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Hopkins Nurses To Celebrate Anniversaries, Share Hopkins Stories

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Posted: 1/8/2009

An old Hopkins joke has it that during the war [WWII] a helicopter arrived on a remote island in the Pacific carrying a doctor who was needed urgently for emergency surgery.  The doctor was led to a small hut which staff had readied for the operation.  Once scrubbed, he approached the makeshift operating table and surveyed his patient.  Ready to begin, he reached for an instrument, but the nurse shook her head and handed him a different implement.  "Oh...don't tell me," he sighed, "a Hopkins nurse!"
Excerpted from Hopkins Nursing: 1889 -1989

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) as a division of the University and the 120th anniversary of nursing education at Johns Hopkins, Hopkins nurses throughout the world are invited to share similar stories about their colleagues and themselves.  

Through "They Must Be Hopkins Nurses", an anniversary story project sponsored by JHUSON, all Hopkins nurses and others associated with the rich history of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing are encouraged to share their favorite anecdotes about school or on-the-job experiences, as well as reflections on mentors or observations of the work of outstanding colleagues and the impact Hopkins nurses have had on the lives they have touched throughout the years. 

Submissions are welcomed in all formats including audio and video through the projects online submissions form at: www.nursing.jhu.edu/hopkinsnurses/, by e-mail to: dschulin@jhu.edu, or in written form mailed to: Kelly Brooks-Staub, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, 525 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD  21205. 

The submitted anecdotes and remembrances will be reviewed for publication on the JHUSON website at: www.nursing.jhu.edu/anniversary/ and numerous stories will be highlighted in the fall 2009 issue of Johns Hopkins Nursing magazine, a special edition to commemorate the 25th and 120th anniversaries.  All selected stories will demonstrate the collective experience of excellence and expertise of the Hopkins nurse, whether as students, educators, caregivers, or researchers.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital and its nursing training program both opened in 1889. In the ensuing decades, founders M. Adelaide Nutting, Isabel Hampton Robb, and Lavinia Dock established what would become the national model for nursing education.  After educating generations of exceptional nurses, in 1984 the School of Nursing was established as the eighth division of the Johns Hopkins University. Today the School of Nursing continues to redefine nursing education through a unique combination of academic rigor, extraordinary nursing scholarship, and unparalleled opportunities for nursing graduates.