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Brigit VanGraafeiland

Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

vangraafeiland-brigit-bioBrigit VanGraafeiland started her nursing career as a registered nurse in 1987 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York, and became a pediatric nurse practitioner in 1990. She is proud that her 30-year career has made a difference in the lives of children.

“I consider being a pediatric nurse practitioner a calling rather than a career,” said VanGraafeiland, whose scholarship includes work on screening for human trafficking and improving outcomes for children in foster care. “My love and focus has always been vulnerable children and their families.”

Among her proudest achievements: improving provider documentation to ensure communication and continuity of care for children in foster care and leading an initiative to immunize more than 8,000 elementary school children with flu mist in two days in Harford County, a program that continues and is now self-sustaining. She continues as a practitioner at the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy at The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and with Righttime Medical Care.

“Nursing is an extremely rewarding and versatile profession,” she said. “There is nothing more important than providing care to those who need it most. I think of it as a passion, not a job.”

Her colleagues at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing see that passion every day.

“Brigit is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for pediatric patients and their families through her leadership in scholarship, nursing education, practice and community/organizational service,” said Mona Shattell, associate dean for faculty development.

“Brigit’s patient-centered approach is augmented by her careful attention to scientific evidence of best practice, giving her patients and families the optimum care that they deserve,” said Elizabeth Sloand, associate professor.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Health Care Heroes awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.