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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Announces New Inductees in the American Academy of Nursing


Five faculty from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) have been selected for induction as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. The honor celebrates their accomplishments within the nursing profession and their leadership in education, practice, and research.

“These faculty have demonstrated remarkable commitment to our profession and to the continual pursuit of better health and wellbeing for people around the world,” says JHSON Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN. “We offer them congratulations for being honored with one of the most well recognized accolades within the profession.”

Diana Baptiste, DNP, RN, CNE, is a cardiovascular nurse, educator, and leader whose work is grounded in using innovative approaches to improve cardiovascular outcomes for underserved populations. She is core faculty for JHSON’s Center for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, in which she guides dissemination of cardiovascular research for doctoral students, faculty, and international collaborators. Baptiste is an editor for the Journal of Clinical Nursing, current president of the Maryland Chapter of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, and a member of the Leadership Succession Committee of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma).

Incoming faculty Andy Benson, DNP, CRNA, will start as assistant program director of JHSON’s nurse anesthesiology track within the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in September. Benson previously served as Chief CRNA for Johns Hopkins leading a team of more than 100 CRNAs across the Johns Hopkins Hospital and providing administrative oversight for CRNAs across the Johns Hopkins Health Care System. During his tenure at Johns Hopkins, he has assumed a number of leadership positions, including serving as Weinberg Clinical Lead for Colorectal and Plastics and an integral member in the implementation of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program.

As JHSON’s Advanced Practice Simulation Coordinator, Kristen Brown, DNP, RN, CRNP, CPNP-AC, CHSE-A, has dedicated her career to caring for critically ill children and improving educational opportunities for advanced practice nurses. Brown is the developer of the first multi-institutional, high-fidelity simulation intensive training program specifically designed for pediatric nurse practitioners. It has become internationally recognized and attracts participants from all over North America. She is also one of only 52 people across the world who are recognized as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator-Advanced (CHSE-A) and one of the very few who specializes in pediatrics.

Vickie Hughes, DSN, RN, CENP, is a clinical, educational, and administrative nursing leader who served 27 years in the United States Air Force. During her time in the Air Force, she served in nurse executive and chief executive officer roles for medical treatment facilities, as well as the dean for an academic institution. As an Advanced Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, she treated children, adolescents, adults, and families in a number of clinical settings. Her most recent work includes exploring leadership development strategies among Air Force Nurse Corps Chiefs and nursing leaders in European island countries.

Junxin Li, PhD, RN, promotes the health and well-being of older adults by understanding how physical activity and sleep affects cognitive function. Through her research, she explores the association between sleep, activities, and cognitive function and the short- and long-term impacts of daytime napping on cognition. She is currently studying how personalized behavioral interventions can improve physical activity, sleep, and cognition in sedentary older adults and if such interventions can also improve musculoskeletal pain in older adults. During her career, she has received the Okura Mental Health Fellow Award through the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurse Association and the Ruth Bale Elder Award for Excellence in Nursing Research.

This year’s new fellows will be inducted virtually at the Academy’s annual policy conference in October.


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 programs, No. 3 for DNP and online programs, and No. 2 for online MSN Health Systems Management options. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 3 nursing school in the world, No. 1 by College Choice for its master’s program, and No. 1 by NursingSchoolHub.com for its DNP program. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

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