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Maryland Action Coalition: Academic Progression Takes Several Pathways

Wiseman, Rebecca; Trocky, Nina M.; Travis, Patricia T.; Kirschling, Jane Marie

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000204

AIM The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the Maryland Action Coalition academic progression activities.

BACKGROUND Maryland is predicted to be one of four states that will experience a shortage of 10,000 or more registered nurses in 2025. The Maryland Action Coalition has committed to the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing recommendation that 80 percent of nurses be educated at the baccalaureate (or higher) level.

METHOD Various approaches to seamless academic progression are described. The Maryland articulation model was revised to reflect new academic models.

RESULTS More BS and BSN degrees have been awarded, and more employers have advertised a preference for RNs who have completed a baccalaureate degree.

CONCLUSION Maryland is developing a solid foundation to ensure that the state has a well-educated nursing workforce to meet the complex health needs of all residents.

About the Authors Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, is chairperson UMSON at Universities at Shady Grove and associate professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore. Nina M. Trocky, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNE, is associate dean for the baccalaureate program and assistant professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing. Patricia T. Travis, PhD, RN, is senior associate director clinical research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, and co-lead, Maryland Action Coalition. Jane Marie Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, is dean and professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing; director, Interprofessional Education Center; and co-lead, Maryland Action Coalition. For more information, contact Dr. Wiseman at

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

© 2017 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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