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PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing Knowledge, Information Management & Sharing

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO) re-designated the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) as a Collaborating Center for Nursing Knowledge, Information Management and Sharing. The JHSON is the first PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center concentrating specifically on nursing information and communication technologies. The CC engages in national and international activities that respond to nursing information, communication and knowledge management needs. We engage is a variety of activities and most of our communications and discussions occur with nurses throughout the world through the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery.

Our Collaborating Center hosts the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery (GANM) which supports the professional development of nurses and midwives through collaborative networking and education.  The GANM is an online community of practice that consists of more than 3000 professionals from all over the world.  The primary communication is via e-mail.  This allows for equitable access to the discussions regardless of internet bandwidth: we give nurses a global voice.  In addition to this, the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center has webinars hosted by global experts on topics such as maternal health, newborn health, technology, global clinical issues.  Webinars are structure with a 15-20 minute presentation and 10-15 minutes for questions and discussions. 



Patricia Davidson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing


Phyllis Sharps, PhD, RN, FAAN 
Associate Dean for Community and Global Programs, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Terms of Reference 2009-2012

  • Facilitate equitable access to information and scientific knowledge via appropriate and feasible technologies, for the promotion and support of global nursing and midwifery communities of practice and other ICT supported nursing activities.

  • Promote the development of the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery Initiative through facilitating and strengthening collaborative activities via ICT methodologies, including the leadership and maintenance of the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery (GANM).

  • Contribute to the growth, development and deployment of learning and informed online environments to improve nursing, health, and healthcare globally.

  • Collaborate in the planning, conduction and dissemination of nursing and patient-centered research to improve health and nursing care though collection and analysis of the data, information and knowledge of nursing practice.

About the Center

Collaborating Center Information

Resources for Global Nursing and Midwifery

GAMN Electronic Community of Practice

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