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Fall Graduate Faculty Meeting on November 8

The Fall Graduate Faculty Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 8, at 3 p.m. in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, room 428, on the Coral Gables campus. Contact Maria Torres at mtorres@miami.edu or 305-284-4154 for more infomation.

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Simulation Hospital Ushers in New Era of Education

By Michael Malone
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 22, 2017)—The bold vision to create a facility capable of shifting the landscape of health care education and practice manifests on Thursday, September 28, when the School of Nursing and Health Studies’ (SONHS) Simulation Hospital officially opens its doors. University President Julio Frenk and new SONHS Dean Cindy Munro will welcome some 250 special guests and media, and highlight the benefits of this five-story, 41,000-square-foot, fully equipped state-of-the-art building.

“The Simulation Hospital will replicate a hospital as well as a fully functioning health care system, which makes it a powerful concept, unique among simulation-based health care education programs worldwide,” Munro said in anticipation of the dedication ceremony.


This very life-like baby is among the “patients” students will practice treating at the Simulation Hospital.

The facility  will, in fact, be among the largest and most advanced simulation hospitals of its kind in the United States and the world.

“While simulation has been around for years, the new hospital represents an exponentially bigger piece of the educational experience—similar to me learning to use a slide rule in high school and now having a super computer,”  Munro said.

In a press release, President Frenk acknowledged the SONHS’ leadership, past and present, who conceptualized and helped drive the hospital’s completion. “Our Simulation Hospital is an exciting example of education innovation at its most tangible and humane level,” he said. “Students, health professionals, and patients throughout the hemisphere will benefit from this revolutionary learning facility.”

Former SONHS Dean Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano is credited with providing the vision, leading the fundraising efforts, and for convening UM leadership, administrators, architects, and engineers to advance the hospital’s construction. Associate Dean Anne E. Norris, while serving as interim dean, navigated the project through the construction phase. Now Munro stands ready to usher in a new era in health care education at the University.

Groundbreaking for the facility took place in November 2015, and while construction moved relatively quickly, Hurricane Irma threatened to delay the dedication ceremony, interrupting the last phase of construction preparations these past few weeks.

The timing of the hospital’s debut and the storm is ironically apropos. Irma ripped through South Florida, leaving a wake of damage, injuries, and even death, and, while nature can never be entirely controlled, the Simulation Hospital offers an ideal environment to practice and prepare for just such a disaster—whether natural or man-made. Among the many benefits the hospital will offer is a venue for community partners, corporate partners, and different University departments to convene to develop rapid and effective responses to emerging infectious diseases, disaster, terrorism—and hurricanes.

As part of the dedication ceremony, invited guests will follow self-guided tours, witness simulation demonstrations, and learn the benefits of simulated care in eight different rooms staggered throughout the five-floor facility. They will also see a dramatic presentation in the 280-seat auditorium of a “real” medical crisis scenario.

The Simulation Hospital will serve as a hub for students, health care professionals, first responders and corporate partners to design, test, and master skills and technologies to transform health care education, research, and practice.

The dedication ceremony is at capacity, but students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are encouraged to attend the Simulation Hospital Inaugural Symposium on Friday, September 29, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the hospital’s second-floor auditorium. The session, titled “A Response to the Call for Radical Transformation,” facilitates “a dialogue on real-world challenges and innovative solutions for improved disaster response and patient-care experiences” with an array of guest speakers.

To register, visit www.sonhs.miami.edu/InauguralSymposium














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Cindy Munro Appointed Dean of School of Nursing and Health Studies


Cindy Munro

The University of Miami has appointed inventor and nursing leader Cindy Munro as the new dean of  its School of Nursing and Health Studies.

By UM News

Cindy Munro, an accomplished health care researcher and a leader in the field of nursing, has been named the new dean of the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Munro is currently associate dean of research and innovation at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. Prior to joining USF in 2011, she was the Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor in the School of Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“Nurses are frontline partners in offering the highest quality of patient-centered integrated health care,” said UM President Julio Frenk. “Dr. Munro’s extensive experience and commitment to innovation and invention aligns with the mission of SONHS to share health knowledge and provide service focused on patient safety to our community and communities across the globe.”

Munro’s appointment was announced by President Frenk and Jeffrey Duerk, UM’s executive vice president and provost, who joined UM earlier this month.

“I am immensely impressed with Dr. Munro’s qualifications and her research in health care,” said Duerk. “I look forward to working with her as she builds upon the School’s global reputation for providing a first-class nursing education.”

Munro, who in February received the 2017 Leadership in Research Award by the Southern Nursing Research Society, focuses her research on the relationship between oral health and the prevention of systemic disease. Her work has been supported by more than $8 million in funding, and she recently received a grant of nearly $2 million from the National Institute of Nursing Research to conduct studies on the prevention of delirium in critically ill adults. She holds three patents, including an international patent for a vaccine to prevent streptococcal endocarditis.

Munro’s work has helped change clinical practice and reduce health care costs by addressing hospital-acquired infections.

“I have always admired the focused research and expertise of the faculty at the School of Nursing and Health Studies,” Munro said. “I look forward to joining the team and building on the School’s success and educating the next generation of leaders in nursing care and in health studies.”

She will begin her new role on August 15.

Munro received her Ph.D. in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Post Master’s Adult Nurse Practitioner degree, also from VCU. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Medical Surgical Nursing from the University of Delaware. She is a licensed registered nurse in Florida and Virginia and is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner.

Co-editor in chief of the American Journal of Critical Care, Munro has published numerous articles and has been recognized for her writing with the Apex Award for Publication Excellence in Editorial and Advocacy Writing in 2016 and the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors 2016 Best Commentary Silver Award.

Munro is a member of the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


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The Fine Art of Healing


Medical, nursing, and physical therapy graduate students come to the Lowe to observe and discuss art—and enhance patient safety.

Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 21, 2017)—Medical, nursing, and physical therapy graduate students gathered at the Lowe Art Museum last week as part of a unique study program that hones their observation and communication skills—while reflecting on art.

Part of the University of Miami’s annual Patient Safety Week, the Fine Art of Health Care program developed at the Lowe is based on Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a methodology that invites participants to enhance their sensitivity, empathy, communication, and teamwork, which in turn improves patient outcomes.

“Participants are always surprised at what they discover beyond their initial impressions of what they see,” said Hope Torrents, the Lowe’s director of the program, now in its fourth year. “Additionally, they learn to communicate about their observations with sensitivity and in collaboration with their peers, which can only benefit their patients.”

While many programs around the country incorporate visual art into medical education, the Lowe program is singular in that it convenes students from different medical disciplines who one day will need to work together.

More than 300 students spent part of last week in small groups, observing and discussing pieces of art in the museum’s galleries, and focusing on the connections between examining art and examining a patient. The exercise is valuable, Torrents says, because ambiguity in art is similar to the uncertainty of a patient’s illness. Different perspectives and interpretations can help to enhance the understanding of a work of art, just as multiple perspectives support a more accurate patient diagnosis.

Hierarchy doesn’t exist when the students walk into the museum. The playing field is leveled, and all interpretations and perspectives are welcomed.

Now a surgical resident in Chicago, Miller School of Medicine graduate Benjamin Lemelman was asked to share his thoughts about the Lowe program with the students who attended last week’s session. He applauds it for breathing arts into the sciences.

“As you focus on a painting or sculpture or photograph, you will: Observe. Listen. Communicate. Acknowledge. Connect. Substantiate. Lead. Affirm. Be silent. Disagree. And JUST BE,” Lemelman wrote in a message. “This is what’s missing from medicine. We get so focused; we get lost. We can lose sight of what matters. What is meaningful. Why we entered health care in the first place.”

In an age where insightful communication is compromised by social media and stimulation overload, VTS and the Lowe program are now recognized as a highly effective strategy to develop the empathic and observational skills fundamental to so many industries—from law enforcement to air traffic controllers to human resources.


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Nurse Scientist to Advance NINR’s Mission


Nurse Scientist to Advance NINR’s Mission


Rosina Cianelli

UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 9, 2017)Rosina Cianelli, an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies who teaches and conducts research in women’s health, health disparities, and international health, is among 15 new ambassadors selected by the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) to advance the  mission of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). Part of the National Institutes of Health, the NINR is dedicated to nursing research that promotes and improves the health of individuals, families, and communities.

Selected from a national pool of applicants, Cianelli and the other new ambassadors  join 15 current ambassadors who focus specifically on educating Congressional leaders about high-impact and cost-effective treatments and quality-of-life enhancements that emanate from nursing science. Ultimately, the goal is to advance research funding to ensure the training of nurse scientists at a time of major scientific breakthroughs, and to promote the NINR strategic plan for for improving the wellbeing of Americans across the human lifespan.

“We are exquisitely positioned to use science generated by highly trained nurses to generate cures, reduce symptoms and side effects, and promote health and wellbeing aimed at individuals, families, and communities,” said Karen Drenkard, president of the FNINR.

“In the last year,” she continued, “we have had important conversations with key Congressional leaders who are understanding and valuing how nurses function as scientists, individually and on integrated research teams. With the large number of newly elected officials nationally and at the state level, the ambassadors will join others, including our board, to bolster awareness and action for those discoveries that save lives, advance health, and reduce costs.”

An independent, non-profit organization, the FNINR seeks to support research-based nursing practice by educating health care professionals, Congress, and other appointed and elected officials, as well as the public in general, about the advances made through nursing research and its benefits to society.


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