurse at

Nephrology Specialty Group and

Independent Dialysis Foundation,

an affiliate of the University of

Maryland. She and her husband,

Happy Anniversary!

50+ Years for BSN Education at U.Va.

In 1954, the first class of baccalaureate nursing students graduated from

the University of Virginia, marking yet another important milestone in

the evolution of nursing education in Charlottesville.

In a sea of ties and suits and male students, ten female nursing graduates

received their degrees on the Lawn. Established in 1950, the program at

the time was not without controversy and dissent, but it paved the way for

the independent status of the School of Nursing as one of ten schools at

the University.

We congratulate those early BSN graduates and welcome them—along

with their 1954 Diploma class sisters—to the Thomas Jefferson Society on

the occasion of their 50th anniversary. See you in May!

More information about the Thomas Jefferson Society Reunion can be found on page 27. You can

buy your own copy of Mr. Jefferson’s Nurses to learn more about the rich history of this school by visiting

McLeod Hall (Room 2016) or order by phone or mail from the U.Va. Bookstore (tax and

shipping additional). Call the Bookstore at (800) 759-4667 or visit their Web site at

The Virginia Legacy SPRING 2004 25


Nathan, welcomed the birth of

their son Corwin Thomas on

December 15, 2002.

’98 Jennifer Jobe of Plymouth,

IN, is an acute nurse practitioner

and director of a cardiac rehabilitation

program. She was profiled

on September 25, 2003 in a South

Bend Tribune article headlined:

“Practicing What She Preaches:

Rehab Program Director Works

for Healthy Hearts.”

’98 Kristen Huppert Kirwan of

Harrisonburg, VA, and her husband,

Daniel, had their first child

and son, Hayden Michael, on

February 11, 2003.


BSN ’01, MSN ’02 Bridget

Kuczkowski of Richmond, VA, is

a new member of the U.Va. Young

Alumni Council.

’03 PhD Rita Jablonski of

Midlothian, VA, was featured in

an article in the June issue of the

American Journal of Nursing. The

article was about health care for

older adults by nurses.

In Memoriam

’25 Elizabeth Massie Hart of

Charlottesville, VA, died on

October 3, 2003.

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may be edited for length.

’27 Juliette Davis Golden of

West Long Branch, NJ, died on

July 16, 2003.

’27 Violet Payne Hines of

Abingdon, VA, died on

September 25, 2003.

’32 Mary Rucker Barley of

Lynchburg, VA, date of death


’33 Louise Ballard Battan of

Union Hall, VA, died on January

10, 1994.

’36 Beatrice Fowler Kornmann

of Parkville, MD, died on August

31, 2003.

’38 Louise Curtis Gillespie of

Staunton, VA, died on October

29, 2003.

’39 Eliza Wray Barry of

Charlottesville, VA, died on

November 7, 2003.

’40 Josephine Massie Aurell of

Spring Valley, NY, died on April

11, 2003.

’41 Margaret M. Taylor of

Charlottesville, VA, died on

January 19, 2004.

’45 Edith L. Showalter of

Harrisonburg, VA, died on

September 2, 2003.

’47 Anne Pollok Hemmings of

Lexington, VA, died on February

26, 2004.

’49 Frances Jennings Dyess of

Appomattox, VA, died on July 21,


’49 Jean Middleton Thompson

of Bon Air, VA, died on August

22, 2003.

’50 Margaret Smoot Rosser of

Marietta, GA, died on May 7,


’50 Anne Louthis Palmer of

Greenville, RI, died on July 30,


’55 Diploma Betty Harlowe

Breeden of Ruckersville, VA,

died on October 9, 2003.

’60 BSN Catherine Miller

McGregor of Richmond, VA, died

on January 13, 2004.

’61 Corrol Hewitt Trent of Lake

Worth, FL, died on May 16, 2003.

’64, ’71 MED Grace Nicholas

Dixon of Pensacola, FL, died on

November 3, 2003.

’65 BSN Isabel MacCorkle

Kingdon of College Park, MD,

died on October 14, 2003.

’67 BSN Joanne Cutler Powell,

address unknown, date of death


’71 Donna Ellis Overstreet of

Roanoke, VA, died on September

9, 2002.

’76 Cynthia Varner Gillum of

Mitchellville, MD, date of death


’77 S. Kay Cash of Amherst, VA,

date of death unknown.

Dr. Mary Reres of Malibu, CA,

died on December 17, 2003. Reres

was on faculty at U.Va. School of

Nursing in the early 1970s, and

was recruited here to develop

graduate programs in psychiatric/mental

health. She later

became dean of the UCLA School

of Nursing.

Faculty Publications

Ayello, E. Baranoski, S., Lyder,

Courtney & Cuddigan, J. (2003).

Pressure ulcers. In S. Baranoski &

E. Ayello (Eds.), Wound care essentials:

Practice principles. (pp.

240–270). Springhouse.

Bourguignon, Cheryl, Labyak, S.

E., Taibi, D. (2003). Investigating

sleep disturbances in adults with

rheumatoid arthritis. Holistic

Nursing Practice, September/October,


Brashers, Valentina, Rowe, C.,

Schmitt, M, Suchman, A. (2003).

Interprofessional approaches to

the prevention of health care

errors: Report on April 2002

national meeting, National

Academies of Practice/Interdisciplinary

Health Care Team

conference. Journal of

Interprofessional Care, Volume 17(2),


Burns, Suzanne M. (2003).

Collaboration with respiratory

therapists is best for patients.

AACN News. 20:5.

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Burns, Suzanne M., Earven, D.,

Fisher, C., Lewis, R., Merrel, P.,

Schubart, J., Truwit, J.D., Bleck, T.

(2003). Implementation of an

institutional program to improve

clinical and financial outcomes of

patients requiring mechanical ventilation:

One year outcomes and

lessons learned. Critical Care

Medicine, 31, 2752–2763.

Bryn Tschannen-Moran, B., Lewis,

E., and Farrell, Sarah. (2003).

Childhood obesity: Policy issues in

2003. Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

Cipriano, P., Burns, Suzanne M.

(2004). The advanced practice

nurse and research. In Lucille Joel

(Ed.), Advanced practice nursing:

Essentials for role development. FA

Davis Co.

Hamric, Ann B. (2003).

Resources in research ethics.

Nursing Outlook, 51(5), 242–244.

Hanson, C. M., Hamric, Ann B.

(2003). Reflections on the continuing

evolution of advanced

practice nursing. Nursing Outlook,

51(5), 203–211.

Keeling, Arlene W. (2004).

Blurring the boundaries between

medicine and nursing: Coronary

care nursing, circa the 1960’s.

Nursing History Review, Volume 12,


Lyder, Courtney. (2003).

Regulation and wound care. In S.

Baranoski and E. Ayello (Eds.),

Wound care essentials: Practice principles.

(pp. 35-46). Springhouse.

Lyder, Courtney. (2004). Battling

pressure ulcers: Consistency

means success. Nursing Homes

Long Term Care Management, 53(1),


Parker, Barbara, Steeves, Rick,

Anderson, Sarah, Moran, B.

(2004). Uxoricide: A phenomenological

study of adult survivors.

Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 25,


Faculty names appear in boldface.

Legacy Publication

Schedule Changes:

A Note from the Editor

We will continue to

publish the Virginia

Legacy twice a year, but

starting in academic year

2004–05 we will produce

this magazine in the winter

and spring (January and


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ideas you have with the editorial

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Thanks for reading. We

work hard to produce a

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you enjoy what you see.

Karen J. Ratzlaff, Editor




Thomas Jefferson Society

On May 11 and 12, 2004 the Diploma

and BSN Classes of 1954 will join the

University’s Thomas Jefferson Society—

recognizing alumni on the 50th

anniversary of their graduation. The

School of Nursing will host nursing alumni

at a luncheon on May 12. Watch your

mailbox for more information, or call

(434) 924-0138.

You’re Invited —

Reunions 2004 and Annual

Alumni Meeting

From June 4 to 6, 2004, the Classes of

1959, ’64, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, and

1999 will celebrate their Reunions. Call the

U.Va. Alumni Association at (434) 243-9000

with questions, or visit on the Web to see

who’s coming back and to register.

The School of Nursing offers events

throughout the weekend, including a panel

describing student life today, tours of McLeod

Hall, and a Sunday brunch for nursing alumni

at Pavilion II.

All alumni, regardless of class year, are

invited to the Nursing Reunion Luncheon and

annual business meeting of the Nursing

Alumni Association on June 5 from 12 to 2

p.m. in McLeod Hall. Rekindle old friendships

and make new ones during a festive luncheon

complete with musical entertainment from

Charlottesville’s legendary “88 Keys” Wilson.

Dean Jeanette Lancaster will share exciting

plans for the school, including the expansion

of McLeod Hall. Also enjoy a nostalgic photo

exhibit, purchase some school memorabilia,

and meet this year’s winners of the annual

alumni awards. If you want to attend this

luncheon but are not a member of a returning

class, please call (434) 924-0138 to register.

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11–12 Thomas Jefferson Society Reunions for the Class

of 1954 and earlier


4–6 University Reunions for the Classes of 1959,

‘64, ‘69, ‘74, ‘79, ‘84, ‘89, ‘94, ‘99


1 Classes Begin

18 Homecoming: Class Advocate/2005 Reunion

Representative Meetings

21 History Forum: “Soldiers of the Cross: The Role

of Nurses in Base Hospital 41, WWI”


9 Alumni Council and Advisory Board meetings

9 Benefactor’s Dinner

9–12 Fall Reading Days

19 History Forum: “The Vexed Question of the

Elderly: Nurses Role in Home Care of the

Elderly, 1900–1929”

22–24 Family Weekend

23 Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony


10 29th Zula Mae Baber Bice Memorial

Lecture/Medical Center Hour

16 History Forum: “Who is a Nurse Experiences in

19th and Early 20th Century San Francisco”

24–28 Thanksgiving Recess


10 Classes End

13–21 Exams

Distance Education at the U.Va.

School of Nursing


he School of Nursing has launched several programs designed to

help the working nurse. See story on page 11.

Advance your career while remaining near your family and current position!

We offer two entire MSN degree programs that can be completed

using the Internet. Students in these programs complete most of

their course requirements in their home communities.

• MSN in Community and Public Health Leadership

• MSN in Health Systems Management

In addition, the school offers Post-Master’s Geriatric Nurse

Practitioner preparation that is entirely online.

For more information, e-mail the admissions office at Or

call us toll-free at (888) 283-8703, or visit us on the Web site at

Call (434) 924-0083 for more information about the

History Forums.

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