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School of Nursing Names Three New Faculty Members


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Posted: 5/6/2003

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing welcomes three new full-time faculty members this year: Patricia A. Abbott, PhD, RN; Linda E. Rose, PhD, RN; and Jo M. Walrath, PhD, RN.

Dr. Patricia Abbott, an expert in nursing informatics, will join the faculty as an assistant professor at the School of Nursing in July. Dr. Abbott comes to Johns Hopkins from the University of Maryland School of Nursing where she was an assistant professor and the director of the graduate program in nursing informatics. Dr. Abbott is the United States nursing representative to the International Medical Informatics Association. She is also a member of the Health Care Technology and Decision Sciences Study Section at the Agency for Health Care Quality and Research and was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association in 2001. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and has been an adjunct assistant professor with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Biomedical Information Sciences) since 2001. Her research area is in data mining techniques with a particular emphasis in long-term care.

Dr. Abbott will teach baccalaureate and graduate students and conduct research . She will also direct efforts of the school’s Collaborating Center for Information Systems in Nursing Care, which was designated by the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization.

Dr. Linda Rose is no stranger to Johns Hopkins. She has been an adjunct faculty member with the School of Nursing for the past two years and will become full-time associate professor in July. In addition to the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Dr. Rose has worked at the University of Maryland School of Nursing; the University of British Columbia School of Nursing in Canada; St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada; Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth, Canada; and Victoria General Hospital in Halifax, Canada.

Dr. Rose’s area of expertise is adult and family psychiatry. She has conducted research and published extensively on topics such as how families manage mental illness; mental health and the underserved patient; and interventions to support families of psychiatric patients. In addition, she has consulted on research studies involving domestic violence and adolescent teasing.

Dr. Rose will teach in the school’s baccalaureate program and develop her clinical and research areas of expertise.

Dr. Jo Walrath comes to the School of Nursing from the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA, where she was vice president of patient care services from 2001 until this spring. Prior to that, Dr. Walrath was director of emergency medicine from 1981 to 1985 at Johns Hopkins Hospital and director of surgical nursing at Johns Hopkins from 1985 until 1998. Dr. Walrath has also held staff positions in critical care at the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland where she was nurse manager, and at Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore, Timpken Mercy Hospital in Ohio, and St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore.

Dr. Walrath’s primary areas of focus are managed care case management and organizational performance improvement.

Beginning in July, Dr. Walrath will be an assistant professor at the School of Nursing and will teach in the school’s baccalaureate and graduate programs. In addition, she will participate in the clinical studies of the new Johns Hopkins Center on Patient Safety and Quality Care.

“I am very pleased that these three stellar nurses are joining our faculty,” says Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, dean of the School of Nursing. “Each of them brings a particular expertise to the school that will enhance our research, teaching and practice efforts. Our students, faculty, staff, and collaborators within and outside Hopkins will benefit from their vast experience.”

For inquiries, please contact Kate Pipkin at [email protected] or 410.955.7552.