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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Faculty Earns Lifetime Achievement Award


Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) faculty member Gloria Ramsey, JD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, has earned the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). The honor applauds Ramsey’s varied career as a nurse and attorney who has focused on bioethics, end-of-life care, and promoting high-quality health care and access among minority populations.

“Receiving an award that celebrates a ‘lifetime’ of work is incredibly humbling and meaningful,” says Ramsey. “The NBNA is such an important organization that brings together some of the most knowledgeable, influential and dedicated nurses in the field. What an honor to be recognized among this network.”

At JHSON, Ramsey serves as inaugural associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She works with students, staff, and faculty to bolster and strategically promote excellence and innovation from diverse people and perspectives. She is also co-chair of the school’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Throughout her career, she has worked with racially and ethnically diverse populations and helped to engage faith communities in community-based participatory research. Ramsey has done significant work to expand end-of-life care for African Americans and persons with disabilities by helping to develop APPEAL (A Progressive Palliative Care Educational Curriculum for the Care of African-Americans at Life’s End), with the late Dr. Richard Payne, and the Hastings Center Guidelines for End-of-Life Care. She has also made significant contributions to military health care as a member of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Ethics Committee, faculty of its Medical Ethics Short Course, and as an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) core and veterans trainer.

As a teacher, Ramsey has educated Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and PhD students in bioethics, research, public health, military ethics, and health policy, and served as associate professor in the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing prior to joining JHSON. Her secondary interprofessional appointments were in the Departments of Medical and Clinical Psychology and Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Significant honors include being named a distinguished practitioner of the National Academies of Practice and serving as co-chair of the American Academy of Nursing Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, co-chair pro tem of its Bioethics Expert Panel, and member of its Cultural Competency and Health Equity Expert Panels. She is also an immediate past member of the Diversity Advisory Council of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Ramsey will receive her award at the NBNA’s President’s Gala on July 27.


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice. The school ranks No. 1 nationally for its graduate, DNP, and online programs in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 4 nursing school in the world, No.1 by College Choice for its master’s program, and No. 1 NursingSchoolHub.com for its DNP program. First opened in 1889, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is celebrating throughout 2019 its 130th anniversary as a school and leader in nursing education and excellence. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu and www.hopkinsnursing130.org

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