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Nursing Awarded Additional Funding for Nurse Anesthesia Trainee Program

Joseph E. Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, associate professor and director of the Nurse Anesthesia specialty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), has been awarded additional funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to continue the school’s nurse anesthetist traineeship program. HRSA has increased the amount of the grant award to $78,111.

The trainee program aims to produce a more culturally competent and sensitive Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist workforce through proper education. Recipients of the grant are full-time nurse anesthesia students who have pledged to serve the medically underserved upon graduation, and the grant covers the cost of their tuition, books, and fees. Approximately 30 percent of all nurse anesthesia programs nationwide receive funding through this grant.

“This grant, which we’ve received for the past 11 years, is important because it helps offset the significant financial burden undertaken by full-time students who are completing a three-year doctoral plan of study,” Pellegrini said. “The grant is important not only to our students, but also to the school because it recognizes the Nurse Anesthesia program as one that promotes diversity and trains nurse anesthetists to work in areas that support the mission of HRSA. This includes meeting the needs of geographically isolated and economically or medically underserved populations.”

HRSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the primary federal agency for improving access to health care by strengthening the workforce, building healthy communities, and achieving health equity. Its programs provide health care to people who are geographically isolated or economically or medically vulnerable.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, UMB News, University Life, USGAJuly 17, 20180 comments
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Culinary Architecture’s Culinary Passion

UMB seeks to support local businesses through programs like the Local Food Connection, led by the University’s Office of Community Engagement. Check out this week’s local restaurant spotlight.

Culinary Architecture earned 5/5 on Foodify and Yelp not just for its rotation of hearty breakfasts and vegetarian-friendly lunch options, but also for its philosophy on food — stress-free and served with warmth and generosity. Culinary Architecture is close to campus, making it perfect for catering or dining in or to check out its retail market or outdoor event space.

Find out more at Culinary Architecture’s website, its Facebook page, or its Instagram page.

The restaurant is located at 767 Washington Blvd., Baltimore MD 21230. Telephone: 443-708-8482.

Olivia FickenscherBulletin Board, Community Service, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 16, 20180 comments
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School of Nursing to Launch Care Coordination Certificate Program

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) will launch a 12-credit postbaccalaureate Care Coordination Certificate program this fall that will prepare students for the Commission for Case Manager Certification Exam.

Through the new certificate program, students will be trained to meet the growing demand for highly skilled nurse case managers and care coordinators to improve patient care and health outcomes through the design and implementation of care coordination systems.

“Hospitals, insurers, and health systems recognize care coordination as a key strategy in improving patient care outcomes and satisfaction and containing health care costs. It is important for nurses, in concert with other professionals, to adopt reconceptualized roles as care coordinators, health coaches, and system innovators,” said Patricia Zimberg, JD, MS, RN, assistant professor, UMSON. “Achieving this requires that nurses receive greater education in care management, quality improvement, and care coordination processes.”

Students will have access to public health experts and industry leaders who will educate them on how to implement case management processes to coordinate care for clients with complex needs; use state-of-the-art technologies, information systems, and communications to support safe nursing practice; and evaluate the effects of care coordination on patient health outcomes. A growing demand for registered nurses with advanced training and skill in care coordination exists in acute and long-term care facilities, human services agencies, managed care organizations, and community-based settings.

“Registered nurses with advanced didactic and clinical skills in care coordination can play a substantial role in developing, implementing, and leading interprofessional care coordination teams,” Zimberg said. “UMSON’s Certificate in Care Coordination will prepare the registered nurse to coordinate and evaluate care for clients with complex needs across the entire continuum of care, using state-of-the-art technologies, care coordination models, and information systems.”

To complete the program, which will be offered through a mix of on-campus and online formats, students will be required to complete a 45-hour practicum experience in a community-based case management setting. Students can apply up to two of the four certificate classes toward a UMSON master’s degree in Community/Public Health Nursing.

Applicants must be a registered nurse and have a bachelor’s degree or be enrolled in a graduate program at UMSON. Graduate students can complete the certificate concurrently with their other graduate studies. Applications are now being accepted. For more information, call the Office of Admissions at 410-706-0501 (option 2).

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, For B'more, UMB News, University Life, USGAJuly 13, 20180 comments
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Volunteers Needed for FLO Homeless Festival on Aug. 11

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is partnering with FLO, a Baltimore nonprofit and UMB community partner, to provide aid to the homeless during its annual Homeless Festival.

FLO is seeking volunteers for the Homeless Festival, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, from noon to 5 p.m. at Excel Academy at Francis M. Wood High School in West Baltimore. Services for the homeless will be offered, including health screenings, legal counseling, and housing/ employment information. In addition, FLO will be giving away backpacks and school supplies to local elementary school children.

UMB will have a table promoting its Community Engagement Center and is seeking additional volunteers to help support this event.

For more information and to sign up, visit FLO’s website.

Olivia FickenscherBulletin Board, Community Service, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 12, 20180 comments
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School of Nursing Dual-Admission Partnerships

School of Nursing, Chesapeake College Sign Dual-Admission Agreement

The School of Nursing and Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md., recently signed an agreement of dual admission that will ensure students’ seamless transition from Chesapeake’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program to UMSON’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Chesapeake becomes the 10th community college in Maryland to sign such an agreement with UMSON.

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

“This is a tremendous opportunity for students in our nursing program to continue their education in nursing, said Judith Stetson, PhD, RN, director, Chesapeake College/MGW Nursing Program. “Creating a highly educated nursing workforce significantly benefits the individuals, the nursing profession, and the local and global communities we serve.”

An effort to increase qualified nursing candidates, the agreement is helping further the mission of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AARP to advance comprehensive health care change. The campaign uses as its framework the landmark 2010 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Additionally, the partnership program specifically addresses one of the eight goals set forth in the report: to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.

“We are excited to begin this new partnership with Chesapeake College. It will provide the opportunity for those nurses and nursing students living on the Eastern Shore to seamlessly transition to the program at UMSON to complete their BSN,” said Linda Murray, DNP, CPNP-Ped, assistant professor and director, RN-to-BSN Program, UMSON.

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

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, UMB News, University Life, USGAJuly 10, 20180 comments
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Cafe Jovial’s Joyful Approach to Food and Community

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) seeks to support local businesses through programs like the Local Food Connection, led by UMB’s Office of Community Engagement. Thanks to community support, local restaurants can thrive.

One such business, situated between Pigtown and Fells Point (making it perfect for a workday lunch or catering event), is Cafe Jovial, which offers hot and cold beverages and light fare. Its veggie lasagna is well liked by regulars, as is its Zeke’s coffee. In addition, the cafe’s friendly staff is key to its cozy, inviting atmosphere.

The cafe is located at 784 Washington Blvd., and its phone number is 443-708-2644

Check out its menu online.

Olivia FickenscherBulletin Board, Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 10, 20180 comments
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Lori Edwards

Nursing’s Edwards Named President-Elect of ACHNE Executive Board

Lori Edwards, DrPH, MPH, BSN ’80, RN, PHCNS-BC, assistant professor, University of Maryland‌ School of Nursing (UMSON), has been named president-elect of the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE). Edwards, who served as ACHNE’s vice president and program committee chair from 2016-18, will become president in 2020.

As president-elect, Edwards, who has been a member of ACHNE since 2008, collaborates with the president and serves as a liaison and ex-officio member of all ACHNE committees. Edwards also will serve as a leading member of the Quad Council Coalition of Public Health Nursing Organizations (QCC). QCC provides voice and visibility for public health nurses; sets a national policy agenda on issues related to public health nursing; and advocates for excellence in public health nursing education, practice, leadership, and research.

“I am thrilled to continue to serve in a leadership capacity for ACHNE. I’m looking forward to this new role and to following in the footsteps of national leaders who have significant legacies,” Edwards said. “As I progress, ACHNE is also moving forward as it has a new health policy committee that aims to empower public health nurses to take the lead in population health and culture of health initiatives. The next few years promise to be very exciting, and we as an association will continue to support our members as we educate future community health nursing leaders.”

ACHNE seeks to be recognized as the premier leader in community/public health nursing (C/PH) education and to impact positively local to global population health. It advances population health through quality C/PH nursing education, research, and service.

Additionally, Edwards serves as a member of the board of directors for Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, which includes the acute care hospital in West Baltimore. As a board member, Edwards works closely with the hospital’s president, chief operating officer, chief financial officers, and other hospital leaders.

“We applaud Dr. Edwards for her leadership role in the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators and with the board of the Bon Secours Baltimore Health System,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Her ongoing efforts on behalf of these two significant, and very different, organizations speaks volumes about her deep commitment to community and public health education, research, and service. It also serves as an outstanding example of how an individual nurse leader can advance the public good and make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities at the global, national, and local levels.”

As a member of the board, Edwards assists hospital leadership in assessing finances, hiring physicians, evaluating quality and safety data, and reviewing operational procedures. The board also oversees the expansion and implementation of community programs. Edwards’ term on the board ends in 2021.

“It is an honor to be a part of this faith-based, ministry-driven health system that in addition to providing health care has numerous programs that address the social determinants of health in its surrounding communities,” Edwards said. “I am inspired by Bon Secours’ focus on social justice and its commitment to its mission, which is to help those in need. By serving on the board, I have been afforded an excellent opportunity to guide this work and to collaborate with colleagues across multiple disciplines.”

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 3, 20180 comments
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‘Natura Naturans’ Exhibit Opening Reception Set for July 11

Discover the beauty of Kathy Strauss’ “Natura naturans” exhibit, which will be on display at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) from July 2 to Aug. 17.

Strauss explores the intersections of nature, mathematics and science, creating art based on scientific images and mathematical proofs.

An opening reception will kick off the exhibit July 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Weise Gallery on the first floor of the HS/HSL. Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, July 10, to events@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

For more information on Strauss, visit the HS/HSL Weise Gallery web page.

Emily GormanBulletin Board, People, University LifeJuly 2, 20180 comments
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Jana Goodwin

UMSON’s Goodwin Selected to Leadership for Academic Nursing Program

Jana Goodwin, PhD, RN, CNE, assistant professor and director of the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s (UMSON) Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, has been selected to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP). Goodwin is preparing to attend a five-day workshop in which she will participate in intensive classes and exercises related to effective academic leadership on July 29-Aug. 2 in Chaska, Minn.

The AACN-sponsored LANP is an executive leadership fellowship tailored specifically for new and emerging executive administrators who aspire to move into senior administrative or executive positions within the nursing academic unit. The yearlong program is designed to prepare a more diverse, younger pool of leaders to shepherd nursing programs across the globe. This professional development experience encompasses an assessment and evaluation of leadership skills, opportunities for strategic networking and case development, consultation for achieving long-term goals, and identification of key partnerships. Fellows also have mentoring opportunities with an experienced dean.

Goodwin is responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures for the BSN program. She also collaborates with UMSON’s department chairs, faculty, and the Office of Student and Academic Services for curriculum development; faculty mentorship; quality assurance and improvement; program coordination, planning, and evaluation; and student recruitment, retention, and academic progress.

“We congratulate Dr. Goodwin on this honor. She is highly regarded as an emerging leader and has demonstrated significant expertise on issues of diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence with respect to both learning and practice,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “She is committed to preparing the next generation of nursing professionals to deliver care in a culturally appropriate manner and is a true asset to our program. I look forward to her future contributions as a nurse educator and administrative leader.”

This year, 49 fellows were selected from across 25 states through a competitive application process to participate in the program.

“This is such a great opportunity to be able to participate in a program that focuses on enhancing the leadership skills of nurse educators,” Goodwin said. “The ability to share ideas and to network with other nurse leaders will be an invaluable experience. I believe that the skills and mentorship gained will be essential to my role as the BSN director at the School of Nursing.”

AACN is a unique asset for the nation that serves the public interest by setting standards, providing resources, and developing the leadership capacity of member schools to advance nursing education, research, and practice. By 2020, as a driving force for quality health care, AACN will leverage member schools in meeting the demand for innovation and leadership in nursing education, research, and practice.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAJune 29, 20180 comments
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Save the Date: TEDx is coming to UMB on November 9

The Next Big Ideas: TEDx Is Coming to UMB

The TEDx Program, which was formed in 2009 to help communities, organizations, and individuals spark conversation and connection, is coming to the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

On Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SMC Campus Center, speakers will make TEDx presentations related to the theme of “Improving the Human Condition,” a primary piece of UMB’s mission statement.

TEDx Talks should express great, well-formed ideas. These can be a new and surprising idea or a great basic idea presented with a compelling new argument behind it that challenges beliefs and perspectives. In other words, TEDx is for ideas that are more than stories or lists of facts. It’s for ideas that take evidence and observations and use them to draw larger conclusions.

TEDx rules allow only 100 attendees at the event, so a lottery system is being used to acquire tickets. Details will be available later on UMB’s Tedx website, where you also will find links to learn more about the TEDx Program.

If you’re interested in being a speaker — and you are urged to make us laugh or make us cry! — apply before July 16 at tedxumbaltimore.com/apply/.  Finalists will be contacted for an exploratory interview, and speaker selections will be made by Aug. 15. TEDx Talks are 18 minutes maximum.

UMB is proud to be joining the 15,000 TEDx events that have been held in every corner of the world and solicited 1 billion views online.

Communication and Public AffairsBulletin Board, Contests, Education, People, UMB News, University Administration, University Life, USGAJune 27, 20180 comments
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Volunteers Needed for Experimental Avian Influenza Vaccine Study

The University of Maryland Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health is conducting an experimental avian influenza vaccine study.

You may be eligible if you are 19 years or older and in good health.

Participation is about 13 months, and you will receive two vaccinations. Compensation is up to $1,200. For more information, call 410-706-6156.

Leslie JamkaABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Community Service, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGAJune 21, 20180 comments
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Get Involved in UMB Emergency Preparedness as a Closed POD Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to lead and staff the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Closed Point of Dispensing (POD) site, which was created in an agreement with the Baltimore City Health Department as a means to distribute disease-preventing medication to the University community during a public health emergency.

In such emergencies, it is necessary for the population of the affected area to take prophylaxis medication to avoid falling ill. Under this agreement, if such an emergency was declared for Baltimore, the University would receive the medication from the Strategic National Stockpile to dispense to students, faculty, staff, affiliates, and their family members.

Interested in volunteering? UMB will provide training on Closed POD operations. Volunteers must commit about four to six hours a year for training and participation in exercises. No experience is needed to volunteer, but experience in organizing activities such as sporting events, races, or voting at polling locations is beneficial.

If the Closed POD is activated, volunteers would serve at least one eight- to 12-hour shift and should plan on remaining in the role for at least two years.

To volunteer, please fill out the Closed POD Volunteer registration form.

The Closed POD implementation team will follow up with more information on the program and training dates in the near future.

Steven DeckBulletin Board, For B'more, UMB News, University LifeJune 20, 20180 comments
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Free Summer Workshops at HS/HSL

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library offers a variety of free workshops to faculty, students, and staff.

Summer topics include:

  • Communicating with patients
  • Copyright rules and guidance for instructors
  • Choosing the right journal for your research
  • Graphic design principles for effective PowerPoint presentations
  • Best practices for managing research data
  • Imaging informatics

See the full schedule and registration information.

Emily GormanBulletin Board, Education, Research, TechnologyJune 20, 20180 comments
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University of Maryland School of Nursing

School of Nursing Magazine Wins Bronze in National Competition

Nursing For/um magazineThe School of Nursing’s biannual magazine, Nursing For/um, which underwent an overhaul during the past year, won bronze in the editorial design category of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) national 2018 Circle of Excellence Awards.

The competition received more than 3,200 entries. We hope you enjoy reading the magazine as much as we enjoy sharing the stories of the School of Nursing community.

Read more about the CASE awards.

Giordana SegneriBulletin Board, University LifeJune 18, 20180 comments
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