Statewide Initiatives

The Statewide Initiatives support the NSP II goals for IOM #4, #5, #6, & #7 by increasing the preparation of academic and practice leaders, graduating additional faculty and hospital educators, recruiting and retaining new 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) Graduate Nursing Scholarships for students to complete the graduate education necessary to become nursing faculty at Maryland institutions of higher education, (2) New Nurse Faculty Fellowships, for new nurse faculty hired by Maryland institutions to expand enrollments in their nursing programs, (3) Nurse Educator Doctoral Grants for Practice and Dissertation Research for existing faculty to expedite doctoral degree completions, (4) Nurse Leadership Institute for Nursing Practice and Education (NLI) to build Maryland’s nursing leadership capacity and (5) Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium (MSCRC) to increase the quality and quantity of simulation used in nursing education in Maryland.

Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarships (GNF)

This financial aid program is jointly administered by the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) and Office of Outreach and Grants Management at MHEC. 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 nursing program required to prepare the individual to become nursing faculty. The Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship is a nomination process and not based on need. The Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship is equal to all tuition and mandatory fees for courses in the approved nursing plan of study at Maryland public and independent colleges and universities. Grant awards are 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 or tenure-track faculty or clinical-track nursing faculty. These fellowships will assist Maryland nursing programs in recruiting and retaining new nursing faculty to produce the additional nursing graduates required by Maryland’s hospitals. The awards may be used to assist new nursing faculty with professional expenses, such as professional development, loan repayment, and other relevant expenses.

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

This statewide initiative is designed to support Nursing Ph.D. candidates’ dissertation work and Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) candidates’ scholarly capstone project work. School of Nursing Deans and Directors nominate nursing doctoral candidates, who are interested in serving as nursing faculty.

The grant program goals are to:

  • increase the number of doctoral prepared nursing faculty in Maryland
  • strengthen the faculty development for optimal capacity at schools of nursing
  • recruit and retain a diverse nursing faculty

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 nurse leaders in Maryland to assume a more active leadership role and contribute to the development and implementation of effective health care delivery models in Maryland. Applicants are selected from practice and academia. Applicants from Maryland schools of nursing, hospitals and other health care delivery systems who meet eligibility requirements are invited to apply. Applicants are required to have institutional support for participation in the program and identify a mentor, preferably from their institution, who agrees to participate in the program.

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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 goals of the MCSRC are to: promote the use of simulation in nursing education in Maryland, establish simulation quality guidelines that promote patient safety, and provide resources to maintain simulation equipment for Maryland nursing programs. 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. NSP II funds support the cost of participation in the Simulation Train the Trainer Program for faculty and staff of Maryland nursing programs and Maryland hospitals who meet eligibility criteria. 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.

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