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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.

Deborah Trautman to Deliver Graduation Keynote Address

picture of Deborah TrautmanDr. Deborah Trautman will deliver the keynote address to the graduates and family assembled at this year’s GW Nursing graduation ceremony May 16.

Dr. Trautman, president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, will draw upon years of experience navigating the policy landscape as it applies to the practice and profession of nursing. Since assuming leadership of AACN in 2014, Dr. Trautman has been an outspoken advocate for nurses across the nation, and she will bring that expertise to her address to the assembled nursing graduates.

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A New Advocate for Geriatric Nursing at GW Aging Center

“I like to eat” may be an unusual entry point for a discussion in gerontological health care, but for Melissa Batchelor-Murphy it makes perfect sense. Patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia are often robbed of this simple pleasure; swallowing problems can lead to weight loss and choking in patients with middle and late stage Alzheimer’s. Sometimes patients may not even recognize the food on their plate. 

From Test-Taking Tactics to Tissues: How Professional Advisers Support Students

picture of Hannah HahnTo address non-nursing challenges students face while in school, GW Nursing has added two professional advisers to its Office of Student Affairs. 

Chloe Harner works with students from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and Hannah Hahn is the adviser for graduate students. 

“Professional advisers offer students support and have a clear understanding of program, school and university policies and procedures,” said Jennifer Hayes-Klosteridis, assistant dean for student affairs.  

New Tools of the Trade

picture of Dr. Ashley Darcy-MahoneyA growing body of literature supports the connection between poverty and related social determinants of health in shaping health outcomes, especially in early brain and child development. GW Nursing’s Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, in partnership with the National League for Nursing (NLN), developed an online toolkit aimed at helping nursing schools better educate students on how to identify and address factors not previously considered when providing pediatric care.

Two faculty members named AANP Fellows

Drs. Sandra Davis and Pamela Slaven-Lee amoung 62 nurse practitioner leaders to be inducted as Fellows in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in June 2019.

Health Workforce Institute Report Call Upon Nurses to Address Growing Health Care Issues


A new report authored by Professor Patricia Pittman, co-director of The George Washington University Health Workforce Institute (HWI), outlines the pivotal role that nursing must play in a continually evolving health system. Her report, Activating Nursing to Address Unmet Needs in the 21st Century, was commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to provide background for the National Academy of Medicine’s recently launched Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030.

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Simulation Thought Leaders Discuss APN Simulation

Simulation leaders from academia, professional organizations and simulation technology companies met in Washington, D.C., last month to assess the role of simulation in nurse practitioner (NP) education.

The National Churchill Library

Nursing Churchill coverGW Nursing in February co-hosted Jill Rose, the author of Nur sing Churchill, who spoke about her mother’s experiences as a nurse during World War II. 

GW Ranked Among Best by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings for graduate nursing programs today, in which GW Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing tied at 43 and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs tied at 37. In addition, the school was ranked in the specialty category of Family Nurse Practitioner tied at 16.

Dr. Miyamoto Shares Practical Advice on Influencing Policy

Suzanne MuyamotoSuzanne Miyamoto, CEO of the American Academy of Nursing, presented the most recent installment of the school’s policy series seminar, hosted by the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement.

In her talk, "Creating Policy with a Purpose”, Dr. Miyamoto discussed the importance of nurses engaging in policy and gave suggestions on how to most effectively influence policy.

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GW Nursing Attends NODOHE Conference

The National Organization of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) serves as the preeminent voice for diversity officers in higher ed

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2019 Simulation Conference Focused on Simulation in NP Education

GW Nursing’s second annual Simulation Conference will focus on practice and include a panel of experts who will discuss the state of nurse practitioner (NP) education, use of simulation in nu

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Forging Lasting Partnerships Through Community Engagement

Diversity in the health care workforce, continuing education for care providers and building partnerships with community stakeholders are the pillars on which healthy, resilient communities are bui

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RWJF Funds Study on State Laws Discouraging Tobacco Control Measures

A new study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policies for Action program and led by Dr. Tony Yang, will examine the impact of state laws enacted or repealed between 1997 and 2017 that pre-emptively prohibit tobacco control measures have had on public health in the United States.

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Online graduate programs ranked #6 by US News & World Report

GW’s master of science in nursing remained in the top 10 of US News & World Report rankings for online graduate nursing programs in 2019, tying for the sixth spot. The program also ranked second for best online master's in nursing programs for veterans.