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Nursing’s Hammersla, Windemuth Serving In New Leadership Roles

Assistant professors Margaret Hammersla, PhD ’17, MS ’05, BSN ’95, CRNP, and Brenda Windemuth, DNP ’11, RN, CRNP, have been appointed to new leadership roles within the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s (UMSON) Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health. Hammersla, who most recently served as co-specialty director for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) specialty, has been named senior director of the school’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, and Windemuth takes over Hammersla’s former post as co-specialty director for the AGPCNP specialty.

Hammersla has been an UMSON faculty member since 2007, serving as co-specialty director for the AGPCNP specialty since 2011. She is responsible for the daily operations of the DNP program at UMSON, including the development, implementation, and evaluation of the DNP program’s policies and procedures.

“I am thrilled to take on the role of senior director of the DNP program. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team that delivers high-quality, advanced nursing education,” Hammersla said. “I look forward to working with our faculty as we educate doctorally prepared nursing leaders to improve patient care at the local, state, and national levels.”

Hammersla also provides leadership in program coordination; curriculum planning; student recruitment, retention, and advisement; and general support to the DNP specialty directors. She earned a doctorate degree in nursing research, master’s degree in adult primary care, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from UMSON.

“Dr. Hammersla brings more than 10 years of experience teaching at UMSON and a wealth of leadership and operational experience in advanced practice education,” said Shannon Idzik, DNP ’10, MS ’03, CRNP, FAANP, associate professor and associate dean for the DNP program, UMSON. “She was a key leader during the development of the BSN-DNP program and is vested in its success. I am confident that she will continue to lead and support the mission of the school.”

Windemuth has been on the faculty since 2009. Her new duties include working with Barbara Resnick, PhD ’96, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor and Sonia Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, to co-direct the development, implementation, and evaluation of DNP-level didactic and clinical courses related to the AGPCNP specialty. She also recruits, advises, teaches, and mentors students.

“I’m very excited to take on this leadership role in the AGPCNP program, and to continue the success the program has had previously. I look forward to helping guide our students to be successful in the program and our graduates contributing to our profession as doctorally prepared nurse practitioner leaders,” Windemuth said. “I want to continue moving our program forward in providing new educational experiences and learning opportunities to enrich our students’ education.

Additionally, Windemuth is working with faculty members to foster professional development. She earned a DNP in nursing from UMSON, and a master’s degree in Family Nurse Practitioner and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree both from Wilmington University.

“I am delighted that Dr. Windemuth will be taking on this new leadership role in the AGPCNP specialty. As an experienced educator and active clinician, she is committed to providing the best opportunities for student success,” said Kathleen Michael, PhD, RN, CRRN, associate professor and chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health. “She is a valued colleague and trusted collaborator who approaches her work with dedication and vision. Her leadership will guide the specialty toward a bright future indeed.”

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeAugust 31, 20170 comments
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Ameera Chakravarthy

New Interim Director for Acute Care Nurse Specialty

Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), recently named Ameera Chakravarthy, MS, BSN ’02, CRNP, clinical instructor, the interim specialty director for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program’s Adult Geronotology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Nurse Specialist specialty in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health. Chakravarthy has been on the faculty since 2011.

In her new role, Chakravarthy directs the development, implementation, and evaluation of graduate-level didactic and clinical courses related to the specialty. She recruits, advises, teaches, and mentors students, and fosters faculty professional development. Chakravarthy also collaborates with colleagues in nursing and from other disciplines, makes scholarly contributions to nursing science, and maintains a faculty practice in the University of Maryland Medical System’s surgical intermediate care unit.

“Ameera brings a wealth of solid advanced practice experience to the role of specialty director, including familiarity and engagement with the courses and clinical opportunities for student learning,” said Kathleen Michael, PhD, RN, CRRN, associate professor and chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health. “Her strong communication, teamwork, and planning skills will be especially valuable in overseeing the specialty and assuring the success of the team.”

Chakravarthy, who is pursuing a PhD at UMSON, earned a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from UMSON.

“I am honored to serve as interim specialty director for the Adult Geronotology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Nurse Specialist Doctor of Nursing Practice specialty,” Chakravarthy said. “I plan to continue supporting our faculty team as they employ innovative teaching strategies to develop the next generation of practice experts. I hope to be instrumental in the rigorous academic and outstanding clinical work of our students, faculty, and graduates while simultaneously managing the care of acutely ill patients locally, nationally, and abroad.”

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeNovember 17, 20160 comments
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Shannon Idzik

Nursing’s Idzik Elected to National Nurse Practitioner Board

Shannon Idzik, DNP ’10, MS, ’03, CRNP, FAANP, associate professor and associate dean of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), has been elected treasurer of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). Idzik will serve a two-year term.

As treasurer, Idzik serves on NONPF’s board, is responsible for all NONPF fiscal matters, and provides oversight for the disbursement of funds. NONPF seeks to provide timely and critical resources for nurse practitioner (NP) educators and to advance innovative models that support NP educational programs to meet the highest quality standards.

“We are at a critical time where nurse practitioners have a unique opportunity to redefine health care from a disease-based approach to a wellness approach. NONPF is the leader in quality nurse practitioner education,” Idzik said. “I am thrilled to represent nurse practitioner educators and the School of Nursing in national discussions that not only influence nurse practitioner education, but also inform policy, certification, licensure, and accreditation.”

NONPF’s board works to promote continuous and collaborative quality improvement and evidence-based approaches to national and global nurse practitioner education, influence policy to advance NP education, foster diversity across NP education, promote scholarship opportunities for NP educators, and strengthen resources to sustain the NONPF membership.

“We are very proud of Dr. Idzik for being elected treasurer of NONPF and for her ongoing role in the organization. Her service to NONPF is emblematic of her commitment to ensuring that nurse practitioner education is of the highest caliber,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Dr. Idzik has clearly demonstrated her leadership abilities on behalf of nurse practitioner education, research, practice, and service, and has made a lasting contribution to the profession and delivery of health care services in the state. Her contributions now extend to the nation.”

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB NewsApril 27, 20160 comments
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