Faculty Tidbits

Healthy Times,
Summer 2003



Michael Dosch, (HP ’87), assistant professor, Health Professions, was honored by the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists at its April 2003 conference in recognition of his 10 years as chair of its Publications Committee. In addition, Dosch is working on three book chapters for future publication.

Carla Groh, associate professor, Health Professions, was selected as a Fulbright Scholar in Iceland for winter 2004.

Sarah A. Halter, assistant professor, MSON, passed her ANCC Boards in January to become a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

Mary Kelly, RSM, assistant professor, Health Professions, was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure, effective August 16, 2003.

Marty Kuechle received the 2003 Mission Effectiveness Award in recognition of her support and assistance to students and colleagues.

Suzanne Mellon, dean, Health Professions and MSON, co-authored the following articles related to cancer patients and families: "Quality of Life of Women with Recurrent Breast Cancer and their Family Members," Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2002; and "Comparisons between Cancer Survivors and Family Members on Meaning of the Illness and Family Quality of Life," Oncology Nursing Forum, 2002.

In addition, Mellon has contributed to a poster presentation on "Individual and Family Decision Making Regarding Genetic Cancer Risk Information: Focus Group Research" at the 7th National Conference on Cancer Nursing Research in San Diego, California in February 2003.

Judith Mouch, RSM, assistant professor, MSON, co-authored the article, "Nursing the Spirit: The Framework of Systemic Organization," Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2002.

In late January, Christine Pacini, (NUR ’70, ’74), associate dean and chair, MSON, resigned to assume the corporate position of director of Nursing and Patient Education at Clarian Health System in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was also appointed to the faculty of the Indiana University School of Nursing. Pacini had been a MSON faculty member since 1996 and previously served as a Mercy College of Detroit faculty member from 1979-1988.

Mitzi Saunders, assistant professor, MSON, will have the article, "Family Caregiving and Heart Failure Patients," published in Holistic Nursing Practice.

Roberta Thomas, assistant professor, MSON, is a co-PI for a research study to determine the beliefs of Vietnamese women about breast cancer screening. The $10,000 grant is funded by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

In addition, Thomas with Nancy Courtney, assistant professor, MSON, spoke at the "End-of-Life Nursing Education seminar, sponsored by Henry Ford Hospital and Michigan State University. Their presentation topics addressed "Pain and Symptom Management," "Communications," and "Cultural Considerations at End-of-Life."