Dear Johns Hopkins Nursing Alumni,
August brings such promise and energy to the school with the arrival of another academic year, but this August also has brought a bit of history. It seems like only moments ago that we welcomed the first-ever Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) cohort, whose members studied in Saudi Arabia and in Baltimore. Now, we watch them graduate, taking an expertise in data analysis, problem solving, system fixing, teamwork, insight, and quality nursing care into a health system that has been anxiously awaiting the DNPs’ arrival.
One day we will look back at this as one of the bright moments in our efforts at bringing Johns Hopkins Nursing to the world. But why wait? We are incredibly proud of the roles our faculty, leadership, students, staff, and alumni played in making this program a remarkable success. These graduates are truly gifted individuals whose work from here on out will enrich countless lives and, we hope, help change the nursing profession forever in the Middle East and beyond.
At home in East Baltimore, we are at this moment preparing to enroll our first nurses for a dual-degree DNP/PhD program. Its uniqueness stems from being a considerably shorter path to attaining both degrees (five years) and that it doesn’t require a nursing master’s degree. It’s the first program of this variety to be offered within a single school of nursing, not spread across other schools within a university. This means a seamless, cohesive, and efficient plan of education. We are thrilled to have alumnus Jason Farley, PhD, MPH, ANP-BC, FAAN, as director of this best-of-both-worlds approach. The first class will begin in Fall 2018.
Each of these doctoral-level nurses (as well as nurses at all levels of leadership) may one day be called upon to become preceptors. In fact, you can probably bet on it. We hope that they, and many more of you, will find a way to answer that call.
Health care is a team game after all. And serving as a preceptor, by shortening a new teammate’s learning curve, improves nursing but also creates colleagues who will have our backs as well as those of our patients. You’ve been there, of course. Few gifts could match the value of your time and experience as a nurse in helping the next generation live up the standards of Johns Hopkins Nurses.
In the meantime, watch for updates on construction plans and ways to support Building to Change the World, our $45 million plan to meet the needs of nursing in the decades to come. Also, save the dates for the annual Alumni Weekend and An Evening with the Stars. We look forward to seeing you. In the meantime, continue to enjoy your summer with family and friends.
Patricia M. Davidson
PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN
Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing