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Phyllis Sharps of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Receives Nursing Research President’s Award


Phyllis Sharps, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Community Programs at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON), received the 2016 Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) President’s Award. The theme of this year’s award was “Nurse Scientists Leading the Advancement of Team Science.”

“To have been given an award that celebrates and recognizes the importance of nurses within health care teams is such an honor,” says Sharps. “When nursing and other health professions come together, the ability to integrate all the varying perspectives leads to greater impact and change within health care and for patient outcomes. It’s one of the most rewarding aspects of being a nurse.”

Throughout her career, Sharps has led teams of scientists in medicine, public health, social work, and nursing and published more than 80 articles on improving reproductive health, reducing violence among African-American women, and mitigating the physical and mental health consequences of violence against pregnant and parenting women. Her research intervention DOVE—Domestic Violence Enhanced Home Visitation Program—has been tested and shown to reduce intimate partner violence exposure among pregnant women.

Testifying before Congress regarding women’s health issues, Sharps has also served on various committees within the Institute of Medicine and used her role as a nurse to further the profession’s influence within policy agendas and team science. At the JHSON, Sharps is Elsie M. Lawler Chair and director of the school’s nurse-led community health centers.

“Dr. Sharps is a great example of nurse leadership in so many areas,” says Dean Patricia Davidson. “Across disciplines, universities, and the globe, Sharps brings together not just researchers, but communities through her innovative and sustainable initiatives, research, and practice.”

Sharps received her award at the annual FNINR NightinGala in Washington D.C. this past weekend. Sharps has also recently received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award in Education and Research from the Association of Black Nursing Faculty.


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 among the top 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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