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Jane Williams Ball was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland in 1948. She graduated from Havre de Grace High School in 1966. She received her nursing diploma from the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing in 1969. After graduation, she began work as a general staff nurse in the Children’s Medical and Surgical Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She completed a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program from the Johns Hopkins University School of Health Services in 1973 and began working in the Park Building of the Harriet Lane Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She earned a Master of Public Health degree and then a Doctor of Public Health degree in 1980, both from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and with a focus on maternal and child health. Following this, she became the chief of child health services for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Health. After moving to Texas, she joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing. In 1987 she co-authored a textbook, Mosby’s Guide to Physical Examination. Upon returning to Maryland in 1989, she began work as the Project Coordinator of the Pediatric Emergency Medical Services Training Program at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center. She has co-authored a variety of textbooks, including Maternal & Child Nursing Care, Child Health Nursing: Partnering with Children and Families, Pediatric Nursing: Caring for Children, Clinical Handbook for Pediatric Nursing, Maternal-Newborn and Child Nursing: Family Centered Care Skills Manual, and Pediatric Emergencies: A Manual for Prehospital Care Providers. She has also managed the federally funded Emergency Medical Services for Children National Resource Center. In 2010 she was given the Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumna Award for exemplifying the Hopkins ideal of excellence in her professional achievements.

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The Jane Williams Ball Collection consists of a scrapbook containing School of Nursing documents, photos, and memorabilia relating to her matriculation. Some loose clippings from the 1970s are also included.

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