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Maryland nursing schools team up to help RNs treat breast cancer

Monday October 10, 2011
Michele Bracken, RN
Michele Bracken, RN
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Four Maryland universities are partnering in a program to help nurses treat patients with breast cancer, using a $204,738 grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Entering its sixth year, the Komen Maryland Affiliate Nursing Partnership: Advancing Education and Practice, is bringing new partners on board along with the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore. Partnering in the project are Salisbury (Md.) University, Bowie (Md.) State University and Coppin State University, Baltimore. The partnership is designed to expand the awareness, knowledge and skills of nursing students and healthcare professionals to help them better prevent, detect and treat breast cancer.

"This important partnership with Komen will help individuals, families, healthcare providers and communities in dealing with the devastation of this disease," Michele Bracken, RN, PhD, an assistant professor in Salisbury's nursing department, said in a news release. She is the school's first Komen scholar-in-residence, a position made possible through the grant.

During the 2011-12 academic year, Bracken will expand breast cancer-specific content in SU's undergraduate and graduate nursing curricula. She also will take SU nursing students to an international conference on breast cancer care and research.

The grant also will enable Salisbury to provide Web-based educational modules on breast cancer care for nursing students and host local and regional conferences on breast cancer for healthcare professionals and students.


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