Collaborating Across the Pond

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Written by Lynn Schultz-Writsel

The collaboration agreement is signed by (from l to r) Eileen Sills, Chief Nurse and Chief Operative Officer of Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals; Anne Marie Rafferty, Head of Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery, King's College London; Martha N. Hill, Dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; and Karen Haller, Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

A new international collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London will support joint research and evidence-based practice projects at both institutions. The new initiative will lead to curriculum development, scholarly publications, and faculty, staff, and student exchange and mentorship.

 

“Among our global nursing collaborations, this one is unique in that it incorporates our clinical partners, the nursing departments at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals in London,” noted Dean Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We welcome the opportunity at a time when nursing’s contribution to improving patient care and outcomes–including safety and quality of care–is increasingly recognized and being held accountable by health systems worldwide.”

According to Hill and Dr. Anne Marie Rafferty, Hill’s counterpart at King’s College London, the collaboration will strengthen the research, practice, and educational programs on both sides of the Atlantic. The effectiveness of their partnership, they say, will be further enhanced through collaboration with their colleagues in the schools of medicine and public health at both Johns Hopkins and King’s College.

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