Dr. Alice Kiger, now retired from the University of Aberdeen, was a member of the Class of 1964 of the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing. Alice worked as a clinical nurse in the specialities of operating theatres, paediatrics, intensive care, coronary care, accident and emergency, medical and surgical nursing. She gained this clinical experience in Baltimore, Washington DC, New Orleans, London and Aberdeen.
She began teaching clinical nursing early in her career, even as she pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and then Master of Arts in Modern European history.
This interest in other cultures translated into the commitment to acquiring the necessary credentials to share her clinical interests and skills with students in the United Kingdom, culminating with a PhD in Nursing from the University of Edinburgh.
During her career she has collaborated with nursing researchers and educators in Hungary, France, Slovenia and other countries of Europe. She has mentored doctoral level students from the UK, Greece, Jordan, Iran, Canada, and the USA; she was a member of working groups for the European Federation of Nurse Educators and the Francophone Commission for Advanced Nursing Education. She has been a part-time associate professor at a nursing college in Slovenia since 2006, and continues to be an honorary member of staff at University of Aberdeen, where she still does incidental teaching and is part of a project team doing educational research about midwifery training in Malawi.
One of the highlights of her career was her role in setting up the Centre for Advanced Studies in Nursing at the University of Aberdeen. As its Director, Alice’s focus was the advancement of nursing research, enhancing the integration of research into nursing practice, and the preparation of PhD level nurse researchers. As an internationally recognized expert in nursing education, research and delivery of nursing care, published author and journal reviewer, Dr. Kiger has superbly represented the mission of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing to “improve the health of individuals and diverse communities locally and globally through leadership and excellence in nursing education, research, practice, and service.” She was awarded a Johns Hopkins University Global Achievement Award in 2014.
The name of the student in receipt of the award from each academic year is listed below.
- 2015/16 - Billy Ridler
- 2013/14 - Heba Farajallah