Maryland Action Coalition: Creating a Healthier Maryland

The Future of Nursing: Maryland Leading the Way

COVID-19 Update:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and out of concern for the health and safety of participants and staff, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person MDAC 2020 Summit.

Those who had already registered for this year's summit will be contacted regarding a refund.

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2020 Maryland Action Coalition Summit

The future of nursing: Maryland leading the way!

The development of innovative educational and clinical processes is key to the preparation of nurses for practice in an ever-evolving and complex health care environment. This conference is designed to explore new models, interventions, practices and policies that are advancing the preparation of the future nursing workforce and innovation in academic and practice partnerships.


  1. To articulate measures taken to re-envision the educational preparation of nurses.
  2. To explore innovative policy and educational initiatives designed to advance clinical practice knowledge and skills.
  3. To describe academic-clinical partnership models and activities leading to the advancement of nurses and nursing practice.

Abstracts, Presentations, and Posters

Title and Presentation/PosterAuthor(s)
Development and Implementation of a Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Clinical Training Program
Abstract | Presentation
Bimbola Akintade, PhD
Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN
Keisha Indenbaum-Bates, MS, RN
Bridgitte Gourley, DNP, FNP
Kristy Novak, MS
Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN
Building Upon the 4Rs to Develop Clinical Nursing Faculty

Susan Bindon, DNP, RN-BC, CNE

Implementing a Protocol-Driven Medical Clearance Algorithm in Behavioral Health Crisis Services
Abstract | Presentation
Sara Bortner, BSN, RN
Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN  
Hood College Nursing’s Strategies for Increasing Capacity for Greater Pre-Licensure Enrollment
Abstract | Presentation
Jennifer Cooper, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC  
The Nurse Leadership Institute: Developing Maryland’s Future Nurse Leaders
Abstract | Presentation
Linda Costa, PhD, RN
Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP, FNAP, FAAN
Patricia Franklin, PhD, RN
Erika Friedmann, PhD
Erik Barr, MS  
Where Are We Five Years Later? A Program Evaluation of the Degree Completion Initiative
Abstract | Presentation

Elizabeth Crusse, MS, MA, RN, CNE

Academic Nurse Educator Certification Award
Abstract | Poster
Peggy Daw, DNP, RN-BC
Kimberly Ford, BS  
A Step Above the Rest: Preparing the High School Student for the Nursing Program at Anne Arundel Community College
Abstract | Presentation

Lauren Decker, MHA, BSN, NE-BC

Using Street Outreach to Engage Southwest Baltimore Neighbors in Health Care and Social Services
Abstract | Poster
Kelly Doran, PhD, RN
Megan Doede, PhD, RN
Yale Partlow  
Increasing the Number of Baccalaureate Graduates Through the Deliberate Implementation of a Simulation Model — Comparison Over First Half of the Grant
Abstract | Poster

Judith Feustle, ScD, RN

Integration of TeamSTEPPS Framework and Escape Room Learning to Improve Teamwork and Collaboration
Abstract | Poster 
Suzanna Fitzpatrick, CRNP Addressing the Nurse Faculty Shortage by Connecting Aspiring Nurse Educators to Open Positions
Abstract | Poster
Kaynabess Freda, EdD, RN, CMSRN
Lisa Seldomridge, PhD, RN, CNE
Judith Jarosinski, PhD, RN
Abigail Johnson, BA  
Associate-to-Bachelor: Positioning More Baccalaureate Nurses at the Bedside — Challenges, Success, and Outcomes
Abstract | Poster
Heather Gable, DNP, RN, LNHA, CNE  
Supporting Advanced Practice Transitions (SNAPT) Fellowship
Abstract | Poster
Miki Goodwin, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN
Marianne Fingerhood, DNP, ANP-BC  
Ensuring Quality During a Pandemic: Curricular Adjustments Do Not Have To Be a Crisis
Abstract | Presentation
Bridgitte Gourley, DNP, FNP  
Streamlined Path to Adult and Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification
Abstract | Presentation
Margaret Hammersla, CRNP  
Two-Year Pathway Initiative: Hagerstown Community College Associate Degree in Nursing Program
Abstract | Presentation
Karen Hammond, MSN 
Virtual Preceptorship: An Alternative Model for Graduate Leadership Practicums
Abstract | Poster
Linda Hickman, PhD, MBA, RN, FACHE
Sandra Lucci, PhD, RN, CMSRN
Rachel Fender, MSW  
Outcomes of a Clinical Nurse Educator Initiative
Abstract | Poster
Judith Jarosinski, PhD, RN
Lisa Seldomridge, PhD, RN
Tina Reid, EdD, RN
Brad Hauck, MHS
Beverly Payne, BA  
Integration of Palliative Care Within Advanced Practice Education and Practice
Abstract | Poster
Binu Koirala, PhD, MGS, RN
Sharon Kozachik, PhD, RN, FAAN
Joanne Silbert-Flagg, DNP, CRNP, IBCLC
Tammy Slater, DNP, ACNP-BC
Rab Razzak, MD
Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN
Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, ANP, RN  
The Maryland Home Health Waiver for Nurse Practitioners
Abstract | Presentation
Beverly Lang, MScN, ANP-BC, FAANP
Andrea Brassard, PhD  
ZapVAP Decreased Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia with an Interdisciplinary Bundle
Abstract | Poster
Lauren Manrai, BSN, RN, CCRN
Renee Franquiz, DNP, RN, CNE  
Student Nurse — Ambulatory Care Practicum Collaboration: Interim Results
Abstract | Poster
Kathleen Martin, DNP, RN, CNE  
Impact of Academic-Practice Partnerships on Nursing Entry-Level Clinical Rotations and Graduations
Abstract | Poster
Mary Etta Mills, ScD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Linda Hickman, PhD, RN, FACHE
Sandra Lucci, PhD, RN, CMSRN
Julianne Pratt, BS  
Fostering Civility: Using Simulation to Train Nurses in Conflict Management
Abstract | Presentation
Jasline Moreno, MSN, RN 
The Future of Master’s Education in Maryland: What Do Nurses Think?
Abstract | Presentation
Kathleen Ogle, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE  
Bridging the Gap: From Bedside Practice to Clinical Teaching
Abstract | Poster
Denise Owen, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Alexandra Bennof, MSN, RN, CRNP
Ching-Cheng Feng, PhD, RN
Geeta Kada, PhD, RN
Ashley Rice, MSN, RN  
A Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pathway in Western Maryland
Abstract | Poster
Kara Platt, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CNE
Lindsey Staggers-Gardner, MSN, RN, NP-C  
Advancing Our Advanced Practice Nurses by Supporting Preceptors
Abstract | Presentation
Susan Renda, DNP, ANP-BC, CDE, FN
Tammy Slater, DNP, ACNP-BC, CRNP
Marianne Fingerhood, DNP, CRNP
Miki Goodwin, PhD, RN
Karan Kverno, PhD, RN  
Pre-Licensure Students’ Perception of a Program to Ease Transition to the Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader Option
Abstract | Presentation
Gail Schoen Lemaire, PhD, PMHCNS, BC, CNL
Lynn Chen, PhD
Christine King, EdD
Vanessa Fahie, PhD  
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing DNP in Nurse Anesthesiology
Abstract | Presentation
Bruce Schoneboom, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
Innovative Education to Address Addictions Learning Needs of Nursing Students
Abstract | Poster
Victoria Selby, PhD, CRNP-PMH, PMHNP-BC
Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN, FIAAN
Alison Trinkoff, ScD, MPH, RN, FAAN  
Towson University’s Online Option for Degree Completion: Professional Development for Faculty
Abstract | Presentation
Briana Snyder, PhD, RN-BC, CNE
Hayley Mark, PhD, RN, FAAN
Elizabeth Crusse, MS, MA, RN, CNE
Student Support to Attend Maryland Nurses Association Professional Conference
Abstract | Presentation
Dale Spielman, MSN, RNC-OB, CNE
Laura Cianelli-Preston, MS, RN  
Strategies to Strengthen Academic Success Among High School Students Interested in Pursuing Nursing as a Career
Joice Stokes-James, MPA, BSN, RN
Vanessa Fahie, PhD, RN  
Accessible Design and Accessible Pedagogy in Undergraduate Nursing Education
Abstract | Poster
Marleen Thornton, PhD, RN
Simone Christian, MA  
Evaluation of Maryland Nurse Residency Program Implementation
Abstract | Presentation
Sarah Trandel, BSN, RN
Joan Insalaco Warren, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN
Jennifer Stephenson, DNP, RN  
Building Bridges to Foster Support for Students Who Wish to Become Nurses at the High School Level
Abstract | Presentation
Mona Weber, MS  
Toolkits and Standardized Patient Experiences: Preparing Nurses to Communicate and Lead
Abstract | Poster
Debra Webster, EdD, RN-BC, CNE
Lisa Seldomridge, PhD, RN, CNE
Amanda Willey, MSN, RN, CM/DN, CCHP
Judith Jarosinski, PhD, RN  
A Multidimensional Approach to Improving NCLEX-RN® Pass Rates Among Associate Degree in Nursing Students
Heather Westerfield, DNP, RN, CNE, CMSRN 
Maryland Nursing Workforce Center Update
Abstract | Poster
Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN  
The Associate-to-Bachelor Model Seven Years Post Implementation: Helping Maryland Lead the Way in Academic Progression
Abstract | Poster
Karen Wons, MS, RN, CNE  

Planning Committee Members

Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON)
Co-Chair, Maryland Action Coalition

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

Mary Etta Mills, RN, ScD, FAAN
Professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, UMSON

Giordana Segneri, MS
Director of Marketing and Public Relations, UMSON

Sonia Smith, BS
Program Coordinator, Office of Professional Education, UMSON

Enjoli Sonnier, MS
Assistant Director, Events, Office of Communications, UMSON

Stephanie White, MA
Office Manager, Office of the Dean, UMSON