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Alumni Update From the Dean

Patricia Davidson

Dear Johns Hopkins Nursing Alumni,

Every year, fall is an exceptionally busy period at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. While this can be daunting, I am always comforted by the fact that fall means alumni weekend and a chance to catch up with our exceptional graduates. I feel very fortunate to have such an accomplished and engaged group of alumni to help guide our school into the future.


I am delighted to provide this annual update which includes a number of very exciting accomplishments. As always, our achievements are the result of collaboration and hard work from across the Hopkins Nursing community. A few highlights include: 

  • #2 position in the U.S. News & World Report rankings; and #2 position in the QS global rankings.
  • Gained approval from the Board of Trustees to progress with our $45m capital works planning process; groundbreaking tentatively scheduled for fall 2018.
  • Executed transition to graduate education - our first MSN entry to practice class graduated in May 2017 with a 99% NCLEX pass rate.
  • Launched #WeGotThis Campaign – an internationally acclaimed marketing campaign to promote a contemporary profile of nursing.
  • Maintained position of highest NIH and federal research grant funding of schools of nursing.
  • Finalized the transition from Master’s to Doctoral programs for nurse practitioner students for launch in August 2017.
  • Secured the promotion of 6 highly qualified faculty to the rank of full professor.
  • Delivered the DNP program to the Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare cohort in Saudi Arabia, the first ever graduate nursing program to be delivered in the Middle East.
  • Developed a 2 week nursing leadership development course for Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital, and hosted a cohort of 18 students, adding an additional revenue stream for the school and we are looking to expand this model.
  • Chaired, with Makerere University, the 2017 Consortium of Universities for Global Health conference in Washington, DC.
  • Hosted the International Council on Women’s Health Issues meeting in Baltimore in November 2016.
  • Secured funding of more than $285,000 in total support for 18 PhD students from the Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars combined, commencing at the start of the 2017-18 academic year.
  • Completed renovation of the school’s property at 511 North Washington Street, Baltimore, adding square footage that will be exceptionally valuable during construction on the 525 North Wolfe Street campus.
  • Increased social media presence, highlighted by a twitter following of 17,300 (almost double the second-placed peer nursing school), and the highest number of Facebook page likes among peer nursing schools, at 11,048.
  • Leased space in Washington, DC at 1755 Massachusetts Avenue to increase our advocacy presence.
  • Continued to build faculty expertise and profile as demonstrated by the recruitment of Drs. Nancy Reynolds, associate dean for global, and Rita D’Aoust, assistant dean for teaching and learning.
  • Continue to lead in innovative clinical practice across the Johns Hopkins health system and beyond.
  • Finalized of a memorandum of understanding with the Carey School of Business for the DNP/MBA dual degree program.

 Our Building and Our Future

Last year, as I introduced our strategic plan, I detailed our goal to create an environment and space that inspires, connects and engages our faculty, staff and students and fosters healthcare leadership and relationships with our partners. This remains our most significant challenge – and opportunity – in the coming years.

Our building shouldn’t be just bricks and mortar. It should serve as an incubator for innovation and practice and provide the physical, intellectual, and emotional space to nourish and advance an organization’s mission and spirit. By expanding on our current footprint with a forward-looking space plan, we can 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 campaign website,, to gain a clear understanding of our vision for the new building, and to view some of the exciting architectural renderings. We’ll share more as plans firm up and we’ll be in touch about how you can help. It’s important that each of you have a handprint in this historic chapter in our proud history.

As always, I’m honored and humbled to lead this extraordinary school, and I look forward to an exciting year ahead.



Patricia M. Davidson
Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing