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Patricia Davidson, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Named among Maryland’s Top 100 Women


Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, has been named as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for 2019 by The Daily Record in recognition of her professional accomplishments, community leadership, and mentoring.

“I am excited and humbled to be on this list of strong and influential women,” says Davidson. “Coming from Australia, my community here in Baltimore has embraced me with open arms. As a woman and a nurse, it’s always my hope to give back to my community and represent women for the diversity, influence, and skill they bring to the table within all professions.”

Davidson became JHSON’s fourth dean in 2013. Under her leadership, the school has moved to an all-graduate curriculum, welcomed the first Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) cohort in Saudi Arabia, launched the first DNP advanced practice tracks and the DNP Advanced Practice/PhD dual degree program preparing more nurses at the doctoral level, and been ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report multiple times, most recently being named No. 1 for its master’s, DNP, and online programs.

Throughout her career, she has been committed to advancing innovative, person-centered ways to deliver care and evidence-based teaching models. Her areas of expertise include cardiovascular science, care of vulnerable patients, palliative care, workforce development, care of individuals with chronic conditions, and interdisciplinary practice. She is strongly focused on student and faculty mentorship and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the nursing profession.

Davidson is Secretary General of the Secretariat of the World Health Organizations Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery, Counsel General of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues, a member of Sigma Theta Tau’s Institute for Global Healthcare Leadership Advisory Board, and a member of the Board on Health Care Services for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

She has been recognized with The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Award for 2016 and received the Australia Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers. In addition, she serves on the editorial board of a number of research journals.

As stated in The Daily Record announcement, “This year’s Maryland’s Top 100 Women are leading companies, charting new territory and inspiring the next generation. They are truly outstanding role models for all of us.”


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice. The school ranks No. 1 nationally for its master’s, DNP, and online programs in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 4 nursing school in the world, No.1 by College Choice for its master’s program, and No. 1 NursingSchoolHub.com for its DNP 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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