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For Immediate Release:
November 18, 2013

Contact: Kevin Nash

School of Nursing Awarded Eight New Nurse Faculty Fellowships

Award given to new faculty members to offset educational and professional costs.

Baltimore, Md. – Eight University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) faculty members have been given the New Nurse Faculty Fellowship Award, an award funded through the Nurse Support II Program (NSPII). 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, DNP, CPNP-PC, CLC; Linda Costa, PhD, RN, NEA-BC; Veronica Gutchell, DNP ‘13, RN, CNS, CRNP; Mei Ching Lee, PhD ‘11, MS, RN; Veronica, Njie-Carr, PhD; Barbara Walsh, DNP, MPH, RN, PHCNS-BC; and Clinical Instructor Janet Wulf, MS ‘06, RN, CNL, CHPN, were all recipients of the award. These fellowships will assist Maryland nursing programs in recruiting and retaining new nursing faculty to produce nursing graduates to staff Maryland hospitals.

“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,” said UMSON Dean Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “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 the remaining two years. Funds can be used to supplement a fellow’s salary, graduate education expenses, and professional development and associated dues.

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked eleventh nationally. Enrolling more than 1,700 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.

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