Statewide Initiatives

The Statewide Initiatives support the national and state NSP II goals by increasing the preparation of academic and practice leaders, graduating additional faculty and hospital educators, recruiting, retaining and recognizing nursing faculty, increasing the completions of terminal degrees for existing faculty, and sharing important leadership and simulation resources with clinical practice leaders and academic faculty leaders to meet the developing needs of the future nursing workforce.

Current statewide initiatives include: (1) Academic Nurse Educator Certification Award (ANEC), for nurses who demonstrate excellence as an academic nurse educator through achieving and maintaining the National League for Nursing's Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential, (2) Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Scholarships (GNF) and Cohen Scholars, for graduate nursing students to complete the graduate education necessary to become nursing faculty at Maryland institutions of higher education or nurse educators at hospitals, (3) New Nurse Faculty Fellowships (NNFF), for new full time nurse faculty hired by Maryland institutions to expand enrollments in their nursing programs, (4) Nurse Educator Doctoral Grant for Practice and Dissertation Research (NEDG) for existing nurse faculty to expedite doctoral degree completions, (5) Nurse Faculty Annual Recognition (NFAR) Award, (6) Nurse Leadership Institute (NLI) to promote innovations between education and practice to lead change and advance health, (7) Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium (MCSRC) to increase the quality and quantity of simulation used in nursing education in Maryland, (8) Faculty Academy and Mentoring Initiative of Maryland (FAMI-MD) to prepare experienced nurses to become clinical faculty, (9) Lead Nursing Forward (LNF) to centralize information about nursing education as a career and connect nurses with job openings across institutions and hospitals within Maryland and (10) Interprofessional Educational Modules and Simulations for Nursing Student Instruction and Faculty Development (IPE).

The statewide initiatives are faculty focused with multiple opportunities to:
•Recruit, retain and recognize a diverse nursing faculty
•Increase the number of doctoral prepared nursing faculty in Maryland
•Strengthen the faculty development for optimal capacity at schools of nursing
•Enhance leadership and simulation opportunities across academia and practice
•Prepare expert clinicians to serve as clinical faculty
•Provide centralized web-based opportunities to learn about nursing education as a career

Academic Nurse Educator Certification (ANEC) Award

The Nurse Support Program II (NSP II) provides funding for Academic Nurse Educator Certification (ANEC) awards to faculty who demonstrated excellence as an academic nurse educator through achieving and maintaining the National League for Nursing’s (NLN’s) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential. As recognition of their professionalism and in support of their ongoing faculty development requirements necessary to maintain the credential, the ANEC award is intended to reinforce the use of the CNE as one measurement of excellence in nursing programs and retain outstanding academic educators.

Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarships (GNF) and Cohen Scholars

The NSP II provides funding for full tuition and fees in the Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nurse Faculty Scholarship and Cohen Scholars for current nurse educators with an existing employment contract with a nursing program or hospital, both clinical and academic, part-time and full-time to advance degrees for a chosen career path in nursing education. An individual must be a Maryland resident and be enrolled at a Maryland college or university as a graduate student in a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, post-graduate certificate program in nursing education, Doctorate (PhD, DNP, EdD) program or another graduate-level program required to advance the nursing educator career path. Grant awards are competitive, subject to the availability of funds and not all eligible applicants may receive an award.

New Nursing Faculty Fellowship Program (NNFF)

The new faculty fellowships are available to Maryland institutions with nursing degree programs through nominations of newly hired full-time, tenured, tenure-track faculty, non-tenure or clinical-track nursing faculty. These fellowships will assist Maryland nursing programs in recruiting and retaining new nursing faculty to teach, expanding capacity and supporting the pipeline.

Nurse Educator Doctoral Grant for Practice and Dissertation Research (NEDG)

Nursing Deans and Directors nominate existing nursing faculty who are completing doctoral degrees and within the last 2 years of completion. The program is intended to expedite doctoral completion by providing financial support during the dissertation or scholarly capstone phase of the program.

Nurse Faculty Annual Recognition (NFAR) Award

Deans and Directors of all nursing programs nominate a nurse faculty demonstrating excellence, innovation and leadership for this annual award.

Nurse Leadership Institute (NLI)

The Nurse Leadership Institute for Nursing Practice and Education (NLI) is designed to build Maryland’s nursing leadership capacity. Coordinated and collaborative nursing leadership in practice and education is vital to transforming health care delivery models in Maryland and ultimately improving health care outcomes for Maryland residents. The NLI prepares emerging and existing nurse leaders from practice and academia with a chosen mentor.

Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium (MCSRC)

The Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium (MCSRC) is designed to increase the quality and quantity of simulation used in nursing education in Maryland. The MCSRC Simulation Train the Trainer Program provides training to enable nursing faculty and hospital nurse educators to become experts in the use of simulation in nursing education. Maryland institutions with nursing degree programs and hospital nursing education departments may nominate faculty and staff to participate in the Simulation Train the Trainer program.

Faculty Academy and Mentoring Initiative of Maryland (FAMI-MD) (formerly ES-FAMI)

FAMI is a 30 contact-hour program beginning with a face-to-face introductory session followed by two-weeks of intensive online instruction, followed by expectations to be part of a data base of eligible clinical instructors for the partner schools.

Lead Nursing Forward (LNF)

The Lead Nursing Forward Career Portal is a free web resource for those interested in nursing and nursing education.

Interprofessional Educational Modules and Simulations for Nursing Student Instruction and Faculty Development (IPE)

This IPE faculty development program was initiated to prepare nursing, medicine and pharmacy faculty statewide. An interprofessional faculty team, including Johns Hopkins University Schools of Nursing and Medicine and Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy created initial IPE simulations, evaluated the IPE clinical simulations, developed additional IPE simulations, focusing on IPE competencies; these simulations are to be readily available and accessible by all schools of nursing and disseminated across the state of Maryland. They are intended to assist faculty in meeting IPE competencies and provide clinical instruction opportunities for student learning.

Maryland Nursing Workforce Center (MNWC)

The Maryland Nursing Workforce Center (MNWC) was founded in 2018 through NSP II funding. It was established to coordinate nursing workforce data collection, analysis and reporting with the intent to inform comprehensive and coordinated nursing workforce planning and development. The MNWC is recognized as a formal center at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and is a member of the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers.