GW Nursing at a Glance
GW Nursing Statements
We support and uphold GW’s values to strengthen and improve our community.
We are honest and fair in our words and actions.
We achieve more by engaging others in shared processes and decision-making.
We value people as individuals and treat them with fairness, compassion and care.
We achieve distinction through knowledge and innovation.
We are accessible, receptive and share information freely.
We value and include people from different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives in the pursuit of our common goals.
We encourage risk-taking, learning from failure, and perseverance in our pursuit of excellence.
We acknowledge the challenges health care providers face in delivering high-quality patient care across clinical and community settings. The demands of a career in nursing can take a toll emotionally, physically and spiritually, which is why we seek to cultivate resilience and self-awareness in the face of adversity.
We are committed to educating nurses on how to deal with burnout, fatigue and other factors that cause them to leave the profession. By teaching specific coping strategies and mechanisms as part of our Professional Well-Being Initiative, we aim to train a generation of nurses that can manage the stress and challenges of an ever-changing health care environment.
Strategic is a word that we hear all too often from organizations. It’s used so frequently that it seems to lose its meaning. You see it posted in boardrooms, on email signatures and in advertisements. It’s a word that challenges us to see past today and ask ourselves ‘what if,’ to glimpse a future of possibilities. What if our graduates go on to lead a new generation of providers? What if we are able to cultivate the next innovation in health care delivery or inspire a health advocate to take action? What if the last person to hold a patient’s hand is a GW nurse?
As practitioners and scientists, we know that to understand anything we must first determine its nature. We challenged ourselves to develop a plan that reflects our strengths as well as the principles of the nursing profession, the university and our namesake. Through retreats, workshops and open feedback periods, members of our community made their voices heard.
As a university situated in our nation’s capital, we realized we have a responsibility to leverage our expertise and location to improve the health of all people.
We have set an ambitious, yet attainable, course to shape the future health care delivery and our role in it. Ultimately, words are meaningless without execution. There are many things we aim to accomplish in the next three years, but we are in this together.
GW Nursing Goals
Our strategic plan took effect on January 1, 2018, and concludes at the end of the fiscal year of 2021 on June 30, 2021. We have identified seven goals with corresponding objectives and strategies as the concrete outcomes necessary to fulfill our vision and mission.
- Curriculum and Technology
Leverage technology and best practices in education to build a student-centered culture of excellence and continual growth.
- Health Policy
Advance policy and public health locally, nationally and internationally through
education, research, media engagement and public forums.
- Research and Scholarship
Refine the school’s scope of research and scholarship that contributes to the state of the science.
- Culture Transformation
Establish and sustain a culture in which students, faculty and staff are open and respectful to create an environment for growth.
- Infrastructure, Governance and Fiscal Accountability
Develop and implement standardized and transparent policies and processes to create a culture of accountability.
- Diversity and Inclusion
Cultivate a representative and inclusive community through recruitment, programs and outreach.
- Collaboration and Partnerships
Foster, maintain and invest in national and international partnerships and collaborative relationships.