Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Spring 2013 IssueBoy Oh Boy

Here at Johns Hopkins Nursing, we can tell the boys from the girls. Yet it might not have seemed so in the Spring 2013 issue. In our tribute to Dean Martha N. Hill’s tremendous accomplishments at the school, we assembled a lovely spread of charts, one of which, “Student Gender Diversity,” switched the symbols for male and female. Apparently dazzled by the colors, we didn’t notice the gaffe. John W. Payne, MD (’61), did notice. He is an ophthalmologist, but still… ouch.

We truly regret the error and will try to do better. In the meantime we’ll offer a thank you and a salute to John Payne (Honorary Proofreader No. 1) and Nicholas Cunningham MD, DrPH, another Hopkins alumnus who quickly pointed out the slip.

A corrected chart and an update on the growing percentage of male students at the School of Nursing are published elsewhere in the magazine. We’ve also got more on Dean Hill’s sendoff, a look at East Baltimore as the home for uncommon collaborations and, increasingly, more students who ignore the neighborhood’s reputation and instead embrace its charms, and lots more.

Please enjoy the new issue. And if something doesn’t look quite right, give us a holler.

Steve St. Angelo

The Only Choice

It was gratifying to see on the chart on page 7 in the Spring 2013 issue of Johns Hopkins Nursing that 96.5 percent of 2011 and 2012 graduates are currently employed. I do not, however, understand the statistic of 77 percent who obtained their first-choice position. How was that calculated? That statistic seems not to apply to my daughter ’12, and her cadre of friends because they accepted the only job they were offered. Perhaps they are not a significant percentile, but all of them graduated with awards or honors of some sort.

Since networking is now more than ever a crucial tool in the job search, it would be very helpful if you were to list the names of those 96.5 percent members of the 2011-2012 graduates, where they found employment, and in what capacity. It is an important networking tool for JHUSON alums, not only in the job search but in myriad other ways.

Jill Spiller
New York, NY

Editor’s Note: The employment statistics were based on preliminary data through March 1, 2013. Final analysis following the close of the 2012 employment survey in May shows that among all survey respondent, 75 percent answered in the affirmative to the question “Were you able to obtain your first choice in a nursing position?” We agree with Ms. Spiller that networking is a “crucial tool” and although these confidential responses cannot be shared, networking assistance is available through the Johns Hopkins Nursing Alumni Association. More information can be found at http://nursing.jhu.edu/alumni-giving/alumni/index.html or by contacting Alumni Relations.

Labor Strifes

In the Spring 2013 issue, I was inspired by reading about the work of Nicole Warren [PhD, MPH, CNM] with “matrones” in addressing excess maternal mortality in Mali [“Have Passport, Will Research,” page 18].
Having spent years working with auxiliary midwives in Nigeria, I was reminded of three lessons I learned:

  1. Since labor complications can happen to anyone and need to be referred, every community should be encouraged to create and maintain its own transport fund, so that any mother in trouble is afforded the means to hire whatever transport is available.
  2. Because so many moms are hard to reach, auxiliary midwives must be relied on to carry the load of outreach efforts. Few have the education needed for professional advancement but all require training and supervision.
  3. In our efforts to “upgrade” services we often forget the importance of maintaining the ratio of supervisory/training nurse midwives to auxiliaries, which should be at least 1:15-20.

Nicholas Cunningham MD (JHU ’55), DrPH (JHU ’77)
Professor Emeritus, Clinical Pediatrics and Clinical Public Health
Columbia University

We welcome all letters regarding the magazine or issues relating to Hopkins Nurses. Email 200 words or fewer to [email protected]. Letters will be edited for length and clarity.

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