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A new appointment for Dean Patricia Davidson and the naming of the new American Association of Colleges of Nursing chief nursing officer kick off a busy month of faculty and student appointments, awards, and presentations....Click here to read more.

From sexual violence among displaced women and girls to natural health products and children’s healthcare, to self-care protocols, VAP, and asthma: the Johns Hopkins Nursing Research News (part one of two):...Click here to read more.

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) marched into this month to the upbeat of funding for diversity grants, new assignments and promotions, and appearances as conferences presenters....Click here to read more.

nursing schoolSpirituality is a central tenet of 12-step recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. Its value, particularly regarding alcohol addiction, has been recognized by many health care practitioners as well. But what does research science say about the role spirituality plays in the prevention and treatment of and recovery from addictions? A special issue of the Journal of Addictions Nursing [December 2013], co-edited by associate professor and addictions expert Joan Kub, PhD, PHCNS, BC, is dedicated to that very topic....Click here to read more.

Awards for outstanding publications, faculty and students taking Chair and Director appointments, and students receiving grants—that’s the latest at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

Outstanding Books and Journals

Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness: for Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards, 3rd edition, edited by Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, received first place in the American Journal of Nursing’s (AJN) Book of the Year Environmental Health category for its high quality and value to nursing. A reviewer from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the book “will continue to serve as both a timely and comprehensive text for this nation’s 2.7 million nurses and for educating the next generation of nursing professionals.” Veenema’s text also received second place in the AJN’s Community-Public Health category.

In a 2013 survey of Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing readers, the Progress in Prevention section, co-edited by Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN, was rated the most useful journal section to readers’ practice and profession. As the official journal of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, each issue provides information for healthcare providers and discusses the needs of patients and families. Dennison Himmelfarb serves on the journal’s editorial board as a Special Features Editor.

Funded Research

PhD Candidate Kyounghae Kim, RN, MSN, was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation to help support her dissertation study “Health Literacy and Cervical Cancer Screening Behavior among Korean American Women.” In addition to her doctoral research, Kim’s goals include reducing the gap between individuals and the healthcare system and building worldwide knowledge of health disparities.

Faculty Ranks

Chakra Budhathoki, PhD, has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care. A member of the American Statistical Association and the International Biometric Society, Budhathoki is an expert in design, analysis, and reporting of experimental and observational studies. He strongly believes in evidence-based practice and has assisted in clinical data management courses in the DNP program. He teaches biostatistics in the Master’s program, helps PhD students on their dissertation projects, and works collaboratively with faculty researchers.

Appointed for her expertise in disaster preparedness, Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, is a new faculty member in the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Center for Refugee and Disaster Response. Goodwin-Veenema joins Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, in representing the School of Nursing at the Center.


  • Anne Belcher, PhD, RN, AOCN, ANEF, FAAN, will serve a two-year term on the steering committee for the National League for Nursing Commission on Nursing Education Accreditation.
  • At the 14th annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, Pam Jeffries, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, was inducted as President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
  • DNP student and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow Lisa Sgarlata was selected to chair the Leadership Development and Certificate of Need committees for the Florida Nurses Association.
  • Laura Taylor, PhD, RN, has been appointed to the International Transplant Nursing Practice Scopes and Standards of Practice Revisions Task Force—a group examining national and global perspectives on quality of practice, education, and collegiality.