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UMSON receives gift of $5.2 million to fund scholarships for 157 new students
A $5.24-million gift from William "Bill" and Joanne Conway, through their Bedford Falls Foundation, will enable the University of Maryland School of Nursing to expand enrollment in its traditional BSN program and expand RN-to-BSN opportunities. The gift, the largest in school history, will provide full scholarship support for 157 new UMSON students, according to a news release. Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN,...READ MORE »
Johns Hopkins, UMSON rank in Top 10 on U.S. News Best Graduate Nursing Schools list
Two Maryland nursing schools ranked in the top 10 on U.S. News & World Report's 2016 Best Graduate Nursing Schools list. The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore ranked tied for second place with the University of California-San Francisco in U.S. News' latest survey. In addition, JHSON's online graduate nursing programs were recently ranked No. 3 by U.S. News & World Report. "This top-ranked...READ MORE »
Children's National selects Maryland nurse as its Employee of the Year
Courtney Jones, RN, of Hyattsville, Md., has been named Employee of the Year by the Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C., according to a news release. Jones is an employee of Children's National School Services, which places nurses in Washington area public and charter schools, and works at Dunbar High School in Washington. Jones has created a mentoring and support group for female students called...READ MORE »
College of Southern Maryland, UMSON reach agreement on dual admission BSN
The College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, Md., and the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore signed an agreement April 8 on a dual admission program that will allow CSM students pursuing an associate's degree in nursing to simulateously enroll in the BSN program at UMSON, according to a news release. "CSM has established a solid reputation as the leading resource for accessible education and...READ MORE »
Meet the 2015 DC/Maryland/Virginia GEM Award finalists
This year's GEM Award finalists from the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia region are among the best of the best in the profession. Read about the finalists in each of six categories below, from the words of their nominators. An awards dinner to announce the winners in each category will be held on June 10. Christina Cafeo, DNP, RN Director of nursing and patient care services for medical, surgical and cardiac...READ MORE »
Hopkins nursing study finds home visits could help seniors remain self sufficient
Older adults who have difficulty with daily activities such as bathing, grooming, cooking, eating or just getting to the bathroom often end up in hospitals or nursing homes, spending a disproportionately huge number of healthcare dollars, according to a report conducted for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. For far less money, about 80% of these same elders could be made more self-reliant and...READ MORE »
Carroll Hospital Center announces March DAISY winner
Marie Jones, RN, was presented with the March DAISY Award at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Md. A nurse at the hospital for about 19 years, Jones was honored for her willingness to go above and beyond her normal duties to help a patient obtain the specialized equipment he needed after being discharged from the hospital, according to a news release. "I am very proud of Marie's dedication and her outstanding...READ MORE »
Maryland residency helps new nurses gain confidence, improve skills
A statewide Maryland residency program is helping first-year nurses like Kristin Scilipoti gain confidence while learning to provide high-quality healthcare to patients. The yearlong Maryland Nurse Residency Collaborative "makes me feel more comfortable as a new RN," said Scilipoti, BS, RN, CHES, AE-C, who works in the NICU at Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore. "It helps me to self reflect, [and]...READ MORE »
UMSON to offer neonatal nurse practitioner DNP program
Beginning this fall, the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore will offer a neonatal nurse practitioner post-BSN to DNP program. An NNP is an advanced practice nurse who provides direct patient care to pre-term infants, full-term infants, neonates and children up to age 2, according to a news release. UMSON is launching the new neonatal nurse practitioner specialty in response to a continued need to...READ MORE »
George Washington University names new dean of nursing
The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., recently named Pamela R. Jeffries as its next dean of the school of nursing. Jeffries, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, who in 2013 was named the Johns Hopkins University inaugural vice provost of digital initiatives, has been a Johns Hopkins professor of nursing since 2009, according to a news release. "Dr. Jeffries is a nationally recognized innovator with a strong...READ MORE »
Carroll Medical Center names nurse its Associate of the Month for February
Sheree Plumb, RN, was named the February associate of the month at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Md. A member of Carroll's staff since 2009, Plumb was nominated when she sacrificed her personal time on Christmas Day to assist with an emergency surgery, according to a news release. "Sheree's actions far exceeded everyone's expectations that day," Lisa Burmeister, RN, clinical manager of surgical services at...READ MORE »
UMSON dean selected to Maryland leadership program
Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, has been selected to Leadership Maryland's Class of 2015. Kirschling is one of 50 Maryland leaders chosen to participate, according to a news release. Leadership Maryland is a professional development program dedicated to building a stronger Maryland by educating, cultivating and connecting the state's brightest...READ MORE »
Carroll Hospital Center names RN as February DAISY Award winner
Lisa Wetzel, RN, recently was presented with the February DAISY Award by Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Md. A nurse at the hospital since 2012, Wetzel was nominated for her compassion, professionalism and exceptional care of a patient at the hospital, according to a news release. "Lisa's level of care is a perfect example of what we want our patients to receive," Stephanie Reid, BSN, MBA, MHA, RN, vice...READ MORE »
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences names new dean of graduate nursing
Former chief nurse officer for the U.S. Public Health Service Carol A. Romano, PhD, RN, BC, NEA, FAAN, FACMI, was selected as the new dean of the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. She succeeds Ada Sue Hinshaw, who retired in August, according to a news release. Romano served as associate dean for academic affairs in the graduate...READ MORE »
Georgetown nursing professor to lead CDC initiative on children's health
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has selected the School of Nursing & Health Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., as the new academic home for the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment, a regional pediatric environmental health specialty unit, according to a news release. Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based...READ MORE »