The Maryland Action Coalition serves as the driving force transforming health care through nursing in our state. Recognizing the important work already underway in Maryland and with a goal of long-term sustainable change, the Maryland Action Coalition leads the way to improve the health of the population.



Nurses play a tremendous role in delivering high quality health care. Our goal is to increase the number of nurses with higher degrees to make sure they are prepared and ready to provide 21st century care


The Maryland Action Coalition will advance pathways for a diverse nursing workforce to achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression, ensuring that nurses can deliver high-quality, patient-centered. Maryland recently received a statewide grant to streamline dual enrollment between associate degree and baccalaureate nursing programs.


Nurses bring a unique, important perspective to health care, higher education, business and policy leadership. Yet nurses are underrepresented as leaders in all industries, in Maryland and across the country.


We will utilize nursing education, student nurse associations, professional nursing associations and health care organizations to foster and facilitate leadership development.


Maryland regulations and state, county, or private sector policies are barriers to advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) practice and care in Maryland.


We are analyzing Maryland statutes/regulations to identify language that is not provider-neutral in order to expand consumer access to APRNs in Maryland. 

Interprofessional Collaboration

To ensure high quality, patient-centered care, nurses, physicians and other health professionals must collaborate in education and practice, and across all health care settings.


We are building partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including physicians and other health providers, to support, spread and implement models of interprofessional collaboration in education and practice.


Maryland’s population is becoming increasingly more diverse, and many residents have unique health care needs. The nursing workforce must evolve to reflect these changing dynamics.


We will work with our colleagues throughout the state to communicate the value of diversifying the nursing workforce to reflect the state’s population, while also looking to other successful programs as models for implementation.


Although several Maryland agencies collect data around the nursing workforce, data analysis is limited and does not inform future health care needs. 


We plan to establish a clearinghouse to identify, collate, and analyze state workforce data.



Jane Kirschling, Dean, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Patricia Travis, Immediate Past President, Maryland Nurses Association

Mary Kay Goetter, Executive Director, Maryland Board of Nursing

Neil Meltzer, President and CEO of Sinai Hospital and CEO, LifeBridge Health

Lynn Reed, Executive Director, Governor’s Workforce Investment Board

Kelly Nevins Petz, Past President, Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Lisa Kraus, VP of Care Management, CareFirst

Sherry Perkins, Past President, Maryland Organization of Nurse Executives and COO/CNO Anne Arundel Medical Center

MANS, President, Maryland Association of Nursing Students 

Stephanie White, Project Manager, Maryland Action Coalition  

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