University of Maryland School of Nursing and Howard Community College Sign Dual-Admission Agreement

University of Maryland School of Nursing and Howard Community College Sign Dual-Admission Agreement

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and Howard Community College (HCC) have signed an agreement of dual admission ensuring a smooth transition from HCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program to UMSON’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

The agreement will allow students to apply and be admitted to UMSON’s BSN program while in HCC’s ADN program. Students will receive transfer credits from UMSON for coursework completed at HCC and will be granted special student status to take UMSON courses while still working on their associate degree.

Georgene Butler, PhD, professor and dean of health sciences at HCC, tells UMaryland.edu, “The dual admission partnership is a tremendous value to Howard Community College students, allowing them to progress toward their associate degree and begin the process of attaining their baccalaureate degree in nursing. This new educational option will make the path to a bachelor’s degree more affordable for students and their families.”

The dual admission agreement is an effort by both nursing schools to increase the number of qualified nursing candidates. The agreement also helps UMSON further its 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.

To learn more about the dual admission agreement between the University of Maryland School of Nursing and Howard Community College, visit here.

University of Maryland Nursing Professor Awarded $3 Million NIH Grant to Investigate Chronic Pain

University of Maryland Nursing Professor Awarded $3 Million NIH Grant to Investigate Chronic Pain

Cynthia Renn, PhD, MS, RN, associate professor in the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), was recently awarded a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate chronic pain in trauma patients suffering from lower-leg fractures.

Renn will serve as principal investigator for the study, joined by Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and chair, Department of Pain and Translational Symptom Science, and UMSON alumna Mari Griffioen, PhD, MS, BSN.

Chronic pain is a major issue for trauma patients, with lower-extremity fractures causing the highest incidence rate of chronic pain. Individuals with this type of fracture often develop chronic pain at the fracture site, causing them to seek medical care more frequently than trauma patients who don’t develop chronic pain. They also report high levels of pain intensity, anxiety, and depression.

Renn’s team seeks to examine if psychological, clinical, and sociodemographic factors are predictive of chronic pain characteristics in patients during the year following a lower-extremity fracture. Renn tells Baltimore.CityBizList.com:

“This project is enormously important. Not only as it relates to improving the quality of life for trauma patients, but this study may also shed light on factors that play a role in other chronic pain conditions.”

To learn more about University of Maryland School of Nursing professor Cynthia Renn and her recent $3 million grant from the NIH to investigate chronic pain in trauma patients suffering from lower-leg fractures, visit here.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Receives $10 Million Donation

University of Maryland School of Nursing Receives $10 Million Donation

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) recently received a $10 million gift from Bill and Joanne Conway through their Bedford Falls Foundation. The generous gift will enable the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) to provide scholarships to nearly 350 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees, and aid in addressing the state’s nursing workforce needs.

UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, tells UMaryland.edu, “Maryland is among just a handful of states facing the country’s worst shortages in nursing. The Conways’ extraordinarily generous gift will begin remediating these shortages. And ultimately, what that means is that the care we provide to Marylanders will improve: Patient outcomes will improve, complex care will be delivered with fewer errors, we’ll shorten in-patient hospital stays. And so, this gift is really an investment in the health and safety of all of Maryland’s citizens.”

The Conways’ gift will be disbursed over a five-year period, funding 341 scholarships in total. The Conways’ have pledged more than $15 million to UMSON over past three years, and their previous previous gifts have funded 106 scholarships to date.

Funding from the Conways’ gift will also go toward the Registered Nurse-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN) students at UMB. Students in the RN-to-BSN program complete prerequisites at their local community college, the costs for which will also be covered, then transfer to UMSON as Conway Scholars.

Conway Scholarships cover in-state tuition and fees. Post-baccalaureate recipients must commit to serving as clinical preceptors, teaching as clinical instructors, or securing full-time faculty positions within three years of graduation.

To learn more about the Conways’ generation $10 million gift to the University of Maryland School of Nursing, visit here.

University of Maryland School of Nursing and State of Maryland Partner to Combat Opioid Addiction

University of Maryland School of Nursing and State of Maryland Partner to Combat Opioid Addiction

The Maryland Department of Health and Opioid Operational Command Center recently announced a new partnership between the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and Anne Arundel County Department of Health to use the Governor’s Wellmobile Program to deliver medication-assisted treatment to one of the areas of the state most affected by the heroin and opioid crisis.

The Wellmobile Program was established in 1994 to provide primary health care to uninsured and underserved residents across Maryland while also serving as interprofessional clinical education sites for students from the University of Maryland schools of nursing, law, social work, medicine, and pharmacy. Wellmobile now has four 33-foot-long medical vehicles providing more than 6,000 visits annually. The new partnership makes Wellmobile an innovative tool that gives rapid flexibility in addressing the opioid crisis.

Kathryn Lothschuetz Montgomery, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, chair, UMSON Department of Partnerships, Professional Education, and Practice, tells UMaryland.edu, “We are very pleased to partner with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health to pilot substance use treatment and recovery support services to persons struggling with an opioid addiction, while also providing a community-based learning environment for Maryland’s future nursing workforce.”

Staffing for the Wellmobile program, provided by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, includes a nurse practitioner, physician, and peer-recovery coach. The new partnership with UMSON has added to the program’s list of services, including clinical care, health screenings, care management, referrals, and health promotion. UMSON students involved in the program will gain hands-on experience in treating addiction, consistent with a legislative mandate that Wellmobile provide students from the School of Nursing with opportunities to learn about the unique model of delivering healthcare services.

The pilot Wellmobile partnership program will be reviewed after 18 months to determine whether it will be deployed to treat opioid and heroin addiction in other areas of the state. To learn more about Wellmobile and its partnership with the University of Maryland School of Nursing, visit here.

Johns Hopkins Nursing Faculty Sarah Szanton Named Director of Center for Innovative Care in Aging

Johns Hopkins Nursing Faculty Sarah Szanton Named Director of Center for Innovative Care in Aging

Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, ANP, FAAN, professor and director of the PhD program at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON), has been named director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging. Szanton is set to take over the roll in February 2018 from Laura Gitlin, PhD, who founded the center in 2011.

Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, dean of JHSON, tells Nursing.JHU.edu, “Dr. Szanton is a rising leader nationally and across the globe for her research and innovative solutions for aging populations.  We are excited for her to be the next leader of our center.”

Szanton has served as associate director for policy within the Center for Innovative Care in Aging since 2015. She also holds joint appointments within Johns Hopkins and is an adjunct faculty member for international universities including the American University of Beirut and the University of Technology, Sydney.

An expert researcher and practitioner in gerontology, Szanton will lead the Center’s efforts in advancing and supporting the well-being of older adults and their families using innovative approaches, policies, and practices. She is already doing so through her Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) program, which combines home visits from a nurse, occupational therapist, and handyman to help equip low-income older adults to live more safely in their homes. Her program has helped decrease disability, depression, and improve self care for participants.

To learn more about Szanton’s CAPABLE program and new role as Director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Johns Hopkins, visit here.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Receives $2 Million Gift from Bill and Joanne Conway

University of Maryland School of Nursing Receives $2 Million Gift from Bill and Joanne Conway

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) recently received a $2 million gift from Bill and Joanne Conway’s Bedford Falls Foundation. Their donation was the third largest philanthropic gift the school has ever received and will be used to fund scholarships for UMSON students in financial need who are pursuing master’s, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and PhD degrees, or the school’s post-master’s Certificate in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions. Recipients of these scholarships will be named Conway Scholars.

Funding scholarships won’t be the only thing the $2 million gift will go towards. It will also assist in expanding UMSON’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program. The FNP program is currently only offered at the Baltimore campus and it’s a high demand program that can’t accommodate all qualified students. Enabling expanded enrollment will provide the region with more well-qualified primary care providers. UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, told Newswise.com,

“Maryland has an acute need for more – and more highly trained – nurses. The gift from Bill and Joanne Conway will be used to alleviate the state’s nursing shortage in two ways: enlarging the pool of nurses who can provide primary care to Maryland residents and enlarging the pool of faculty and instructors who can train nursing students.”

The Conways’ recent gift is the second seven-figure gift they’ve given to UMSON. Their first was a $5.24 million gift in April 2015, the largest in UMSON history. It’s still being used to fund over 150 full scholarships for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students and increased opportunities for registered nurses (RNs) to obtain BSN degrees through UMSON’s RN-to-BSN program.

Conway Scholars will receive scholarships covering in-state tuition and fees. They must remain in good academic standing and have previously expressed commitments to serve as clinical preceptors or instructors, and secure full-time faculty positions within three years of graduating.

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