New Dual Admission Partnership Between UMSON and CCBC

New Dual Admission Partnership Between UMSON and CCBC

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) recently joined forces to offer a new dual admission BSN program. CCBC is the thirteenth school to create a dual-admission partnership agreement with the school.

Dual-admission partnerships are growing in popularity nationally, as more people are seeking out RN-to-BSN opportunities. These kinds of programs benefit not only the program participants, but the schools and healthcare employers as well. As the nursing shortage continues through the United States, hospitals and health organizations are constantly looking for ways to meet staffing needs.

This is one of several RN-to-BSN partnerships that CCBC has with various universities across Maryland, but the requirements at UMSON are different. “The UMSON partnership is unique, as the dual admission pathway provides flexibility and choice to CCBC students,” Linda Murray, DNP, CPNP-Ped, assistant professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, shared. “The UMSON CCBC partnership does not require students to take BSN courses while still in the ADN program, but affords them the flexibility to take courses if they wish.”

Additional requirements include admission into CCBC’s ADN program, and completion of the first semester of the nursing program at CCBC. But while CCBC has several campuses, this program opportunity is only available to students at the Catonsville and Essex locations.

Since fall 2016, UMSON has admitted 139 dual admission students. These dual admission programs allow students to balance their coursework and work and home responsibilities, giving students the option to continue working, instead of solely focusing on their academics.

Beyond saving time in this RN-to-BSN program, students will also save money. “UMSON is currently covering the cost of its BSN courses for students participating in the dual-admission partnership while they are still enrolled in the ADN program, an opportunity made possible with funds from a gift from Bill and Joanne Conway through their Bedford Falls Foundation,” Murray said. “Once the student graduates from their ADN program and matriculates into UMSON, they can apply for a full Conway Scholarship, which covers the costs of in-state tuition, fees, and books for the duration of the program.”

For more information about the UMSON-CCBC dual admission program, click here.

What is Healthcare Analytics?

What is Healthcare Analytics?

Healthcare analytics is the examination of patterns in healthcare data, including claims, research and development, and patient behavior, among others. This analysis can be performed for many reasons, such as determining how clinical care can be improved while limiting excessive spending, cutting down on abuse and fraud, improving patient wellness and supporting clinical decisions.

The rising reliance on big data to help make decisions in healthcare means the need for analysts is rising steadily. Combine this reliance with our growing use of cloud computing – the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted online to store, manage, and process data – and the increasing population of elderly patients, and healthcare analytics is a career that could see an overall 14 percent rise in jobs by 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Jobs in this field help people, whether by crunching numbers for a lab that’s developing new medications or analyzing patient outcomes for a clinic that’s looking to improve care standards. Here are some examples of types of healthcare data and the careers that rely on them:


Insurance companies are major employers in the U.S. According to Statista, a statistics clearinghouse, there are around 2.6 million people employed in insurance. Medical actuaries analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty of clients and business decisions for insurance companies. They use math and statistics to assess the risk of medical and life events. The 2017 median pay for an actuary is $101,560 and according to the BLS, the field is expected to grow by 22 percent by 2026.


Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health by researching diseases, cures, pharmaceuticals and medical best practices. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to produce data that they can then use to reach their findings. New medications require careful analysis of the data collected by researchers. Most people who work in research labs have at least a master’s level of education or are actively pursuing an M.S. in analytics. According to the BLS, in 2017, the median pay for a medical scientist was $82,090 and the field is expected to expand 13 percent by 2026.


Healthcare analysts can work with government or nonprofit agencies to improve healthcare outcomes for various communities, which can be based on locale or demographic. Some of the tasks healthcare analysts may perform include; providing solutions to community health and social problems by conducting and analyzing research, conducting site visits to assess operations and costs of healthcare programs and preparing policy briefs based on their research. The BLS doesn’t offer statistics for healthcare analysts, but Payscale puts the median salary at $62,121. Payscale also reports most people in the field have a master’s degree and, “for the first five to 10 years in this position, pay increases steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay,” most likely due to competition for these types of jobs.


According to the BLS, medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, coordinate medical and health services. For these jobs, analyzing patient behavior and sentiment data is critical to make good treatment choices that benefit the patients. They might manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department. Health services managers maintain policies that conform to changes in healthcare laws, regulations and technology. In 2017, the median pay for these positions was $98,350 a year.


A master’s degree in analytics will prepare you for a well-paying, in-demand job in healthcare analytics, and Notre Dame of Maryland University can help you.

The University offers a fully online Master of Science in Analytics that can help you become an asset in your current role or prepare you for the jobs of the future. NDMU has strong networks with regional businesses and 75 percent of graduates are directly applying their research projects to their jobs.

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IMBUEfoundation To Increase Care Options for Rural Maryland

IMBUEfoundation To Increase Care Options for Rural Maryland

A new healthcare nonprofit organization in Maryland recently launched to better address rural patients’ needs. IMBUEfoundation will provide care and transportation services to Maryland’s Eastern Shore communities, to improve residents’ options for care and lifestyle choices.

“IMBUEfoundation was established to eliminate the barriers that prevent people from accessing healthcare and living healthy lives,” founder Dr. Seun Ross said. “We are working to address obstacles like health literacy, transportation, and care coordination.”

Recent research by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NPR shows that receiving good healthcare is the second-biggest problem for rural American families. Major health concerns for rural Maryland residents include chronic disease, health literacy, care coordination, outreach and education, according to a 2017 assessment by the Maryland Rural Health Association. IMBUEfoundation notes on its site that the lack of services and coordinated care has led many Maryland residents to struggle in finding proper care.

“Healthcare is more than just going to the doctor,” Ross said. “For example, someone who lives in a place like Caroline County, which is both a food swamp and a food desert, is going to have a harder time making healthy food choices, which can lead to obesity— a major factor of chronic disease. It’s a domino effect.”

The new non-profit is helping those in need with nurse practitioners, acting as “clinical concierges” who provide counseling, monitoring, and stewardship activities. The nurse practitioners assist with coordinate care delivery for patients, explain healthcare plans and treatment options, and provide education on alternative care, in addition to other necessary tasks.

Modes of services provided by IMBUEfoundation include the Rural Health Collaborative, Care Coordination, and Transportation Service, in partnership with Lyft.

“From providing transportation to helping patients coordinate between doctors, IMBUEfoundation is working to make sure Maryland’s mid-shore residents have the resources they need to be healthy and happy,” Ross said. “But there’s still so much work to be done.”

For more information about IMBUEfoundation, visit

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, “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

“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, “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.

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