Eight faculty members at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore have been given the New Nurse Faculty Fellowship Award, an award funded through the Nurse Support Program II. NSPII is a statewide initiative designed to grow the number of nurses prepared to function effectively in a faculty role.
UMSON assistant professors Deborah Busch, RN, DNP, CPNP-PC, CLC; Linda Costa, RN, PhD, NEA-BC; Veronica Gutchell, RN, DNP, CNS, CRNP; Mei Ching Lee, RN, PhD, MS; Veronica Njie-Carr, PhD; Rebecca Shelley, RN, PhD; Barbara Walsh, RN, DNP, MPH, PHCNS-BC; and clinical instructor Janet Wulf, RN, MS, CNL, CHPN, were all recipients of the award. These fellowships will assist Maryland nursing programs in recruiting and retaining new nursing faculty.
We are extremely proud of the recognition of our exceptional nursing educators skills and their willingness to commit to teaching and preparing nurses to work with other health professionals, UMSON Dean Jane Kirschling, RN, PhD, RN, FAAN, said in a news release. The school remains dedicated to preparing the next generation of nurse leaders, and we are excited about the impact that our faculty members will make in the future.
State institutions with nursing degree programs are eligible to nominate an unlimited amount of newly hired, full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty members for the fellowship. The maximum amount of the three-year fellowship is $20,000. Recipients receive $10,000 during year one and then $5,000 for each of the remaining two years. Funds can be used to supplement a fellows salary, graduate education expenses, and professional development and associated dues.