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New Multi-Funder Initiative Aims to Help Reach Institute of Medicine Goal to Double the Number of Nurses with Doctorates

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is one of only 14 schools of nursing nationwide to be among the first to receive a grant from a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) program to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs. As an inaugural grantee of the Future of Nursing Scholars program, JHSON will select a nursing student to receive financial support, mentoring, and leadership development over the three years of his/her PhD program....Click here to read more.


nursing schoolTo a graduating class eager to head off and change the world, Dean Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, offered a bit of sobering wisdom hammered home by the recent plight of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped before their final exams: The world often fears and resents the bringers of change....Click here to read more.


nursing schoolThe Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) has finalized the selection of its academic leadership team by appointing highly respected faculty members Marie Nolan, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, and Martha (Marti) Andrews, PhD, as Associate Dean and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, respectively.

Dean Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, said in announcing the appointments that the selections speak volumes about the quality of JHSON faculty.

“Our search revealed that both the research and administrative expertise we were looking for were in our own backyard," Davidson said. "Drs. Nolan and Andrews bring a wealth of talent to their roles and a keen appreciation for the important role our faculty, staff, and academic programs have in furthering our mission and impact.”

Nolan (top photo), a highly accomplished teacher, scholar, and academic administrator, has served as acting associate dean for academic affairs, chair of the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, PhD Program director, and director of the Peking Union Medical Center-JHSON PhD Program in Beijing, China. She currently holds a joint faculty appointment in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and has served on advisory panels of the National Institutes of Health regarding end-of-life care research.

nursing schoolNolan is known for her work on patient and family decision making in the face of critical illness. In addition, to her publications in the nursing and multidisciplinary research literature, she has edited two books, Measuring Patient Outcomes and Transplantation Nursing:  Acute and Long-term Management. She is currently president of the International Network for Doctoral Education Nursing (INDEN).  

Andrews has extensive academic experience as well, having served on faculty at Ohio State University and as an assistant dean for advising and international programs at Oregon State University. She also teaches a highly respected online prerequisite course in nutrition.

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nursing schoolA significant number of PhD candidates will soon become the next generation of faculty at the university level. A new Johns Hopkins University MOOC, University Teaching 101, will see to it that more of them are prepared to “jump in feet first,” says Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, FAAN, Vice Provost of Digital Initiatives....Click here to read more.


The demand for doctorally prepared nurses is growing, but many would-be doctoral candidates are confused and overwhelmed by the variety of programs and the wealth of opportunities....Click here to read more.