Ten faculty members from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore have been awarded the Nurse Educator Doctoral Grant for Practice and Dissertation Research, according to a news release.
Grant recipients were assistant professors Charon Burda, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC; Katherine Fornili, MPH, RN, CARN, and Kelley Wilson, DNP, RN. Other recipients include clinical instructors Ben Canha, MS, RN; Meredid Caves, MSN, RN; Dzifa Dordunoo, PhD, MSN, RN; Ana Duarte, MS, BSN, APRN, CRNP-PMH; Michelle Gonzalez, MSN, MSOM, RN, CRNA; Ann Hoffman, MS, RN; and Kathleen McElroy, MS, BSN, RN. Each will receive $30,000 to assist with educational and professional expenses.
The competitive grant program is designed to assist PhD and DNP candidates who are pursuing advanced degrees. The goal is to increase the number of doctoral-prepared nursing faculty in Maryland, strengthen faculty development for optimal capacity at schools of nursing, and recruit and retain a diverse nursing faculty, according to the release.
“With the availability of these awards to our faculty, the school of nursing is in prime position to answer the Institute of Medicine’s call for a more highly educated nursing workforce and improved nursing education system,” UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, said in the release. “I fully expect this program to help us build and fortify our faculty infrastructure, which will ensure an adequate educational capacity for the preparation of future nurses.”
Grant recipients can use the funds for professional development; course release time; wages for research-related administrative support; or project-related expenses for supplies, travel and document creation. The grant program is a statewide funding initiative supported by the Nurse Support Program II, and is jointly approved by the Health Services Cost Review Commission and Maryland Higher Education Commission.