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Heather Watson, Ph.D., R.N.

Nurse Scientist

Dr. Heather Watson is the Nurse Scientist for the Johns Hopkins Health System; leading and conducting discipline-specific and interprofessional research to strengthen the implementation, adoption, and sustainability of best evidence for clinical, administrative, and nursing practice. She grew up in Colorado and served ten years in the United States Navy. Dr. Watson started her career as a maternal/child nurse, taught in baccalaureate and master’s curriculums, and held a senior research nurse position in public health. Dr. Watsons’ initial research was in maternal and fetal health, focusing on development and behavior. Currently, her focus is building capacity for nursing inquiry across the health system, using implementation science and practice as supporting theories and frameworks.


Madeleine Whalen

Madeleine Whalen, M.S.N./M.P.H., R.N.

EBP Program Coordinator

Maddie Whalen is the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Program Coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Health System. In this role, she supports frontline nursing in completing robust and actionable EBP projects. She began her nursing career in the Emergency Department while earning her Master’s Degrees in Nursing and Public Health. She continues to work clinically part-time as well as serves as a clinical instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Her professional interests include global health, infectious disease, and empowering nurses to advance the profession and science of nursing through inquiry.


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Alexandra Johnson, M.S.N., R.N.

Inquiry Program Coordinator

Alexandra Johnson is the Nursing Inquiry Program Coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Health System. In this role, she conducts and guides nursing research, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement work. She is originally from Chicago, Illinois. Alexandra began her career in research as a Clinical Research Specialist at Abbott Laboratories, followed by a Research Coordinator position at The University of Illinois at Chicago. Alexandra relocated to Maryland in 2018 to join The Johns Hopkins Hospital as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit, where she continues to work clinically part-time. Alexandra is also a pediatric clinical instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Her professional interests include public health, reducing maternal and infant health disparities, and empowering nurses to participate in scholarly work.


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Nadine Rosenblum, M.S., R.N., I.B.C.L.C.

Inquiry Program Coordinator

Nadine Rosenblum is the Nursing Inquiry Program Coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Health System. In this role, she conducts and guides nursing research, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement work. She is originally from the Finger Lakes region in New York. Nadine began her career in nursing in South Africa as a Community Nurse Consultant for The Near East Foundation. In 2000, she moved to Maryland to join The Johns Hopkins Hospital as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit.  After receiving her IBCLC in 2009, she transferred to GYN/OB as a Lactation Consultant and Lead Clinical Nurse. In 2013, she became the Lactation Team Lead. Her professional interests include breastfeeding, highlighting the importance using human milk, addressing disparities and biases in health care, and encouraging inquiry work among bedside nurses.

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