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School of Nursing Receives AACN Innovations Award

December 13, 2010

Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is proud to announce that Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR, assistant dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and her colleagues Dawn Mueller-Burke, PhD, RN, assistant professor, and Barbara Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research, received the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Innovations in Professional Nursing Award in the Academic Health Science Centers category. The award recognizes the work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change.  Newhouse and Dean Janet Allan accepted the award and a $1,000 cash prize on behalf of UMSON at AACN’s fall meeting.

UMSON received the award for using an innovative approach involving faculty and community stakeholders to enhance evidence-based practice (EBP) student learning outcomes throughout the undergraduate and graduate curriculums. Faculty members who teach in undergraduate and graduate courses that incorporate EBP content participated in the review and the revision of courses. Subsequent formative and summative evaluation from students demonstrated improvements. In addition, Newhouse; Kathryn Montgomery, PhD, RN, associate dean for Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives; Karen Johnson, PhD, RN, assistant professor; Lyn Murphy, PhD, MBA, RN, assistant professor; and Kristin Seidl, PhD, RN, assistant professor, developed a 12-credit graduate level EBP Certificate to meet the needs for advanced EBP leadership within health care institutions. The EBP Certificate courses will be offered for the first time in the spring 2011 semester.

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked seventh nationally.  Enrolling more than 1,700 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.