University of Maryland School of Nursing at the Universities at Shady Grove Presented With Adventist HealthCare Spirit of Partnership Award
November 20, 2017
UMSON provides pipeline of nurses for Shady Grove Medical Center.
Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) in Rockville, Maryland, was presented with the Adventist HealthCare Spirit of Partnership Award at the organization’s gala on Nov. 18. Through the award, Adventist HealthCare recognizes individuals and organizations who have led the way in furthering its mission through their commitment to health care and improving lives.
UMSON at USG was honored for the strong partnership it has formed with Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and Washington Adventist Hospital over the years. The School of Nursing has provided Adventist HealthCare with the most nursing residents of any nursing school which has helped to build a pipeline to the medical center of nurses who deliver high-quality, compassionate care. Adventist and UMSON at USG work in tandem to ensure nursing students gain hands-on experience while completing their senior practicum, including 180 hours at the bedside with a nurse who guides the student’s clinical practice. On average, eight School of Nursing students complete their practicum at Shady Grove Medical Center each semester. Additionally, students finishing their junior year at UMSON at USG serve as externs in Adventist’s externship program, which prepares students to succeed in the residency program in the future.
“Adventist HealthCare is a very strong supporter and partner of the nursing school program at USG. Our students have been welcomed in all areas of the enterprise, and in turn, many of our graduates have chosen to begin their nursing careers at the various Adventist Health entities,” said Rebecca Wiseman, PhD ’93, RN, associate professor and chair of the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s program at USG. “It is a pleasure to work with a quality-driven organization that continually strives for excellence in meeting the health care needs of Montgomery County.”
Shady Grove Medical Center, a not-for-profit, 305-bed, acute-care facility in Rockville is a part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of health care services. It is nationally recognized for cancer care, cardiac and vascular services, orthopedics, and joint replacement. Adventist HealthCare, based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization of dedicated professionals who work together each day to provide excellent wellness, disease management, and health care services to the community.
“We are thrilled that the School of Nursing program at the Universities at Shady Grove has been recognized by this distinguished award from Adventist HealthCare,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We have a longstanding and shared commitment to bringing excellent nursing care to individuals and families throughout Montgomery County and the region. We are deeply appreciative of our partnership with Adventist HealthCare; it is essential to ensuring that the next generation of nursing professionals is well prepared to meet the needs of our diverse and growing population.”
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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools in the nation and is ranked among the top 10 nursing schools in the United States. Enrolling more than 1,900 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.