Mariel Otter earned a Chesapeake Urology Scholarship in 2012 as she pursued a psychiatric nursing career. Since then, Mariel has volunteered in the Pediatric Psychiatric Unit at the University of Maryland (UMD) where she witnessed children shifting in and of inpatient services. As a result, she completed an evidence-based research project examining the effect of outpatient service accessibility after discharge in reducing recurrent inpatient psychiatric admissions.
Mariel is passionate about improving psychiatric care for pediatric patients. She has worked with detox and general psychiatry, as well as being a child nurse therapist conducting home and school visits on a child psychiatry mobile team. Mariel is currently pursuing a doctoral program to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Mariel recently wrote to us and shared, “I hope to work in the community in a program serving children and families in recovery from substance abuse.”