Grants awarded to boost nursing numbers

Faculty members of University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) were recently awarded six Nurse Support Program II grants worth $9.6 million in fiscal year 2021. The grants will help increase the nursing capacity in Maryland through funding statewide initiatives aimed at growing the number of nurses set to serve in faculty roles and through strengthening nursing education programs at Maryland institutions.


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“We are thrilled that UMSON has received NSP II grant support for six significant projects, each of which will help address Maryland’s need for a well-educated and well-prepared nursing workforce,” said Jane M. Kirschling, UMSON dean. “We are grateful to the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission for its generous support of nursing initiatives and to the Maryland Higher Education Commission for its leadership with regard to the NSP II program. Together, we are working to ensure that Maryland’s residents have access to excellent health care now and in the future.” 

The UMSON at Shady Grove program was awarded $1.1 million over five years to increase admission for entry-into-practice BSN students at The Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville from 64 to 100 students per semester. It will also fund the growth of the UMSON student body at USG by 72 students, which will require additional faculty, staff, classrooms and simulation facilities.

The Nurse Leadership Institute was awarded $1.8 million over five years. The school recruits nurse facility and clinicians to a year-long program that prepares them to assume leadership positions, facilitate collaborative partnerships between academia and practice and improve health outcomes for Maryland’s citizens. The school currently has 249 nurse leaders, 127 fellows and 122 mentors. This funding will allow NLI to continue to develop nurse leaders.

Carol O’Neil, associate professor, was awarded $4 million over five years for UMSON’s NSP II Cohen Scholars initiative that prepares nurse educators and provides professional development. The grant will be used for resources to improve preparation of nurse educators, faculty and clinical educators. It will also expand the current scholarship program.

Eun-Shim Nahm was awarded $1.3 million over five years to implement the previously piloted Care Coordination/Health Information Technology program and assess its direct impact on patient outcomes. This is a joint effort between UMSON and the University of Maryland Medical System hospitals through the institutions’ academic-practice partnership, building upon a longstanding relationship between UMSON and the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Amanda Roesch and Ann Felauer were awarded $918,069 over four years to expand UMSON’s capacity to provide pediatric clinical experiences to its entry-level and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)/advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) students. This grant will help fill a  gap in pediatric primary care clinical sites for DNP/APRN students and will offset the reduced size of hospital-based pediatric clinical sites while also providing required examinations and screenings for children enrolled in Early Head Start and Head Start.

Victoria L. Selby was awarded $584,484 over two years to expand nursing education in substance use and addictions by implementing a focus area for RN-to-BSN students. The funds will also expand graduate education in substance use and addictions nursing. This work builds upon UMSON’s successful planning grant, supported by a survey of 522 enrolled nursing students that found strong interest in education about substance use and addictions.

Morgan State University received $146,722 to support Maryland nursing schools’ efforts to develop and implement mentoring programs. Part of the grant will be used to coordinate the online workshop, Mentoring: A Strategy for Enhancing Student Engagement and Success. The workshop is the first step in preparing nursing schools across the state to develop and implement mentoring programs designed specifically for their students.