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Alumni Update From the Dean

Patricia Davidson

Dear Johns Hopkins Nursing Alumni,

I feel very fortunate to have such an accomplished and engaged group of alumni to help guide our school into the future. And until we meet next in person, I wanted to share a very brief update.

  • The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is the No. 1 graduate school of nursing for 2020 for its master's and DNP programs in the U.S. News & World Report rankings; and #4 position in the QS global rankings. We are also currently No. 1 for online programs, according to U.S. News. But we will rest on no laurels around here.
  • Our $45M building renovation continues, and the finished product won’t be just bricks and mortar. It will serve as an incubator for innovation and practice and provide the physical, intellectual, and emotional space to nourish and advance the organization’s mission and spirit. With this expanded footprint and forward-looking space plan, we will maximize the student experience, advance our competitive research edge, impact economic development in East Baltimore, and improve health care locally and globally.

    I invite you to take a look around at our building website,, to gain a clear understanding of our vision for the new building. Soon enough, you will be able to tour the new space, something we all look forward to while the jackhammers and tractors serenade us each day. When the dust settles, it will have been truly been worth the wait and any inconvenience.

  • We have added significantly to the leadership of the school, including associate and assistant deans with clear mandates to support and retain top faculty, guide clinical placements for our students, capitalize on our innovation, and "move the needle" on our diversity efforts, among other roles.

  • The celebration of our 130th Anniversary has provided many wonderful moments, perhaps some that may be recalled at our 260th. At every turn, it has provided us with an opportunity to look back and appreciate those nurses and leaders upon whose shoulders we stand today.

  • We are already looking forward to Alumni Weekend 2019 (October 3-5, 2019) and hope that you are making plans to join us in Baltimore for the fun and the memories.

    As always, I’m honored and humbled to lead this extraordinary school.



Patricia M. Davidson
Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing