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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

  • R³ Coordinating Council
    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


  • R³ National Advisory Board
    • 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
  • R³ Organizations


Meet Our Team 

Picture of Cynda Rushton

I stand for integrity and compassion for myself and others. The R3 initiative matters to me because nurses are the heart of healthcare~without their competence, compassion and courage the health care system is unsustainable. Yet, increasing numbers are exhausted, discouraged and questioning their career path. Nursing graduates report being unprepared for the realities of their roles and may not be able to sustain themselves in the profession despite intensive training. The initiative is designed to bridge the gap between academia and practice by preparing faculty and students to make resilience and ethical practice integrated into the fabric of nursing education before and after graduation. Nurses are a precious resource that must be protected and supported so that they can serve those in most need of their care.

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I stand for equity and empathy. The R3 initiative matters to me because it provides nurses the skills to take care of themselves in a profession that can be exasperating and exhilarating. The exasperation comes from the physical and emotional nature of our work that can be compounded by organizational resources or politics. In the military, we prepare our soldiers with the technical skills and equipment, but also, the mental fortitudes and skills. Likewise, we need to equip our nurses the with knowledge, skills, and attitude to be resilient in light of the challenges that are faced in health care delivery - and that training starts before deployment. Our faculty needs these skills as much as our students and nurses.

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I stand for healthy workplaces. The R3 initiative matters to me because if we want to have a sustainable workforce we need to make work healthy for students and employees.
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I stand for kindness and truth. The R3 initiative matters to me because I believe that everyone should have joy in their day and live their life to the fullest.

I stand for respect and responsibility. The R3 initiative matters to me because it is an opportunity to improve nurse well-being, work/life balance, and thriving.

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I stand for integrity and wisdom (each person’s truth) in myself and others. R3 matters to me because nurses do so much to care for us in our most vulnerable moments and I want to give back by supporting their resilience and well-being.

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I stand for compassion in myself and others. The R3 initiative matters to me because in our fast paced world, with life moving at breakneck speed, we are challenged with endless new stressors and opportunities. Oftentimes we forget to stop and notice the beauty and joy around us, we forget to appreciate the moment. Nursing is a calling and an art of caring. Helping others in their journey through life is an honor I am excited to work with the R3 team and members of our state to enrich ourselves and our profession.
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I stand for integrity and authenticity. The R3 initiative is important to me because I know that with tools to care for ourselves, we can authentically and most effectively, care for our patients and students. It helps to align who I am with what I do.