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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Celebrates Seventh Annual Evening with the Stars


Hopkins Nursing excellence across the Johns Hopkins Health System was once again celebrated at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) seventh annual Evening with the Stars, November 10.

Nurses, faculty, students, alumni, and friends received awards for their clinical practice and academic expertise, consistent excellence in preceptorship and teaching, commitment to diversity, innovation and compassion, and long-standing support of JHSON. In the culminating award for the night, Mary-Ann and Walter D. Pinkard, Jr. received the Dean’s Award for their long-term support of the school, spirit of volunteerism, and continual pursuit of excellence.

Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, also recognized JHSON alumna Linda Davies Versic for her generous gift that will help fund a new award for Evening with the Stars 2019, and the 130th anniversary of Hopkins Nursing, which the school is celebrating throughout 2019. Omar Jimenez, CNN reporter, served as emcee for the second year.

Event proceeds will benefit the JHSON Baltimore Talent Scholars Program, which provides four full-tuition scholarships annually to Baltimore City high school graduates who have been admitted to the Master of Science in Nursing Entry into Nursing Program.

2018 Shining Star Award winners:

Elsie Peyton Jarvis Star Nurse Award

Michael Arciaga, BSN, RN
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Sondra Boatman, MSN, RN, CNL, CPN
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Suzanne Concato Nurse Preceptor Award

Patty Mattox, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, ACNP-BC
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

School of Nursing Diversity Award

Athena Ford, RN
JHSON PhD Student

Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Awards

Nicole Mollenkopf, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FSMSO
JHSON Assistant Professor

Krysia Hudson, DNP, RN, BC
JHSON Assistant Professor

Eunice King Student Nurse Award

Meredith Kerr, MSN
JHSON Doctor of Nursing Practice Student

Staff Excellence Award

Florentina Costache
JHSON Multimedia Systems Specialist

Rosenwald ICU Star Nurse Award

Diane Rusnak, RN, BSN
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Rosenwald Nursing Innovator of the Year Award

Rona Corral, MSN, CNS, RN
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Alumni Association Heritage Award

Paula Kent, MSN, MBA
President, Johns Hopkins Nurses’ Alumni Association

Dean’s Award

Mary-Ann & Walter D. Pinkard, Jr.

View photos from the event.


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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