The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation has endowed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Univer-sity School of Nursing (JHUSON). The Blaustein Fellowship provides funding for promising scholars to conduct research that advances the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and families in hospital or community settings.
Deborah Gross, DNSc, RN, FAAN, the JHUSON Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Endowed Chair in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing, will provide mentorship for the Blaustein Fellow. “This endowment from the Blaustein Foundation will go a long way toward training the next generation of mental health nurses,” says Gross. “I am looking forward to working with a bright new researcher interested in the treatment or prevention of mental illness symptoms.”
With an emphasis on multidisciplinary and collaborative research approaches, the Blaustein Fellow will also receive mentorship from other faculty from the School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine. The fellowship comes with an annual stipend ranging from $35,000 – $51,000 (depending on experience), annual tuition up to $1,000, and an annual fund for research-related expenses.
For more information, or to apply, visit www.son.jhmi.edu.
Written by Robby MacBain
In keeping with the spirit of innovation that has established the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing as a national leader in nursing education, Dean Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN recently announced a new strategic initiative for the school: “Enhancing Teaching Excellence.” The initiative is designed to address the need for an educational model that will prepare students for the rapidly changing world of nursing.
According to Hill, the announcement comes in response to the enthusiasm that students have expressed for “more flexible and exciting options,” both in and outside of the classroom. “They want distance-learning, inter-professional teaching, simulation, and stimulation,” she says.
Anne Belcher, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF will transition from her current role as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to become the inaugural Director of the Office of Teaching Excellence.
Belcher will begin by sitting down with student focus groups to determine what they are enthusiastic about and what works in the classroom. “We’re not planning on making any changes before we consult with students,” says Belcher. A task force will also be created to make recommendations on how teaching excellence can best be promoted through-out the program.
According to Dr. Belcher, “the fact that the Dean is committing resources and that the faculty and students are committing their time and expertise to this venture will ensure that the ‘Enhancing Teaching Excellence’ initia-tive will have an immediately positive impact. This is an exciting time for the School of Nursing.”
The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing has a new look. “The New Face of Nursing: People, Places, Possibilities”—clean, bright, smart, and colorful—is reflected in the school’s website and viewbook and provides a glimpse into the future of the profession.
Prospective students (and prospective faculty, staff, and donors) will enjoy the large photographs in the new viewbook, punctuated with images and quotes from our exceptional people, an overview of important places around the school and Baltimore community, and an exploration of the possibilities that await the Hopkins nurse.
The school’s newly redesigned website draws in and engages visitors with user-centered design, navigation, and visual balance. The content illustrates the depth and breadth of the Hopkins nursing academic community and showcases the academic programs and research activities. Visit the new site at www.son.jhmi.edu.
According to Dean Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN, “Our materials now reflect what we tell the world: that the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is a place where exceptional people discover possibilities that forever change their lives and the world.”
Fifty-one newly accepted students from across the country met in cyberspace this January to chat with faculty, admissions staff, and financial aid officers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. According to Mary O’Rourke, Director of Admissions and Student Services, “These online gatherings give students opportunities to meet and they become friends before coming to Baltimore!”
Written by Jonathan Eichberger
The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing completed the accreditation process with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) February 13-15. CCNE visitors examined the quality and integrity of the baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs at Johns Hopkins.
“The CCNE visit gives the school the opportunity to showcase our excellent programs, students, faculty and staff,” said Anne E. Belcher, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. “Holding accreditation from CCNE is important for us in recruiting future students, faculty, and staff.”
Martha N. Hill, Dean and Professor; Kristina M. Johnson, Johns Hopkins University provost and vice president for academic affairs; Deborah Dang, director of nursing practice, education, and research for Johns Hopkins Hospital; and Debra Case, coordinator of nursing programs for Johns Hopkins Hospital, were among the numerous JHU and JHUSON representatives who met with the visitors.
Written by Jonathan Eichberger
Victoria (Vicki) Mock, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, died November 15, 2007 after a long battle with cancer. She was chair of the School’s new Department of Health Systems and Outcomes, led the School’s Center for Collaborative Intervention Research, and directed nursing research at the Kimmel Cancer Center. She held numerous other honors and was inter-nationally known for her research in oncology nursing. On January 14, the School of Nursing and the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center held a special commemorative program to celebrate her major contributions and the impact she had on so many colleagues, students, and trainees.
“Vicki moved the fields of oncology and nursing science forward considerably.”
-Martha L. Hare, PhD, RN, Program Director, NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research
“She gave so much. No matter how tired she was she would always ask how others were doing.”
-Jane M. Fall-Dickson PhD ’00, RN, Director of the Mucosal Injury Unit (MIU), NIH/National Institute for Nursing Research
“I could not believe it was true when I got this shocking news. I still remember the last time I met with Dr. Mock in Beijing last April. She said ‘Please send me your paper whenever you finish…good luck in your study.’ Her smile is still in my mind.”
-Xiaokun Liang, MSN, RN, visiting doctoral student from Peking Union Medical College
“Vicki treated every person she met with the same high degree of gracious kindness and respect, regardless of job title or status.”
-Wendy Blakely, PhD ’04, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University College of Nursing
Department of Acute and Chronic Care
Anne Belcher, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN was featured in The Business of Caring newsletter for her expertise in using humor to make a connection and build a sense of community.
Department Chair Fannie Gaston-Johansson, PhD, RN, FAAN presented at The National Conference on African Americans and Cancer in Wilmington, DE last October. She has also received a subcontract from Winston-Salem State University’s newly established Exploratory Research Center of Excellence to study African American women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy.
Rosemary Mortimer, MS, MEd, RN was installed as the new president of the Maryland Nurses Association on October 19, 2007.
Department of Community Public Health
Jackie Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN; Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN; Joan Kub, PhD, APRN, BC; Benita Walton-Moss, DNS, RNCS, FNP; and Phyllis Sharps, PhD, RN, FAAN presented papers at the 15th annual Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International Conference, held in Ontario last October.
Hae-Ra Han, PhD, RN and Miyong Kim, PhD, RN, FAAN won this year’s Best Published Paper Award from the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus.
Betty Jordan, DNSc, RNC was the spokesperson for the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies initiative at National Press Club conference in Washington, DC.
The Birth Companions Program, under the direction of Betty Jordan, DNSc, RNC and Shirley Van Zandt, MS, MPH, CRNP, RN, was again selected as one of six finalists for the Sixteenth Annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award.
Miyong Kim, PhD, RN, FAAN was awarded the Alumni Association Recognition Award from the University of Arizona School of Nursing. She has also been asked to serve on a Search Committee for the new head of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology.
Dan Sheridan, PhD, RN, FNE-A, SANE-A, FAAN received a grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) to support three forensic nurse examiner courses, includ-ing one in March 2008 at Hopkins. He has also recently passed the Sexual Assault Nurse Exam-iner Certification Examination.
Health Systems and Outcomes Faculty
Patricia Abbott, PhD, RN, BC, FAAN will chair the 11th International Congress on Nursing Informatics in June 2012. She has recently presented at the National Press Club in Washington, DC and the First Annual Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Conference.
Maryann F. Fralic, DrPH, RN, FAAN, has been named In-terim Chair of the Depart-ment of Health Systems and Outcomes. She was recently featured in two Baltimore Business Journal articles on the post-baccalaureate and post-master’s Business of Nursing options.
Dean Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN has been elected to serve on the Institute of Medicine’s governing Council for a term extending from January 2008 through December 2010.
Cynda Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN has been named an “Edge Runner” by the Ameri-can Academy of Nursing in recognition of her role as Program Director of the Harriet Lane Compas-sionate Care (HLCC) Program.
Twenty students from the accelerated class of 2008 have been selected for the school’s Fuld Leadership Fellows Program in Clinical Nursing: Claire Alano, Alison Anderson, Samantha Boaz, Lori Bowermaster, Anne Cavett, Kristin DelleDonne, Bonnie Dowling, Laura Gigante, Kristin Erekson, Meghan Greeley, Nicole Holuba, Pamela Homiak, Shannon McDonnell, Lyndsay Murray, Lisa Nagy, Katy Olive, Nancy Osborne, Anthony Pho, Megan Shepter, and James Small.
In October, accelerated 2008 students Ashley Beam, Meagan Fritzler, and Nicole Baur raised over $700 and rode 66 miles in the “Start to Finish MS” bike tour in New York City.
Master’s student Nancy Niesz Funk, PhD, RN, presented “Psychopharmacology Update for Psychologists” at the Baltimore Psycho-logical Association.
Amy Goh ’09 is one of 11 Hopkins students to receive the Center for Global Health Framework Program Award to conduct global health research and practice.
Aliza Krebs, an MSN student in the Family NP program, was one of 100 people asked by Baltimore Magazine to predict the future-both for themselves and for Baltimore-to help celebrate 100 years of publication.
Master’s student Maureen Lal was featured in a Frederick News-Post story on the great job she has (and does) at Frederick Memorial Hospital.
SGA President Brian Miner ’08 spurred classmates to legislative action. Nursing students made telephone calls to eight key Maryland legislators to tell them how important the state-funded Sellinger Aid Program is to their nursing education.
Linda Blankenship, Registrar, has been chosen to serve as the interim Chairperson of the SON Essentials Steering Committee. Other elected members include Angela Melton, Brenda Smaw, Winter Backmon (Members-at-Large) and Debra Race (Secretary).
The American Nurses Creden-tialing Center (ANCC) 2007 Valor in Nursing Award was presented to Gladys Mouro, MSN, RN and the nurses of the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), which partici-pates in a formal academic collaboration with the SON. Congratulations to all the Hopkins Nurses who presented at the Sigma Theta Tau 39th Biennial Convention in Baltimore, November 3-7: Patti Abbott, Jeri Allen, Diane Aschenbrenner, Anne Belcher, Barbara Anne Biedrzycki, Jackie Campbell, Cyndi Carbo, Linda Gerson, Kathleen Griffith, Hae-Ra Han, Jennifer Hatzfeld, Elizabeth Hill, Martha Hill, Janice Hoffman, Megan Hoffmann, Krysia Hudson, Susan Immelt, Betty Jordan, Miyong Kim, Joan Kub, Yang Li, Katherine Nash, Marie Nolan, Linda Rose, Sarah Shaefer, JingJing Shang, Phyllis Sharps, Julie Stanik-Hutt, Sarah Szanton, Ibby Tanner, Benita Walton-Moss, Jennifer Wenzel, Kathi White, Nancy Woods, and Lai Wong.
As part of the Matrix Project, SON staff members have worked for years to implement new computer modules for SON Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Billing, and Records & Registration. Kudos to Sylvia Lee, Kristina Guanzon, Flora Wharton, Elaine Bryant, Phyllis Wilcox, Linda Blankenship, Libby Miles, Nicole Blake, Winter Backmon, Amy Wisowaty, Patrice Hamilton, Tom Knowlden, Colleen Hughes, and Amanda Pflaumer.
Written by Yu Jia, Bin Jie,Ying Zhang, and Ningning Jin
As students in the second cohort of this joint program between the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Peking Union Medical College, it was difficult when we first arrived in Baltimore in late July due to jet lag, language problems, culture shock, and worries about not being able to keep up with the study here.
But fortunately we got a strong support from JHUSON. Professor Marie Nolan, PhD, RN was responsible for our academic arrangement, and Susan Bullock from the Office of Global Nursing handled our schedule arrangement. Our Hopkins advisors encouraged us with praise and academic guidance, and everyone inside of the PhD research room was also so nice and helpful.
We had five required courses: “Dissertation seminar,” “Writing for Publication,” “Measurement in Health Care Research,” “Academic English,” and “Issues and Trends for Global Health.” Those courses were intriguing, informative, and interactive. We could ask questions at any time, or even make appointments with teachers.
One of our emphases here was to finish the dissertation proposal. We wrote reviews, had discussions with our advisers, and gave each other suggestions also. Even the hour before the final proposal presentation we were still making some modifications. Fortunately the success of our presentations made all those efforts worthwhile.
In October, faculty, staff and students attended our presentation on Chinese culture. They were so interested-even in elevators there were people asking us about the content of the presentations!
Also we attended meetings, visited lots of centers and institutions, and spent Thanksgiving with professor Maryann Fralic, DrPH, RN, FAAN. All those activities brought us unforgettable knowledge and joys.
At the closing dinner banquet in Dean Martha Hill’s house, we commented that “Five months may not be long enough, but it is important enough to change our whole lives.” The time spent at JHUSON not only taught us how to learn, how to teach, and how to conduct research-more importantly, it showed us how to combine excellence and diversity in nursing science.
“In reviewing the statistics of global health today, including nursing, it is abundantly apparent that the world needs leaders who are also heroes: Leaders who are dedicated to improving the welfare of others and in so doing become role models for others,” said Dr. Roy Schwartz, former president of the China Medical Board, at a ceremony in which the PUMC students delivered their dissertation proposals.
“Why are such leaders needed? The answer to this question may be found by reviewing the challenges that health professionals, including nurses, face from living in a Global Village created by the process of globalization.” To Schwartz, globalization is more than just a global economy based on trade agreements and foreign investments-it is the transformation of human life caused by the emergence of a global economy, language, communication system, and transportation system.
One of the challenges of globalization, says Schwartz, is that “the global scientific enterprise is churning out advances at an unprecedented rate. The creation of new disciplines, such as genomics, proteomics, RNA biology, and advances in our understanding of the brain, are evidence of this fact. These advances are profoundly altering what health professionals, including academicians, do.”
For the PUMC students specifically, Schwartz addressed how current changes in China will affect their profession: “A gap continues to grow between urban and rural citizens. This gap mirrors the kinds and quality of health care available in the two areas of Chinese life. … Many in rural areas are moving to the cities where they are setting up permanent residences. … These people bring health problems with them that impact nursing and must be addressed in all city hospitals and care centers.”
“It is critically important to understand that the education system must produce leaders not only for their own country, but also leaders for the world. Failure to see ourselves as citizens of the world would be the worst mistake we could make.”
Written by Tim Sablik
Last fall, five doctoral students left their homes in Beijing, China for a semester of study at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. They are the second of three groups from Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) to pass through this joint doctoral program. The third and final cohort of students will arrive in Baltimore to study at Hopkins in August.
Associate Professor Marie T. Nolan, MPH, PhD, RN, director of the joint doctoral program at Hopkins, already considers the collaboration between the two schools a huge success. “We have gained tremendously,” she said, speaking for the faculty and students at Johns Hopkins. “These are the future nurse leaders of China. It has been an honor to get to know them and to take part in their development as doctoral students.”
Upon the completion of the project, the first cohort of five students who are from the faculty of PUMC SON are on track to teach in the PhD Program there. The 10 students from the next two cohorts are from universities all over China. Upon graduation, they will return to these universities. “In China, teaching is more in the form of lecturing and testing the students,” the PUMC students told Nolan this autumn. “The students at Johns Hopkins are much more interactive.” The PUMC students intend to use some of these different teaching methods in their own classrooms after they graduate from the program and complete the required international publishing and mentoring requirements to become doctoral faculty.
The collaboration between the nursing communities at Johns Hopkins and PUMC is not new. In 1919, Anna D. Wolf, an instructor and assistant superintendent at the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, became the first dean of the PUMC nursing school following the Rockefeller Foundation’s establishment of the China Medical Board.
When PUMC wanted to expand their nursing program with a doctoral degree, they immediately turned to their strong ties with Johns Hopkins and the China Medical Board, which today funds the doctoral program partnership between the two schools. With such a long and rich history of collaboration, Nolan says, “I have no doubt that Hopkins will continue to maintain a close and productive relationship with PUMC for years to come.”