Patricia M. Davidson, RN, PhD, MEd, BA, has been appointed the fourth dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore.
Davidson, who spent 23 years as a front-line clinician and nurse manager before shifting her focus to research and teaching, is professor and director of the Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care at the University of Technology, Sydney, in her native Australia. She also is professor of cardiovascular nursing research at St. Vincents Hospital in Sydney.
Davidson will start her new job on Sept. 1, succeeding Martha N. Hill, dean of the school since 2001. Hill had planned to step down June 30, but agreed to remain in the position until her successor arrives.
“I am excited, humbled and honored,” Davidson said in a news release. “I am delighted that the president, Board of Trustees and search committee have such confidence in my ability to lead the school and succeed Dean Hill, who has been so stellar as a leader and so successful as a scientist and advocate for nursing.”
Davidson has collaborated with Johns Hopkins faculty members in research, teaching and professional activities for a decade and spent time at the school as a visiting scholar in 2007, 2009 and 2011. She is a fellow of the American Heart Association and the Australian College of Nursing.
“Johns Hopkins is internationally regarded as a place where problems are solved and innovation fueled,” she said in the release. “Nursing is an integral part of the solution to many complex healthcare problems, and we are well-placed to continue to lead innovations in policy, practice, education and research.”
Davidson is counsel general of the International Council on Womens Health Issues. Much of her own research is on improved cardiac rehabilitation tailored for women, a track she has followed for nearly a decade. She has expanded her focus to include the needs of Australias Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the disadvantaged and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
She also has been active in health policy, serving, for example, as co-chair of the New South Wales Agency for Clinical Innovation Cardiac Network, providing advice and information to the Australian Ministry of Health.
“We face both challenging and exciting times in our profession and healthcare delivery nationally and globally,” Davidson said in the release. “I am highly impressed by the schools record of achievement in leading healthcare innovation.”