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Culpepper Named Interim Director of Clinical Education and Evaluation Lab at University of Maryland School of Nursing

October 30, 2015

Interim director to manage daily operations of clinical education and evaluation laboratory.

Baltimore, Md. – Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), recently named Nancy Budd Culpepper interim director of the Clinical Education and Evaluation Lab (CEEL). Culpepper has been a faculty member since 2001.

In her new role, Culpepper is responsible for managing the daily operations of the clinical education laboratory; and developing and implementing standardized participant (SP) training, research projects, and presentations. Additionally, Culpepper collaborates and establishes effective partnerships with the faculty in managing and evaluating student standardized participant encounters.

“Ms. Culpepper’s contribution to supporting the training of health professionals is significant and her management of all aspects of the functioning of the SP program is invaluable in this time of transition,” said Kathryn Montgomery, PhD ‘97, RN, NEA-BC, associate professor, and chair, Department of Partnerships, Professional Education, and Practice.

The CEEL, a joint venture between UMSON and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, seeks to provide an innovative setting for students to enhance clinical skills or participate in a formative or summative evaluation process. It is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the evaluation, assessment, and teaching of clinical skills. Services provided in the lab include clinical skills evaluation, communication skills assessment, and clinical teaching programs for nursing, medicine, and other health professions.  

“Over the years, I have seen SP methodology develop into a credible and valid tool for learning and assessment,” Culpepper said. “Under Kathy Schaivone’s leadership, we built and grew the Clinical Education and Evaluation Laboratory into a center that provides more than 7,000 student contact hours each year.  I would like to continue this growth by fully realizing the goal of creating a human simulation learning and assessment resource center for the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus and the surrounding community. I look forward to directing this mission and working with the UMB community to integrate SP experiences into a wider variety of education and training settings.” 

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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 1,700 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.