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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to Celebrate its 130th Anniversary


The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON)—once a hospital training school and now the No. 1 graduate nursing school in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report—will commemorate the 130th anniversary of its nursing presence and celebrate throughout 2019 its continuing leadership in nursing education, research, and practice, locally and globally.

Opening its doors in October 1889, the school began as the Johns Hopkins Hospital Training School for Nurses through the order of Mr. Johns Hopkins. His bequest insisted upon a school for nurses to be created alongside his namesake hospital. Pioneer nurses including Isabel Hampton Robb, Lavinia Dock, Adelaide Nutting, Elsie Lawler, Anna D. Wolf, and others laid the school’s foundation and developed what would eventually become a national model for nursing education.

In 1984, after its long history in leadership and innovation, the school became a degree-granting division of the greater Johns Hopkins University and has since expanded its programs to include a full-range of opportunities for students. The now all-graduate curriculum offers masters and doctoral degrees, post-degree certification, post-doctoral opportunities, prerequisite courses, and more. Today, the school consistently remains top-ranked in the nation and world for its education, research, and practice and is devoted to fostering diversity, excellence in scholarship, and shaping nursing graduates to become leaders.

Throughout their history, JHSON and nurses in the Johns Hopkins Health System have remained integral partners in education, practice and research. The Johns Hopkins-affiliated hospitals are essential to student education and clinical placement opportunities, and there continues to be a shared vision for providing person-centered care, leading health care reform, and partnering in education and community health efforts.

Most recently, JHSON appointed Deborah Baker, DNP, ACNP, NEA-BC, senior vice president for nursing at the Johns Hopkins Health System and vice president for nursing and patient care services at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, to serve as JHSON’s Associate Dean for Health Systems Partnership and Innovation. Through her position, she will formally strengthen the school-health system alignment by providing more seamless union between learning and application and developing workforce readiness.

The 130th anniversary celebration will kick off at the school’s Alumni Weekend, October 4-6, 2018, and include a special October 4 presentation of “The Legacy of Florence Nightingale” by Anne Marie Rafferty, professor of nursing policy and former dean of Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery King’s College London. Additional events throughout 2019 will mark a year-long anniversary celebration concluding in October 2019.

“As we celebrate this milestone anniversary, it is truly meaningful to see that our vision to empower and educate nurses has not wavered since our founding and is just as purposeful today as it was 130 years ago,” says Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, dean of JHSON. “Hopkins Nurses, across the generations, are united through our tremendous knowledge, insight, skill, leadership, and cultural competence. Not only are we commemorating the nursing legacy that has strengthened us in the past, but also our future work and the impact we will continue to have on health care, the profession, and the well-being of communities across the world.”

To learn about more JHSON stories and milestones, follow #HopkinsNursing130 on social media and visit hopkinsnursing130.org.


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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