University of Maryland School of Nursing Receives $500,000 Donation from Alumna

University of Maryland School of Nursing Receives $500,000 Donation from Alumna

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) recently received a $500,000 donation from alumna Mary Catherine Bunting, MS, CRNP, RN. Bunting received her master’s degree from UMSON in 1972. Her donation will help the university continue the work of UMSON’s Community and Public Health Environmental Initiative (CPHEI) to provide health oversight for children and families served by Baltimore City Early Head Start (EHS) and other Head Start centers.

CPHEI is a collaborative effort from the Maryland Family Network to improve overall health and environmental health for EHS and Head Start center children from birth through age 5, including programs that support mental, social, and emotional development. The program was established in 2016 thanks to a $750,000 donation from Bunting.

Many UMSON students and faculty participate in CPHEI as part of the school’s ongoing service learning commitment, including Bachelor of Science in Nursing and RN-to-BSN program students, entry-into-nursing Clinical Nurse Leader master’s students, Community/Public Health Nursing master’s students, and Doctor of Nursing Practice students.

This new funding will support continued efforts for CPHEI, which will include UMSON students and faculty reviewing more than 1,000 child health records and identifying children with chronic health conditions and those behind on preventative care required under Maryland’s Medicaid program. They will also provide direct care services including health screenings and home visits for children with chronic conditions.

Laura Allen, MA, MS, RN, CPHEI program director, tells, “CPHEI has brought much needed nursing services and environmental health oversight to a highly vulnerable population. If we weren’t there, there wouldn’t be as strong an emphasis on health, well-being, and how they relate to education. These families would be missing out on health screenings, health education, and general health literacy.”

Thanks to the new funding, CPHEI has set a goal of helping all 47 of Baltimore’s Head Start centers become Eco-Healthy Child Care-certified and to continuing its work of providing nursing services in EHS centers.

To learn more about the $500,000 donation given to the University of Maryland School of Nursing by alumna Mary Catherine Bunting, visit here.

University of Maryland School of Nursing Launches 13th Dual Admission Program

University of Maryland School of Nursing Launches 13th Dual Admission Program

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has launched its 13th dual admission program in partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). UMSON’s dual admission programs allow students to transition from earning an associate degree in nursing (ADN) to UMSON’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. 

Students from 13 community colleges around the state of Maryland can take part in the dual-admission program. Continuing to grow its dual admissions program is part of an effort by UMSON to increase the number of collaborative pathways toward earning a BSN in Maryland. Students at any of the 13 partner community colleges can apply to, be admitted to, and begin taking classes in UMSON’s BSN program while still working toward their ADN, saving them time in completing both degrees. Dual enrolled students also receive transfer credits from UMSON for the coursework they complete at a partner community college. 

UMSON is also currently covering the cost of its BSN courses for students participating in the dual admission partnership while they are still enrolled in an ADN program. CCBC is one of the largest community colleges in the state, serving a wide geographic area across two campuses. 

The dual admission program is aimed at increasing the number of qualified nursing candidates entering the field. The agreement is helping to further the mission of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AARP to transform health care through nursing. The campaign is based on a goal set by the Institute of Medicine to increase the number of nurses holding baccalaureate degrees to 80 percent by 2020. 

To learn more about the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s latest dual admissions partnership to allow associate’s degree nursing students to earn their bachelor’s degrees in nursing, visit here

Johns Hopkins Offers New Advanced Practice Nurse Anesthetist Program

Johns Hopkins Offers New Advanced Practice Nurse Anesthetist Program

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) recently announced a new study track for students who want to train in nurse anesthesiology, which is currently one of the most lucrative roles in the field. A new program will launch in May 2020 as part of the advanced practice track of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. 

Students who completed the 36-month course will earn a doctorate degree and be eligible to apply for certification as a register nurse anesthetist, also known as a CRNA. According to, CRNA has been ranked among the top 10 “best jobs” by the U.S. News & World Report since 2016. 

Nurse anesthetists have the highest overall earning potential among advanced practice nurses. JHSON’s new program is pending approval by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Applications are expected to open in August 2019 and registered nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing or an entry-level nursing master’s degree with one year of critical care experience will be eligible to apply. 

Nursing students on the anesthesiology track will learn how to administer anesthesia and anesthesia-related services independently and as part of a team. they will train in real-world and simulated settings with peers fro the Hopkins School of Medicine. Through a partnership with the Hopkins department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, nursing school students will be able to work with experienced anesthetists and anesthesiologists with multidisciplinary expertise. Students will administer over 600 anesthetics in a variety of settings and participate in more than 2,000 clinical hours in preparation for entering the CRNA workforce. 

To learn more about the new advanced practice nurse anesthetist program being offered by the John’s Hopkins School of Nursing’s DNP program, visit here

UM Charles Receives Multiple Awards from AWE

UM Charles Receives Multiple Awards from AWE

The University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center has received multiple accolades recently. For the 15th successive year, the medical center has earned the Workplace Excellence Seal of Approval Award from the Alliance for Workplace Excellence. UM Charles Regional Medical Center was also awarded the Health & Wellness Seal of Approval award, for the 13th successive year, and the Ecoleadership award for a second year.

There is a lot to be said for the continued growth and development of our organization and our workforce,” said Stacey Cook, UM Charles Regional Medical Center vice president of human resources. “To be recognized again this year for the programs we offer that help our employees with work life balance, opportunities for development, wellness and a positive impact on the environment is amazing.”

The Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE) is a non-profit based in Montgomery County, Maryland, dedicated to increasing workplace excellence through education and recognition, in order to strengthen quality of life and economic growth. They do so with several kinds of awards, including those recently given to UM Charles Regional Medical Center. All recipients are thoroughly assessed by an independent review panel.

 The Workplace Excellence award is given those with strong commitment to balance in leadership and success throughout their workforce, where the Ecoleadership award is given to employers leading the way for environmental sustainability within the workplace. The Health & Wellness Seal of Approval is awarded to employers who create and provide programs to better employees’ health and wellness.

These awards and successes are the result of UM Charles Regional Medical Center putting their employees and community first and foremost every day. “We are celebrating 80 years of service to the community this year and that would not be possible without our engaged and committed employees,” Cook added.

For more information about the UM Charles Regional Medical Center, click here.

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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