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Six from the University of Maryland School of Nursing Awarded Nurse Educator Doctoral Grants

February 4, 2016

Recipients will receive a grant to assist with educational and professional expenses.

NEDG Award RecipientsBaltimore, Md. – Five faculty members and a PhD student from the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) have been awarded the Nurse Educator Doctoral Grant (NEDG) for Practice and Dissertation Research. Clinical Instructors Amy Daniels, MS ‘12, BSN ’89, RN; and Crystal DeVance-Wilson, MS ‘06, MBA, BSN ‘00, PHCNS-BC; Assistant Professors  Marik Moen, MPH, MS, RN; Kristen Rawlett, PhD ‘14; and Alicia Williams, DNP, MBA; and PhD student Vera Kuffour-Manu, MS ‘10; all received awards.

This competitive grant program is designed to assist PhD and Doctor of Nursing Practice candidates while pursuing their advanced degrees. Its goals are to increase the number of doctoral-prepared nursing faculty in the state of Maryland, strengthen faculty development for optimal capacity at schools of nursing, and recruit and retain a diverse nursing faculty.

“We are very thankful for the availability of the NEDG awards as it places the University of Maryland School of Nursing in a prime position to answer the Institute of Medicine’s call for a more highly-educated nursing workforce and an improved nursing education system,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “I fully expect this program will help us further build and strengthen our faculty infrastructure, which in turn will ensure greater educational capacity for the preparation of future nurses.”

Grant recipients can use the funds for professional development; course release time; wages for research-related administrative support; or project-related expenses for supplies, travel, and document creation. NEDG is a statewide funding initiative supported by the Nurse Support Program II and is jointly approved by the Health Services Cost Review Commission and Maryland Higher Education Commission.

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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 eleventh 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.