Urgent Call to Action

On March 23, 2020, professional nursing organizations, including the National League for Nursing, the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, sent out an urgent national call to action for college nursing programs to donate any personal protective equipment (PPE) to their local hospitals and health systems.


In response, the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Nurse Support Program II (NSPII) sent out an urgent request to the Deans and Directors of all 28 nursing programs in Maryland. In the last two days, an overwhelming response came from nursing programs at:

·         Johns Hopkins University

·         University of Maryland at Baltimore

·         University of Maryland at Shady Grove

·         Hagerstown Community College

·         Anne Arundel Community College

·         Stevenson University

·         Notre Dame of Maryland University

·         Wor-Wic Community College

·         Salisbury University

·         Howard Community College

·         Frostburg State University, and

·         Prince George's Community College


The Health Services Cost Review Commission and the Maryland Higher Education Commission worked with the nursing programs to coordinate donating the following equipment and PPE from their student Clinical Simulation Centers to their partner hospitals or local health systems.

·         Ventilators.

·         Eye protection and goggles

·         Face shields

·         Surgical masks 

·         N95 masks

·         Non-sterile gloves

·         Sterile gloves

·         Disposable gowns

·         Biohazard bags


In just two days, all of the institutions mentioned have already donated or are in the process of donating the much-needed equipment.


The photo was submitted by PGCC's Nursing Director, Vivian  Kuawogai , taken as they loaded up their PPE on Tuesday, March 24th. The remaining schools are reporting back and in the process of donating clinical PPE.


MHEC wishes to thank everyone for supporting our Maryland hospitals and health systems!

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