Dr. Fannie Gaston-Johansson to Keynote Founder's Day Convocation

Date:  October 11, 2013

Time:  10:45 am

Summary:  Dr. Fannie Gaston-Johansson, an internationally renowned nurse educator and researcher, will keynote the Founder's Day Convocation on Friday, October 11, at 10:30 a.m. in the K.R. Williams Auditorium.


Dr. Fannie Gaston-Johansson, an internationally renowned nurse educator, researcher and first African-American woman to be a tenured full professor at Johns Hopkins University, will keynote Winston-Salem State University's (WSSU) 2013 Founder's Day Convocation on Friday, October 11, at 10:30 a.m. in the K.R. Williams Auditorium on campus.

Dr. Fannie Gaston-JohanssonGaston-Johansson, who earned her B.S. degree in nursing from WSSU, is speaking as part of the 60th anniversary of the nursing program at WSSU.  An internationally renowned nurse educator and researcher, she has studied, researched and published numerous articles on issues related to the prevention and management of pain and other quality of life issues, as well as creating an effective coping strategy program for relieving symptoms associated with breast cancer.

Named the inaugural chair of the School of Nursing's Department of Acute and Chronic Care at Johns Hopkins University in 2007, Gaston-Johansson holds the Elsie M. Lawler Endowed Chair in Research there.  She leads the International and Interdisciplinary Minority Global Health Disparities Research Training Program and has directed the Center of Health Disparities Research.

Gaston-Johansson is also an international professor at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden where she earned her Ph.D.  There she served as dean of the School of Nursing for four years, served on the International Advisory Committee for a national research project for patient centered care, and became an elected member of the Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities in Sweden, an organization that was established in 1753.

Named to the Maryland Task Force on Health Care Access and Reimbursement by Gov. Martin O'Malley, Gaston-Johansson also was the recipient of the National Black Nurses Association's Trailblazer Award and has received citations from the U. S. Congress and the government of Sweden for her domestic and international research endeavors.  She was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from WSSU in 1994 and was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Hall of Fame in 2011.

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