nursing schoolWorkshops, charity events, appointments, awards, and presentations: The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing students and faculty do it all.

Global Visitors

The Wald Community Nursing Center hosted over 20 medical students from the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA) on March 4. Kicking off IFMSA’s annual meeting on reducing health inequities through global and local action, the students visited with Patty R. Wilson, MSN, RN, Clinic Coordinator Linda Whitner, and MSN/MPH student Margaret Adams to see how the Wald Community Nursing Center reaches out to uninsured families in Baltimore city. The team showed the students how the Center provides health services to individuals, while also helping families understand the healthcare system.

Walking for Mental Health

Accelerated students in the psychiatric/mental health clinical rotation at Haven Rehabilitation Center Sophie Daly, Sarah Farnsworth, Carrie Guilfoyle, Kala Hayes, Heather Holloway, Haley Loram, Meredith Lu, and Jennifer Ryu, along with their clinical instructor Dr. Carl Miller and some alumni, organized and conducted a Walk-a-Thon to raise money for the Harford-Belair Community Mental Health Foundation on March 21. The group raised more than $1,200 to assist clients at Haven in obtaining dental, vision, and hearing screenings.

Spring Break in Guatemala

Instead of going to the beach for spring break, Traditional students Grace Onayiga, Qishara Cooks, and Emily Pavetto, Accelerated students Janelle Jones and Rosemary Vu, and MSN student Glynis D’Silva went to Antigua, Guatemala to conduct health screenings in three remote communities. Led by alumnus Ron Noecker, the students also had the opportunity to teach the residents basic health education and the importance of dental and feminine hygiene.

Faculty on the Move, on Board, and on the Web

A distinguished leader in advanced practice nursing, Beth Sloand, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, was recently promoted to Associate Professor. Focusing on the care of children with acute and chronic conditions, Sloand has managed primary care pediatric practices in Leon, Haiti and Baltimore, MD. She takes students on her international medical missions and trains them in providing direct and preventative care to impoverished families.

Deborah S. Finnell, DNS, PHMHP-BC, CARN-AP, FAAN, was appointed to serve on the National Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment Addiction Technology Transfer Center (SBIRT ATTC) in February. She will help develop a national strategy to advance SBIRT as a set of clinical strategies used to address unhealthy alcohol use. Finnell was also appointed as the Associate Editor of Substance Abuse, the official journal of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA). Finnell and alumnus Lauren Matukaitis Broyles are the first nurses to serve in this new editorial capacity.

Betty Jordan, DNSc, RNC, was featured on the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition website, February 27, for an article she wrote on pregnancy and the cervix length. Her work with Text4Baby also continues to grow as the Text4baby website now features a video of Jordan explaining the texting program and the benefits it can provide new and expectant mothers.

Featured on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website and the JHUSON blogs, Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, CRNP, talks about the spark behind her decision to become a nurse, how she used to care for migrant workers and homeless in Pennsylvania and Baltimore, and her recent development of the Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) program.

Students Awarded

Awarded $5,000 to go toward her dissertation study, PhD student Kyounghae Kim received a Sigma Theta Tau International Small Grant for her proposal “Uncovering the Links Between Health Literacy and Cervical Cancer Disparity in Korean American Women: A Mixed Methods Study.”

PhD candidate Jeanne Murphy’s article “Cervical Cancer Screening in the Era of Human Papillomavirus Testing and Vaccination” was the 2013 recipient of the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health Mary Ann Shah New Author Award. Hayley Mark, PhD, MPH, RN, was co-author of the article.

MSN/MPH student Ayla Landry was selected to receive the Outstanding Graduate Student in Community/Public Health Nursing Award by the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE). The award will be presented at the ACHNE Annual Institute, June 6-8, North Carolina.


Nancy Hodgson, PhD, RN, and traditional student Meghan Caracciola presented the poster “Images of Caregiving and Perceptions of Suffering Among Spousal Caregivers of Persons with Dementia” at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Conference, March 13-16, New Orleans. The poster was part of Caracciola’s Undergraduate Research Honors Program work. Hodgson also presented “The Palliative Efficacy & Mechanism of Action of CAM Modalities for Advanced Dementia Care.”

Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, presented research evidence related to domestic violence and homicide at a workshop hosted by the National Research Council’s committee of Priorities for a Public Health Research Agenda to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-related Violence, April 23, Washington, DC.

A plenary speaker at the 2013 National Nursing Research Rountable meeting in Bethesda, March 7-8, Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, RN, FAAN, presented “A Community-based Approach to Self-Management.”

Kathleen White, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, will join Johns Hopkins Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality Peter Pronovost and other Johns Hopkins Medicine safety experts in presenting at the “Creating a Culture of Safety: Best Practices in Implementation Science” conference, May 7, in Mount Snow, VT. She will speak at the plenary session on using models to translate evidence into practice.

On April 18-21, Jodi Shaefer, RN, PhD, NE, presented “Cross Cultural Expressions of Grief and Loss” for a plenary session at the International Conference on Perinatal and Infant Death, Minneapolis.

Pam Jeffries, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, traveled to Scotland to present “Bringing the healthcare professionals together through Intraprofessioanl Education (IPE)” at the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) Symposium. She is also assisting with the development of the European Nursing Network aligned with the ASPiH to focus on professional development in nursing education, emerging technologies, and educational research with the intent to share resources and to leverage opportunities as a consortium.