Community and Global Health Initiatives

Our community of students, faculty and staff at the George Washington University School of Nursing is passionate about service. We strive to improve health care across the globe by supporting health care initiatives, speaking at conferences and events, and volunteering our time and services.

GW Nursing provides students unique opportunities to pursue their education while serving others and gaining new perspective. Both undergraduate and graduate students can participate in medical missions internationally, and undergraduate students meet the BSN program’s community requirements by working at summer camps, health fairs and other community events.

Service in Action

Public health efforts in Haiti

Public Health Efforts in Haiti

Groups of GW Nursing faculty and students travel each year to countries such as Haiti and Ecuador in order to provide care to underserved patients. Their service brings better health care to areas in need of help.


Camp Dogwood

Camp Dogwood

Our faculty and students work together each year to support Camp Dogwood. Students, under faculty supervision, tend to the children and teach campers about good health practices.


Advanced Nursing Education

GW Nursing has been awarded a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to enhance the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. With this grant, we will expand our distance education offerings to better serve nurses working and living in underserved communities. These offerings will be supplemented by additional technology resources such as web conferencing and online learning for DNP students. Ultimately, this initiative will prepare graduates as nurse practitioners or nursing administrators in diverse settings. 

Teaching and Transforming through Technology

Our Teaching and Transforming through Technology (T3) program works to increase access to and enhance the quality of nursing education by integrating technology-based and online teaching strategies. This effort, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, is transforming traditional face-to-face instruction into a more advanced and flexible blended learning format. 

This program will allow us to better target students to develop a culturally competent, diverse nursing workforce to address the overall needs of a growing workforce and a specific need for nurses in rural areas. Our goal is to build a nursing workforce fluent in the use of teaching and learning technologies to support patient education and communication in care delivery, with the foundational skills needed to seek out, adopt and adapt to emerging health information technologies.

"One of my long-term goals is to work in Haiti as a health care professional. This trip was the perfect opportunity to get a taste of what it’s like to be in Haiti in a professional capacity."

Rachel Sajous

Accelerated BSN Alumna
Cohort 6