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Meet the NSP II Cohen Scholars: Ashley Fenton

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

It's time to meet another of Maryland's Nurse Support Program (NSP) II Cohen Scholars!

Who are the Cohen Scholars? From the Nurse Support website:

The Cohen Scholars are recognized as the next generation of nurse educators to fill the positions needed now and in the future.

This NSP II program provides funding for Cohen Scholars to complete the necessary graduate degrees and coursework to prepare to become a nurse educator or faculty in the state of Maryland.

Join us in meeting some of the Cohen Scholars across the state of Maryland!


Ashley Fenton, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, LCSW-C, received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice as a Cohen Scholar through the Johns Hopkins University Executive DNP Program, and now teaches at JHSON as Nursing Faculty.

Professor Fenton was kind enough to share with us what inspired her to teach below.

What drew you to a career in teaching?

"As a dual certified Primary Care and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I have learned the complex interplay between mental and physical health. There are significant health disparities that exist for those with psychiatric illness.

I have a passion for educating my patients and empowering them to take an active role in their health.

I realized that through teaching in higher education I could share this knowledge and passion and help shape the next generation of Nurse Practitioners to take a full biopsychosocial approach to care."


Thank you to Professor Fenton for sharing what drives your passion and for pursuing a career that leads the nursing profession forward!

Stay tuned for our next Cohen Scholar Spotlight.

Are you a Cohen Scholar who would like to share your story? Reach out to us at!

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