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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Receives Numerous Sigma Theta Tau International Awards


Chosen for superior achievements, research, and practice, faculty and a student from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) have received awards and grants from Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the most prestigious nursing society. The honorees will be recognized at STTI’s International Nursing Research Congress (July 27-31, Ireland) and its 44th Biennial Convention (October 28 – November 1, Indiana).

“These recognitions reflect the breadth of leadership and impact of our school’s faculty and students,” says Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, dean of JHSON. “Whether it’s cardiovascular management, nonpharmacologic approaches to dementia care, pediatric care in disaster areas, advances in simulation learning, mobile applications to manage back pain, or better treatment for those suffering from domestic violence – this is nursing at its best. As the leading nursing school in total research funding, we continue to drive new research to improve nursing care and patient outcomes locally and globally.”  

Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN, FAHA, FPCNA—to be inducted into the STTI Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

This honor acknowledges nurses who have achieved national or international recognition and whose research has improved people’s lives and the profession. Dennison Himmelfarb’s scholarship focuses on cardiovascular risk, chronic illness management, and patient safety. By serving on numerous National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association panels, she has helped develop national clinical guidelines to reduce health disparities and improve cardiovascular care. 

Laura Gitlin, PhD—to be inducted as an Honorary Member of the STTI Honor Society of Nursing

This honor is given to an individual whose superior achievements have had national or global impact on nursing and health care. Gitlin is an applied research sociologist with expertise in nonpharmacologic approaches to dementia care, caregiving, functional disability, and aging in place. She is director of the school’s Center for Innovative Care in Aging and widely recognized for her work in health-promoting interventions for older adults and their families. 

Elizabeth Sloand, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN—to receive the Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children

This award is presented to a nurse who is committed to the mission and vision of STTI and has made contributions to the health and well-being of children nationally/globally in the area of research, policy, administration, practice, or education. Sloand is a pediatric nurse practitioner whose work in rural Haiti helped children and families recover after the 2010 earthquake. She teaches students interested in community health and focuses on the health and well-being of uninsured or underinsured children and youth in East Baltimore.

Nancy Sullivan, DNP, RN—to receive the Capstone International Nursing Book Award

This award recognizes Sullivan’s co-authored publication Medical-Surgical Nursing: Making Connections to Practice. As director of clinical simulation at JHSON, Sullivan compares simulation and clinical environments to provide the best clinical-to-simulation ratio for student learning. She has expertise in nurse education, trauma, critical care, and administration.

Chao Hsing Yeh, PhD, MSN, RN—to receive an STTI Grant

This grant will facilitate Hsing Yeh’s research project “Development of an Auricular Point Acupressure Smartphone Application to Self-Manage Chronic Low Back Pain.” She is an expert in auricular medicine and is currently studying cancer-related symptom management, chronic pain management, and alternative medicine.

Michelle Patch, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACSN-BC—to receive the STTI/Emergency Nurses Association Foundation Grant

This grant will help fund Patch’s research project “Emergency Nursing and Health Care Responses to Strangled Women Seeking Care: A Mixed-Methods of Diagnostic and Treatment Processes.” Patch is a JHSON PhD student.


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice and ranks No. 2 nationally among graduate schools of nursing and No. 2 for DNP programs in the U.S. News & World Report 2018 rankings. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 2 nursing school in the world and is No.1 by College Choice for its master’s program. The school is No. 1 among nursing schools for total Federal Research Grants and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

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