Faculty and students at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing work around the world and in the local community to teach, present, and change lives.

Around the World

In just nine days, eight nursing students had a major impact on six Haitian villages. Amy LeBailly, Caitlin Dreisbach, Emily DeVan, Emily Hull, Heather Holloway, Megan Armbruster, Nicolette Guerrero, and Tristin Hutchinson, all members of the Fall ’13 Accelerated cohort, traveled to Jeremie, Haiti to hold a three-day workshop for Haitian community health promoters. The students built “Tippy-Taps” (a device for hand washing), modeled proper hand washing, and illustrated the spread of germs, all the while blogging about their experiences. The group also strolled through local markets, visited a children’s home/hospice, and attended a Haitian church service.

Julie Stanik-Hutt, PhD, ACNP/GNP-BC, CCNS, FAAN, visited Santiago, Chile, to work with faculty and master’s students enrolled in the Clinical Nurse Specialist program at the Universidad de los Andes Escuela de Enfermeria. With guidance from Stanik-Hutt, the students practiced their health assessment skills at the Hospital Parroquial San Bernardo. Stanik-Hutt also consulted faculty on the development of graduate curricula.

Steps Upward

An educator for 14 years and a pediatric nurse practitioner for more than 20 years, Brigit VanGraafeiland, DNP, CRNP, is now an Assistant Professor on the Practice Track in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care. VanGraafeiland’s scholarship focuses on improving outcomes for children in out-of-home placement and using simulation and standardized patients to advance critical thinking skills.

Published Work

Deborah Finnell, DNS, RN, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FAAN, is lead editor in the newly-published edition of Addictions Nursing: Scope and Standard of Practice. Providing evidence-based approaches to substance use screening and intervention, Christine Savage, PhD, RN, CARN, FAAN, (also a contributor) and Finnell developed a model to frame primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention interventions for nursing. The book is co-published with the International Nurses Society on Addictions and the American Nurses Association.


  • Accelerated student Ria Rodney presented the poster “HIV testing among Baltimore adolescents: Understanding differences by race and gender” at the Inaugural Bridging the Gap Symposium on October 18.
  • In Bangkok, Thailand for the Sexual Violence Research Initiative Forum, Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, and colleagues from the Democratic Republic of Congo, gave four presentations:
    • “Livestock assets buffer the health affects of trauma among conflict affected rural women in the Democratic Republic of Congo”
    • “Systematic development of the assessment screening to identify survivors toolkit for GBV (ASIST-GBV) to improve access to GBV services and HIV prevention: Evidence from Ethiopia”
    • “Identifying sexual violence and HIV risks among male refugees in Uganda”
    • “Mixed methods development of a screening tool for gender based violence among internally displaced populations: Use and implications for improving access to GBV services and HIV testing and care in Colombia”
  • Anne Belcher, PhD, RN, AOCN, CNE, FAAN, presented “The Spiritual Aspects of Clinical Trials: Helping Patients Find Meaning in Their Cancer Experience” to the DC Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society.
  • At the 2013 Institute of Medicine’s Annual Meeting, Jackie Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, moderated the panel “Exposure to Violence in the Community, in the Home, in the Media, and on the Battlefield.”
  • Joan Kub, PhD, APHN, BC, discussed “Perspectives on Effective Research Partnerships: What are Key Ingredients to Facilitate Community Participation” as a panelist at the “Forming Sustainable Partnerships: Hopkins and Baltimore in the 21st Century” conference.
  • Laura Gitlin, PhD, presented “Caregivers and Neurodegenerative Disease: A Sociological Approximation” and “Addressing Neuropsychiatric Symptoms through Nonpharmacologic Approaches” at a CETRAM conference in Chile.