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Two Faculty to Become Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners


Faculty JoAnne Silbert-Flagg and Brigit Vangraafeiland of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) have been selected for induction as fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). They will join a diverse group of nurses recognized for their positive and profound impact on national and global health.

As an associate professor, Silbert-Flagg, DNP, CPNP-PC, IBCLC, CNE, FAAN, has served as Director of JHSON’s Master of Science in Nursing programs since 2017 and was coordinator of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Track from 2016-2022. Silbert-Flagg led the development of the the pediatric nurse practitioner curriculum for JHSON’s inaugural Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. She provides primary care as a pediatric nurse practitioner and certified lactation consultant at Columbia Medical Practice.

Silbert-Flagg’s main scholarship focuses on promoting breastfeeding through patient care and the education of health professionals. She authored the chapter on Nutritional Needs of a Newborn in her recently published textbook, Maternal and Child Health Nursing. Her research has examined maternal experiences of breastfeeding support and lactating breast simulation and newborn infant devices. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and Chair of their Breastfeeding Expert Panel.

“It is an honor to become a member of FAANP, as their members have contributed greatly to improving the health of individuals and families, especially in these challenging years,” says Silbert-Flagg.

VanGraafeiland is a pediatric nurse practitioner who has practiced extensively in rural and urban primary care settings and currently practices in Eastern Baltimore at the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy. Her scholarship focuses on improving outcomes for children in foster care, child maltreatment, screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and screening for human trafficking. She has also focused on using clinical simulation and standardized patients to enhance the advanced practice student’s critical-thinking skills and clinical acumen.

Throughout her career, VanGraafeiland’s scholarship has included studies to improve health care outcomes in vulnerable populations and a collaborative project that examined a nationwide survey on child maltreatment screening and anticipatory guidance in primary care settings. She has been recognized as Nurse Practitioner of the Year, Health Care Heroes Award by The Daily Record and recipient of the Outstanding Advanced Practice Clinical Award by the Maryland Nurses Association. In 2018, she was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was also awarded the 2022 Preceptor of the Year award by the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

“Being inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners is a true honor,” says VanGraafeiland. “Over the past 30 years as a nurse practitioner my life has been dedicated to improving the lives of our most vulnerable youth, and every day I am reminded of their resilience and hope.”

The faculty will be inducted at the 2022 AANP National Conference on June 23.


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research, and practice. In U.S. News & World Report rankings, the school is No. 1 nationally for its master’s and DNP programs. In addition, JHSON is ranked as the No. 3 nursing school in the world by QS World University and No. 1 for total NIH funding among schools of nursing for fiscal year 2020. The school is a four-time recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and a three-time Best School for Men in Nursing award recipient. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

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