nursing schoolHalls of nursing schools across the country rumble with news of faculty shortages caused by retirements, budget cuts, and job competition from clinical sites and other schools. All the while, hospitals clamor for more nursing graduates.

Despite that doom and gloom, the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) has recently appointed seven new faculty members to its team of leading educators.

In 2011, the faculty shortage led U.S. nursing schools to turn away over 76,000 qualified student applicants, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). There was a nationwide faculty vacancy rate of nearly 8 percent, or about 1,200 jobs.

JHUSON has been determined to buck the trend.

“People know that the foundation we’ve laid here at the School of Nursing, the team that we’ve built, is rock solid,” said Dean Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN, who after leading JHUSON to the No. 1 spot in national nursing school rankings has decided to return to teaching as well as her groundbreaking research in cardiovascular care. “They want to be here, and we’re glad to have them.”

The newest JHUSON full-time faculty members:

Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, focuses on research to solve disparities in neonatal care with a particular interest in maternal mental health and is a family nurse practitioner in Pasadena, MD.

Susan Appling, PhD, CRNP, a Nurse Practitioner and Program Director of the Prevention and Research Center at Mercy Medical Center, has held a faculty adjunct appointment at JHUSON since 2005. Her area of expertise and research is cancer survivorship and women’s health.

Deborah Finnell, DNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FAAN, previously an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, is a certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and is certified in addictions nursing.

Karan Kverno, PhD, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, is certified as a nurse practitioner in psychiatric mental health nursing and is a clinical nurse specialist.

Jennifer Stewart, PhD, RN, partners with community organizations to develop, test, and integrate innovative, culturally responsive HIV risk reduction interventions into African-American communities.

Brigit VanGraafeiland, DNP, CRNP, formerly an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, has been a practicing PNP for 22 years and maintains a practice in Righttime Medical Care. Her area of research includes improving the health care and meeting the social needs of children in out-of-home placement.

Tener Goodwin Veenema, RN, PhD, MPH,  FAAN, an internationally recognized expert in disaster nursing and public health emergency preparedness, is a licensed Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and advocate for children’s health and safety following disaster events.