Facebook Live: The Future of Implementation Science

Sydnee Logan
By Sydnee Logan  | 
Facebook Live: The Future of Implementation Science

Facebook Live: The Future of Implementation Science brings together a panel of DNP Executive Track students at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to talk about implementation science and to learn about their transformative scholarship. What’s more, they work while pursuing higher learning, and are currently engaged in careers that push the boundaries of health care.

Moderating the discussion are Dr. Kim McIltrot and Dr. Brigit VanGraafeiland, faculty and administrators for the DNP program.



  1. Why DNP? What is implementation science?
  2. What’s the difference between PhD and DNP?
  3. Discuss your research problem.
  4. How has COVID impacted your research?
  5. Why did you choose Johns Hopkins? What opportunities and mentoring have you accessed here?
  6. How does implementation science impact nursing workforce’s sustainability?


Kim McIltrot

Kimberly McIltrot, DNP, CPNP, CWOCN, CNE, FAANP, FAAN has contributions to nursing that span clinical practice, advocacy, research, and international education. Her 30-year nursing career began in the Army, specializing in maternal-child health. As a lead nurse practitioner in pediatric surgery and wound, ostomy, and continence care at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for 18 years, Dr. McIltrot developed and implemented innovative practice programs and changes locally and internationally. She has advanced pediatric surgical nursing through the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association as founder of the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing. An internationally recognized expert on wound care, pediatrics, and pediatric surgery, Dr. McIltrot has written numerous journal articles and textbook chapters, presented internationally, and served as an expert consultant in Malta, the Middle East, and the U.S. She served as co-director of the first cohort of DNP students from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dr. McIltrot supports advanced practice students as instructor, mentor, and preceptor in a variety of courses and instructional methods. She earned her DNP in 2010 from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and received the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Associations Founders Award in 2014 for Excellence in Pediatric Surgical Nursing.

Brigit VanGraafeiland

Brigit VanGraafeiland, DNP, CRNP, CNE, FAAN has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for 30 years and a nursing educator for 20 years in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. She has practiced extensively in both rural and urban primary care settings and currently practices in pediatric urgent care in Eastern Baltimore. Dr. VanGraafeiland’s experience and expertise working with vulnerable and underserved populations give her a valuable perspective when teaching. Her scholarship focuses on improving outcomes for children in foster care, child maltreatment, and screening for human trafficking. She has also focused on using clinical simulation and standardized patients to enhance the advanced practice student’s critical-thinking skills and clinical acumen. She is the current director of the Helene Fuld Leadership Program for the advancement of patient safety.

Natalie Nicholson

Natalie Nicholson, APRN-CNP, IBC lives and works in Bemidji, Minnesota as a family nurse practitioner and Indigenous breastfeeding counselor (IBC), and has over 20 years of nursing experience. She works as a contractor for Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming, a nonprofit organization specializing in Anishinaabe maternal child health. In addition, she works in primary care for a tribal health program. She is a 2021 Bush Foundation Fellow and is in her final semester of the DNP Executive Track program at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing,. Her DNP quality improvement project is IBC: A Culturally Relevant Breastfeeding Intervention for Native American Mothers. She is Anishinaabe and Arikara, enrolled in The Three Affiliated Tribes in Fort Berthhold, ND.

Audrey Kleet

Audrey C. Kleet, MS, ACNP-BC, CCRN, NEA-BC is an experienced health care leader with a passion to improve care for patients suffering with advanced heart failure, including those who require heart replacement therapy such as mechanical circulatory support and cardiac transplant. She is the Chief Transplant Officer at New York’s Columbia University Irving Medical Center. In this role, her responsibilities are diverse and span programmatic clinical operations, development, direction, and care optimization for one of the nation’s oldest and most renowned heart transplant programs. Kleet holds board certifications as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP-BC), Certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN), and Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC). She is proudly pursuing a DNP/MBA at Johns Hopkins University.

JD Murphy

Jessica Dean (JD) Murphy, MS CRNP CPNP-AC CPHON CNE, is a Pediatric Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant nurse practitioner at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. She obtained her BSN from Stevenson University in 2008 and began her nursing career as a pediatric oncology RN before obtaining her MSN in Pediatric Acute Care Advanced Practice Nursing from the University of Maryland in 2012. She has since been employed as an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner, with experience in pediatric intensive care and pediatric hematology/oncology. She is currently a DNP Executive Track student at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and will graduate in May 2022. Her doctoral project focuses on optimizing nutritional support for children undergoing blood and marrow transplantation.

Chivas Guillote

Chivas Guillote, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, ENP-C, FNP-C, LP is a native of Spring, Texas and a DNP Executive Track student at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Chivas is a triple board-certified nurse practitioner, certified in Adult/Gerontology Acute Care, Emergency, and Family Practice. He started his clinical practice as a Paramedic in the 1990s and remains active in EMS today. Chivas serves as the Vice President of Clinical Services at Harris County Emergency Corps in Houston, where he manages the clinical practice of approximately 200 clinicians. Chivas is also an emergency department nurse practitioner in a small, federally designated critical access hospital in East Texas. His clinical background is in emergency medicine, helicopter and fixed-wing transport, critical care, 911 response, and special events medicine. Chivas obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where he is also faculty in the emergency nurse practitioner program.

Liz Hood

Elizabeth Hood, MS, MBA, APRN/CPNP, has been in health care since she started her Master’s Entry program at Boston College, specializing in pediatrics. She currently practices in Pediatric General Surgery at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago and serves as the Senior Director for that division. Elizabeth’s DNP project is centered in her work and arose during the early days of the pandemic, when it became apparent that proving productivity would be important to protect jobs. The title of her project is, “Capturing Advanced Practice Productivity in Surgical Settings,” and has a multipronged approach to data capture, including a dashboard of electronic medical record touches and a time study. She has scholarship support from the Conway Scholarship, the AANP scholarship, and the Executive Leadership Mentoring Scholarship.

Alainna Crotty

Alainna C. Crotty, APRN, MSN, AGCNS-BC, NE-BC is a doctoral candidate in the DNP Executive Track program at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She has held positions as a staff nurse/charge nurse at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Clinic Manager for Branch Medical Clinic Camp Hansen at the Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan (USNHO), and proudly served as a CNS for the six medical-surgical units at WRNMMC before deploying to Djibouti, Africa. She is currently a CNS for a Marine Corps medical battalion. She earned her BSN in 2011 from the Ohio State University, and in 2015, a dual masters in Adult-Gerontology CNS and Health Systems Management, as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate for Nursing Education from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.


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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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