The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) faculty and students prepare for the holidays while organizing interprofessional education events, presenting at conferences, and applying for grants.

Knowledge Combined

Medical, nursing, and pharmacy students combined their knowledge to create an interprofessional “home visit” experience valuable to all. Organized by Elizabeth Tanner, PhD, MS, RN, the students from the three disciplines gathered at the School of Nursing to simulate treatment of an older adult with Diabetes Mellitus who was being transitioned from hospital to home care. The students enacted the roles of professionals and the wife of the patient to demonstrate possible patient/family interactions while learning collaboration and teamwork in assessing and planning follow up care. Noting the success of the event, Tanner said, “The students from each discipline were surprised by what the other disciplines knew…and they were pleased by the respect demonstrated toward one another as they worked side by side.”

Co-Chairs and Fellows

Chosen for her leadership skills and experience, Kathleen White, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, will co-chair the 2013-2014 American Nurses Association (ANA) Nursing Administration Scope and Standards Revision Workgroup. She will lead the group in updating old measurement criteria and evaluating the applicability of nursing administration standards specified in the 2009 edition of Nursing Administration: Scope and Standards of Practice. White has also served as chairperson for the ANA’s Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics.

PhD Candidate Jeanne Murphy was selected as a June 2014 Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute. The post-doctoral fellowship will provide opportunities for cutting-edge research on prevention, drugs, biologics, medical devices, and more in line with her dissertation research on cervical cancer prevention in women living with HIV.

Discussing Their Research

On a PBS News Hour panel “Global and Regional Models for Long Term Care: Can They Work Nationally?” Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, explained the need for new models that provide comprehensive care—including quality of life/medical, social, and environment changes—for both dementia patients and their families. Also on the air waves at WTIC-AM HealthCare Matters, Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, talked about her work in disaster preparedness and how nursing will play a role in Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act solutions.

A group of faculty and students attended the 141st Annual Meeting Exposition of the American Public Health Association (APHA) to make various presentations. Joan Kub, PhD, MA, PHCNS, BC, Sara Groves, DrPh, Beth Sloand, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN, and MSN students Paula Wenga and Lindsey Hunt Marmolejo presented “A partnership to create an anti-bullying program in two inner city schools: Evaluating academic and health outcomes,” and Lori Edwards, DrPH, RN, APRN, BC presented “Vietnamese Nail Salon Workers and Occupational Health and Safety Practices. MSN/MPH student Alexandra Maher and colleagues from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health presented “Not everyone is safe at home: Youth perspectives on violence around the world.”

Grants for Learning

PhD candidate and recipient of a National Research Service Award Janna Stephens was awarded funding to provide research support and cover her tuition until 2015. She is now able to enhance her research on smartphone technology and weight in adolescents.

MSN/MPH students Teresa Pfaff and Soohyun Kim, and MSN/MPH graduate Sara Larson received the APHA Public Health Nursing Section Student Scholarship. Out of five possible recipients, SON students received three of the scholarships. The scholarships allowed the students to work with mentors during the APHA business sessions and Quad Council events.


  • Anne Belcher, PhD, RN, AOCN, CNE, FAAN, presented “The Challenges of Leadership in Nursing,” at the Sigma Theta Tau International Rho Pi Chapter Fall Induction Ceremony on November 6.
  • At the Asian Pacific Conference in Simulation and Healthcare, Pam Jeffries, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, presented “Top Research in Clinical Simulations” and “Multisite Collaboration in Research.”
  • Mary Terhaar, DNSc, CNS, RN, discussed DNP programs on a panel at the National League for Nursing Office on November 15.
  • MSN/MPH graduate Katrina Reiser presented “Care of the Patient with MDR-TB and HIV Co-Infection in South Africa: Opportunities for a Nurse Case Management Model to Support Health System Strengthening” at the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 26th Annual Conference.  The study was co-authored by Joan Kub and Jason Farley, PhD, MPPH, CRNP, FAAN. Another MSN/MPH graduate Maria A. Brown presented “Non-occupational Post-exposure Prophylaxis: Barriers to Use and Baltimore City.”
  • Joan Kub, PhD, MA, PHCNS, BC, attended an invitational conference on the role and future of nurses in public health on November 2. The event was sponsored by the Quad Council of Public Health Nursing organizations, Rush University and the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Leadership fellowship program.