March 31, 2020: COVID-19 Employment Opportunity

Dear Dean Kirschling,

As the State of Maryland and nation grapple with the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), in partnership with the University of Maryland Baltimore, continues to prepare for COVID-19 and the anticipated surge of patients who will require hospitalization and convalescence. Governor Hogan has called for health care systems and hospitals to increase their bed capacity in an effort to ensure that all Marylanders have access to the health care services they will need. UMMS, in partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine and the State of Maryland, has been requested to quickly mobilize to stand up a 250-bed Field Medical Station (FMS) at the Baltimore Convention Center. The facility is scheduled to be operational and ready to accept patients by April 23, 2020 or earlier. This tight timeline has presented a significant staffing challenge and we look to you and your colleagues to partner with us to accomplish the task.

The ability to quickly recruit and hire staff to work at the FMS is critical to our success. The Governor’s Executive Order and subsequent Maryland Board of Nursing decisions at https://mbon.maryland.gov/Documents/covid-19-executive-orders/20200324-mbon-licensee-certificate-holder-communication.pdf regarding who can practice as a Professional Nurse and Nursing Assistant will be exceedingly helpful in our efforts. Recruited staff will be assigned to the FMS and/or to one of the 13 UMMS facilities with critical staffing needs as the situation evolves. We will recruit graduate nurses who have not yet taken the NCLEX or who have not yet received their NCLEX results, and healthcare professional students who will become future nurses, dentists, pharmacists, social workers, rehabilitation and respiratory therapists to provide clinical support under the direction of a registered nurse.

The following links will take interested candidates to the application. You will note there is one for Registered Nurses and one for Clinical Support/Para-professionals. Our hope is that your current faculty will be interested in serving in the role of Registered Nurse and that your nursing graduates and nursing students will be interested in the clinical support work. When these individuals serve in these roles, they will be paid employees of UMMS who are covered by our malpractice insurance and eligible for health insurance.

Registered Nurse – Emergency Staffing Pool: 

https://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_uofmarylandmedsys/external/gateway/viewFromL ink.html?jobPostId=119422&localeCode=en-us

Clinical Support – Emergency Staffing Pool: 

https://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_uofmarylandmedsys/external/gateway/viewFromL ink.html?jobPostId=119424&localeCode=en-us

We would appreciate you sharing this information with faculty and students at the University of Maryland Baltimore health professional schools and also the other deans of schools of nursing in the State. Your partnership through the years has been invaluable to our organization. Now more than ever, we need our current and future health care professionals to come together.

Sincerely,

Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, CENP, FAAN
Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer
University of Maryland Medical Center
Chief Nurse Executive
University of Maryland Medical System
Professor
University of Maryland School of Nursing