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University of Maryland School of Nursing's Idzik Selected to National Clinical Care Commission

November 1, 2018

Shannon IdzikBaltimore, Md.Shannon Idzik, DNP ’10, MS, ’03, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, associate professor and associate dean of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), has been selected to serve on the National Clinical Care Commission (NCCC). Her term began Oct. 31.

The NCCC is composed of 23 voting members, including 11 federal members and 12 non-federal members, and presents recommendations to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and to Congress. The NCCC evaluates and provides recommendations on the coordination and leveraging of federal programs related to complex metabolic or autoimmune diseases that result from insulin-related issues and that represent a significant disease burden in the United States, including complications due to such diseases.  

As a member of the NCCC, Idzik will also help make recommendations regarding activities and gaps in federal efforts to support clinicians in providing integrated, high-quality care to individuals with these diseases and related complications. Additionally, she will speak to improvement in coordination of federal education and awareness activities related to the prevention and treatment of the diseases and complications, including the utilization of new and existing technologies.  

"Diabetes is truly at epidemic levels across our nation. As a nurse practitioner, I have significant insight into disease prevention and the impact of this disease on individuals and our society as a whole," Idzik said. "I am honored to represent nursing and the University of Maryland, Baltimore as a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Clinical Care Commission as we work on solutions to overcome complex metabolic and autoimmune diseases related to insulin."

The 12 non-federal members are appointed as special government employees by the HHS secretary and have expertise in prevention, care, and epidemiology of the diseases on which the NCCC focuses.

"We congratulate Dr. Idzik on her appointment to the National Clinical Care Commission and know that she will bring her tremendous experience in the clinical, educational, research, and policy realms to bear on issues before the Commission and will be a strong voice for nursing," said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. "The Institute of Medicine Report on The Future of Nursing was a true call to action for the nursing profession and a reminder of the importance of nurses serving as full partners with other health professionals in ensuring that our health care system delivers access to high-quality, patient-centered care that promotes health and well-being. I have no doubt that Dr. Idzik will be a highly effective contributor to the Commission’s work, and we salute her for serving in this important role."

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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 United States and is in the top 10 nationally for all of its ranked master’s and DNP specialties. Enrolling nearly 1,900 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.