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Nurse Anesthesia Specialty Granted 10-Year Continued Accreditation

The University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia specialty has been granted continued accreditation for 10 years from the Council on Accreditation (COA).

“I am thrilled, but am not at all surprised, that the COA awarded UMSON’s Nurse Anesthesia program full accreditation. It is not often that the COA awards a program full, 10-year accreditation with no progress report required,” said Shannon Idzik, DNP ’10, MS ’03, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, associate professor and associate dean of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. “It is something to be proud of and speaks to the quality, integrity, and performance of our program, faculty, and students. Our faculty are extremely dedicated to our Nurse Anesthesia program and students, and with support from our many health care partners, we graduate some of the best nurse anesthetists in the world.”

UMSON’s Nurse Anesthesia specialty, which was found to be in 100 percent compliance with the standards, was granted accreditation with no annual progress report required, which is rare. Even fewer programs achieve the maximum accreditation of 10 years. Although UMSON is not required to submit an annual progress report, it does need to submit faculty and student online evaluations in the spring of 2022. The Nurse Anesthesia specialty is next scheduled for consideration for continued accreditation in the fall of 2027.

“I am extremely proud of the fact that our program was in 100 percent compliance with the standards,” said Joseph E. Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, director of the Nurse Anesthesia specialty. “This is a testament to the outstanding faculty, students, and staff who support and facilitate this program.”

COA is an accrediting agency that grants public recognition to nurse anesthesia programs and institutions in the United States that award post-master’s certificates and master’s and doctoral degrees that meet nationally established standards of academic quality. It also assists programs and institutions in improving educational quality.

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 30, 20170 comments
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School of Nursing at Shady Grove Wins Partnership Award

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) in Rockville, Md., was presented with the Adventist HealthCare Spirit of Partnership Award at the organization’s gala Nov. 18. Through the award, Adventist HealthCare recognizes individuals and organizations that have led the way in furthering its mission through their commitment to health care and improving lives.

UMSON at USG was honored for the strong partnership it has formed over the years with Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and Washington Adventist Hospital The School of Nursing has provided Adventist HealthCare with the most nursing residents of any nursing school, helping to build a pipeline to the medical center of nurses who deliver high-quality and compassionate care. Adventist and UMSON at USG work together to ensure nursing students gain hands-on experience while completing their senior practicum, including 180 hours at the bedside with a nurse who guides the student’s clinical practice. On average, eight School of Nursing students complete their practicum at Shady Grove Medical Center each semester. Additionally, students finishing their junior year at UMSON at USG serve as externs in Adventist’s externship program, which prepares students to succeed in the residency program in the future.

“Adventist HealthCare is a very strong supporter and partner of the nursing school program at USG. Our students have been welcomed in all areas of the enterprise, and, in turn, many of our graduates have chosen to begin their nursing careers at the various Adventist Health entities,” said Rebecca Wiseman, PhD ’93, RN, associate professor and chair of the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s program at USG. “It is a pleasure to work with a quality-driven organization that continually strives for excellence in meeting the health care needs of Montgomery County.”

Shady Grove Medical Center, a not-for-profit, 305-bed, acute-care facility in Rockville, is a part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of health care services. It is nationally recognized for cancer care, cardiac and vascular services, orthopedics, and joint replacement. Adventist HealthCare, based in Gaithersburg, Md., is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization of dedicated professionals who work to provide excellent wellness, disease management, and health care services to the community.

“We are thrilled that the School of Nursing program at the Universities at Shady Grove has been recognized by this distinguished award from Adventist HealthCare,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We have a longstanding and shared commitment to bringing excellent nursing care to individuals and families throughout Montgomery County and the region. We are deeply appreciative of our partnership with Adventist HealthCare; it is essential to ensuring that the next generation of nursing professionals is well-prepared to meet the needs of our diverse and growing population.”

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 22, 20170 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the November issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on UMB’s outreach to alumni, a wrap-up of Founders Week, Derreck Kayongo’s Politics and Policy presentation, MPower seed grant recipients and an award for the BioPark, stories on RISING Baltimore and the schools’ Mission of Mercy community service, a safety tip, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

  
Chris Zang Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 10, 20170 comments
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AMCP Student Chapter Brings Home the Gold

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) presents its annual Chapter of the Year Award to three student chapters that have demonstrated the greatest innovation and commitment to establishing quality managed care programming for student pharmacists. The award highlights all of the programs and initiatives established by the winning chapters throughout the year, and the competition can be intense.

With dozens of student chapters vying for this coveted award, it was truly amazing — not to mention incredibly humbling — to hear our chapter announced as the first-place winner of the Chapter of the Year Award at the AMCP Nexus 2017 in Grapevine, Texas, in October.

Raising Awareness About Opportunities in Managed Care

The mission of our AMCP student chapter is to improve students’ understanding of concepts and career opportunities in managed care and industry. Our goal is to provide opportunities for students to gain exposure to the field by inviting speakers from managed care and industry to deliver presentations and meet with students at the School of Pharmacy. We also strive to develop and implement professional development events aimed at helping our members and other students in the school achieve their unique professional goals.

Building Sustainable Programming

Each year, our chapter strives to build on the initiatives put in place by the previous executive board and members to create sustainable programs for students. For instance, to help expose students to managed care concepts, we host a local Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition that allows participants to analyze the cost-effectiveness of new medications on the market, critically examine medication-related literature, and conduct comparative effectiveness research. The team selected as the winner of our competition then has the chance to enter its submission into the national P&T Competition hosted by AMCP.

In addition, to assist students with their professional development, we have implemented an Internship Prep Series (IPS) and Network Development Series (NDS). IPS supports students in their goal to obtain an internship by hosting CV/resume workshops and internship panels. IPS is open to students interested in all areas of pharmacy, including community and hospital. NDS represents the next step in professional development, providing students with the skills necessary to help them learn how to network. Later, students can implement the skills they have learned at our annual AMCP Managed Care, Industry, and Regulatory Affairs Roundtable, which introduces participants to the wide range of careers available in managed care pharmacy.

We also regularly invite speakers from industry and managed care to present to students about residency and fellowship opportunities in managed care, as well as potential career options. Our Seminar Series, made up of webinars, aims to provide in-depth information about career opportunities as well as the day-to-day life of a managed care or industry pharmacist. During each fall semester, we coordinate with fourth-year student pharmacists and current fellows, who also are alumni of the school, to host “PPS 101: Intro to Fellowship Applications.” Personnel Placement Service (PPS) is the application portal through which student pharmacists can apply for fellowships and set up interviews at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Meeting. The goal of this event is to educate students about what to expect during the fellowship application process and to provide steps they can take to enhance their competitiveness as an applicant based on the experience of previous fellows.

Expressing Our Gratitude

As with any notable achievement, this award is the result of the time and effort dedicated by numerous individuals. In addition to the hard work put forth by our members and executive board, we are grateful to the many alumni of the school who have taken time from their busy schedules to talk with students about the field and support our chapter in many other intangible ways. Without everyone’s hard work, this remarkable achievement would not have been possible.

– Yogitha Pazhani, chapter president and third-year student pharmacist

  
Yogitha Pazhani Education, University Life, USGANovember 10, 20170 comments
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Student Pharmacists Participate in National Drug Take-Back Initiative

Each year, student pharmacists from Generation Rx in the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) at the School of Pharmacy partner with law enforcement officials to establish collection sites for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Drug Take-Back Day initiative. This national campaign offers members of the local community an opportunity to dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired medications that might otherwise have remained in the home, posing a great danger to families and the environment and potentially leading to the misuse or abuse of those drugs.

Cleaning Out Medicine Cabinets in Baltimore

Oct. 28 marked the 14th official Drug Take-Back Day sponsored by the DEA. To give community members more time to clean out their medicine cabinets, student pharmacists at the school’s Baltimore campus collaborated with the UMB Police Force to set up a collection site at the SMC Campus Center on Oct. 25 and 28. Faculty, staff, students, and members of the local community were invited to turn in their unused or expired medication for safe disposal.

In addition to collecting medications, student pharmacists staffing the collection site had an opportunity to educate the public about medication safety and how to properly dispose of medications at home. They explained how disposing of antibiotics down the toilet and/or other drain can increase the severity of antibiotic resistance, and how disposing of birth control pills in the trash or in the toilet and/or drain can negatively affect the aquatic environment.

At the conclusion of Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 28, student pharmacists in Baltimore had successfully collected 46 pounds of expired and unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.

Serving the Community in Shady Grove

Given the growing opioid epidemic, a large, independent senior living community within walking distance from campus, and local pharmacies unable to accept unused and expired medications, the student pharmacists in Generation Rx at the School’s Shady Grove campus in Rockville also saw a need to provide a safe, convenient disposal site for the community.

Student pharmacists at Shady Grove assisted the Rockville City Police with an expansion of the national Drug Take-Back initiative by hosting a second Drug Take-Back Day at the Universities at Shady Grove on Oct. 26. For local community members unable to make it to the national Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 28, this event provided another opportunity for safe disposal. In addition, students chose to host the event in Lot 5, which allowed community members to drive through and drop off medications with ease.

Local pharmacies that helped promote the event as well as the individuals who participated expressed their gratitude to us for hosting an event so close to home. Several students and members of the local community stopped by the event, resulting in the collection of 30 pounds of unused and expired medications — a 10-pound increase from Shady Grove’s first Drug Take-Back Day event in April 2017.

Increasing Our Impact in the Future

Though the Baltimore campus has hosted its Drug Take-Back Day event for several years and the Shady Grove campus is only beginning to test the waters with its initiative, student pharmacists at both campuses are excited to see how these events continue to grow and evolve in the future. We enjoy having this unique opportunity to apply the lessons that we learn in the classroom to help individuals across the state of Maryland understand the importance of safely disposing of their unused and expired medications, and to provide a convenient collection site for them to participate in this national event.

— Larissa Nguy and Payal Patel, third-year student pharmacists

  
Larissa Nguy Community Service, University Life, USGANovember 9, 20171 comment
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School of Nursing Dean, Faculty Member Honored At Sigma Convention

Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), a faculty member, four alumnae, and the School’s local Pi Chapter were honored at Sigma’s 44th Biennial Convention in Indianapolis.

The awards from Sigma (formerly Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society for Nursing) recognized health care professionals for their contributions to professional excellence.

Kirschling received the Melanie C. Dreher Outstanding Dean Award for Excellence in Chapter Support, which honors a dean who is an active participant in the chapter and is engaged in supporting Sigma chapter activities. The awardee also provides significant support from the school to the chapter while championing faculty and student involvement in chapter activities and encouraging faculty and student participation in local, regional, and/or global Sigma activities.

Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor and associate dean of research, was named an honorary member of Sigma. The organization bestows honorary membership upon individuals of national or global influence who are not eligible for regular membership but have furthered the course of health care and demonstrate sustained superior achievements that have contributed to the advancement of nursing and health care at the national or global levels.

The four alumnae who received awards at the convention were:

  • Janice Hoffman, PhD ’06, RN, ANEF
  • Robin P. Newhouse, PhD ’00, MS ’99, BSN ’87, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
  • Elizabeth Sloand, PhD, MS ’86, CPNP, FAAN
  • Nancy Sullivan, DNP, MS ’92, BSN ’75, RN

Sloand earned the Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children, presented each biennium to a nurse who has made significant contributions to the health and well being of children, and Newhouse earned the Dorothy Garrigus Adams Award for Excellence in Fostering Professional Standards, which recognizes leadership in encouraging the use and promotion of growth of professional standards. Hoffman and Sullivan received The Capstone International Nursing Book Award for their publication, Medical-Surgical Nursing: Making Connections to Practice.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Friedmann has been named an honorary member of STTI in recognition of her international standing as a researcher and scientist. We also warmly congratulate our alumnae on their prestigious awards,” Kirschling said. “It is truly a privilege to be a part of the School of Nursing’s Pi Chapter, which fosters nursing excellence not only among our own students, faculty, and alumni, but also among nurses throughout the region; being recognized for chapter support is indeed an honor and quite humbling.”

Additionally, UMSON’s local Pi Chapter was recognized through the Showcase of Regional Excellence for its efforts to fulfill Sigma’s Presidential Call to Action, which asks chapters to demonstrate influence through advocacy, policy, philanthropy, and/or lifelong learning. Pi Chapter was recognized at the regional level in the lifelong learning category for its partnership with the school’s Office of Professional Development to co-sponsor and support the Ann Ottney Cain Lecture in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and the Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture, both part of the annual Dean’s Lecture Series, and the Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics.

Sigma seeks to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Membership is offered to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who have demonstrated excellence by scholarship. Nurses who exhibit exceptional achievements in nursing also can be invited to join via the Nurse Leadership option.

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 9, 20170 comments
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Summer 2018 Student Global Health Project Applications are Open

The Center for Global Education Initiatives is pleased to announce five global health interprofessional projects for the summer of 2018. Students have an opportunity to participate in projects in Costa Rica, Israel, Rwanda, The Gambia, and Zambia. Applications are open until Dec. 3.

  • Costa Rica: A comparative analysis of emerging infectious disease outbreak preparedness and response in Costa Rica and the United States.
  • Israel: Expanding greywater reuse in water-scarce regions in Israel.
  • Rwanda: First assessment of injection drug use practices and associated HIV risks in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • The Gambia: Health system strengthening in The Gambia: A continuation of prior work.
  • Zambia: Assessment of medical and pharmacy student knowledge of antimicrobial spectrum in Lusaka, Zambia.

For more information on these projects, go here.

Additional information about the grant application process can be found here.

  
Heidi Fancher Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, Research, USGANovember 7, 20170 comments
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Nursing’s Mueller-Burke and Colleagues to Assess Sedation Safety in Children

A 6-year old is experiencing a medical issue that doctors are unable to properly diagnose without ordering an MRI. On average, an MRI lasts 30 minutes to an hour and requires patients to lie completely still in a narrow, enclosed space — a tall task for a young child. In cases like these, and for other medical or dental procedures, sedation is often used to allow providers to treat children, especially those younger than 7. While sedating a child may allow for successful diagnosis and/or treatment, there are risks. According to a 2015 report in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, approximately 5 percent of children suffer life-threatening, adverse events while sedated during a procedure.

When colleagues at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) approached Dawn Mueller-Burke, PhD ’01, MS ’98, CRNP, NNP-BC, assistant professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), to investigate how children undergoing procedures are being monitored for safe and adequate sedation, it was a well-matched collaboration, as Mueller-Burke had previously worked on a National Institutes of Health-funded grant regarding sedation in UMMC’s pediatric ICU.

Now, Mueller-Burke is teaming with fellow UMSON faculty member Shari Simone, DNP ’11, MS ’96, CRNP-AC, PPCNP-BC, FCCM, FAANP, assistant professor; and UMMC colleagues Peggy Dorr, DNP, CPNP, pediatric nurse practitioner, Pediatric Sedation Service, and Karen Kaiser, PhD, RN, clinical practice coordinator, Oncology, Pain, and Palliative Care, on a $14,800 UMNursing Collaborative Grant for the joint research project, “Testing Reliability, Validity and Clinical Utility of the Richmond Agitation and Sedation Scale in Spontaneously Breathing Children Undergoing a Procedure,” which they hope will prevent future sedation/agitation complications in a young population.

The Richmond Agitation and Sedation Scale (RASS) can accurately assess mechanically ventilated, sedated, pediatric critically ill patients. Mueller-Burke and the UMMC team will determine the validity, reliability, and clinical utility of RASS when used by nurses in the largest pediatric population of spontaneously breathing children to be assessed to date. Using a single tool across an institution’s care settings may reduce the risk of communication errors due to misinterpretation by providers and staff in different settings. Mueller-Burke expects the team’s findings to be applicable to a large procedural sedation population and allow description of procedural sedation patterns, both priorities of a national pediatric sedation professional organization.

“It’s great to see UMSON and UMMC nurses collaborating on a nursing project that has clear nursing outcomes. It’s really important to determine if the tools nurses use to assess children are good for the task. If they’re not, we need to adjust them or develop others,” said Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor and associate dean of research, UMSON. “This research will make a meaningful contribution to nursing practice and quality of care for vulnerable children as they undergo procedures required to diagnose and treat their health conditions.”

In addition to being exposed to sedatives during procedures more frequently than are adults, children are at risk for adverse events while receiving sedative or analgesic medications because they require a deeper level of sedation and their physiology places them at higher risk for respiratory depression and hypoxia (Cravero, et al., 2006). Although clinical judgment is important, the use of a reliable, valid, clinically useful sedation/agitation tool is critical in determining a young patient’s sedation needs. This routine assessment should minimize adverse effects associated with the sedation medications used.

“As a faculty member of the School of Nursing, I’m embracing the opportunity to work with an incredible cadre of nurse scientists and clinicians from UMMC where this idea was born. I look forward to this special opportunity as a joint collaboration between the School of Nursing and UMMC to enable multiple educational opportunities for our doctoral students,” Mueller-Burke said. “Linking arms with our fellow DNP and PhD colleagues and the bridging of academic and UMMC resources and expertise exemplifies the goal of true translation of best evidence to practice.”

 

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 6, 20170 comments
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Nine School of Nursing Faculty Members Earn Fellowship Awards

Nine University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) faculty members have received $20,000 New Nurse Faculty Fellowship Awards, funded through the Nurse Support Program II (NSP II), for Fiscal Years 2018-20.

The following faculty members received New Nurse Faculty Fellowship Awards:

  • Ashley Brown, MS, RN, clinical instructor
  • Richard Paul Conley Jr., MS, CRNA, clinical instructor
  • Megan Doede, MS, RN, clinical instructor
  • Joseph Haymore, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, assistant professor
  • Michelle Kirwan, MSN, RN, CRNP, clinical instructor
  • Kim Mooney-Doyle, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC, assistant professor
  • Veronica Quattrini, DNP, FNP-BC, assistant professor
  • Hannah Tolley, MS, RNC-OB, CNL, clinical instructor
  • Barbara Wise, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC/PC, assistant professor

Maryland institutions with nursing degree programs are eligible to nominate newly hired, full-time, tenured or tenure-track, and clinical-track faculty members for the fellowship. The maximum amount of the three-year fellowship is $20,000. Recipients receive $10,000 during Year 1, then $5,000 annually for the remaining two years. Funds can be used to supplement a fellow’s salary, to pay for graduate education expenses, and to cover professional development and associated costs.

NSP II, funded by the Health Services Cost Review Commission and administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, is a statewide initiative designed to address the nurse shortage in Maryland by increasing the number of nurses prepared to serve as nursing faculty. Since 2013, UMSON has increased enrollment by 27 percent in its traditional BSN and RN-to-BSN programs in response to the Institute of Medicine’s 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 53 percent of nurses nationwide are educated at the baccalaureate level. The report further called for doubling the number of nurses with a doctoral degree, and UMSON’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program has grown by 431 percent since 2013.

Brown and Tolley, both from the Department of Partnerships, Professional Education, and Practice, are experts in simulation education; Conley, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health (OSAH), is an expert in nurse anesthesia; Doede, Department Family and Community Health (FCH), is an expert in hospital-built environments; and Haymore, OSAH, is an expert in implementation science and neurocritical care. Additionally, Kirwan, OSAH, is an expert in adult health/critical care; Mooney-Doyle, FCH, is an expert in palliative care and pediatric oncology; Quattrini, FCH, is an expert in emergency medicine; and Wise, FCH, is an expert in pediatrics.

“We are truly grateful for the generous support provided to our faculty members through the Nurse Support Program II,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “It is instrumental in helping us to recruit and retain highly talented and experienced individuals, who in turn make it possible for us to educate a nursing workforce that is well-prepared to meet the increasingly complex health care needs of Maryland’s residents now and in the future.”

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 6, 20170 comments
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Muslim Students and Scholars Association Banquet Set for Nov. 10

The Muslim Students and Scholars Association (MSSA) invites members of the UMB community to its Fall Banquet on Nov. 10.

The banquet will run from  6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the SMC Campus Center, Room 349.

This is the MSSA’s main event of the semester and will feature an engaging discussion followed by dinner. The topic of social media is very relevant today, and the discussion will focus on appropriate ways to incorporate social media while maintaining a professional and modest attitude.

The speaker for the night will be Brother Jose Acevedo, who has been a leader in youth development and education in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore metropolitan area for more than 15 years.

This event is open to everyone, so please spread the word!

  
Ghania Naeem People, University Life, USGANovember 3, 20170 comments
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Diversity Recognition Award Nominations Sought

The President’s Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) at UMB is requesting nominations for the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Recognition Awards.

The awards honor individual or group achievement in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness at UMB. The recipients serve as models for the campus of personal and professional commitment to the ideals of equality, justice, and opportunity for all people epitomized by Dr. King’s life and work.

Individuals or groups will be recognized in three categories:

• Outstanding UMB faculty or unit.
• Outstanding UMB staff or unit.
• Outstanding UMB student or student group.

In addition to the underlying principles outlined above, the DAC will use the criteria on the attached nomination form when evaluating potential honorees. Those making nominations are encouraged to address as many of the criteria as appropriate. Self-nominations are acceptable.

Nominations must be received by the close of business Nov. 22, 2017.

You may submit your nominations online at the 2018 MLK Diversity Awards Nominations page.

Or, you may send nominations to:
Vanessa Fahie, PhD, RN
DAC MLK Jr. Award Committee Chair
School of Nursing
655 W. Lombard St., Room 475C
Baltimore, MD 21201

  
Vanessa Fahie Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 2, 20170 comments
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Help the West Baltimore Community at Project Feast on Thanksgiving Day

For 28 years, University of Maryland School of Medicine students have coordinated Project Feast, a community event in West Baltimore that provides free Thanksgiving meals, clothing, and health resources to those in need.

This year’s Project Feast will take place Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Booker T. Washington Middle School (1301 McCulloh St., Baltimore, 21217). We will be passing out meals and clothes and providing health information during the event.

This has always been a  rewarding experience for those involved, and we look forward to having volunteers from all of the UMB schools. For more information please visit our website or send us an email.

  
Lillian Assatourian Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, People, UMB News, USGANovember 1, 20170 comments
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Gift Pays for Community College Nursing Students’ Accelerated Courses

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is covering the cost of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) courses for community college students participating in its Dual-Admission Partnership with seven community colleges statewide. Funds from a gift from Bill and Joanne Conway through their Bedford Falls Foundation make possible this opportunity for students to begin taking courses toward their BSN degree at no cost while completing their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). The funds will be available for the spring, summer, and fall 2018 semesters.

Maryland is one of four states predicted to experience a shortage of 10,000 registered nurses or more by 2025. As a result, the Maryland Action Coalition (MDAC) is focusing on ensuring the state has a well-educated nursing workforce as it promotes several pathways to academic progression, one of which is the dual-admission articulation model that allows students to apply and be admitted to a BSN program while in an ADN program at a community college.

“Financial aid is a key barrier for students. Unfortunately, students receiving financial aid for their associate degree program are unable to receive the financial aid required for the BSN courses,” said Nina Trocky, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNE, assistant professor and associate dean for the baccalaureate program. “These scholarship monies remove that barrier and facilitate seamless academic progression.”

In response to MDAC’s plan, UMSON began its Dual-Admission Partnership program in 2015. UMSON has agreements with Anne Arundel Community College, Carroll Community College, Cecil Community College, College of Southern Maryland, Frederick Community College, Montgomery College, and Prince George’s Community College. Through these partnerships, students enrolled in an ADN program receive transfer credits from UMSON for completed coursework at the community college. Students  then are granted special student status, allowing them to take UMSON courses while still working on their associate degree in nursing, thereby saving them time and money while completing their BSN degree. To matriculate into UMSON’s BSN program, students must graduate with an ADN from one of the community colleges and satisfy UMSON’s progression criteria.

“Through the generosity of the Conways, we are able to provide financial assistance to students who wish to begin taking BSN courses as they complete their Associate Degree in Nursing,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, who serves as co-chair of MDAC. “This will significantly expand opportunities for students and support our efforts to increase the number of baccalaureate-educated nurses throughout Maryland.”

An effort to increase qualified nursing candidates, the Dual-Admission Partnership 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 launched action coalitions, of which MDAC is one, in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and uses as its framework the landmark 2010 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. 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.

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 1, 20170 comments
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Nursing’s Wiseman Receives MNA’s Outstanding Pathfinder Award

Rebecca Wiseman, PhD ’93, RN, associate professor and chair of the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s program at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), was awarded the Maryland Nurses Association’s (MNA) Outstanding Pathfinder Award at the association’s 114th Annual Convention last week.

MNA’s Outstanding Pathfinder Award is presented to an MNA member who has demonstrated excellence and creative leadership that fosters the development of the nursing profession. Award recipients have pioneered in nursing innovation or developed creative approaches to further nursing’s agenda. Wiseman has been instrumental in helping Maryland answer the call of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2010 Future of Nursing report that nurses should achieve higher education through seamless academic progression.

In collaboration with work groups from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Maryland Action Coalition, and the Nurse Support Program II, funded by the Health Services Cost Review Commission and administered by Maryland Higher Education Commission, Wiseman spearheaded a review of the state’s RN articulation model, which creates a pathway to facilitate Maryland nurses’ ability to advance their education from community college-granted associate degree to baccalaureate nursing program.

“I am extremely honored to receive this award. In order to realize the goal of 80 percent of nurses being prepared at the baccalaureate or higher level of education, we need to develop opportunities for seamless academic progression,” Wiseman said. “The revision of the Maryland articulation model is one important step in advancing creative and thoughtful approaches to help students move through various avenues in their pursuit of their baccalaureate degree. Research has demonstrated time and time again that patient outcomes are better when baccalaureate-prepared nurses are providing care.”

Wiseman worked to revise the Maryland Education Articulation Plan, which provides guidelines for colleges and universities as they develop continuous academic progression programs for associate degree nurses. Through these efforts, Wiseman has been a trailblazer in aiming to achieve the IOM recommendation that 80 percent of the nurse workforce be educated at the baccalaureate level or higher by 2020.

“We congratulate Dr. Wiseman on this significant honor and are thrilled that she has been recognized by the MNA for her efforts to create a streamlined process by which nurses can continue their education,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “This award is a testament to her ability to create a sense of collegiality, collaboration, and shared purpose to bring institutions together to ensure opportunities for nurses throughout the state to advance their knowledge and skills.”

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAOctober 20, 20170 comments
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