Jane M. Kirschling, RN, PhD, MSN, FAAN, recently was appointed dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, effective Jan. 14, 2013.
Kirschling replaces Janet D. Allan, RN, PhD, FAAN, who will retire on Dec. 31, 2012, after 10 years as dean of the school of nursing.
“In her new role, Dr. Kirschling will take the school of nursing to the next level,” Jay A. Perman, MD, president of the University of Maryland, said in a news release. “I expect her to further strengthen our nursing programs at the Universities at Shady Grove and to further develop the schools research enterprise, particularly as it relates to the national focus on health reform. Dr. Kirschling also will lead the schools transition of its advanced practice program from the current masters in science to the doctorate in nursing practice.”
Kirschling has served as dean and professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing in Lexington, Ky., since 2006. Before that, she held administrative and faculty positions at other universities throughout the U.S.
“I am very pleased to be joining the University of Maryland, Baltimore,” Kirschling said in the release. “The school of nursings national and international reputations speak volumes to the excellence of the nursing faculty and the leadership of Dean Janet Allan over the past decade. I also welcome the opportunity to work with the larger university on advancing President Permans vision for interprofessional education. This work is critical as we prepare the next generation of healthcare providers to provide team-based care that is safe, high-quality and truly patient-centered.”
Kirschling is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Executive Fellows Program (2000-03) and was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2009.
According to the release, her clinical expertise is in mental health nursing with a focus on end-of-life care. For more than a decade, Kirschling has focused on workforce development with a special emphasis on rural states. Earlier in her career, she focused on family caregivers for persons with a terminal illness and the grief after the loss of a family member.
At the national level, Kirschling has been active in the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, serving as president of the Board of Directors from 2002-03. She also has been an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International — The Honor Society of Nursing. She co-chaired the International Advisory Council of Chief Nursing Officers and Deans from 2007-09.
In addition, Kirschling has served on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing board of directors since 2004 and began a two-year term as president in 2012. From 2006 to 2010, she served as the AACNs representative to the American Nurses Association Congress on Nursing Practice. She represented the AACN on the expert panel that developed Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, sponsored by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative, released in May 2011.
Perman also announced Kirschling will serve as university director of interprofessional education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Working with the IPE Task Force, she will lead the implementation of IPE recommendations that are emerging from the universitys strategic planning implementation group.