Newswise — Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Professor and Associate Dean for Community Programs and Initiatives Phyllis Sharps, PhD, RN, FAAN, has earned Modern Healthcare’s Diversity in Nursing award. The accolade is part of the organization’s 2018 Excellence in Nursing awards and recognizes Sharps’ commitment to advancing diversity within the nursing profession.

“I am humbled to be acknowledged for my contribution to such an important topic within nursing and the world,” says Sharps. “My career has offered me many opportunities to stand for diversity, and I will continue to advocate for the innovation, inclusivity, and excellence that comes from the power of diverse populations.”

As a researcher, teacher, mentor, and clinician, Sharps puts intentional focus on supporting diversity in her work. She consults on integrating cultural competency into studies involving African-American communities and has published research on enhancing workforce diversity, mentorship of African-American nursing students, and varied ethnic and cultural representation in research.

At JHSON, Sharps is the Elsie M. Lawler Endowed Chair and leads the school’s efforts to improve health within the Baltimore and surrounding communities. She directs two nurse-led community health centers, provides care to homeless women exposed to violence, and works with students to promote public health interventions including HIV counseling and testing sites, senior apartments, and transitional housing centers for underserved women.

Sharps has received the Johns Hopkins University Diversity Recognition Award, served as a member of the university’s Diversity Leadership Council, and earned the Lifetime Achievement Award in Education and Research from the Association of Black Nursing Faculty.

“Dr. Sharps’ commitment to diversity is evident in nearly everything she does as a clinician, researcher, and colleague,” says JHSON Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN. “This is an esteemed honor and well deserved.”


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice and ranks No. 2 nationally among graduate schools of nursing and No. 2 for DNP programs in the U.S. News & World Report 2018 rankings. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 2 nursing school in the world and is No.1 by College Choice for its master’s program. The school is No. 1 among nursing schools for total Federal Research Grants and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. For more information, visit