2016 News & Events

Allen Bigornia

Service Members Value Support Offered by Veterans BSN Program

November 11, 2016

In an effort to help veterans transition back into civilian life after their service, GW Nursing offers a customized fast track to a nursing career. Veterans of all backgrounds have said they value it for the supportive transition the program offers.

Allen Bigornia, a Navy veteran and GW Nursing Veterans BSN student, traveled across the country to join the program. He now sees his wife and young son mostly over Skype and on occasional visits to their home in San Diego. Learning and working with a cohort of fellow veterans has given him a sense of community, “It felt like we knew each other from day one, and we’re like a big family now,” said Bigornia.

Two New Jonas Scholars Join Ranks of DNP Students

November 03, 2016

The Jonas Center has named two GW Nursing students as scholars in their programs to foster nursing excellence throughout the United States.

Dr. Angie McNelis

GW SON Faculty Members Accept Distinguished Alumni Awards

October 27, 2016

Two faculty members at the George Washington University School of Nursing — Dr. Angie McNelis and Rebecca Mance — each recently accepted awards from their alma maters.

Edward Salsberg

Salsberg discusses health workforce innovation at #AAN2016

October 25, 2016

The George Washington University School of Nursing's Edward Salsberg discussed health workforce innovation Oct. 21 during a plenary panel at the American Academy of Nursing’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Cheryl Ann Thaxton

Palliative Care: Finding Common Ground in Providing Compassionate Care

October 18, 2016

By Cheryl Ann Thaxton, DNP Candidate

As a second-year DNP student at the George Washington University School of Nursing, it helps to follow models of resilience in nursing leadership as we focus on ways to move toward the finish line.

Joyce Hahn accepts award from Virginia Nurses Foundation

Joyce Hahn Accepts Nancy Vance Award at Virginia Nurses Foundation Gala

October 11, 2016

Dr. Joyce Hahn accepted the Nancy Vance Award from the Virginia Nurses Foundation, an award that recognizes her years of service and dedication to the nursing profession in the state.

Dr. Mayri Sagady Leslie

GW SON Celebrates National Midwifery Week

October 04, 2016

Quite a few myths surround midwifery care in the United States, but our nurse-midwifery director is here to help demystify the profession.

Dr. Mayri Sagady Leslie has been a certified nurse-midwife for nearly 20 years, ever since her own experience spurred an interest in improving health care for women, mothers, and children.

Dr. Pamela Jeffries

Dean Pamela Jeffries Accepts NLN Award

September 29, 2016

Dean Pamela Jeffries accepted the NLN Mary Adelaide Nutting Award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education in Orlando, Florida, late last week.

The Mary Adelaide Nutting Award, named for the world’s first professor of nursing, is reserved for those leaders in nursing education who also publish scholarly works that advance nursing education knowledge.

Steve Rozecki in Ecuador

Immersion in Ecuador

September 23, 2016

By Steven Rozecki, BSN Cohort 10

Our trip to Ecuador with The Global Initiatives March 11-20 was an experience like no other. Working directly in the local community, collaborating with local health care professionals, provided us with a unique opportunity to see health care in a way we had never seen before. One day we walked nine miles through the streets of Tumbaco, going door to door administering Polio vaccines and, in their native language of Spanish, educating families on maintaining immunizations. 

Ronna Halbgewachs and Pam Jeffries

Division of Entrepreneurial Enterprises Leading GW SON into New Ventures

September 15, 2016

A new division of the George Washington University School of Nursing is translating the creativity, expertise, intellectual capacity and innovative spirit of its faculty and staff into new and exciting ventures.

Dr. Erin Athey

GW SON Faculty Member Awarded Clinical Scholars Fellowship

September 13, 2016

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded Dr. Erin Athey a three-year fellowship to support her work addressing mental health issues while providing primary care services for underserved communities at The Care Center, an HIV clinic in Southeast Washington, D.C.

GW Instructor Discusses Importance of Health Workforce Studies

September 07, 2016

Before he worked at GW, Ed Salsberg founded and served as director for Center for Health Workforce Studies - NY. Mr. Salsberg was also a founding director for the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which was established in 2010.

Amber Stitz, 2nd year DNP student

Second-year DNP students meet with HHS researchers

September 01, 2016

More than a dozen Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) students traveled to Capitol Hill during their on-campus orientation for a special opportunity learn more about how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services drafts health policy that affects health care professionals nationwide.

Fall 2016 BSN Orientation

Welcoming GW SON’s Cohort 12 to Campus

August 25, 2016

For the George Washington University School of Nursing, it was the largest cohort yet. For many of the students in attendance, it was their first step on the path to a career in nursing.

Dr. Joyce Hahn

Joyce Hahn begins second term as President of Virginia Board of Nursing

August 23, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe has called on Dr. Joyce Hahn to serve another four-year term on the Virginia Board of Nursing.

Graduate student taking selfie with Hippo statue

Graduate Orientation Brings MSN, DNP and Certificate Students to Campus

August 19, 2016

Students in the GW School of Nursing’s online graduate programs came to Washington, D.C., from far and wide, amid the August heat and humidity, for Graduate Orientation.

Dana D. Hines

CFAR Fellow Joins Faculty at GW School of Nursing

August 16, 2016

The George Washington School of Nursing is focused on building its research presence, and Dr. Dana Hines is a strong addition. The new assistant professor focuses on health disparities among gender and sexual minorities living with or at risk for HIV.

Dr. Laurie Posey

Faculty team explores how to expand virtual learning opportunities

August 12, 2016

GW SON faculty members continue to expand their expertise in online learning.

A Cohort 10 student works with campers

GW Nursing Students Go to Camp

August 09, 2016

Through a GW SON partnership with Camp Dogwood, BSN students dive right in to life as nurses, helping some two dozen children deal with tummy aches, asthma, homesickness, and taking their medication while they stay at camp in Madison, Virginia.

Ashley Darcy-Mahoney

New Professor Brings Expertise in Infant Research to GW SON

August 03, 2016

As one of two recently hired professors bringing new depth and direction to the George Washington School of Nursing’s research faculty, Dr. Ashley Darcy-Mahoney looks to improve the lives of children and infants not just here, but across the nation.

Ed Salsberg

Ed Salsberg appointed to NRMP board of directors

August 01, 2016

The George Washington School of Nursing is honored to have Ed Salsberg join the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) board of directors, an organization that is the crucial bridge between medical education and graduate medical education training in the US. The training patterns directly impact specialty distribution of the physician workforce. 

Dr. Dale Lupu

GW SON Professor Works to Improve Advanced Care Planning

July 19, 2016

GW SON’s Dr. Dale Lupu received a $600,000 Donaghue Foundation grant for a clinical research project aimed at improving advanced care planning for patients with chronic kidney disease.

Associate Research Professor Lupu is testing how one-on-one coaching by a nurse or social worker compares to simply giving  older patients educational brochures about advance care planning.

Dr. Leslie Wins Writing Award from Clinical Nursing Journal

June 17, 2016

Nursing for Women’s Health, the clinical nursing journal of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), on June 13 presented its Excellence in Writing Award to Mayri

Dr. Nancy Falk

Dr. Falk Attains GSA Fellow Status

June 01, 2016

Dr. Nancy Falk, a founding GW SON faculty member, received recognition this spring by the wider nursing community.

Dr. Guzetta

Clinical Professor Wins AACN Pioneering Spirit Award

May 27, 2016

GW SON’s Cathie Guzzetta, PhD, RN, FAAN on May 16 received the 2016 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Pioneering Spirit Award.

This award recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing regionally and nationally, and relate to AACN’s mission, vision and values.

Dr. Rudner

GW SON professor addresses gender equality, equal practice in Online Journal of Issues in Nursing

May 20, 2016

As health care evolves in the 21st century, one GW SON experts believes society needs to drop some 20th-century biases in order to best serve patients. With the establishment of the Affordable Care Act, more people now have access to care, and experts are worried about a shortage of primary care providers.

Founding Dean Jean Johnson

First GW SON MOOC aimed at improving health care quality

May 10, 2016

Current research suggests that medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, and not just in hospitals. Medical errors happen in every setting. It’s estimated that 22% of Medicare beneficiaries experience harm in skilled nursing homes, costing approximately $2.8 billion per year and almost 60% of these errors were preventable, according to an HHS report.

Dr. Deb Chapa

Our Faculty Reflects During Nurses Week 2016

May 06, 2016

As our profession celebrates Nurses Week (May 6 – 12, 2016), and the GW School of Nursing continues the work of teaching a new generation of nurses, we asked some of our faculty members what nursing means to them.

GW SON, other nursing schools address opioid abuse as part of White House initiative

May 06, 2016

Health care providers in 2012 wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, enough for every adult in the United States to have a bottle of pills, according to the Centers for Disease

Dr. Jessica Greene

GW SON’s Dr. Greene Again Published in Health Affairs

April 15, 2016

GW SON’s Dr. Jessica Greene again appears in Health Affairs, examining in the April 2016 issue which tools are most effective in encouraging consumers to choose the most high-value health plans.

Starting in the 2017 benefit year, the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) requires state insurance exchanges to provide consumers with comparative quality information in addition to plan costs. The federal exchange has not yet included this information either. Dr. Greene’s work deals with most effectively presenting this information to consumers.

Dean Jeffries with AACN President Deborah Trautman

Dean Jeffries Supports Nurse for HHS Office

February 09, 2016

Believing that nurses have a vital role to play in shaping the future of health care, GW SON Dean Pamela Jeffries on Feb. 4 attended a hearing in the Capitol on the nomination of Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, for Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Zika Virus Alert

January 29, 2016

Recently there has been significant news coverage about the Zika Virus, which is spread to people through mosquito bites.

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.

Service Members Value Support Offered by Veterans BSN Program

In an effort to help veterans transition back into civilian life after their service, GW Nursing offers a customized fast track to a nursing career. Veterans of all backgrounds have said they value it for the supportive transition the program offers.