I am happy to greet you as the new president of the Johns Hopkins Nurses’ Alumni Association (JHNAA). This is an exciting year for me, not only because I will help guide the Alumni Association in its activities, but because I will be celebrating my 50-year graduation from the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing.
I feel very fortunate to lead a diverse board of directors for the Alumni Association. JHNAA board members are graduates of several nursing programs, including BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD. I am hoping that together, we will be able to find methods to make the JHNAA more meaningful to all Johns Hopkins School of Nursing graduates of all programs. Our first step in this was to make serving on the JHNAA board more inclusive regardless of geography. This year, we are using video-conferencing for our board meetings. This strategy has allowed us to recruit members of the JHNAA board who live across the country.
The JHNAA completed its orientation of new members last fall, and we are now focusing on our major activities, which include fostering alumni-student relations and participating in planning for Alumni Weekend. In the fall, JHNAA sponsored a mentorship program for DNP Executive students, matching 22 DNP alumni to students enrolled in the program. We are currently evaluating the response of students and alumni to the mentorship program to see how it can be improved. We also hope to identify another program for an alumni-student mentorship opportunity later this year. We may be contacting you to see if you would like to volunteer!
With regard to Alumni Weekend, we are considering several potential speakers for the program, as well as social events. I look forward to seeing you there. Please save the dates—October 3-5.
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