JoAnne Silbert-Flagg, DNP, CRNP, IBCLC, and Martha Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) were honored at October’s American Academy of Nursing policy conference. Silbert-Flagg was inducted as a fellow, earning the credentials FAAN. Hill, a fellow since 1989, will be awarded the academy’s Living Legend honor.
“My career as a nurse has offered so many opportunities, and being recognized as a fellow is another tremendous
opportunity for engagement with my colleagues across the nation,” says Silbert-Flagg.
Hill adds, “To be named among such an extraordinary panel of nurses is not just humbling but a pinnacle in my career. I have collaborated with many of these inspiring nurses through the years, and I’m proud to accept this honor beside them.”
Silbert-Flagg has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for more than 25 years, with her most recent scholarship dedicated to breastfeeding promotion and the impact of support groups on breastfeeding success. Silbert-Flagg has served on the board of directors of the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition, was elected chair of a special interest group on breastfeeding within the national Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and is currently working with the Maryland Department of Health to administer and evaluate breastfeeding training programs within state hospitals.
Hill, dean of JHSON from 2001-2014, is known across the nation and world for her leadership, particularly in the research of hypertension among African-American men. As a professor of nursing, medicine, and public health, Hill is an advocate for interprofessional health care and was the first of two non-physicians to have served as president of the American Heart Association. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and an inaugural member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, among a list of other accolades.