This section contains short biographies of our nurse practitioner (NP) leadership team. These Clinical Program Managers provide mentoring, organizational support, and leadership to the nurse practitioners in these areas. In addition, these NPs will address collaboration and offer support to our physician colleagues who request additional advanced practice personnel and ongoing collaboration for patient care. They will also partner with the managers of the nursing care units where they provide care to assure collaboration and education of the nursing staff.
Clinical Program Manager and Lead NP for Neurocare
Colleen Casey is originally from NJ. Colleen obtained her undergraduate degree at York College of PA with a BSN in Dec 1997. She moved to MD to work as an RN in the Shock Trauma Center, one year in the Neurotrauma IMC and then 6 yrs in the Neurotrauma ICU. During this time Colleen was attending graduate school at University of MD SON. In Dec 2004 Colleen graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing with a Masters in Nursing specializing in Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Nursing. Colleen is now an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist. Colleen worked with Neurosurgery in trauma as an ACNP for 2 years. In 2007, she spent a year at Johns Hopkins working in the Neuro ICU. In the Summer of 2008, Colleen returned to UMMS to develop an NP program in the NeuroCare ICU, where she continues to work. The NeuroCare ICU cares for patients with neurosurgical and neurological disease processes. We have 3 NP's in the unit and plan to expand our model to 5 NPs in the near future.
Colleen Casey, CRNP
Clinical Program Manager and Lead NP for NICU
Jennifer Fitzgerald is a senior member of the NNP team in the NICU. She has worked as a neonatal nurse practitioner at UMMC since 1999. She has held the acting co-coordinator of Neonatal NP’s, held NP positions at Mercy Medical Center as well as worked as a neonatal transport nurse within UMMC and Johns Hopkins Hospital. She received a MS in Nursing from the University of Maryland SON in 1999. She has been a clinical instructor in Nursing for Salisbury University from 2000-2006. Jen’s vision for neonatal advanced practice will be instrumental as we develop new areas of support for advanced practice in the NICU. She has spoken nationally and internationally about neonatal care.
Jennifer Fitzgerald, CRNP
Clinical Program Manager and Lead NP for the CSICU
In May of 1999, Robby received an AAS in Nursing from Cayuga Community College located in Auburn, New York. Upon graduation he began his career as a staff nurse in a general medical / surgical intensive care unit at a community hospital, while simultaneously pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Nursing at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. After graduating, Robby relocated to Baltimore to attend graduate school at the University of Maryland. While in graduate school he worked as a staff nurse in the cardiac surgery intensive care unit (CSICU) at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Shortly after graduation in December of 2004, he joined the first group of Nurse Practitioners to solely work in the CSICU. Today, there are 10 Acute Care Nurse Practitioners who provide care to a complex population of cardiac surgery patients 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Robby and his team manage the complex needs of a variety of patients who may require coronary artery bypass grafting, valve surgery, heart and lung transplant, or ventricular assist device support.
Robby Klawitter, CRNP
Clinical Program Manager and Lead NP for Medical ICU
Susan Otremba is the lead NP of the MICU team and partner with Carmel in the development of new NP models in medicine. Susan is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner who has worked in the MICU since its move to 7 Weinberg. She received a MS from University of Pennsylvania. She has worked at JHH, Medical College of PA, University of PA, working with post surgical cardiac patients and MICU patients. Susan has great insight and passion for the MICU population. She is a great mentor, often taking ACNP students in the MICU for clinical rotations.
Susan Otremba, CRNP
Clinical Program Manager and Lead NP for Surgical Services
Carolyn Ramos began her nursing career in a Level II trauma center, first on a surgical floor, then in a combined medical/surgical ICU. Deciding to return to school to pursue her Graduate Degree, she worked part time in the PACU and as a clinical instructor for undergraduate nursing. Carolyn helped to open the Surgical Intermediate Care Unit (SIMC) and became one of the first Unit-based Nurse Practitioners here at University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Since its inception, 8 years ago, the SIMC has proven to be a successful and efficient unit, offering continuous hemodynamic and cardiac monitoring of post surgical patients. In addition to admitting and providing care to this population of patients, she acts as a clinical resource and provides educational opportunities to the nurses on the unit. She is currently researching the "Perceptions of the Unit-based NP from Staff and Physicians" and will be presenting the outcome data at a local conference in November with plans to publish the findings in the near future. She also offers support to the Moderate Sedation Team during MRI scans.
Carolyn Ramos, CRNP
Clinical Program Manager and Lead NP for Cardiology
Kim Reck is the Clinical Program Manager of Nurse Practitioners in Cardiology. Kim completed her post masters program as an Adult NP in 1989, and initially worked in an outpatient Hematology/Oncology role. She has worked in cardiology since 1992, developing several highly successful programs for inpatient and outpatient nurse practitioner practice, while maintaining an active clinical practice. She has been a Clinical Program Manager since 2003, and was one of the first to occupy that role in the University of Maryland System. She mentors new NP's and NP students, and is an instructor in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at University of Maryland School of Nursing. Kim effectively promotes her vision for advancing the role of the NP in cardiology services.
Kim Reck, CRNP
Division of Cardiology
Dr. Deborah Schofield
Clinical Program Manager and Lead NP for Specialty Areas
Dr. Deb Schofield is an experienced nurse practitioner. She recently earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Maryland. She is nationally recognized, well published and has worked in the areas of radiologic advanced practice, the PREP Center and the ED. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing. She won the Doctor of Nursing Practice Leadership Award, which is awarded to a DNP student demonstrating outstanding leadership skills in May 2009. She was mentioned in “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities”, May 2009. She was the winner of the Linda Strangio Editor’s Award for Excellence in writing and contribution to Radiology Nursing for her publication, “Carotid Trauma Bluntly”, published American Journal of Radiology Nursing, which was awarded at the American Interventional Radiology Nurse’s Conference in San Diego, California, March, 2009.
Deborah Schofield, DNP, CRNP
Specialty Area NP
Clinical Program Manager and Lead NP PICU
Shari Simone is an experienced pediatric nurse practitioner in the PICU, where she developed the pediatric critical care NP role. She has been an NP since 1995. She has published extensively and has both written and edited pediatric critical care chapters and textbooks. She was the author of an article on defining the role of the PICU NP in Critical Care Medicine and most recently has an article accepted in Pediatric Critical Care on post-graduate training for pediatric critical care NPs. She is an experienced researcher and is currently the PI on a sedation weaning study in the PICU. She is a DNP student and has a faculty appointment at the SON. She has taught in the AC PNP programs at the SON as well as the University of PA. Shari has a multitude of pediatric nursing experiences; she has worked at Johns Hopkins PICU, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and has had leadership positions in each of these.
Shari Simone, CRNP