Recent work and accomplishments of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) faculty, students, and staff illustrate the standard and “Culture of Excellence” in the school, throughout the nation, and around the globe.

Marching for Justice

From New Jersey Avenue, Washington DC to the Lincoln Memorial, Jackie Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, and recent grad Rajani Ward marched 1.6 miles to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Among tens of thousands of participants, Campbell and Ward heard speeches about racial progress and the quest for equality from American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, U.S. House of Representatives member John Lewis, and Attorney General Eric Holder. Wearing her SON nursing shirt, Campbell was approached by many other nurses who felt the same call to march in support of justice for everyone.

Presenting Overseas

Marie Nolan, PhD, MPH, RN, Hae-Ra Han, PhD, RN, FAAN, Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, and PhD student Jiayun Xu presented and facilitated discussions at the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN) Biennial Conference in Prague. Nolan, who is president of the organization, began the meeting with an overview of INDEN history and an explanation of the importance of quality in nursing doctoral education. Han provided treasurer reports, and Alhusen led a doctoral student workshop on writing for grants and publication. Xu, also Executive Director of INDEN, moderated a panel discussion on the experiences of three STTI-INDEN post-doctoral fellows.

Invited by the President of the Institute of Social Gerontology Research, Ibby Tanner, PhD, MS, RN and the President of the National Gerontological Nurses Association will travel to India next March to serve on an expert interdisciplinary education panel on aging in Mangalore, Bangalore, and Chennai, India.

Grants, Elections, and "Best Of’s"

Shawna Mudd, DNP, CPNP-AC, PNP-BC, and JoAnne Silbert-Flagg, DNP, CPNP, IBCLC, received a $55,241 grant from the Johns Hopkins 2013 Gateway Science Initiative to fund the “flipped classroom.” In this new format, lecture content will be made available through out-of-class access, and in-class activities will promote clinical reasoning and diagnosis of patients. Instructors will have more time to engage with students as they explore and apply concepts related to patient care.

PhD students Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, Katherine Heinze, Grace Ho, Kyounghae Kim, Kerry Peterson, Janna Stephens, Jessica Tillman, Jiayun Xu, and Eunhea You were selected to participate in the SON’s PhD Graduate Assistance Program. The award offers hands-on experience of researching or teaching with faculty members who have the same scholarly interest.

Recent PhD grad Rachel Klimmek’s paper “Adaptation of the Illness Trajectory Framework to Describe the Work of Transitional Cancer Survivorship” won the SON’s 2013 Best Published Paper award. The article was published in Oncology Nursing Forum.

In recognition of her innovation, exceptional performance in the classroom, and commitment to student learning, PhD student Jocelyn Anderson won the SON’s 2013 Graduate Teaching Award.

PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Coordinator and the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery (GANM) Moderator Rachel Breman, MSN, MPH, RN, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Our Bodies Ourselves—a non-profit organization that provides evidence-based information on women’s reproductive health and sexuality. Breman will serve a two-year term.