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February 19, 2010

Contact: Patricia Adams

Nursing Students Descend on Annapolis to Rally Support for Nursing Education

Health fair to offer free health screenings and information.

WHAT: School of Nursing Advocacy Day in Annapolis

Some 70 students and faculty members from the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) will meet with legislators to remind them that tough economic times cannot change Maryland’s aging demographic, which signals an inevitably worsening shortage of nurses, particularly in primary care and certain advanced practice specialties. Health care is one of the few sectors of the economy that is still growing, and nursing tops the list of jobs expected to increase rapidly over the next decade. Maryland needs to support the expansion of nursing education to help spur economic recovery and alleviate a nurse shortage that will progressively erode access to safe, high quality health care.

While in Annapolis, UMSON faculty and students will host a free health fair for legislators and staff members that will include screenings, counseling, and advice on family and community health issues.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 24, 2009

WHERE: 10 a.m. - UMSON faculty and students recognized on the floor of the General Assembly

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Students visit legislators

8 a.m.-1 p.m.Health Fair – Lowe House Office Bldg., 6 Bladen St., Room 318

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