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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 »
Forensic nurses aid victims of assault, abuse
Forensic nurses provide a critical early step in healing for victims of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and child and elder abuse. "There is no greater reward than to help empower a patient to better health and well-being," said Pamela Holtzinger, MSN, RN, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P, FNE A/P, forensic nurse program coordinator at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Md. "They (assault and abuse victims) are...READ MORE »
Carroll Hospital offers seed localization for breast cancer patients
Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Md., in collaboration with Advanced Radiology, is offering patients seed localization, an approach that allows surgeons to precisely locate breast cancers for treatment during surgery, according to a news release. The procedure involves a radiologist inserting a tiny sealed seed into a patient's breast, using a small needle and mammographic or ultrasound guidance, to mark the...READ MORE »
UMSON faculty members selected to NLN leadership program
Five faculty members from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore have been selected to participate in the National League for Nursing's 2015 LEAD program, according to a news release. Chosen for the program were Amy Daniels, BSN, MS, RN, CHSE, clinical instructor; Lori Edwards, BSN, DrPH, RN, PHCNS-BC, assistant professor; Vanessa Fahie, PhD, BS, RN, assistant professor; Margaret Hammersla, BSN,...READ MORE »
Georgetown program allows nurses to pursue dreams of becoming midwives
The pursuit of the ultimate job led a time-crunched Kathy Peacock to enroll in the Nurse-Midwifery/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. "My dream job is to do home births because that was where both my boys were born," said Peacock, RN, a certified doula and student in her last year of the 27-month program. The flexibility of an online program at such a reputable...READ MORE »
Medstar Washington Hospital Center completes first phase of new Heart Hospital
An entire floor of the new Heart Hospital at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., recently was dedicated by MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute medical staff, associates and administrators. The opening of the new 60-bed unit marks the completion of the first of four phases in the construction of the first dedicated heart hospital in the nation's capital, according to a news release. The new...READ MORE »
Notre Dame of Maryland receives $1.5 million grant to fund endowed nursing chair
Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore has received a $1.5 million gift from the Pitts Family Foundation, among the largest gifts received from a university alumna, that will fund the first endowed chair in the university's school of nursing. The Frances Kay Pitts Endowed Chair for Nursing Leadership and Innovation will provide funding for scholarship, research and special projects in the school of nursing,...READ MORE »