Maryland Action Coalition (MDAC)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and out of concern for the health and safety of participants and staff, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person MDAC 2020 Summit.

However, we want to provide Maryland nurses with the opportunity to have their work peer-reviewed and available on the MDAC and Nurse Support Program II websites for others to access.

Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: May 1

Learn more about abstract submission guideline at the MDAC website.



Save the Date for Next Year's MDAC Summit:
May 24, 2021

Those who had already registered for this year's summit will be contacted separately regarding a refund.


MDAC leads innovation in improving the health of individuals, communities, and populations through efforts that build and sustain a culture of health.

NSP II awardees are expected to participate in annual statewide conferences and programs. The Maryland Action Coalition (MDAC) is an ideal venue to complete your annual NSP II project mandatory dissemination activities, which are important for synergy and collaboration to demonstrate the return on investment in programs, nurses and faculty. The MDAC Conference accepts all NSP II Projects poster submissions for inclusion, with special selection of podium presentations to represent NSP II efforts in Maryland. We expect everyone with an NSP II funded grant to submit and get a group together to attend the conference.

*Special thanks to the NSP II Project Directors and Staff for Dissemination through Podium or Poster presentations.

2019 MDAC Podium Presentations

Career Development Programs for Maryland's Nursing Workforce - The SPAN Program and GUIDE to Degree Program Partnership

-Sarah Firestone, MSW
Program Manager, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

-Laura Taylor, PhD, ANEF, FAAN
Professor, Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Uniformed Services University

Year one of the University of Maryland's School of Nursing Multi-Year Effort to AdvISE (Advance Implementation Science Education)

-Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Building Nurse Leadership Capacity in Maryland

-Patricia Franklin, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
Director, Office of Professional Education Director
Director, Nurse Leadership Institute

-Kathryn Montgomery, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Chair, Partnerships, Professional Education & Practice, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Poster Presentations

1. Development and Implementation of a Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Clinical Training Program
Bimbola Akintade, PhD, MBA, MHA, ACNP-BC, CCRN
Shannon Idzik, DNP, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN, FIAAN
Kathryn Lothschuetz Montgomery, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Bridgitte C. Gourley, DNP, CRNP
Keisha Indenbaum-Bates, MS, RN
University of Maryland School of Nursing

2. What are Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) and How Can They Increase Nursing Students' Study Skills and Improve Grades While Decreasing Attrition Rates?
Yvonne Azeltine, BSN, RN
Brenda Mister, EdD, MS, RN
Wor-Wic Community College

3. Outcomes of NSP II Faculty Recruitment and Retention Programs
Peggy Daw, DNP, RN-BC
Maryland Higher Education Commission

4. Increasing the Number of Baccalaureate Graduates Through the Deliberate Implementation of a Simulation Model
Judith Feustle, ScD, RN
Stevenson University

5. Thinking Skills Students Need to Excel in the Clinical Setting
Jennifer Fritzges, DNP, RN, CNE, CNEcl
Nancy Perry, DNP, RN, CNE
Carroll Community College

6. The Value of DNP Projects Through Hospital Partnerships
Bridgitte Gourley, DNP, FNP-BC
Cathaleen Ley, PhD
University of Maryland School of Nursing

7. Characteristics and Effects of Mobile Technology-Integrated Worksite Health Promotion Programs on Body Weight and Composition: A Systematic Review
Myeunghee Han, MS, RN
Carla Storr, ScD, MPH
Kelly Doran, PhD, RN
University of Maryland School of Nursing

8. Preliminary Evaluation of a Web Resource to Address the Nurse Educator Shortage
Abigail Johnson, BA
Lisa Seldomridge, PhD, RN, CNE
Judith Jarosinski, PhD, RN
Kayna Freda, EdD, RN, CMSRN
Salisbury University School of Nursing

9. Increasing Minority Nursing Student Academic Success Through Faculty Mentorship
Pawn Johnson-Hunter, MS, RN
Maija Anderson, DNP, APRN
Morgan State University

10. Impact of Length of Stay on Recovery Measures Among Homeless Men in Faith Based Addiction Treatment
Mary Lashley, PhD
Towson University

11. Promoting a Healthy Collegial Work Environment in Academia
Jennette Logan, DNP, RN
Maija Anderson, DNP, RN, CNE
Malliga Jambulingam, PhD, RN
Morgan State University

12. Nursing Pathways to Higher Education: High School to Associate to Bachelor Degree in Nursing
Kaycee Rump, MSN
Anne Arundel Community College

13. Create a Culture of Lifelong Learning
Laura Schenk, MS, RN, CNE
Harford Community College and Cecil College

14. The Post Doctorate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate
Debra Scrandis, PhD, FNP-BC, FPMHNP-BC
Charon Burda, DNP
University of Maryland School of Nursing

15. Nursing Dual Enrollment Program (N-DEP)
Joice Stokes-James, MPA, BSN, RN
Maija Anderson, DNP, RN, CNE
Morgan State University
Vanessa Fahie, PhD, RN
University of Maryland School of Nursing

16. Building Capacity to Increase RN Workforce in Maryland: P-TECH Nursing Pathway
Nina Trocky, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNE
Linda Murray, DNP, CRNP-Ped
University of Maryland School of Nursing

17. Video Monitoring Technology as the Fall Prevention
Yelena Tuerk, MBA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

18. Training Nurse Faculty for the Future: Students’ Perspectives and Lessons Learned
Kyra Waligora, BSN, RN
Athena Ford, PHN, RN
Nadia Andrade, MSN, AGACNP-BC
Hae-Ra Han, PhD, RN, FAAN
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

19. Maryland Nursing Workforce Center
Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN
University of Maryland School of Nursing

20. ATB: Helping to Create a Nursing Workforce Prepared to Advance the Culture of Health
Karen Wons, MS, RN, CNE
Community College of Baltimore County

The 2015-2017 Maryland Action Coalition Strategic Plan

VISION: Maryland will have progressive educational programs that cultivate a highly skilled nursing workforce to participate in the implementation of long-term sustainable change within health systems and allows diverse populations access. We envision a health care system where all Marylanders have access to high-quality care in which nurses are contributing to the full extent of their capabilities as vital members of a health care team providing exceptional patient care across the lifespan.

Future of Nursing Pillars
Advancing Education Transformation

Transform and advance nursing education and promote lifelong learning.

  • Expand statewide nurse residency programs to non-hospital settings.
  • Close the gap in achieving 80% BSN educated nurses in practice settings by 2020.
  • Explore the current state of doctoral education in Maryland and make recommendations for increasing PhD and DNP prepared nurses.
  • Increase the awareness of certification options as a means of continuing education and professional advancement.
  • Facilitate dissemination of NSP II outcomes, best practices, and lessons learned.
Removing Barriers to Practice and Care

Explore and remove barriers to nursing practice and care.

  • Remove barriers to conform to the NCSBN Model Nursing Practice Act and Model Nursing Administrative Rules.
  • Identify and remove legislative, regulatory and private industry barriers to APRN practice and care.
  • Identify and remove barriers to registered nursing practice and care.
Nursing Leadership

Advance nursing leadership among all Maryland nurses across diverse settings and populations.

  • Explore partnering opportunities to foster nurse leadership development.
  • Nominate qualified MDAC members for state and national leadership programs.
  • Promote Maryland nurses participation in NSP II academic and practice leadership programs.
  • Identify and recommend nurses for local, state and national boards and commission opportunities.
  • Identify and disseminate information on nurse leaders who are serving in key board positions in Maryland.
Workforce Data

Improve the collection of health care workforce data to better assess and project workforce requirements in Maryland.

Contacts for 3 Working Groups

Advancing Education Transformation:

Linda Cook, Chair:, 410-706-2771

Removing Barriers to Practice and Care

Veronica Gutchell, Chair:, 410-706-4945

Nursing Leadership

Patricia Travis, Chair:, 410-361-8340

Information and Resources

MDAC Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan

MDAC Membership Form

MDAC 2015-2017 Strategic Plan

For more information please visit the Maryland Action Coalition website