Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) Assistant Professor Kimberly McIltrot, DNP, CPNP, CWOCN, has been chosen to serve as director of the school’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program—most recently ranked No. 1 the country by U.S. News & World Report.

“This leadership position is key to the future of our program and to leveraging the importance of advanced practice nursing across the nation,” says JHSON Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN. “As a JHSON DNP graduate herself, Dr. McIltrot is an exceptional leader in advanced clinical care, patient safety, and translating evidence into practice. I look forward to her knowledge and experience guiding our program’s continued excellence and growth.”

Throughout her career, McIltrot has held a variety of leadership positions in academia and clinical practice. At JHSON, she co-led the first Saudi Arabian DNP class to graduate from the school in 2017. She has served as chair of the DNP Progressions Committee, co-investigator of an NSPII grant funding JHSON’s Supporting Professional Achievement in Nursing (SPAN) program, and as an instructor for numerous courses within the DNP program. For many years, McIltrot was the lead nurse practitioner in pediatric surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

In the earlier part of her career, she was an officer in the Army Nurse Corps and a charge nurse in the 41st Combat Support Hospital in Iraq, the Brooke Army Medical Center in Ft. Sam Houston, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. She has received military awards for her service including the Bronze Service Star for her work in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm/New Dawn.

McIltrot is also founding editor of the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing, a member of the Executive Board of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, and extensively published on topics including wound care, pediatrics, and pediatric surgery.

“I am truly excited to advance an already distinguished program,” says McIltrot. “Nurses with doctoral degrees like the DNP will be critical in 21st century delivery of care.”

At JHSON, the DNP program prepares students with the education, skills, and knowledge to drive health care innovation and enhance quality of care. The Executive track is for RNs with a non-entry-level master’s degree in nursing, and the Advanced Practice track is for students with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing or an entry-level nursing master’s degree. Both options contain online learning components. Students can also pursue the DNP Advanced Practice/PhD Dual Degree Program or the DNP Executive Track/MBA Dual Degree.


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice. The school ranks No. 1 nationally for its graduate, DNP, and online programs in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 4 nursing school in the world, No.1 by College Choice for its master’s program, and No. 1 for its DNP program. First opened in 1889, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is celebrating throughout 2019 its 130th anniversary as a school and leader in nursing education and excellence. For more information, visit and