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School of Nursing, BCCC Sign Dual-Admission Agreement

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) recently signed an agreement of dual admission. BCCC becomes the ninth community college in Maryland to sign such an agreement with UMSON.

Through the agreement, students can apply and be admitted to UMSON’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program while in BCCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program. Students will receive transfer credits from UMSON for completed coursework at BCCC 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.

“This partnership with UMSON creates a smooth transition for BCCC students who are enrolled in our ADN program to obtain their BSN degree,” said Scott Olden, MS, RN, dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions, BCCC.

An effort to increase qualified nursing candidates, the agreement is helping further the mission of  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.” 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.

“UMSON faculty and staff welcome the opportunity to work with the BCCC community to provide an avenue for its ADN students to earn their BSN degrees,” said Linda Murray, DNP, CPNP-Ped, assistant professor and director, RN-to-BSN Program, UMSON. “We are looking forward to working together to advise the nursing students at BCCC on how to successfully enhance their skills as they progress through the program.”

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

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, UMB News, University Life, USGAMay 23, 20180 comments
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Graduate Students Give Voice to Universal Health Care Debate

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

On April 24, two teams composed of graduate students from the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy engaged in a professional dialogue about the advantages and disadvantages of the Medicare Access for All Bill (HR 676) proposed to Congress in 2015, which would mandate that all individuals residing in the U.S., including any territories, be covered under the Medicare for All Program, entitling them to a universal, best quality standard of health care. The debate was motivated by recent political discussions, which have strongly argued for health care to be recognized as a human right.

While some proponents of the bill are in favor of moving to a single-payer national health care program to help resolve America’s health care crisis, others have expressed concerns about having a single-payer health care system. For example, the annual report published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2015 revealed that its Part A trust fund (hospital insurance) will be exhausted in the next 15 years. This would, in turn, lead to a cut in benefits and increased payroll taxes or a diversion of funds from the rest of the federal budget to cover the nation’s health care.

Analyzing the Issue from All Sides

In light of these discussions, the student chapters of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) and the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) organized a formal discussion around this topic and gained insights from participants, judges, and the audience on potential ways to advance health care in the United States.

The participants were required to debate on two key aspects of the bill:

  • Eligibility criteria and covered health services
  • Financing for the program

The debate was conducted such that each team delivered its opening statement, which was followed by  arguments for or against the eligibility requirements and costs that this bill would incur or save. The teams also had an opportunity to rebut the opposing side’s argument. The debate ended with each team delivering a closing statement.

The debate was judged by local leaders in health policy, including:

  • Lauren Wagner, PhD, MS, deputy director of clinical quality management for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part A and Minority AIDS Initiative Program at the Baltimore City Health Department
  • Raimee Eck, MPH, MPA, PhD, CPH, president of the Maryland Public Health Association (MdPHA)
  • Ryan Mutter, PhD, assistant professor of health economics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

In addition, the audience had an opportunity to submit paper ballots with their vote for the team they thought won the debate. The three judges used this feedback, along with their own insight, to select the winning team.

Putting Forth a Persuasive Argument

Team A — which included Chigoziem Oguh, Rachana Regmi, and Christina Greene, graduate students in the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Medicine — was in favor of the bill. Their key arguments addressed improving what it called a “disjointed” health care system, including coverage for mental health and substance abuse care, which can vary by state, and moving toward a more streamlined national health care system. The premise of their argument was that uniform access to care would help reduce disparities and ultimately improve health outcomes.

Team B — which included Martin Calabrese, Kyungwan Hong, and Bansri Desai, graduate students in the PhD in PHSR Program at the School of Pharmacy — opposed the bill. Their key argument was that the bill could lead to a decline in quality of health care with no impetus for innovation. They insisted that the bill provided few specifics on exactly how a “Medicare for all” system would be implemented and funded. For example, would such a generous health care system lead to increased taxes for U.S. citizens? Of note, Team B was not opposed to the concept of a national health care system; however, it thought that this bill lacked important details about the implementation of such a system, and thus, it could not support it without the aforementioned issues being addressed.

Lessons from which Everyone Can Benefit

At the end of the debate, Team B was deemed the winner based on the judges’ decisions and input from the audience poll.

Through this debate, the UMB student chapters of ISPE and ISPOR aimed to encourage discussion and conversation as tools for shaping a health care system that can be beneficial for all stakeholders. The event also served as a platform for participants and audience members to network with local leaders in health policy.  

However, we would be remiss not to acknowledge that discussions about issues like Medicare for all, free-market health care, and the Affordable Care Act all seek to address the same issue — financing health care for all U.S. citizens. Our country needs fresh conversation on how to repair our health care system, and a system that can simplify health care delivery and provide all individuals with access to basic health care services at a reasonable cost will win the day.

— Aakash Gandhi, PHSR graduate student, vice president of the UMB ISPE student chapter, and secretary of the UMB ISPOR chapter

Aakash GandhiEducation, University Life, USGAMay 16, 20180 comments
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HS/HSL Information on Access to Resources for UMB Graduates

As the academic year comes to a close, the Health Sciences and Human Services Library would like graduating students to know what resources they can use after graduation.

Journals and databases: Alumni retain access to HS/HSL’s electronic resources for two months after graduation. After that, you will need to visit the Library to use the on-site computers.

RefWorks: If you have saved references in RefWorks, consider migrating them to a freely available tool so you do not lose them when your access expires two months after graduation. Two free options, Mendeley and Zotero, are described on our Other Citation Managers page.

Free databases: Once your electronic access expires, you will still have access to public databases for literature, drug information, and more. A few examples are highlighted here in the May 2018 Connective Issues. Additionally, be sure to investigate what resources you have through your new workplace and any professional organizations of which you are a member.

Everly BrownEducation, Research, University Life, USGAMay 14, 20180 comments
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Gutchell Elected State’s Representative for Nurse Practitioners Group

Veronica Gutchell, DNP ’13, CNS, CRNP, assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), has been elected as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) representative for the state of Maryland. Her term begins July 1, 2018, at the close of the AANP’s national conference in Denver.

In this role, Gutchell will represent the interests of AANP, its members, and the community at large. She also will function as the key state contact person for the AANP regional director, board of directors, committees, and executive staff.

“It is an honor to have been elected as a Maryland state representative. I’m excited to act as a liaison between Maryland nurse practitioners and AANP,” Gutchell said. “I will collaborate with state organizations on issues affecting nurse practitioners and offer solutions by connecting them with the available resources provided by the national organization. In turn, I will share with AANP the outstanding work being done by Maryland nurse practitioners who are committed to delivering high-quality health care to Maryland residents.”

AANP is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of more than 248,000 licensed NPs in the United States. It also provides legislative leadership at the local, state, and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education, and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. Serving as the voice of the NP, AANP represents the interests of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, and patient-centered health care.

“We congratulate Dr. Gutchell on being elected the AANP representative for Maryland,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “She has demonstrated her deep commitment to advanced practice nursing and will do an outstanding job as a liaison between our state and the national organization. Dr. Gutchell represents nurse leadership at its finest, and I know that in her new role, we will all benefit from her ability to translate the experiences and interests of Maryland’s nurse practitioners to leaders at the regional and national level.”

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAMay 11, 20180 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the May issue of The President’s Message.

It includes the following:

  • Dr. Perman’s column on a new home for our Community Engagement Center
  • A recap of IPE Day
  • A look ahead to commencement
  • Dr. Robert Redfield’s appointment as CDC director
  • A Women’s History Month celebration of Dr. Angela Brodie
  • Shock Trauma’s Stop the Bleed program
  • A roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements
Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Administration, University Life, USGAMay 10, 20180 comments
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Med Students, Surgeons Share College/Career Advice with Local High Schoolers

On April 16, a group of first-year students from the University of Maryland School of Medicine hosted 23 freshmen from the PTECH School at Dunbar for a panel discussion on college and health care careers. This was followed by “Stop the Bleed” training provided by trauma surgeons from the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Stop the Bleed is a national campaign designed to prepare laypersons to address life-threatening bleeding after everyday emergencies or natural disasters. It is sponsored by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma.

The PTECH School at Dunbar is a new six-year high school program that featuesg integrated high school and college coursework leading to an industry recognized postsecondary degree in a health care field (physical therapy, nursing, health information technology, and respiratory care) for all enrolled students. As an industry partner and Baltimore anchor institution, UMB partners with PTECH to provide campus-based learning opportunities and mentors from the University community.

The April 16 activity was organized by first-year medical students and panelists Dominique Gelmann, Mohammad Hadavand, Molly Himmelrich, Atizaz Hussain, and Madeleine Smith, in partnership with trauma surgeons Laura Buchanan, MD, Sharon Henry, MD, Habeeba Park, MD, Jason Pasley, DO, and the UMB Office of Community Engagement (OCE). Participating students gained valuable information about general preparation for higher education and specifics on how to prepare now for future careers in medicine.

Alexia Smith, corporate education liaison for PTECH, said about the visit, “The information our students gained from this experience was invaluable! Not only did they learn to start thinking critically and early about the process of continuing their education beyond their high school diploma and associate degrees, they gained a valuable skill in the Stop the Bleeding training, which can help them save people’s lives. The kids were ecstatic, and this experience really helped build their confidence. Thank you!”

OCE challenges student groups, staff, and faculty across the UMB campus to develop creative ways to share their chosen career paths with our K-12 partners. If you, your student organization, or department would like to propose such an activity or gain assistance in developing creative ways to engage our community partners, please contact Brian Sturdivant, MSW, director of strategic initiatives and community partnerships, via email at or by calling 410-706-1678.

Brian SturdivantCollaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, USGAApril 18, 20180 comments
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Student Pharmacists Place in Top 16 of National Competition

Editor’s Note: This post by second-year student pharmacists Julia Mahler and Cory Duke was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

This year marks the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Foundation’s 18th annual Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Competition. Hundreds of student pharmacists across the country look forward to participating in this event each year, as it offers a great opportunity for us to hone the skills necessary to pursue careers in managed care pharmacy as well as the pharmaceutical industry.

Testing Our Skills at the Local Level

Before students can compete at the national level, their team must win a local P&T competition. Students who want to participate compete in groups of four to evaluate clinical and economic data for a medication recently released on the market. Students use the data to create and present an evaluation of the drug’s formulary status for a mock P&T Committee Case. This year’s medication was Xultophy (insulin degludec and liraglutide), a combination insulin product produced and manufactured by Novo Nordisk for individuals who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Local competitions were hosted at 47 pharmacy schools across the country. The winning submission from each local competition is submitted to the national competition.

Making Decisions as a Team

In addition to us, our team included second-year student pharmacist Amita Jain and first-year student pharmacist Caroline Titus. At the start of the competition, we focused on individually evaluating the clinical and economic data. We then came together to form a thoroughly supported consensus based on the information that was available to us, as the documents for our final submission, which included a 20-page monograph, needed to support one unified formulary decision. We also created a formal presentation that outlined our formulary decision, with supporting clinical and economic data offered throughout the presentation.

What many people who have never participated in the competition might not know is that the project also included a number of technical components, such as:

  • Building economic models
  • Using a complex method known as the Delfini Validity and Usability Grading Scale for Summarizing the Evidence for Interventions to grade the available evidence
  • Performing literature reviews

Along with fine-tuning these skills, our goal as a group was to strengthen our ability to make a comprehensive, well-supported value proposition through teamwork, while leveraging the individual strengths of our team members.

Throughout the competition, there were many valuable resources made available to us. Each team had access to the AMCP eDossier System, which contained pertinent information, including post-marketing studies and budget impact model templates. Additionally, our team was able to utilize the Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Tool to evaluate the collected research through a series of consistent analyses. We also applied concepts from our current Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum, including those learned in courses such as Medical Evidence. Furthermore, our group members had some initial formulary management knowledge gained from their time as pharmacy interns at community and hospital pharmacies. However, even without formal training in formulary management, we were able to harness our passion for improving patient health outcomes to create the best possible formulary decision.

In the end, we put together a formulary decision that was specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of the mock health plan and the populations of patients that they served.

Looking Ahead to the National Competition

The local P&T Competition hosted by the AMCP student chapter at the School of Pharmacy featured 34 teams, so we were ecstatic to hear our team announced as the winner for the event, and even more thrilled when — out of the 46 schools of pharmacy that entered the national competition — our entry was recognized as one of the top 16 semifinalists.

We are deeply honored to represent our AMCP student chapter and the school at the national competition, which will be held April 23-26 in Boston. We also are looking forward to serving as resources for other students who might be interested in competing and enhancing their knowledge of formulary management in future years. We thank fellow second-year student pharmacists Tieu-Long Ton-Nu and Zoe Nguyen, who served as our local P&T Competition coordinators; Fadia Shaya, MPH, PhD, professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) and advisor for our AMCP student chapter; and the AMCP Foundation for facilitating this competition.

Julia MahlerEducation, USGAApril 12, 20180 comments
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Halal on the Lawn: Bring Donations, Get Free Food on April 20

The Neuroscience Outreach & Volunteer Association’s (NOVA) Fifth Annual Halal on the Lawn will be held April 20 on the School of Nursing Lawn. There will be food, lawn games, music, and more, and NOVA will be collecting donations to use as prizes at its monthly Bingo events for the patients at Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville, Md. As a thank you for donations, NOVA will provide free Halal in return!

Here are the event details:

  • What: Fifth Annual Halal on the Lawn
  • When: Friday, April 20
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: School of Nursing Lawn
  • Requested donations: Adult clothing, including shoes; toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.); activities (books, games, Sudoku puzzles, etc.).
  • Co-sponsors: NOVA and the University Student Government Association (USGA)
Kasey GirvenCommunity Service, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAApril 9, 20180 comments
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April 18: Nurses for Global Health’s 11th Annual Conference

The interprofessional student group Nurses for Global Health will host its 11th Annual Conference on April 18 at the School of Social Work Auditorium. The title of this year’s conference is “Global Health on Edge: What in the World is Going On?”

The conference will focus on emergent issues in global health, including gun violence, disaster preparedness and response, and social isolation. These critical global health issues will be examined through a global and local lens via a stellar lineup of speakers (see below).

Here are the event details:

  • What: Nurses for Global Health 11th Annual Conference
  • When: Wednesday, April 18
  • Time: Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Where: School of Social Work Auditorium, 525 W. Redwood St.
  • Registration: Go to this link.

The speakers include:

  • Erricka Bridgeford, The Baltimore Sun 2017 Marylander of the Year, Baltimore Ceasefire
  • Capt. Patrick Denis, MBA, BSN, RN, CHEP, Medical Reserve Corps, U.S. Public Health Service
  • Sacoby Wilson, PhD, MS, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health
  • Capt. Aisha Mix, DNP, MPH, MSN, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services




Anne BrennerBulletin Board, Education, For B'more, People, University Life, USGAApril 6, 20180 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the April issue of The President’s Message.

It includes:

  • Dr. Perman’s column on Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen and the global/local movement she’s helped shape
  • Recaps of the employee recognition luncheon and human trafficking lecture
  • A story on how the Housekeeping Department has benefited from UMB’s Project SEARCH, which trains and hires individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • CURE Corner spotlights
  • A story on the first employee to benefit from our improved Live Near Your Work Program
  • A roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements
Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAApril 4, 20180 comments
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Legislative Day: Advocating for Advancement of the Pharmacy Profession

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

Every year, pharmacists and student pharmacists from across Maryland gather in Annapolis to inform Maryland legislators and their aides about important pharmacy-focused legislation. Feb. 20 marked the 18th annual Legislative Day for our profession, and the School of Pharmacy was proud to have more than 150 students in attendance for this special event. Students from the Baltimore and Shady Grove campuses attended, with a particularly large presence from first-year student pharmacists.

Identifying the Important Issues

Legislative Day is sponsored by the Maryland Pharmacy Coalition (MPC), which represents the unified legislative stance of its seven members:

  • Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacy (MSHP)
  • Maryland Pharmacists Association (MPhA)
  • Maryland Chapter-American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (MD-ASCP)
  • Maryland Pharmaceutical Society (MPhS)
  • Student Government Associations (SGAs) from each school of pharmacy in the state, including the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy, and Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy

As the legislative season starts each year, the MPC reviews all bills filed with the General Assembly, paying special attention to those pertaining to pharmacy practice. The MPC then meets to form a consensus on these bills. If all seven primary voting members come to unanimous agreement on a bill, the MPC will take a stance of support, support with amendments, or oppose. The coalition then develops position statements for each bill for which a unified consensus was reached. These statements become the foundation for the discussion points that we present during our meetings with legislators and their aides on Legislative Day. Student pharmacists and MPC representatives from the UM School of Pharmacy, Andrew Wherley and Julia Mahler (the authors of this post), wrote several of the consensus statements on behalf of the MPC.

Making Our Voices Heard

If you ask any advocacy group why it’s important to talk loudly and often about their profession or cause, you’re likely to hear the phrase, “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” It’s very easy to wonder what difference one voice can make, but the answer is simple: a much bigger difference than no voice at all. When an army of voices speaks directly to the people who make the changes, incredible transformations can occur. Over the years, the commitment of student pharmacists to serving as the voice of the future of our profession on Legislative Day has made numerous differences in how we are able to practice, including:

  • The ability for pharmacists to prescribe oral contraception
  • The ability for pharmacists to enter into collaborative practice agreements
  • The ability for pharmacists to administer influenza vaccines to all patients 9 years old and older
  • The ability for pharmacists to administer any vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — both routine and travel vaccines — to patients ages 11-17 (with a prescription) and patients 18 years and older (no prescription required)

For our part, we particularly enjoyed watching the first-year students learn about pharmacy law and share their perspectives with senators and delegates. It helps them better understand early on how important it is that student pharmacists have a stake in the future of their profession.

To see more students’ stories on Legislative Day, you can search social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #MDPharmacyCares.

— Andrew Wherley, third-year student pharmacist, and Julia Mahler, second-year student pharmacist

Andrew WherleyUniversity Life, USGAApril 3, 20180 comments
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School of Nursing in Top 10 Nationally for All Ranked DNP and Master’s Specialties

In the newly released 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is included in the top 10 nationally for all ranked master’s and DNP specialties. The school’s master’s-level Nursing Informatics specialty remains No. 1 in the nation.

UMSON’s overall Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is ranked No. 8, with the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist specialty ascending to No. 3. Its Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner–Family, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Anesthesia round out its top-10 DNP specialty rankings. The Nurse Anesthesia specialty rankings were released in the 2017 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” and will be in effect until 2021. In addition, two master’s specialties — the Clinical Nurse Leader option and Nursing Administration, which represents UMSON’s Health Services Leadership and Management specialty — join Nursing Informatics in the top five.

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine’s report on the Future of Nursing called on schools of nursing nationwide to double the number of nurses with a doctoral degree. UMSON’s DNP program, launched in 2006, has grown significantly over the past five years, currently enrolling 473 students, which is up from 89 students in 2013. Nurse practitioners are answering the call to provide more of the nation’s primary care services, especially in rural and underserved areas, and UMSON’s DNP program prepares nurses to deliver complex care across the lifespan and to improve patient outcomes through the translation of research into practice.

“It is gratifying to continue to be recognized nationally for our master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and to have our numerous specialty areas receive recognition in the top 10,” 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 increasingly diverse communities within a rapidly changing health care environment.”

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 that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, UMB News, University Life, USGAMarch 28, 20180 comments
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Rock the Smokeout 2018: Support Tobacco Cessation Efforts on April 13

Students Promoting Awareness (SPA) presents the 10th annual Rock the Smokeout , a fundraising event designed to raise awareness about tobacco cessation, on April 13 at Pickles Pub. This USGA-sponsored fundraiser is a Battle of the Bands event, featuring bands from different schools within the University.

  • Date: Friday, April 13
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Site: Pickles Pub, 520 Washington Blvd.
  • Tickets: $5 for UMB students, $7 for non-UMB students

Come and join SPA in raising money for CEASE Baltimore while enjoying live music, food, raffles and more! Stop by Pharmacy Hall between noon and 2 p.m. from April 9 to April 13 to purchase tickets or Rock the Smokeout T-shirts. Tickets and T-shirts also will be sold at the door on the night of the event.

Jordan ParkeFor B'more, People, University Life, USGAMarch 28, 20180 comments
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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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Bear Family v. Gold E. Locks Case Offers Schoolkids Lessons on Law

On March 13, members of the Francis King Carey School of Law’s trial team hosted 32 students from UMB partner school George Washington Elementary’s after-school program for a career exposure activity.

The activity held in the Ceremonial Moot Courtroom involved a mock trial of fairy-tale character Gold E. Locks,  played by third-year student Jackie Taylor, “for having bad manners” for entering the home of the three bears, eating their porridge, and vandalizing their rocking chairs. Pop A. Bear was played by third-year student Donavan Ham, Babe E. Bear was played by second-year student Timothy VanCisin, and Mom A. Bear was played by third-year student Jhonell Campbell.

Other law students involved in the activity included third-year student Courtney Watkins as Gold’s mom Curl E. Locks, third-year student Ashley Fellona as the judge, third-year student Tyler Brown as an advocate for Gold, and third-year student Andrew Nagel as an attorney for the Bear Family. The children were split into three separate juries of approximately 10 students each, all of whom got a chance to sit in the jury box. One jury found Gold guilty of having bad manners, but the other two juries were more sympathetic to the defendant, finding her not guilty.

The exercise in career exposure allowed our K-12 community partners an out-of-classroom learning experience that many of our partner schools are not funded to provide. These types of experiences are well-documented to have positive outcomes for participating students and are among the most cost-effective ways for us to engage our community partners.

The Office of Community Engagement challenges student groups, staff, and faculty across the UMB campus to develop creative ways to share their chosen career paths with our K-12 partners. If you, your student organization, or department would like to propose such an activity or for assistance in developing creative ways to engage our community partners, please contact Brian Sturdivant, MSW, director of strategic initiatives and community partnerships, at or 410-706-1678.

Brian SturdivantCommunity Service, Education, For B'more, UMB News, USGAMarch 15, 20180 comments
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