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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Appoints Inaugural Associate Dean for Practice, Innovation, and Leadership


The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) has appointed retired Colonel Bruce Schoneboom, PhD, MHS, CRNA, FAAN to serve as inaugural Associate Dean for Practice, Innovation and Leadership.

Through his role, Schoneboom will advance collaborations with the Johns Hopkins Health System, particularly in anesthesiology, pain management, and global surgery, and expand practice innovation and leadership within the school’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

“Dr. Schoneboom’s leadership and experience is critical to our ongoing program development, timely to today’s nursing, and will be a tremendous asset to our school,” says Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, dean of JHSON. “His background in the federal government, military, and strategic thinking around learning opportunities are also significant and will bring great movement to our work in advocacy and policy efforts.”

With a distinguished military and civilian career, Schoneboom has extensive experience as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, educator, and scientist. During his time in the Army, he cared for patients in West Germany, joined the Army’s nurse anesthesia program, and earned his PhD in neuroscience from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

He also served as commander of a small surgical hospital on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in 2006 where he cared for soldiers and other members of the Coalition Forces, and provided humanitarian care to local nationals. His final assignment in the Army was as the Commander of the US Army Medical Research Institute for Chemical Defense where the Department of Defense developed antidotes to chemical weapons and other toxic compounds.

In his most recent position as Chief Learning Officer at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Schoneboom focused on eLearning and in-person learning opportunities while helping to advise on the organization’s goals and policies. He also helped establish two post-graduate fellowship programs for nurse anesthetists focusing on acute and chronic pain. Schoneboom currently serves on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Advisory Council for Nursing Education and Practice and the HHS Inter-Agency Pain Management Best Practices Task Force.

“It is a privilege to be joining the No. 1 school of nursing in the U.S. and an institution that has so many areas to collaborate, advance research, and make a difference in health care,” says Schoneboom. “The experience, knowledge, and skills I have acquired through the years will serve me well in this new role.”


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. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

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