Black Hopkins Nurses Firsts

Sydnee Logan
By Sydnee Logan  | 
Black Hopkins Nurses Firsts

Meet three phenomenal Black nurses who we recognize as “firsts” in our school, across Johns Hopkins University, and even across the country.


Fannie Gaston-Johansson

Fannie Gaston-Johansson is professor emerita and the first American-American woman to be a tenured full professor at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gaston-Johansson is an internationally renowned nurse educator, researcher, and clinical practitioner who focused on health disparities and the sensory and emotional components of pain.


Gertrude Hodges

Gertrude Hodges is the first African-American graduate (1959) of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She provided decades of health care, teaching, and mentoring as she inspired generations of Baltimore nurses. Still an icon in our school, there is a scholarship founded in her honor by the Black Student Nurses Association.


Lauren Underwood

Lauren Underwood, the youngest African-American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives and a 2009 graduate of our school. Congresswoman Underwood co-founded and co-chairs the Black Maternal Health Caucus. She was instrumental in implementing the Affordable Care Act during her service at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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Sydnee Logan, MA is the Sr. Social Media and Digital Content Specialist for Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She shares Hopkins Nurses with the world.

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