The summer breeze is blowing Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) faculty and students to city parks, welcome ceremonies, conferences, elections, and even into scholarships.

Beating the Heat in the City

During one of the hottest weeks of the summer, Mary Donnelly-Strozzo, DNP, MPH, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, and Clinic Coordinator Linda Whitner represented the Wald Community Nursing Center at the 2013 outdoor Day of Hope, Frank Bocek Park, Baltimore. The duo handed out literature about the Wald Center’s health promotion activities and pre-employment examinations, while taking blood pressure readings and pulse rates of community passers-by.

In the Hot Seat

New academic program directors are now preparing for the 2013-2014 academic year. Hayley Mark, PhD, MPH, RN, has been named the Baccalaureate Program Director and Gayle Page, DNSc, RN, FAAN, the PhD Program Director. Andrea Parsons Schram, DNP, CRNP, will step into the role of MSN Program Curriculum Chair, and Jeri Allen, ScD, RN, FAAN, will become PhD curriculum Chair.

Voted into another two-year term on the Board of Directors, Ibby Tanner, PhD, MS, RN, will serve as Secretary for the National Gerontological Nursing Association. Tanner has also served as Board Liaison for the 2012-2013 NGNA Fellows Governing Body.

Fired Up About Learning

DNP student Deborah Croy and MSN-FNP student Anina Terry both received scholarships from Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. Croy, who is focusing on clinical practice guidelines of lipid management, received the Eleanor Lambertsen scholarship, and Terry received the Edith Pritchard scholarship to help fund her interest in Family Primary Care and nurse-centered health education.

Hot Off the Presses

Too hot not to make the news, the CAPABLE project and Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, CRNP, have been featured in over 200 websites and public media outlets. The Washington Post, CBS News, Fox News, NPR, U.S. News & World Report, and PBS are just a few of the sites that have published, repurposed, or added to the original Associated Press article “Aging America: Home repair for health? Simple fix-ups may keep low-income seniors independent.” Blog sites, Twitter tweets, and a YouTube video have added to the story’s success.

It’s Winter in Australia, but It’s Hot in Baltimore

The newly named fourth dean of JHUSON, Patricia M. Davidson, RN, BA, MEd, PhD, spent a few days in the heat while she visited Baltimore for a SON Welcome. Introduced by JHU President Ronald Daniels, Davidson spoke to the school about her vision for the SON future and her thoughts on building, consolidating, and growing. Following her remarks, faculty and staff chatted with the soon-to-be Dean over lunch, and the students danced with her through the “Onward” arch welcoming her into the SON/Hopkins community.

Clinical in Uganda, No Sweat

Accelerated 2013 student Rachel Jackson spent the last two weeks of nursing school in Ward 14 of Mulago hospital in Uganda. Instead of focusing on her study of acute pediatrics, Jackson spent her time following midwives and learning the differences between the labor/delivery systems of the United States and Uganda. Excited, inspired, and sometimes even fearful, Jackson was grateful for the experience. “Not only did I learn about nursing, but I learned about humanity,” she said.

Burning to Present

Krysia Hudson, DNP, MSN, RN, BC, and Laura Taylor, PhD, RN, presented “Using Second Life to Improve Insulin Administration: Evaluating Simulation” at the Summer Institute for Nursing Informatics, University of Maryland School of Nursing.

After providing training at the International Council of Nurses, PhD grad Carrie Tudor, PhD, MPH, RN, attended the National China TB Conference for a special nursing forum.

Joan Kub, PhD, MA, PHCNS, BC, Sara Groves, Dr.PH, Beth Sloand, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN, grad students Pawla Wenga, Lindsey Hunt, and research honors student Emily Saneski presented at the National Association for School Nursing Conference in Orlando, “No room for bullying: A partnership between a School of Nursing and Elev8 to address bullying behavior in two public schools.”

Pamela Jeffries, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, presented “Changing the Way We Educate: Workforce Expectations and Changing Healthcare Systems,” at the Association for Nursing Professional Development 2013 Convention.