Author Ashley Festa

San Antonio, TX-based freelance writer and blogger Ashley Festa has interviewed everyone from authors and astrophysicists to CEOs of multimillion-dollar companies. She made her Johns Hopkins Nursing debut in the summer 2015 issue with a look at the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship.

Hopkins Nurse Illustration by Eva Bee

Push to improve infant care earns hospital baby-friendly designation A nurse’s capstone project spurred The Johns Hopkins Hospital to finalize its certification as a baby-friendly facility—a designation that less than 20 percent of hospitals in the country have achieved. Joan Diamond, MSN, RN, a registered nurse and nurse manager at the hospital, will complete her
All Children's New CNO Veronica Martin

New CNO Veronica Martin shows individuals that they count with her As Veronica Martin knows well, establishing relationships is a major part of being an effective leader, which may be why she’s been so successful just six months into her new position. “It’s important when you go into a new organization to get into the
Fall 2015 Fetal Surgery Illustration by Nicolet Schenck

Fetal therapy nurses smooth the way for ‘amazing’ surgeries Fetal therapy nurse Jennifer Kearney helps save  lives before they’re even born. She’s the first nurse  at The Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy,  which opened in July 2014 and is one of only 32 centers in the country. In the first year alone, Kearney saw
Fall 2015 Train Illustration by Leonard Peng

Vascular specialist helps put intravenous lines, patients, and staff in a better place Howard County General Hospital’s commitment to innovation, collaboration, and safety is in its veins—and those of its patients. HCGH welcomed a vascular access specialist last year to increase the satisfaction of patients who need intravenous fluids. Loida Lacson, RN, is currently the sole
Fall 2015 Photo by Nathaniel Gonzales

Photographer loses himself and his worries in a beautiful landscape Emergency department registered nurse Nathaniel Gonzales landed his job at The Johns Hopkins Hospital before he landed in the United States. He was more than 3,000 miles away from Baltimore at his home in the United Kingdom when he interviewed for the position by telephone