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Deborah J. Baker, DNP, FAAN

Daily Record Staff//March 31, 2023

Deborah J. Baker, DNP, FAAN

By Daily Record Staff

//March 31, 2023


Deborah J. Baker, DNP, FAAN

Senior Vice President For Nursing, Johns Hopkins Health System
Vice President For Nursing & Patient Care Services And
Chief Nursing Officer, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

COVID-19 brought to light the need for new, innovative solutions in the nursing profession, many of which came directly from staff, Deborah J. Baker said.

“The pandemic jumpstarted collaborative partnerships with area hospitals, creating a united response to serve all patients,” Baker said. “We learned that more collaboration with regional entities and the state are critical to the physical and mental health of our communities. The high demand for clinical care at a time when resources and service provision is low brings additional stress for health care staff wanting to bring their best selves to their patients.”

Looking to the future, Baker hopes there will be Investment in innovation to transform the delivery of essential and specialty care, as well as partnerships in behavioral health and post-discharge care.

What’s your best advice for someone who aspires to your job?

Question the status quo of how we deliver care. Nurses need authority with decision-making in addition to accountability. If we have the evidenced-based structures and processes in place, we need to innovate regarding the tasks – listening to the elegant solutions posited by our frontline clinicians and staff.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Health Care Power List for 2023. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at

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