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April 29, 2004

Contact: Patricia Adams

School of Nursing Dean Selected As Maryland's Liaison to National Committee

Baltimore, Md. – The American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) Government Affairs Committee (GAC) recently named Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN, dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, as Maryland's liaison to its new State Grassroots Liaison Program.

State liaisons will work with AACN staff and the GAC to coordinate AACN member visits to their Senators during the AACN's fall and spring annual meetings; mentor less experienced deans, directors, and chairs in Capitol Hill visits; inform GAC and AACN staff of state legislative issues related to nursing education and research; advise the GAC on educational needs of the AACN membership; and serve in the role for two years with the possibility of reappointment.

"I am honored to represent our state and work with the other academic nursing leaders in this important effort to strengthen advocacy for nursing education and research," said Dean Janet Allan.

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