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Goodwin Named Director of Nursing’s BSN Program

Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), recently named Jana Goodwin, PhD, RN, CNE, assistant professor, director of UMSON’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

As a faculty member at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) since 2001, Goodwin participated in course assessment, expansion, and revision. In her new role, Goodwin will be responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of the BSN program’s policies and procedures. She will also provide leadership in program coordination; curriculum planning; student recruitment, retention and advisement; and didactic instruction at both the Baltimore and USG locations.

“It is exciting for me to step into this new role as the director,” Goodwin said. “I am looking forward to collaborating with the associate dean for the baccalaureate program, the Office of Student and Academic Services, the department chairs, and the faculty as we work as a team to deliver and provide a high-quality education to our students.”

Goodwin earned a PhD in nursing education from Villanova University and Master of Science in Nursing and BSN degrees from Temple University.

“Dr. Goodwin has more than 16 years of experience teaching students and coordinating courses within the BSN program. She is also noted for her contributions to diversity, inclusivity, and cultural competence in academia,” said Nina Trocky, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNE, assistant professor and associate dean for the baccalaureate program, UMSON. “I am very excited about Dr. Goodwin serving as our BSN program director and am very confident that she will continue to advance the mission of the School.”

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAJuly 13, 20170 comments
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Pharmacy advocacy

Advocating for Pharmacists on the Hill

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

On May 3, pharmacists and student pharmacists from across the United States gathered on Capitol Hill to take part in the “ASCP Fly In” – an event held in conjunction with the annual American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Forum. Pharmacy advocates, including seven representatives from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, brought attention to two bills currently under consideration this legislative session:

  • Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (R. 592/S. 109): This bill intends to revise provider status, as defined in the Social Security Act, to include pharmacists.
  • Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Spending Act (R. 1038/S. 413): This bill seeks to eliminate “clawback” fees required by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) after the original point-of-sale.

Advocating Not Only for the Profession, but for Patients

Although both bills could have a positive impact on the pharmacy profession if passed, their impact on patients cannot be understated. Pharmacists have long been recognized as valued members of the health care team; however, we often face restrictions for reimbursement of services because we are not recognized health care “providers.” By gaining provider status under the “Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act,” we would be able to transform health-system models and bolster efforts to provide better preventive patient care, thus improving health outcomes and reducing overall health care costs.

In addition, although the “clawback” fees targeted by the “Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Spending Act,” are obvious to community pharmacists (particularly those operating independent pharmacies), they usually go unseen by consumers. The higher medication cost originally set at the point-of-sale may not be the actual dollar amount that is reimbursed to the pharmacy. Despite PBMs paying out lower amounts after “clawback” fees, the original, higher claims dollars are what count toward patients’ total Medicare spending. These higher claims dollars cause patients to reach the Medicare coverage gap (also known as the “donut hole”) and subsequent catastrophic coverage level more quickly. For those patients who reach catastrophic coverage, 80 percent of their benefits coverage falls to the federal government and, as a result, taxpayers. If passed, this bill would require PBMs to disclose “clawback” fees at the point of sale, allowing pharmacists to appropriately structure their business models and patients to better understand their insurance coverage.

Understanding the Value of Advocacy as Student Pharmacists

Opportunities such as this to advocate on behalf of our profession are instrumental in helping student pharmacists apply what we have learned in the classroom to our future career endeavors. The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum is continuously fine-tuned to reflect advances in pharmacy practice, which provides us with the knowledge and skills necessary to take on new patient care roles after graduation.

Beyond the science of medication use, student pharmacists learn clinical implications of disease, ways to positively influence patient behaviors, and means for optimizing medication adherence and health outcomes. In turn, we can often be a source for innovation in pharmacy practice and can use legislative advocacy as a form of self-determination. By vocalizing now where we want to be in the future, we will have the ability to develop practice settings that reflect our unique professional goals.
In addition, patients rely on pharmacists who understand the complex health care system to advocate on their behalf. Pharmacy advocates who work to pass bills like the “Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act” and “Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Spending Act” serve as stewards of the profession and champions for patient rights. Although legislators have the final say, as elected officials, they recognize the importance of receiving input from their constituency.

Making Your Voice Heard as a Health Care Advocate

The “Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act,” “Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Spending Act,” and other federal health care legislation can be followed at www.Congress.gov/legislation.

Abigail Klutts Bulletin Board, Education, Global & Community Engagement, PeopleMay 16, 20170 comments
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Sanctuary School Petition

Student group representatives at the School of Social Work have spearheaded a petition to declare UMB a sanctuary school and provide certain protections to our undocumented peers.

The petition urges the UMB administration to take concrete steps to protect its students, faculty, and staff from mass deportation by responding to the demands therein. Similar policies are being reviewed at many different universities nationwide.

Add your name to the petition on the School of Social Work’s Facebook page.

Bethan McGarry Collaboration, Education, People, University LifeMarch 3, 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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Nursing Award Winners

Nursing Faculty and Alumnae Honored

Two University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) faculty members, eight alumnae, and a former adjunct assistant professor were honored at the American Academy of Nursing’s (AAN) annual meeting and conference recently held in Washington, D.C.

Associate Professors Elizabeth Galik, PhD ’07, CRNP, FAANP, and Joseph E. Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia specialty, were inducted into AAN’s 2016 class of fellows, and alumna Ann Wolbert Burgess, DNSc, MS ’59, RNCS, FAAN, professor, Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing, was designated a Living Legend, an AAN Fellow of at least 15 years who has demonstrated extraordinary, sustained contributions to nursing and to health care.

“The induction of Drs. Galik and Pellegrini speaks to their dedication to nursing education, research, and practice, and to their many scholarly achievements. We are extremely proud of both of them and grateful for their ongoing contributions to the School of Nursing,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess’ recognition as an AAN ‘Living Legend’ is a wonderful acknowledgment of her profound and lasting contributions to understanding and addressing the impact of sexual violence and trauma at the individual and societal levels. We salute her on achieving the highest of all AAN honors.”

Additionally, UMSON alumnae Murielle Beene, DNP, MBA, MPH, MS ’01, RN-BC, PMP; Kristy Duffey, MS ’98, APRN, GNP-BC; Patricia Sengstack, DNP, MS ’88, BSN ’82, RN-BC; JoAnne Silbert-Flagg, DNP, MS ’83, BSN ’79, CRNP; Laura A. Taylor, PhD, MS ’90, BSN ’86, RN, ANEF; Ting-Ting Lee, PhD ’98, MS ’93, RN; and Cara J. Krulewitch, PhD ’92, CNM, FACNM; and former Adjunct Assistant Professor Sherry B. Perkins, PhD, RN, were among 164 highly distinguished nurse leaders who composed this year’s cohort.

“We are thrilled that eight alumnae were recognized, and we congratulate each one on achieving this significant national honor. It is a testament to the contributions that each one is making within their chosen specialties and in their communities,” Kirschling said. “We also congratulate Dr. Sherry Perkins, our esteemed colleague, on this well-deserved honor. She has contributed so much to nursing practice and health care delivery regionally and nationally through her executive leadership and operational roles.”

Criteria for selection as a fellow include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current AAN Fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel of elected and appointed fellows.

Galik has been internationally recognized for her work in improving care practices for older adults with dementia. She has served as principal investigator or co-investigator for 11 research studies and has been an advisor to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Additionally, Galik has been named a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar.

Pellegrini has made significant contributions to research, education, and leadership in the nurse anesthesia field and has been published in 68 peer-reviewed journals. He also serves as the sole representative for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists on the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Patient Safety Council.

Burgess has been internationally lauded as a pioneer in the assessment and treatment of victims of sexual violence and trauma. Her transformative work as co-founder of one of the first hospital-based crisis counseling programs introduced Rape Trauma Syndrome into scientific literature. She has worked with the FBI to study links between child abuse, juvenile delinquency, and subsequent perpetration.

AAN consists of more than 2,400 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research, including hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers. The 2016 class represents all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., and 28 countries.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeNovember 3, 20160 comments
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susan bindon

Nursing’s Bindon Honored With AACN Award

Susan L. Bindon, DNP ’11, RN-BC, CNE, assistant professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), has been awarded the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award.

The award recognizes excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing at AACN member schools by faculty with more than five years of teaching experience. Bindon has taught for 25 years, and has been on UMSON’s faculty for five.

“I’m tremendously honored to receive this year’s AACN Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award. Helping others to become good teachers is both a professional privilege and a personal joy,” Bindon said. “Good teaching requires thought, intentional practice, and openness to new ideas, but it also entails listening carefully to understand the learner’s needs, expectations, and readiness to learn, which creates fertile ground for innovation. Effective teaching attracts great students who will become tomorrow’s excellent nurses.”

Awardees must demonstrate significant innovation in teaching/learning approaches to promote learner outcomes, lead the promotion and implementation of innovative teaching/learning approaches in nursing education, and act as a role model for creating and sustaining a culture in nursing education that integrates theory and practice. Additionally, the award winner is required to have mentored faculty in evidence-based teaching/learning approaches and shared innovation outside of their home institution.

Bindon is known for working with peers to address instructional challenges and helping them determine the best teaching strategies for their particular classroom, online, or clinical setting. She encourages her students and advisees to use her large “thinking-wall” strategy through which they sketch their ideas and projects as they think aloud. She also connects with students in her online courses via personalized video feedback during the semester. Additionally, Bindon has helped develop and deliver an adjunct clinical faculty workshop for new clinical instructors that has been offered four times in the past year, reaching approximately 70 clinical faculty throughout Maryland. The course includes interactive exercises and utilizes standardized students who model the concept of standardized patients to simulate clinical encounters.

“We are enormously proud of Dr. Bindon. She has distinguished herself as a highly skilled, innovative, creative teacher. As a mentor to her students, she models innovative techniques that engage them in their own learning, while expanding their sense of what teaching looks like,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Dr. Bindon’s enthusiasm for the teaching enterprise, and her willingness to extend herself to assist veteran and novice teachers and clinical faculty members, makes her an outstanding colleague. Her influence is felt throughout the School of Nursing, as well as regionally and nationally. We congratulate her on this prestigious recognition of her contributions to teaching.”

AACN is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeOctober 11, 20160 comments
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Poster Printing Available at HS/HSL

The HS/HSL is now offering a poster-printing service for all UMB faculty, staff, and students, as well as staff at the UMMC.


  • Posters are printed on 42″ x 60″ glossy paper.
  • Cutting tools are available in the HS/HSL’s Innovation Space, if your poster needs trimming.
  • The cost of poster printing is $50. Payment can be made with cash, credit, or a fund account.
  • Posters are printed within 1-2 business days, but usually take less time to complete.

Read more about our new service.

Everly Brown Education, People, Research, Technology, University LifeOctober 7, 20160 comments
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Center for Interprofessional Education

Call for Proposals: IPE Faculty Award – July 2016

Faculty Award in Support of Interprofessional Education

Deadline for priority decision: Wednesday, July 27.

Additional applications will be considered on a bimonthly basis (September, November 2016) pending availability of funds. Please visit our website for additional information and to download a proposal template.


The purpose of the Faculty Award in Support of Interprofessional Education (IPE) is to encourage and build a community of faculty members across the schools of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and throughout the University System of Maryland who have interest and expertise in interprofessional education. This includes, potentially, IPE activities nationally and internationally.


Faculty Awards may be used for a variety of endeavors that can include, but are not limited to, travel to other institutions to study IPE; regional and national meetings focused on IPE, including poster and podium presentations; educational products focused on IPE and other faculty development activities that are inclusive of UMB students from two or more schools. The funds must be used within a one-year window and any individual is limited to one award per year. Faculty Awards may provide a one-time salary enhancement stipend, if allowed by the UMB School, and appropriate for the proposed activity.

Award Management

All UMB faculty members are eligible to apply for a Faculty Award of up to $2,000 annually. Other faculty from the University System of Maryland require a partner from the UMB faculty and are eligible for up to a $1,000 award. A two-page proposal, including a budget, should be submitted via email to the Center for Interprofessional Education. Please include a title for the award, along with a description of the proposed activity and its potential to further IPE at UMB. If you plan to use standardized patients through the Clinical Education and Evaluation Laboratory, please contact the Program Manager, Nancy Budd Culpepper nbudd@son.umaryland.edu. The co-directors of the Center for Interprofessional Education serve as the award committee.

For questions or to submit an application, please contact:

Patricia Danielewicz
Center for Interprofessional Education
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Patricia Danielewicz Collaboration, Education, UMB NewsJuly 1, 20160 comments
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