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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Dean Patricia Davidson, One of Australia’s Most Influential Women


Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON), has been announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2016. Davidson has been recognized in the Global category for her contribution to nursing.

“I feel privileged to have been named among so many distinguished women,” says Davidson. “Part of my role as a nurse is to use my knowledge and skills to improve health across the globe, and I’ve had many opportunities to do that throughout my career. Here at Johns Hopkins, collaboration across the world is essential to our mission, and we foster a global outlook on leveraging nursing’s vital role in improving health.”

In its fifth year, the 100 Women of Influence Awards celebrate outstanding women across Australia from a wide variety of sectors such as management, public policy, diversity, global, business, young leader, culture and sports, and more. Winners are assessed by a panel of well-regarded judges and  recognized based on their exceptional ability to demonstrate innovation, vision, leadership and action in their fields.

Ainslie van Onselen, Westpac’s Director of Women’s Markets, Diversity and Inclusion said: “Influence is the power to make change, and women across Australia are using this power to transform the country and to make an impact abroad – and we saw this in the caliber of this year’s nominees. It is an honor to be able to recognize and award the incredible work these women have made ongoing to our society.

“We know that women have the power and expertise to influence change. This year’s Women of Influence winners, such as Davidson, are an example of how women are not waiting for change; they are backing themselves and acting now to make a real impact.”

Davidson, also considered the most influential nursing dean in the U.S., has an established program of research in supporting individuals living with chronic conditions. She uses innovative and sustainable initiatives to address cardiovascular health of women and underserved populations. She is Counsel General for the non-profit International Council on Women’s Health Issues, part-time faculty at the University of Technology Sydney, and was recently awarded the 2016 Australian Museum’s Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers.


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice and ranks #1 nationally among graduate schools of nursing and #2 for DNP programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 2 nursing school in the world and is named the “Most Innovative Nursing Graduate Program in the U.S” by Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees. The school is among the top nursing schools for Federal Research Grants and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

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