Gloria Ramsey, JD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, earned the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). The honor salutes Ramsey’s varied career as a nurse and attorney who has focused on bioethics, end-of-life care, and promoting high-quality health care and access among minority populations.
“Receiving an award that celebrates a ‘lifetime’ of work is incredibly humbling and meaningful,” says Ramsey. “The NBNA is such an important organization that brings together some of the most knowledgeable, influential, and dedicated nurses in the field.”
At JHSON, Ramsey serves as inaugural associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She works with students, staff, and faculty to bolster and strategically promote excellence and innovation from diverse people and perspectives. She is also co-chair of the school’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Throughout her career, she has worked with racially and ethnically diverse populations and helped to engage faith communities in community-based participatory research. Ramsey has done significant work to expand end-of-life care for African Americans and persons with disabilities by helping to develop APPEAL (A Progressive Palliative Care Educational Curriculum for the Care of African-Americans at Life’s End) with the late Dr. Richard Payne and the Hastings Center Guidelines for End-of-Life Care. She has also made significant contributions to military health care as a member of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Ethics Committee, faculty of its Medical Ethics Short Course, and as an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) core and veterans trainer.