Associate Dean, DNP Program; Director, DNP Nursing Practice option
Mercedes Echevarria is an associate professor and assistant dean of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She came to GW from Rutgers University, where she was associate dean of advanced practice nursing. Her research and clinical interests include improvement of health outcomes with an emphasis on pediatric populations, childhood developmental surveillance and screening, childhood obesity, DNP program outcomes and advanced nursing practice. While maintaining full-time faculty and administrative responsibilities at Rutgers, she sustained an active practice as a nurse practitioner and remains active in a clinical setting as an advanced practice nurse at Visiting Nurse Association Health Group Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center, in Keyport, NJ. Dr. Echevarria is a fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Wharton Executive Leadership Program and AACN’s Leadership for Academic Nursing Program. She earned her doctor of nursing practice from Rutgers University and is board certified as an adult nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and as a pediatric nurse practitioner by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.