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To celebrate the 125th anniversary of University of Maryland School of Nursing, Esther McCready was honored as one of the School of Nursing’s 25 inaugural Visionary Pioneers at a gala at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel on April 18, 2015. The Visionary Pioneer Award is given to alumni who have made a significant impact on—and contribution to— the field of nursing based on leadership, innovation or entrepreneurship. (Left to right) UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN; Esther McCready, MM, BM, DIN; and University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay A. Perman, MD.

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of University of Maryland School of Nursing, Esther McCready was honored as one of the School of Nursing’s 25 inaugural Visionary Pioneers at a gala at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel on April 18, 2015. The Visionary Pioneer Award is given to alumni who have made a significant impact on—and contribution to— the field of nursing based on leadership, innovation or entrepreneurship. (Left to right) UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN; Esther McCready, MM, BM, DIN; and University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay A. Perman, MD.

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