Five faculty members from Johns Hopkins to become American Academy of Nursing fellows

Inductees recognized for contributions that have influenced policy and the well-being of all

Five faculty members from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing will be inducted as fellows Nov. 3 at the American Academy of Nursing's 2018 fall meeting, to be held in Washington, D.C. Induction into the organization marks significant contributions to nursing and health care and careers that have influenced policy and the well-being of all.

"These faculty are outstanding and have a diverse range of knowledge and expertise that has impacted nursing and the health of communities nationally and globally," says Patricia Davidson, dean of the School of Nursing. "Our reach as a school is palpable because of their leadership and innovation, and I congratulate them on their excellent work and receiving this honor."

Nada Lukkahatai researches symptom biology and management, oncology, and the interaction of behavior and biological processes. She is currently looking at the effects of nonpharmacological intervention, including technology-enhanced home-based exercise programs. She examines auricular point acupressure in managing pain and fatigue, oxidative markers in patients with Alzheimer's disease, and musculoskeletal symptoms in breast cancer survivors.

Also in pain management, Janiece Taylor studies minority and women's health, and aging among people with chronic disabling pain conditions. Her work includes helping older adults prioritize pain management, identifying disability and physical function outcomes among older African-American women with osteoarthritis, and researching associations between pain, depression, and functional limitations in homebound older women and minorities.

With 28 years of experience as a pediatric nurse practitioner, Brigit VanGraafeiland has worked with vulnerable and underserved populations in urban and rural areas. Her scholarship includes studies to improve health care outcomes in vulnerable populations and a collaborative project that examined a nationwide survey on child maltreatment screening and anticipatory guidance in primary care settings. She is current chair of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners Chapter/SIG Toolkit Workgroup for the Alliance for Children in Trafficking.

Nicole Warren is a certified nurse-midwife and public health nurse whose global work has helped build competencies among maternal health providers in sub-Saharan Africa and India. Her U.S.-based work is focused on improving care for women affected by female genital cutting and promoting the universal rights of childbearing women, including informed consent, equitable care, freedom from discrimination, and being treated with dignity and respect. Through funding from numerous grants, she studies group prenatal care to improve mental health outcomes among adolescent mothers in Mali and nurse mentorship models in rural India.

As a researcher, Chao Hsing Yeh examines nonpharmacological management and the mechanisms and efficacy of auricular point acupressure to manage pain in adults, patients with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers, and cancer patients. She was a 2017 recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Discovery Award and is currently studying the scientific underpinnings of using acupressure to provide pain relief of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. She has recently been funded by the National Institute on Aging to study the efficacy of auricular point acupressure in managing chronic low back pain in older adults.

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