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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s Phyllis Sharps Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


Phyllis Sharps, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Community Programs, received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award in Education and Research from the Association of Black Nursing Faculty. The award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to nursing and/or health care of African-Americans.

“This recognition is a testament to the work and achievements of Dr. Sharps that truly have spanned her lifetime,” says Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN. “It characterizes the leadership that she displays within the profession and honors her tireless perseverance to improve the safety and well-being of individuals and communities.”

As a researcher and expert in perinatal and women’s health, domestic violence, and community health, Sharps has published more than 80 articles on reducing violence against African-American women. Her studies, funded by the National Institutes of Health, have focused extensively on the health consequences of violence against pregnant and parenting women, babies, and young children, and have led to the development of interventions to protect women and children from intimate partner violence.

Most recently appointed as JHSON’s Elsie M. Lawler Endowed Chair, Sharps leads the school’s efforts to improve health within the Baltimore and surrounding communities. She directs two nurse-led community health centers operated by the JHSON, provides care to homeless women exposed to violence, and works with students to use their scholarship and innovation to promote outreach and public health interventions.

Sharps has also consulted on integrating cultural competency into studies involving African-American communities and has been involved with organizations like the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the National Institute for Justice.

“This award was an unbelievable surprise to me,” says Sharps. “My work as a nurse fuels me every day, and it’s a privilege to be able to use my profession to make a difference in people’s lives.”


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 #1 among 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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