NURSING NOTES SUMMER 2004
GREETINGS FROM THE CHAIR SIM MAN Simulated Patient Now
by Dr. Susan Battistoni Available in Nursing Resources Lab
A s I am sure you may
remember, there is always
nursing students enrolled in
junior/senior level courses. Fifty-
T his summer the Nursing
Department increased its
the Korotkoff sounds
synchronized with pulse, and an
something happening in and nine students graduated in May number of males available in the ECG library of over 2,500 cardiac
around the Department of 2004 and 100 percent of SU department when it purchased rhythms that allow cardiac
Nursing—and some things never nursing graduates were employed “Sim Man,” a universal patient monitoring, defibrillation and
change. However, the past year in the area of their choice upon simulator provided by Laerdal external pacing.
brought some very positive graduation. Enrollment in the Medical Corporation. This In order to use this manikin,
changes. Finally after 15 years, master’s program has been low manikin provides many learning its potential two faculty
the Department of Nursing is for several years; however, we are opportunities that previously members, Dr. Dorothea
located on the main campus. seeing an upsurge in interest in were not available on manikins McDowell and Professor Peggy
During summer 2003, we moved the graduate program with that the department owned. Sim Mitchell, traveled to Texas in July
into the remodeled second floor increased enrollments for Man has physiologically correct for a two-day, intensive
of Devilbiss Science Hall (Now fall 2004. carotid, femoral, brachial and workshop. Use of the manikin
simply called Devilbiss Hall). All As you will see in the radial pulses, a pre-programmed will be integrated into several
of the departmental offices and “Faculty News” section, many of medical library of heart, lung, junior-level courses, including
labs (practice, health assessment our faculty are very busy with bowel and vocal sounds, ability Adult Health I and II and Health
and multimedia viewing rooms) research and publications while to take blood pressures by Assessment.
are located on this floor. Most of others are maintaining clinical palpation or auscultation with
the nursing classes are also practices in a variety of settings.
offered in this building. With the The faculty membership has had
move, we were able to expand the few changes in the past few years.
lab space to accommodate the We were fortunate last August to
increasing class sizes. Being next hire Mary T. (Molly) Parsons,
door to the Henson Science Hall, CRNP—a graduate of our
where the other departments in second degree and master’s
the Henson School are housed, program. Molly is teaching P R E S E N TAT I O N S
has helped us to be much more a primarily in the pediatric
part of the School and the undergraduate course and • Professor William Campbell
University as a whole. pediatric sections of the family presented, “Pediatric Tobacco Prevention: A Teaching Learning
We were also excited in nurse practitioner course. We Partnership Project” at the 37th Annual Convention of the Honor
October when the Commission have started discussions with Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International in Toronto,
on Collegiate Nursing Education Dr. Shane Neely-Smith, at the Canada (November, 2003)
(CCNE) and the Maryland Board College of the Bahamas, to
of Nursing notified us that we develop a transcultural nursing • Dr. Lisa Seldomridge
had received full accreditation for course experience/exchange. presented a poster titled, “Attracting Students to the Professorate:
five years. Our next visit will be Dr. Neely-Smith came to SU to A Faculty Shadowing Experience” at Drexel University Institute
in spring 2008. Adding to this discuss this idea, which was
for Nursing Education, Philadelphia, PA (June, 2004)
accomplishment was the fact that conceived by Dr. Mary
two faculty members, Drs. Lisa DeLashmutt. • Dr. Mary DeLashmutt
Seldomridge and Karen Badros, And lastly, we are launching presented, “Spiritual Needs of Mothers Raising Children While
were selected to be accreditation the first installment of what we
Homeless” at the 14th International STTI Nursing Research
visitors by the CCNE. Both of hope will be a regular newsletter
them have been part of an publication for our nursing Congress: Global Diversity in Research, Education, and Practice in
accreditation team conducting an alumni. Check out this first issue the Bahamas (June, 2003). Dr. DeLashmutt also presented “What’s
accreditation visit this year at and feel free to send in any news Poverty Got To Do With It?” at the 100th Maryland Nurses
other institutions. or updates, either personally or Association annual convention in Annapolis, MD.
We are doing our part to professionally, so that we can
lessen the nursing shortage by include it in the next edition . • Dr. Lisa Seldomridge and Dr Cathy Walsh
continuing to have high Also, stop by and visit some time will be presenting a poster titled, “Addressing the Challenges of
enrollments in both our if you are ever in the Salisbury Clinical Grade Inflation using Grading Rubrics” at the 2004
traditional and our second-degree area please visit and tour our new National State of the Science Conference, Washington, D.C.
programs. In fall 2003, 160 facilities! (October, 2004)
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FACULTY NEWS continued CLASS NOTES
P U B L I C AT I O N S 1991
• Tull, K. & Carroll, R. (in press). Penny (Justice) Makuckal was chosen as Maryland’s 2003 School
“Advanced Practice Nursing in Home Health.” Home Health Care Nurse of the Year. She currently works at the Worcester County
Management and Practice. Technology & Career Center and is a school nurse consultant for all
14 Worcester County public schools. Penny completed her master’s
• Walsh, C.M. & Seldomridge, L.A. (in press) degree at Salisbury University in 1997 with a Home Health Clinical
“Clinical Grades: Upward Bound.” Journal of Nursing Education. Specialist Concentration. She lives in Stockton, MD, with her husband
Denny, and a daughter, Maranda.
• Seldomridge, L.A., & DiBartolo, M.C. (in press)
“Profile of Accelerated Second Bachelor’s Nursing Students.” Nurse 1997
Robyn (Yanke) Gilden married Brad Gilden in 1997 and is proud to
• Seldomridge, L.A. & DiBartolo, M.C. (in press). announce the birth of their first child, Zachary Jacob, born on May
“Can success or failure be predicted for baccalaureate graduates on 26. Robyn completed her master’s degree with a focus on
the computerized NCLEX-RN?” Journal of Professional Nursing. environmental health nursing at the University of Maryland and now
works for UM in the Environmental Health Education Center.
• DiBartolo, M.C. & Soeken, K.L. (2003).
Appraisal, coping, hardiness, and self-perceived health in 1999
community-dwelling spouse caregivers of persons with dementia. Jill Erickson married Geoffrey Hill in April 2004 and currently works
Research in Nursing & Health, 26, 445-458. at Johns Hopkins Hospital on the Children/infants and toddlers floor.
Malea (Rey) Billmeyer married Albert Billmeyer in July 2004 and
currently works at North Arundel Hospital’s Emergency Department.
KEEP IN TOUCH! Tania (Bellia) Weiss married Christopher Weiss in August 2000 and
has a baby girl, Sara Ashley born in March 2003. She works at
Peninsula Regional Medical Center in the Emergency Department.
S U D E PA R T M E N T O F N U R S I N G
She is currently enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at
Chair, Dr. Susan Battistoni
Send any news or updates to:
Dr. Thea McDowell
Meredith (McCue) Loosararian married Derrick Loosararian in
October 2003 and currently works on the Post-partum Unit at Johns
OR Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Mary DiBartolo Lori (Morsberger) O’Connor married Ryan O’Connor in April
firstname.lastname@example.org 2002 and currently works in the Emergency Department at Johns
Hopkins Hospital. She is planning to complete her master’s degree in
December 2004 at Johns Hopkins to become certified as an Adult
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.