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Posted: 7/30/2010

Andrea Schram, DNP, FNP-BC and Carolyn Fowler, PhD, MPH will bring their nursing expertise to the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) when they join the faculty in the 2010-2011 academic year.

Schram, formerly a clinical instructor in the MSN Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Texas in Arlington, will be a faculty member in the JHUSON Department of Health Systems and Outcomes. Her broad experience in family nursing inspired her current research in helping patients self-manage their chronic diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes.

"As a family nurse practitioner I care for many patients who feel the impact of chronic disease on their quality of life -- as well as their pocketbook," Schram explains. Her area of clinical scholarship is helping patients with chronic disease improve their self-management skills in order to improve outcomes and prevent complications.

A registered nurse since 1975, Schram received her Masters in Nursing from Georgetown University in 1997. She recently graduated from the JHUSON Doctorate of Nursing Practice program in May 2010, continuing her clinical scholarship on the management of chronic disease. Schram stays active as a nurse practitioner, and holds multiple leadership roles in local, state, and national Nurse Practitioner organizations. She currently serves as Chair of the Education Committee for the American College of Nurse Practitioners and has been a past president of North Texas Nurse Practitioners.

Fowler will be joining the Hopkins nursing faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Community Public Health. She holds a joint appointment at the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she is a core faculty member of the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Mid Atlantic Public Health Training Center, a HRSA-funded initiative to provide training for the current public health work force.

In addition to teaching graduate courses on program development, evaluation, and leadership at the JHUSON, Fowler will be working as the School Evaluation Coordinator, a newly created position in which she will be responsible for coordinating and providing leadership for SON's evaluation efforts. "I am excited to have this opportunity to combine two of my passions, evaluation and education. Comprehensive evaluation is a hallmark of effective programs," Fowler explains.

In 1983, after training in nursing, midwifery and community health, Fowler began her research career while working as a nurse epidemiologist and clinician in the University of Cape Town's Department of Neurosurgery. Her PhD research on traumatic brain injury in children led to a national pedestrian injury prevention initiative in South Africa. Until recently Fowler, who moved to Baltimore in 1991 to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in injury prevention policy, directed the Baltimore County Department of Health's Injury Prevention Program. She is chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors to CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and a member of the National Steering Committee for Child Death Review.

Both Schram and Fowler express their enthusiasm for becoming a Hopkins nursing faculty member. "I can't think of a better place to work, pursuing my passion for nursing, the role of the nurse practitioner, and the challenges of helping those with chronic disease attain the best possible health outcomes and care," Schram says.

Fowler adds, "I'm honored to work in a school that respects and encourages professional practice. This affords me an opportunity to stay current and engaged in public health initiatives at the community level."