UMSON Office of Academic and Career Success at Shady Grove

Nursing Students at Universities at Shady Grove

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Our goal is to provide you with proactive, intentional, and integrated services that promote transformative learning experiences.

We ensure accessible, pertinent, and timely academic advising, coaching, and learning support services where you can:

  • grow as a reflective learner
  • participate in peer-facilitated learning
  • develop leadership skills to achieve your goals.

Through collaborations with UMSON faculty, staff, and partners, our work cultivates a culture that responds to students’ needs and affirms each student's ability to identify and generate new paths forward toward academic and career success. 

Our academic and career services include:

Academic Advising

Upon admission to the BSN program, you'll be assigned aacademic advisor at the Office of Academic and Career Success who will guide you in the development of educational plans that are consistent with your academic, personal, and professional goals. 

To request an appointment:

Academic Coaching and Resources

We offer academic coaching to support you in identifying roadblocks, uncovering obstacles, and generating new paths forward toward academic success. Individual or group meetings are available online or face-to-face.  

We can help you with: 

  • time management  
  • study strategies 
  • test-taking skills 
  • stress management 

To request an appointment, email 

Coaching is also provided at the Macklin Center for Academic Success. Visit their website for more information.

Career Readiness and Resources

At the Office of Academic and Career Success, we assist current students with career advising and professional development as you prepare for certifications, internships, and jobs. We offer individual advising sessions in various career development areas, including: 

  • CNA Licensure 
  • Job and internship opportunities  
  • Job search strategies 
  • Interview preparation 

To request an appointment, email

For additional support, the Career and Internship Services Center (CISC)  offers career counseling, resume/cover letter assistance, and more.


The Elm: Nursing 

Check your email every Tuesday for The Elm: Nursing, where job and externship postings are highlighted. 

Job Board 

We regularly update a job board at Shady Grove, Building 1, Floor 2, Suite 216. 

UMSON Student Resources

Online Resources

We encourage you to visit often. 

Peer Academic Support

Guided Study Sessions 

Guided Study Sessions are led by peer academic leaders who are BSN students and have successfully completed previous courses. They have strong communication skills and facilitate learning for designated 1st- and 2nd-semester courses. 

Open Tutoring

Meet with 3rd- and 4th-semester peer academic leaders who are experienced learning facilitators who provide open tutoring for 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-semester students. Open tutoring sessions are located at The Macklin Center for Academic Success (MCAS) in the BSE Building, Suite 1322.

Individual Tutoring Support 

Individual Tutoring Support is available to students who identify tutoring as part of their remediation plan or for students who are in jeopardy of failing a course. 

For information about peer academic support services, visit the Academic Resource Window located at the Office of Academic and Career Success, Building 1, Suite 216 or contact for assistance. 

Resource Bookshelf

The Office of Academic and Career Success at Shady Grove maintains an active library of required textbooks associated with the BSN courses. The textbooks are for reference only and must be checked out and used within the Office of Academic and Career Success area. 

Student Leadership Development

Leadership skills are highly sought after by employers. Leaders show initiative and are highly motivated; having skills that can make you stand out as an applicant.

Several leadership opportunities are offered at the USG campus to support you in the pursuit of leadership skills. 

Peer Leadership OpportunityContact Information

Guided Study Session Leaders
Open Tutoring Peer Academic Leaders
Tutoring Opportunities  

UMSON Office of Academic and Career Success at Shady Grove

Student Ambassador Program 

Center for Recruitment and Transfer Access (CRTA)  

Student Assistant Positions

Inquire about applying for open positions at the following centers:


Student Council
Student Organization Leadership

See the UMSON Student Organization page for the current leadership contact information.

For leadership-related questions, contact

Student Organizations

These organizations are currently active at USG:

Additional Student Organizations are available at the Baltimore location.

Writing and Research Support

We offer limited direct one-on-one and group writing consultations, both online or face to face. Services include: 

  • Brainstorming  
  • Understanding Assignment 
  • Planning Content and Organization  

For writing assistance, email

Macklin Center for Academic Services (MCAS)

We partner with MCAS in providing writing support services for nursing students. MCAS offers one-on-one online or face-to-face assistance with course work, projects, and presentations, including:

  • Brainstorming 
  • Content and Organization 
  • Grammar 
  • APA Formatting  

For more information or to make a writing appointment visit the Macklin Center's website. 

UMB's Writing Center

We encourage students to also become familiar with the valuable resources offered on the UMB Writing Center’s website.

Research and Citation Help

Priddy Library at USG offers: 

Health Sciences and Human Services Library at UMB offers: 

Other Student Services at USG

Weekly Student Emails

Watch your student email for the USG Weekly and The Elm: Nursing to keep on top of campus news and events and other important student information. 

Additional USG Campus Student Support Services


Meet the Staff:

Brigitte Bard, BA
Academic Advisor and Support Coordinator
Room: 216A, Building I, USG
Phone: 301-738-6253
Remote Phone: 301-969-8665

Laura El Shafei Laura El Shafei, MPH, MA, RN
Director of Student Success
Room: Room 216E, Building I, USG
Phone: 301-738-6234 
Remote Phone: 202-599-7236
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JoAnna Jones, BSN
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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