Some 40 students and faculty from the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) will meet with legislators to remind them that in these tough economic times, health care is the only sector of the economy that is still growing and adding jobs. Maryland needs to support the expansion of nursing education capacity to help jumpstart the economy and alleviate the worsening nurse shortage that threatens access to safe, high quality health care.
The Governor's Wellmobile, operated by the School of Nursing, will provide free blood pressure checks, body mass index screenings, and preventive health information. Demand for the Wellmobile has surged as more and more Marylanders have lost insurance coverage along with their jobs.
Students and faculty will meet at the University of Maryland, Baltimore's (UMB) Annapolis office, 44 West Street, at 8 a.m. and leave for meetings with legislators from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At 10 a.m., students will be recognized from the floor of the Senate and House chambers. Reporters can interview students at the UMB office, the State House, and/or choose a group to travel with.
The Wellmobile will be parked on College Ave., near the intersection of Rowe Blvd. , next to the Lowe House of Delegates Office Building from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Governor's Wellmobile Program serves uninsured and underinsured people throughout the state. It also functions as an educational site for UMSON students who receive community nursing experience while assisting patients. The fleet of four mobile clinics received more than 7,500 patient visits, saving the state $2.7 million in averted emergency room fees in FY08.