nursing schoolThe Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) continues to raise its bar on scholarship. Faculty are moving up in their roles, students are making a presence at conferences, and faculty, students, and staff alike are moving into the “heart” of the community.

Faculty Move Up, Support Students

Christine Savage, PhD, RN, CARN, FAAN, has been appointed Professor on the Practice/Education track and Casey Shillam, PhD, RN has been promoted to Assistant Professor. Both leaders in the School of Nursing, Savage works in alcohol abuse prevention and is Chair of the Department of Community-Public Health, while Shillam’s areas of expertise are in gerontology, pain management, and healthcare policy.

Professor Maryann Fralic, DrPH, RN, FAAN, has established the Professional Development Award to provide financial support for up to two exceptional PhD nursing students per year. Each awardee will receive $2,000 to achieve specific development objectives that they personally identified, while also using the award to significantly enrich their professional and academic skill.

Students Make a Presence

MSN/MPH students Matthew Lindsley and Leah Hart received a $500 scholarship from the APHA Public Health Nursing Section to attend the APHA meeting in San Francisco with Joan Kub, PhD, MA, PHCNS, BC. Lindsley focuses on reducing obesity related to sugar-sweetened beverages through his work at the Howard County Health Department, and Hart interns at the Baltimore City Health Department conducting a program evaluation for the Virtual Supermarket Program.

Global mHealth Initiative student leaders Samantha Schneider, Traditional Class of 2013, and Graduate student Teresa Pfaff, attended the mHealth Summit, December 3 – 5, Washington, DC, where they learned about wireless technology and its improvements on health outcomes. Other SON students including PhD student Jocelyn Anderson, Accelerated 2013 students Par Atwal, Ruth Grossinger, and  Falisha Khan, and Graduate student Theresa Medicus, were co-sponsored to attend by the Global mHealth Initiative and the Center for Global Health.

In memory of her late father, MSN student Mary Jo Holuba composed a holiday album “Simply Christmas” to sell on iTunes. She designated all proceeds to benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” and “Santa Baby” are a few of the songs on the album.

School Moves Out

The SON reached out into the “heart” of the community by participating in the American Heart Association (AHA) “Heart Walk,” on October 20. A collaborative effort of faculty, students, and staff, the SON exceeded its fundraising goal of $5,000 and raised $7,298 for the AHA. There were five SON teams led by Faculty Research Associate Tam Nguyen and PhD Candidate Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, Andrea Parsons Schram, DNP, CRNP, Nancy Goldstein, DNP, MS, APN-BC, RNC, Student Accounts Coordinator Patrice Hamilton, and a group of graduate students.


  • Joan Kub, PhD, MA, PHCNS, BC, and Sara Groves, DrPH, APRN, BC, gave presentations at the 139th meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA), November 2-6, San Francisco: “Creating Nursing Leaders in Uganda” by Joan Kub, Rose Nabirye, DNP Candidate Godfrey Katende, and Sara Groves, and “Predictors of depressive symptoms among urban low income African American mothers of children with asthma,” by Joan Kub, Melissa Bellin, Cassia Land, Accelerated 2013 student Jennifer Walker, and Arlene Butz, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Medicine professor.

  • Anne Belcher, PhD, RN, AOCN, ANEF, FAAN, was on the panel “Interprofessionalism in practice and education: What it is, and how it can support patient-centered care?” at the Second Annual Rehabilitation Therapy Services Clinical Showcase, November 1. Belcher also presented “Spirituality and psychosocial oncology care; Spiritual mapping” at the Down to Earth: Bringing spirituality to oncology care workshop, at HopeWell in Lutherville, Maryland, November 2.

  • Sharon Kozachik, PhD, RN, gave a talk “Restricted Sleep Increases Paclitaxel-Inducted Mechanical Sensitivity in Sprague Dawley Rats” at the Oncology Nursing Society, Advancing Care Through Science conference, Phoenix, Arizona, held November 16-18.