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Five Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Faculty To Become American Academy of Nursing Fellows


Five faculty from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) will be inducted as fellows in the American Academy of Nursing’s 2018 fall meeting on November 3. Induction into the Academy marks significant contributions to nursing and health care and a career that has influenced policy and the well-being of all.

“These faculty are outstanding and have a diverse range of knowledge and expertise that has impacted nursing and the health of communities nationally and globally,” says JHSON Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN. “Our reach as a school is palpable because of their leadership and innovation, and I congratulate them on their excellent work and receiving this honor.”

Nada Lukkahatai, PhD, MSN, RN, researches symptom biology and management, oncology, and the interaction of behavior and biological processes. She is currently looking at the effects of non-pharmacological intervention, including technology enhanced home-based exercise programs. She examines auricular point acupressure in managing pain and fatigue, oxidative markers in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and musculoskeletal symptoms in breast cancer survivors.

Also in pain management, Janiece Taylor, PhD, MSN, RN, studies minority and women’s health, and aging among people with chronic disabling pain conditions. Her work includes helping older adults prioritize pain management, identifying disability and physical function outcomes among older African American women with osteoarthritis, and researching associations between pain, depression, and functional limitations in home-bound older women and minorities.

With 28 years of experience as a pediatric nurse practitioner, Brigit VanGraafeiland, DNP, CRNP, has worked with vulnerable and underserved populations in urban and rural areas. Her scholarship includes 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 is current chair of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners Chapter/SIG Toolkit Workgroup for the Alliance for Children in Trafficking (ACT).

Nicole Warren, PhD, MPH, RN, CNM, is a certified nurse-midwife and public health nurse whose global work has helped build competencies among maternal health providers in sub-Saharan Africa and India. Her U.S.-based work is focused on improving care for women affected by female genital cutting and promoting the universal rights of childbearing women including informed consent, equitable care, freedom from discrimination, and being treated with dignity and respect. Through funding from numerous grants, she studies group prenatal care to improve mental health outcomes among adolescent mothers in Mali and nurse mentorship models in rural India.​

As a researcher, Chao Hsing Yeh, PhD, MSN, RN, examines non-pharmacological management, and the mechanisms and efficacy of auricular point acupressure to manage pain in adults, patients with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, and cancer patients.  She was 2018 recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Discovery Award and is currently studying the scientific underpinnings of using acupressure to provide pain relief of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. She has recently been funded by the National Institute on Aging to study the efficacy of auricular point acupressure in managing chronic low back pain in older adults.


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice and ranks No. 1 nationally among graduate schools of nursing and No. 2 for DNP programs in the U.S. News & World Report 2019 rankings. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 3 nursing school in the world and is No.1 by College Choice for its master’s 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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