school of nursingFaculty and students at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing continue to succeed in carrying out the School’s mission of academic integrity and excellence in both scholarship and research.

Professor Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs, received a $25,000 grant administered by the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association, in cooperation with the Who Will Care? Fund for Nurse Education. The funding will be used to create four interprofessional education (IPE) online modules that will incorporate virtual simulations and interactive learning objects to prepare nurse educators to integrate IPE into their teaching. The anticipated outcome of these modules will teach healthcare professionals how to work collaboratively across disciplines, and enhance educational capacity by enrolling and graduating more students that are technologically prepared in the healthcare field. Other JHUSON faculty included in the grant are Elizabeth Tanner, PhD, RN, associate professor; Kathleen Becker, DNP, ANP-BC, assistant professor; and Cynda Hilton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor.

Supported by the $1.8 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant funding awarded to Patricia Abbott, PhD, RN, FAAN, in 2010, she and colleagues from Duke University, Columbia University, University of Alabama Birmingham, and Oregon Health & Science University have developed an open-source compendium of 20 three-credit health information technology (HIT) courses targeting clinical workforce development.  The 20 courses developed in the Curriculum Development Center’s efforts cover topics such as clinical workflow process redesign, HIT system configuration, networking technology fundamentals, usability, and project management, among others. Since their launch, these courses have been downloaded over 200,000 times by 93 countries across 6 continents as well as within all 50 states in the US.  These courses are accessible online at: http://www.onc-ntdc.org.

Four JHUSON online courses that have passed review by Quality Matters (QM). QM is the pre-eminent peer review organization providing team-based peer review of online courses. Passing the QM peer review demonstrates that online courses meet a rigorous set of standards and is a well-recognized mark of excellence. Online Teaching and Learning: Development and Instruction; Curriculum Theory & Design; Applications of Research to Practice; and Teaching Strategies in Nursing now carry a Quality Matters seal, and will be listed on QM’s website along with approved courses from other educational institutions.

Doctoral student Mary Paterno, MSN, is one of ten named to the 2012 class of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Emerging Leaders. The program engages nurses in a formal, year-long leadership training program. Activities include guidance from mentors, networking events, meetings with Members of Congress and their staff, multiple continuing education opportunities, AWHONN committee assignments, and other experiential training to build confidence and leadership skills among participants.

The first cohort of students in the new JHUSON accelerated bachelor’s to master’s in nursing with clinical residency program has raised the bar on pass rates for the nursing National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).  With a 100% NCLEX pass rate on their first attempt, the cohort of six students has now moved into the clinical residency portion of their program.  Their success adds to that of other Hopkins Nursing graduating classes which, since 2009, have achieved NCLEX pass rates as high as  96% on their first attempts and 100% on second attempts.