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University of Maryland clinical instructor joins national leadership council

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Kristen Altdoerffer, RN, MSN, CPNP, a DNP student at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, is one of 10 nursing students who have been appointed to a two-year term on the newly formed Leadership Council of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy by the American Association of College of Nursing.

The Leadership Council will help set priorities for the new student group and provide advice regarding future services and programming.

According to a news release, the Graduate Nursing Student Academy was launched in fall 2012 to provide quality programs, services and resources to nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs. It will help serve the professional development needs of graduate nursing students as they prepare for careers in the field.

“I am honored to be appointed to the Leadership Council and to be working with a national group of prestigious graduate students,” Altdoerffer, who also is a clinical instructor at UMSON, said in the release.

“I look forward to increasing student awareness of the council and helping to formulate a strong foundation for the Graduate Nursing Student Academy.”

Open to all graduate students enrolled in AACN-accredited schools, the Leadership Council is composed of seven doctoral students – four PhD and three DNP – and three master’s students. Appointees formally began their terms on March 1.

“Congratulations to Kristen and this outstanding group of emerging leaders for the courage and commitment they have shown on behalf of their fellow nursing students nationwide,” UMSON Dean and AACN President Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, said in the release.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the work that Kristen does with the Leadership Council in helping to develop programs and resources that serve the expressed needs of the more than 110,000 nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs in the U.S.”

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