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.

GW Nursing Faculty Volunteer to Help Fight COVID-19

Faculty members give time to local government health departments through the Medical Reserve Corps.
February 5, 2021

The face of beleaguered health care workers and nurses in crowded hospital wards decked in protective clothing has become a stock image from the frontlines of the pandemic—an image that can evoke discomforting emotions for nursing instructors, a feeling of not being where they should be.

Obtaining Clinical Hours for Students during the Pandemic: Creative Solutions -- Virginia Nurses Today

Jeffries, P., Cox, C., Dawn, K., Drenkard, K., Slaven-Lee, P., Tanner, J., and Wiersma, G.
February 4, 2021

Beginning in March 2020, nurse educators were abruptly slammed with unprecedented clinical education disruption due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Academic leaders had to pivot as lockdowns and restrictions were enacted, and they began to work with an all-remote faculty and staff workforce to provide instructional and business continuity in our nursing schools. Students were rapidly required to move to virtual learning platforms, foregoing the face-to-face instruction they had originally expected when applying to nursing school. 

Helene Fuld Health Trust Awards GW Nursing Grant to Fund B.S.N. Student Scholarships

January 3, 2021

The School of Nursing was awarded a $600,000 grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust, the nation’s largest funder devoted exclusively to nursing students and nursing education, to support scholarships for students in the Accelerated B.S.N Program. The award provides a combination of funds for an endowment for scholarships along with three years of current-use scholarship support. 

Nursing Media Summit Draws Lively Exchange

December 22, 2020

On December 10, the GW School of Nursing’s Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, Sigma Theta Tau International (the nursing honor society), and the University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Nursing co-hosted their second annual Media Summit for Nursing Organizations.

GW Nursing’s Karen Drenkard Receives 2020 Year of the Nurse Award

December 4, 2020

George Washington University School of Nursing Associate Dean of Clinical Practice and Community Engagement Karen Drenkard has been awarded the 2020 Year of the Nurse Award by the Virginia Nurses Foundation. Dr. Drenkard is one of 20 nurses across the commonwealth to receive this recognition during an unprecedented year in the nursing profession. 

GW Nursing Research Seeks to Reduce Disparities in Maternal Mortality

December 4, 2020

A pair of George Washington University School of Nursing researchers were recently awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to study maternal mortality, a public health crisis with stark racial disparities, in Washington, D.C. The project will focus on the fathers' role and involvement in pregnancy and postpartum care, and their impact on prenatal care, maternal and infant health. 

5B Film Screening in honor of World AIDS Day

December 2, 2020

To commemorate World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, the GW School of Nursing and the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) partnered to screen the documentary film 5B. Focused on a nurse-run ward at San Francisco General Hospital this film follows the healthcare workers who cared for HIV AIDS patients at the height of the epidemic in the mid-1980s. The screening was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Nurse Historian Ella Curry. The panel consisted of nurses Allison Moed Paolercio and Cliff Morrison, who stood up and managed Ward 5B at San Francisco General Hospital. Joining them was one of the film’s directors, Brendan Gaul, and Dr. David Keepnews, professor of nursing at the GW School of Nursing and director of the D.N.P. program in Health Policy.

Policy Review reveals obstacles to access less costly, life-saving drugs for patients in the U.S.

December 2, 2020

Researchers have developed the first report card on biosimilars for three blockbuster cancer drugs marketed by Genentech/Roche: Rituxan, Avastin and Herceptin. In a Policy Review in The Lancet Oncology, Y. Tony Yang, a professor at the George Washington University School of Nursing and Milken Institute School of Public Health, along with researchers at the University of South Carolina, the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, California, the Virginia Mason Cancer Institute and Saint Louis University School of Medicine, identify factors preventing the effective launch of oncology biosimilars in the United States, including the struggle to garner market share and fighting patent litigation lawsuits across the country. They also report inadequate rollouts for the first wave of oncology biosimilars for AMGEN’s supportive care cancer drugs Neupogen, Epogen and Neulasta.

GW Veterans Seek New Ways to Serve Through Nursing

November 9, 2020

George Washington University School of Nursing student Tyler Wood said it was a desire to continue serving others that pushed him to pursue a career in nursing after completing his service as a combat medic in the United States Navy.