Baltimore, Md. – In 2003, nearly 2,000 qualified applicants were denied admission to associate degree and baccalaureate nursing programs in Maryland, due primarily to lack of faculty. To address this critical and growing health workforce problem, the University of Maryland School of Nursing is partnering with Shady Grove Adventist Hospital (SGAH) in a new initiative, Teach for the Health of It, a unique grant with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to move a significant number of Registered Nurses (RNs) into faculty positions in a short period of time.
The School of Nursing and SGAH have established an agreement where the School will use the hospital's master's prepared specialists as clinical faculty for traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students attending the Universities at Shady Grove, where the School of Nursing offers a full BSN program. This agreement will allow the School to admit an additional eight BSN students in fall 2005. The School will pay SGAH for the use of these faculty members while they remain on the hospital's payroll. SGAH can utilize up to $10,000 per nurse to prepare faculty and advance their future needs for master's prepared nurses.
“There is no quick solution to the nursing faculty shortage,” says Kathryn Montgomery, PhD, RN, associate dean for organizational partnerships, outreach and clinical enterprise at the School of Nursing . “However, it is our hope that this partnership will open doors to future collaborations in our quest to help address the critical nurse and nurse faculty shortages.