News Archive

With as many students and faculty active in education, practice, policy and research as we have at GW Nursing, it can be difficult to capture all of their stories. These are just some examples of the work going on here — work done by dedicated students and top-tier faculty alike — that help this school continue to grow and flourish.

Interim Dean for School of Nursing Announced

May 7, 2021

Pamela Slaven-Lee, senior associate dean for academic affairs and clinical associate professor, has been named interim dean of the George Washington University’s School of Nursing. She begins the role July 1.

Celebrating a Top Ranking School of Nursing

April 12, 2021

GW Nursing held a gala Saturday evening to celebrate its 10th anniversary replete with guest speakers, swag boxes and gourmet meals delivered to the virtual attendees. A silent auction raised $156,000 for student scholarships, including $50,000 from an anonymous donor.

GW Nursing catapults into US News top 25

March 30, 2021

At #22, the George Washington University School of Nursing broke into the top 25 of the U.S. News and World Report rankings for graduate nursing programs on Tuesday. The 11-place jump is a testament to the school’s growing reputation as a premier destination for nursing students looking to excel in policy, leadership (#6), and family nurse practitioner (#8). In addition, the school’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program jumped to #28, which is a monumental gain from its #45 ranking a year ago.

Esther Emard Appointed as Director-at-Large to NAHQ Board

March 25, 2021

Esther Emard, RN, MSN, MSLIR, CPHQ, who is a member of the graduate faculty, was appointed to the Board of Directors for the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) and named the Director-at-Large. NAHQ, the leader in healthcare quality competencies, provides a strategic advantage to healthcare professionals and the organizations they serve by developing and evolving competencies in healthcare quality that result in better patient and financial outcomes to support the goals of healthcare value.

Dean Jeffries Named Dean of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

March 24, 2021

Pamela R. Jeffries, dean of the George Washington University School of Nursing, has been named dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Vanderbilt announced Wednesday.

Dr. Athey's work with UMC mobile clinic sheds light on vaccine challenges in the Black community

March 24, 2021

GW Nursing's own faculty Dr. Erin Athey and her colleagues were featured in a documentary piece in The Washington Post which sheds light on the vaccine challenges within the Black community! Click the link below to view the video on "Hesitancy and access issues: The vaccine challenges in the Black community".

"It's A Win-Win!"

Students In The Headlines
March 18, 2021

GW nursing students have been helping My Dr's Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy in Fairfax Co., administer COVID vaccines to county residents. Their wonderful work was highlighted in two local news stories last week. A huge thank you to our amazing students for representing GW Nursing so well! 

GW Volunteers Vaccinate DC Residents

March 11, 2021

Volunteers from the GW Nursing community helped administer 2,500 COVID-19 vaccines at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, March 6. The GW Nursing team on-site included 56 students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, staff, and alumni. The day was organized ahead of time and on-site by GW Nursing alumna Patsy Deyo, M.S.N., RN. Deyo is clinical semester faculty working at the VSTC COVID-19 Testing Center and at vaccine sites with the Accelerated B.S.N. students currently in the Community Health course. "The high capacity vaccine clinic was a remarkable event - where the GW School of Nursing community was able to take a leadership role working with an inter-professional team to vaccinate thousands of D.C. residents," said Patsy Deyo, who worked on-site all day Saturday. The event was the first to be organized and hosted by the D.C. Department of Health. More high-throughput vaccination events are being planned as vaccine supplies become more readily available.

Vaccine 101 Webinar Delivers Current Information

March 8, 2021

GW experts discussed the various COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use and how to chip away at vaccine hesitancy among your friends and family. Researchers, clinicians, and deans from the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the School of Nursing spoke to the GW community last Tuesday as part of a discussion on COVID-19 vaccines—what the differences are between them, why they are safe, and why social distancing and masking remains critical post-shot. The webinar recording can be found here. Visit for up-to-date information.

Newsweek Features Op-ed by Dr. Mason and Colleagues

March 4, 2021

Dr. Diana J. Mason and colleagues discuss how SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is "novel" in many ways. Health care professionals are learning more about how it acts, how to protect people from infection and how to treat it when patients are seriously ill. The results of having to respond quickly, at times without sufficient information, have occasionally led to missteps. Click the link below to read Dr. Mason's op-ed, "End Restrictive Family Visiting Policies in Hospitals, Nursing Homes", featured on