Nursing Grand Rounds Go Virtual

Nursing Grand Rounds Go Virtual

Written by Diana Baptiste, Miki Goodwin, Katie Damaroda, and Rebecca Wright

Among the happy memories and groundbreaking initiatives throughout Dean Patricia Davidson’s legacy, a lesser-known innovation is the Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds Series.


The monthly lecture was formed as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold across the nation, through a collaboration with Dean Davidson, Miki Goodwin, Diana Baptiste, Rebecca Wright, and Katie Damaroda, Director of Alumni Relations and Development Projects. With in-person meetings unsafe, the team identified online resources to bring together the clinical and academic health care provider community, aiming to uphold the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s commitment to interprofessional, lifelong learning through innovation and excellence.

The team carefully planned the Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds Series, with each session following the American Nurses Credentialing Center guidelines—including objectives and evaluations. And when the series launched in September 2020, they were able to award attendees continuing nursing education (CNE) credits, in collaboration with the Institute of Johns Hopkins Nursing (IJHN). Since then, the Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds Series has hosted lectures by interprofessional educators, researchers, and practitioners from the Johns Hopkins Health System and beyond.


The History of Grand Rounds

Historically, physicians have used grand rounds to present patient case studies and share information that will improve clinical practice. In last couple of decades, nursing grand rounds have become increasingly popular, providing nurses with continuing education and a forum to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in interprofessional care and evidence-based practice.  Additionally, health care organizations often use nursing grand rounds as a tool for professional development, to build nurses’ research capacity, and to enhance communication and collaboration within interdisciplinary teams. The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is working to fulfil these same goals while fostering clinical, academic, and community partnerships.

In today’s health care environment, virtual nursing grand rounds provide an opportunity to collaborate, learn, and generate lively discussions on situations we may not otherwise experience. Through this nursing grand round series, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing aims to foster lifelong learning within the scientific nursing community, promote positive patient outcomes, and strengthen the voice of clinical nursing.


Watch the Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds


Diana Baptiste, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. A registered nurse for more than 19 years, she specializes in cardiovascular health care and prevention in underserved populations. Her research and scholarship are focused on improving self-care behaviors among adults living with cardiovascular disease. In Sigma Nursing, she is the immediate past president of the Nu Beta at-Large chapter and currently serves as North America Region 12 coordinator.

Miki Goodwin, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE


Miki Goodwin, PhD, MS, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, FAAN is the Associate Dean for Clinical Practice at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Dr. Goodwin has experience in establishing and matching clinical placement opportunities that bolster and reinforce the concepts, theory, and research culture learned in academia. She is involved in transition programs for new nurses and established a curriculum-to-career fellowship for new nurse practitioners. She has served as both a chief nursing officer and a university dean overseeing nursing and allied health sciences programs. Dr. Goodwin is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Wharton Executive Leadership Fellow; her career highlights include establishing two Centers for Nursing Excellence at large regional health care systems, serving as an evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and volunteering as VP of Johns Hopkins’ Nu Beta At-Large Chapter of Sigma Nursing.


Katie has been a member of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Development and Alumni Relations team since 2017. As Director of Alumni Relations and Development Projects, Katie leads the school’s alumni engagement initiatives and special development-led projects, and supports the school’s fundraising goals. Prior to joining JHSON, Katie worked in the non-profit sector leading a nationwide scholarship program. She received her Bachelor’s Degrees in Marketing & Advertising at Rider University and received her Master of Business Administration Degree in Data Analytics at University of Baltimore in December 2020.


Rebecca Wright, PhD, BSc (HONS) is an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. A palliative care specialist, her research is based on the clinical challenges she has witnessed among patients, families, and emergency staff. Dr. Wright’s work continues on improving the delivery and experiences of palliative and end-of-life care, with a focus on older people, family caregivers, emergency care, and dementia.

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