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Alumni Update From the Dean

Patricia Davidson

Dear Hopkins Nursing Alumni,

May is always a busy month for us given the number of activities associated with the end of the academic year. Perhaps one of my favorite is graduation and this year’s will be even more special given that we will be graduating our first MSN: Masters Entry into Nursing cohort. These are truly amazing students who will help make the world a better place, and their graduation marks a pivotal time in our school’s history. I thank all of you for your support over the past few years as we moved to an all graduate school. Like all of our graduates who came before, we will expect great things from them.  

The end of the academic year also offers a chance to reflect on our accomplishments and upcoming priorities, some of which I am pleased to highlight here.

New Building: We are now fully immersed in the design phase of our expanded building and major renovation project. At five stories tall with 41,000 square feet of space, the proposed addition serves as a place for students and faculty to collaborate and foster health care innovation. This new space will reflect openness, a stronger presence in the community, and a forward-looking interprofessional approach toward nursing education. We want you to be part of this exciting initiative so follow us at for updates.

Rankings: Once again our school was recognized as one of the best in the nation and the world. U.S. News & World Report ranked the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing as the #2 graduate nursing school program in its 2018 survey. We earned the #1 spot in three specialty areas, and our DNP program retained its #2 position from 2017. We were also ranked the #2 nursing school in the world by QS World University.

Global Impact: This year has also been a big year for us globally. In addition to our ongoing delivery of the first ever DNP program in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we hosted a group of 24 nurses from Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital for a clinical leadership program in Fall 2016. JHSON also hosted the 21st biennial International Council on Women’s Health Issues Congress from November 6 to 9 in Baltimore, and the annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health conference in Washington, DC, from April 7 to 9.

#WeGotThis: I was especially proud of #WeGotThis; a non-branded campaign featuring JHSON faculty and students aimed at changing perceptions of the nursing profession. The results have been amazing, with nursing schools around the world getting involved and expressing their excitement. For those who have not had a chance, please take a moment to watch the official video and behind the scenes footage, and share it on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #WeGotThis.

New Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Relations: Given our ambitious building project and expanding global reach, it was with particular excitement that we welcomed Akudo Annabelle Anyanwu, MD, MPH, as the Associate Dean of Development for the School of Nursing on May 15. Akudo brings more than 15 years of leadership experience in fundraising and global health programming, resource mobilization and advocacy to her new role. She is passionate about nursing and is looking forward to meeting all of you.

Dr. Marth Hill Retirement: Finally, as you may be aware, after more than five decades of service to the nursing profession, Dean Emerita Martha Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN, will retire at the end of this academic year. Her extraordinary career and accomplishments will be celebrated on June 7 at the school.  She was also the speaker at this year’s graduation, a fitting tribute to her and our first MSN students. If, like me, your career and life has been touched by Dr. Hill, please consider honoring her by giving a gift to the Martha N. Hill PhD Endowment Fund.

Thank you all for your continued engagement with our school and, as always, please continue to let us know how you would like to stay connected with your fellow Hopkins Nurses.  Have a wonderful and safe summer with your family and friends.




Patricia M. Davidson
Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing