Two faculty members from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore received awards at the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research NightinGala Celebration on Oct. 15 in Washington, D.C. Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, a global leader for health promotion and gender equality, received the Path-Paver Award and Sarah Szanton, PhD, ANP, RN, FAAN, a leader in nursing and gerontology, received the Protege Award, according to a news release.
Both Drs. Glass and Szanton have made exceptional contributions as faculty in our school and as nurses in the community, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Dean Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, said in the release. They work locally and globally to improve the healthcare of all people, and this is an absolutely wonderful recognition.
According to the release, Glass has paved the way for future nurses through her mentorship and student investment. During trips to the Democratic Republic of Congo, she has guided nursing, public health and medical students in clinical and research activities, and founded Pigs for Peace and Rabbits for Resilience projects that provide economic and social support to survivors of war, rape, poverty and community division, according to the release. Glass also is principal investigator for six research project grants funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institute of Health. She is the school of nursings associate dean of research, associate director of the Hopkins Center for Global Health, and a founding member of the Afya Global Health Leaders Fellowship Office of AIDS Research. Recently, she was requested to go to the Democratic Republic of Congo by the U.N. as part of a high-level Johns Hopkins delegation to ensure Ebola protocols include community engagement, according to the release.
This award is an important recognition not just for myself, but for my incredible nursing colleagues globally who work to end violence against women and girls, Glass said in the release. I know that my research success is directly linked to being a nurse. My mentors, colleagues, and community partners have inspired and challenged me to do more than I thought was possible, and its my job to do the same for others.
Szanton developed the Community Aging in Place: Advancing Better Living for Elders program, which has been successful in decreasing disability among older adults while keeping them in their homes through care and services from a nurse, an occupational therapist and a handyman, according to the release. The CAPABLE model, which is being piloted in Australia and in Michigan to help reduce healthcare costs, is supported through the NIH, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovations Center, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the John A. Hartford Foundation. Szanton recently testified at the Institute of Medicine about the future of home care and serves on the advisory council for the Long Term Care Interest Group of AcademyHealth.
I got a PhD in nursing so that I could move my clinical insights into clinical trials, Szanton said. This award is an honor to receive in that spirit. PhDs in nursing have research tools and real-world experience which we can use to change the world for patients that we havent even met yet.