February 15, 1994
Media Contact:Joann Rodgers
Phone: (410) 955-6680

The many roles of nursing will be the focus of Johns Hopkins' first annual NIGHTINGALA celebration to be held February 24 from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. at the Glass Pavilion on Hopkins' Homewood campus.

"In today's changing health care world, nurses perform a myriad of critical roles as researchers, teachers, care providers and patient educators. Maryann Fralic, R.N., Ph.D., new vice president for nursing at The Johns Hopkins Hospital says, "They can be found in hospitals, nursing homes, community clinics, emergency rooms, and intensive care units." NIGHTINGALA will celebrate the many faces of nursing.

Local author and lecturer Susan White Bowden will be master of ceremonies for NIGHTINGALA. During the evening an award will be given to a nurse or group of nurses whose practice showcases clinical nursing.

A special award also will be given to William Clarke, president of Johnson & Johnson Medical Inc., for support of nursing. The award will be presented by William C. Richardson, Ph.D., president of The Johns Hopkins University. Under Clarke's leadership, Johnson & Johnson Medical Inc. has been a major contributor to Hopkins' School of Nursing, supporting a two-year, research-based postdoctoral program Since 1987 Johnson & Johnson Medical Inc. has sponsored 10 postdoctoral students. This level of industry support has been rare in nursing, Carol Gray, R.N., Ed.D., dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, says health-care reform is giving nursing a high profile all across the nation.

"Nursing is in the forefront as the country prepares for health care reform,' says Dean Gray. "We're hearing about the importance of nursing everywhere - from newspaper editorials to national magazines. The NIGHTINGALA event will highlight accomplishments in nursing."

"Johnson & Johnson Medical Inc. takes great pride in its association with The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and its postdoctoral program" says Clarke. "Nursing research, with its emphasis on direct patient care, can make a big difference in cutting health-care costs."

Fellows in the Johnson & Johnson Medical Inc. program have focused on such projects as testing the effectiveness of hospital gloves, improving the health of babies at risk for AIDS, establishing stronger education systems for nursing home workers, and controlling infection in developing countries.

Proceeds from NIGHTINGALA will benefit continuing nurse education programs at Hopkins.

The School of Nursing became a degree-granting division of The Johns Hopkins University in 1983. This year 422 students are enrolled in its baccalaureate, master's, doctoral and postdoctoral programs.

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