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Signature Events – Johns Hopkins School of Nursing


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Signature Events

Each autumn, JHSON gathers alumni for a weekend of reminiscing as well as education, mentoring, and connection-building to celebrate our successes, to honor those who have come before us as Johns Hopkins Nurses, and to help pave the way for the next generations of excellent graduates. The memories made at these annual events last a lifetime.

This event recognizes nurses from across the Johns Hopkins-affiliated hospitals, preceptors, faculty, students, and staff, and honors innovation and commitment to education and care of patients, families, and communities. Net proceeds from this event support scholarships for JHSON students.

The Health Policy Outlook Series is a quarterly series highlighting timely topics in the field of health policy. The panel conversations offer policymakers, faculty, students, advocates and experts around the world with insights from a mix of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing experts and guests. Events will include a real-time Q&A. The conversations focus on policy-relevant initiatives, discuss opportunities for advocacy, and elevate nursing leaders.

Isabel Hampton Robb was the first superintendent of nurses at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and principal of the nursing school. An exceptional scholar and visionary, Robb laid the foundations for our reputation of leadership and innovation, a tradition that has grown and flourished over decades. To honor her memory and the exceptional leaders who have followed her, the Isabel Hampton Robb Dean’s Lecture was established in 2018.

Lavinia Dock, assistant superintendent at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Training School for Nurses in the 1890s, was a provocative voice for nursing education, social reform, disaster relief, and the civil rights of women. She earned high praise as author of the first manual of drugs for nurses, Materia Medica, and notoriety through three arrests as part of the women’s suffrage movement. To honor her memory and the exceptional leaders who have followed her, the Lavinia Dock Lecture Series was established in 2020.

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing—in partnership with the Nu Beta at Large Chapter of Sigma—offers a monthly Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds continuing nursing education series, providing an educational program led by top researchers from around the world. Offers one CNE credit upon completion of each session, with the goal of fulfilling JHSON’s mission of providing lifelong learning for health care professionals within the community.

The White Coat Ceremony is a symbol of pre-licensure students’ official entry into nursing, and of JHSON’s commitment, as nurses and faculty members, to support students along the way. It signifies the importance of interprofessional teamwork. And it champions nurses, who take on diverse roles such as clinician, teacher, researcher, and advocate.