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University of Maryland receives Nurse Support Program 2 grants

Sunday October 6, 2013
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Four faculty members from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore have been awarded Nurse Support Program 2 grants through the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Janice Hoffman, RN, PhD, assistant professor and assistant dean for the BSN program; Shannon Idzik, CRNP, DNP, assistant professor and director, DNP program; and co-recipients Louise S. Jenkins, RN, PhD, professor, and Carol O’Neil, RN, PhD, CNE, associate professor, co-directors of the Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions, were awarded grants to assist with funding various programs.

According to a news release, the grants are expected to help increase the capacity of nurses in Maryland by implementing statewide initiatives to grow the number of nurses prepared to function effectively in a faculty role.

With the grants, UMSON seeks to revise and expand the current RN-to-BSN program; increase faculty development in workforce planning and interprofessional collaboration; and prepare nurses to function as clinical teachers in pre-licensure nursing programs.

“Our goal is to ensure that every student who graduates from the school of nursing is expertly prepared to provide the highest quality of care to patients,” UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, RN, PhD, FAAN, said in the release. “We have the finest, most educated faculty who are poised to place our students in positions to flourish. These grants will aid the school and allow us to have the resources necessary to successfully prepare the nursing workforce of the future.”


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