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Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN

Dean, School of Nursing
Patricia Davidson
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Patricia Davidson is one of the most influential deans of nursing in the U.S. Since joining the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in September 2013, she has introduced a new degree program (Master of Science in Nursing: Master's Entry into Nursing), doubled the school’s PhD program intake, and increased engagement with communities locally, nationally, and internationally. A global leader in cardiac health for women and vulnerable populations, Davidson has an established program of research in supporting individuals living with chronic conditions and developing innovative models of transitional care. A primary objective of her work has been to improve the cardiovascular health of underserved populations through development of innovative, acceptable, and sustainable initiatives internationally. Since 2003, Davidson has secured over $10 million in competitive research grants from national and international funding bodies and co-authored 320-plus peer-reviewed journal articles, 20 book chapters, and more than 100 peer-reviewed abstracts. She has mentored more than 35 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and is an editor of Circulation, Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, the International Journal of Nursing Studies, Collegian, and the Journal of Nursing Management. She is on the editorial boards of a number of other scholarly journals.
Davidson is Counsel General of the International Council on Women's Health Issues and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International’s Institute for Global Healthcare Leadership Advisory Board. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Heart Association, the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, and the Australian College of Nursing. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, she was director of the Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care at the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia) and professor of Cardiovascular Nursing Research at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Cardiovascular care, transitional care; underserved populations

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  • Publications

    “Eureka Moments (2016). Patricia Davidson, Huffington Post.

    Davidson, P., Rushton, C., Dotzenrod, J., Godack, C., Baker, D., Nolan, M. (2016). "Just and Realistic Expectations for Persons with Disabilities Practicing Nursing." AMA Journal of Ethics.

    Ferguson, C., Inglis, S., Newton, P., Middleton, S., Macdonald, P., Davidson, P. (2016). "Multi-morbidity, frailty and self-care: important considerations in treatment with anticoagulation drugs. Outcomes of the AFASTER study."

    Daly, J., Sindone, A., Thompson, D., Hancock, K., Chang, E., Davidson, P. (2002). “Barriers to participation in and adherence to cardiac rehabilitation programs: A critical literature review. Progress in Cardiovascular.

    Davidson, P., Daly, J., Hancock, K., Moser, D., Chang, E., Cockburn, J. (2003). “Perceptions and Experiences of Heart Disease: A Literature Review and Identification of a Research Agenda in Older Women.” European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

  • Research
    • Cardiovascular care
    • Palliative care
    • Underserved populations
  • Awards and Honors

    2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers

    2016 Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence—Global Category

    2015 Mometrix Most Influential Dean of Nursing in the United States

    2014 Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Newcastle, Australia

    2013 Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Wollongong, Australia

    2013 Fellow of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nursing Association

    2013 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

    2013 Fellow of the American Heart Association

    2012 University of Technology Sydney Researcher Development Award, Vice Chancellors Awards for Research Excellence

    2012 Finalist, Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers

    2012 Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

    2007 Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing

    2007 Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Cardiovascular Nursing Lecture

    2006 President, International Council on Women’s Health Issues

    2005 University of Western Sydney Vice Chancellors Commendation for Teaching and Post Graduate Supervision

    2003 Affiliates Prize Winner, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand

    2002 Membership of Sigma Theta Tau International—Xi Omicron Chapter

    2000 Nuffield Trust Clinical Leadership Scholarship

    2000 Nurse of the Year, St George Hospital, Kogarah

    1998 Heart Foundation Community Heart Week Award

    1980 Wollongong Hospital Gold Medalist