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Johns Hopkins Nursing Throughout The Years

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1889
Hospital Opens
Johns Hopkins Hospital
1889

Johns Hopkins Hospital

The Johns Hopkins Hospital opens in May 1889. At his death in 1873, Johns Hopkins left his $7 million estate, an enormous fortune at the time, to fund the hospital and its namesake university.

1889
Training School for Nurses opens
Nursing School Opens
1889

Nursing School Opens

Johns Hopkins Hospital Training School for Nurses opens in October 1889. Johns Hopkins: “I desire you to establish, in connection with the hospital, a training school for female nurses. This ... will enable you to benefit the whole community by supplying it with a class of trained and experienced nurses.”

1889
Hampton becomes first Superintendent
First Superintendent
1889

First Superintendent

Isabel Hampton Robb becomes the first superintendent of nurses and principal of the school. She would run Hopkins Nursing with military precision, creating a program that built excellent caregivers, leaders, and innovators.

1892
Alumnae Association formed
Alumnae Association
1892

Alumnae Association

The Alumnae Association of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Training School for Nurses is formed with 38 members.

1900
American Journal of Nursing
Publications Milestone
1900

Publications Milestone

M. Adelaide Nutting helps launch the "American Journal of Nursing," known for its evidence-based approach.

1904
Nutting becomes first RN
Maryland's 1st RN
1904

Maryland's 1st RN

M. Adelaide Nutting becomes the first registered nurse in Maryland. Part of the first graduating class in 1891, she later served as superintendent of nurses and principal, proving a worthy successor to Isabel Hampton Robb.

1914
World War I efforts
World War I
1914

World War I

Hopkins Nurses expand their reach globally through involvement with the American Red Cross and the United States Army Nursing Corps during World War I.

1926
Hampton House opens
Hampton House
1926

Hampton House

Hampton House, named for the first superintendent of the Training School, opens as a dormitory for nursing students. (In 1894, Isabel Hampton married Hunter Robb, an obstetrician at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.)

1950
Wolf connects university
'Professional Status'
1950

'Professional Status'

Director Anna D. Wolf insists, “If we want professional status [for nurses], we have to have a baccalaureate degree.” Her determination laid the groundwork for the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, opened in 1984.

1959
1st Black Graduate
1st Black Graduate
1959

1st Black Graduate

Gertrude Jones Hodges becomes the first African-American graduate. Still an active alumna, Hodges recently had a scholarship named in her honor.

1971
First Male Student Hopkins Nursing
Men in Nursing
1971

Men in Nursing

Herb Zinder and Jim Levya become the first male graduates. Zinder and son Matthew would later become the first father-son graduates of the school as well.

1984
School of Nursing opens
Baccalaureate Debuts
1984

Baccalaureate Debuts

The School of Nursing becomes a degree-granting division of Johns Hopkins University.

1987
Fellowships offered
Master's, Post-doctoral
1987

Master's, Post-doctoral

Master's and post-doctoral fellowship programs are launched.

1990
Accelerated program begins
Accelerated Program
1990

Accelerated Program

The Accelerated baccalaureate program begins. The program turns driven, high-achieving students into BS graduates in just 13 months.

1992
Sigma Theta Tau International
Sigma Theta Tau Chapter
1992

Sigma Theta Tau Chapter

Sigma Theta Tau approves the Nu Beta chapter at the school. Each year, exceptional students are invited to join the society, a tremendous honor. Nursing professionals who prove themselves as leaders also may be invited to join.

1992
Peace Corps
Peace Corps Fellows
1992

Peace Corps Fellows

The Peace Corps Fellows program welcomes returned volunteers, or RPCVs. Today, the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship offers financial assistance to RPCVs while helping them translate global experiences into careers as leaders in health care.

1993
First Doctoral program offered
1st Doctoral Program
1993

1st Doctoral Program

A doctoral program launches with five students. Today, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs prepare much larger cohorts of clinical and research leaders to advance the practice of nursing and improve health care locally and globally.

1994
Wald Established
Wald Center
1994

Wald Center

The Lillian D. Wald Center serves vulnerable populations by providing opportunities for student learning, faculty practice, research, and scholarship. Its namesake was a famed American nurse and social worker on behalf of women's and children's rights.

1998
Pinkard Building opens
Pinkard Building
1998

Pinkard Building

The Anne M. Pinkard Building, permanent home of the School of Nursing, opens across the street from Johns Hopkins Hospital. It is named in honor of the Baltimore philanthropist's service to and support of the university and Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.

2001
Dean Martha Hill
Dean Martha Hill
2001

Dean Martha Hill

Martha N. Hill is appointed dean, a position she will hold through early 2014. Her enduring legacy is growth of the campus, student body, curriculum, research funding, and global reputation of the school. JHSON earned its first No. 1 ranking under her watch in 2011.

2004
Peking Union Medical College
Chinese Partnership
2004

Chinese Partnership

The School of Nursing partners with the Peking Union Medical College to offer the first doctoral education of nurses in China.

2004
Church Home and Hospital alumni join Johns Hopkins Nurses' Alumni Association
Church Home Alumni
2004

Church Home Alumni

Nursing alumni for Church Home and Hospital join the Johns Hopkins Nurses' Alumni Association.

2007
Doctor of Nursing Practice established the School of Nursing.
DNP Established
2007

DNP Established

Doctor of Nursing Practice program established. The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing DNP program prepares students to lead health care innovations and influence policy at the highest organizational level.

2013
Dean Patricia Davidson
Dean Patricia Davidson
2013

Dean Patricia Davidson

Patricia M. Davidson, known globally as a researcher and mentor, takes the reins of the school. She oversees the launch of the MSN: Entry into Nursing Practice program and expands doctoral programs while leading the move back to No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report's rankings.

2015
MSN: Entry into Nursing
MSN: Entry into Nursing
2015

MSN: Entry into Nursing

Unlike traditional programs, the Master of Science in Nursing: Entry into Nursing Practice emphasizes leadership, global impact, quality and safety, and evidence-based interprofessional education.

2016
No. 1 Ranking
No. 1 Ranking
2016

No. 1 Ranking

The school once again earns the No. 1 spot for graduate schools of nursing as U.S. News & World Report releases its rankings for 2017.

2016
Saudi DNP Cohort
Saudi DNP Cohort
2016

Saudi DNP Cohort

A White Coat Ceremony in Saudi Arabia attended by Dean Davidson and several school faculty members officially welcomes the first Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Doctor of Nursing Practice cohort.