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University of Maryland Medical System Honors Rowen By Endowing Scholarship at School of Nursing

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) has endowed a scholarship in honor of School of Nursing alumna Lisa Rowen, DNSc, MS ’86, RN, CENP, FAAN. Rowen, chief nurse executive for UMMS and senior vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), is being honored for her leadership and dedication to nursing practice, education, and research.

“When we were approached by Dean Kirschling and the School of Nursing about endowing a scholarship, we agreed it was a wonderful way to honor Dr. Rowen and to inspire future nurses pursuing their education at one of the country’s best nursing schools,” said Robert A. Chrencik, UMMS president and chief executive officer. “Across our health enterprise, we are fortunate to have nurses and nurse leaders who ensure that compassionate, high-quality patient care is at the core of all we do.”

Beginning in fall 2018, the Dr. Lisa Rowen Endowed Scholarship will be available annually to UMSON undergraduate students who exhibit great leadership potential. Since Rowen became UMMC’s chief nurse officer in 2007, UMSON and the hospital have enjoyed an expanded partnership. Many UMSON nursing students complete their clinical rotations on UMMC units, and the medical center is also the largest employer of UMSON graduates.

“We are thrilled that UMMS has chosen to honor Dr. Rowen through this scholarship,” said Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “In addition to her extraordinary 10 years of leadership at UMMC, she has played a central role in developing UMNursing, an innovative academic-practice partnership between the medical center and UMSON that promotes professional development for nurses through opportunities for education, research, and practice focused on optimizing health outcomes.”

Additionally, Rowen is one of UMSON’s visionary pioneers. UMSON Visionary Pioneers are expert clinicians, educators, and leaders in Maryland, the nation, and around the world. They have made a significant impact on and contributions to the nursing profession based on their leadership, innovation, or entrepreneurship. Rowen oversees nursing at the 12-hospital UMMS, setting the standard for nursing practice, standards of care, and issues related to and of importance to nurses. She has also played a major role in UMSON’s statewide Nurse Leadership Institute, which builds leadership capacity in nursing faculty and clinicians, thereby improving health care delivery throughout Maryland.

“The endowed scholarship was such a wonderful surprise,” Rowen said. “I am humbled and delighted by the University of Maryland Medical System’s recognition of both the nursing profession and me. I can’t think of a more gratifying honor than one that supports the education of future nurses, especially for the students who are learning at UMSON, an institution that has played such an integral role in my education and professional career.”

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAAugust 8, 20170 comments
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Nursing Awarded ANCC’s Highest Accreditation Distinction

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has been awarded Accreditation with Distinction as a Provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Accreditation Program. Accreditation with Distinction is the highest recognition that ANCC awards.

ANCC’s Accreditation Program is a voluntary review process intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of continuing nursing education (CNE). It identifies organizations worldwide that demonstrate excellence in CNE, providing nurses with the knowledge and skills to help improve care and patient outcomes. Accredited organizations use evidenced-based ANCC criteria to plan, implement, and evaluate CNE activities. Applicants for accreditation must pass a systematic, comprehensive peer review and meet specific standards.

“This award recognizes UMSON’s commitment to excellence and innovation in continuing the education of nurses,” said Patricia Franklin, PhD, RN, assistant professor and director, professional education, UMSON. “We adopted a culture of continuous evaluation to ensure that these learning activities are relevant and responsive to the rapidly changing realities of health care.”

The School also received an Exemplary Finding by demonstrating how it measures change in the audience’s knowledge, skills, and/or practice as a result of participating in the educational activity.

“We congratulate Dr. Franklin and her colleagues in professional education on this significant recognition,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “It underscores the School of Nursing’s commitment to fostering lifelong learning for members of the nursing profession and serves as a reminder of the importance of the application of evidence-based criteria in all aspects of continuing nursing education.”

A subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, ANCC provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. ANCC’s internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize health care organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments; and accredit providers and approvers of CNE.

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, For B'more, UMB News, University LifeJune 29, 20170 comments
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Nursing’s Haut and Velez Inducted as Nurse Practitioners’ Fellows

University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) assistant professors Catherine Haut, DNP ’10, MS ’93, RN, CRNP, PNP, and Roseann Velez, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, were recently inducted as 2017 Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) at its national conference in Philadelphia. UMSON alumna Pamela Bolton, MS ’92, RN, ACNP, CCNS, PCCN, was also inducted.

The association selects fellows based on outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education, or policy.

“We are extremely proud of our newly elected fellows and congratulate them on this honor. It is gratifying that they have been selected by their peers for their contributions,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “It is a testament to their sustained efforts to promote the role of nurse practitioners and advance the delivery of excellent health care.”

Fellows are charged with supporting the vision and mission of AANP. The FAANP program impacts national and global health by engaging recognized nurse practitioner leaders, the fellows, who make outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education, or policy to enhance the association’s mission.

“I’m extremely honored to have be chosen as a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. It has been a privilege to work with many national nursing leaders, including those at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, over the years,” Haut said. “I am very excited to be joining this elite group of nurse practitioners and appreciate the mentorship and support I have received through the years from my colleagues.”

Established in 2000, the FAANP program is dedicated to the global advancement of nurse practitioners and the delivery of high-quality health care. The program not only enhances the association’s mission, but also develops nurse practitioner leaders of the future while furthering the field.

“Becoming a fellow is an honor and a privilege that would not have been possible without the support of my mentors,” Velez said. “I’ve been able to influence the nurse practitioner profession through publications, research, education, and policy, which has been integral to my growth as a professional. Membership in FAANP has enabled me to continue this work by mentoring students striving for FAANP membership and collaborating with colleagues to make an impact locally, nationally, and globally.”

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeJune 29, 20170 comments
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UMSON Research

Research at the School of Nursing

In our constant pursuit to improve the quality of patients’ lives and the efficacy and humanity of our nation’s health care system, we are the nurse researchers who care about the people and communities with whom we live and work.

In installments throughout the summer, we’ll be highlighting a few of the innovative studies that School of Nursing investigators are leading. We’ll roll out a new video and article every few weeks, each focusing on a different nurse researcher (who) and exploring one of five different areas of research (cares).

See Who Cares

  
Libby Zay Education, People, Research, TechnologyJune 28, 20170 comments
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Barbara Resnick

Nursing’s Resnick Receives Solomon Public Service Award

Barbara Resnick, PhD ’96, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor and Sonia Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), received the American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS) David H. Solomon Public Service Award, in recognition of her career accomplishments, at the Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio. The award celebrates the legacy of David H. Solomon, MD, AGSF, a renowned geriatrician committed to community service and advancing knowledge about the care of older individuals.

Resnick, who is internationally renowned for her research on exercise and mobility for the elderly, has served as a mentor to countless students, faculty members, researchers, and clinicians who serve older adults. Throughout her career in higher education, which has spanned more than two decades, Resnick has focused on clinical work as a geriatric nurse practitioner.

“We congratulate Dr. Resnick on this tremendous honor. Her work on treatment fidelity and function-focused care exemplifies how innovative and rigorously conducted research can change the delivery of care for countless individuals,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Dr. Resnick continues to shape our understanding of the dynamics of healthy aging and to translate her findings and insights into the clinical practice and policy arenas. Each one of us either is or will be a beneficiary of her work as a researcher and as an educator and a mentor to the next generation of geriatric care providers and scientists.”

Resnick also has provided primary care to older adults across all long-term care settings and facilitated healthy aging in senior housing complexes. Additionally, Resnick serves as editor of Geriatric Nursing and Geriatric Nursing Review Syllabus and as associate editor of numerous other journals related to research on aging.

“I am honored to be recognized by AGS for work that I love doing—developing and implementing evidenced approaches to providing optimal care for older adults and mentoring others to do likewise,” Resnick said. “I continue to be appreciative of the interdisciplinary approach AGS has established over the past decade in recognizing my peers and me for our roles within the interdisciplinary team.”

AGS is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics health care professionals that has worked for 75 years to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. It provides leadership to health care professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeJune 19, 20170 comments
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Intimate Partner Violence IPE Course

Learning Opportunity: Interprofessional Responses to Intimate Partner Violence

The UMB Community Collaborative on Intimate Partner Violence is sponsoring the one-credit elective course “Interprofessional Responses to Intimate Partner Violence: What We All Need to Know.”

About the Course

This course is comprised of seven consecutive sessions and will be held on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning on Sept. 20 and ending on Nov. 1. Course instructors will include faculty and staff from the schools of social work, law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing.

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant societal problem, which has persisted despite efforts to eradicate it using numerous intervention strategies. In this course, the student will be introduced to key concepts, processes, measurements, and related theories across diverse practice settings (i.e. dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work) to be able to effectively address IPV in practice.

We will cover Issues related to those who experience and witness IPV as well as those who perpetrate IPV, including social and cultural factors (e.g., race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status) associated with IPV, including theory practice on intersectionality. The student will explore various strategies established for ending IPV and clinical, policy, and social change interventions from an interprofessional perspective.

Course activities will be designed to help the student think critically and apply understanding of theories from the individual to macro levels of intervention and change across practice settings in social work, law, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, and medicine.

Weekly Class Topics

  • Class 1: Definitions, Prevalence and Impact of IPV
  • Class 2: History and Theories of IPV
  • Class 3: Practice: Social Work and Law (Screening for IPV, IPV Programs [crisis, clinical, advocacy], Civil and Criminal Legal Options, Child Welfare Advocates and Victim Advocates, and Safety vs. Autonomy)
  • Class 4: Practice: Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy (How Is IPV Visible in My Practice?, Screening and Brief Interventions in Health Settings, Intimate Partner Sexual Violence, and Reproductive Coercion)
  • Class 5: Policy (Local, State, and Federal Law and Policies, Limitations of Current Practice, Promising Practices, and Reporting Requirements)
  • Class 6: Special Populations/Considerations (Minority, Immigrant, LGTB, HIV, Disabled, and Male Victims, Intersection of IPV and Human Trafficking, and Adolescent Relationship Abuse)
  • Class 7: Where are we now? Where do we need to go? (Best Practices, Intersectionality, Social Justice, and Social Change)

Enroll

To enroll, contact your school’s registration office. For additional information on the topics covered in this course, contact Lisa Fedina at LFedina@ssw.umaryland.edu.

  
Lisa Fedina Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, UMB NewsJune 12, 20170 comments
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Nursing and Frederick Community College Sign Dual-Admission Agreement

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and Frederick Community College (FCC) in Frederick, Md., recently signed an agreement of dual admission that will ensure students’ seamless transition from FCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program to UMSON’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The program will be available to nursing students this fall.

Through the agreement, students can apply and be admitted to UMSON’s BSN program while in FCC’s ADN program. Students enrolled in the program will receive transfer credits from UMSON for completed coursework at FCC and will be granted special student status, allowing them to take UMSON courses while still working on their associate degree, thereby saving them time and money in completing their BSN degree.

“Our partnership with the University of Maryland School of Nursing is an important opportunity for our nursing students,” said Vanessa Lovato, director, nursing education, FCC. “Students will be able to complete their ADN and BSN all while remaining in their home community, which will encourage degree completion, thereby increasing the number of baccalaureate nurses.”

An effort to increase qualified nursing candidates, the agreement will also help further the mission of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing Campaign for Action to advance comprehensive health care change. Specifically, it will address one of the eight goals set forth in the IOM report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health: to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.

“The University of Maryland School of Nursing is excited about the dual-admission partnership with Frederick Community College,” said Linda Murray, DNP, CPNP-Ped, assistant professor and director of the RN-to-BSN program at UMSON. “Through this partnership, UMSON is doing its part to adhere to recommendations set forth by IOM and is providing convenience and choice to FCC students.”

To matriculate to UMSON’s BSN program, students must graduate with an ADN from FCC and satisfy UMSON’s progression criteria.

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, UMB News, University Life, USGAMay 11, 20170 comments
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Advocate of the Year Award

Nursing Honored With AACN Advocate of the Year Award

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) recently received the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) 2017 Advocate of the Year Award. UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Stephanie White, office manager, recently accepted the award on the School’s behalf at AACN’s annual spring meeting in Washington, D.C.

“It is a wonderful honor to receive the AACN Advocate of the Year award and to do so on behalf of all the individuals at the School of Nursing who so vigorously work on behalf of nursing education, research, and practice,” Kirschling said. “My special thanks go to Stephanie White, who has provided so much of the staff support for our efforts as the Maryland Grassroots Liaison for AACN. Collaboration and teamwork are critical for effective advocacy, and Stephanie has helped ensure that we keep the nursing community informed and galvanized.”

The Advocate of the Year Award, established in 2010, recognizes a member dean and/or school whose extraordinary advocacy over the past year has advanced academic nursing priorities in the federal sphere. The top advocate is determined through a review of messages sent to Congress, responses to Action Alerts, and Capitol Hill visits.

“UMSON’s advocacy is not limited to the federal level, so I’m also very grateful to the many individuals who work on important state-level issues. One of the great joys is also to see the participation of our students, whether during an AACN Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., or advocating in Annapolis,” Kirschling said. “It is heartening to see their leadership emerge and know that the next generation will continue to speak out on behalf of nursing and the individuals that we care for.”

AACN serves as the catalyst for excellence and innovation in nursing education, research, and practice. It has a long tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the nursing profession.

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAMay 8, 20170 comments
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Opoid Overdose Training

Empowering Students to End the Cycle of Addiction

There is no question that the opioid crisis in Maryland has reached epidemic proportions. In the first three quarters of 2016, the state reported 1,468 unintentional deaths caused by substance abuse, with a majority of the fatalities attributed to heroin and fentanyl. In the same period, there were approximately 500 deaths reported in Baltimore City alone, an increase from approximately 300 the previous year. With overdose numbers this staggering, individuals working in public health and clinical health care have started to wonder what more can they do to address this problem.

Through the Emerging Leaders program, I met an individual from the School of Nursing who invited me to join the planning committee for the Baltimore Area Health Education Center’s (BAHEC) Interdisciplinary Training on Opioid Overdose. We organized an event called “Empowering Students to End the Cycle of Addiction,” which took place on April 8, 2017. Students, staff, and faculty, representing the Graduate School and the Schools of Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), came together to learn about the opioid epidemic in Baltimore City and to discuss their professional and personal roles in reducing opioid overdoses. Attendees also left the training certified to administer naloxone – a lifesaving drug that can reverse opioid overdoses.

Preparing Students to Save Lives

The day began with an eye-opening presentation from David Richard Fowler, MD, chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland, in which he presented data on the number of overdose deaths. He discussed the implications that this public health crisis is having on his office, noting that the increase in fatalities has caused a huge strain on his office’s human resources.

Next, Miriam Alvarez, the opioid education and naloxone distribution (OEND) outreach program coordinator at Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore, provided an inspired naloxone training. She engaged the audience by asking questions about their knowledge of opioids and their ability to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose. She stressed that while opioid misuse was once considered a low income, inner-city problem, it affects individuals from all walks of life, and we should all be prepared to respond in the event that we witness an overdose.

Representing the School of Pharmacy, Fadia Shaya, PhD, MPH, professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) and director of the Behavioral Health Research Team, discussed the pharmacist’s role in preventing opioid overdose. She spoke about Maryland’s naloxone standing order, which allows registered pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription and discussed different measures that pharmacists and pharmacies can take to ensure that they are actively involved in preventing opioid misuse, including an explanation of the risks of prescription opioids with patients and querying the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) before filling a prescription. Shaya closed her presentation by mentioning a variety of public health prevention programs on which her team works related to this issue.

Making the Discussion Hit Home

Following the presentations, faculty from the medical, dental, and social work schools presented students with a case study that profiled a young man who began misusing prescription opioids following a sports injury, and subsequently developed a dependency on heroin. Faculty encouraged students to identify areas of health care intervention, which sparked a lively discussion among attendees. The event closed with Mellissa Sager, JD, staff attorney at the School of Law, presenting an overview of the Good Samaritan Law and an update from a Baltimore City Health Department representative, who described the city’s response to the opioid overdose epidemic.

This training proved to be a huge success, with more than 55 students attending the Saturday morning training to take action on this important issue. Considering the interest in this event and the urgency of this public health epidemic, the BAHEC plans to host another training in the fall. Everyone at UMB has a role to play in reducing opioid overdoses, and this event provided an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to become more empowered to do so.

  
Marianne Gibson Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAApril 24, 20171 comment
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UMSON welcomes a newly chartered organization: The National Black Nurses Association, Downtown Baltimore Chapter

A new chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) is finally here at the UMSON, Baltimore campus! We are very excited to form a collaboration amongst nursing students, faculty and staff in order to establish an extensive impact here on campus and throughout the Baltimore area. Members can expect to take advantage of participating in various events, fundraisers, and community service opportunities throughout the semester. For more information on our organization and becoming a member, please email us at nbna.umson@gmail.com

  
The National Black Nurses Association the Downtown Baltimore Chapter Bulletin Board, Community Service, UMB News, University LifeApril 13, 20170 comments
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Refugee and Immigrant Crisis

The Refugee and Immigrant Crisis: The Search for Fertile Soil

Nurses for Global Health’s 10th Annual Conference – The Refugee and Immigrant Crisis: The Search for Fertile Soil – is Wednesday, April 19, from 1 to 6 p.m. in the SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballroom B.

Co-hosted by the student organization, Nurses for Global Health and the University of Maryland School of Nursing Office of Global Health.

Speakers Include

  • Delegate Ana Sol-Gutiérrez, Maryland House of Delegates
  • Maureen Sweeney, JD, Maryland Carey Law
  • Leonie Brooks, PhD, Towson University
  • Madiha Tahseen, PhD, Family Youth Institute
  • Pat Shannon Jones, MA, Immigration Outreach Service Center
  • Karen Scheu, DNP, FNP-BC, Esperanza Center of Baltimore
  • Kate Sugarman, MD, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition

Donations

Please bring toiletries to donate to the International Rescue Committee (IRC). All donations will go to refugee families arriving in Baltimore and Silver Spring.

REGISTER NOW

  
Anne Brenner Bulletin Board, Education, People, University LifeMarch 28, 20170 comments
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Gail Lemaire

Nursing’s Lemaire Named Honorable Mention for CNL Educator Award

Gail Schoen Lemaire, PhD ’96, PMHCNS, BC, CNL, associate professor and associate dean for the Master of Science program, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), was awarded honorable mention for the 2017 Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Educator Vanguard Award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) at the recent 2017 CNL Summit in Atlanta.

The CNL Educator Vanguard Award recognizes a CNL faculty member or program director for innovative and outstanding preparation of and advocacy for CNLs. The award also promotes the contributions of the CNL faculty member in transforming nursing education and encouraging innovation in both academia and practice.

Lemaire has been instrumental in shaping UMSON’s CNL option, currently ranked No. 1 by U.S.News & World Report, since its inception in 2005. She was the program’s co-director from 2005-08 and its director from 2011-15. From 2013-14, Lemaire oversaw the revision of the CNL curriculum. Additionally, she has secured $630,000 in scholarships for 63 CNL students through six rounds of funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Careers in Nursing Program during a seven-year period. In her current role, Lemaire oversees the CNL option, teaches CNL classes, and has an active practice as a nurse psychotherapist, providing treatment for patients diagnosed with cancer and psychiatric disorders.

“Dr. Lemaire’s recognition is a tribute to her exceptional and pioneering work as an academic administrator establishing and overseeing the CNL program and as a faculty member developing an innovative pedagogy utilizing an array of teaching strategies and learning experiences,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “It takes a special set of talents to forge new ground and create a highly successful program; it is easy to forget that the CNL option, in particular the idea of a second-degree, entry-level program, is just over a decade old. It is a testament to Dr. Lemaire that our graduates model the skills and abilities envisioned when the CNL concept was developed. They are creative problem-solvers, innovators, and change agents and are able to leverage their prior education, work, and life experiences to improve health care delivery.”

A CNL is a master’s-educated nurse who is prepared to practice across the continuum of care within any health care setting. AACN developed the CNL role in collaboration with leaders from both health care practice and education to address the need to improve patient care outcomes. These master’s-prepared clinicians use evidence-based practice to focus on care coordination, risk assessment, quality improvement, and team leadership.

“For more than a decade, it has been a pleasure and my privilege to teach, mentor, and advocate for CNL students at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. CNL students bring enthusiasm, broad perspectives, and valuable experiences to the learning environment and ultimately to the practice setting,” Lemaire said. “I believe they represent our greatest strength for transforming practice to reduce health disparities and ensure quality health care.”

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeMarch 16, 20170 comments
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School of Nursing

Nursing’s CNL Option and Nursing Informatics No. 1 in Nation

In the recently released 2018 edition of U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) remains ranked No. 1 for two of its master’s specialties/options and has an additional master’s specialty ranked in the top five. The School’s master’s-level Clinical Nurse Leader option and Nursing Informatics specialty are ranked No. 1, and the Health Services Leadership and Management master’s specialty rose to No. 3 in the administration category. Its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is ranked 10th in the nation.

UMSON continues to be ranked in the top 10 among all accredited graduate nursing programs, and it has eight master’s and DNP specialties, options, or programs ranked in the top 10, including Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Anesthesia. The Nurse Anesthesia specialty rankings were released in last year’s edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” and will be in effect until 2021.

“It is gratifying to continue to be recognized within the top 10 overall nursing programs nationally and to have numerous specialty areas also singled out,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “These rankings are a testament to the commitment of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni to excellence in nursing education, research, and practice. The School of Nursing continues to play an important role in state and national efforts to increase the number of nurses with advanced degrees; we believe this is essential to ensuring that nurses are well-prepared to meet the needs of our diverse communities within a rapidly changing health care environment.”

The U.S.News & World Report rankings are based on a variety of indicators, including student selectivity and program size, faculty resources, and research activity, and on survey data from deans of schools of nursing and that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, For B'more, UMB News, University Life, USGAMarch 16, 20170 comments
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Nursing Career Fair

Spring 2017 Career Fair

Students seeking employment, internships, or graduate school opportunities are welcome to attend. Whether this is your first or last year in the BSN, CNL, master’s, or doctoral program, you should take advantage of this FREE opportunity to meet representatives from national and regional health care institutions and from other schools of nursing.

Career Fair Details

Monday, April 10
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
School of Nursing

  
Dardanelles Estes Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeMarch 10, 20170 comments
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School of Nursing

Nursing and Anne Arundel Community College Sign Dual Admission Agreement

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) in Arnold, Maryland, recently signed an agreement of dual admission that will ensure students’ seamless transition from AACC’s associate degree in nursing (ADN) program to UMSON’s bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. The program will be available to nursing students this fall.

Through the agreement, students will be simultaneously admitted into AACC’s ADN program and UMSON’s BSN program while satisfying the requirements of both schools. Students enrolled in the program will receive transfer credits from UMSON for completed coursework at AACC and will be granted special student status, allowing them to take UMSON courses while still working on their associate degree, thereby saving them time and money in completing their BSN degree.

“The goal of the dual enrollment is to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the community,” said Beth Batturs Martin, MS, RN, director, nursing and health initiatives, AACC. “Through the partnership between the University of Maryland School of Nursing and Anne Arundel Community College, students can begin their journey early in their academic career, which encourages degree completion.”

An effort to increase qualified nursing candidates, the agreement will also help further the mission of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing Campaign for Action to advance comprehensive health care change. Specifically, it will address one of the eight goals set forth in the IOM report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.

“This agreement is the result of a joint commitment between both schools to offer choices to students who wish to take RN-to-BSN courses while in their ADN program,” said Nina Trocky, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNE, assistant professor and associate dean for the baccalaureate program. “The deans and directors within the state of Maryland understand the need to partner with many institutions, thus allowing students in their respective programs to select the best pathway to take to achieve their BSN.”

To matriculate to UMSON’s BSN program, students must graduate with an ADN from AACC and satisfy UMSON’s progression criteria.

AACC is an award-winning, fully accredited public two-year institution serving approximately 50,000 students each year through classes offered at more than 100 sites in Anne Arundel County or online. It offers national and regional studies leading to a degree, certificate, industry credential, transfer to a four-year institution or career enhancement, personal enrichment, and lifelong learning. For more information, visit www.aacc.edu.

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, UMB News, University Life, USGAMarch 7, 20170 comments
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