nursing schoolThe Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) students, faculty, and staff don’t just put in the regular nine to five. They find ways to impact lives outside of their job description and outside of Hopkins.

Leading Organizations

Anne Belcher, PhD, RN, AOCN, ANEF, FAAN, is serving a two-year term as President of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Foundation. Belcher joined the Oncology Nursing Society in 1982 and became President-elect of the Foundation during her first term on the Board of Trustees in 2011. The focus of her presidency is to support the ONS vision of achieving a position of preeminence among cancer foundations.

Celebrating a Nationwide Project

Sharon Kozachik, RN, PhD, autographed copies of The American Nurse at a book signing held on December 6 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Interviewed and filmed as part of the American Nurse Project (portraits, interviews, and biographies of nurses around the country), Kozachik, MSN/PhD student Bryan Hansen, and 17 other Hopkins Hospital nurses were featured in the project. Dean Martha Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN, gave opening remarks.

Exercising Creativity

Before leaving for winter break, Accelerated students Yoonkyung Chung, Emily Coady, Emily DeVan, Hillary Fleming, Diva Jonatan, Kristin Powell, Sarah Willie, and Research Fellow Neha Patel made a video recording of “Twas the Night Before Concept Map Presentation” as their final project for a Professional Role Development Course. The project included a poster and a poem (a healthy version of “A Visit From St. Nicholas” aka “Twas the Night Before Christmas”) that explained public health outreach.

SON students, faculty, and staff signed greetings cards to show support for the families who lost loved ones in the Newtown Connecticut school shooting. The card project was organized by Accelerated students Lauren Sanzone and Callie Ryan. Ryan is originally from Newtown and later delivered the cards.

“And I'm so sick now, So vanc me, maybe,” sang Traditional students Rachel Ayers, Emily McWilliams, Elise Pope, Ashley Steinmann, and Sam Schneider in their music video recording “Vanc Me, Maybe.” The song and video were produced to teach viewers the importance of the antibiotic Vancomycin. “Vanc me, Maybe” was a spoof of the popular song “Call Me, Maybe.”

Receiving Awards

Kathleen White’s, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, book Essential Guide to Nursing Practice: Applying ANA’s Scope and Standards in Practice and Education won the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award in the “Professional Development and Issues” category. Book of the Year judges said White’s book was “new, unique, and a substantial resource.”

Giving Presentations/ Writing Publications

Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, CRNP, presented “Fiscal and Policy Implications for Improving Functional Ability: the CAPABLE Program” to the Health and Government Operations Committee in Annapolis, January 22.

“An Interview with Stephanie K. Trumm, RN, CARN” by Joan Kub, PhD, APHN, BC, was published in the Journal of Addictions Nursing. Kub interviewed Trumm, a nurse and case manager for nurses who have addictions or mental illnesses, to see how these factors affect their nursing practice and what steps can be taken to provide help and treatment.

MSN/MPH student Matthew Lindsley will attend the 2013 Emory Global Health Case Competition, March 21-23. Lindsley and five other students from various Hopkins schools will examine 21st century global health problems and develop recommendations.

Pam Jeffries, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Diane Aschenbrenner, MS, RN, part-time faculty members Sandy Swoboda, RN, MS, FCCM, and Maggie Neal, PhD, RN, and Simulation Coordinator Jessica Ockimey attended the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) annual international meeting, January 26-30 in Florida.

2012 DNP graduate Carrie Kairys received Honorable Mention in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice award for her capstone project “Improving Contraceptive Counseling by Instituting a Provider Reminder with Clinical Decision Support in Electronic Health Record.”

Joining the Team

Deborah Finnell, DNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FAAN and Karan Kverno, PhD, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, joined the SON faculty in January. Finnell was previously an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She is certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and also certified in addictions nursing. Kverno was an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and is certified in psychiatric mental health nursing as a nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist.