The Office of Global Nursing, a new joint initiative of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Nursing, will now serve as the central point for coordinating and supporting international activities for Hopkins Nursing.
As a component of the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing (IJHN)-the cooperative partnership of the School of Nursing (SON) and the Department of Nursing-the Office of Global Nursing (OGN) has been created to facilitate international education of nursing students, provide support to global nursing research activities, encourage international nursing practice projects, and coordinate global nursing service outreach practice. The OGN will also work closely with Johns Hopkins Medicine International, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and JHPIEGO-and with its core partners, the School of Nursing and the Department of Nursing-to provide consultation services, educational programs, and site visits to nurse and health care organizations worldwide.
Jane C. Shivnan, MScN, RN, AOCN, coming from her roles as the Johns Hopkins Hospital Magnet coordinator and assistant director of oncology nursing, is leading the new office. At a SON All School Meeting on November 21, 2005, Shivnan announced, “Our mission is to share the excellence and innovation in practice, science, and scholarship of Johns Hopkins Nursing with other health care professionals locally, nationally, and worldwide.” She added that “this is an incredible opportunity to provide IJHN programs globally, build upon JHUSON existing international relationships, and allow us to use distance learning methods to reach and teach nurses.” Shivnan expects the OGN will not only support but also expand the current SON collaborations in Switzerland, Lebanon, Thailand, Sweden, South Africa, Turkey, Slovenia, and China.
Key among the initial activities Shivnan and the OGN have undertaken is a Global Nursing Survey designed to identify Hopkins nurses, nursing faculty, and students interested in OGN activities. The survey can be accessed through the IJHN website http://www.ijhn.jhmi.edu/ or directly at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=243491494787