October 19, 1995
Media Contact:Kate Pipken
Phone: (410) 955-7552

In a move to share the expertise and educational programs of Johns Hopkins nursing with health care providers worldwide, The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and The Johns Hopkins Hospital have formed The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing.

The joint effort was announced October 18 by Sue K. Donaldson, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing, and Maryann F. Fralic, DrPH, RN, FAAN, vice president for nursing at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Donaldson and Fralic will oversee operations. Senior program administrator Kathleen H. Sabatier, MS, RN, will manage the Institute's day-to-day functions.

"The goal of the Institute is to share the innovations in practice, science and scholarship that have always been a hallmark of Johns Hopkins nursing," says Donaldson. "We will provide leadership and consultation on contemporary practice issues, nursing programs, management systems, new technologies, nursing research and advanced nursing roles."

Housed in the School of Nursing in East Baltimore, the Institute will offer continuing education courses, promote collaborative research, host international nursing visitors, and consult on nursing care delivery methods.

"With the expansion of managed care and the increasing demands on nurses to deliver care more efficiently, the need for a resource such as the Institute is clear," says Fralic. "Nurses and health care providers here at Hopkins as well as from around the world can take advantage of Institute programs."

Fralic says telecommunications technology will eventually enable the Institute to offer many programs via satellite to audiences in other states and countries.

The first event sponsored by the Institute will be the Doris Armstrong Leadership Forum on November 13 featuring a panel discussion with nurses elected to the Maryland legislature. Senator Paula Hollinger and Delegates Marilyn Goldwater, Shirley Nathan-Pulliam and Mary Roe Walkup will address leadership opportunities available to nurses. The forum is named after Doris Armstrong, director of nursing services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1970-1976. For more information call Kathleen Sabatier at (410) 614-3160.

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