UM School of Nursing Honors Lisa Rowen as Visionary Pioneer

For immediate release: October 31, 2014


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CNO Rowen Among 25 Visionary Pioneers to Receive Awards at School of Nursing's 125th Anniversary Gala

Lisa RowenLisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, FAAN, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at UMMC, is one of 25 outstanding alumni of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) to be honored by the school with its inaugural Visionary Pioneer Award.

Two earlier UMMC nurse leaders, Elizabeth Scanlan Trump, MS, RN, and Ethel Palmer Clark, DIN, will be posthumously honored with Visionary Pioneer Awards, which will be given at the school’s 125th anniversary celebration April 18. The awards recognize alumni for significant contributions to the profession through entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership.

“All of these outstanding alumni have had an impact on the nursing profession and health care, and we are extremely proud of them,” said Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing.

Rowen a “Visionary and Transformational Leader”

“We are incredibly fortunate to have such a visionary and transformational leader at UMMC,” said Jeffrey A. Rivest, president and chief executive officer of UMMC, who nominated Rowen for the award.

“Lisa has an impressive history of advocating for nurses and the valuable roles they fulfill in all aspects of health care,” Rivest said. “She is a catalyst for advancing excellence in patient care and a tireless advocate for the role of teamwork in patient safety.  Lisa has led us to Magnet designation and re-designation and forged valuable partnerships with the School of Nursing. As an accomplished and compassionate health care leader, expert nursing educator and sought-after mentor, she is truly deserving of this award.”

Since becoming chief nursing officer at UMMC in 2007, Rowen has been instrumental in building a partnership with the UM School of Nursing to bring nursing education and clinical practice together with a vision to optimize patient outcomes by enhancing nursing practice.

Rowen earned her Doctor of Nursing Science degree from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and served as director of surgical nursing at Johns Hopkins Hospital before coming to UMMC.  She is an associate professor at the UMSON and also holds faculty appointments at the schools of nursing at JHU, the University of Virginia and Northeastern University in Boston.

"It is an honor to be one among a group of such esteemed colleagues,” said Rowen, who earned her master’s degree at the UMSON. “The University of Maryland School of Nursing gave me the knowledge and tools to guide my own practice and to contribute to advancing the profession.”

The Mother of Trauma and Critical Care Nursing

Elizabeth Scanlan TrumpThe list of UMSON Visionary Pioneers includes a revered UMMC nurse leader, honored posthumously. Elizabeth Scanlan Trump, MS, RN, who died in 2012, is considered the nation's first trauma nurse and the "mother of trauma and critical care nursing." She first came to UMMC in 1957 just after graduating from the St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing, continuing her graduate work at the UMSON to earn a master’s degree in 1960. She collaborated with R Adams Cowley, MD, to develop the new model that became the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center -- one of the preeminent trauma centers in the world.  She was the first director of nursing at Shock Trauma and led the nursing team until her retirement in 1989. She was instrumental in publishing the first trauma and critical care nursing textbook, Trauma Nursing, From Resuscitation to Rehabilitation.

"Liz was the Mother of Trauma Nursing and now there is an elite cadre of trauma nurses across the world because of her," said Karen E. Doyle, MBA, MS, RN, NEA-BC, vice president for nursing and operations at the Shock Trauma Center, who nominated Scanlan Trump for the award. "She was driven, tenacious and tough and came from a time when nurses were handmaidens and subservient, but Dr. Cowley treated her as a full partner. She set the stage more than 40 years ago and was a true visionary."

Clark: an Early Nursing Pioneer

Another posthumously honored nurse leader to be honored is Ethel Palmer Clark, DIN, who received her graduate degree from the School of Nursing in 1906 and became the superintendent of what was then called University of Maryland Hospital from 1911-1914. She went on to be a leader in nursing education at Indiana University and was instrumental in forming Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

A full list of winners is available on the UM School of Nursing website.