Who We Are

Nursing Education and Research Institute (NEAR Institute) is a non-profit organization incorporated and located in Maryland for the advancement of nursing education and research, nationally and internationally. Our purpose is to provide supplementary and continuing education programs and resources for nurses, especially advanced practice nurses, preparing them to work in primary care settings, particularly in rural and underserved populations.

Our Mission

NEAR Institute’s Mission is to provide access to nursing internship, advanced-practice nursing practicum, nursing residency, and other continuing education opportunities that enable nurses and nurse practitioners to strengthen their clinical skills and attitude for safe and high-quality professional nursing practice.

Collaboration & Clinical Sites

The NEAR Institute collaborates with many organizations and institutions on activities related to advanced-practice nursing practicum or internship, nursing residency, nursing research, consultancy, fundraising, curriculum development, and grant writing and implementation. Our main collaborating partner is Optimum Health Systems, Inc., an outpatient mental health center located in Baltimore Maryland. Here are the list of sites we partner with:


Director of Administration
2300 Garrison Blvd
Ste 104
Baltimore, MD 21216
Ph: 410 233 6200
Fax: 410 233 6201