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Dear Reviewer,

You have been asked by an applicant to the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s Supporting Professional Advancement in Nursing (SPAN) Program to provide a recommendation evaluating their nursing school academic and/or clinical performance, or their professional work experience. The SPAN program is a competitive opportunity available exclusively to talented pre-licensure JHSON nursing students who intend to pursue advanced graduate studies in nursing in the near future. The program begins with the final clinical practicum experience and continues for 3 years. If selected, program participants will complete their Integrated Clinical Management: Synthesis Practicum (Synthesis) course at one of four partner sites. Upon successful completion of their pre-licensure degree and passing the NCLEX exam they will be hired by their Synthesis practicum site and begin full-time work as a staff nurse in the nursing service area in which they completed their practicum.

Applicants must meet all hiring criteria established by the employer and must commit to working for at least 1 year full-time* on their unit, followed by two years of employment either part-time, or with the option of continuing to work working full time on the unit. During their first year of employment the applicant will apply to a graduate nursing program and will be expected to attend graduate school full or part-time while working during years 2 and 3 of the program. Upon completion of the program, participants will have obtained an advanced graduate degree or certificate in nursing.    

Please compose a letter of recommendation for the applicant and save it as a word document. Next, take a moment to assign numerical ratings to the qualities and skills listed below providing an honest assessment of the applicant’s abilities as you have observed. Lastly, upload the letter of recommendation file and click “submit.” Please note: 1) rating forms and recommendation letters may be shared with students , and 2) you will receive a confirmation email from me within one business day of your recommendation being received. If you do not receive a confirmation email from me, your recommendation was not received. In that case, please contact me. The deadline to submit SPAN Program recommendation letters is midnight, October 17, 2019. If you have any questions about the SPAN Program, the recommendation letter process, or this form please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your time.


Sarah S. Firestone, MSW
SPAN Program Manager

*SPAN Participants placed at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center work for two years full-time with the option of part-time work in their third year of employment.

Please complete this form and upload your recommendation letter before hitting submit. If you have any questions, contact Sarah Firestone (
Please provide a numerical rating based on the applicant's academic performance and clinical nursing skills.
(Poor/ 1------2------3-----4-----5 \Excellent), n/a = Did not observe/Cannot assess
1. Critical Thinking*
2. Clinical Performance*
3. Academic Performance*
4. Academic Aptitude*
5. Ability to interact with peers*
6. Ability to interact with patients/families*
7. Accountability*
8. Professionalism (attendance, punctuality)*

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