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Twelve University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty Members Awarded Nurse Support Program II Grants

July 7, 2016

UMSON was awarded more than $7.2 million. 

Baltimore, Md. – Twelve University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) faculty members have been awarded Nurse Support Program II (NSP II) grants funded through the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).  UMSON received nine of 19 NSP II grants awarded for fiscal year 2017, totaling more than $7.2 million.

NSP II grants aid in increasing the capacity of nurses in Maryland by implementing statewide initiatives to grow the number of nurses prepared to function effectively in faculty roles. MHEC offers a number of educational grant programs funded by state general funds, special funds, and federal funds. The programs are designed to address Maryland’s economic and workforce development needs, campus reform initiatives, student preparation for post-secondary education, faculty and student diversity goals, and teacher professional development objectives.

"We are thrilled that UMSON received NSP II grant support for nine very significant projects that address Maryland's nursing workforce shortage. Our work will help expand the capacity and caliber of Maryland's nursing program on a statewide basis, increasing the number of well-equipped faculty and fostering greater collaboration between academic nurse faculty and clinical practice nurses,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We are grateful to the Maryland Health Services Commission for its generous support of nursing research and the Maryland Higher Education Commission for its leadership in administering the NSP II initiative. Together we are ensuring that Maryland's residents have access to excellent health care now and in the years ahead."

NSP II grants awarded to UMSON for FY 2017:

Bimbola Akintade, PhD ‘11, MS ’05, BSN ’03, MBA, MHA, ACNP-BC, CCRN, assistant professor and specialty director, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist; and Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, FAANP, associate professor and associate dean for the DNP Program – Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Clinical Training ($945,866)

Bridget Gourley, DNP ‘08, CRNP, assistant professor and specialty director, Family Nurse Practitioner – FNP Expansion to Shady Grove ($1,586,781)

Louise S. Jenkins, PhD ’85, MS ‘81, RN, FAHA, ANEF, professor and director of the Institute for Educators – Faculty Mentorship Program II ($350,031)

Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN,associate professor and associate dean for the PhD Program – Project Rush ($595,210) 

Mary Etta C. Mills, ScD, MS ’73, BSN ’71, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor, and Linda Hickman, PhD, MBA, RN, FACHE, assistant professor – RN-BSN or MSN Clinical Faculty ($3,120,506)

Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD ’03, RN, FAAN, professor and specialty director, Nursing Informatics; and Nina Trocky, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNE, CCRA, assistant professor and associate dean for the Baccalaureate Program – Care Coordination Specialty ($255,198)

Carol O’Neil, PhD, RN, CNE, associate professor – Developing Nurse Educators to Teach Online ($80,970)

Debra A. Scrandis, PhD, CRNP, BC, associate professor – Psychiatric Mental Health FNP ($168,924)

Patricia Zimberg, JD, MS ’00, RN, assistant professor – Care Coordination and Case Management ($113,701) 

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools. 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.