The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King's College London (KCL SON) - with their clinical partners, the nursing departments at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals - have agreed to develop and launch a formal collaboration.
According to Dr. Martha N. Hill, JHUSON Dean, and Dr. Anne Marie Rafferty, KCL SON Head of School, the collaboration will strengthen the research, practice, and educational programs at all the institutions. The framework for collaboration will support joint research and evidence-based practice projects that lead to scholarly publications, curriculum development, and faculty, staff, and student exchange and mentorship.
On signing the agreement, Dean Hill noted, "Among our global nursing collaborations, this one is unique in that it incorporates our clinical partners." Hill added, "We welcome the opportunity at a time when nursings contribution to improving patient care and outcomes - including safety and quality of care - is increasingly recognized and being held accountable by health systems worldwide."
Rafferty and Hill are convinced that the effectiveness of their partnership will be further enhanced through collaboration with their colleagues in the schools of medicine and public health at both Johns Hopkins and King's College.