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The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Launches New Program to Prepare Nurses for Policy Engagement


The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) announces a newly created Policy Honors Program for students to gain experience and foundational skills in policy analysis and advocacy to address the nation and world’s most critical health challenges.

The two-semester program will pair students with a faculty expert to broaden their understanding of nursing’s role in policy and gain the skills and confidence to connect with policymakers, effectively communicate policy proposals, and advocate for policies that improve health for communities around the country and world.

“The Policy Honors Program is part of our bold vision to reshape nursing and influence health for the next century,” says JHSON Dean Sarah Szanton, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We want to introduce students early on to the impact they can have engaging in policy. As more nurses are involved in policy and advocacy, more people will have access to care and better outcomes in life.”

Szanton will teach the inaugural 2023 cohort, which will include discussion-based seminars, regular faculty mentoring sessions, and a policy-relevant project and final presentation. Discussion and assignments will help students identify, evaluate, and influence local, state, federal, and global policy issues. They will gain hands-on experiences in incorporating research, scholarship, and nursing’s unique skillset and knowledge into their practice and civic engagement in a way that speaks to policymakers.

Faculty mentors for the 2023 cohort include:

  • Teresa Brockie, PhD, MSN, RN, whose expertise is in indigenous health

  • Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, MSN, RN, whose expertise is in intimate partner violence

  • Jason Farley, PhD, MPH, ANP-BC, whose expertise is in infectious diseases

  • Nancy Reynolds, PhD, MS, RN, whose expertise is in global health

Students who are eligible for the program will have successfully completed their first semester of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Entry into Nursing Program and submitted their application by October 31, 2022.

“The possibilities for nurses in health policy are immense,” says Szanton. “Because there are four million nurses, and they are the most trusted profession, nurse involvement in policy is an extremely effective way of changing the whole country.”

To learn more and apply, visit: nursing.jhu.edu/policyhonors


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research, and practice. In U.S. News & World Report rankings, the school is No. 1 nationally for its master’s and DNP programs. In addition, JHSON is ranked as the No. 3 nursing school in the world by QS World University and No. 1 for total NIH funding among schools of nursing for fiscal year 2020. The school is a four-time recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and a three-time Best School for Men in Nursing award recipient. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

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