The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (SON) took home half of the awards given at the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) Nightingala Celebration on October 15: Nancy Glass, a global leader for health promotion and gender equality, received the Path-Paver Award and Sarah Szanton, a leader in nursing and gerontology, received the Protégé Award.
“Both Drs. Glass and Szanton have made exceptional contributions as faculty in our school and as nurses in the community,” says Dean Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN. “They work locally and globally to improve the healthcare of all people, and this is an absolutely wonderful recognition.”
Epitomizing the name of the award, Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, has paved the way for future nurses through her mentorship and student investment. During her trips to the Democratic Republic of Congo, she has guided nursing, public health, and medical students in clinical and research activities with Congolese microfinance experts, and founded Pigs for Peace and Rabbits for Resilience projects that provide economic and social support to survivors of warfare, rape, poverty, and community division. In addition, Glass is principal investigator for six Research Project Grants funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institute of Health. She is the Associate Dean of Research at the SON, Associate Director of the Hopkins Center for Global Health, and a founding member of the Afya Global Health Leaders Fellowship Office of AIDS Research. Recently, she was requested to go to the Democratic Republic of Congo by the United Nations as part of a high level Johns Hopkins delegation to ensure that Ebola protocols include community engagement.
“This award is an important recognition not just for myself, but for my incredible nursing colleagues globally who work to end violence against women and girls. I know that my research success is directly linked to being a nurse. My mentors, colleagues, and community partners have inspired and challenged me to do more than I thought was possible, and it’s my job to do the same for others.”
Szanton, PhD, ANP, developed the Community Aging in Place: Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) program which has been successful in decreasing disability among older adults, while keeping them in their homes through care and services from a nurse, an occupational therapist, and a handyman. The CAPABLE model, which is being piloted in Australia and in the State of Michigan to help reduce healthcare costs, has potential for nation-wide expansion. It is supported through the NIH, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovations Center, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the John A. Hartford Foundation.
Szanton recently testified at the Institute of Medicine about the Future of Home Care and serves on the Advisory Council for the Long Term Care Interest Group of AcademyHealth. She embodies interprofessional work and education and has a strong record of published research in journals including the Gerontologist, Nursing Clinics of North America, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Psychosomatic Medicine, Contemporary Clinical Trials, and the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, to name a few.
“I got a PhD in nursing so that I could move my clinical insights into clinical trials. This award is an honor to receive in that spirit. PhDs in nursing have research tools and real world experience which we can use to change the world for patients that we haven’t even met yet. What an incredible opportunity,” says Szanton.
The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a global leader in nursing research, education, and scholarship. The School and its baccalaureate, master’s, PhD, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are recognized for excellence in educating nurses who set the highest standards for patient care and become innovative national and international leaders. Among U.S. nursing schools, the Hopkins Nursing graduate programs are ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report. More information: nursing.jhu.edu.