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President- Elect Candidate


Laura Taylor

Laura A Taylor, PhD RN FAAN ANEF

Bethesda, Maryland, United States


2006-2007    Post Doctoral Fellowship    Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing,
2006               PhD                The Catholic University of America School of Nursing        
1990               MS Nursing                University of Maryland School of Nursing,
1986               BS Nursing                University of Maryland School of Nursing,



Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, (FAAN), Inducted Octorber 22, 2016, Washington, D.C.


Fellow, in Academy of Nursing Education, National League for Nursing, ANEF. Inducted September, 2014, Arizona


The Diversity Leadership Council Diversity Recognition Award, The GuIDE, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD


Best Abstract of Conference, “Information Technology: Addressing Barriers in Living Kidney Donation with Education and social Support for Donator Candidates and Their Family Caregivers”, The International Transplant Nursing Society, Washington, DC, September 2013


Faculty of the Year, Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, Baltimore MD


Office for Teaching Excellence, Award for Teaching Innovation, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD


Outstanding Dissemination of Health Innovation Award, Maryland Nurses Association,


Health Information Technology Scholars (HITS) Program recipient. The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) in partnership with the Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) and National League for Nursing.


Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar, Semi-Finalist


Faculty of the Year, Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, Baltimore, MD


LINC: An Online Feasibility Study. New Investigator Day Poster, Honorable Mention, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD


Sigma Theta Tau International, Research Grant, Kappa Chapter, “spouses of Living Kidney Donors: A grounded Theory Approach” Washington, DC


Doctoral Research Poster Award, “Understanding the Process of Living Kidney Organ Donation as Experienced by Husbands of Living Kideny Donors: A Grounded Theory Approach,” Sigma Theta Tau International, Kappa Chapter, Washington DC


Nursing Economic$, Future Leader Recognition, San Diego, CA


Faculty Member of the Year, Villa Julie College, Baltimore, MD


Leadership in Nursing Award, the Nurses Alumni Association, University of Maryland, School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD


The Flora Hoffman Tarum Memorial Award, Leadership Award, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD

 Clinical Expertise:

23 years in abdominal organ transplant


Transplant Nursing will lead worldwide efforts ensuring the standard of transplant care is evidence based, inter-professional, and collaborative. We will continue to build the knowledge and science of transplant nursing and dedicate our work and efforts to increasing intra and inter-professional transplant healthcare. Transplant nurses and transplant care providers must be passionate and dedicated to creating systematic and evidence based educational resources that are accessible for optimal healthcare for all patients and families through the many facets of the transplant process.


The ITNS will:

Foster the current WIG of world-wide/global enrollment/membership of ITNS;

Explore and create unique and viable strategies that will ensure the ITNS sustainability plan

Address the needs of the global, diverse transplant workforce;

Continue to drive the professional development and leadership presence of our membership;

Continue to seek out and/or build efforts to address the health disparities experienced in organ donation;

Fully incorporate available technology and collaborative tools, that are evidence driven, in decision-making and to provide the best tools for its membership;

Be fully committed to leading all members and staff of ITNS, in moving forward, addressing and navigating an ever-changing, inter-professional, transplant healthcare arena;

Create opportunities for transplant nurses that ensures work is constructive, engaging, respectful, scholarly, and impactful.


While at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) I served as the, Chair of the School Wide Curriculum Committee, Chair of the Baccalaureate Curriculum Committee, Chair of the Faculty Steering Committee, and the President of Faculty Assembly. Additionally, I was actively involved in the, Johns Hopkins University Course Management System (CMS), School of Nursing Academic Council, NLN Center for Nursing Excellence Task Force (initial award received 2009), and the Office for Teaching Excellence Task Force.  

Currently, at the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing SON I chair the NP/DNP Combined committee, and Chair the Faculty Search Committee.

In 2009 and 2012, I received the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association’s Faculty of the Year Award and was also recognized by the School of Nursing Office for Teaching Excellence with the Award for Teaching Innovation, for an expansive rolling simulation across our Baccalaureate Pathophysiology and Pharmacology course.  

In 2014, I was recognized as a Fellow in the Academy of Nurse Educators, one of just over 200 expert nurse educators recognized for their skill, passion and dedication to the art and science of nursing education for all students across numerous healthcare educational arenas.

In 2016, I was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.


My commitment to the innovation in teaching and learning is evidenced by my incorporation of inter-professional education (IPE) and research opportunities. I have aligned the work of surgeons and nurses from the service side with nurse faculty and instructional designers. Most recently, I have co-coordinated the design, implementation and programmatic evaluation of the first interprofessional military sexual assault multi-media course and simulation experience for graduate medical and nursing students. This program has received international recognition by NATO Science and Technology Organization in the Human Factors in Military Medicine conference (Paris, France, 2015)

My research and publications have been accessed in 26 countries and led to global advances in research focused on donor decision-making, altruistic donation, and psychiatric evaluation of living kidney donors. My publication describing the state of the science in ethical decision-making in living donation is my most cited publications (approximately fifty times). My peer reviewed research papers are published in high impact inter-professional journals and cited more than 60 times. I co-authored the American Nurses Association/International Transplant Nurses Association Scope and Standards of Transplant Nursing Practice (2016), and a book chapter on the care of transplant patients. As an invited keynote speaker at the International Social Work Symposium (2011), and the 2015 World Transplant Congress, I disseminated information covering the impact of social media, information technology, and inter-professional partnerships in transplant care.

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