Jean Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor (tenured) and Founding Dean (retired)
The George Washington University School of Nursing
Address: 1919 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 500
Washington, District Of Columbia 20006
Phone: 202-994-3725


Dr. Jean Johnson is a Professor and served as Founding Dean of the School of Nursing (SON) from 2010-2014. She provided leadership in the establishment of the SON by the Board of Trustees in May 2010, and has led the SON to a ranking among the top 50 nursing schools. Prior to serving as Dean, Dr. Johnson was Senior Associate Dean for the Health Sciences Programs. During that time she expanded the Health Sciences Programs from a small student enrollment to nearly 1,000 students and added several important programs including the Doctor of Physical Therapy as well as Clinical Research Administration and the nursing programs.

Throughout her career, Dr. Johnson has been committed to improving the health and well-being of people and communities, and has designed and launched a range of programs to improve access to nursing education and health care in rural and underserved communities including a Robert Wood Johnson $20 million national program to take primary care education into underserved areas national-wide. She has been extensively involved in national leadership around legislative and regulatory policy focusing on nursing issues, particularly in the areas of patient safety, quality care, and nursing education. She was appointed, by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and serves on the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Johnson also is chairperson of the American Red Cross Nursing and Caregiving Sub-Council of the Scientific Advisory Council. She has served as President of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and President of the American College of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Johnson has Co-chaired the National Task Force on Evaluation Criteria for Nurse Practitioner Programs and has also facilitated the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Consensus Group that established a new regulatory model for advance practice nursing. In addition, she has served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Future of Primary Care.

Dr. Johnson has been highly involved in quality improvement in nursing and was the co-Principal Investigator (PI) of a Robert Wood Johnson INQRI grant and is a senior consultant on the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care. She has conducted research on the role of nurse staffing and quality of care in nursing homes and is faculty on the Quality and Safety Education for Nursing project. She was also the PI of the National Nursing Emergency Preparedness Initiative that trains nurses to be prepared for terrorism and natural disasters.

Dr. Johnson was voted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1996; she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and made an honorary member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in 2009. She was appointed to the UnitedHealth Group's Center for Nursing Advancement Advisory Board in 2014.

Current Research
A commitment to improving the quality of nursing care in this country including research on nurse staffing levels and quality outcomes in nursing facilities, evaluation of consumer perceptions of nursing sensitive quality indicators, and the impact of health policy on nursing care in this country and beyond.

Honors and Credentials

Jonathon King Lectureship, Stanford University—1995
Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing—1996
Jean Kelley Lectureship, University of Alabama—2007
Lifetime Achievement Award, National Organization of NursingPractitioner Faculties—2009    
Honorary member - American Association of Colleges of Nursing - 2009                                                                                           
UnitedHealth Group's Center for Nursing Advancement Advisory Board - 2014 


Acquaviva, K. and Johnson, J. (2014). Chapter 18: The Quality Improvement Landscape. In The Healthcare Quality Book: Vision, Strategy, & Tools, 3rd edition; Edited by Joshi, M, Ransom, E., Nash, D., and Ransom, S. Health Administration Press: Chicago, Illinois.

Johnson, J.E.  and Pintz, C. (2013) Protecting the Public: Ensuring Nursing Education Quality. White Paper prepared for the National Academy of Education: Evaluation of Teacher Education Programs: Toward a Framework for Innovation. Article

Kurtzman, E., and Johnson, J.E. (2012) Quality and safety in health Care: Policy issues, in Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care (Sixth Edition) by Diana J. Mason, Judith K. Leavitt, and Mary J. Chaffee (Eds). Elsevier Saunders, St. Louis, MO.

Acquaviva, K., Posey, L., Dawson, E., and Johnson, J. (2012) Using algorithmic practice maps to teach emergency preparedness skills to nurses. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing 43 (1): 19 26.

Johnson, J. (2011, January). Nursing's role in quality improvement. Visiting Professorship at University of Alabama, Birmingham. Five regional workshops taught: Quality Improvement and HIT, Quality and Safety Conference, San Antonio, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, and Phoenix. Workshops funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and conducted within the American Association of colleges of Nursing.

Johnson, J. (2011, April). Integrating primary care and public health. Lecture conducted from The Institute of Medicine's Committee, Washington, DC.

Johnson, J. (2011, June 1). Impact of QSEN. Lecture conducted from Nursing Patient Safety and Quality Forum, Milwaukee, WI.

Johnson, J., Dawson, E., & Brassard, A. (2010). Chapter 9. consensus model for advanced-practice nurse regulation: A new approach. In E. M. Sullivan-Marx, D. O. McGivern, J. A. Fairman & S. A. Greenberg (Eds.), Nurse practitioners: The evolution and future of advanced practice (5th ed., pp. 125-142). New York: Springer.

Johnson, J. E., Dawson, E. M., & Acquaviva, K. D. (2008). The quality improvement landscape. In E. R. Ransom, M. S. Joshi, D. B. Nash & S. B. Ransom (Eds.), The healthcare quality book: Vision, strategy, and tools (Second Edition ed., pp. 407-432). Chicago, IL: Health Administration Press.

Johnson, J., Harper, D. C., Hanson, C. M., & Dawson, E. (2007). Forging a quality healthcare agenda for APRNs. American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 11(10), 10.