Maryland

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.

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Education

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

Progress

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.

Leadership

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.

Progress

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

Practice

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

Progress

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.

Progress

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.

Diversity

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.

Progress

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.

Data

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

Progress

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

 

leadership

Jane Kirschling, Dean, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Patricia Travis, Immediate Past President, Maryland Nurses Association

Larry Strassner, Past President, Maryland Organization of Nurse Executives

Nancy Adams, President, Maryland Board of Nursing

Neil Meltzer, President and CEO of Sinai Hospital and Sr. Vice President, LifeBridge Health

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

Kelly Nevins, Past President, Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Lisa Kraus, VP of Care Management, CareFirst

MANS, President, Maryland Association of Nursing Students 

April Rai, Project Coordinator, Maryland Action Coalition  

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