Nurse Support Program II (NSP II)

​The Nurse Support Program II (NSP II) has sponsored and funded two certified nurse educator
(CNE) workshops for nurse educators across Maryland. The workshops were well attended by approximately 120 of the 600 full-time faculty within the state of Maryland. That equals about a fifth of the total full-time faculty in the state. Peg Daw, administrative coordinator for the
Nursing Support Grant programs and Kimberly Ford, a grant specialist for the programs arranged
for the inclusion of nurses from across the state to attend the NLN CNE review workshops. Ms. Daw
stated, “Our end goal is to get nurse faculty to feel confident and prepared to take the examination
for the NLN certified nurse educator credentials in nursing education. Our focus is to increase
the number of nurse educators that demonstrate excellence and expertise in nursing education.” Dr.
Diane Billings, co-author of “Teaching in Nursing: A Guide for Faculty,” lead the NLN CNE review. Ms.
Ford facilitated the process and provided all activities associated with the success of the event. Many nurses attended and most committed to the completion of their CNE within six months of taking this cost free program.  

Certified Nurs Educator (CNE) Workshops 
The NSP II is funded by the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) and administered by Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).  The goal of the Nurse Support Program is to increase the number of nurses in Maryland. NSP I supports hospital centered initiatives while NSP II focuses on expanding the capacity to educate nurses through increasing faculty and strengthening nursing education programs at Maryland institutions. 

CNE WorkshopsCNE Workshops 
 More workshops will be scheduled for the fall. ​

 Nurse Workshop Program (NSP) II

Meanwhile, the Nurse Support Program II (NSP II)  and the Maryland Higher Education Commission held a Maryland Community College and University Nursing Faculty Job Fair on Wednesday, March 7th.
“This job fair had information and valuable resources available to help individuals achieve their higher education goals,” Higher Education Secretary Dr. James D. Fielder said. "This fair also offered a unique opportunity to connect future faculty with job openings."
Nursing representatives from Maryland academic institutions gave real-time information on nursing and those attending found valuable information about the Nurse Faculty Role and the Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship Service.

While 13 percent of nurses hold a graduate degree, less than one percent has a doctoral degree. Nurses with doctorates are needed to teach future generations of nurses and to conduct research that becomes the basis for improvements in nursing science and practice. Research is showing a critical need for an increase in highly-educated nurses and an improved education system to address the nursing shortage expected to impact the state by 2025 through implementation of the following goals:
  • Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020
  • Double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020
  • Ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning
  • Build an infrastructure for the collection and analysis of inter-professional data

The Job Fair was held at the Charles I. Ecker Business Training Center in Columbia. 

 NSP Programs IINSP Programs II 

Recently, the need for more nurse faculty with a PhD in Maryland is increasing as the population ages and health care becomes more complex. On Monday, July 9th the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Nurse Support II Program (NSII) worked with the School of Nursing at several Higher Education Institutions including University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins, Salisbury and Coppin State, along with Morgan State University‘s School of Community Health and Policy to provide an interactive workshop with information helpful when selecting a doctoral program.

The five-hour workshop offered participants an opportunity to learn more about doctoral programs across the state, comparing and contrasting the various degrees offered.  The dialogue also allowed for conversation about the participant’s career goals and a description of how to prepare a doctoral program application to reflect the match between the participant’s career goals and program goals.