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University of Maryland faculty members awarded nurse educator doctoral grants

Tuesday April 1, 2014
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Five faculty members from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore have been awarded the Nurse Educator Doctoral Grant for Practice and Dissertation Research. Bimbola Akintade, RN, PhD, MS, MBA, MHA, ACNP-BC, CCRN, BSN, assistant professor and specialty director, trauma, critical care; Deborah Busch, RN, DNP, CPNP-PC, CLC, assistant professor; Mary Fey, RN, MS, assistant professor and director, clinical simulation laboratories; Margaret Hammersla, RN, MS, CRNP, BSN, assistant professor; and Rachel Onello, RN, MS, RN, CNL, clinical instructor; received awards of $30,000.

This competitive grant program is designed to assist PhD and DNP candidates while pursuing their advanced degrees. According to a news release, its goals are to increase the number of doctoral-prepared nursing faculty in the state of Maryland, strengthen faculty development for optimal capacity at schools of nursing, and recruit and retain a diverse nursing faculty.

This is a great opportunity for the school of nursing and our nursing doctoral candidates interested in serving as nursing faculty, UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, RN, PhD, FAAN, said in the release. I am happy that several of our faculty members will be taking advantage of a program that will advance their education and strengthen our program.

Grant recipients can use the funds for professional development; course release time; wages for research-related administrative support; or project-related expenses for supplies, travel, and document creation.