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.

Health Policy


GW School of Nursing is evolving as the school of nursing for health policy. We are increasingly being tapped as experts for policy issue panels, committee service, and special projects; we conduct sponsored health policy research and projects; we publish in and serve on editorial boards for top journals; and we are implementing a core health policy curriculum across the BSN-MSN-DNP continuum. 

Our strategic location in Washington, DC provides proximity to government agencies and policymakers, policy professionals, lobbyists, and think tanks. 

The nursing profession has a unique and important perspective on health policy given nurses' extensive frontline and firsthand experiences regarding the effects of health care regulations and laws in providing quality care.

According to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)/Gallup survey of opinion leaders from corporate, government services, industry, and insurance sectors, the majority of those surveyed said nurses should have more influence than they do now in health policy.

Health policy areas specifically identified by survey respondents as important for nursing involvement were: reducing medical errors and improving patient safety, improving quality of care, expanding preventative care and promoting wellness, improving health care efficiency and reducing costs, and coordinating care across the health care system.


Policy News

Dean Pamela Jeffries

Dean Pamela Jeffries participates in annual State of Healthcare in the Commonwealth Panel

July 31, 2015

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual State of Healthcare in the Commonwealth July 30 in Tysons Corner.

Dr. Joyce Pulcini

GW SON's Dr. Pulcini Works with PAHO to Expand Role of APNs in Latin America

July 28, 2015

GW SON’s Dr. Joyce Pulcini is working with colleagues at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to examine and further develop advanced practice nursing in Latin American and the Caribbean.

Ed Salsberg

GW SON Instructor Published in Academic Medicine

July 16, 2015

GW SON’s Edward Salsberg will be published in the September issue of Academic Medicine, writing about, “Is the Physician Shortage Real? Implications for the Recommendations of the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education.”

Dr. Jessica Greene

Associate Dean for Research Presents on Financial Incentives at the Milken Institute School of Public Health

July 14, 2015

Dr. Jessica Greene, Associate Dean for Research, gave a seminar entitled “A Delivery System’s Experience with a Very Large Pay for Performance Compensation Model,” on June 23 at the Milken Institute School of Public Health as part of an ongoing health policy series.

Dr. Jessica Greene

Patient Activation Associated With Health Outcomes and Costs

March 26, 2015

"Patients with Lower Activation Associated with Higher Costs; Delivery Systems Should Know Their Patients’ Scores” was among the top 15 most-read articles of 2013 in Health Affairs, and a follow-up article was published in March 2015. The prominent peer-reviewed journal provides a forum for analysis and discussion of health policy matters in domestic and international spheres.

These research articles were co-authored by Dr. Jessica Greene.

Future of United States Graduate Nursing Education Discussed During Capitol Hill Briefing

January 29, 2015

A distinguished panel of experts led a discussion about graduate nursing education, its future, and how best to mobilize the health care workforce during a Jan. 21 briefing on Capitol Hill sponsored by the nonpartisan Alliance for Health Reform, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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. 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.

November 3rd Hill Briefing: Dr. Beverly Lunsford

The Changing Role of RN's in Accountable Care Organizations

Preparing the Nursing Workforce for a Changing Health System