In celebration of her efforts to push patient-centered care to the forefront of health care reform, the Johns Hopkins Hospital's Department of Nursing and the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing have launched the Karen B. Haller Endowed Scholarship. Haller previously served as the chief nursing officer for the hospital and recently took on the role of vice president for nursing and clinical affairs for Johns Hopkins Medicine International.
"Dr. Haller is an extraordinary individual, nurse, researcher, and leader—a true Hopkins nurse," says Deborah Baker, interim vice president for nursing at the hospital. "Throughout her accomplished career at Johns Hopkins, she has demonstrated her ability to lead in complex environments, leverage her extensive institutional and clinical knowledge, and develop constructive business relationships across diverse groups."
Through the scholarship, an award will be made each year to a Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing student in the Master of Science in Nursing: Entry into Nursing program who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to patient-centered care. A website has been established to collect donations for the scholarship.
"Karen has been a fearless advocate for nursing education across the world," says Patricia Davidson, dean of the JHU School of Nursing. "This scholarship represents a calling to us as Hopkins health care professionals to fortify our position that exceptional nurses are desperately needed as we reform our health care system to be more accessible and flexible to meet our patients' needs."