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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
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Peek Behind the Red Curtain at Hippodrome Backstage Tour

The UMB Council for the Arts & Culture invites you to take an exclusive look behind the red curtain with a Hippodrome Theatre Backstage Tour on Thursday, April 19, at noon.

Stand on the stage like you are the star of the show and see what goes on backstage during a touring Broadway production. The tour will be led by a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the Hippodrome’s stagehand local. It’s an event not to be missed!

The tour is open to all UMB students, faculty, and staff, but space is limited, so register today at this link.


Alice PowellBulletin Board, For B'more, University LifeMarch 19, 20180 comments
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Southwest Partnership Housing Fair on March 25 Features UMB’s LNYW Program

The Southwest Partnership, one of the community partners in UMB’s Live Near Your Work (LNYW) Program, is holding a spring housing fair on Sunday, March 25, at the UM BioPark. The fair is open to the general public and will feature a presentation about the University’s improved LNYW grant, information about Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods from residents and community leaders, tours of homes for sale in the area, and more (see below).

The LNYW Program offers eligible UMB employees up to $18,500 in grants ($16,000 from the University and $2,500 from the city of Baltimore) toward the purchase of a home in seven nearby neighborhoods: Barre Circle, Franklin Square, Hollins Market, Mount Clare, Pigtown/Washington Village, Poppleton, and Union Square.

To qualify for the program, you must be a regular full- or part-time (50 percent FTE or more) UMB faculty or staff member who is in good standing, complete a homebuying counseling program, demonstrate creditworthiness, and contribute a minimum of $1,000 to the down payment.

Here are details about the Southwest Partnership Spring Housing Fair:

When and where

  • Date: Sunday, March 25
  • LNYW Program presentation: 11:30 a.m. to noon
  • Housing fair: Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Bus tours: Start at 12:20 p.m.; last one at 3:50 p.m.
  • Where: UM BioPark, 801 W. Baltimore St.

What to expect

  • Learn about the LNYW Program’s qualifying neighborhoods from community leaders
  • Get a better understanding of the LNYW qualifications
  • View housing stock and tour homes for sale in the area
  • Meet lenders, real estate agents, and home developers
  • Tour businesses and historical landmarks
  • Talk with residents, teachers, and community leaders
  • Explore all the benefits and incentives that can stack up for a new home purchase
  • Sign up for homebuying counseling, which is a requirement of the LNYW Program
  • Get a chance to win a new iPad Mini or other door prizes

 Registration and Other Links

  • To register for the Southwest Partnership Spring Housing Fair, click here.
  • Check out the Southwest Partnership’s website for resources and more information about the neighborhoods that make up the “Hidden Gem of Baltimore.”
  • Check out the LNYW Program website for information about program eligibility, parameters, the application process, and more.
  • Read about the first UMB employee to buy a house under the improved LNYW Program.
Lou CortinaBulletin Board, For B'more, UMB News, University LifeMarch 19, 20180 comments
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Everyman Theatre Offers 20 Percent UMB Discount on Tickets

Everyman Theatre is offering UMB faculty, staff, and students 20 percent off tickets.

Everyman Theatre is a professional theater with a resident company of artists from the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. Each season of plays is carefully curated to foster a diverse range of human experiences found in a mix of dramas and comedies selected from timeless classics to world premieres.

The UMB discount offer is valid until June 10, 2018. Use the discount code UMB18 when making your purchase (excludes previews and opening-night performances).

Click here to buy tickets.

The theater’s current play, Aubergine, runs through April 15. The next play, The Book of Joseph, is scheduled to run May 9 to June 10.  Click here for more details.

Alice PowellBulletin Board, For B'more, People, University LifeMarch 15, 20180 comments
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Eight DNP Students Share Expertise Through Poster Presentations

As part of their coursework in preparation for graduating from the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s (UMSON) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, students submit poster presentation abstracts on health topics to national nursing organizations.

Eight UMSON DNP students — Kelly Allen, BSN, RN, CCRN; Sharon Ballinger, BSN, RN, CCRN; Eugena Bergvall, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN; George Bigalbal, BSN, RN, CEN; Jamie Bowman, BSN, RN; Ajibola Ibironke, BSN, RN, CCRN; Megan Lucciola, BSN, RN, CMSRN; and Theresa Nowak, BSN, RN, CCRN — had their abstracts accepted to several national nursing organization conferences.

In developing their abstracts, DNP students in Diagnosis and Management 5: Advanced Practice/Clinical Nurse Specialist Roles in Health Care Delivery Systems were asked to select a national nursing organization to which to submit a poster presentation abstract, review the organization’s abstract submission guidelines, and describe how and why they identified the health care need or topic they focused on. Assistant professors Maranda Jackson-Parkin, PhD, CRNP-BC, ACNP, CCNS, CCRN-K, and Alicia Williams, DNP, RN, MBA, ACNP-BC, CCNS, served as mentors. Some students’ presentations were accepted to multiple conferences.

“Having so many of our students have their abstracts accepted at national conferences demonstrates the dedication of our students and their faculty mentors to advancing the practice of nursing and is the reason UMSON is a top-10 DNP program,” said Shannon Idzik, DNP ’10, MS ’03, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, associate professor and associate dean for the DNP program. “Much like any of the other skills our advanced practice registered nurse students learn, dissemination takes practice. Presenting at these conferences will set the stage for lifelong scholarship.”

Allen will be presenting “Using Clinical Data to Design Nurse Education for Expansion of Oncology Services” at the Oncology Nursing Society’s 43rd Annual Congress on May 17-20 in Washington, D.C. The abstract also will be published in an online issue of Oncology Nursing Forum. Allen had a second abstract, “Translation of a Vascular Specific Cardiac Risk Stratification Tool into Practice for Patients Undergoing Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair,” accepted for display at the Society for Vascular Nursing 36th Annual Conference on June 20-21 in Boston.

Ibironke also had two abstracts accepted. She will present “Effectiveness of Quick Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (QSOFA) as Sepsis Screening Tool in the Emergency Department (ED)” as a podium presentation at MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Third Annual Nursing Evidence-Based Practice and Research Conference on March 8 in Washington. The same abstract also was accepted to the Sixth International Congress on Bacteriology and Infectious Disease on May 21-22 in New York.

Additionally, Ballinger, Bergvall, Bigalbal, Bowman, Lucciola, and Nowak presented their posters at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists’ annual conference on Feb. 28-March 3 in Austin, Texas.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGAMarch 14, 20180 comments
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USAD Hosting ‘Jazz Fusion and the Arts’ on April 6

Join United Students of African Descent for “Jazz Fusion and the Arts,” a celebration of black culture that will include music, dance, and food on Friday, April 6, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the SMC Campus Center, Room 349.

Learn more about the history of jazz music and its role in black culture. There will be a live jazz band, an African dance group, and other performers who will bring awareness about black culture.

The event is sponsored by the University Student Government Association.

Temitope FoleysonBulletin Board, University Life, USGAMarch 14, 20180 comments
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Policy Forum on Gender-Based Violence to be Held April 18

“Bringing Marginalized Voices to the Center: A Policy Forum on Gender-Based Violence” on April 18 will feature a panel of Baltimore-based community organizations to highlight marginalized voices in the current national conversation on gender-based violence, including trends in the #MeToo and #WhyIStayed movements.

Panelists’ perspectives on sexual violence, sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence against women with disabilities, women veterans, transgender women, Latina immigrant and undocumented women, and women in low-wage work will be presented, including potential policy solutions to end gender-based violence. A moderated Q&A session will follow.

  • When: Wednesday, April 18, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Where: UMMC Shock Trauma Auditorium, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, 22 S. Greene St. Visitors can enter through the Shock Trauma main entrance on Lombard Street or through the Homer Gudelsky Building located at the corner of South Greene and Lombard streets.

Register here for this free event.

Lisa FedinaBulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, UMB NewsMarch 13, 20180 comments
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Walking Tour of Westminster Hall Burying Ground and Catacombs

On April 4 from noon to 1 p.m., members of the University of Maryland, Baltimore community will have an opportunity to take a free walking tour of the Westminster Hall Burying Ground and Catacombs.

Experienced tour guide Lu Ann Marshall will lead visitors through the catacombs and, weather permitting, the outdoor graveyard. Photographs are permitted.

Westminster Hall, the historic building located at the intersection of Fayette and Greene streets, shares a city block with the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. The church, which was completed in 1852, was built more than 60 years after the burying ground was established. The burying ground is the final resting place of many famous people, including Edgar Allen Poe and Generals Sam Smith and James McHenry.

Space will be limited, so reserve your spot today. The tour is sponsored by UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture.

Alice PowellBulletin Board, University LifeMarch 8, 20180 comments
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Interprofessional Patient Management Competition 2018

The Interprofessional Patient Management Competition focuses on promoting interprofessional collaboration among professional students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), allowing them to apply their patient care knowledge and skills to an interprofessional patient case. The patient case is developed through a collaboration of faculty judges from each professional school at the University.

Teams consisting of one student from each school will be given two hours to collectively determine and work up the most critical issues present in the clinical case. The top three teams will be asked to return at a second date to be judged by the faculty panel during oral presentations.

All dental, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, and social work students are encouraged to participate.

Here is the schedule, with both sessions at the Pharmacy Hall Atrium, 20 N. Pine St.

  • Written round: Monday, April 2, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Oral round: Thursday, April 12, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dinner will be provided for all students on both dates.

Monetary prizes will be provided to the top two teams (no more than seven students per team):

  • First place: $75 to each member.
  • Second place: $50 to each member.

Learn more here and register here.

Mary PothenBulletin Board, Collaboration, EducationMarch 6, 20180 comments
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Ladies Who Lunch Seminar to Address Incontinence Solutions

Spend your lunch hour March 16 with Madeline Dick-Biascoechea, MD, clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Maryland Medical Center, who will discuss “Leaky Bladders: Incontinence Solutions.”

Dick-Biascoechea will discuss the latest treatments for incontinence as well as overactive and leaky bladder concerns. Learn more about how to live your life worry-free. All are welcome to attend. Free lunch will be provided.

The seminar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s Gladhill Board Room, 601 W. Lombard Street, fifth floor.



Erin RummelBulletin Board, UMB News, University LifeMarch 5, 20180 comments
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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
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Office 365 User Group: Sharing Files Through OneDrive and SharePoint

This Office 365 User Group session will review the specifics of using the “Share” feature through OneDrive and SharePoint.

At face value, the concept of sharing is pretty straightforward. However, through Office 365, the ability to share means you can easily collaborate on files in real time. This session will review how to share through OneDrive and SharePoint and the differences on who you can share with based on where your files are stored.

This class will be offered via Skype and the audio will be entirely through Skype. You will not be able to call in! On the day of the session, you will receive a meeting request that will include a link to the Skype meeting room.

Please visit our enrollment database to view dates and times and to enroll.

Sarah SteinbergBulletin Board, Collaboration, TechnologyMarch 2, 20180 comments
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