FROSTBURG — Kara Platt of Frostburg State University is one of 13 nurse faculty members who will receive a $10,000 Nurse Faculty Annual Recognition Award from the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Members of Maryland’s nurse faculty were recognized for their contributions in nursing education and their service to Maryland nursing students. Each recipient was nominated by a dean or director of nursing.

Platt is an associate professor in the nursing department and serves as the prenursing coordinator. She earned her bachelor’s in nursing at Shenandoah University, her master’s in health services leadership and management in nursing along with a teaching certificate in nursing from University of Maryland and her doctorate of nursing practice from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Platt has maintained her clinical skills working as a labor and delivery room nurse and also served as the nursing recruiter for the RN-BSN program at FSU. She completed her master’s degree online and views online learning as a great option for students to continue their education while maintaining employment and life commitments.

The Nurse Support Program II is funded through the Health Services Cost Review Commission.

“I am so proud of the outstanding efforts of MHEC’s NSP II program, which continues to create new programs that support and celebrate nursing faculty in Maryland,” said MHEC Secretary James Fielder. “This new recognition award offers an opportunity to publicly thank these important individuals who are making a difference in educating the next generation of nurses in Maryland.”

Other faculty award winners are from Carroll Community College, Harford Community College, Cecil College, Towson University, College of Southern Maryland, Community College of Baltimore County, Coppin State University, Montgomery College, Salisbury University, University of Maryland, Baltimore and Chesapeake College.

“The average teaching experience of the award recipients was 20 years and included 10 nominees with doctoral degrees and three nominees with master’s level preparation,” said NSP II Director Peggy Daw. “Also, 62% of the experienced faculty awarded holds a specialty teaching certificate or the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator credential.”

For more information on the awards, go to https://nursesupport.org/nurse-support-program-ii/grants/statewide-initiatives/-nurse-faculty-annual-recognition-nfar-/.

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