nursing schoolThe Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) may be located in East Baltimore, but the students, faculty, and staff participate in blogs, organizations, task forces, and conferences all around the nation and world.

Faculty Blog and are Blogged About

“Some of the most poignant experiences I have had are with the families of completely paralyzed older adults,” said Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, CRNP, in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Human Capital Blog. As a RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar, Szanton blogged about working with a caregiver who felt her life was not fully lived because of the time she had to spend caring for her mother. She explained the effects of care giving on public health, the economy, and family relationships.

Also featured on the RWJF blog, Deborah Gross’s, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Chicago Parent Program was highlighted as a “big success” and a “good return on investment.” The blog summarized the work of RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Susan Breitenstein and RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program alumna Sharon Tucker, who are both working with Deborah Gross in evaluating the Chicago Parent Program in low income communities. Highlights included the long-lasting benefits of the Chicago Parent Program and the positive impact it can have on parents, family, friends, and nursing faculty and students.

Researching Around the World

Anne Belcher, PhD, RN, FAAN, spent two weeks in Lausanne, Switzerland at the Haute Ecole de la Santé La Source studying faculty development and nursing education. During her trip, she met with former post-doctoral fellow Dr. Maya Shaha to discuss the ongoing research collaboration Belcher and Shaha have with Jennifer Wenzel, PhD, RN, CCM, Janet Berg, MS, RN, CS-P, Jodi Shaefer, PhD, RN, and Mary Terhaar, DNSc, CNS, RN. Through grants from the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Nu Beta chapter, the group has been researching excellence in teaching and learning by conducting focus groups with students and interviews with faculty recipients of teaching awards. They have presented their findings at International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning.

Chosen to Serve

Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, Marie Nolan, PhD, MPH, RN, and Cynda Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, were elected in June to serve on the 2013-2014 School of Nursing Academic Council. Glass and Rushton will serve their first three-year terms, and Nolan will serve her second. Rushton was formerly serving as Faculty Assembly Chair.

This May, DNP graduate Laura Wood was appointed Chief Nursing Officer of Boston Children’s Hospital. Wood was formerly a pediatric nurse and nurse executive for The Johns Hopkins Hospital Children’s Center and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Vice President, National Director of Clinical Solutions for Siemens Healthcare.

Laura Taylor, PhD, RN, was elected to the Board of Directors for the International Transplant Nursing Society (ITNS). In her position, she will contribute to the board’s mission, guide ITNS policy and procedure adoption, and provide advice to members and leaders.

Jason Farley, PhD, MPH, CRNP, has been named President-Elect of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. He will take the position in November and serve a two-year term. He will then serve as President for two years.

Scholarships and Awards

PhD Student Kerry Peterson received a $5,000 grant from the American Psychiatric Nurses Foundation to go toward her dissertation research on dating violence prevention on college campuses.

Accelerated students Marisa Cipolla and Leslie Ham received a $1,000 scholarship from the Edie and Morris Range fund to attend the American Holistic Nurses Association conference in June.

Alumnus Gail Pietrzyk was awarded the Oakland University Nightingale Award for Nursing Administration.

Honored for her courage and devotion to victims of armed conflict or natural disaster, Tener Veenema, PhD, MPH, RN, will receive the 2013 Florence Nightingale Medal at an awards ceremony in October.

Sara Groves, DrPH, RN, received the Outstanding Contributions to Community/Public Health Nursing Education Award from the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE) in June.

Conferences and Presentations

A panelist for The Atlantic magazine’s Generations Forum, Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, CRNP, discussed health-related home improvements in Washington, DC, May 22.

Dan Sheridan, PhD, RN, instructed on identifying signs of physical and emotional abuse at the St. Tammany SALT Council World Elder Abuse Awareness Day seminar “Forget Me Not,” in June.

In May, Andrea Parsons Schram, DNP, CRNP, participated in a National League for Nursing and Convenient Care Association round table discussing the ties between graduate nursing education, clinical practice, and the emerging health care models.

As president of the Oncology Nursing Society, Anne Belcher, PhD, RN, FAAN, presented an instructional session on “The Spiritual Aspects of Clinical Trials: Helping Patients Find Meaning in Their Cancer Experience” at the ONS Congress in Washington, DC.

Jodi Shaefer, PhD, RN, presented “Community-School Health Partners Make a Difference” with Nichole Johnson from Elev8 Baltimore and Bryan Mroz from the Baltimore Medical System, at the 2013 National School-Based Health Care Convention in June.

Under an agreement between Rush University Medical Center and Dr. Deborah Gross, Dr. Gross is entitled to revenue from sales of The Chicago Parent Program described in this article. This arrangement has been reviewed and approved by the Johns Hopkins University in accordance with its conflict of interest policies.