Our History

Over a century ago, the Quaker merchant Johns Hopkins did more than provide in his will for the construction of a university and a hospital. He provided a vision for the first-of-its-kind, university-based health care center, one with a vital new aim—to create a learning, training and caring environment.  He also directed that a nursing school be established as part of the institution.

For some 125 years the role of nursing has gone hand in hand with the Johns Hopkins mission to create a model for patient care in America. Our mission is not to simply practice nursing but to transform it.


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Hopkins Nurses are Leaders

Since 1889 when its doors first opened, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been recognized worldwide for its leadership in all areas of health care.  The first president of the American Nurses' Association was a Hopkins nurse, and Hopkins nurses were instrumental in founding both The American Journal of Nursing and the Superintendent's Society, the forerunner of the National League for Nursing.

In an environment in which innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration are the norm, Hopkins remains today an acknowledged leader in the fields of nursing practice, research and education.

Hear our July 21, 2008 discussion on WPYR, about Our Shared Legacy.

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