About R³

R³ – the Renewal, Resilience and Retention of Maryland Nurses InitiativeThanks to an NSPII grant our goal is to renew, retain and amplify the resilience of nurses throughout Maryland – students, educators and nurses in all specialties and roles through a culture of ethical practice.

The NSPII grant will support us in developing and implementing a statewide initiative for academic faculty, nursing students, Nurse Residency Program educators, and novice nurses to strengthen the resiliency curriculum before and after graduation. This trans-institutional academic/practice collaboration will address root causes of burnout and disengagement to improve well-being, strengthen the bridge from education to practice, and increase retention. Collaboratively with national and state stakeholders, universities and hospitals in Maryland, we will create statewide communities of practice to share best practices and to sustain their dissemination and optimization.

This is an inclusive, collaborative learning lab where some of the most ground-breaking, innovative and impactful models of resilience will be shared. Throughout this site you will find best practices, research, papers, and insights to pave the way for the culture of ethical practice nurses throughout Maryland need to flourish. Please join us – we want you in it with us!


Our Partners

Robert Atkins, PhD, RN, FAAN
Executive Vice Dean, Faculty Associate
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Maija Anderson, DNP, APRN, SAMFE   
Director, Nursing Program, School of Community Health and Policy
Morgan State University

Mandy Bounds, DNP, MSN, RN, CPQH, CCRN
Chief Nursing Officer
Atlantic General Hospital & Health System

Elizabeth Crusse, DNP, MA, RN, CNE
Assistant Chairperson/Clinical Associate Professor
Towson State University

Mary Kay DeMarco PhD, RN, CNE
Nursing Program Director
Community College of Baltimore County

Karen E. Doyle, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services &
Chief Nursing Officer
University of Maryland Medical Center

Kathryn Fiddler, DNP, MBA, RN
Interim Chief Nursing Executive
Vice President Population Health
Tidal Heath Peninsula

Dorna Hairston, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Director of Nursing Practice, Education, and Research
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing
University of Maryland

Hayley Mark, PhD, RN, FAAN
Chairperson of Nursing Department
Towson University

Nancy Norman-Marzella, DNP, MSN, NP, RN, CNE
Dean, Health and Human Sciences
Cecil College

Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, CENP, FAAN
Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer
University of Maryland Medical Center

Joan Tilghman, Ph.D. RN, CRNP, WHNP-BC, CNE
Interim Dean, School of Nursing and Chair, DNP Program
Coppin State University

Debra Webster, EdD, RN-BC, CNE
Professor and Interim Director, School of Nursing
Salisbury University

Jennifer Zipp, DNP, MS, RN
Nurse Residency Program
Maryland Nurse Residency Collaborative


  • Holly Carpenter, BSN, RN
    American Nurses Association

  • Sue Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN,
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  • Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN
    American Nurses Association

  • Shawn Kennedy, MA, RN, FAAN
    American Journal of Nursing

  • Ramon Lavandero, RN, MA, MSN, FAAN
    American Association of Critical Care Nurses

  • Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN
    National League for Nursing

  • Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MS, CPPS
    Institute for Healthcare Improvement

  • Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
    The Ohio State University

  • Daniel Pesut, PhD, RN, FAAN
    University of Minnesota

  • Cynthia Sweeney, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN
    DAISY Foundation

Meet our Team
Cynda H. Rushton
Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics

Dr. Cynda Hylton Rushton, an international leader in bioethics and nursing, is the Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the School of Nursing, and co-chairs the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Ethics Committee and Consultation Service. A founding member of the Berman Institute, she co-led […]

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