Collaborating to Meet Challenges and Opportunities: The State of Maryland's Health

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2023 MDAC Virtual Leadership Summit:
Collaborating to Meet Challenges and Opportunities: The State of Maryland’s Health

Monday, May 22, 2023


The summit will explore new and innovative collaborations and partnerships to meet nursing’s future health care challenges and to recognize opportunities for making diversity, inclusion, and equity a reality in the workplace.


  • Explore new care models, staffing initiatives, and support services that will cultivate the retention of a resilient, skilled, diverse nursing workforce.
  • Describe collaborative partnerships for preparing faculty and students linked to progressive educational programs that will meet Maryland’s future health care needs.
  • Identify key legislative stakeholders and organizations that will fund and drive the implementation of long-term sustainable change within Maryland’s health systems.
  • Recognize the vital role of nurses in strategizing academic and practice approaches to address the current nursing crisis.

Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts is now closed.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

All abstracts must be submitted using the online submission process. We recommend reviewing the following guidelines as you prepare your abstract. If you have any questions during the submission process, please contact us at Submissions are due by Feb. 1.

  1. Review the MDAC Leadership Summit overview and objectives.
  2. Prepare an abstract in a Word document and confirm all information is included before starting the online submission process.
  3. In the case of multiple authors, we recommend that only the primary author (person who will present at the summit) submit the abstract and required information. The primary author will be able to send COI link to up to six co-authors.
  4. The primary author (presenter) must provide the required information for all co-authors (including all collaborating partners) at the time of submission and whether co-authors plan to attend the summit. Abstracts that name co-authors but fail to include the required information will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
  5. Provide the title of your abstract as you want it to appear in the program.
  6. Copy and paste the text of your abstract into the box provided in the online form. The form will accept no more than 350 words. Longer abstracts will be truncated.
  7. Incomplete forms, alternatively formatted submissions, emailed submissions, or faxed submissions will NOT be considered for review.
  8. You must acknowledge funding sources supporting your project in your abstract.

Review the call for abstracts Abstract Scoring Rubric.


The primary author (presenter) will receive email notification of the review committee's decision after March 18. The primary presenter is expected to relay this information to all co-authors.

Presenter Commitment and Registration

All primary presenters are expected to register for the 2023 MDAC Virtual Leadership Summit. Your commitment to present and complete your registration for the primary presenter must be received by March 25. Failure to register by this deadline will constitute a decline to present.

Guidelines for Paper Presentations

All podium presenters should allocate 15 minutes for their presentation and allow an additional five minutes for Q&A. All accepted presentations will be live, and presenters are expected to be present 15 minutes prior to start time. Additional details will be provided for accepted abstracts.

Guidelines for Poster Presentations

All accepted posters will require the primary author to record a 5-minute presentation of their poster that will be available for all participants during the virtual summit. In addition to virtual presentations, there will be a scheduled time for poster presenters to answer questions live via the virtual conference platform’s chat feature (must sign into poster area 15 minutes before start time). Additional details will be provided for accepted abstracts.

MDAC reserves the right to edit the abstracts for posting.


Time Activity
9 – 9:10 a.m.

Welcome and Summit Overview and MDAC Annual Award Presentation
Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN
The Bill and Joanne Conway Dean, University of Maryland School of Nursing
Co-Chair, Maryland Action Coalition

9:10 – 10:10 a.m.

Fireside Chat: Health of Marylanders: Sustainable Change
with Presidents from Johns Hopkins Health System/MedStar Health System/and the University of Maryland Medical System

Kevin Sowers, MSN, RN, FAAN
President, Johns Hopkins Health System, and Executive Vice President, Johns Hopkins Medicine

M. Joy Drass, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, MedStar Health System

Mohan Suntha, MD, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer, University of Maryland Medical System

Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN

10:10 – 10:20 a.m. Break
10:20 – 11 a.m.

Laura Herrera Scott, MD, MPH
Maryland Secretary of Health

11 – 11:15 a.m.

NSP I and NSP II Update

Laura Schenk, DNP, RN, CNE
NSP II Grant Administrator, Maryland Higher Education Commission

Kimberly Ford, BS
Assistant Grants Manager, Maryland Higher Education Commission

11:15 a.m. - noon

Poster Presentations and Roundtable Discussion - Session 1
Learn new approaches to academic and clinical practices and interact with poster authors.

  1. NSP II: A Maryland Nursing Workforce Intervention (Laura Schenk, DNP, RN, CNE, and Kimberly Ford, BS)
  2. Workforce Retention (Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN)
  3. Workforce Retention (Mary Golway, MSN, RN, NPD-BC)
  4. Statewide Residency Initiative (Bruce Boxer, PhD, MBA, MA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, NPD-BC, MCHES, CPHQ) 
  5. Violence in the Workplace (Charlotte Wood, PhD, MSN, MBA, MSL, RN, CDA)
  6. Clinical Simulation (Amy Daniels, PhD, RN, CHSE-A)
noon - 12:15 p.m.


12:15 - 1 p.m.

Poster Presentations and Roundtable Discussion - Session 2
Learn new approaches to academic and clinical practices and interact with poster authors.

        Session 1 Repeats.

1 - 1:15 p.m.


1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Keynote Panel: ANA’s Nursing Staffing Task Force Members

Katie Boston-Leary, PhD, MBA, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, CCTP
Director, Nursing Programs, American Nurses Association

Cheryl Peterson, MSN, RN,
Vice President, Nursing Programs, American Nurses Association

Sherry Perkins, PhD, RN, FAAN,
President, Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center

Christie Simon-Waterman, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, WCC, DWC
President, Maryland Nurses Association

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 – 4 p.m. Podium Presentations (includes Q&A via chat box)
Formal 15-minute sessions describing initiatives to prepare and strengthen the nursing workforce
4 – 4:15 p.m.

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



Title Author
Academic/Practice Partnerships to Expand Clinical Education Maeve Howett, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE; Hannah Murphy Buc, MSN, RN, CNE; Jana Goodwin, PhD, RN, CNE; Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, CENP, BCC, FANOL, FAAN; Lynn Chen, PhD; and Casey Embert, BA
Academic-Practice Collaborative Opportunities-Priorities from the perspectives of Emerging Nurse Leaders in Maryland Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP, FNAP, FAAN; Linda Costa, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; and Lynn Marie Bullock, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Clinical Partnerships Are Making a Difference Karen Currie, MS, RN, CNE
Enhancing Career Development Strategies to Strengthen Graduate Preparedness for Nurse Educator Roles Sandra Lucci, PhD, RN, CNE, CMSRN; Carol O’Neil, PhD, RN, CNE; Mary Etta Mills, ScD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; and Cynthia Hollis, MBA, CRA
Head Start Partnership to Increase Access to Preventive Health Services for Low-income Children Amanda Roesch, DNP, MPH, FNP-C and Bridgitte, Gourley, DNP, FNP-BC
Historically Black Colleges Universities Nursing Program Course Sequence and its Impact on NCLEX Pass Rate Emelia Asamoah, PhD, MS, RN
Implementation of high flow nasal cannula (HFNC) on a general inpatient pediatric unit at a community hospital without an onsite pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) Pamela Nehring, DNP, RN, CPN, SCNII
Investing to Increase Retention of Experienced Nurse Preceptors Sarit Fleishman, MSN, RN, OCN; Laura Petri, PhD, RN, NPD-BC; and James Connors, MA
Leveraging Partnerships to Support the Nursing Workforce in Maryland Rebecca Diaz, PhD, RN
Maryland Poison Center -Surviving the Shift: Collaborating to Create an Interprofessional Learning Module to Promote Toxicology Awareness in Health Care Students Rebecca Weston, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE and Jimmy (James) Leonard, PharmD, DABAT
NextGen NCLEX Test Bank Project Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN
Leveraging An Academic Practice Collaboration to Enhance Outcomes of Older Adults in a Multi Hospital Health System Jennifer Bierbaum, DNP, APRN-CNS, AGCNS-BC, CENP, GERO-BC; and Karen Mack, DNP, MBA, APRN, PGMT-BC, CCNS, ACNP-BC
Palliative Needs Screening Initiative within a Cardiac Care Unit David Johnson, BSN, RN, CCRN and Taylor Swing DNP, RN, CRNP-BC
Preparing New and Novice Clinical Faculty for Maryland’s Nursing Programs Susan Bindon, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CNE, CNE-cl, FAAN
Promoting DEIA through using Universal Language in, Nursing Education Marilyn Berchie-Gialamas, DNP, CRNP, NP-c and Tanesha Meade, MSN, RN, CNE, CNE-cl
The Dedicated Education Unit: A Clinical Partnership Solution for Preparing Prelicensure Nursing Students for Practice Crystal DeVance-Wilson, PhD, MBA, PHCNS-BC; TolvalynDennison, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, CNE; Denise Owens, MS, RN, CCRN; Domonique Banks, MS, RN, NPD-BC; and Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN
The Development of a Deprescribing Training Module Ava Williams, DNP, CRNP, FPN-BC
Training Future Rural Health Practitioners through Inter-disciplinary Poverty Simulation Audra Houser, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, CUNP, CNE and Kara Platt, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CNE
Universal Onboarding Education for Pre-Licensure Nursing Students: Successes and Lessons Learned Jennifer Zipp, DNP, MS, RN; Crystal DeVance-Wilson, PhD, MBA, PHCNS-BC; Joan Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN; and Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN

Podium Presentations

Title Speaker
Academy of Clinical Essentials in Action: A Revolutionary Nurse Staffing and Education Model

Heather V. Westerfield, DNP, RN, CNE, CMSRN; Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, CENP, BCC, FANOL, FAAN;

Casey Embert, BA; Robin Seal-Whitlock, PhD, RN, CNE; Kathryn Reuwer, MSN, RN;

Jenni Day, PhD, RN; and Jodi Baker Stein DNP, RN, CNE

Delivering High Quality Faculty Development in 10-Minute Microlessons Susan Bindon, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CNE, CNE-cl, FAAN

Insights into Inconsistent Infant Safe Sleep Practices Among African American Caregivers

Malliga Jambulingam, PhD, RN; Margaret Alston, PhD, PT; Ariel Hunt, DrPH;

David Thomas, DrPH; and Yvonne Bronner, DSc

Postpartum Depression Screening and Referral in Low-Income and Diverse Community

Marilyn Berchie, DNP, CRNP, NP-c; Linda Costa, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; and

Kimberly Callendar, DNP, CRNP, APRN-BC

R3: Resilience, Retention and Renewal: Results of a Needs and Opportunity Survey for Ethics and Resilience in Maryland Faculty Erin Wright, DNP, CNM, APHN-BC, FACNM and Victoria Hughes, DNS, MSN RN
Team Nursing in the Emergency Department: A Medical/Surgical Nurse Extender Care Model Laura Ogle, DNP, CENP, CNE, CEN and Kristin Quade, MSN, RN, CNM


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

Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, 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

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
Senior Program Specialist, Office of Professional Education, University of Maryland School of Nursing

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

Stephanie White, MA
Office Manager, Office of the Dean, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN
Director, Maryland Nursing Workforce Center
Treasurer, National Forum for State Nursing Workforce Centers
University of Maryland School of Nursing

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

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