The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore recently hired three new faculty members: Carmen Alvarez, PhD, RN, C-NP, CNM, Jill Hamilton, PhD, RN, and Nancy Sullivan, DNP, RN, according to a news release.
Through her clinical experience, Alvarez was motivated to pursue her research interests in health promotion for underserved populations. For the past seven years, she has practiced in community health centers serving mostly uninsured and underinsured Latino immigrants. As a Julio Bellber Postdoctoral Fellow at the George Washington University, Alvarez has collaborated with researchers to examine characteristics of community health centers, provider attitudes and communication behavior regarding support for patient self-management, according to the release. At Hopkins, she said she wants to be actively engaged in research and is looking forward to the wide array of resources the school has to offer.
Hamilton, a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar and recipient of the 2011 Oncology Nursing Society Publishing Divisions Award for Excellence in Writing Qualitative Research, said she wants to give voice to the lived experiences of older African-American cancer patients and survivors. She has researched how African-Americans use religious songs and prayers to deal with life-threatening illnesses, and is working on a series of interventions using video documentaries of songs and Bible verses.
Collaborations and partnerships are incredibly important to any researcher, and Im excited to develop these relationships within the Baltimore community, Hamilton said in the release. I was drawn to Hopkins because of the chance to collaborate with some of the worlds best researchers, all while serving a new community.
A nurse for 39 years and a 2013 graduate of the JHUSON DNP program, Sullivan has worked in the emergency department/trauma/critical care setting with both adult and pediatric patients and has served 11 years as a nurse educator for new graduate nurses. Since 2005, she has held multiple joint appointment faculty positions at JHSON including clinical instructor, Clinical Academic Partnership Preceptorship clinical instructor, course coordinator and guest lecturer.
Taking on the role of director of the JHUSONs Simulation Labs, Sullivan wants to find ways to improve efficiency and learning. Im looking forward to taking the simulation experience to the next level and better preparing each student that walks through those sim doors, Sullivan said in the release.