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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Ranks #1 in Innovation


In an affirmation of the school’s leadership, academic rigor, and commitment to cutting-edge programs, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) was named the Most Innovative Nursing Graduate Program in the U.S. by Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees.

The organization, dedicated to helping students make the best decisions about their nursing education, cited Johns Hopkins as the #1 institute in innovation for its groundbreaking teaching methods, quality of facilities, and range of master’s degrees. The assessment used statistics from U.S. News & World Report rankings, nursing information hubs, and evaluations of each university.

The JHSON has long held its reputation as a leader in education, research, and practice and continually stands as one of the top accredited nursing schools in the country. The new ranking noted the school’s National League for Nursing Center of Excellence designation, which recognizes its pursuit and application of innovation and excellence, and highlighted the JHSON for its interprofessional collaboration that is especially beneficial to students who eventually want to teach. 

One example of innovation is the curriculum of the school’s recently launched Master’s Entry into Nursing program (MEN). Unlike other MEN programs, this curriculum emphasizes global impact, quality and safety, evidence-based interdisciplinary education, and cultural competency. “While the Master’s Entry into Nursing program isn’t new to nursing, our curriculum is,” says Kathleen White, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor and director of the program. “Beyond the traditional nursing basics, our curriculum focuses on cultural humility, health disparities, ethics, interprofessional teamwork, quality improvement, safety in the healthcare setting, evidence-based practice, and the understanding of varying healthcare delivery methods whether in the hospital or the community.

“Students will be ready to deliver and coordinate day-to-day care for patients and their families, but with an understanding of how nursing practice is impacted by policy, informatics, genetics and the role of population health on nursing practice.”

In addition, the School of Nursing is located within an extraordinary four-block radius including the top-ranked Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the internationally renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital. This interprofessional environment fosters innovation and offers students and faculty a learning environment that is second to none. There is a wide variety of opportunities for students to work with teams of healthcare professionals through scientific investigation, community engagement and policy initiatives. 

“This ranking is a testament to the faculty and students who bring innovative ideas to the table every day,” says Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN. “I’m continually amazed by their passion and drive for nursing. They are the spark that fuels the growth of the profession.”


The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a leader in nursing education, research, and practice, locally and globally.  The school’s academic programs are recognized for excellence in educating innovative nurse leaders who set the highest standards for patient care and safety. Top ranked in graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing provides students and faculty with interprofessional opportunities and resources unparalleled in scope, quality, and innovation. For more information, visit nursing.jhu.edu.

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