observes a nursing graduate student participating in a “train-the-trainer” Parents Project workshop at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. He and his colleagues—a Baltimore City school teacher, a child psychiatrist, and a pediatric nurse practitioner—are learning the skills to teach parents of at-risk children how to build healthy, strong families.
The student’s group finishes their role-playing assignment and turns to a wall of video screens. They begin to interact with other workshop participants who are participating in real time from locations around the world: the social workers helping parents and children in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane; the nurses and physicians healing the wounds of children and families in a war-torn country; and an interprofessional mix of pediatric care professionals at hospitals and other health care settings.
This interactive, multi-site long distance learning workshop will be one of many academic and continuing education and community-building opportunities offered in the multi-purpose rooms of the new Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing building. Through state-of-the-art learning technologies, the Hopkins nurses of today and tomorrow will meet, teach, and learn from health care colleagues and citizens of local and international communities. Here is where global and community-public health nursing will intersect to create the possibilities that will forever change lives and the world.