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New dean of JHU School of Nursing named

Patricia M. Davidson, whose appointment as the fourth dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing was announced Friday, spent 23 years as a front-line clinician and nurse manager in her native Australia before shifting to research and teaching, focusing on cardiac health for women and indigenous people.

Patricia M. Davidson

Davidson, who starts her new job in Baltimore on Sept. 1, is now professor and director of the Center for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, as well as professor of cardiovascular nursing research at St. Vincent’s Hospital there.

JHU President Ronald J. Daniels, who recommended Davidson’s appointment to the executive committee of the university’s Board of Trustees, called her “a builder and doer … with important ideas for the future of health care and nursing.”

Davidson was a visiting scholar at JHU in 2007, 2009 and 2011. She succeeds Martha N. Hill, who has led the nursing school since 2001.