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Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, delivered her 2017 State of the School address on April 19, 2017, to University of Maryland, Baltimore leadership, School of Nursing faculty and staff, and other special guests.
During her address, Dean Kirschling emphasized the importance of preparing nursing students to adapt to the evolving needs of patients, communities, and the health care system. One of the central challenges the School’s educators face is how to develop and prepare students for a nursing workforce environment characterized by increasing complexity of care, an increasingly diverse and aging population, and multiple sites of care delivery. Addressing these needs has implications for each of the School’s key components—education, research, practice, and service—and ties directly into the School’s vision and future strategies for the next five years.
In response to the ongoing challenges facing nurse educators, the dean outlined the School’s strategy to uphold the recommendations found in the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 landmark report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which called on colleges of nursing to increase the percentage of nurses with baccalaureate degrees from 50 to 80 percent by 2020; double the number of nurses with doctoral degrees; implement early and continuous interprofessional collaboration; and provide opportunities for continuous learning across the spectrum of a nurse’s career. Additionally, Kirschling highlighted accomplishments of the School and its faculty and staff.
Watch the 2017 State of the School address: