Six Faculty Members Selected to Serve as R3 Champions of the Resilient Nurses Initiative

March 9, 2022

R3 aims to Renew, Retain, and amplify the Resilience of nurses throughout Maryland

R3 Champions 2022
Top, l to r: Astiz-Martinez, Dalton, and Daniels. Bottom, l to r: Henson, Murphy Buc, and Weston

Six University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) faculty members have been selected to serve as R3 Champions of the Resilient Nurses Initiative. R3 aims to Renew, Retain, and amplify the Resilience of nurses throughout Maryland in all specialties and roles through a culture of ethical practice.

UMSON faculty serving as R3 Champions are:

  • Marisa Astiz-Martinez, MS ’13, RN, clinical instructor
  • Jennifer Dalton, MSN, RN, CNE, manager, simulation coordinator
  • Amy Daniels, PhD ’18, MS ’12, BSN ’89, RN, CHSE, assistant professor and director of the Clinical Simulation Labs
  • Amanda Henson, MS, RN, CNE, CHSE, clinical instructor
  • Hannah Murphy Buc, MSN, RN, CNE, clinical instructor
  • Rebecca Weston, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, assistant professor

“Being an R3 champion offers an opportunity not only to learn about tools to support us and improve our own resilience,” Daniels says. “It also provides us opportunities to collaborate with like-minded colleagues across the state to identify mechanisms to share these tools with others in our own institutions.”

This cross-institutional academic-practice collaboration, a Nurse Support Program II grant-funded program housed at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, seeks to address root causes of burnout and disengagement to improve well-being, strengthen the bridge from education to practice, and increase retention. 

Selected by collaborating schools of nursing across Maryland, the champions work to promote the R3 vision, resources, tools, and practices and advise the R3 primary investigator and the Coordinating Council of their experiences and observations as they develop and integrate the R3 content into pre-licensure curricula and culture. R3 will create solutions, engagement, and sustainability strategies from the champions’ insights.

In addition, Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Bill and Joanne Conway Dean, and Nina Trocky, DNP, RN, CNE, associate professor, serve as members of the R3 Coordinating Council, which meets monthly to review progress toward grant goals.