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Kirschling and Nine University of Maryland School of Nursing Alumnae Receive Baltimore Magazine Nursing Excellence Award

April 27, 2015

Awards were given for 18 different categories.

Baltimore, Md. – Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, and nine University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) alumnae were among the 50 nurses honored with Baltimore Magazine’s inaugural Excellence in Nursing Awards. The awards recognize registered nurses (RN) in the greater Baltimore area who go beyond the call of duty in their workplace or area of research.

Nurses were nominated in 18 different categories — acute care/family practice/general medicine; cardiovascular; community care/ambulatory care; nurse educator; emergency department; hospice/home health/palliative care; intensive care; management/nurse executives; medical-surgical nursing; neurology/psychology/behavioral health; oncology; orthopedics; pediatrics: non-neonatal; pediatrics: neonatal; research; school health; senior services; and women's health.

Kirschling was honored as a nurse educator. Additionally, UMSON alumnae Cynthia Arnold, MS ’95 (pediatrics: non-neonatal); Cathy Chapman, MS ’95 (acute care/family practice/general medicine); Gloria Clark, MS ’87, BSN ’82 (women's health); Mary Jo Huber, BSN ’77 (community care/ambulatory care); Megan Jendrossek, BSN ’13 (medical-surgical nursing); Vicky Kent, PhD ’96, MS ’87 (educator); Calvert Moore, MS ’11 (school health); Lisa Rowen, MS ’86 (management/nurse executives); and Joan Warren, PhD ’04, MS ’88 (research) were also recipients of the award.

Baltimore Magazine’s nominations process began in May 2014, as it opened an online survey where anybody could nominate outstanding nursing professionals. Hundreds of nursing professionals were vetted by an expert panel comprised of seven RNs from the Maryland Nurses Association before the 50 awardees were selected.  

“The Baltimore metropolitan region is fortunate to have an abundance of talented and remarkable nurse educators, so I am very flattered to have been selected for this distinction by Baltimore Magazine,” Kirschling said. “It is very gratifying to celebrate receiving this award with nine University of Maryland School of Nursing alumnae who were also honored for their contributions to health care.  This recognition is a wonderful reflection on our institution and speaks to our legacy of producing nurse leaders in education, research and practice.”

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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 sixth nationally. Enrolling more than 1,600 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.