nursing schoolPatricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, an internationally recognized nurse clinician, researcher, and educator, today officially becomes the fourth dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Davidson, an Australian, was named in June as the successor to Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN, and served as dean-designate pending her licensure by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

“I wouldn’t say it was a breeze,” says Davidson of the process, which included passing the NCLEX exam. “We demand an extraordinary amount of knowledge from our nurses, as we should. But it was fascinating to refresh my memory in studying for the NCLEX, and extremely gratifying to know that my nursing knowledge remains sharp.”

Davidson, former director of the Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care at the University of Technology Sydney [Australia] and Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing Research at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney, is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing, the American Heart Association, and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association as well the American Academy of Nursing.  

Robert Lieberman, Johns Hopkins University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced the transition:

“I am pleased to announce that Dr. Davidson has been issued her nursing license by the Maryland Board of Nursing and is fully eligible to assume the responsibilities of dean. President Daniels, the rest of the university leadership, and I are thrilled that Trish will now assume her role.”

Hill, who in more than a decade as dean guided the School to the top of the U.S. News & World Report rankings, is now on sabbatical but will return to its faculty and to her research on overcoming health care disparities and treating and preventing hypertension.

Added Lieberman, “Once again, I’d like to thank Martha Hill for graciously extending her deanship and for her steadfast leadership throughout her tenure at the helm of the School of Nursing.”



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