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For Immediate Release:
January 17, 2014

Contact: Kevin Nash

Five University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty Members Awarded Nurse Educator Doctoral Grants

Recipients will receive a $30,000 grant to assist with educational and professional expenses.

Baltimore, Md. – Five faculty members from the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) have been awarded the Nurse Educator Doctoral Grant (NEDG) for Practice and Dissertation Research. Bimbola Akintade, PhD ‘11, MS ’05, MBA, MHA, ACNP-BC, CCRN, BSN ‘03, assistant professor and specialty director, Trauma, Critical Care; Deborah Busch, DNP, CPNP-PC, CLC, assistant professor; Mary Fey, MS ‘01, RN, assistant professor and director, Clinical Simulation Laboratories; Margaret Hammersla, MS ‘05, RN, CRNP, BSN ‘95, assistant professor; and Rachel Onello, MS ‘07, RN, CNL, clinical instructor; received awards of $30,000.

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

“This is a great opportunity for the School of Nursing and our nursing doctoral candidates interested in serving as nursing faculty,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “I am happy that several of our faculty members will be taking advantage of a program that will advance their education and strengthen our program.”

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

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked eleventh nationally. Enrolling more than 1,700 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.

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