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School of Nursing Awarded Two Grants to Address Shortage of Nursing Educators

January 17, 2014

In an effort to address Maryland’s shortage of nursing educators, Notre Dame of Maryland University’s School of Nursing has been awarded two grants, one that will fund faculty as they seek to enrich their teaching, and the other providing a scholarship to a registered nurse who would like to teach.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission awarded fellowships to six members of the School of Nursing faculty: Hannah Buc, Mark Walker, Marleen Thornton, Sara Rosenthal, Renee Franquiz, and Adrianne Burgess.  They will each receive $20,000 over the next three years, with $10,000 being disbursed in the first year, and $5,000 distributed in each of the following years. The fellows can use the awards at their discretion. In addition, another three faculty will receive $5,000 each for the second year (Erica Brinkley, Sabita Persaud) and the third year (Janice Brennan).

In addition, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has awarded the School of Nursing a new ProjectRN scholarship worth $80,000 for a nurse interested in returning to the classroom for a Master’s degree and becoming a professor in nursing at the undergraduate level. Project RN is designed to address a root cause of the region’s nursing shortage, a scarcity of trained and experienced faculty to expand student access to nursing programs in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia.

“These awards are a welcome contribution to the effort to strengthen nursing education across our state and region,” said Dr. Katharine C. Cook, dean of the School of Nursing. “Notre Dame’s nursing programs have been growing and reaching out to all areas of our state and this support from the Maryland Higher Education Commission and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield will help us achieve that goal.”