Patricia Davidson PhD, Med, RN, FAAN

Dean, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University

Patricia Davidson, PhD, Med, RN, FAAN, is considered one of the most influential deans of nursing in the United States. Since becoming Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in September 2013, she has introduced a new degree program (Master’s Entry into Nursing), doubled the school’s PhD program intake and increased engagement with communities, locally, nationally and internationally.

A global leader in cardiac health for women and vulnerable populations, Dr. Davidson has an established program of research in supporting individuals living with chronic conditions and developing innovative models of transitional care. A primary objective of her work has been to improve the cardiovascular health of underserved populations through development of innovative, acceptable, and sustainable initiatives internationally.

Since 2003, Dr. Davidson has secured over $10 million in competitive research funding from national and international funding bodies, and co-authored 320-plus peer-reviewed journal articles, 20 book chapters, and more than 100 peer-reviewed abstracts. She has also supervised and mentored more than 35 doctoral and post-doctoral researchers and currently is an editor of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes; Collegian, International Journal of Nursing Studies and the Journal of Nursing Management. She is also on the editorial boards of a number of other journals.

Dr. Davidson is Counsel General of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International’s Institute for Global Healthcare Leadership Advisory Board. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Heart Association, the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and the Australian College of Nursing.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, she was the Director of the Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care at the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia) and Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing Research at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.


5 minutes with Dr Patricia Davidson

Please provide a brief description of the topic that you will be presenting at the Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Conference 2017

My presentation will focus on the importance of portrayal of positive and realistic images of nursing and midwifery.

Why should your presentation not be missed?

Opportunity to find out about exciting developments in social media.

What do you think are the most exciting recent developments in the field of nursing and midwifery?

The increasing recognition of the value of nursing and midwifery and the relationship to patient outcomes.

How does attending events like the Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Conference 2017 inform or relate to your current practice?

Provides an opportunity to hear from thought leaders in the field, reflect and strategise.

What are you most looking forward to about the conference?

Networking with colleagues and finding out about latest developments in nursing and midwifery.

What else are you looking forward to about your trip to Perth?

Seeing old friends and making new friends and enjoying the great food and wine of Western Australia.

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