2014 News & Events

Jean Johnson: Nursing without Borders

December 11, 2014

Jean Johnson took an indirect path to nursing, with detours that involved a degree in economics, a job in the U.S.


Senator Kaine visits GW SON

December 09, 2014

As each Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) class prepares to graduate, students share their capstone projects in an annual poster presentation. This year, Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) attended the presentation, stopping to ask each group of students about their interest in nursing and future plans.

Kirsten McAllister

A Prizewinning Grad

December 08, 2014

Every May, the School of Nursing in partnership with the George Washington Alumni Association (GWAA) presents one nursing graduate with the GWAA Prize. The coveted award recognizes a student

Emily Yelverton, left and Anne Quinn, right.

Mother-Daughter Duo Becoming Family Nurse Practitioners at GW SON

November 10, 2014

Like other service professions, nursing tends to be a family affair, with young adults often following their parents into nursing. For Anne Quinn and her daughter, Emily Yelverton, nursing is indeed a family affair, but with Anne following her daughter into nursing. Both are now in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at GW SON.

Nurse Practitioners are Vital Primary Care Providers

November 07, 2014

Nurse Practitioners – nurses who have at least Masters degrees and are qualified and licensed to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical issues – are playing a key role in alleviating the current shortage of health care providers. Nov. 9-15 is National Nurse Practitioner week, so let's learn more about these health care providers. 

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National Nurse Emergency Preparedess Initiative (NNEPI) Remains Popular Training Option

November 07, 2014

Ten years ago, the US Department of Homeland Security awarded the George Washington University Health Sciences department (of which nursing was a part) a $2 million grant to develop and deliver online training for nurses around the country. The purpose of the training was to prepare nurses to meet the needs of their communities during and after chemical, biological, radiological/nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) events. Since then, GW School of Nursing (SON) was established and more than 20,000 nurses have completed the National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiative (NNEPI) training that is still offered by GW SON today.

President Obama signs IMPACT Act

Student Witnesses IMPACT Act Become Policy

November 04, 2014

One of GW SON’s own witnessed history in October when she watched President Barack Obama sign the “Improving Medicare Post-Acute Transformation (IMPACT) Act.” Arilma St.Clair, a nurse for 14 years who is now pursuing a post-master’s certificate in the family nurse practitioner option, serves as the president for the Washington, DC National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) chapter. She stood in for the organization’s national president at the signing. “It was a privilege and an honor to witness the signing of the IMPACT Act and what it meant for our most frail of patients,” says Ms. St. Clair.

Dr. Malliarakis

GW SON’s Dr. Kate Malliarakis Inducted as an AAN Fellow

October 25, 2014

Assistant Professor Dr. Kate Malliarakis was inducted as an American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Fellow in October during the Academy’s annual conference, held this year in Washington, DC.

AAN Fellowship recognizes significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current Academy Fellows. This year, 168 nurse leaders were inducted. According to the AAN, selection is based in part, “on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all.”

A DNP from GW Caps off a Military Career

October 24, 2014

At the age of 42, Colonel Richard Prior, having already obtained an MSN from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, decided he wanted to further his education by

Dean Alcindor

Dean Hilda Alcindor Discusses Haitian Health Care

October 24, 2014

Dean Hilda Alcindor is Dean of the Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de l’Université Episcopale d’Haïti in Léogâne (FSIL) [Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti], which admitted its first students in January 2005.

Dr. Mayri Leslie with new mother in Haiti

Celebrating National Nurse-Midwifery Week

October 06, 2014

Access to healthcare is expanding in the United States, and during National Nurse-Midwifery Week (Oct. 5-11, 2014), GW SON is exploring the role midwives play in providing care. Maternal child health represents a large percentage of our health care dollar said Dr. Mayri Leslie, director of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Concentration in Nurse-Midwifery for GW SON. “If you want to impact the health care system, impact the maternity system,” Dr. Leslie said.

Dr. Lupu

Institute of Medicine Cites GW SON Research Professor’s Work

October 01, 2014

When the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released what promises to be an influential report with far-reaching implications for health care, a GW School of Nursing faculty member’s work was twice cited as shaping the institute’s findings about palliative care.

Dr. Polly Pittman

Healthcare Workforce Policy Expert Explores Changing Role of RNs

September 30, 2014

As health care undergoes major shifts – to patient-centered care, accommodating million of people with new access to care under the ACA, and with emphasis on primary care – the way nurses practice is always transforming, says one health policy expert.

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HRSA Grant Funds Development of Veterans BSN

September 16, 2014

The GW School of Nursing has been awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to develop a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) designed to support in their transition to the professional nursing workforce. This Veterans Educational Transition to Success (VETS) Initiative is funded by the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The Veterans BSN Initiative addresses the growing demand for health care services, especially primary care, throughout our nation; the increasing emphasis on the BSN as the minimum entry-level degree for nursing practice; and the expanding recognition that many veterans without BSN degrees possess valuable skills and training that position them well for entry into nursing career ladder programs.


Unique Partnership Provides Care to 3,000 Haitians

September 12, 2014

SON, Global Company Sae-A, Pusan University Hospital and Caracol Industrial Park Partner on August Medical Mission

About 3,000 patients in Haiti received health care this summer through a unique partnership between GW SON and Sae-A, a South Korean-based global apparel manufacturer and exporter, a South Korean University and Caracol Industrial Park, where Sae-A runs a manufacturing plant. The GW SON team comprised of twelve people - four faculty members, four students, two staff members, and one alumnus went to Caracol, Haiti, where they worked with a team of physicians from Pusan National University in South Korea to see patients on site at Caracol Industrial Park.  See photo gallery here. 

White Coat ceremony

Inaugural White Coat Ceremony Marks Beginning of Clinical Rotations

September 05, 2014

Thanks to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation for choosing us as one of 100 schools to receive funding for White Coat ceremonies for our Accelerated BSN students this fall.

Dr. Christine Pintz, Dr. Laurie Posey and Dr. Joyce Pulcini

Interprofessional Grant Focuses on Working as Health Care Teams

August 29, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health (HHS) Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded a $1 million grant to the GW School of Nursing to  designing interprofessional health care teams for its family, adult-gerontology primary care, and palliative care nurse practitioner (NP) students.  This will help increase the number of health care providers educated in how to participate effectively in interprofessional teams, with a focus on the management of patients with multiple chronic conditions.

Brittany Key

New Nurse Says GW SON Prepared Her Well for Career

August 27, 2014

While Brittany Key, RN, BSN was not committed to picking universities that go by the name of ‘George,’ she did happen to attend two of them. Originally from Whitehall, IL, Ms. Key came to the DC area to go to George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. After graduating with a degree in psychology, she decided to continue on at the George Washington University’s School of Nursing to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

“I decided on GW because I liked the environment—the way it felt on the Virginia campus,” says Ms. Key. “But I was particularly interested in the school because of their simulation lab.”

Partnership for Sustainable Economic Development and Health Care in Haiti

August 24, 2014

The GW School of Nursing has embarked on a unique partnership to improve the health of those living in the northern part of Haiti near Cap-Haïtien.  After the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Haitian government developed strategies to rejuvenate the Haitian economy.  One solution was to create a textile industrial park, thus creating jobs for upwards of 50,000 Haitians. 

VSTC Orientation 2014

Deans and Faculty Members Welcome Students

August 21, 2014

Deans and faculty members Wednesday, August 19, 2014 welcomed about 100 incoming students to GW SON’s Virginia Science & Technology Campus (VSTC).

Accelerated BSN and ADN Pathways Orientation

Accelerated BSN & ADN Pathways Orientation Begins Wednesday

August 19, 2014

GW SON welcomes its incoming Accelerated BSN and ADN Pathways students to our campus in Ashburn, VA beginning August 20, 2014! An agenda is available here.

About 70 students will be starting the Accelerated BSN program, a 15-month second-degree opportunity. Another 25 ADN Pathways students already have their Associate Degree in Nursing, and will be continuing their education toward a BSN or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) through GW SON. All will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday.

Dean Johnson at 2014 orientation.

Dean Johnson Welcomes Graduate Students

August 14, 2014

Dean Jean Johnson, just off the plane from Haiti, where GW SON faculty, students and staff are on a medical mission, Dean Johnson spoke Wednesday afternoon to the incoming graduate nursing students in Washington, DC as part of their Orientation and welcome to the School of Nursing.

Dr. Karen Ott, a GW SON Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) alumnae

Keynote Speaker Highlights Health Leadership Roles

August 14, 2014

Dr. Karen Ott, a GW SON Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) alumnae, gave the keynote Leadership Address Wednesday as part of the Graduate Orientation in Washington, DC.

Associate Director for Graduate Studies Dr. Christine Pintz

Associate Dean Counsels Students in Success Strategies

August 12, 2014

“Don’t see perfection but strive for excellence,” Associate Director for Graduate Studies Dr. Christine Pintz told about 300 incoming GW SON Master of Science (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students gathered in Washington, DC for Graduate Orientation.

“Tangles” was presented by WAGECC.

Play Explores Many Aspects of Treating Patients with Dementia

August 08, 2014

New graduate students visiting GW SON’s campus in Washington, DC this week had the opportunity to attend a theater presentation written especially for health care professionals that explores the complexities of patients with neurological disorders.

“Tangles” was presented by the Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium (WAGECC), the GW SON, and the Center for the Application and Scholarship of Theater (CAST) in Medicine. 

Dean Jean Johnson, right, and Joyce Pulcini, director of Community & Global Initiatives in Haiti

GW SON faculty, students & staff on Medical Mission in Haiti

August 07, 2014

Twelve GW SON faculty, students and staff flew to Haiti Aug. 6 as the school embarks on a unique partnership to improve the health of those living in the northern part of Haiti near Cap-Haïtien.
After the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Haitian government developed strategies to rejuvenate the Haitian economy. One solution was to create a textile industrial park, thus creating jobs for upwards of 50,000 Haitians.

Graduate Faculty and Staff

Orientation Begins August 11

August 07, 2014

GW SON welcomes its incoming graduate students to our campus in Washington, DC the week of August 11! An agenda is available hereAbout 300 Master of Nursing Science (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students are expected in Foggy Bottom for a week of introductions and inspiration.

Pulcini on panel

Pulcini discusses scope of practice on Princeton Conference panel

June 05, 2014

GW SON’s own Dr. Joyce Pulcini served on a panel alongside other influential healthcare professionals May 14 during the prestigious Princeton Conference, an annual event held by The Council on Health Care Economics and Policy.

Graduation Student Speaker Marcia Camden and other student award winners

Student Speaker Reflects on Nursing

May 21, 2014

Accelerated BSN graduate Marcia Camden was selected as the student speaker for the School of Nursing graduation ceremony, held May 16 in Lisner Auditorium on the Foggy Bottom campus. Ms. Camden was chosen as the ceremony’s speaker through an open nomination process.

Three Graduates Receive Awards for Excellence

May 21, 2014

The Excellence in Community Service Award was presented to Nicole McCrory, BSN’14. Dr. Karen Dawn nominated Ms. McCrory, who in January traveled to Haiti as part of the school’s medical mission there. Prior to the trip, Ms. McCrory learned basic Creole (the language of Haiti), conducted research, and worked on group projects preparing educational materials to present during the trip.


Keynote Speaker Shares Lessons Learned from Leadership Experience

May 20, 2014

“Few professions demand the day in and day out courage that nursing does. We stand with our patients and their families often during the most significant moments of their lives; those of great joy as well as great sadness,” said Dr. Maureen McCausland, in describing the nursing profession during her keynote remarks during the graduation ceremony.

Dr. McCausland is senior vice president and chief nursing officer for MedStar Health, the largest health care provider in Maryland and the Washington, DC region.

LPN students

GW SON Lends Sim Lab to Loudoun County School

May 15, 2014

GW School of Nursing is committed to community service and supporting the nursing profession. As part of this, the SON Skills and Simulation Lab often hosts various groups. Most recently, the SON sim lab hosted a group of students from the Loudoun County School of Practical Nursing (LSPN) at C.S. Monroe Technology Center—the Loudoun Governor’s Career and Technical STEM Academy.

Educational Theatre Company (ETC)

Creative Aging Project Brings Together Students, Older Adults

May 15, 2014

In order to creatively bridge the gap between college students and aging adults, the Educational Theatre Company (ETC) for the second year brought together George Washington University theater students with seniors from Hunters Park, an independent living facility in Arlington, VA.

Karen Ott, graduated from GW SON in May 2012

VA official, a GW SON alum, discusses value of DNP

May 15, 2014

Dr. Karen Ott is definitely a Nurse Leader. She is a 30-year U.S. Navy veteran, is now the director for policy education and legislation for the  US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Nursing Services. Even with all her experience, Dr. Ott decided to go back to school for her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Leadership & Management.

GW SON is excited to welcome Dr. Ott back to campus Aug. 13 to give the Leadership Address during our graduate student Orientation! We will post the video on our YouTube channel.

Jean and Surgeon General

GW SON Celebrates Nurses Week

May 09, 2014

Both GW SON campuses marked Nurses Week (May 6-12) with receptions for staff, though highlight was our inaugural Nurses Night Out event at the Washington Nationals.


Violence Against Women a Public Health Issue

April 30, 2014

Dr. Mary Ellsberg, the Founding Director of the GW Global Women’s Institute, gave the lecture for GW SON’s Grand Rounds April 21, the first of what promises to be many interesting Grand Rounds lectures.

Students and faculty filled a large lecture hall for Ellsberg’s presentation, “Breaking the Cycle: Health Sector Response to Violence Against Women and Girls.”

 Mary D. Naylor, director New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Penn

Aging Transitional Care Model Examined During Discussion on Campus

April 04, 2014

Nurses and their colleagues from a variety of disciplines gathered April 2 at the George Washington University for a discussion about providing care to caring for the aging with Mary D. Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN. Naylor is director of the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

The George Washington University’s Research Day

DNP Students Posters Presented

April 03, 2014

The George Washington University’s Research Day, an annual event held April 2, was an opportunity to showcase health research and scholarship at the George Washington University.

“We wanted to have a good representation of the quality of work that’s been done  by students under Dean Jean Johnson, in tribute to her leadership,” said Mary Jean Schumann, Interim Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

SON and MWHC. Partnership

Partnership for Education & Scholarships

March 12, 2014

W2 is a new partnership between the George Washington University School of Nursing (GW SON) and MedStar Washington Hospital Center that offers major scholarship benefits and the promise of employment to Accelerated BSN students over the next six years.

 New generation of nurses mentioned in Northern Virginia Magazine

Aging Population Key Area of GW SON's Focus

March 12, 2014

Northern Virginia has a larger-than-average population of senior citizens, making GW SON’s efforts to prepare a new generation of nurses to work with aging patients a critical contribution to the region the school calls home, according to a recent article in Northern Virginia Magazine.

Ellen T. Kurtzman, MPH, RN, FAAN, an Assistant Research Professor in the SON

CNF Signature Policy Series

March 10, 2014

Through a unique collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), The George Washington University School of Nursing (SON) has been developing, producing, and disseminating Charting Nursing’s Future (CNF) since 2012. CNF is the Foundation’s signature policy series about nurses and the nursing profession.

GW Share Fair STEMosphere Event

SON teaches students about nursing, technology at STEMosphere

March 08, 2014

“Little Johnny” helped introduce about 500 children to the world of technology and nursing this weekend as they checked his vital signs and asked questions about the tick wound on his torso. “Little Johnny” is a high-tech mannequin used at GW SON’s Simulation Lab to prepare nurses for clinical settings. On Saturday, Patty Davis, the lab’s director, brought Johnny to the STEMospshere as a way to engage children K-12.

HIT Kaiser Trip March 3,2014

Accelerated BSN students learn about health care & technology

March 07, 2014

Dr. Nancy Falk and a group of 35 Accelerated BSN students took advantage of GW SON’s location in the nation’s capital and visited the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, an interactive learning destination that, “demonstrates what Kaiser Permanente and others have done and are doing to advance health care in the United States.”

SON students Pooja Shah, assisted Wreaths Across America.

Wreaths Across America

February 18, 2014

“Remember, Honor, Teach,” is the mission of Wreaths Across America, a group that honors the service and sacrifices of veterans by laying Remembrance Wreaths at cemeteries throughout the country every holiday season. A group from GW SON did its part to “Remember, Honor, Teach” in late January, when it came time to clean up the Remembrance Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. Weeks after most had moved on from the charitable season surrounding the holidays, SON students Pooja Shah, Kellie Ketelson, and Becky on Jan. 25 assisted Wreaths Across America in cleaning up after the annual observance. All three are Accelerated BSN students at GW SON.

GW LGBT Alumni Event at the Human Rights Campaign Fund on February 6, 2014

Associate Dean Moderates LGBT discussion

February 06, 2014

"Dr. Kimberly Acquaviva, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, in February moderated a discussion during the Sixth Annual GW Alumni Reception at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Equality Center.


VSTC & SON host Health IT's Judy Murphy

January 15, 2014

During a wide-ranging policy discussion Jan. 15, 2014, Judy Murphy of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT in the US Department of Health and Human Services touched on everything from definitions associated with health informatics, the rise of quick care centers in pharmacies, broadband connectivity in rural areas, to patients’ engagement with their own healthcare – and how it all relates to the implementation of electronic health records, quality care, and big data.

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GW online MSN ranks 4th nationwide

January 14, 2014

GW online MSN ranks 13th nationwide by US News & World Report. There are more than 145 programs nationwide. “GW SON is proud to receive this exceptional recognition,” says Dean Johnson. “Delivering high quality education is core to our mission and this national acknowledgement illustrates the school’s commitment to meeting the demand for flexible educational opportunities for nurses to advance their careers and improve the health of their communities.”

This top ranking also reflects the quality of our student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer reputation, and admissions selectivity.


Mission to Haiti

January 11, 2014

“It’s like going back 100 years in healthcare,” said Dr. Joyce Pulcini upon her returning from a medical mission trip to Haiti with eight GW SON students and three other faculty members. The group spent Jan. 5-11 in Haiti, providing care to patients in a women’s health center, mobile clinics and patients’ homes. They also made health education presentations to both patients and healthcare providers.

GW SON Top-Ranked

GW SON continues to be ranked among the top 50 schools of nursing. GW is in the top 13% of ranked graduate nursing schools. 

US News & World Report also ranks our online MSN #26 out of more than 144 programs nationwide.

In a first-ever ranking of Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, we are no. 30, placing us in the top 20% of ranked programs. These top rankings reflects the quality of our student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer recognitions, and admissions selectivity.