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Nursing Students Find Their Calling with P3

Written by: Mary Therese Phelan
Published on: Jun 3, 2022

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With graduation just around the corner, one thing University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) student John Vincent Adofina doesn’t have to worry about is the chaotic pressure of landing his first nursing job.

Thanks to the pilot Practicum to Practice Program, a partnership between UMSON and the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), Adofina knows this summer he will be reporting for duty on the Multitrauma Intermediate Care (MTIMC) unit on the fifth floor of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).

While his classmates are busily applying for jobs, Adofina said he has been focusing on his May 19 graduation and on preparing for his licensure exam. “It is a comfort knowing I already have a job waiting for me,” he adds.

The Practicum to Practice Program, also known as P3, provides a roadmap from UMSON’s senior practicum experience required for all fourth-semester BSN students, to a registered nurse position at an UMMS hospital. P3 offers UMSON students an opportunity to select their senior practicum placement and first job as a nurse.

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