Author Patricia Davidson

Patricia Davidson

Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, is the Dean of Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. A former Director of the Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care at the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia) and Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing Research at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Dr. Davidson has an established program of research in supporting individuals living with chronic conditions and developing innovative models of transitional care. A primary objective of her work has been to improve the cardiovascular health of underserved populations through development of innovative, acceptable, and sustainable initiatives within Australia and beyond.

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"Every journey in nursing begins with a commitment." The other day as I was walking down the main staircase of the Pinkard Building, I looked right and admired the beauty of spring’s arrival just beyond the wall of windows. To my left, the absolutely best and brightest of nursing students quizzed and urged each other
Fall 2016 Dean Patricia Davidson and Cynda Rushton
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"No matter where we are in the world, it’s our fierce courage and passion to help people in need that bind us together." The role of a nurse can’t be put into a box, defined by a single image, or even boiled down to a day’s work. From the nursing legends who have gone before
On The Issue Dean Patricia Davidson with a Saudi DNP
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"These honors bring with them a great sense of responsibility and humility. We must keep improving, keep moving the nursing profession forward." Spring has turned into awards season around here. First came the notification from U.S. News & World Report that the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has been named No. 1 in the Best
Fall 2015
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“Let’s hope this moment of national recognition is one small treatment … administered by nurses.” Who knew that there were so many brilliant, talented, hard-working, caring, brave, outspoken nurses out there? We did. And we should probably thank Joy Behar of ABC’s The View for recently reminding us all who and what we are. Behar,
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“The new nurse will not care for Americans only when they are seriously  ill or disabled but help prevent many, many Americans from ever becoming so.” It’s been another amazing year for nursing. In May, the Maryland legislature passed a law that removes a mandate that nurse practitioners maintain “attestation agreements” with physicians as a pre-condition
On The Issue A nursing student
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It’s common for people to approach me as dean to ask about my vision for the future. The truth is, the vision—our vision—never changes. It’s the same as it was when the doors of this institution first opened: Be the best nursing school in the world and create critical thinkers and leaders in the field.