Nursing at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

Nursing at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

Nursing at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

A group of nurses at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center stand together for a group photo and hold their hands in a heart shape. Everyone pictured is wearing a mask.

“Nurses are a unique kind. They have this insatiable need to care for others, which is both their greatest strength and fatal flaw.”

-Jean Watson, American nurse theorist and nursing professor


Pathway Designated logo - American Nurses Credentialing Center

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center is located just outside the D.C. metropolitan area in Prince George's County, Maryland. Our community hospital resides in Clinton, Maryland and serves into our nation's capitol beltway down into the southern peninsula. We are a 182-bed, full service hospital offering inpatient and outpatient clinical services in medicine, surgery, obstetrics, behavioral health, and oncology. Our newly renovated emergency department is one of the busiest in the region with more than 48,000 visits annually.

MedStar Southern Maryland is a Pathway to Excellence designated hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. As a Pathway to Excellence (PTE) nurse you can be an empowered and engaged nursing professional that implements evidence based practice by sharing your voice in one of our many collaborative governance councils. PTE designated hospitals have an affinity to elevate the standards of care and nursing performance to achieve optimal patient outcomes everyday, every time.

A Message from our Chief Nursing Officer:

Karen Wyche Latham

“As a member of the nursing profession at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center your career will be enriched with an opportunity to provide excellent care and compassion in an autonomous, positive practice environment alongside more than 500 RNs, CNAs, and APRNs.”

Karen Wyche Latham, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, Vice President, Nursing, and Chief Nursing Officer


Our Team 

  • Karen Wyche Latham, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CENP

    Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Nursing  

    Karen Wyche Latham

    Karen Wyche Latham, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, is the Vice President, Nursing, and Chief Nursing Officer for MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. 

    Karen came to MedStar Southern Maryland from MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where she served as the Senior Nursing Director for Resource Management. In this role, she was responsible for all Nursing Office operations, supplemental staffing and oversaw the RN, unit clerk and patient care technician float pools. Additionally, in 2015, Karen helped design the Biocontainment Unit, in response to worldwide concern about Ebola patients.

    Karen, who is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, spent a portion of her career at the renowned Cleveland Clinic before relocating to the Washington, D.C. area and beginning her career at MedStar Washington as a medical surgical nurse in 1995. Her experience includes perioperative services, Nursing Supervisor and Nursing Director of Capacity Management. In 2016, she was awarded a Nurse Manager Fellowship by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and the Leader of the Quarter Award from the MedStar Washington Hospital Center Board of Directors.

    Karen received her BSN from the University of Toledo, her MSN from George Mason University, and her DNP from George Washington University. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing.

  • Sunita A. Waddell, DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC

    Senior Director of Nursing Operations

    Sunita WaddellSunita A. Waddell, DNP, MSN, RN, is the Senior Director of Nursing Operations for MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. In this role, she serves as a nursing leader for the critical care units, inpatient medical units, and the behavioral health unit. She has direct oversight of the nursing critical care units. Prior to returning to MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Dr. Waddell served as the Director of Nursing Resources at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, with direct oversight of the nursing staffing office, bed management, patient care supervisors, and the float pool.

    Dr. Waddell’s primary background in emergency and trauma care led her to serve in director roles in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Florida. While serving active duty in the United States Air Force (USAF), she earned an Associate of Science degree in nursing from Prince George’s Community College. She later earned a Master of Science in Nursing, with a concentration in Nursing Informatics, from Walden University. Waddell returned to Walden University and obtained the Doctor of Nursing (DNP) in 2018.

    Dr. Waddell is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), Maryland Organization of Nurse Leaders (MONL), Maryland Nurses Association (MNA), Sigma Theta Tau, The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), and the Golden Key Honor Society. Dr. Waddell is also a member of the Maryland Emergency Response Team.

  • Lisa T. Hawksworth, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

    Lisa HawksworthLisa T. Hawksworth, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, joined MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center as the Senior Director of Nursing Excellence & Resource Management in December 2022. Lisa started her nursing career in 1993 at Washington Adventist Hospital on a medical-surgical floor. She joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) in February 1994 as part of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program. She advanced to Clinical Manager and Nursing Director roles over her 15-year tenure at MWHC. She has also served as Administrative Director of Critical Care Services at Mary Washington Hospital and then Corporate Director of Cardiovascular Services for Mary Washington Healthcare over her 4-year tenure. Prior to returning to MedStar, Lisa was the Senior Director of Nursing Operations at Inova Alexandria Hospital for 9 years.

    Lisa is a second-degree nurse and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology-Psychology from Wells College in 1989, her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from The Catholic University of America in 1993 and her Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from George Mason University in 2005. She completed her PhD in Nursing at George Mason University in 2023. She is board certified from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Nurse Executive, Advanced.

    Lisa is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the Maryland Nurses Association (MNA), and the Virginia Nurses Association (VNA); the American Organization of Nursing Leadership (AONL), Maryland Organization for Nursing Leadership (MONL) and Virginia Organization for Nursing Leadership (VONL). She is the current treasurer of Sigma Theta Tau International, Epsilon Zeta Chapter, and has served on the Chapter Board in various roles. 

  • Kristin Quade, MSN, RN, CNML

    Kristin QuadeKristin Quade, MSN, RN, CNML advanced to the Senior Nurse Director of Operations in 2022. Prior to that Kristin served as the Director of Emergency Services since 2018. Kristin started her leadership path as Assistant Director of Emergency Services in 2017 and a staff RN since 2008 at MSMHC. Ms. Quade serves as the Co-Chair of the Medstar Health ED Nurse Leaders Committee.

    She earned her Master's in Nursing Leadership in 2020 from Western Governor’s University. Kristin obtained her Associate Degree in Nursing from the College of Southern Maryland in 2008 and her BSN from University of Maryland University College. Ms. Quade obtained national certification as Certified Nurse Manager and Leader through the American Organization for Nursing Leadership in 2022. Ms. Quade is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), the American Organization of Nurse Leadership (AONL).

    Ms. Quade received the MSMHC Director of the Year award in 2021.

  • Jennifer F. Bierbaum, DNP, APRN-CNS, AGCNS-BC, GERO-BC

    Director of Nursing Practice and Innovation Pathway to Excellence Coordinator

    Jennifer BierbaumJennifer F. Bierbaum, DNP, APRN-CNS, AGCNS-BC, GERO-BC, is the director of Nursing Practice & Innovation at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. She joined MedStar Health in 2018 as a clinical nurse specialist for MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center and Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital with the responsibility of bringing the systemwide practice changes to the entity level. She also serves as the MedStar Health Nurses Improving Care for HealthSystem Elders (NICHE) program practice lead. In addition to these roles, she is also the Pathway to Excellence Coordinator for MSMHC.

    Dr. Bierbaum graduated from Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska with an Associate Degree in Nursing and later attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center School of Nursing where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees. In addition, Dr. Bierbaum attended the Wharton Nursing Leaders Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

    She is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) and on the board of Directors for District 9. Dr. Bierbaum is also a member on the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist (NACNS) and a part of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. She is a member of American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL) and Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Pi Chapter.

  • Maira E. Rodriguez, MS, RN, PMH-BC, CNE

    Maira RodriguezMaira E. Rodriguez, MS, RN, PMH-BC, CNE is the Executive Director of Behavioral Health at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. Ms. Rodriguez previously was the Chief Nursing Officer at Haven Behavioral Hospital in Albuquerque New Mexico. She has served in several responsible nursing roles in her 20 years at Northwell Health @ Zucker Hillside Hospital in NY. These roles include Utilization Review, quality and Risk Management, Assistant Nurse Manager, Nurse educator, Acting Director of Nursing Education and Professional Development. She was an associate professor at Farmingdale State College as well as adjunct professor at Molly College, Adelphi University in NY as well as Carrington College in NM.

    Maira earned her Master of Nursing with a concentration of nursing education from St. Joseph’s University and is currently in a DNP at the University at St. Augustine with completion date of December 2023. She is board certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (PMH-BC) from ANCC; she is certified as a Nurse Educator by the National League for Nursing and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.

    She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurse Association (APNA), The National League for Nursing (NLN) and the American Nurses Association.

  • Laura M. Ogle, DNP, CENP, CNE, CEN

    Laura OgleLaura M. Ogle, DNP, CENP, CNE, CEN is the Director of Nursing Professional Development. Prior to MedStar Health, Laura served in the United States Army for 15 years. She assumed various practice, leadership, and professional development positions in the emergency department throughout her time in service.

    She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Southern Indiana in 2022; she also completed a Master’s in Nursing Education degree from Grand Canyon University in 2014, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008, and an Associate Degree in Nursing in 2007. In addition to her administrative role, Ogle is also a Trauma Nursing Core Course and Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course instructor with the Emergency Nurse’s Association. She also volunteers as the Youth Coordinator at her church.

    Dr. Ogle is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Association for Nursing Professional Development, National League of Nursing, and Emergency Nurse’s Association.

  • Deborah Walker, RN, BSN, MHA

    Nursing Director PeriOperative Services

    Deborah WalkerDeborah A. Walker, RN, BSN, MHA, returned to MedStar at our Southern Maryland Hospital Center location as the Director of Perioperative Services in June 2017. Ms. Walker had previously worked for over 17 years in varied roles in the Operating Room at Medstar Washington Hospital Center. Prior to rejoining Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Ms. Walker served in Director roles within Perioperative Services in both hospital and Ambulatory Surgery settings around the Metropolitan Area.

    She earned her Master of Healthcare Administration from Warren University in 2009. In addition to her clinical and administrative roles, Ms. Walker is a member of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and with the Howard University Nurses Alumni.

    Ms. Walker is also a member of both Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Howard University Alumni Association and the Prince Georges County Alumni Chapter of Howard University.

  • Elizabeth “Shannon” Walters, MSN, RN, ATCN

    Nursing Director, ICU/CCU/IMCU

    Elizabeth Elizabeth “Shannon” Walters came to MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center in July 2023 to serve as the nursing director of ICU/CCU/IMCU.

    Shannon holds a BSN from the University of Maryland, School of Nursing and an MSN in Nursing Leadership/Management from Stevenson University. She holds an Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) certification.

    Shannon started her nursing career at MedStar Health in the Burn/Trauma stepdown unit at MedStar Washington Hospital center and later transferred to the Burn/Trauma ICU. In 2019 Shannon assumed the role of assistant nursing director for the Burn/Trauma ICU.

  • Robin Stinnie, MSN, RN

    Nursing Director, 2 South

    Robin Stinnie was officially named the nursing director of 2 South in July 2023.

    Robin holds a Master of Science degree in nursing, emphasis in leadership in health care systems from Grand Canyon University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

    Robin has progressed in her nursing career for the last 22 years at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, to include the role of interim nursing director, 2 South since April 2023. Prior to this, Robin served in the role of assistant nursing director on 2 South for 11 years.

  • Sherrie Burkholder, MSHA, BSN, RN-C, C-EFM

    Sherrie BurkholderSherrie Burkholder, MSHA, BSN, RN-C, C-EFM, is the nurse director for the Women and Newborns Center. Burkholder brings a career’s worth of expertise to MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. She started her nursing profession in 1983, primarily focusing on women’s services. In 1989, she began her leadership journey and has since achieved many commendable accomplishments.

    Before becoming a part of MedStar Southern Maryland, Burkholder served as the clinical education program manager for women’s services at Johns Hopkins Medicine Howard County Medical Center. Prior to that position, she held the role of unit director for women’s services at UPMC in Cumberland, Maryland, and contributed 15 years as an educator in women’s services at Shady Grove Medical Center.

    Burkholder is an active member and instructor for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, where she has been a speaker at the National and State-level conferences. She holds multiple certifications in her specialty to include AWHONN Intermediate & Advanced Fetal Monitoring Course Instructor Trainer, Neonatal Resuscitation Regional Trainer and Hospital Based-Instructor, and S.T.A.B.L.E. Instructor.

    She obtained a master’s degree in nursing from the University of St. Francis with a minor in Health Services Administration.

  • Karen Sue Tordesillas, MSN, RN

    Karen TordesillasKaren Sue Tordesillas, MSN, RN, joined MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center as interim director of nursing in Med-Surg Telemetry in April 2023. Since then, she has been named the director of the 2 East unit.  Karen started her nursing career in 1993 in the Philippines. Since that time, she has held prominent nursing roles in several hospitals, such as LPS Hospital Northwell Health (Sleepy Hollow, NY), NY Presbyterian Queens Hospital (Flushing, NY), HCA Florida Northwest Hospital (Margate, FL) Phelps Memorial Hospital Center (Sleep Hollow, NY), HCA Florida Kendall Regional Medical Center (Miami, FL), and HCA Florida Westside Regional Medical Center (Plantation, FL).

    Karen has served in various nursing roles including Clinical Nurse Manager, Clinical Coordinator, House Supervisor and Clinical Researcher—many of these in Med-Surg Telemetry. Before she joined MedStar Southern Maryland, Karen was interim clinical nurse manager of Med-Surg Telemetry at NY Presbyterian Queens Hospital. There, she oversaw a busy 57-bed unit and 106 FTEs.

    She has experience in organizational leadership, coaching, continuing education, quality improvement, patient safety and compliance—to name a few. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1993 from Central Philippine University, her Master of Science in Nursing Education from Mercy College in New York in 2009, and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration in 2010 from Mercy College. 

  • Niesha Harris, BSN, RN

    Niesha Harris, Nursing Director, 3 West

    Neisha HarrisNiesha Harris, BSN, RN, nursing director for 3 West, is a nationally certified critical care nurse (CCRN) who began her nursing career in the United States Army in 1996. During her 14 years of military service, she served two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan as an army combat nurse. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia. Harris not only brings a great deal of experience to her role, but her military service brings invaluable skills in crisis management, resilience, fortitude, and a commitment to patient care.


  • Toni Murray, DNP, RN, CENP, NPD-BC, CMSRN, CSM

    Toni Murray, Nursing Director, 3 East

    Toni MurrayToni Murray, DNP, RN, CENP, NPD-BC, CMSRN, CSM, brings extensive experience and expertise to her role as the Nursing Director of Medical Surgical Unit 3 East. With a career spanning over 18 years within MedStar Health, Toni's journey began in 2004 at MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals. Notably, she previously served as the Director of Nursing Professional Development at MedStar Southern Maryland from 2021 to 2022.

    Toni's academic background includes a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Maryland, School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Niagara University in NY. She began her nursing career at NYU Langone Medical Center in NY, where she excelled as a medical surgical telemetry nurse. Toni's clinical expertise spans various specialties, including cardio-thoracic ICU, emergency services, PACU, and nursing education. She holds certifications in executive nursing, nursing professional development, medical surgical nursing, and scrum master/agile methodologies.

    Beyond her professional accomplishments, Toni is actively involved in the nursing profession, contributing to numerous professional nursing boards, committees, and councils. Known for her commitment to patient advocacy, she serves her community through various organizational affiliations, embodying the values of compassionate care and leadership in healthcare.

  • Tressa Watts, MS, BSN, RN, CMSRN

    Nursing Director, 2 West

    Tressa WattsTressa Watts, MS, BSN, RN, CMSRN, joined MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center as nursing director of unit 2 West, a medical surgery unit primarily for patients on hemodialysis and general medicine conditions. Before joining MedStar Southern Maryland, Tressa was assistant nursing director at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where she began as a clinical nurse in 2006. In her early nursing career, Tressa was an LPN in a long-term care facility in Washington, DC.

    She has held various nursing roles, including coordinator of care plan meetings with patients and their families, charge nurse, and patient care manager. She also was chair of the nurse responder committee, where she helped to standardize policies and provided education around nursing processes. Tressa is known for her fair and approachable leadership style.

    Tressa received her BSN from Chamberlain University in 2014 and is a Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN), which she received in 2018 from the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. She obtained her associate degree as an RN in 2006 from the University of the District of Columbia.

Our Nursing Units

Explore Our Nursing Units/Specialties:

  • Emergency Department including a Behavioral Health Suite
  • Cath Lab/Interventional Radiology
  • PeriOperative
  • Intensive Care/Cardiac Care
  • Intermediate Care
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Mother/Baby
  • Special Care Nursery
  • Orthopedics/Oncology
  • Dedicated Cardiac
  • Cardiac Subspecialty
  • Neurology/Stroke
  • Renal
  • Behavioral Health


Why work at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center?

2023-24 MSMHC - Best Regional Hospitals, Washington DC Metro recognized in 7 types of care - US News and World Report

We offer:

  • Competitive salaries - to augment your base salary we also offer evening, night and weekend differentials, extra shift bonus, call-back bonus, preceptor bonus, charge nurse pay
  • Professional nursing ladder with five steps
  • Scheduling flexibility
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Hospital-sponsored educational advancement activities
  • Breastfeeding suites

Awards and Designations

U.S. News & World Report Regional Rankings

For 2023 – 2024, our team at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center was ranked a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report in both Washington, D.C., and Maryland, and was the only hospital in Prince George's County and in the southern Maryland region to receive this ranking. The hospital was also recognized as high performing in the following seven procedures/conditions:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke


Maryland Perinatal Neonatal Quality Collaborative - Silver and Gold Level award badgesThe Maryland Perinatal-Neonatal Quality Collaborative Awards

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center was recently recognized by the Maryland Perinatal-Neonatal Quality Collaborative (MDPQC) as a gold-level participant for our antibiotic stewardship initiative and as a sliver-level participant for our hypertension initiative. These awards recognize our hospital’s commitment to improving health outcomes for birthing people and newborns. 


MDPQC is a network of perinatal care providers and public health professionals working to improve health outcomes for birthing people and newborns through continuous quality improvement. The Collaborative provides participating birthing hospitals with educational resources, technical assistance and a platform for communication and sharing best practices.


2023 American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines award logoGet with the Guidelines: Stroke Quality Achievement Award

MedStar Southern Maryland received the American Heart Association’s 2023 Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.


Our MedStar Southern Maryland team also received the American Heart Association’s Target: Type 2 Honor Roll award. Target: Type 2 Diabetes aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.



Healthiest Maryland Business 2023 award badgeHealthiest Maryland Business Award

MedStar Southern Maryland continues to be recognized at a Healthiest Maryland Business in 2023. To receive this award, we had to demonstrate how we address wellbeing in programs, policies, benefits, and environmental strategies.



Coronary Intervention Excellence Award by Healthgrades

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center is proud to be a recipient of the 2024 Coronary Intervention Excellence Award, in recognition of our superior patient outcomes in coronary intervention procedures including angioplasty with stent. MedStar Southern Maryland was the only hospital in Maryland to achieve this recognition in 2024.

To receive a Specialty Excellence Award for Coronary Intervention, hospitals must demonstrate superior patient outcomes, including angioplasty with a stent. Within the Specialty Excellence Award recipient list, Healthgrades then further distinguishes the nation’s top hospitals for specialty care.



Baby-Friendly USA BadgeBaby-Friendly USA

MedStar Southern Maryland achieved the highly prestigious international Baby-Friendly designation after a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA, the organization responsible for bestowing this certification in the United States. This distinguished honor demonstrates that MedStar Southern Maryland is adhering to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. These standards are built on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, a set of evidence-based practices recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for optimal infant feeding support in the precious first days of a newborn’s life.


Blue and white circle logo - Pathway Designated - American Nurses Credentialing CenterPathway to Excellence Designation
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center was awarded the Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), an enterprise of the American Nurses Association. It is the first national nursing designation for the hospital and makes MedStar Southern Maryland the only hospital in the Southern Maryland peninsula to be Pathway designated. Additionally, MedStar Southern Maryland is the only hospital in Prince George’s County to receive this designation.

The Pathway designation is a global credential that highlights MedStar Southern Maryland’s commitment to creating a healthy work environment where nurses feel empowered and valued. Pathway nurses are engaged, resulting in higher job satisfaction, improved safety for both patients and associates, and better patient outcomes. The four-year designation also reflects the organization’s commitment to excellent patient care.


NICHE Exemplar Badge 2023Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) Designation
NICHE imparts principles and tools to stimulate changes in clinical practice to achieve
patient-centered care and helps nursing teams effectively meet the needs of older adult patients. MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center is a NICHE hospital with Exemplar level status. This is the highest level an organization can hold.

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Nursing Collaborative Governance Structure

Nursing Collaborative Governance Communication Structure

Nursing Collaborative Governance Structure

Schools of Nursing Collaborations

Nursing Student Clinical and Practicum Information

We are proud to have affiliation agreements with local and online colleges and universities. Student placements are delegated to the Nursing Administration Office and the Nursing Professional Development team. Our goal is to provide nursing students with an excellent learning experience while providing our patients with safe, competent care.

Service Excellence is a part of our culture at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. Our SPIRIT values explain our service requirements for associates and those who care for our patients. Please read our SPIRIT standards as our expectation is that students will adhere to these standards while caring for our patients.

Please contact the Nursing Education Department for any questions or concerns including required documentation prior to the start of all clinical and practicum placements.

Center of Nursing Excellence:

  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing Practice Innovation
  • Nursing Professional Development
  • Nursing Resource Management

Nursing Education and Career Development

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center offers a dynamic orientation and professional development team that takes ownership and pride in its commitment to provide programs that offer opportunities for professional growth and development for all our nursing associates.

We provide you with ongoing mentorship from orientation specialists and/or preceptors selected according to your needs and experience. After general nursing orientation, newly hired nurses begin work in their clinical areas alongside their preceptor. The orientation experience integrates application of clinical knowledge with psychomotor skills competencies, enhancement of clinical knowledge, computer-assisted learning, bedside care and patient assignments.

Opportunities for Professional Growth and Development include:

  • Certifications - we provide financial and educational support for professional certification
  • Nursing externship
  • Graduate nurse program
  • Vizient Nurse Residency Program
  • Professional Nursing Ladder/Career Advancement Program
  • Lippincott Procedures & Advisor, UpToDate, OVID, and MedStar Health elective learning platforms
  • Tuition assistance program through Bright Horizons
  • Preceptor and charge nurse workshops