Karen B. Haller Endowed Scholarship

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On a strenuous trail from the top of Yosemite Falls, lifelong hiker Karen Haller, PhD, RN, crossed paths with a woman in her 20s with a prosthetic leg. Haller marveled as the woman slowly crossed each boulder by swinging her leg laterally over the jagged rock and thought about the nurses, doctors, therapists, and equipment makers who may have supported her pursuit. “No clinician would have advised her to go on that trail,” says Haller, until recently vice president for nursing and patient care services and chief nursing officer of Johns Hopkins Hospital—responsible for professional practice and clinical standards in the institution. “This reminded me that patients need to set goals for themselves [too], and that we need to help them achieve those goals.”
It was a signature response. In 27 years of nursing and leadership at Hopkins Medicine, Haller walked the walk on patient-centered care, embracing it “long before it became a common phrase,” says Patricia Davidson, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. It has become “her greatest legacy”—so far, as she recently took the role of vice president of Nursing and Clinical Affairs for Johns Hopkins Medicine International.
“When nurses are useful, patients are successful—that is, they give birth; they improve or recover; they die with dignity,” Haller once wrote in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing. “A patient’s success belongs to the patient, but enabling patients to be successful is the hallmark of good nursing.”
The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is establishing a scholarship fund in patient-centered care in honor of Dr. Haller. We hope you will join us in giving a donation to this living tribute to Dr. Haller – a tribute that will impact nursing and patients for years to come.

If you prefer to make a donation in the form of a check, please make payable to The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and mail to 525 N. Wolfe St., SON House 209, Baltimore, MD 21205 (note: Haller Scholarship).

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