Clinical Care posts displayed by category

UMSON at USG, Partners Address Projected Nursing Shortage in Montgomery County

As the nation’s Baby Boomers continue to age, there is a critical need for nurses. Maryland is one of four states in the country predicted to experience a shortage of 10,000 registered nurses or more by 2025.

In response, the University of Maryland School of Nursing at the Universities at Shady Grove is working with WorkSource Montgomery (WSM) and the Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) to combat the projected nursing shortage in Montgomery County, Md., home to USG’s Rockville location.

WSM, a public-private partnership that convenes key stakeholders to create an innovative workforce system approach for sustainable, industry-driven talent solutions in Montgomery County, was awarded a two-year, $200,000 extension of the Rx for Employability grant from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to fund the Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) grant. The grant aims to accelerate the pipeline of Montgomery County residents earning Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees while addressing the critical nursing shortage in the county.

“BSN nurses are now preferred by the majority of hospitals and health care agencies, and most of our graduates seek employment within the region. These monies are an excellent investment in the area’s workforce,” said Rebecca Wiseman, PhD ’93, RN, associate professor and chair of UMSON at USG. “We are very appreciative of the efforts of WorkSource Montgomery and the Healthcare Initiative Foundation in providing scholarship funding for our students. These funds can make the difference as to whether a student can attend our program on a full-time versus part-time basis.”

HIF supports organizations that offer solutions to improve the quality and delivery of health care for Montgomery County residents while providing a high-quality, comprehensive, cost-effective, and sustainable health care system. In 2011, HIF and UMSON began working together, forming an RN-to-BSN workforce pipeline scholarship program. Now, WSM has joined the team, providing funds through the EARN scholarship to supplement tuition support for more than 60 UMSON BSN students at USG.

“We are excited about the opportunity to further expand our BSN pipeline with USG in collaboration with WorkSource Montgomery though the Maryland EARN grant,” said Crystal Townsend, president of HIF. “One of HIF’s investment priorities is to develop a highly skilled health care workforce to meet the health and wellness needs for all Montgomery County residents. The nursing workforce pipeline supported through this collaborative partnership helps us meet this vision for our community.”

Since 2013, UMSON has increased enrollment by 27 percent in its traditional BSN and its RN-to-BSN programs at its Baltimore and USG locations in response to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which calls for increasing the proportion of nurses with a bachelor’s degree to 80 percent by 2020. Currently, about 55 percent of nurses nationwide are educated at the baccalaureate level or higher. Funding from the EARN Scholarship is one of many ways UMSON nursing students are being supported in their efforts to complete their baccalaureate education.

“As we work to expand the number of nursing graduates at all levels, we need to increase the number of nurses educated at the baccalaureate level or higher,” said UMSON Dean Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Supporting new students or practicing nurses in obtaining their BSN degrees is critical to ensuring that we will have a nursing workforce that can meet the needs of our patients, their families, and our communities in the years ahead. This scholarship support is an important component of addressing that need, and we are deeply appreciative.”

Employment opportunities for nurses are projected to rise 15 percent nationwide over the next decade.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGAMarch 19, 20180 comments
Read More

UMMS NICU Seeks Volunteers to Cuddle Withdrawing Infants

The Cuddling Withdrawing Infants (CWIN) Research Study is recruiting volunteers to cuddle babies in the University of Maryland Medical System NICU who were born dependent on opioids. To become a volunteer cuddler, contact Anastasia Booth at or call 443-812-1442.

More than 200 babies are born in Maryland each month to mothers who have used opioids. Cuddling helps shorten the babies’ hospital stays, reduce the medications they need, and improve their outcomes.


Anastasia BoothClinical Care, ResearchMarch 16, 20180 comments
Read More

Maryland Poison Center Celebrates National Poison Prevention Week

Since 1962, the third week of March has been celebrated by presidential decree as National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW), providing poison centers across the country — including the Maryland Poison Center (MPC) — an opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of poisonings and highlight steps that families can take to prevent them. This year, NPPW will be observed March 18-24 and will focus on several poison prevention-related themes:

  • Monday, March 19: Children Act Fast, So Do Poisons
  • Tuesday, March 20: Poison Centers: Saving You Time and Money
  • Wednesday, March 21: Poisonings Span a Lifetime
  • Thursday, March 22: Home Safe Home
  • Friday, March 23: Medication Safety

Call for Expert Advice

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), poisoning is the No. 1 cause of injury death in the United States, with most of these deaths caused by drug and medication misuse and abuse. The MPC, part of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, is a 24-hour telephone service that offers free, fast, and confidential expert advice about poisonings and overdoses. It has provided poisoning treatment advice, education, and prevention services to Maryland citizens since 1972 and is certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) as a regional poison center.

“The MPC, along with the nation’s other 55 poison centers, is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of every American through proactive poison prevention and free, confidential, and expert medical services,” says Bruce Anderson, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT, director of operations for the MPC and professor in PPS. “The center is staffed 24/7 by pharmacists and nurses who are certified as specialists in poison information and uniquely trained to help individuals who have been exposed to a poison or have questions about a potential poisoning.”

Take Steps for Prevention

Although about half of the calls received by the MPC involve children younger than 6 years old, teens, adults, and seniors also are at risk for poisoning. To help prevent poisonings in your home, follow these tips from the MPC:

  • Program the poison center’s phone number in your cell phone. Your local poison center can be reached anywhere in the United States by dialing 1-800-222-1222. You also can text the word “poison” to 797979 to receive the poison center’s contact information. Save this contact and share it with your friends.
  • Read and follow directions on the label before using medicines and household products.
  • Follow the poison safety checklist‌ to make sure all medicines, poisons, and harmful household products are stored out of the sight and out of reach of children.
  • Keep all household products and medicines in their original containers. Never put chemicals or cleaning products in empty food or drink containers.
  • Always ask for medicine in child-resistant containers, but remember that these containers are not child-proof. If given enough time, children often can open the safety caps.
  • Know the names of plants in and around your home and remove poisonous ones from the house and yard.
  • Teach small children never to touch or taste something unless they ask an adult.
  • Put medicines away after each dose, even if they will be taken again in a few hours.
  • Have a carbon monoxide alarm in your home if you have a fireplace, wood-burning stove, or other gas appliances.

Individuals living in Maryland can participate in National Poison Prevention Week by following the Maryland Poison Center on Facebook and Twitter.

Families in Maryland that would like more information about poison prevention can request a Mr. Yuk packet for their homes. This packet contains information about poison safety, Mr. Yuk stickers, telephone stickers, and a magnet that can help families prevent or prepare for poisoning emergencies.

Malissa CarrollClinical Care, Community Service, For B'more, UMB NewsMarch 12, 20180 comments
Read More

Symposium on Home- and Community-Based Care Set for April 17

The Third Annual Symposium on Home- and Community-Based Care: “Looking Beyond Day 30” will be held Tuesday, April 17, at the SMC Campus Center.

The one-day conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and be preceded by registration and continental breakfast starting at 7:45 a.m.

The event will analyze emerging trends in home- and community-based care. Topics such as readiness to reduce hospitalizations in the first 30 days and beyond, translating care across settings, the roles of primary care providers, and the utilization of CRISP (Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients) in home-based care will be explored.

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting opportunities, please contact Emily Parks at

Continuing education credits for nurses are available.

To see the day’s schedule, learn more about the symposium, or register, click here.

Emily ParksClinical Care, EducationMarch 8, 20180 comments
Read More

UMBrella’s Caregivers Support Group to Meet March 19

The UMBrella Group hosts Caregivers, a support group for members of the University of Maryland, Baltimore  community who care for elderly loved ones. Open to all faculty, staff, and students, the group meets once a month to socialize, learn from each other, share resources and information, and hear from experts on a wide range of topics.

UMBrella events are open to all UMB faculty, staff, and students.

The next meeting will be held March 19, noon to 1 p.m., at the SMC Campus Center, Room 203.

Sonya EvansBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Community Service, People, UMB News, University LifeMarch 5, 20180 comments
Read More

The President’s Message

Check out the March issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on the significance of Women’s History Month, a 2017 global education recap, a look back at our Black History Month presentation, a look ahead to Dr. Perman’s Q&A on March 7, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAMarch 1, 20180 comments
Read More

BrowZine Has Arrived — Learn More

BrowZine is a convenient service that organizes articles found in Open Access and Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) subscription databases. It also can deliver them to your mobile device in a consistent format.

What is BrowZine used for?

  • Find, read, save, email, and monitor the latest journal articles.
  • Browse by title or subject to find journals of interest.
  • Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals.
  • Receive alerts when new issues are available.

Who has access to BrowZine?

  • BrowZine is free to all University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) students, faculty, and staff.

How do I save articles I like?

  • Download PDFs to read offline.
  • Export to RefWorks and other citation management services.

Please note

  • The HS/HSL’s print collection is not included in BrowZine.
  • A journal issue in BrowZine is not organized into sections like an issue formatted by the publisher. Sections such as “Letters to the Editor” are not labeled or separated. This is so that every journal appears in a consistent format determined by BrowZine.
Everly BrownClinical Care, Education, Research, TechnologyMarch 1, 20180 comments
Read More

Determinants of Health: New Directions in Trauma-Informed Care

With 82.7 percent of U.S. respondents to an international population survey of 24 countries indicating they have experienced some form of trauma, our nation ranks among the highest of those surveyed. Analysis of data from the National Survey of Children’s Health shows at least 38 percent of children in the United States have had a least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), such as witnessing or being a victim of violence, death or incarceration of a parent, or living with someone with a drug or alcohol problem.

At the Ann Ottney Cain Lecture in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Linda Grabbe, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, clinical assistant professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, will focus on trauma’s impact on physical and mental health and well-being and on methods of delivering trauma-informed care.

The lecture will be held Thursday, March 29, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (with a reception to follow), at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Room 130.

To register to attend, click here. For more information, click here.

Emily ParksClinical Care, EducationFebruary 26, 20180 comments
Read More

#Metoo and #WhyIstayed: Help UMB Understand Why These are Trending

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Community Collaborative on Intimate Partner Violence is conducting a brief survey of students, staff, and faculty to better understand the needs of our campus community related to intimate partner violence.

The UMB Community Collaborative on Intimate Partner Violence is a multidisciplinary effort composed of faculty, staff, and students from the schools of social work, law, nursing, medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy as well as the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Your answers to this short (about five-minute) survey will directly inform the development of awareness, training, and education programs for the UMB community.

All students, staff, and faculty at UMB, UMMC, and the VA Medical Center are eligible to participate. Your responses are anonymous.

Please visit this link to take the survey.

The study contact and principal investigator is Veronica Nije-Carr.

Veronica Nije-CarrClinical CareFebruary 26, 20180 comments
Read More

Hollins Market Food Tour Offers Free Samples on March 14

The Hollins Market Food Tour is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, noon to 1 p.m., starting at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL).

The tour is an opportunity for members of the UMB community to get to know the neighboring community of Hollins Market and sample free food from three restaurants: Primo Chicken, Culinary Architecture, and Zella’s Pizzeria.

Please go to this link to RSVP.

Colin SmithBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, University Life, USGAFebruary 23, 20180 comments
Read More

HS/HSL Workshop: Introduction to Data Visualization with Tableau

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) is offering a free workshop on Tableau, a business analytics tool for creating a wide variety of interactive data visualizations, on Wednesday, March 7. The workshop will run from noon to 1 p.m. in Classroom LL05.

The Tableau software is available as a free version and a more robust full-scale version. Tableau can be used to create an extensive variety of interactive visualizations that allow users to better explore temporal, spatial, topical, and network data. The drag-and-drop interface makes it easy to explore data without needing advanced programming skills. Dashboards allow users to combine multiple views of their data into one analytics tool.

At the end of this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Connect Excel, Access, TXT, or CSV files to Tableau.
  • Create simple visualizations and a dashboard utilizing Tableau.
  • Embed visualizations into websites or export to a PDF or image file.

The instructor is Tony Nguyen, MLIS, and attendance is limited to 25 people. Register here.

Everly BrownClinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, Research, TechnologyFebruary 23, 20180 comments
Read More

Hospice and Palliative Care Interest Group Meeting on Feb. 22

University of Maryland Medical Center faculty, staff, residents, fellows, and students of all the UMB professional schools are invited to attend the Hospice and Palliative Care Interest Group meeting on Feb. 22, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the Round Room of the Weinberg Pavilion at UMMC.

The meeting is titled “Existential Despair and Dignity Preservation at Life’s End,” with Shapir Rosenberg, MD, as group leader.

Click here to learn more about the meeting and the group, which aims to promote awareness and enrich our understanding of caregiving. In monthly gatherings, group members will explore topics related to caring for seriously ill and dying patients through various forms of art.

Light snacks will be served. To RSVP, email

Briana MathisClinical Care, UMB NewsFebruary 14, 20180 comments
Read More

Free Seminars in Columbia Will Discuss Pediatric Health Issues

Join physicians from the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital and University of Maryland Eye Associates as they discuss common health concerns affecting children and available treatment options as well as answer your questions. Registration is required and lunch will be served on these dates:

  • Friday, March 2, noon to 1 p.m.: “Persistent Pain: When It’s More Than a Belly Ache.”
  • Thursday, March 8, noon to 1 p.m. “Snoring and Nighttime Breathing Problems in Children.”
  • Thursday, March 22, noon to 1 p.m. “Keep Your Kids in Focus: Common Pediatric Eye Problems.”

All three Lunch & Learn seminars will be held at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044

Visit this link or call 1-800-492-5538 for more information

Merideth MarrBulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, University LifeFebruary 13, 20180 comments
Read More