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Volume 23 • Issue 4
July, August, September 2022
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MNA’s Update at A Glance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
ANA Hill Day ............................. 3
MNA’s 119th Annual Convention. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Mortimer to Lead Alliance of Maryland Nursing
2022 Spring Membership Meeting & CE Event ....12
The Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland
Advocates for the Community ............... 14
Transforming Nursing Education Through Clinical
Simulations ............................ 16
Maryland Nurses Focus on Optimizing the Workforce ....18
University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON)
Leadership Announcements ................ 19
The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Ranks #1 by
U.S. News & World Report for Fifth Consecutive Year. 20
CSM Students Inducted. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
2022 MNA Election ......................26
The big event for MNA
in June was the American
Nurses Association (ANA)
Membership Assembly, June
10-12 in Washington, D.C.
The ANA Membership
Assembly is the key
opportunity for members
to share concerns and
priorities with the ANA
Board of Directors.
Attending on behalf of MNA along with myself were
Charlotte Wood, Donna Zankowski, Linda Stierle,
Mary Jean Schumann, Rosemary Mortimer, and
Jacqueline Patterson. Attending this Membership
Assembly led me to consider the current war nurses
face and previous ones they have overcome.
Modern nursing really got its recognition through
the heroic efforts of a woman who was a champion
during the Crimean War of 1853 to 1856. The "lady
with the lamp" took care of many soldiers, and her
reputation made known to the masses the importance
of nurses, and nursing, to life as we know it. Fast
forward to 2022, a new war is still being fought. Not
the one between Russia and Ukraine, though that one
also requires nurses’ service. No, I speak of the war
against the unseen enemy COVID-19. It is this war
that has caused all nurses to be seen in a different
light. You, the nurses of the state of Maryland, and all
of America are recognized as the true superheroes of
Subsequent to her achievements, many have
suggested that Florence Nightingale, the lady with
the lamp, had her achievements over-exaggerated.
History has since proven otherwise, and she would go
on later to establish the Nightingale Training School
for Nurses in 1860, the first known institution to train
some of the most important people the world has
ever seen. I reference this phenomenon now to
underscore three important points.
Firstly, I wish that all of you, as nurses,
would take the time to understand the legacy
that we have sworn to uphold. This hero
worked tirelessly during the war to ensure that
soldiers got the best health care they could in
less than favorable conditions. The situation
was never ideal, as she fought the battle
against death on those battlefields. She was
pro-life! Never complaining, she set about her
task with vigor, commitment, resilience, and
a resourcefulness that all of you know about.
Those qualities are the same qualities I see in
our nurses, fighting to save lives every day as you
take your places in the modern-day battlefield. Let
us always understand the legacy laid down by this
remarkable woman, and may all nurses guard this
legacy with a zeal that will ensure that we always do
our best, despite the challenging times facing us.
Secondly, nurses have always been underappreciated,
sadly so. Many individuals hold the view
that a nurse is just the record keeper on the way to
the doctor. This is so far from the truth. Her exploits
in the field helped to save the lives of many soldiers.
Your exploits on the front against Covid have saved
millions of lives. This pandemic would have shown
the world the actual value of all nurses! You have
been nothing short of spectacular in your efforts. The
thing is, Covid just made the world finally recognize
this. However, for centuries nurses have been serving
the population of the world and saving lives. Without
nurses’ doctors will be far less effective. This is
indeed a fact. I say to all of you nurses, know your
worth. The world is gradually beginning to see the
collective worth of all nurses. You are worthy of the
recognition and praise that I am placing at your feet
at this moment. I wish to acknowledge your worth
today as I say thank you for the sensational job that
you continue to do, as you turn days into nights. You
all are the superheroes that Marvel and DC fantasize
about. You are the real deal!!!!
Thirdly, and finally, it is always during the tough
times that nurses separate themselves from the rest.
During the Crimean War, Ms. Nightingale made her
mark and took nursing in a new direction. It is she
who is credited for taking nursing into the modern
era. Make no mistake this pandemic is a WAR!
As nurses, you do not fight against other humans;
instead, we fight against an unseen enemy, a virus
that has taken the lives of several of our sisters and
brothers. I ask you: How are we going to separate
ourselves from the rest now?
COVID-19 has presented us with the opportunity
to do things differently. Despite the loss of lives and
livelihood, there have been numerous opportunities
for growth and to change mindsets and practices
that have been toxic to us as inhabitants of this
world. In what direction are we prepared to take our
profession? We cannot fail in this war, humanity
depends on us to be successful, and we must not
fail them. In fact, we cannot fail them. I urge you
all to think of how we can get even better and take
our profession into a new era, just as Florence
Nightingale did when she was involved in her war.
As I conclude, allow me to say yet again: You are
indeed phenomenal human beings! What you have
President’s Message continued on page 2
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done for this state, for your country, and for humanity
is nothing short of remarkable. It is with the greatest
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ANA Hill Day
Charlotte M. Wood, PhD, MSN, MBA, MSL, RN, CDA
ANA Hill day started at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2022, with breakfast
and registration, followed by a “Welcome” from ANA President Dr. Ernest Grant.
We enjoyed our keynote speaker, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40), who
engaged in a conversation regarding current issues in nursing and healthcare,
and the importance of advocacy. This activity was followed by a federal
legislative overview from Samuel Hewitt and Kristina Weger, Principals, Federal
Government Affairs for ANA.
On Hill Day, the American Nurses Association (ANA) continued efforts
to amplify the voices of nurses through conversations with our Congressional
representatives and their legislative aides as they considered and debated public
policy that will affect the essential functions of registered nurses (RN) and
healthcare in America. The agenda proceeded with a “Nurses-Call-to-Action,”
the logistics for the Capitol Hill meetings, and was followed by various groups
speaking to their congressional representatives via Zoom while others headed out
to Capitol Hill.
National legislative priorities were as follows:
• Valuing the Nursing Workforce (dealing with a discussion of burn-out,
prevention of workplace violence, and prohibiting the use of mandatory
• Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (removing barriers to full practice
authority and support or co-sponsor the “I Can Act” bill that will be coming
in July) and,
• Improving Senior’s Timely Access to Care Act of 2021 (Providing care
that streamlines and prioritizes prior authorization under the Medicare
Advantage Program…S.3018/H.R. 3173) co-sponsored by 296 legislators.
Many national legislative priorities also aligned with the state of Maryland’s
legislative initiatives. The ANA has been relentless in advocating on behalf
of the country’s RNs who have been caring for our nation’s most vulnerable
and those who lack access to healthcare. The ANA and the members of the
membership assembly spoke about the nursing staffing crisis, improving access
to healthcare, removing practice barriers, workforce development, and addressing
reimbursement for APRNs to have “same service, same pay.”
As your “Membership Assembly” representatives, we were happy to serve
you on Capitol Hill ensuring that our national legislative representatives from
Maryland supported all nursing priorities and major initiatives. Thank you all for
allowing us to represent you.
MNA’s Update at A Glance
Dr. Christie Simon-Waterman, MNA President
1. Office Space: The MNA Board and President
have appointed an Office Resiliency Workgroup
(WOR) to assess MNA’s office space functionally
and identify cost-effective ways to optimize office
space. Special thank you to the WOR members:
Lou Bartolo (District 5 President), Nayna Philipsen
(MNA Treasurer-Elect), Alita-Geri Carter (District
5 Treasurer), Vann Joyner (District 2 Treasurer), and
Marshada Chapman (District 2 Finance Committee).
2. ANA: A big event for MNA in June was
the ANA Membership Assembly, June 10-12 in
Washington, D.C. https://www.nursingworld.org/ana/
Attending the ANA Membership Assembly in June was a key opportunity
for members to share concerns and priorities with the ANA Board of Directors.
Attending on behalf of MNA were MNA President Christie Simon-Waterman,
Charlotte Wood, Donna Zankowski; Linda Stierle, Mary Jean Schumann,
Rosemary Mortimer, and Jacqueline Patterson.
3. MNA Advocacy in Annapolis: As the 2022 90-Day annual Legislative
Session ended in Annapolis, the MNA Legislative Committee and MNA’s
Lobbyist, Public Policy Partners, are collating the enormous number of bills that
would impact nursing and patient care and on which MNA took a position. These
will be published by MNA and available to members upon request.
4. LMNO: MNA has long hosted an outstanding group of Maryland nursing
organizations to address common concerns. Formerly called the League of
Maryland Nursing Organizations (LMNO), this is now the League of Maryland
Nursing Associations (LMNA). Its post-Pandemic renewal is led by Rosemary
Mortimer, a former MNA President.
5. APRN Workgroup - MNA is working with other organizations, nurse
leaders, and APRNs to have robust discussions regarding the APRN compact.
MNA’s past President Neysa Ernst will facilitate these discussions.
6. MNA Ethics Hotline: The MNA Center for Ethics and Human Rights has
activated an electronic “hotline.” Nurses can now request guidance in addressing
ethical issues and be assured of a confidential and de-identified response. The
email address for the Hotline is MNA.Ethics@marylandrn.org.
7. MNA Convention: The 119th MNA Annual Convention will be on October
6 and 7, 2022, at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum. Go to the MNA website to
nominate an outstanding colleague for an MNA Award.
From (L) to (R): Dr. M. Bell, Dr. C. Simon-Waterman, Ms. M. Okwusogu,
Dr. P. Travis, Dr. C. Wood, & Ms. R. Mortimer.
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Report on The ANA Membership Assembly
By Linda J. Stierle, MSN, RN
MNA Member-at-Large to ANA MA
For the first time since 2019, the American Nurses
Association’s (ANA) highest governing body, the
2022 ANA Membership Assembly (MA), met in
person on June 9th thru 11th to conduct the business
of the association and elect ANA leaders. More
than 300 nurses and others gathered at the Grand
Hyatt in the District of Columbia. The Maryland
Nurses Association (MNA) was represented by its
four elected voting representatives to the ANA MA.
The two MNA Officer Representatives were current
MNA Past President, Dr. Charlotte Wood, and Past
Treasurer, Dr. Mary Jean Schumann; the two MNA
Member-at-Large Representatives were Ms. Donna
Zankowski and Ms. Linda Stierle, MNA Committee
on Bylaws & Policies Chair, as well as Chair of
the MNA Committee on Nominations and a past
ANA Chief Executive Officer. Also, in attendance
were MNA’s nonvoting Alternate Representative
to the ANA MA: Past MNA President and ANA’s
Immediate Past Consultant to the National Student
Nurses Association (NSNA) Ms. Rosemary
Mortimer. Also, in attendance were MNA’s current
President, Dr. Christie Simon-Waterman, and MNA’s
Chief Staff Officer (CSO), Ms. Jacqueline Patterson.
The Maryland Delegation were pleased to have Ms.
Gwen Johnson from District 5 at our table; she was
representing the ANA Organizational Affiliate, Chi
Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated, and Dr. Pat Travis,
MNA Past President and current member of the ANA
Committee on Bylaws.
The 2022 ANA MA mirrored in every way the
pre-pandemic MA, the last one being in 2019 at the
Grand Hyatt. The various components of the ANA
MA are: Hill Day prior to the start of the ANA MA,
Dialogue Forums, Candidate Forum, Voting, Political
Action Events, American Nurses Foundation Donor
Luncheon, Networking & Discussion luncheons, and
business and discussion sessions of the ANA MA.
These activities were spread out between June 9th
and June 11th.
ANA Hill Day: See page 3 in this edition for more
Welcome Reception & Awards Ceremony: This
was held Thursday evening. It started with a halfhour
of heavy hor d’oeuvres in the Independence
Foyer; everyone then transitioned to the Constitution
Ballroom for the 2022 President’s and National
Awards Ceremony, where the twenty-one awardees
were recognized. There were seven recipients of
the President’s Award: Karen Daley, PhD, MPH,
RN, FAAN; Martha Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE;
Adrianna Nava, PhD, MPA, MSN, RN; Debra Toney,
PhD, RN, FAAN; Daniella Vargas, MSN, MPH, MA-
Bioethics, RN, PHN; G. Rumay Alexander, EDD,
RN, FAAN; Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. ANA
Hall of Fame Inductees: Anne P, Manton, PhD, RN,
FAEN, FAAN; Barbara Nichols, DL (H) Dec(H),
PEDD (H), MSN, RN, FAAN. National Award
Honorees: Advocacy Award: Denise Driscoll, MSN,
RN-BC, CARN, PMHCNS-BC, NPP; Sally Morgan,
MA, RN, AGPCNP-BC, ACNS-BC; Jessica Peck,
DNP, APRN, CPAP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FAAN.
Distinguished Direct Patient Care Award: Casey
Green, BSN, RN, CCRN, CRRN, CFRN, CEN,
TCRN, CPEN; MNA District 7 member; Duke
Harvey Lagtapon, BSN, RN, CCRN-CMC-CSC,
CHFN. Early Career Nurse Leader Award: Naomi
Hanoch, BSN, RN. Foundation of Nursing Practice
Award: Denise McNulty, DNP, MS-HAS, NPD-BC,
NE-BC. Leadership in Ethics Award: Vivienne
McDaniel, DNP, MSN, RN. Luther Christman
Award: Kevin Emmons, DRNP, RN, APN,
AGPCNP-BC, CWCN, CFCN. Mary Mahoney
Award: Jonnie Hamilton, DNP, PhD, RN. Public
Health Service Award: Lisa Patch, MSN, BS, RN,
NCSN; Anumol Thomas, DNP, FNP-C, CCRN.
HEARING - ANA’s Racial Reckoning
Statement: It was submitted by the ANA Board of
Directors. In 2021, the ANA began an intense effort
to understand its own history regarding racism in
nursing. The result is an initial racial reckoning
statement that serves as an apology to nurses of
color who have been harmed by decisions and
omissions made by ANA that contributed to racism
in the profession. There was a one-hour hearing to
allow members to react to this draft statement prior
to asking for members to adopt it. Linda Stierle,
as a Maryland voting representative made a verbal
statement in support which was also submitted
in writing to the Professional Policy Committee.
On Saturday afternoon, ANA’s racial reckoning
statement was adopted by the membership by
unanimous consent. With this statement, ANA is
launching a sustained effort dedicated to ongoing
reckoning and reconciliation, forgiveness, and
healing. It was and is a historic moment for our
ANA Membership Assembly: The ANA MA
was scheduled for three sessions on Friday and
Saturday totaling 8 plus hours to conduct the
business of the association. ANA President, Dr.
Ernest Grant, chaired the ANA 2022 ANA MA and
called it to order after being informed a quorum was
present. A Nightingale Tribute was conducted by
ANA President Grant. He read the poem “She Was
There,” authored by Duane Jaeger, RN, MSN from
the Kansas State Nurses Association, recognizing the
death of nurses this past year. Dr. Grant provided a
Presidential Address; other presentations included
an update by the ANA Chief Nursing Officer, the
Chief Executive Officer of the ANA Enterprise, the
ANA Treasurer, the President of the National Student
Nurses Association and the Presidents of ANA’s three
subsidiaries: the American Nurses Foundation, the
American Academy of Nurses, and the American
Nurses Credentialing Center. There was also a
presentation from the President of the International
Council of Nurses (ICN), Dr. Pam Cipriano, the
Immediate past president of ANA. ANA was a
founding member of the ICN in 1899; ICN was the
very first international health care organization.
There were also two one-hour presentations and
discussions on Saturday. The first session addressed
the work of the APRN Taskforce: Enterprise Tools to
Dismantle APRN Practice Barrier. The second hour
was a discussion of COVID’s impact and Implications
for nursing. At the end of the MA meeting,
Rosemary Mortimer, MNA Representative, went
to the microphone and asked for a point of personal
privilege to make a statement and proposal for the
ANA BOD and Political Action Committee (PAC)
to consider. Permission was granted and her proposal
read as follows: “I would respectfully request that
the ANA Board of Directors and the Political Action
Committee (PAC) add a criterion that candidates
for congressional office will be denied eligibility
for financial support if they have supported by their
verified action or inaction, any attempt to breach
the Constitution of the United States or the peaceful
transfer of power.” It received a standing ovation from
the ANA MA in a show of support.
Dialogue Forums: There were three forums; all
three were each conducted for 50 minutes on Friday
afternoon. Dialogue Forum #1: It addressed Impact
of Climate Change on Health and was submitted
by the New Hampshire Nurses Association, ANA-
Michigan, ANA-Vermont, Minnesota Organization
of Registered Nurses, and the Alliance of Nurses
for Healthy Environments. Dialogue Forum #2
addressed Advancing Solutions to Address Verbal
Abuse and Workplace Violence Across the Continuum
of Care and was submitted by a member of the New
Jersey State Nurses Association and members from
the National Association of School Nurses. Donna
Zankowski as a Maryland voting representative,
made a statement in support of the Professional
Policy Committee (PPC)’s recommendation for zerotolerance
of verbal abuse and workplace violence.
Dialogue Forum #3 addressed Nurse Staffing and
was submitted by ANA’s PPC. The final policy
recommendations from the three dialogue forums from
the ANA’s PPC were made available to the registered
attendees late Saturday morning and were discussed
and voted on Saturday afternoon. The Nurse Staffing
recommendations generated the most discussion with
some revisions to the PPC recommendations prior to
adoption by the membership.
ESREC Meeting: On June 2nd, a Zoom
Meeting was hosted by the New Jersey State Nurses
Association (NJSNA) of the Eastern Seaboard
Regional Executive Conference (ESREC), one of
four informal geographic ANA regions. ESREC
is comprised of the following states: CT, DE,
MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, and VT. The
purpose of the meeting was to permit candidates
for ANA elected offices an opportunity to interact
with the ESREC voting representatives. All eleven
(11) candidates took advantage of this opportunity.
Each candidate had five minutes allotted for them
to provide a thumbnail sketch of themselves and
then answer a couple of questions from the voting
members. On Friday, June 10th, the ESREC members
met in person to decide the future leadership if
ESREC. NJSNA has been leading this group since
2020. Prior to 2019, the leadership of this group
rotated year by year between each of the eleven states
that comprise ESREC. The final decision was that
there would be two co-chairs to divide the workload.
Judy Schmidt, NJSNA, and Cammie Townsend,
ANA-MA, will co-chair ESREC. In 2019, the
ESREC decided that they wanted to submit proposed
amendments in 2021 to the 2019 ANA Bylaws. This
did not happen in 2021 due to the pandemic. ESREC
plans to submit proposed amendments to the ANA
Bylaws in 2023.
Meet the Candidates & Candidate Forum:
Each Candidate is assigned a table in a designated
section of the ANA meeting space. The candidates
were at their election table between Friday morning
prior to the start of the ANA MA. Voting members
are encouraged to visit the candidates for one-on-one
dialogue with the candidates. The Candidate Forum
was held on Friday afternoon for 1.5 hours, 5:00 –
There were two Officer and two Director positions
to be elected in 2022, each with a two-year term of
office; there were eight (8) candidates for these four
elected positions as members of the ANA BOD.
The three Secretary candidates, the two candidates
for Director-at-Large, and the one candidate for
the Staff Nurse Director-at-Large each had three
minutes to address the 200 Voting Representatives
from the ANA Constituent/State Nurses Associations
(C/SNA) and the Individual Membership Division
(IMD), the 39 ANA Organizational Affiliate voting
members, and the nine ANA BOD members. The two
candidates for President each had five minutes. There
were four (4) candidates for the ANA Nominating
and Elections Committee (NEC).
Voting: Voting occurred for two hours Saturday
morning. Officers require a majority to be elected
while Directors and members of the NEC only
require a plurality of votes to be elected. If an officer
does not get a majority vote, then a runoff-election
is held among the two candidates who received the
most votes during the initial voting period. A runoff
election was required for the Secretary position.
The ANA Membership Assembly elected Jennifer
Mensik Kennedy, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN,
of the Oregon Nurses Association as the association’s
next president to represent the interests of the nation’s
more than 4.3 million registered nurses. Mensik
has more than 25 years of nursing experience in a
variety of settings ranging from rural critical access
hospitals and home health to hospital administration,
and academia. She has served as President of the
July, August, September 2022 The Maryland Nurse Journal • Page 5
Arizona Nurses Association and 2nd Vice President
and Treasurer of ANA. The term of service for Dr.
Mensik and all other newly elected leaders will begin
January 1, 2023.
ANA’s MA also elected four members to serve
as officers of the nine-member board of directors.
The newly elected board members are: Secretary
Amanda Oliver, BSN, RN, CCRN, of ANA – Illinois;
Director-at-Large, Edward Briggs, DNP, MS, APRN,
of the Florida Nurses Association; Director-at-Large,
Jennifer Gil, MSN, RN, of the New Jersey State
Nurses Association; and Director-at-Large, Staff
Nurse, David Garcia, MSN, BSN, RN, PCCN, of
the Washington State Nurses Association. Elected to
serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee
are: MaryLee Pakieser, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, of
ANA – Michigan; Jennifer Tucker, MA, RN, of the
Minnesota Organization of Registered Nurses; and
Kimberly Velez, MSN, RN, of ANA – New York.
The following ANA board members will continue
their terms: Susan Swart, EdD, MS, RN, CAE, of
ANA – Illinois as Vice President; Joan Widmer, MS,
MSBA, RN, CEN, of the New Hampshire Nurses
Association as Treasurer; Amy McCarthy, MSN,
RNC-MNN, NE-BC, of the Texas Nurses Association
as Director-at-Large; and Marcus Henderson, MSN,
RN, of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association as
Director-at-Large, Recent Graduate. The following
individuals will complete their terms on the ANA
BOD in 2022, President Ernest Grant, PhD, RN,
FAAN of North Carolina Nurses Association;
Secretary Jeff Doucette, DNP, RN, NEA-BC,
FACHE, FAAN of the Virginia Nurses Association;
and Director-at-Large Brienne Sandow, MSN, RN,
NEA-BC of the Idaho Nurses Association.
It was a privilege to be able to represent MNA
once again at ANA’s in-person Membership
Assembly as together we positively impacted our
chosen profession, Nursing, and its future!
L to R Rosemary Mortimer, Christie Simon-Waterman, Linda Stierle, Charlotte Wood,
Mary Jean Schumann, Donna Zankowski
Dr. Melani Bell and Alita-Geri Carter
Dr. Patricia Travis, Dr. Christie Simon-Waterman,
Dr. Melani Bell
Mary Okwusugo, Rosemary Mortimer, Dr.
Charlotte Wood, Alita-Geri Carter
Additional Membership Assembly photos on page 10
Page 6 • The Maryland Nurse Journal July, August, September 2022
Nurses inevitably face ethical situations in practice
that can cause great moral distress, contributing to
poorer health or even “burnout” and a decision to
leave the profession. MNA has now created a Hotline
to help nurses address these issues: mna.ethics@
Practice situations that involve ethical questions
typically have no easy answers. Some of these
include: patient’s advance directive, how much
information to give a patient for fully informed
consent, what to tell a patient’s family, a patient’s
“right to die,” end-of-life planning, Do-Not-
Resuscitate orders, respecting a patient’s religion or
culture beliefs, access to care, management of pain
medication, when and whether to report a colleague,
when and why to advocate for a patient, and triaging
or even rationing care.
Instead of losing sleep over your situation, you
could send it to the MNA Hotline. The MNA Center
for Ethics and Human Rights will assure that each
nurse receives guidance to help with decisionmaking.
District 9’s Annual Spring Dinner
District 9 of the Maryland Nurses Association
(MNA) met on May 10, 2022, for their Annual Spring
Dinner at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM)
LaPlata Campus. Eighteen nurses attended the event,
many sporting their unique District 9 t-shirts. District
9 President, Cathy Gibson, opened the evening with
a welcome, and participants watched a video from
MNA President Christie Simon-Waterman. The event
included dinner from Apple Spice Junction, raffles, a
District 9 meeting, and a presentation on A Culture of
Thanks and Recognition: The Power of Recognition
in the Workplace by Janice O. Kilby, MN, MAN,
RN, CNOR. The evening ended with the Nightingale
Nurses brought food donations for the Good
Shepherd Food Pantry in Charlotte Hall, Maryland.
District 9 would like to thank all those who
sponsored the event and support the nurses of
Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s counties.
In the fall, District 9 will hold its annual awards
dinner and also have a speaker for continuing
education. Please consider nominating a fellow
nurse or nursing student for an award. Award
and scholarship information can be found on the
MNA District 9 website. https://mnadistrict9.
District 9 will partner with District 3 and volunteer
at the Capital Food Bank on September 9th. For
more information, Cathy Gibson can be contacted at
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District 4 – Reignited!
Sara Cano, District 9
Sara Cano, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, has been a
faculty member at the College of Southern Maryland
(CSM) since 2004 when she started as an adjunct
and from 2006 as a full-time faculty. Sara was
appointed Acting Chair of the Nursing Program in
2020. She has a BSN (1987) from the University of
Puerto Rico, a MSN Ed (2006) from the University
of Phoenix, and a PhD (2018) in Nursing Philosophy
from University of Phoenix. The foundation of Sara’s
practice as a nurse and as an educator is based on
Jean Watson's Human Caring Theory and Madeleine
Leininger's Transcultural Caring theory. She believes
wholeheartedly in life-long learning and enjoys
philosophical conversations about any topic. She is an
avid reader and crafter that makes time for self-care
and growth. Sara currently serves as the District 9
Treasurer and is a member of the MNA Legislation
Baltimore County Public Schools
Hiring for school nurse positions -
Elementary, Middle and High schools
Requires RN & Bachelors, with 2 years of
professional nursing experience
Benefits: Serving school communities;
10-month schedule; winter break,
spring break; OFF on federal holidays,
nights and weekends; Tuition
reimbursement; State pension.
with any questions.
Submitted by Kim Poole, MS, BSN, RN
MNA District 4 was officially reignited on March
14, 2022, during the special membership meeting
when the revised by-laws were adopted. Board
meetings are scheduled via Zoom on either the 3rd
or 4th Wednesday of the month. For Nurses Week
2022, District Nurses Association (DNA) 4 held a
virtual gathering, celebrating both Nurses Week and
the reactivation of DNA 4. The event was attended
by 13 participants, with introductions and a shared
discussion of questions chosen by each participant.
Comments included why nursing is a profession and
inspirational or memorable moments in nursing.
Participants either wore or held something that
represented their spirits in nursing, such as a hat,
T-shirt, or pin. Overall, we all had a wonderful time
as we toasted (with a beverage of choice!) while
building our DNA 4 community.
The DNA 4 Board of Directors would like to share
their bios and encourage joining us as we plan our
path forward. Let’s continue the momentum and build
a strong and engaged DNA 4 membership!
Meet the members of District 4 below:
Kim Poole, MS, BSN, RN
A graduate of Salisbury University School of
Nursing, I recently graduated from the University of
Maryland School of Pharmacy with a master’s degree
in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics. I
currently work in a private family practice as a staff
nurse, providing education and consultations with
healthcare professionals and patients about medical
I am so excited to be a part of our dedicated DNA
4 Board of Directors as your President and look
forward to meeting members, growing our District,
and working towards the goals of MNA with all of
you. Please contact me with questions, concerns, or
inspiration at KPooleRN@gmail.com.
Lisa A. Seldomridge, PhD, RN, CNE
I am a Professor of Nursing at Salisbury
University, including positions as Department Chair,
Director of Graduate and Second-Degree Programs,
and Director of the Henson Medical Simulation
Center. I am currently the Principal Investigator
for four MHEC NSP-II grants – Faculty Academy
and Mentorship Initiative of Maryland, Toolkits
for Development of Nursing Leadership Skills,
Fast Track to Nursing: Expanded Opportunities
for 1st and 2nd degree BSN students, and www.
LeadNursingForward.org. My goals for DNA 4 are
to bring together colleagues from the eight counties
of the Shore and advocate for the needs of fellow
Christie Chmar, MSN, RN
I am a 2002 graduate of Salisbury University
School of Nursing and recently earned my MSN from
Wilmington University in 2021, with plans to pursue
my DNP. I currently work as a school nurse within
Worcester County. My service as Treasurer and
vision for DNA 4 is to ensure the provision of proper
channels that provide support and representation for
pertinent issues and serve my profession with the
utmost respect and integrity.
Rosalie Griffith, PhD, MA.Ed, MSN, RN, DN/
I have been in nursing for nearly 30 years, and I
have spent more than half of my 30 years working in
allied health and nursing education and the last eight
years in various leadership roles. I am excited to see
District 4 up and running again. The nominations
committee and I will be looking for volunteers to fill
positions for both the District Board of Directors and
committee members. Please contact me if you have
any questions or are willing to serve at r.griffith@
Aaron Sebach, PhD, DNP, MBA, AGACNP-BC,
FNP-BC, NP-C, CP-C, CEN, CPEN, CLNC, CGNC,
CNE, CNEcl, SFHM
I am Dean of the College of Health Professions
and Natural Sciences at Wilmington University
and a Hospital Medicine Nurse Practitioner with
TidalHealth. I serve as a member of the nominating
committee for District 4 and look forward to
collaborating with other District 4 members as the
District is reactivated.
Kim Butler, MSN, MS, RN
I am Kim Butler, the wife of Wallace, mother of
Michon and Monae, and Kinsley's Gia. Nursing
has been a desire and a passion of mine since my
middle school years. My father passed away from
heart disease and diabetes, and I then committed to
educating myself about the body and helping others
learn about theirs. The last three decades of my life
has been spent in the medical profession. I am a
dually degreed master’s prepared Registered Nurse
with a Master's of Science degree in Management.
I've had the honor of taking care of patients as a staff
nurse, nurse manager, assistant director of nursing,
and director of nursing. Additionally, I've taught at
the collegiate level and in a secondary school. Being
a nurse is not comprised of acts that I perform; it is
who I am through and through....to the core.
Sedonna Brown, MSN, RN
I am currently the secretary for District 4 and
am excited to lend my support to reactivate the
District. I am a full-time faculty member at Salisbury
University and teach in the Adult Health Clinical
Course and the Leadership and Management Courses.
I am pursuing my doctorate in education leadership
at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. I also
work as a staff nurse at Anne Arundel Medical
Center Luminis Health in Annapolis, Maryland.
I reside in Talbot County with my two sons and am
passionate about community service, healthcare
disparities, learning, and self-care for nurses. I hope
my love for life and leadership development will
contribute to my success in my new role as secretary
and growing District 4!
DNA 4 Nurses Week Zoom Celebration May 2022
July, August, September 2022 The Maryland Nurse Journal • Page 9
Registration is OPEN for MNA’s 119th ANNUAL CONVENTION
Please join us for the Maryland Nurses
Association’s 119th Annual Convention, returning to
an in-person event on October 6th-7th, 2022, at the
Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights,
Maryland. Discounted early bird registration will
occur from July 1, 2022, through July 31, 2022.
CLICK HERE to register today! (https://events.
We are excited that this year’s theme will be
“Maryland Nurses RISE: Revitalize, Inspire, Succeed,
Evolve.” We look forward to presentations highlighting
the resilience of Maryland nurses, many of whom have
been at the frontlines during the pandemic.
Educational objectives for the convention are to:
1. Discuss current nursing education and
professional development practice
2. Apply leadership and clinical interventions for
various nursing practice areas
3. Compare and contrast innovative quality and
research improvements across the nursing
We have three dynamic Keynote Speakers lined up:
Ph.D., JD, CRNP,
Dean Emerita & Ordinary
Professor, Conway School
The Catholic University of
Dr. McMullen practices
as an educator, women’s
health nurse practitioner,
and as an attorney. She
holds BSN and MS degrees from the University
of Maryland School of Nursing and then went on
to complete a Juris Doctor at the University of
Baltimore School of Law and a Doctor of Philosophy
degree in nursing at The Catholic University of
America. Dr. McMullen has held faculty positions
at several universities and has worked clinically at
Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Baltimore City Health
Department, and most recently at Mercy Medical
Center’s Rosenshein Institute for Gynecologic Care.
She has been selected as a Distinguished Practitioner
by the American Academies of Practice, a Fellow of
the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and a
Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. she has
presented numerous workshops on legal issues in nurse
practitioner practice. She is also the author of a number
of research and practice-based articles and texts.
Blake K. Smith, MSN, RN
Association for Men in
Blake K. Smith, MSN,
RN, serves as a Clinical
Documentation Sr. Analyst
at Nebraska Medicine in
Omaha, NE. and leads
all projects on Patient
Plan of Care, Downtime
Procedures, and Regulatory Reporting for five hospital
systems across the state of Nebraska. He is a Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing
Scholar and served as the first Chair of the New
Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Scholars Network as a
founding member. He also serves locally as a member
of the Nebraska Action Coalition (NAC) Diversity
Task Force and Leadership Committee. Smith is a
leader in men’s health and underrepresented workforce
inclusion issues in the nursing profession and currently
serves as the youngest President in American
Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN) history. He
advocates nationally for workforce inclusion serving on
the national Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Steering
Committee for AARP/Center to Champion Nursing in
America as well as the American Nurses Association
(ANA) National Commission to Address Racism in
Smith has a Bachelor in Science degree in Exercise
Science Research from Nebraska Wesleyan University
in Lincoln, NE in 2008, BSN from Nebraska
Methodist College in Omaha, NE in 2012, and MSN
in Nursing Health Systems Administration from the
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2017.
Smith is a visionary thought leader for diversity
and inclusion volunteer advocacy work with two
prestigious recognitions receiving the Horizon Award
from Nebraska Methodist College and the UAB School
of Nursing Visionary Leader Award, given to only
130 other distinguished alumni in the school’s 70-year
Kevin W. Sowers, M.S.N.,
President, Johns Hopkins
Executive Vice President,
Johns Hopkins Medicine
As the second person in
Johns Hopkins history to
hold these dual roles, Mr.
Sowers oversees the health
system’s six hospitals
– The Johns Hopkins
Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center,
Howard County General Hospital, Suburban Hospital,
Sibley Memorial Hospital and Johns Hopkins All
Children’s Hospital – and sets strategies that advance
our mission to deliver outstanding care, train the
next generation of leaders and advance research and
discovery. He also serves as chair of Johns Hopkins
Community Physicians, which has more than 40
primary and specialty care outpatient sites throughout
Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area.
Mr. Sowers came to Johns Hopkins Medicine after
32 years with the Duke University Health System, the
last eight as president and CEO of Duke University
He joined Duke University Medical Center
Hospital in 1985 as a staff nurse in oncology and held
several faculty and nursing leadership positions. His
numerous senior leadership posts across the Duke
University Health System included chief operating
officer for Duke University Hospital and interim CEO
for Durham Regional Hospital. Among his senior
administrative roles, Mr. Sowers oversaw consolidation
of Duke’s clinical lab services, emergency and trauma
services, and managed care and patient care services.
Active in many professional and community
organizations, Mr. Sowers is a member of the Vizient
board of directors and the AAMC Council of Teaching
Hospitals and Health Systems administrative board.
He served as chair of the AmSurg board and was a
member of the North Carolina Hospital Association
board of trustees and the North Carolina Institute of
Medicine board of directors. He also held leadership
roles with the American Heart Association, Susan G.
Komen and the Oncology Nursing Society.
Sowers earned his bachelor of science degree from
Capital University School of Nursing and a master of
science from Duke University School of Nursing. He
is an American Academy of Nursing fellow and has
collaborated on numerous research efforts as well as
consulted internationally. He has published extensively
and speaks nationally and abroad on issues such as
leadership, organizational change, mentorship and
Mr. Sowers will deliver a pre-recorded closing
The 2022 convention will foster collaboration
and provide a forum for peer-to-peer interactions
among RNs and nursing students in Maryland. Panel
discussion topics will be:
• Licensure Compacts in Health Care:
How they Work
- Karen Evans, Executive Director Maryland
Board of Nursing (MBON)
- Christine A. Farrelly, Executive Director,
Maryland Board of Physicians
• Exploring Solutions to the Registered Nurse
Workforce Shortage. Think Tank Session
- Gina S. Brown, PhD, MSA, RN, Chief
Servant and Dean, Howard University College
of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences
- Peg Daw, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, CNE, Nurse
Support Program II Grant Administrator,
Maryland Higher Education Commission
- Karen Evans, MSN, RN-BC, Executive
- Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean,
University of Maryland School of Nursing
- Cynda Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor
of Clinical Ethics, Johns Hopkins
- Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN Director,
Maryland Nursing Workforce Center
• The Role of Nursing in Disaster Preparation
- Kathleen Long, Unit Administrator, Maryland
- Dr. Nayna Philipsen, JD, PhD, RN CFE,
FACCE, Coordinator of Disaster Health
Service, American Red Cross
• Handling the Upcoming Issues Relative to
the Endemic – How Can We Live With This,
What Do We Do if New Strains Pop Up, How
Do We Live With the Ongoing Issue?
- Dr. Roberta DeBiasi, MD, Chief of Infectious
Disease, Children’s National Hospital
- Additional panelist to be confirmed
Each year at MNA’s Annual Convention, MNA
Awards and Nursing Foundation of Maryland (NFM)
presents scholarships. MNA Awards include The
Outstanding Nurse Practice Award, The Outstanding
Nurse Educator Award, The Outstanding Leadership
Award, The Outstanding Advanced Practice Clinical
Nurse Award, The Outstanding Dissemination of
Information Award, The Outstanding Pathfinder
Award, The Outstanding Mentoring Awards, The
Stierle Exemplary Service Award, and the Nurse
Superhero Award. The MNA Legislative Committee
Award is given to a legislator who has significantly
contributed or collaborated on nursing/health
legislative issues in Maryland. Nomination forms
for the MNA Awards and applications for the NFM
scholarships can be found by clicking HERE.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone in
person for an amazing event.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EARLY BIRD
PRICING UNTIL JULY 31ST!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!
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A Slice of Nursing
MNA in 1966
Nineteen elected delegates represented the
Maryland Nurses Association at the American Nurses
Association Convention, June 13-17, 1966, in San
They were: Alice M. Sundberg, Anne H. Cahoon,
June F. Addo, Rhea B. George, Miriam S. Robider,
J. Loretta Pilert, Marianna S. Quigley, Doris J.
Froebe, Irene M. Duffy, Genevieve M. Jordan,
Karen L Hocheder, Dorothy C. Adkins, Katherine
H. Buekelye, Flora E. Hickman, Sarah M. Palmer,
Marjorie B Maisak, Sylvia L. Makover, Lorraine G.
Wolf, and Sister M. Louise Lyons.
Report on The Membership Assembly cont.
Dr. Wood, Dr. Jennifer Mensik Kennedy,
Dr. Simon-Waterman, Dr. Melani Bell
Barbara Nichols, Past ANA President &
ANA HOF Inductee, Dr. Wood
Dr. Simon-Waterman, Casey Green,
ANA Award Recipient, Dr. Melani Bell
If you have any slices of MNA history you would
like to share, please send to themarylandnurse@
Dr. Ernest Grant, ANA President;
Rosemary Mortimer, MNA Past President; Dr
Ann Manton, ANA HOF Inductee; Dr Rumay
Alexander, ANA Award Recipient
July, August, September 2022 The Maryland Nurse Journal • Page 11
Mortimer to Lead Alliance of Maryland Nursing Organizations
Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) President
Dr. Christie Simon-Waterman has announced that
Rosemary Mortimer, MS, MSEd, RN, CCBE, a Past
President of MNA and Johns Hopkins University
nursing faculty, is assuming leadership of the
Alliance of Maryland Nursing Organizations
(AMNO). Formerly known as the Liaison of
Maryland Nursing Organizations (LMNO), AMNO
met in 2019 under the leadership of then MNA
President Mary Kay DeMarco to raise the visibility
of nurses in promoting the betterment of healthcare.
Like many other plans of nurses, AMNO was
unexpectedly sidelined by the COVID 19 Pandemic.
The original LMNO was founded in 1986 and was
ably led for several years by the late Ruth Hans, RN.
Like LMNO, the AMNO is a voluntary coalition of
nursing associations and friends whose purpose is
to network, share information, discuss professional
issues, and communicate nursing needs to local and
AMNO participants realize that political activism
is key to the improvement of nursing’s image, the
advancement of effective healthcare reform, the
protection of nursing practice, the recruitment and
retention of nurses, and the endorsement of expanded
nursing roles. To that end, AMNO will address
pertinent local, state, and federal legislative matters
that concern the health and welfare of nurses and the
Early LMNO members included: Association
of Perioperative Nurses (AORN), Association
of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), Association of
Women’s Health Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses
(AWHONN), Center for Nursing Advocacy,
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
(AACN-CBC), Chesapeake Bay Association of
Perianesthesia Nurses (CBSPAN), Chesapeake
Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
(CSGNA), Chesapeake Society of Ophthalmic
Registered Nurses (CSORN), Committee on Nursing
and Health (CNAH), Emergency Nurses Association
(ENA), Maryland Area Association of Occupational
Health Nurses (MAAOHN), Maryland Licensed
Practical Nurses Association (MLPNA), Maryland
Nurses Association (MNA), Maryland Washington
DC Chapter of Society of Otolaryngology Head-
Neck Nurses, Nurses Alumnae Association of Luther
Hospital of Maryland, Nurse Practitioner Association
of Maryland (NAPM), Psychiatric Advanced
Practice Nurses of Maryland (PAPNM), Seneca
Valley Maryland Association of Occupational Health
Nurses, and the Alumni Association of the Union
Memorial Hospital School of Nursing Villa Julie
College of Maryland.
Some of those early groups have grown, some have
different names today, and some have accomplished
their mission and closed.
Those participating in the first meeting with
Dr. DeMarco at which time the name of the
organization was changed to AMNO were: Black
Nurses Association of Baltimore, Chesapeake Bay
Chapter of the National Association of Clinical Nurse
Specialists, Deans and Directors of the Maryland
Nursing Colleges, Greater Baltimore Chapter of the
Oncology Nursing Society, Hospice and Palliative
Care Network of Maryland, Indian American
Nurses Association of Maryland (IANAM),
Maryland Academy of Advanced Practice Clinicians
(MAAPC), Maryland Higher Education Commission,
Maryland Nurses Association of Anesthetists,
Maryland Association of Nursing Students
(MANS), Maryland Association of School Health
Nurses (MASHN), Maryland Board of Nursing,
Chesapeake Chapter of the National Association of
Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), Maryland
Emergency Nurses Association (MENA), Maryland
Nurses Association (MNA), Nurse Practitioner
Association of Maryland (NPAM), and the Philippine
Nurses Association Maryland Chapter (PNAMC).
The diversity and expertise represented in AMNO
creates an unparalleled resource in the state of
Maryland. These organizations recognize the value of
collaborative efforts to achieve shared goals.
Alita-Geri Carter, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, of
The Commission for Health, has volunteered to
assist Mortimer. Others interested in participating
or learning more about AMNO can send
inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, or call the Maryland
Nurses Association at 443-334-5110.
PRRINNCCEEE GGEEEOORRGGEEE'S CCOOUNNTY
Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) is seeking an exceptional faculty
member committed to the college’s philosophy that education serves the
greater good by providing students access to a better life. The candidate
for a faculty position understands that community colleges are positioned
to fundamentally change people’s lives, and as a result, society itself. AACC
believes that faculty are the heart of the institution.
The ideal candidate will be energized by the community college pathways, our
inclusivity/equity initiatives, and see it as their goal to support a diverse set of
learners inside and outside the classroom.
The four positions in nursing are in the following specialty areas:
Mental Health, Faculty/Practical Nursing Coordinator, Critical Care,
and Medical Surgical.
To apply and for more information,
please visit www.aacc.edu/employment.
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2022 Spring Membership Meeting & CE Event
NPAM Celebrates 30 Years of Advocacy for NPs in Maryland
Beverly Lang MScN, RN, ANP-BC, FAANP,
Executive Director, NPAM,
Each year in the spring, the Nurse Practitioner
Association of Maryland (NPAM) schedules a
Membership Meeting to conduct business and to
announce the results of elections. On April 28th,
2022, NPAM hosted the annual Spring Membership
Meeting and CE event at the Cambria Hotel, located
at Arundel Mills.
This meeting and CE event was jam-packed with
special events, including student poster presentations,
visits with exhibitors, networking with colleagues,
speakers, learning, dinner, lots of catching up with
friends and colleagues, and a celebration of the 30th
Anniversary of NPAM.
Student Poster Presentations a Great Success
Twelve (12) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
students prepared and presented their research posters
while attendees enjoyed appetizers and drinks. Thank
you to all the DNP students who presented their
Speakers & CE Event
The Keynote address, “A Look Back and Into
the Future” was presented by Dr. Janet Selway, one
of the founding members of NPAM and NPAM
President from 1993 to 1996. Dr. Selway took
attendees on a walk down memory lane when
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) were represented by the
Nurse Practitioner Council, which was under the
Maryland Nurses Association (MNA). While this
was a satisfactory relationship for some time, NP
leaders in Maryland soon recognized that a separate,
dedicated professional association was needed to
focus on the profession and advocate solely for NPs in
Maryland. Thus, NPAM was born and incorporated
in 1992. Soon after, a lobbyist was hired to represent
NPs in Annapolis, and Bylaws were written. Dr.
Selway shared with those in attendance her lived
history of NPAM and those early NP pioneers who
had the foresight to acknowledge the need for this
professional association that is still going strong some
30 years later.
Dr. Clair Bode, NPAM Legislative Chair, reviewed
the 2022 Legislative Highlights, including the very
successful Lobby Night that was held virtually on
January 25th and the work that all members of the
Legislative Committee do along with the NPAM
Legislative Consultants Mr. Bill Pitcher and Ms.
Sarah Peters. The Legislative Committee reviewed
over 135 bills, wrote letters of support and opposition,
and testified at several hearings. The highlight of
the legislative session was seeing the passage of HB
49/SB 280 Public Health – Emergence and Allergy
Treatment – Nurse Practitioners, which allows NPs to
prescribe epi-pens to camps in Maryland. Governor
Hogan has since signed this legislation. We thank
Delegate Steve Johnson and Senator Addie Eckardt
for sponsoring this legislation.
NPAM President Ameera Chakravarthy and
Beverly Lang presented a State of the Association
address and highlighted some of the successes of
2021. In addition to the passage of the legislation
put forth by NPAM, several special projects were
cited, including the addition of a 10 District to the
geographical map that includes Harford and Cecil
Counties. This initiative was in response to the
growing number of NPs living and working in those
counties. Geneva Cason and Carmel McComiskey
are the District Co-Directors for the new Northeast
District and are planning events monthly. Growing
membership is a high priority, and we are anticipating
reaching many NPs in the future.
Thanks to Out-Going Board Members
This meeting is a time to acknowledge out-going
Board of Director members, and NPAM would like
to thank Kathleen Herberger, Past-President, Jean
Chung, Treasurer, Cherie O’Neil, Capital District
Director, Cathy Chapman, Mountain District
Director, Sharon Fisher, Northwest District Director,
Mary Ellen Connolly and Alyssa Dye, Membership/
PR Committee Co-Chairs, and Kristen Rose,
Conference Committee Chair. Thank you again
to all of our “retiring” leaders! Know that your
contributions are truly appreciated!
30th Anniversary Festivities
In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of NPAM, a
champagne toast was given by Ameera Chakravarthy,
NPAM President – “Cheers to NPAM – Celebrating
30 years of advocacy for NPs in Maryland and
beyond. We thank all those who have come before
us and look forward to many more years!” And, of
course, there was cake!
Emeritus Members Inducted
Congratulations to Maureen Kelley and Laurie
Scudder, who have been inducted as Emeritus
Members of NPAM for their outstanding
contributions to NPAM over many years.
New Board Members Announced
Finally, the results of the elections were
announced, and the Board of Directors for 2022/23
President – Naila Russell
President-Elect – Nicole Lollo
Baltimore District Director – Suzette Heptinstall
Capital District Director – Lucia Novak
Mountain District Director – Kelly Rock
Northwest District Co-directors – Angeline
Williams & Surya Chacko
Southern District Director – Tanshanicka Helem
Conference Committee Chair – Veronica Quattrini
Membership Committee Chair – Megan Brady
Congratulations to all of the newest Board of
The 2022 Spring Membership Meeting and CE
event allowed members to renew friendships and
meet in person after so many months of isolation.
Celebrations such as this solidify the bond all NPs
share, and we hope that all who attended went away
with a feeling of great NP pride. I know I did!
If you were unable to attend this year, we look
forward to seeing you at the next event sponsored by
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To learn more, visit: mdr.health.maryland.gov.
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Shannon Cataldi, DNP Student presenting poster
Jean Chung, DNP Student poster presenter
chatting with NPAM member Marina Giogakis
Students present DNP Projects
Dale Jafari, NPAM PAC Co-Chair, Kamala Via,
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The Nurse Practitioner
Association of Maryland
Advocates for the Community
On May 12, 2022, Governor Larry Hogan signed into law HB49/SB0380
Public Health - Emergency and Allergy Treatment - Nurse Practitioners,
following passage in both the Senate and House. This bill, sponsored by Senator
Addie Eckardt and Delegate Steve Johnson, will allow Nurse Practitioners to
prescribe epinephrine in the form of an Epi-pen to camps. This barrier to practice
was identified and brought to the NPAM Legislative Committee by a Maryland
Nurse Practitioner, Mark Ubbens, who supervises several camp programs in
Maryland. Previously, only physicians and pharmacists could prescribe this
emergency, life-saving medication to camps. A local high school student testified
before both the House and Senate and related her compelling story of having a
severe reaction to a bee sting and having to receive epinephrine while working as
a camp counselor. Her story, along with evidence of the Nurse Practitioner's scope
of practice and current standards of care, ensured the quick passage of this bill.
Congratulations to NPAM and the NPAM Legislative Committee for great
work on behalf of all campers in Maryland who will now have easy access to this
life-saving treatment with the passage of this bill!
AANP National Conference in
Orlando, Florida Draws Nurse
Practitioners from Maryland
Maryland was well represented at the 2022 American Association of Nurse
Practitioners (AANP) National Conference held on June 21 through June 26 at
the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida! Pictured here are
Maryland Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and members of the Nurse Practitioner
Association of Maryland (NPAM) who were free for the photo op, (pictured L
to R): Sanna Ali, newly appointed Maryland State Liaison to AANP, Roseann
Velez, NPAM Past President, now a resident of Delaware and President of the
Delaware Nurse Practitioner Coalition, Kamala Via, recipient of the 2022 AANP
Maryland State Excellence in Clinical Practice Award for her exceptional work
in psychiatric nursing, and Co-Chair of the NPAM PAC, Dale Jafari, Co-Chair
of the NPAM PAC, Beverly Lang, Executive Director of NPAM, Rita Ntosi,
President of the National Nigerian Nurse Practitioner Association, and Naila
Russell, President of NPAM. Also in attendance at the conference were Kathleen
Woodruff, Judy Greengold, who presented on telehealth, and Lucia Novak, who
presented on continuous glucose monitoring at a dinner meeting.
Pictured behind Governor Larry Hogan (L - R):
Naila Russell, NPAM President, Bill Pitcher, NPAM Lobbyist, Mark Ubbens,
NPAM Member, Zoe Weiss, presented personal testimony during the
hearings, Beverly Lang, NPAM Executive Director, Lindsay Ward, NPAM
member, representative from bill sponsor Del. Steve Johnsons's office,
Sarah Peters, NPAM Lobbyist.
July, August, September 2022 The Maryland Nurse Journal • Page 15
Reducing Inappropriate Emergency Department Utilization
Through the Salisbury Wicomico Integrated FirstCare Team
By: Aaron Sebach, PhD, DNP, MBA, AGACNP-BC, FNP-BC, NP-C, CP-C,
CEN, CPEN, CLNC, CGNC, CNE, CNEcl, SFHM, Dean, College of Health
Professions and Natural Sciences Wilmington University and Mobile
Integrated Health Nurse Practitioner TidalHealth Peninsula Regional
Emergency Department (ED) overcrowding and inappropriate utilization
remain a healthcare concern across the United States (U.S.). Despite increased
awareness of ED overcrowding and inappropriate utilization, the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services (2021) reported that ED utilization has remained
unchanged over the last ten years. In addition, low acuity ED visits account for
an estimated 12.5% of national healthcare expenditures, many of which could be
more appropriately addressed by a primary care provider (PCP) or urgent care
facility (US DHHS, 2021). Accordingly, healthcare systems have been charged
with implementing innovative initiatives to promote the health and wellness of
individuals and communities while reducing inappropriate ED utilization.
To address inappropriate ED utilization in Wicomico County, Maryland,
the Salisbury Wicomico FirstCare Team (SWIFT) was established in 2017
through a partnership with TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, the Salisbury Fire
Department, and the Wicomico County Health Department. Initially funded by
a $75,000 grant from CareFirst, the program enabled Salisbury Fire Department
paramedics and TidalHealth nurse practitioners (NPs) to engage with high
utilizers of emergency medical services (EMS) in Wicomico County. Additional
program funding was received from Maryland Community Health Resources
Commission (CHRC) in 2018 for $150,000.
High utilizers of EMS are defined as individuals who call 9-1-1 five or more
times in six months. The team engages with these patients in their homes to
address social determinants of health, defined as economic and social conditions
that influence one’s health. Examples of social determinants of health addressed
by SWIFT include housing and food insecurity, transportation, and health
services such as medication compliance and primary care (US DHHS, 2020). As
a result of the assessments, the team connects patients with community health
workers, social workers, primary care providers, durable medical equipment
specialists, specialty providers, and other community resources, as needed, to
address any identified gaps in care. Follow-up telephone calls and home visits
occur based on individual patient needs.
SWIFT paramedics receive specialized training in community paramedicine.
Community paramedicine is a relatively new discipline wherein paramedics
operate in expanded roles to improve care coordination and access to care by
engaging underserved populations. With the SWIFT program, paramedics and
NPs collaborate to provide chronic disease management and address social
determinants of health to enhance the patient experience, improve the health of
populations, and reduce the per capita cost of healthcare. During the 2020 to 2021
fiscal year, the team achieved a 22% reduction in ED visits and a 42% reduction
in 30-day hospital readmission rates among its 180 patients.
To further expand the SWIFT’s reach in Wicomico County and reduce
inappropriate EMS transports for low acuity complaints, the team received
a $270,000 grant from Maryland’s CHRC. Examples of low acuity ED visits
include prescription refill requests, upper respiratory infections, rashes, sprains,
strains, injuries, and toothaches. A subset of patients with these complaints
activate EMS, requiring dispatch of an ambulance staffed with EMS personnel.
9-1-1 calls for low acuity complaints occupy critical community resources with
the potential to delay EMS responses for high acuity medical emergencies.
SWIFT utilized the CHRC grant to implement a Minor Definitive Care
Now (MDCN) program in August 2021, following approval from the Maryland
Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). MDCN was
first introduced in Maryland by the Baltimore City Fire Department in 2021 to
provide immediate on-scene treatment for low-acuity patients by a paramedic and
NP (MIEMSS, 2021).
An NP and paramedic respond to low acuity 9-1-1 calls as determined by
the Medical Priority Dispatch System, an evidence-based series of screening
questions to predict patient acuity and determine the level of EMS response
required. The team responds in a dedicated Salisbury Fire Department Suburban
in tandem with a Salisbury Fire Department ambulance. Upon arrival at a
patient’s residence, the NP and paramedic describe the MDCN program and offer
MDCN treatment on the scene. Treatment can include medication administration,
wound care, and splinting, among others, depending upon the patient’s
presenting complaint. If a patient consents to MDCN treatment, the Salisbury
Fire Department ambulance is released and available for additional 9-1-1 calls.
The MDCN team also performs home safety and social determinants of health
assessments. Based on these assessments, patients are referred to appropriate
community resources. Patients are also referred to their primary care provider
and specialists as needed for follow-up care. Since August 2021, the MDCN
program has engaged with 273 patients who activated EMS. Of these patients, 86
consented to MDCN treatment on-scene resulting in a $182,000 reduction in ED
visit expenditures and a $217 per hour savings of program operation.
In conclusion, the SWIFT program represents a unique and effective
partnership between TidalHealth Peninsula Regional and the Salisbury Fire
Department. The team has successfully increased access to care, reduced
healthcare spending, and improved the overall quality of care for Wicomico
County residents who engage with EMS. Health systems and NPs across the state
are poised to implement similar programs.
Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). (2021). The Maryland
medical protocols for emergency medical services. Retrieved from https://www.miemss.org/
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS). (2020). Healthy people 2030: Social
determinants of health. Retrieved from https://health.gov/healthypeople/objectives-and-data/
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS). (2021). Trends in the utilization of
emergency department services, 2009 to 2018. Retrieved from https://aspe.hhs.gov/sites/default/
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Transforming Nursing Education Through
By: Raquel Bertiz, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE
• Describe the use of simulation in nursing
In recent years, healthcare and the nursing
profession have been faced with multiple challenges,
such as the increasing complexity of the healthcare
environment and high patient acuity. Several
studies describe an education-practice gap, where
new graduate nurses have difficulty adjusting to
professional nursing practice and threats to patient
safety result (Kavanagh & Szweda, 2017). Kavanagh
and Szweda (2021) describe a continuing decline
in the initial preparedness of new nurses at a time
when preparation is most needed and there are calls
for long-overdue change in how nursing education is
conceptualized and delivered. This echoes an earlier
call by the Institute of Medicine (2011) to transform
Nurse educators consider traditional clinical
experiences as the gold standard of clinical
education. Several agencies wrote their position
statements on the need to include experiences that
will allow students in prelicensure nursing programs
to practice in actual patient clinical situations
(NCSBN, 2005). In traditional clinical education, a
group of students is brought to the clinical site under
the supervision of a clinical instructor. This model
is currently used in prelicensure nursing education,
but in recent years, nurse educators started to reflect
on and systematically study this practice, searching
for transformative ways to provide clinical education
that will close the nursing education practice gap. A
systematic review by Leighton et al. (2021) ended
in an empty search of studies on traditional clinical
education that utilized educational frameworks
and measurement of learning outcomes. This is an
alarming finding when the prevalent and regulated
model of clinical education did not have empirical
evidence documented in nine databases that were
used for this search. To further provide a picture
of the state of prelicensure nursing education,
Kavanagh and Szweda (2021) report that only 23%
of entry level nurses who passed licensure are
deemed safe and competent to practice nursing.
This highlights the education-practice gap noted by
employers of new graduate nurses.
More than ever, the pressure on nurse educators
to consider other ways to provide clinical education
that will close the education-practice gap is critical.
Meanwhile, barriers to implementing traditional
clinical education continue to rise, such as scarcity
of available clinical sites, the randomness of clinical
experiences, and the lack of autonomy of student
nurses to practice. There is also an acute awareness
of safety concerns when students are in actual
patient care settings. The use of simulations to
educate future nurses is presented as pedagogically
sound, empirically based, and an educational
practice guided by standards of best practice that
is hoped will be an answer to the call to transform
Simulations-Based Nursing Education: Shifting
the Paradigm of Clinical Education through
Simulation-based education (SBE) is an
educational methodology viewed by many nursing
education experts as the “Trojan” horse that
will break the barriers to transforming nursing
education. In nursing education, “Simulation is a
technique, not a technology, to replace or amplify
real experiences with guided experiences that
evoke or replicate substantial aspects of the real
world in a fully interactive manner” (NCSBN
(2015) quoting Gaba (2004)). These are activities
or events replicating clinical practice using
scenarios, high-fidelity manikins, medium-fidelity
manikins, standardized patients, role-playing, skills
stations, and computer-based critical thinking
simulations. Clinical simulations can occur in
laboratory settings, virtually or screen-based, and
in the classroom. Learners are prebriefed before a
simulation experience to clarify learning objectives,
lessen cognitive load prior to the clinical scenario
experience and establish psychological safety.
After the clinical simulation experience, learners
are debriefed by a competent facilitator to guide
them in reflecting on the experience and walk
away with lessons that they will use in the future.
In actual patient care settings, students are strictly
supervised by clinical instructors and nurses,
and the room for errors and mistakes is reduced.
Students may not have the opportunity to implement
clinical decisions autonomously, a competency that
is necessary when they practice as professional
nurses. Clinical simulation scenarios are selected
to provide opportunities for students to safely learn
and autonomously practice valuable competencies.
SBE provides an opportunity for educators to
design clinical experiences toward the development
of essential nursing competencies for all learners.
This will greatly reduce the inconsistencies of
learning experiences and randomness of learning in
traditional clinical education.
Simulation-based education is supported by
sound educational theories of constructivism, adult
learning theories, experiential learning theories, and
reflective practice. Robust educational frameworks
are necessary for the pursuit of transformation
in nursing education. In a short period, SBE in
healthcare rapidly advanced as an empirically
supported educational pedagogy. Theobald et
al. (2021) performed a systematic review of the
effectiveness of using simulation in the development
of clinical reasoning in undergraduate nursing
students. They found limited but high-quality
evidence that simulation is an effective methodology
for clinical education. The landmark national
simulation study provides substantial evidence that
substituting high-quality simulation experiences
for up to half of traditional clinical hours produces
comparable end-of-program educational outcomes
and new graduates ready for clinical practice.
Alongside theoretical and empirical bases, there
are standards and guidelines for implementing
simulation-based education in nursing programs.
The Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best
Practice (INACSL, 2021) include all facets of
SBE: professional development, prebriefing,
simulation design, facilitation, the debriefing
July, August, September 2022 The Maryland Nurse Journal • Page 17
process, operations, outcomes and objectives,
professional integrity and evaluation of learning
and performance. The National Council of State
Boards of Nursing simulation guidelines (NCSBN,
2015; Smiley, 2021) provide prelicensure programs
guidelines in the implementation of simulations.
Future Directions of Simulation Based Education
The Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource
Consortium’s (MCSRC) goal is to increase the
quantity and quality of simulations in prelicensure
programs in Maryland. The use of simulations to
replace a significant amount of clinical education
for future nurses is a highly viable solution, not
only to the scarcity of clinical placement but
also to the education practice gap, where future
nurses learn to be reflective, critical thinkers who
can reason clinically and make sound judgments
amidst complex patient care situations. The
maximum benefits of simulations can only be
achieved when nursing programs are supported
to implement simulations following the standards
of healthcare simulations.. Educators need to
receive formalized education in simulation
pedagogy and acquire competencies in applying the
Healthcare Simulations Standards of Best Practice
(International Association for Clinical Simulation
and Learning, 2021). MCSRC has educated more
than 300 nurse educators in academia and practice
on simulation pedagogy through the MCSRC’s
Simulation Education Leader’s (SEL) program.
Simulation-based education is a powerful force in
transforming nursing education and prelicensure
nursing programs. MCSRC will continue to
strengthen faculty competencies in simulation
and support the development of various learning
resources. Together, as nurse educators in academia
and practice, alongside MCSRC, we aim to
transform nursing education through simulations.
Gaba, D. (2004). The future vision of simulation in health care.
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Hayden, J. K., Smiley, R.A., Alexander, M., Kardong-Edgren,
S., & Jeffries, P.R. (2014).
The NCSBN National Simulation Study: A longitudinal,
randomized, controlled study replacing clinical hours with
simulation in prelicensure nursing education.
Journal of Nursing Regulation, 5(2),S3-S40,ISSN 2155-8256.
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( 2021). Healthcare simulation standards of best practice.
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change, advancing health. Washington (DC): National
Academies Press. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/
Kavanagh, J. M., & Sharpnack, P.A. (2021). Crisis in
competency: A defining moment in nursing education.
OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing,26(1).
Kavanagh, J. M., & Szweda, C. (2017). A crisis in competency:
The strategic and ethical imperative to assessing new
graduate nurses' clinical reasoning. Nursing Education
Perspectives, 38(2), 57–62. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.
National Council of State Boards of Nursing. (2005). Clinical
instruction in prelicensure programs. https://www.ncsbn.
National Council of State Boards of Nursing. (2015). NCSBN
simulation guidelines for prelicensure nursing programs.
Smiley, R, A. (2021). National Council of State Boards of
Nursing: An update on simulation regulation. https://www.
NCSBN Simulation Guideursinducation
Theobald, K.A., Tutticci, N., Ramsbotham, J., & Johnston, S.
(2021). Effectiveness of using simulation in the development
of clinical reasoning in undergraduate nursing students: A
systematic review. Nurse Education in Practice, 57. https://
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1. What statement defines simulation-based
education in nursing?
A. It is a clinical teaching modality where
learners are placed in clinical environments to
care for real patients.
B. It is a teaching-learning modality where
learners experience a carefully designed
clinical scenario in a laboratory or virtual
C. It is a teaching modality where students listen
to lectures in class.
D. All of the above.
2. Which element of simulation occurs after
learners go through facilitated clinical scenario?
C. Written Examination
3. According to Kavanagh and Szweda (2021),
who wrote on the Crisis of Competency of
Nurses, newly graduated nurses who have passed
A. are mostly practice ready
B. are mostly not practice ready
C. Are never practice ready
D. None of the above
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Maryland Nurses Focus on Optimizing the Workforce
Mary Therese Phelan, Senior Media Relations
Specialist at the University of Maryland,
Baltimore, and Giordana Segneri, Assistant Dean
for Marketing and Communications at University
of Maryland School of Nursing
While nursing workforce issues nationwide,
especially in Maryland with its high density of
health care organizations, have existed since long
before 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic amplified
the challenges, and demand for nurses has reached
a fever pitch as the United States scrambles to fill
vacancies. The 2022 Maryland Action Coalition
(MDAC) Virtual Leadership Summit, hosted by the
University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON)
on May 23, 2022, took a deep dive into workforce
challenges and opportunities with its theme
“Optimizing Maryland’s Nursing Workforce.”
The content, offered through a full day of live virtual
programming to approximately 150 attendees, focused
on cultivating a diverse and skilled workforce, preparing
nursing students to meet future health care needs, and
exploring strategies for retention. Special emphasis
was placed on the importance of addressing the social
determinants of health, a key concept undergirding the
National Academy of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing
2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity.
This report outlines a goal of achieving health equity
in the United States over the next decade, based on
strengthened nursing capacity and expertise. It builds
on the foundation set by the 2010 report The Future of
Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. MDAC
was formed in 2011 in response to that report and serves
as the driving force transforming health care through
nursing in the state. Recognizing the important work
already underway in Maryland and with a goal of longterm
sustainable change, the coalition leads the way to
improve the health of the population.
“Some of the key themes of the Future of Nursing
2020-2030 report include the need to address social
determinants of health, reduce health disparities,
and address inequities in our health system,” said
Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Bill and
Joanne Conway Dean of the University of Maryland
School of Nursing, during her opening remarks.
Kirschling serves as co-chair of MDAC with Patricia
Travis, PhD, RN, CCRP, senior associate director of
clinical trials at Johns Hopkins Medicine. “These
are not new challenges but were certainly brought
into sharper focus as a result of the disparate impact
of the COVID-19 pandemic on selected populations.
Another outcome of the pandemic has been the
significant toll it’s taken on nurses and other health
care providers throughout the country, particularly
the level of moral distress and burnout experienced
by nurses on the front lines of care delivery.”
Kirschling also acknowledged Maryland’s
“enormously successful” efforts to meet the goals of
the previous report, including increasing the number
of baccalaureate- and doctorally prepared nurses,
establishing the Maryland Nursing Workforce Center
to address the need for better workforce data, reducing
practice barriers for advanced practice nurses, and
increasing the diversity of the nursing workforce.
She then moderated a fireside chat, “Managing the
Present, Creating the Future,” with the chief nursing
officers of the three largest health care systems in the
• Deborah Baker, DNP, APRN, NEA-BC, FAAN,
senior vice president for nursing, Johns Hopkins
Health System, and vice president for nursing
and patient care services and chief nursing
officer, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
• Susan Eckert, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice
president and chief nursing officer, MedStar
• Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, CENP, FAAN, chief
nurse executive, University of Maryland
The three responded to questions regarding
leadership lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, the
dichotomy between autonomy and standardization,
and efforts to address nurses’ moral distress and
Maryland’s health inequities.
“I was struck when I read a Bureau of Labor
Statistics report in December that projected that
by 2030, we will be short in the United States 1.5
million nurses; that is a staggering number,” Rowen
said. “In addition, last week, I learned from Vizient
that in their recent study about nurse turnover across
the country, they have noted a doubling of nurse
turnover since 2019. So, between the nursing shortage
and the rampant growth of turnover, we need to think
as a profession about what we can do about many
things, including the health and wellness of nurses,
and how we can embed that into our cultures.”
Following the fireside chat, a set of keynote speeches
highlighted how nurses could play a role in advocacy
beyond the bedside and advancing health equity.
“Over the last 26-plus months since we have been
affected by COVID, never has it been more important
for nurses to be in leadership and advocacy roles
than now,” said Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN,
president of the American Nurses Association
(ANA), delivering the morning keynote, The Future
of Nursing: Leadership, Advocacy, and Activism in
“We advocate for our patients and public health
when we’re in the workplace and our communities,
but legislative and political advocacy is no less
important in advancing the profession and in patient
care as well,” Grant said. “I think this pandemic has
proven to nurses the importance of using their voice,
to advocate for the resources that they need for their
fellow man, for their communities, in order to help us
get over this crisis that we are in.”
Grant said the pandemic shined a light on something
nurses always knew existed but was exacerbated during
the health crisis: health care disparities, which result in
communities of color having higher rates of COVID-19
infection and related death.
“To remain silent is to be complacent,” Grant
said. “We must bring health to health care.” To that
end, the ANA has joined other national nursing
organizations to create the National Commission to
Address Racism in Nursing. “We decided we needed
to explore racism in nursing and to create a national
action plan to guide diversity, equity, and inclusion
efforts within the profession,” he explained.
Grant also encouraged nurses to use their voices
and influence to educate others about systemic
injustice, health, inequity, and health disparities and
advocate for their own mental, physical, and spiritual
In the afternoon keynote, “Poised for Impact:
Nurses Advancing Health Equity,” Kupiri “Piri”
Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANER, FAAN,
associate dean of health equity, diversity, and inclusion
and clinical professor at the University of California
Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, praised
the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report for focusing
on diversity, inclusion, and health equity, areas that
were lacking in the 2010 report, she said.
“What the new Future of Nursing report is saying
is that we have a moral and ethical obligation to
begin to break down the structures that continually
perpetuate the same outcomes year after year, decade
after decade,” she said.
Health inequity manifests in many forms,
from an inability to pay for health care to a lack of
transportation to appointments, to a lack of health
care providers in particular communities. But don’t
simply call these issues health disparities, Ackerman-
“I’m going to say that the term health disparity is
really a euphemism,” she said. “What we’re looking
at is structural violence. By people not having access
to care that is available, we are allowing people to be
harmed and to die over and over and over.”
Acknowledging there is no one solution,
Ackerman-Barger said increasing diversity in the
nursing workforce would be beneficial.
“We want to make sure that underheard voices are
heard,” she said. “And so, we can use our voices to uplift
the voices of those that are not heard. But even better
than that is to use our voices to make sure that people
are at the table with us so that their actual voices can be
heard when those decisions are being made.”
July, August, September 2022 The Maryland Nurse Journal • Page 19
University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON)
UMSON Names New Co-Directors of Research Centers
The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has appointed Nicole
“Jennifer” J. Klinedinst, PhD, MPH, RN, FAHA, associate professor, as the codirector
of the Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan (BBAL) Organized
Research Center and Michael Lepore, PhD, professor, as co-director of the Center
for Health Equity and Outcomes Research (CHEOR). Both BBAL and CHEOR are
among UMSON’s research Centers of Excellence.
The centers’ extramurally funded investigators study a variety of critical health
problems, including chronic pain, impulsivity and drug abuse, neuromuscular
disorders, sleep, web-based interventions, health care organizational issues, and
bone health. The centers provide critical grounds for developing synergies between
researchers and facilitate collaboration and transfer of expertise between more
seasoned researchers and those with less experience. They also offer researchrelated
training opportunities, inform members about each other’s research, and
provide resources to support researchers with frequent updates about research
best practices, grant opportunities, and changes in policies and procedures for
grant applications. Membership in the centers is open to faculty, staff, postdoctoral
fellows, and students. The center co-directors provide critical and frequent input
that determines strategic goals, priorities in hiring research-intensive faculty, focus
of internal funding opportunities, evaluation of grant proposals, and collaboration
with the University of Maryland Medical System, among others.
“The new directors are experienced researchers who will foster collaboration
and inspire fledgling researchers,” said Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor and
associate dean for research “Their expertise complements that of their respective
co-directors. Klinedinst and Lepore have a history of collaborating with other
disciplines. I expect they will bring their positive energy and drive to enhance
opportunities for UMSON researchers.”
Nahm Named University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Associate Dean For
The University of Maryland School of
Nursing (UMSON) has named Eun-Shim
Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, professor,
as associate dean for the Doctor of
Philosophy (PhD) program. UMSON’s PhD
program prepares students as researchers
and scholars to generate new knowledge
and tackle some of the greatest issues facing
health care, such as aging populations, pain
and symptom management, and women’s
health and birth outcomes.
Nahm will be responsible for ensuring
that graduates of the PhD program are
well prepared to engage in research and
scholarship that enhance and influence
health care and spark new approaches
to scientific questions. She will oversee
the recruitment, retention, and advancement of doctoral students; develop and
implement new initiatives to advance their research capacity; and facilitate
interprofessional interactions and learning.
Nahm joined UMSON in 2003 as an assistant professor and was subsequently
promoted to associate professor and then professor. Beginning in 2010, she served
as the director of the Nursing Informatics master’s specialty, and from 2012 until
April of this year, she served as co-director of the Biology and Behavior Across the
Lifespan Organized Research Center.
“I am extremely pleased that Dr. Nahm has accepted the appointment to the
position of associate dean for the PhD Program,” said Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN,
FAAN, the Bill and Joanne Conway Dean of the University of Maryland School
of Nursing. “She brings a distinguished record of service to the School and to the
University of Maryland, Baltimore and is highly regarded as a researcher, teacher,
and mentor. The School has a rich legacy of developing nurse researchers, and our
doctoral program was one of very few nursing PhD programs when it launched in
1970. It has continually evolved and today is the most diverse R1 or R1-equivalent
nursing PhD program in the United States. I am confident that given Dr. Nahm’s
deep commitment to doctoral education and to nursing research and scholarship
that she will ably guide the future development of our program.”
UMSON Names New Director of Clinical Simulation Labs at the Universities
at Shady Grove
The University of Maryland School of
Nursing (UMSON) has appointed Patricia
“Pat” Schaefer, DNP, RN, CNE-cl, CHSE,
CNE, clinical instructor, as the new director
of the Clinical Simulation Labs at the
Universities at Shady Grove (USG).
As director, Schaefer is responsible for the
oversight of simulation strategic planning,
facilitation, and evaluation and management
of simulation resources in the USG Clinical
Simulation Labs. Schaefer provides leadership
to expand the use of simulation pedagogy
in the preparation of future nurses for
clinical practice. She also serves on planning
workgroups for the current USG building
renovation, which will provide a significant
expansion of the existing eight lab and
simulation spaces. The renovations will result in a dedicated nursing building
at the USG location to support the growth of the entry Bachelor of Science in
Nursing program and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Family Nurse Practitioner
“Simulation is integral to nursing education,” said Jana Goodwin, PhD, RN,
assistant professor and chair, UMSON program at USG. “We are pleased to have
Dr. Schaefer in this role, leading simulation at UMSON at USG as we continue to
be innovative and transition to the next era of simulation education.”
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The Johns Hopkins School
of Nursing Ranks #1 by U.S.
News & World Report for Fifth
For the fifth consecutive year, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON)
is ranked the No. 1 accredited master’s nursing program in the country, according
to U.S. News & World Report 2023 rankings. The school’s Doctor of Nursing
Practice (DNP) also ranked No. 1, moving up one spot from its previous No. 2
“This is an extraordinary accomplishment,” says JHSON Dean Sarah L.
Szanton, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Not only do these rankings speak to our unyielding
commitment to inclusive excellence, but also our leadership in both education and
the evolving landscape of health."
In specialty areas, the school ranked:
• No. 1 in Nurse Practitioner: Adult Gerontology Primary Care—DNP
• No. 1 in Nurse Practitioner: Adult Gerontology Acute Care—DNP (tied)
• No. 2 in Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric Primary Care—DNP (tied)
• No. 3 in Leadership–DNP
• No. 3 in Nurse Practitioner: Family—DNP
• No. 4 in Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric Acute Care—DNP
Throughout the past year, JHSON has continued to make significant
investments in digital and immersive learning opportunities for students
including virtual reality simulations, online classes, and the creation of the
Center for Immersive Learning and Digital Innovation. The school also launched
a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner track in the DNP program set to
begin in fall 2022.
As a leader across the world, JHSON is ranked No. 3 by QS Global World
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into Alpha Omega Chapter
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Reprinted with permission from the College of Southern Maryland
Students, faculty, and staff of the College of Southern Maryland celebrated
the first in-person induction ceremony for the Alpha Delta Nu honor society
in two years April 8. The ceremony celebrated eight nursing students who
have maintained a high GPA and completed a scholarly project related to the
advancement of their profession.
Faculty and students relished the opportunity to celebrate in person, decorating
a table with symbols of nursing, including a copy of Florence Nightingale’s
“Notes on Nursing” to represent the foundations of the profession; a lamp and
lit candle to symbolize the light of knowledge, caring and compassion; and a
stethoscope to represent the tools used by nurses in their career.
After Acting Chair of Nursing Sara Cano welcomed the inductees, their
families, and distinguished college guests, Jeanne Hill, associate professor of
nursing, continued the program by giving the history of the Organization for
Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) and the Alpha Delta Nu Honors Society.
“OADN is dedicated to enhancing the quality of Associate Degree Nursing
education, strengthening the professional role of the Associate Degree Nurse,
and promoting the future of Associate Degree Nursing as an entry point into
registered nursing in the midst of healthcare changes,” she explained. "To
promote scholarship and academic excellence in the profession of nursing, OADN
established the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society and made provisions for the
establishment of Institutional Honor Society Chapters. The College of Southern
Maryland chapter Alpha Omega was established in fall 2012 and has been an
active chapter since then.
“Your dedication to the profession of nursing and your future patients is
reflected in the hard work you have done to achieve this honor," Hill continued.
“Your commitment to lifelong learning will contribute to nursing as a profession
with every single patient you encounter.”
Student speaker Kami Hardin took to the podium to congratulate her fellow
inductees. She emphasized that she and her fellow inductees all came from
different backgrounds and dealt with their own struggles during nursing school,
but that they were united by a commitment to excellence in nursing.
“For our group, meeting the requirements for induction means that we have
excelled in navigating an abundance of constantly changing, moving objectives.
In addition, we did not accomplish those things in the absence of personal
struggle,” said Hardin. “The past two years had an effect on everyone, and the
nursing student is no exception. However, being accepted into the Alpha Omegas
means not only did we not give up, but that we had a fundamental belief that
overcoming uncertainty and struggle could make us better nurses.”
A rose, pin, cord, and certificate were presented to each inductee by CSM
nursing professors Deborah Rutledge, Rose Miller, and Lynn Kennedy. Both the
pin and cords can be worn by the student with their graduation regalia at CSM’s
63rd Spring Commencement to be held May 13, 2022.
Lauren Guy, assistant professor of nursing, closed the program with words of
wisdom for the students as they complete their nursing education and move into
“As you complete the second year of the program, I encourage you to have
patience with yourselves, determination to reach your goals, and contagious
excitement as you see the shining light at the end of your nursing school journey.
These attributes will allow you to continue with the momentum that you have
already begun,” she said.
The students inducted into Alpha Delta Nu were:
Alyssa Dawn Dorsey
Kami M. Hardin
Alexis R. Klumpyan
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Congressman Steny Hoyer Tours New Center for Health
Sciences Construction Site at CSM’s Regional Hughesville
Campus; Secures $500,000 for Programming
From left, CSM Vice President of Operations
and Planning Dr. Bill Comey, CSM President Dr.
Maureen Murphy, Congressman Steny Hoyer and
CSM School of Science and Health
Dr. Laura Polk
Congressman Steny Hoyer met with College of
Southern Maryland (CSM) leadership and staff to
tour the construction of the new Center for Health
Sciences at the college’s Regional Hughesville
Campus April 19. During a pre-tour briefing, the
group discussed how the $500,000 in critical funding
Hoyer secured in FY2022 omnibus is being used
to upgrade equipment for the new facility’s health
“I am excited to be at the College of Southern
Maryland to visit the Health Sciences Center and
observe the progress underway,” said Hoyer.
“The construction site will one day become
an extraordinary building that helps expand
opportunities for students pursuing an education
in the sciences, and I look forward to coming back
in the future when it is finished,” he continued.
“Knowing how critical this new facility will be for
the College of Southern Maryland, I was proud to
work alongside advocates to secure $500,000 in
federal funding in the Fiscal Year 2022 omnibus to
support the ongoing educational programs at the
center and ensure that it has the equipment and
resources it needs to offer the best experience to our
“We are so grateful for your support,” CSM
President Dr. Maureen Murphy told the congressman
during the briefing. “I can’t overstate the importance
of this center and what it will mean to our students,
our community, and our region’s workforce. It will
serve as a central learning location for our health and
nursing programs and it will be the college’s flagship
Hoyer described the state-of-the art technology
that will be offered at the center “the wave of the
future,” and “science on display” before thanking
CSM leadership and staff for demonstrating how
federal investments are “being put to work in service
to Southern Maryland students and our communities.”
Joining Hoyer, his staff, and Murphy were Dean
of CSM School of Science and Health Dr. Laura Polk
and CSM Vice President of Operations and Planning
Dr. Bill Comey.
The Center for Health Sciences is the second
building on CSM’s Regional Hughesville Campus
and will serve as a central, convenient location for
the college's health programs and instruction. It will
be approximately 50,000 square feet, designed to
LEED standards and will feature specialized health
sciences laboratories for CSM’s programs in nursing,
emergency medical services, rehabilitation, wellness
and fitness, pharmacy technician, medical assisting,
health information management and medical coding,
and medical laboratory technology. The center will
also include a clinical simulation center, collaborative
learning spaces, classrooms, a computer lab, faculty
and staff offices, a student success suite, and a large
multipurpose meeting room. Construction is currently
on track for completion in late fall 2022.
The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) celebrated its 63rd Spring Commencement ceremony held Friday, May 13, 2022, at the La Plata Campus.
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MNA provided many activities and resources for Maryland nurses during
Nurses Month in May 2022. The month opened with a Zoom cooking course
with Chef Natalie, where participants could cook along with the talented chef
in preparing a vegan meal. Members were also able to attend a presentation on
Navigating and Nurturing Yourself and Your Team Through Burnout by Rachel
Sherman, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC. Dr. Sherman provided valuable resources and
tools to assist nurses experiencing burnout in their profession and lives.
MNA is grateful for the efforts of Maryland nurses, especially these past few
years of the pandemic, and hopes that all had a wonderful Nurses Month.
MNA Celebrates Nurses Month
July, August, September 2022 The Maryland Nurse Journal • Page 23
Dr. Bell Receives the first
Distinguished Career in
Each year, the Chamberlain Care Awards recognize and honor outstanding,
notable, and accomplished Chamberlain University alumni who are making
a difference in the profession of nursing and their communities. Chamberlain
recognized Dr. Melani Bell as the first annual Chamberlain Care Awards
2022 Distinguished Career in Nursing Award recipient. The Distinguished
Career in Nursing Award recognizes a nurse alumnus with more than 10
years of professional experience, whose clinical practice is exemplary, whose
contributions beyond expectations, and who has generously offered their time
and talents to meet other nurses. Dr. Bell was presented with a certificate and
gift card. Dr. Bell was awarded this honor during a video shoot with her nursing
school mentee, a daughter of a lifelong friend. Dr. Bell stated “The Lord knows
the desires of my heart and has gifted me with the passion to mentor others
placed in my life passing the stethoscope, so they’ll have the tools, love, and
compassion necessary to achieve their goals in becoming a Registered Nurse. I
couldn’t have achieved this prestigious award and milestone without the parents
who’ve placed their children in my lives and my nursing village of friends who’ve
walked this 21-year journey with me sharing their knowledge and expertise!
Much love to you all this is for US!” Congratulations Dr. Bell!
Amy Bailey Receives
the DAISY Award
Amy Bailey, RN, home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis nurse for Davita,
received the DAISY Award during Nurses Month.
Nominated by her regional operational director, Susan Howard, Amy is
witnessed caring for multiple patients with a high level of detail and follow-up.
Amy will call the patients at home and follow up with them when they may be
admitted to the hospital.
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Parsons Receives the Shining
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Lori Parsons, Emergency Department Case Manager at the University of
Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, was awarded the Shining Star for
Patient Safety. Lori went above and beyond to ensure a confused patient’s safe
return home when they could not identify family members of their own accord.
Lori went out into the community and photographed houses and streets to help
the patient remember and piece together enough information to find their family.
Once reunited, she educated caregivers on how they can ensure patients have this
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Three Faculty Members
Receive Academic Nurse
Educator Certification Awards
Faculty awarded funds for completing or renewing their
Certified Nurse Educator credential
Three University of Maryland School of Nursing faculty members have
received Academic Nurse Educator Certification (ANEC) Awards from the
Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) through the Nurse Support
Program (NSP) II.
The faculty were each awarded the maximum amount of $5,000 for
demonstrating excellence as an academic nurse educator through achieving the
National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential either
through initial certification or recertification. The faculty are:
• Ron J. Piscotty Jr., PhD, RN-BC, CNE, FAMIA, assistant professor
• Pam L. Shumate, DNP ’09, RN, CCRN, CNE, CHSE, assistant professor
• Nicole E. Smith, PhD, MS ’14, RN, CNE, CHSE, CNE-cl, assistant
“We are truly grateful for the generous support provided to nurse faculty
through the Academic Nurse Educator Certification Awards and for the efforts
of the Maryland Higher Education Commission to make this available to faculty,”
said Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Bill and Joanne Conway Dean of the
University of Maryland School of Nursing. “The CNE credential is an important
indicator of the commitment of these three faculty members to excellence in
teaching, and I congratulate each of them on their accomplishment. Through their
efforts, they are ensuring that our students, the next generation of nurses, will be
well prepared to meet the needs of Maryland’s residents.”
The CNE credential establishes nursing education as a specialty area of
practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this
role. It communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care
communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. By becoming
credentialed as a CNE, faculty serve as leaders and role models.
Developed under the NSP II program, which is funded by the Maryland
Health Services Cost Review Commission and administered by MHEC, the
ANEC award program recognizes professionalism in support of ongoing faculty
development requirements necessary to maintain the CNE credential. The award
is intended to reinforce the use of the CNE as one measurement of excellence in
nursing programs and to support retention of outstanding academic educators.
The award funds may be used to supplement the awardee’s salary; to pay for
activities for professional development, including conference fees, travel, and
expenses for speaking engagements; to pay professional dues, CNE examination
fees, and continuing education expenses; or to assist with graduate education
expenses, such as loan repayment.
Barbara Jacobs Receives the
DAISY Lifetime Achievement
The DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes those nurses who have
devoted their life’s work to the compassionate care of others. Recipients of
this award have demonstrated dedication to nursing through active mentoring,
role modeling, advocating for their patients and promoting the positive image
of nursing. These special nurses serve as a beacon of inspiration to those at all
stages of their career and in the various and important roles of nursing.
Barbara Jacobs, Chief Nursing Officer at Anne Arundel Medical Center,
received the award as she celebrates her retirement.
Barbara Jacobs, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC
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2022 MNA & District Elections Will be Closing Soon
Nominations for the upcoming MNA and District
elections will be closing on August 15, 2022.
According to MNA Bylaws, the annual election
must start No Later Than (NLT) 60 days before the
annual membership meeting, which will be convened
virtually on November 17, 2022. The MNA election
must end NLT 30 days before the annual membership
meeting. The 2022 MNA & District elections will
start on September 15, 2022, and end on October
There will be two MNA leadership opportunities
for qualified members in 2022, which are:
MNA President-Elect: Serve one year as
President-Elect in 2023, then transition to President
for two years (2024 –2025), and a final year as the
Past President in 2026 for a total term of office of
four years. The President shall:
1) Serve as chairperson of the MNA Board of
Directors (BOD) and the Executive Committee.
2) Be the principle representative of the
Association and serve as its spokesperson on
policy and position established by the MNA
3) Preside at all meetings of the Association.
4) Serve as an ex-officio member of all
committees except the CON.
5) Delegate appropriate duties to the Chief Staff
6) Annually appoint committee chairpersons with
the approval of the MNA BOD.
7) Represent MNA at the ANA Leadership
Secretary: Serve a two-year term starting in late
2022 and ending in late 2024.The secretary shall:
1) Record the proceedings of all MNA BOD,
Executive Committee, annual membership, and
special meetings to include the number of MNA
members present at membership meetings and
what percentage of the membership that number
2) Provide each member of the MNA BOD
and Executive Committee with a copy of the
All candidates for MNA Offices must be a
member in good standing of MNA & ANA and
actively involved with District and/or State activities
(committees and/or BOD) for the past three years.
Please contact your District member of the MNA
CON or the MNA CSO for details on responsibilities
for each elected position and what must be included
in the candidate package, which must be received by
MNA NLT August 15, 2022.
There will also be elections for two Officer
Representatives to the ANA Membership Assembly
for a 2-year term, (2023 – 2024). Each of the six
current MNA Officers (President, Past President,
Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Treasurer-
Elect) will be asked if they want to be a candidate for
these two elected positions.
The MNA CON has an elected representative from
each of the eight MNA Districts: District #1 – Terri
Roth, District #2 – Linda Stierle, District #3 – Ellen
Asbury, District #4 – Rosalie Griffith, District #5 –
Carol Holness, District #7 – Bijoy Mahanti, District
#8 – Mary Beachley, and District #9 – Tomeka Ray.
Each of the Districts will also have leadership
opportunities which will vary from one district to
another according to their District Bylaws. They are
President – Elect
2 District Committee on Nominations Members
2 District Committee on Nominations Members
2 District Committee on Nominations Members
President – Elect
MNA Committee on Nominations Member
3 District Committee on Nominations Members
President – Elect
Treasurer - Elect
2 District Committee on Nominations Members
President – Elect
3 District Committee on Nominations Members
MNA Committee on Nominations Member
3 District Committee on Nominations Members
President – Elect
2 District Committee on Nominations Members
July, August, September 2022 The Maryland Nurse Journal • Page 27
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DISTRICT
President – Elect shall (4-year total commitment:
1 year as President-Elect):
1) Assume all President’s duties in the absence of
2) Become President for the remainder of the
President’s unexpired term in the event that a
vacancy occurs in the office of the President
President shall (2-years as President):
1) Serve as chairperson of the BOD and the
2) Be the principal representative of the District
and serve as its spokesperson on policy and
position established by the BOD.
3) Preside at all meetings of the District.
4) Serve as an ex-officio member of all
committees except the Committee on
5) Annually appoint committee chairpersons with
the approval of the BOD.
6) Attend meetings of the District Presidents of the
7) Prepare the Annual District Report for the
Immediate Past President shall (1-year as Past
1) Serve as a consultant to the President during the
first year of the President’s term.
2) Assume all duties of the President in the
absence of the President.
3) Become President for the remainder of the
President’s first year in office in the event a
vacancy occurs in the office of the President.
Vice-president (when one is elected) shall:
1) Assume duties of the President-Elect or
immediate Past President in their absence.
1) Keep minutes of all meetings of the District and
2) Conduct general correspondence of the District
and the BOD.
3) Provide for the maintenance of all District
meeting minutes and related documents in
a place/manner accessible to District Board
1) Be accountable for the District’s fiscal
affairs and shall provide written reports and
interpretation of such reports to the District
BOD and members.
2) Develop a District budget annually for BOD
3) Serve as a member of the MNA Committee on
Each Director shall:
1) In conjunction with their District President,
provide written District Reports for the MNA
2) Provide feedback to the District BOD Meetings
and members from MNA BOD and other
Electing your association leaders at both the
District and State levels of the organization is
one of your fundamental rights in a membership
organization. Since 2019, MNA and District elections
have been electronic for members with a valid email
address on file with ANA. This makes it much
easier for members to exercise this basic right.
Unfortunately, most members are not engaged in the
election of their District and MNA leaders. In last
year’s election, there were 4,546 eligible voters and
only 309 cast a ballot in the 2021 MNA Elections,
which is seven (7) percent of the eligible voters. This
is consistent with past MNA elections, which have
had less than 10 percent of members voting for many
years. District election participation varied from
a high of almost 20 percent to slightly less than six
percent of the District’s membership. Smaller districts
had higher voter participation percentages of their
membership than the larger districts. MNA CON and
District CON members will recruit candidates for
District and state elected positions in 2022. Please
exercise your right to elect the Association leadership
in 2022 and consider being a candidate for a district
or state leadership opportunity.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH | CENTER FOR CANCER RESEARCH
NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE
The Center for Cancer Research is seeking research nurses to join our clinical program
to help us manage the care of patients participating in clinical trials. We are the National
Cancer Institute’s internal, federally-funded cancer center where world leading physicianscientists
working on the cutting edge of medicine developing clinical trials of new
sometimes “first-in-human” drugs at the world’s largest dedicated research hospital on
the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.
Full time, 10-month position
Strong adult health and patho/pharmacology expertise
Full time, 10-month position
Speciality experience in maternal health, mental health, or pediatrics along with overall
ability to teach core nursing courses.
Duties include, but are not limited to, ensuring adherence to ethical practice in the conduct
of clinical trials, research protocol compliance and good clinical practice, ensuring patient
comprehension of informed consent, management of care for patients participating in
clinical trials, and maintenance of essential documentation and collection of data.
Applicants must possess a degree from an accredited nursing program and a minimum of
one year oncology nursing and/or related clinical research experience. The ideal candidate will
have experience in an oncology research setting, be highly organized, pleasant and energetic.
Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit
reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political
affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee
organization. NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities
and individuals with disabilities. NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with
disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and
hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be
made on a case-by-case basis. This position is subject to a background investigation.
To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to Corrine Keen, Director,
Office of Research Nursing at NCIClinOncJobOpp@mail.nih.gov.
HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers