school of nursingJohns Hopkins University School of Nursing professor Christine Savage, PhD, RN, and assistant professor Elizabeth “Betty” Jordan, DNSc, MSN, have been named fellows in the American Academy of Nursing for 2012.

Savage and Jordan are among 176 nursing leaders from across the U.S. chosen for one of the most prestigious honors in nursing. Academy Fellows (FAAN) hold a variety of positions such as association executives; university presidents, chancellors, and deans; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; and researchers and entrepreneurs. Savage and Jordan will be inducted at the Academy’s 39th Annual Meeting Conference on October 13, 2012, in Washington, DC.

Savage, chair of the JHUSON Department of Community-Public Health, has worked in addictions within a public health context for the majority of her career. She began working as the maternal child health nurse in Visiting Nursing Organizations in the 1970s and 1980s. Based on these experiences, she became interested in the role alcohol and drug use played in increasing vulnerability in certain populations, especially women. She has conducted funded research related to alcohol use during pregnancy, management of health for the solitary homeless adult, and has recently being engaged in research related to nursing education in alcohol.

Jordan, director of the JHUSON baccalaureate program, is internationally recognized for her clinical expertise in maternal and newborn outcomes research, practice, and education. She is the Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins University Global Mobile Health Initiative (GmI), which is recognized as the "go-to" place for the development, implementation, research, evaluation, and interdisciplinary education of mobile health (the practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile devices). Jordan assisted with designing, implementing, and evaluating the first mobile health information program in the United States, "text4baby." Jordan maintains a clinical nursing practice with the Baltimore City Health Department, reviewing infant and fetal deaths and aspects of prenatal care for women in the community.

The AAN was founded in 1973 under the aegis of the ANA. Currently, with 1,500 members or Fellows the AAN has become an independent affiliate of the ANA. The Academy and its members strive to create and execute knowledge-driven and polity-related initiatives to drive reform of America’s health care system.