Nursing SchoolAt home and abroad, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing faculty and students are making a mark as leaders in education, research, public health policy, and program development.

As a result, they have been reaping honors and awards, even international kudos.

Assistant professor Jason Farley, PhD, MPH, CRNP, and his team of Johns Hopkins and local collaborators are making headlines in South Africa for their model of nurse-initiated treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), an illness that often co-occurs with HIV. With growing rates of both diseases and a chronic physician shortage, Farley’s nurse-focused model has been adopted by the country’s National Department of Health. The training provided to nurses both exposes and bridges gaps in their knowledge of treating drug-resistant TB, making for better care. Early tests found that patient outcomes from nurse treatment and monitoring were as good as and sometimes better than those resulting from a doctor’s care.  By 2016, South Africa hopes to have nurse-initiated treatment for TB and HIV available at all primary and specialized clinics and outreach centers.  

In June, associate professor Joan Kub, PhD, APHN, BC, was inducted as President-elect of the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators. She will serve a two-year term as President-elect followed by a similar term as President, working to advance high-quality public health nursing research and education.

Assistant professor Sharon L. Kozachik, PhD, RN, who focuses on pain in her research, practice, and work as a nurse educator, is part of an interdisciplinary university team the National Institutes of Health has named as one of 12 national Centers of Excellence in Pain Education. The work of Kozachik and her colleagues will be seminal in the development of new directions in interprofessional education about pain prevention, assessment, and treatment.

Doctoral student Jessica Draughon, MSN, RN, received a $6000 grant from the Emergency Nurses Foundation and Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing, to support her dissertation exploring factors affecting understanding of HIV risks and preventive treatments among sexual assault survivors. The award supplements a previous National Institutes of Health award to help support the same work.

Jennifer Breads, RN, an MSN/MPH student who just received her Red Cross nurses’ badge, has co-presented—with the head nurse of the American Red Cross—a poster Disaster Health Services Enhanced Service Delivery Model at the 2012 Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness and Response Training Summit in Nashville, TN. The DHHS-sponsored conference focused on building robust, integrated emergency health service capacity to meet any disaster-related health crisis.

Associate professor Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, has gone live worldwide with her new course, Confronting Gender-Based Violence.  The live online training provides new tools to better enable clinicians worldwide in the screening and care of women and men experiencing the physical and emotional fallout from gender-based violence. The self-paced, three-module course is available at no cost through The Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education.