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Akintade Named Associate Dean of University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing Program

March 2, 2020

Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has named Bimbola F. Akintade, PhD ’11, MS ’05, MBA, MHA, BSN ’03, CCRN, ACNP-BC, NEA-BC, assistant professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, as the associate dean for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. He succeeds Gail Schoen Lemaire, PhD ’96, RN, PMHCNS, BC, CNL.

Akintade is responsible for providing vision and leadership for the master’s program, including innovative program development and integration of technology. He is also responsible for administration and program coordination, curriculum planning, student recruitment, advisement, and retention. In addition, he will continue the School’s development of partnerships with other academic institutions and health care organizations to facilitate entry of nurses into the master’s programs.

In 2011, Akintade joined UMSON as an assistant professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist specialty (AGACNP); he became AGACNP co-specialty director in 2012 and served as specialty director from 2013-16. He helped lead the AGACNP program’s conversion from a master’s-level specialty to the DNP and he served as a member of the Master’s to DNP Transition Task Force. He also participated in the specialty’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation process in 2014.

Akintade teaches in the Master of Science in Nursing Health Services Leadership and Management specialty. His teaching areas have included diagnosis and management, health care finance, nursing leadership, and biostatistics. He has more than 17 years of nursing experience, including more than 13 years of clinical experience as an acute care nurse practitioner in trauma and critical care nursing. He currently practices at the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center, part of University of Maryland Capital Region Health, in the Trauma/Surgery Intensive Care Unit; his prior experience includes the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit and MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Surgical Critical Care Department.

Akintade’s research and scholarship include his current role as co-principal investigator for the Nurse Support Program II grant “Development and Implementation of a Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Clinical Training Program.” He has been an author on 11 peer-reviewed articles and eight book chapters. He has served as a member of Doctor of Philosophy dissertation committees and as chair or member of DNP scholarly project committees.

"I am delighted that Dr. Akintade has assumed the role of associate dean for the Master of Science in Nursing program; he is well prepared to build upon the legacy of Dr. Lemaire, who has played such a significant leadership role in master’s education at UMSON since 2005," said Dean Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. "Dr. Akintade brings considerable teaching, practice, and research experience to his new role, as well as a solid understanding of the School of Nursing and its highly diverse student population. I am certain that he will do an outstanding job in his new role and foster the continued innovation of our master’s-level offerings."

Akintade holds a PhD from UMSON, where he also earned his master’s and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. He also holds a Master of Science in Business Administration, International Healthcare Business, and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Organizational Leadership, from the University of Maryland, University College (now University of Maryland Global Campus). He has been recognized as a Scholar by Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy.

Lemaire, PhD ’96, RN, PMHCNS, BC, CNL, who served as associate dean for the master’s program from 2015, is continuing as a faculty member serving in a part-time role. Lemaire, a psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist and psychotherapist, has been a faculty member at UMSON since 2000. She previously served as the director of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) master’s option, an entry-into-practice pathway for individuals who hold a degree in a different field, from 2008 - 15 and was the option’s co-director from 2005 - 08. Her leadership of the CNL option from its inception was instrumental in garnering its national reputation for excellence; it is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation.

The School of Nursing’s master’s program enrolls more than 500 students, including more than 230 in the CNL option. UMSON also offers master’s-level specialty areas in Nursing Informatics, Community/Public Health Nursing, and Health Services Leadership and Management.

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools in the nation and is ranked among the top nursing schools nationwide. Enrolling nearly 2,000 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.