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.

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Faculty Awarded Funding for Breast Cancer Follow-Up Care Study

Washington, D.C., has some of the highest rates of breast cancer mortality among black women. Experts know that lack of screening isn’t the cause.

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New Doctoral Program Aims to Prepare Nursing Researchers

Nurses comprise the largest group of health care providers in the country, so discoveries made in nursing science can have a large-scale impact on the quality of patient care, said Kathleen Griffith, Ph.D., M.P.H., CRNP-F.
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Faculty Awarded $1.5 Million Grant to Reduce Liver Disease Incidence

Y. Tony Yang, Sc.D., LLM, M.P.H., along with a team of GW faculty, community partners and local health departments received a $1.5 million grant from the Office of Minority Health of the Department of Health and Human Services.
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Underserved But Deserving of Care

A GW team led by GW Nursing Professor Christine Pintz, with funding from a four-year, $2.8 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant, will educate nurse practitioner (NP) students to better care for underserved communities in rural and urban areas.
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Nurse, Lawyer, Professor.

Nursing came first for David Keepnews, who now has an alphabet of credentials behind his name: Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. He was working in San Francisco as a psychiatric mental health nurse in the early 1980s when a bureaucratic shift shaped the course of his career. 
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Becoming a Nursing Leader

Richard Ricciardi, Ph.D., CRNP, FAAN, will draw on his four decades of nursing experience to lead Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), one of the largest international nursing organizations.
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Gaining Experience on Capitol Hill

Ellen Kurtzman, Ph.D., M.P.H., RN, FAAN, has spent 2019 on Capitol Hill working closely with the primary architect of the Affordable Care Act on health policy issues.
Dustin McKague

Giving Nurses a Seat at the Table

The pursuit of higher education and advanced degrees requires some sacrifice — time and money, at least.

Adriana Glenn holding a stethoscope to a patient's chest.

Serving the Underserved

Adriana Glenn, Ph.D., RN, was inspired to become a nurse after watching “Julia,” a late 1960’s sitcom starring Diahann Carroll.

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Inaugural GW Nursing Journalism Award Announced

The GW Nursing Journalism Award recognizes excellence in health care and health policy reporting for journalists using nurses as key sources.
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Meet Dr. Drenkard

Karen Drenkard, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN starts as GW Nursing’s inaugural associate dean for clinical practice and community engagement Oct. 4.

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Meet the Simulation Staff

Janice Ouellette compares her role at GW Nursing to that of a Christmas elf.


Identifying Compassion Fatigue in Obstetric Nurses

photo of Dr. Linda CassarCompassion fatigue, characterized by lack of engagement, apathy and negative feelings, is a common complaint among nurses in fields such as oncology and emergency medicine. But for obstetric (OB) nurses, the data is less clear. Linda Cassar, D.N.P., RNC-OB, C.N.E., hopes to change that.  

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Experiencing Universal Health Care in Costa Rica

GW Nursing partners with Universidad Hispanoamericana for this global experience.

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Nurses play crucial role in improving health care, says adviser

In Alan S. Cohn’s view, a big part of the problem with health care in the U.S. is a disconnect between providers and patients.