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MDAC 2021 Virtual Leadership Summit - Monday May 24 - Meeting Challenges Head On: Maryland Nurses Respond

2021 MDAC Virtual Leadership Summit
Meeting Challenges Head On: Maryland Nurses Respond

Monday, May 24, 2021 

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

Registration costs for this year’s summit were subsidized by the Maryland Nursing Workforce Center, a Nurse Support Program II-funded initiative.

MDAC Virtual Leadership Summit Recap:

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9:15 – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Summit Overview

Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN
The Bill and Joanne Conway Dean, University of Maryland School of Nursing
Co-Chair, Maryland Action Coalition

Watch a video of the Welcome and Summit Overview.

9:30 – 10:30


Skills and Perspectives Nurses Need to Lead a Post Pandemic Public Health Renaissance 

Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, MA
President and CEO, de Beaumont Foundation

Watch a video of the keynote.

10:45 – 11:45

Maryland's Experience and Progress in Implementing Value-Based Healthcare Reform

Katie Wunderlich, MPP
Executive Director, Health Services Cost Review Commission

Watch a video of Wunderlick's presentation.

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.


1:15 – 2:15

The Future of Nursing 2020 - 30: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity

Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN
Senior Adviser for Nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Watch a video of Hassmiller's presentation.

2:30 – 4

PowerPoint Poster Presentations

4 – 4:15

Summary and Closing Remarks 

Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN

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

Watch a video of the Summary and Closing Remarks.

No presenter or planner disclosed a conflict of interest that would bias this program.

Continuing Education Credit for Nurses (CNE)

Nurses may receive 5.0 contact hours for participating in this educational activity. Partial credit is not provided. Participants receive a CNE certificate via email from UMSON approximately two to four weeks after completing the online evaluation form. All requests must be received within 60 days of the activity.

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.


  1. To examine strategies taken to advance the educational preparation of nurses.
  2. To explore innovative initiatives to expand clinical practice knowledge and skills.
  3. To describe academic-clinical partnership models and activities leading to a healthier Maryland.

Learning Outcome

60% of the participants will report the sessions provided information that enhance, validate, or cause a change in practice.


Castrucci HeadshotKeynote:
Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, MA

Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, MA, is the president and chief executive officer of the de Beaumont Foundation. He has built the Foundation into a leading voice in health philanthropy and public health practice.

An award-winning epidemiologist with 10 years of experience working in state and local health departments, Castrucci brings a unique perspective to the philanthropic sector that allows him to shape and implement visionary and practical initiatives and partnerships and bring together research and practice to improve public health.

Under his leadership, the de Beaumont Foundation is advancing policy, building partnerships, and strengthening the public health system to create communities where people can achieve their best possible health. Among the projects he has spearheaded are CityHealth, the BUILD Health Challenge, and the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey. He is also an editor and contributing author to The Practical Playbook. Public Health. Primary Care. Together, published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

Castrucci has published more than 70 articles in the areas of public health systems and services research, maternal and child health, health promotion, and chronic disease prevention. His recent work has focused on the public health needs of large cities, the need for better data systems, and public health system improvements.

He earned his Doctorate in Public Health Leadership at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from North Carolina State University and a Master of Arts degree in sociomedical sciences from Columbia University.

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Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN

Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior adviser for nursing, joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 1997. In this role, she shapes and leads the Foundation’s nursing strategies in an effort to create a higher quality of care in the United States for people, families and communities. Drawn to the Foundation’s “organizational advocacy for marginalized and under-resourced populations,” Hassmiller is helping to assure that RWJF's commitments in nursing have a broad and lasting national impact.

In partnership with AARP, Hassmiller directs the Foundation’s Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, which seeks to ensure that everyone in America can live a healthier life, supported by a system in which nurses are essential partners in providing care and promoting health. This 50-state and District of Columbia effort strives to implement the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s report on the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Hassmiller served as the report’s study director. She is also serving as co-director of the Future of Nursing Scholars program, an initiative that provides scholarships, mentoring, and leadership development activities and postdoctoral research funding to build the leadership capacity of nurse educators and researchers.

Previously, Hassmiller served with the Health Resources and Services Administration, where she was the executive director of the U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellowship and worked on other national and international primary care initiatives. She also has worked in public health settings at the local and state level and taught community health nursing at the University of Nebraska and at George Mason University in Virginia.

Hassmiller, who has been very involved with the Red Cross in many capacities, was a member of the National Board of Governors for the American Red Cross, serving as chair of the Disaster and Chapter Services Committee and national chair of the 9/11 Recovery Program. She is currently a member of the National Nursing Committee, and is serving as immediate past board chair for the Central New Jersey Red Cross. She has been involved in Red Cross disaster relief efforts in the United States and abroad, including tornadoes in the Midwest, Hurricane Andrew, Sept. 11, the 2004 Florida hurricanes and Katrina, and the tsunami in Indonesia.

Hassmiller is a member of the Institute of Medicine, now called the National Academy of Sciences; a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing; a member of the Joint Commission’s National Nurse Advisory Council; Hackensack Meridian Health System Board of Directors; and the CMS National Nurse Steering Committee.

Hassmiller received a PhD in nursing administration and health policy from George Mason University, master’s degrees in health education from Florida State University and community health nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida State University. She is the recipient of numerous national awards in addition to receiving the distinguished alumna award for all the schools of nursing from which she graduated and three honorary doctoral degrees. Most notably, Hassmiller is the 2009 recipient of the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international honor given to a nurse by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Hassmiller lives in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, and enjoys hiking and travel. She has two adult children.


Katie Wunderlich, MPP

Katie Wunderlich, MPP, began her tenure as executive director of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) in September 2018. In that role, she has led the Commission through the transition from the hospital-based All-Payer Model to the Total Cost of Care Model, which focuses on hospital and non-hospital system transformation to enhance patient care, improve health, and lower costs. To successfully transform the delivery system, the new Total Cost of Care Model gives the state the flexibility to tailor initiatives to the Maryland health care context, encourages providers to drive health care innovation, and provides new tools and resources for primary care clinicians to better meet the needs of patients with complex and chronic conditions and help Marylanders achieve better health status overall.

Previously, Wunderlich was the principal deputy director at HSCRC overseeing the Center for Provider Alignment and Engagement that works with hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers in partnership with patients to achieve the goals of the new model and transform health care delivery. Before joining the HSCRC in 2016, Wunderlich was a deputy legislative officer in Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s Legislative Office. She also served as director of government relations for the Maryland Hospital Association and as a budget analyst for the General Assembly’s Legislative Services department. She has a Master of Public Policy degree from George Washington University.


Live Poster Presentations


A Collaborative Performance

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Audra Houser, MSN, FNP-BC, CRNP


An Assessment of the 2020 Health Care Summer College and Workforce Development Institute

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Patty Palmer, MSN; Vanessa Fahie, PhD


Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Preceptor Program

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Victoria Kutch, MS, RN; Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN; Michelle Moulton, DNP, RN, CHSE, CNE; Sydney Justiniano Torres, MSN; Claire Regan, DNP, AGPCNP-BC


Continuing to Increase Admissions During a Pandemic: Alternative Approaches Admitting, Orienting, and Introducing Nursing Students into the Profession

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Laura Cianelli Preston, MS, RN; Dale Spielman, MSN, RNC-OB, CNE


Creating a COVID-19 Unit for our Community

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Nat’e Guyton, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CPHIMS; Sliver Powell, BSN, RN


Developing Genomics Literacy in Nursing Practice Across Maryland

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Nicole Mollenkopf, PharmD, MBA; Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN; Lucine Francis, PhD, RN; Joann Bodurtha, MD, MPH; Carolyn Applegate, MGC, CGC; Teresa Luperchio, PhD


Development and Implementation of a Novel Advanced Practice Provider Mentorship Model

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Bimbola Akintade PhD, MBA, MHA, ACNP-BC, NEA-BC, FAANP; Lynn Marie Bullock, DNP, RN, NEA-BC; Keisha Indenbaum-Bates, MS, RN; Tonya Appleby, DNP, ACNP-BC, GNP-BC, FHM; 


Development of a Transition to a Nurse Residency Program and Toolkit

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Jana Goodwin, PhD, RN, CNE; Jennifer Zipp, DNP, RN; Eursula David-Sherman, MSN, RN, NPD BC, Joan Warren, PhD, RN, FAAN


Frostburg State University Pre-Nursing PEP: Preparation, Engagement, and Practical Experience

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Lindsey Staggers-Gardner, MSN, RN, NP-C, CNE; Kara Platt, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CNE


Head Start Partnership to Expand Pediatric Clinical Opportunities

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Amanda Roesch, DNP, MPH, FNP-C; Bridgitte Gourley, DNP, FNP-BC; Ann Felauer, DNP, CPNP-AC/PC; Ashley Witt, BSN, RN


Innovative Initiatives to Lead a Hospital-Based Vaccine Center for Associate and Community Populations

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Gina Shelley, MS, RN, NPD-BC; Dan Hakim, PT, DScPT, CWS; Kim Meehan, MA; Sharon Bonner, MS, RN-BC

12 An Online Resource to Expand the Nursing Workforce

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Judith Jarosinski, PhD, RN; Lisa Seldomridge, PhD, RN, CNE; Kaynabess Freda, EdD, RN, CMSRN; Lynn Marie Bullock, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Matt Rietschel, MS; Abigail Johnson, BA


MNWC and the COVID-19 Response

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Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN


Moving Forward During a Pandemic: Virtual Recruitment Strategies within an Academic- Practice Partnership

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Linda Hickman, PhD, MBA, RN, FACHE; Mary Etta Mills, ScD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; Sandra Lucci, PhD, RN, CNE, CMSRN; Julianne Pratt, BA


New Curriculum to Advance Nurse Education in Addictions

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Victoria Selby, PhD, CRNP-PMH, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP; Charon Burda, DNP, PMHCNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP; Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN, FIAAN; Alison Trinko , ScD, MPH, RN, FAAN; W. Henry Gregory, PhD; Park Tae Joon, BSN, RN, PMH-BC, CARN


New Virus, New Roles: Preparing Healthcare Providers for Deployment During a Pandemic

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Catherine Case, MSN, RN-BC, CPAN, CD; Roselyn Sebastian, MSN, RN, PCCN


Preparing Advanced Practice Students for Nurse Educator Roles in Maryland

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Carol O’Neil, PhD, RN, CNE; Sandra Lucci, PhD, RN, CNE, CMSRN; Mary Etta Mills, ScD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; Cynthia Hollis, MBA, CRA


Social Determinants of Health Screening in a Suburban Primary Care Setting

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Wendy Zhang, RN; Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN, FIAAN


Supporting Nursing Advanced Practice Transitions: Using Evaluation Metrics to Assess SNAPT Fellow Nurse Practitioners’ Transition to Practice

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Sarah Schneider-Firestone, MSW; Marianne Logan Fingerhood, DNP, ANP-BC, Miki Goodwin, PhD, RN, PHN, CNE, NEA-BC, FAAN; Ginger Hanson, PhD


The Associate-to-Bachelor’s (ATB) Model: Removing Barriers and Increasing Opportunities for Maryland’s Nursing Workforce

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Judith Feustle, ScD, RN; Karen Wons, MS, RN, CNE

No presenter or planner disclosed a conflict of interest that would bias this program.

Web-Only Poster Presentations


Academic-Practice Partnership to Create a Home Healthcare Transition-to-Practice Model

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Sabita Persaud, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC


Adapting to Evolving Placement Processes

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Stella Moshonisiotis, MS; Alex Snow, MS


Adding an Academic Advisor to Enhance the Intake of Applicants to the LPN-RN Online Program

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Rick Cooper, MSN, RN


Advanced Educator Academy: Addressing the Need for Clinical Educators, a Diverse Teaching Faculty During COVID-19

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Nicole Hall, EdD, MBA, RN, CNE; Lisa Seldomridge, PhD, RN, CNE; Judith Jarosinski, PhD, RN; Tina Reid, EdD, MSN, RN; Kayna Freda, EdD, RN, CMSRN


Alternative Clinical Education Opportunities for Undergraduate Nursing Students During COVID-19

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Cheryl Nelson, MSN, FNP-BC, RN; Brenda Owens, MSN, FNP-BC


Building a Strong Workforce: Toolkits for Nursing Leadership Skills Development

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Lisa Seldomridge, PhD, RN, CNE


Cecil College: Academic Progression in Nursing Initiative Program Evaluation

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Catherine Jordan, MSN; Nancy Norman Marzella, DNP


Designing an Online Graduate Addictions Nursing Curriculum: Lessons Learned about Accessibility and Engagement

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Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN, FIAAN; Charon Burda, DNP, PMHCNS, PMHNP-BC,CARN- AP; Joanne Pinna, MS; Victoria Selby, PhD, CRNP- PMH, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP; Alison Trinko , ScD, MPH, RN, FAAN


Development and Implementation of a Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Clinical Training Program

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Bimbola Akintade, PhD, MBA, MHA, ACNP-BC, NEA-BC, FAANP; Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN; Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN, FIANN; Bridgitte Gourley, DNP, FNP-BC; Kristy Novak, MS; Lynn Marie Bullock, DNP, RN, NEA-BC; Keisha Indenbaum-Bates, MS, RN


Development and Implementation of a PhD/DNP HBCU Consortium to Advance Nursing Practice and Research

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Joan Tilghman, PhD, CRNP, CNE


Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia Track Update 2021

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Bruce Schoneboom, PhD, CRNA, FAAN; Catherine Horvath, DNP, CRNA, CHSE; Andrew Benson, DNP, CRNA, FAAN; Marjorie Everson, PhD, CRNA; Robert Long, PhD, CRNA


Effect of Professional Nursing Governance on Nurse-Related Outcomes

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Melanie Ober, BSN, RN; Karen Speroni, PhD, BSN, MHSA, RN; Amy Stafford, DNP, RN, CMSRN


Escape Room: Increasing Knowledge of Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy in New to Practice Emergency Department Nurses

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Laura Garifo, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM


Family Nurse Practitioner Expansion to USG 3.0: Taking the Best from the Pandemic

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Bridgitte Gourley, DNP, CRNP


Hood College Nursing's Strategies for Increasing Capacity for Greater Pre-Licensure Enrollment: Part II, the COVID-19 Experience

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Jennifer Cooper, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC


Improving Oversight of Controlled Substance Handling to Prevent or Detect Drug Diversion

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Karen McCamant, MSN, RN; Sumati Rao, PhD, RPh, CJCP; Trischa Schnaubelt; Justin Bowser, MS, RN; Barbara Jacobs, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC; James Caldwell, PharmD


Innovate, Integrate, and Implement: Response to the Clinical Challenge

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Jana Goodwin, PhD, RN, CNE; Maeve Howett, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE; Sherrie Lessans, PhD, RN; Mary Pat Ulicny, MS, MHA, RN, CNE, CHSE; Amy Daniels, PhD, RN, CHSE


Meeting Challenges by Making the Pathway Between Gaining an Associate's and Advancing a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing Seamless

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Mona Weber, MS


Overview of the Racial Equity and Justice in Implementation Science Panel

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Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN; Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP-Neonatal, FNAP, FAAN


Planning an Accelerated Second-Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program and Lessons Learned

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Kathleen Wisser, PhD, RN; Deborah Naccarini, DNP, RN


Planning for the Implementation of a BSN-to-DNP program

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Joan Tilghman, PhD, CRNP, CNE


Preceptor Engagement Through Education

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Susan Renda, DNP, ANP-BC, CDE, RN; Marianne Fingerhood, DNP, ANP-BC; Miki Goodwin, PhD, RN, CNE, NEA-BC; Karan Kverno, PhD, PMHNP-BC, PMHCN; Tammy Slater, DNP, ACNP-BC


Preparing Future Nursing Leaders

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Veronica Quattrini, DNP, FNP-BC; Carol O’Neil, PhD, RN, CNE; Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN


Reduction of Non-Critical Care Area Adverse Events Through the Use of the Modified Early Warning Score

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Alexis Truxillo, BSN


RN PhorwarD: Growing the Pipeline of PhD-Prepared Nurses in Maryland

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Kirsten Corazzini, PhD, FGSA; Maeve Howett, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE; Bimbola Akintade, PhD, MBA, MHA, ACNP-BC, NEA-BC, FAANP; Marcella Leath, BSN, RN


Strategies for Success in Nursing Academic Progression with Concurrent Enrollment Options

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Tammy Keller, RN; Jennifer Fritzges, RN


Streamlined Path to Adult and Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification

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Brenda Windemuth, DNP, CRNP


The 5Rs of Developing Clinical Faculty Competence

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Susan Bindon, DNP, RN-BC, NPD-BC, CNE, CNE-cl


The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: UMNursing as an Example for Academic-Practice Partnership Efforts

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Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN; Greg Raymond, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC; Mary Etta Mills, ScD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; Renay Tyler, DNP, RN; Karen Doyle, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, CENP, FAAN; Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN


Using a Mid-Level Theory to Implement a Geriatric Screening Tool in the Bariatric Surgery Setting

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Rhea Williams, RN


Utilizing the ATI TEAS Assessment as a Predictor of Nursing Program and NCLEX Success

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Brenda Mister, EdD, MS, RN; Stacy McGrath, EdD, MS, RN

Planning Committee Members

Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN
The Bill and Joanne Conway 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

Lynn Marie Elizabeth Bullock, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Assistant Professor and  Director, Office of Professional Education, UMSON

Mary Etta Mills, RN, ScD, FAAN
Professor, 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

Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN
Associate Professor and Chair, UMSON at the Universities at Shady Grove
Director, Maryland Nursing Workforce Center

No presenter or planner disclosed a conflict of interest that would bias this program.