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Giving Blueday 11.28.17

Go Blue! Go Nursing!

For the first time ever, the Department of Nursing will be part of Giving Blueday - the university-wide day of giving! Scheduled for Tuesday, November 28, 2017, watch for messaging opportunities you can share with friends, family and professional colleagues through email and social media. Funds donated during that 24-hour period will help Michigan nurses deliver continued excellence in patient care. This support honors the commitment of our 5,000+ nurses, serving in all roles. Donations will advance nurses' education and research and support world-class nursing practices.

You can help us. Mark your calendars and help us spread the word about nursing at Michigan! More information and detailed instructions will be emailed to you in mid-November. and check out this video!*

Give Now - Nursing at Michigan Fund



*This link is provided as a reference only and the content contained therein may not be specifically endorsed by UMHS.

Veterans Week is November 6-10, 2017

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is proud to offer a week of events that educate and celebrate the experiences and sacrifice of those who have served our country.

All events are free and are open to the entire university community and to the general public*. We encourage you to attend as many of these events as you can. Please see for more information.


Amanda Fore awarded Student Research Award at Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative Conference

Congratulations to Amanda Fore, PhD, RN, Staff Specialist, Nursing Research, Quality and Innovation for receiving the Skippy Student Research Award (for Medical/ Graduate/ Undergraduate Students) at the MAQC Conference. The Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC) is a collective of Michigan hospitals (72 hospitals as of 2017) dedicated to improving quality in surgical care - generating new knowledge and deploying it practically. MSQC focuses on real- world improvements in surgical outcomes.

Kathryn Hall and Ronnie Downer to present North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference

Kathryn Hall, RN and Ronnie Downer, RN from the Pediatric Pulmonary department. were accepted to present on the Transition of Care at the 2017 North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference at the Indiana Convention Center along with leading a workshop on the thematic presentation in November.


Sharon Smith, Corinne Lee, Lori DeVries, Julie Juno LaPan and Dorothy Nagle presented ANA-MNA Conference

Sharon Smith, Corinne Lee, Lori DeVries, Julie Juno LaPan, and Dorothy Nagle from Professional Development and Education presented at ANA-MNA Conference and Assembly on October 26, 2017 a session entitled "Workplace Wellness: Nurse Safety Initiatives and Michigan Health." The presentation featured our SPHM) Safe Patient Handling and Mobility) policy, program and education.


Sharon Smith featured Nurse Leader Journal

Sharon Smith, PhD, RN, Director of Professional Development and Education, was featured in Nurse Leader Journal October 2017 Issue in a column entitled "What's on Your Desk?". The article highlights our leadership development on all levels. We've come a long way in a few short years. We are excited for the future of this programming. Please click here to see the story!


Steven Strobbe Invited as Speaker Society on Alcoholism and Other Addictions (SAA) in Iceland

Dr. Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and the Department of Psychiatry. was an invited speaker at the 40th Anniversary Conference of the Society on Alcoholism and other Addictions (SAA), held in Reykjavik, Iceland, October 2-4. That following weekend, Dr. Strobbe was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) in a ceremony in Washington, DC.


Susan D. Housholder-Hughes elected American College of Cardiology Fellow

Susan D. Housholder-Hughes, RN, DNP, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC, FAHA, FACC was elected FELLOW of the American College of Cardiology. Sue will be the first cardiovascular team member to hold this esteemed designation in the State of Michigan. Only a handful of CVT members hold this designation nationally. Sue will participate in the formal induction ceremony at the ACC Scientific Sessions, March 2018, in Orlando Florida. 2018 will mark her 40th year in Cardiology and she said "I am thrilled to celebrate this milestone being awarded this designation." In 1978, Sue recruited and randomized the first patient into the Beta Blocker Heart Attack Trial. Since that time, she has served in a variety of roles in the field of Cardiovascular Nursing/Medicine and have volunteered countless hours to both the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology serving on a variety of committees and councils. Currently, she represent nurse practitioners on the ACC Competency Committee where they are developing competencies for advanced practice nurses working in various cardiology subspecialties.

Nancy May presented American Medical Group Association (AMGA)

Dr. Nancy May presented and shared the Ambulatory Clinical Director re-structuring efforts here at Michigan Medicine during the September 14-15th Leadership Council for the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Stephen Strobbe awarded $150,000 Flinn Foundation Funding

Dr. Stephen Strobbe, Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, and Department of Psychiatry, was awarded $150,000 in funding from the Flinn Foundation for a project, titled, "Interprofessional Integration of Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Substance Use on an Inpatient Mental Health and Wellness Unit," which will be conducted on the Nyman Family Unit for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellness, or 8CAP, at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

Francene Lundy featured Medical Mission Trip to Kenya

Francene Lundy, MS, RN, NE-BC, Associate Chief Nursing Director was featured in the Michigan Medicine Headlines for her recent medical mission trip to Kenya. You can read the entire article title "Our Nurses Know: Empathy" here.






Mary Pat Mullin selected Women in Academic Medicine Scholars Program

Mary Pat Mullin, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, Chief Nurse Practitioner, Director of Advanced Practice Nursing and Interim Senior Director for Care Management, Capacity Management & CSR has been selected to join a distinguished group of faculty and administrative women in the Rudi Ansbacher Women in Academic Medicine Leadership Scholars Program. The program is an intensive 18-month program designed to push, develop, strengthen and support her as a leader.

What's New in Nurse Recruitment and Retention...

  • Fall Career Fair
  • Lantern Award




2017 Fall Career Fair

Nurse Recruitment and Retention hosted the 2017 Nursing and PA Fall Career Fair on Sunday, October 22nd at Jack Roth Stadium Club in Michigan Stadium "The Big House". We welcomed experienced, new graduate, and advanced practice nurses to take part in this event to seek out career opportunities and to see first-hand what it means to be a part of The Michigan Difference.

Fast Facts

  • 148 Graduate Nurse Attendees
  • 100 Experienced RN Attendees
  • 70 Advanced Practice Nurse Attendees

Return on Investment

  • We have hired 144 of the 401 nurses that attended the past Spring 2017 Career Fair.

Thank you to the 48 UMHS Hiring Teams that were represented at this Fall's Career Fair.



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Recognized with Lantern Award

Congratulations to the Michigan Medicine Children's Emergency Services Department who was re cently recognized with the ENA Lantern Award!  The ENA Lantern Award recognizes emergency departments that demonstrate exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research - a way to showcase your ED's accomplishments in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care, and a visible symbol of your commitment to quality, safety, and a healthy work environment.

The Lantern Award is not easy to achieve, but once won, the Lantern Award designation period is three years and recipients have the option of re-applying at the end of their award period.




The Daisy AwardThe Daisy Award

Leo Olivarez (Pediatric ICU)



Congratulations to Leo Olivarez, RN (Pediatric ICU) for receiving the Daisy award! The DAISY Award is given through a nationally known program currently in place in over 2,700 healthcare facilities in 50 states and 15 countries. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System and this award was established by a family whose son succumbed to a disease of the immune system. During his prolonged hospital stay, he and his family greatly benefited from care provided by superb RNs. This award was established to honor nurses who exemplify that compassionate, thorough care. Within the University of Michigan Health System, candidates for the Daisy Award are nominated by patients and/or their families. This is a wonderful honor.

We received this letter nomination from a grateful family. Leo has also received several other Daisy nominations over the past couple of years.

"Nurse Leo did an amazing job taking care of our little (patient). He was our first nurse when we were transferred to UM, and he did an amazing job helping to get us settled and keeping (patient) calm as she was very unhappy, and hungry, when we arrived. He showed incredible attention to detail, and advocated for her, and also our well-being, the entire time we were in the PICU. He was also with us the night she came out of surgery, and helped us through all of those extremely tough post-op hours. Leo made us feel like everything was going to be ok. He helped to get (patient's) breathing strong enough to come off of the vent the following day, and also went above and beyond to help make her feel comfortable, and look cute... not just tending to her technical medical needs. He truly did an outstanding job making sure her pain was under control, as well as making sure she was receiving the right care, at exactly the right time, to speed recovery. I really can't express our family's gratitude strongly enough for the care that nurse Leo gave to (patient) and our family."


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Michigan Medicine Nurses: Remember to Enter Your
Professional Contributions


Have you recently completed a manuscript, book chapter, or presentation? Have you received a grant or award? If so, we’d like to hear about it! Please take a few minutes to tell us about your achievement by completing the survey linked below. Nursing Contribution Submissions:

This information will be used to recognize contributions made by UMHS nurses. It will be posted on the external Nursing Cited Work website (updated quarterly) and will also be included in Marge’s Monthly Nursing Updates, Nursing Services’ annual reports, Nurse’s Week activities, and shared at other appropriate venues. Thank you for your contributions!

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