March 30, 1994
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Fannie Gaston-Johansson, Dr.Med.Sc., FAAN, R.N., associate professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing will give the commencement address to the graduating class of Winston-Salem State University's Division of Nursing and Allied Health on May 7 in Winston-Salem, N.C. An alumna of the school she also will receive an honorary doctorate in humanities.

The first African American member of the Hopkins nursing faculty, Gaston-Johansson holds the Elsie M. Lawler Chair and is director of the school's post-master's nurse practitioner degree program.

Gaston-Johansson, known for integrating nursing research findings into clinical practice, invented the Pain-0-Meter, which allows a patient to adequately describe pain to a nurse or physician.

She is currently studying pain management in women with breast cancer who undergo bone marrow transplants.

"We want to know if the quality of life is improved for women with breast cancer who have undergone a bone marrow transplant," says Johansson. "Our goal is to help women and their spouses or significant others through this experience."

A native of North Carolina, Gaston-Johansson graduated from Winston-Salem State University in 1959.

"I had wanted to be a nurse ever since I was a child," she says. "It was growing up in North Carolina where I remember first hearing about The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and that sparked my interest. My uncle worked for the railroad and had heard passengers talking about this wonderful hospital called Johns Hopkins. One day, my brother was injured and began having seizures and my family took him from North Carolina to Johns Hopkins. It was then I knew I wanted to be a nurse."

Before joining Hopkins, Gaston-Johansson taught at the School of Nursing at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden for 15 years and then was associate professor at the College of Nursing of the University of Nebraska and director of nursing research in clinical practice at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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