NSP II Project Director's Meeting

On March 8, 2019, the Nurse Support Program II (NSPII) hosted a Project Director​ Meeting at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland. Each NSP II grant funded project is required to report on mandatory dissemination activities which include opportunities at the Maryland Nurses Association or Maryland Action Coalition Annual Conferences, NSP II meetings as well as national venues.  In attendance were 34 nurse faculty from 12 nursing programs, along with NSP II staff, Kim Ford and Peg Daw from MHEC's Office of Outreach and Grants Management. Nurse faculty representing Chesapeake College, Cecil College, Harford Community College, Anne Arundel Community College, Community College of Baltimore County, Wor-Wic Community College, Hood College, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Towson University and Salisbury University attended to make presentations or learn more about NSP II from their colleagues.

Nurse faculty presented information on 20 NSP II projects with PPTs and handouts. Associate to Bachelor's (ATB) and academic progression in nursing (APIN) between community colleges and universities were projects discussed by faculty at six schools. In recent reports by the Campaign for Action, the percentage of registered nurses who hold a BSN or higher is up from 49% in 2010 to 56% in 2017 at the national level. Maryland is doing better at 60.2%, up from 55.4% in 2010. Overall, Maryland is ranked in the top 20% of the nation for percentages of bachelor's prepared nurses.

The call for nominations is open for the Nurse Leadership Institute and an invitation was issued to nurse faculty to be filmed and highlighted in the Nurse Educator Career Portal . The Eastern Shore Faculty Academy and Mentoring Initiative (ES-FAMI) has expanded to central and western Maryland with a 30 contact hour program that prepares experienced BSN and MS-prepared registered nurses for new roles as part-time clinical nursing faculty. Clinical faculty will be prepared at Towson University, Hood College, Frostburg State University and Allegany College of Maryland through this ES-FAMI collaborative. 

The Maryland Nursing Workforce Center (MNWC) is pending final approval by the National Forum on State Nursing Workforce Centers. The MNWC is developing a centralized data website to support the nursing workforce with supply and demand figures, along with resources for nursing programs, educators, employers, students, hospitals and nurses. The center will be collecting, analyzing and reporting state level data in standardized minimum data sets to assist in policy development and nursing workforce planning.