Linda Burnes BoltonLinda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, a well known nurse educator and researcher, will be the graduation speaker at the 2012 Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) commencement ceremony, May 24, 2012. 

Bolton’s research, teaching, and clinical expertise is in nursing and patient care outcomes, improving the health of childbearing women, improving nursing and organization functions and reliability, functional heal literacy of African Americans and other ethnic and racial communities. Her work also includes being the co-chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Institute of Medicine Launch Unprecedented Initiative on the future of nursing in America.

Bolton’s ongoing research with the IOM-RWJF Future of Nursing works to identify solutions of nursing care that will not only address many of the issues facing the profession but also transform the way Americans receive health care. Bolton received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Organization of Nurse Executives in 2007 and the Distinguished Alumnae Award from Arizona State University in 2008 for her works. She is currently is the vice president and chief nursing officer of the Cedars-Sinai Health System and Research Institute, in Los Angeles, California.

According to JHUSON Dean Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN, “Linda Burnes Bolton is a preeminent nurse in the field of improving the care and lives of all. She is an exceptionally capable, compassionate scholar, teacher, clinician, mentor, and administrator.”

The School of Nursing Diploma and Award Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in downtown Baltimore for all 2012 graduating students and their guests.

Event details and additional information are available on the School of Nursing website at and the university website at: