Maryland Action Coalition Summit

Revolution vs Rearrangement

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2024 MDAC Virtual Leadership Summit:
Revolution vs. Rearrangement: How to Realistically Reimage Nursing Education and Practice

Monday, May 20, 2024

Registration: FREE
Continuing Education for Nurses: $40

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Nursing educators and practitioners are collaborating to develop innovations to prepare faculty and practice-ready students and to support health care settings in retaining nurses and other health care personnel. The 2024 MDAC Summit will explore novel approaches to education and models of care that advance the profession and hold promise for the future.


  1. Explore new and innovative practice collaborations and partnerships that can drive the implementation of models of care that address the current nursing crisis.
  2. Describe well-being in a diverse nursing workforce.
  3. Identify progressive collaborative academic and practice approaches to prepare faculty and students to meet Maryland’s future health care needs.

Call for Abstracts

Submit Your Abstract

Please review before beginning your submission.

Abstract Submission Deadline: Feb. 8, 2024

Submission Guidelines

All abstracts should be submitted using the online submission process. Be sure to review the conference overview, objectives, and submission guidelines before you begin. If you have questions during this process, please contact

To complete the abstract submission process:

  1. Review the summit overview and objectives.
  2. Prepare an abstract in a Word document and confirm all information is included before starting the online submission process. Abstracts should include:
    • Primary author name and credentials
    • Co-authors’ names and credentials; all collaborating partners must be named at the time of submission
    • Abstract title
    • 350-word abstract in narrative form
    • Must address one to two summit objectives
    • Content references (at least two) in APA format
    • Select the appropriate category for your work: Education, Research, or Practice
  1. Copy and paste the text of your abstract into the box(es) provided in the online form. The abstract narrative will accept no more than 350 words. Longer abstracts will be truncated.
  2. Incomplete forms, alternatively formatted submissions, and emailed submissions will not be considered for review.
  3. You must acknowledge any conflict of interest or funding sources supporting your project in your abstract.


Six abstracts will be accepted for live presentation during the summit on May 20, 2024. Accepted posters will also be presented on May 20.

The primary presenter will receive email notification of the review committee's decision by Feb. 23, 2024.

MDAC reserves the right to edit the abstracts for posting.

Presenter Commitment and Registration

Your commitment to present must be received by March 8, 2024, and a completed registration form for the primary presenter must be received on or before March 29, 2024. Failure to register by this deadline will constitute a decline to present. Presenters are expected to register to attend the conference.

Guidelines for Paper Presentations

Podium Presentations
Podium presentations will be scheduled in 20-minute intervals: 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for Q & A. Live presentation and pre-recording guidelines will be provided upon notification of abstract acceptance.

Poster Presentations
Presenters should be available to answer questions about their posters throughout the poster session timeframe.

Continuing Education for Nurses

Nurses may receive 6.5 contact hours upon successful completion of this educational activity and payment of fee. Successful completion is demonstrated by attending the entire summit and submitting completed program evaluation. Partial credit is not provided.

Participants will be able to print a Continuing Education Certificate after completing the evaluation. The cost for CE is $40.

The University of Maryland School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Dr. Peggy Daw Exemplary Leadership Award

The Maryland Action Coalition (MDAC) Exemplary Leadership Award was created in 2022 to recognize and celebrate the leadership and accomplishments exhibited beyond one’s day to day role.

In 2023, the award was renamed in memory of Peggy Daw, DNP, RN-BC, CNE, FAAN.

The nominee embodies the core values of MDAC; honors diverse experiences and perspectives; and sets an example of including others while exploring new ideas and partnerships to achieve large-scale goals.

The nominee’s achievements enhance MDAC’s strategic mission and advance access and opportunities for others.

About Peggy Daw, DNP, RN-BC, CNE, FAAN

Peggy E. Daw, DNP, RN-BC, CNE, FAAN, served for 12 years (from 2010 - 22) as Nurse Support Program II grant administrator at the Maryland Higher Education Commission. In this position, she marshaled resources of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission, the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and the Maryland Deans and Directors of Schools of Nursing to create a statewide lattice of educational Nurse Support Program grants, which changed the structure of educational financial support in Maryland to expand the nurse educator workforce. She was the architect and developer of nine different types of continuous nurse educator grants, academic-practice partnerships, and statewide resource grants totaling over $200,000,000 and funded through 2025.

Her work promoted rapid expansion of the associate-to-bachelor’s programs. Her efforts resulted in new statewide funding for the Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium, providing clinical simulation equipment statewide and establishment of simulation quality guidelines; the Nurse Leadership Institute, which prepares nurse faculty and clinicians for leadership positions and collaborative partnerships between academia and practice; the Maryland Nursing Workforce Center; and many other forward-thinking programs.

Most importantly, Daw developed a supportive working collaboration of academic and practice nurse leaders across the state to communicate; inform; and mutually create, implement, and continuously improve initiatives to strengthen and advance nursing in Maryland.

Daw passed away in December 2022.


2022 Inaugural Recipient: Joan Warren, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN, Executive Director, MONL Inc./MNRC

2023 Recipient: Peggy E. Daw, DNP, RN-BC, CNE, FAAN, Former Director, Maryland Higher Education Commission, as presented to her family

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Planning Committee Members

Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, NNP, FNAP, FAAN
The Bill and Joanne Conway Dean and Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing
Co-Chair, Maryland Action Coalition

Patricia Travis, PhD, RN, CCRP
Senior Associate Director, Clinical Trials, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Secretary, American Nurses Association
Co-Chair, Maryland Action Coalition

Lynn Marie Bullock, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Assistant Professor and Director, Office of Professional Education, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Crystal DeVance-Wilson, PhD, MBA, PHCNS-BC
Assistant Professor and Director, Maryland Nursing Workforce Center, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Mary Etta Mills, RN, ScD, FAAN
Retired Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Giordana Segneri, MA
Assistant Dean for Marketing and Communications, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Sonia Smith, BS
Manager, Professional Education and Development, Office of Professional Education, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Enjoli Sonnier, MBA, MS
Associate Director of Events, University of Maryland School of Nursing

This year’s summit is supported in part by the Maryland Nursing Workforce Center and the Nurse Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland School of Nursing through the Nurse Support Program II, which is funded by the Health Services Cost Review Commission and administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

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