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Dr. Dana Hines

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 07, 2017

Although they make up only 12% of the US population, African-Americans accounted for 44% of all newly diagnosed cases of HIV in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Dr. Pamela Jeffries

Dean Inaugurated as Simulation Fellow

January 31, 2017

GW Nursing Dean Pamela Jeffries was inducted Jan. 30 as an inaugural Fellow for the new Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).

Pennsylvania Avenue

Stay Safe this Weekend!

January 19, 2017

With GW Nursing's proximity to the nation's capital, students have an opportunity to participate in historic events such as Inauguration-related activities happening this weekend.

Dr. JoAnn Conroy

Faculty-led Group Helps Students Deal With Stress

January 17, 2017

With the stress of balancing classes, clinical rotations and studying for both, students can get overwhelmed by it all and overlook taking time to take care of themselves. In an accelerated program, that stress can build up pretty quickly.

Dr. Pam Slaven-Lee with students

GW Nursing Remains Top Online Graduate Program

January 10, 2017

GW Nursing maintains its status as a top online graduate program, according to US News & World Report rankings released today. Ranked 26 out of 144 programs nationwide, GW Nursing continues to offer flexible graduate options online.

Allen Bigornia

Service Members Value Support Offered by Veterans BSN Program

November 11, 2016

In an effort to help veterans transition back into civilian life after their service, GW Nursing offers a customized fast track to a nursing career. Veterans of all backgrounds have said they value it for the supportive transition the program offers.

Allen Bigornia, a Navy veteran and GW Nursing Veterans BSN student, traveled across the country to join the program. He now sees his wife and young son mostly over Skype and on occasional visits to their home in San Diego. Learning and working with a cohort of fellow veterans has given him a sense of community, “It felt like we knew each other from day one, and we’re like a big family now,” said Bigornia.

Two New Jonas Scholars Join Ranks of DNP Students

November 03, 2016

The Jonas Center has named two GW Nursing students as scholars in their programs to foster nursing excellence throughout the United States.

Dr. Angie McNelis

GW SON Faculty Members Accept Distinguished Alumni Awards

October 27, 2016

Two faculty members at the George Washington University School of Nursing — Dr. Angie McNelis and Rebecca Mance — each recently accepted awards from their alma maters.

Edward Salsberg

Salsberg discusses health workforce innovation at #AAN2016

October 25, 2016

The George Washington University School of Nursing's Edward Salsberg discussed health workforce innovation Oct. 21 during a plenary panel at the American Academy of Nursing’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Dean Pamela Jeffries

AAN 2016: Leadership means getting a seat at the table

October 20, 2016

Faculty and leadership from the George Washington University School of Nursing join their peers from across the nation at the American Association of Nursing’s Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. this week.

Cheryl Ann Thaxton

Palliative Care: Finding Common Ground in Providing Compassionate Care

October 18, 2016

By Cheryl Ann Thaxton, DNP Candidate

As a second-year DNP student at the George Washington University School of Nursing, it helps to follow models of resilience in nursing leadership as we focus on ways to move toward the finish line.

Joyce Hahn accepts award from Virginia Nurses Foundation

Joyce Hahn Accepts Nancy Vance Award at Virginia Nurses Foundation Gala

October 11, 2016

Dr. Joyce Hahn accepted the Nancy Vance Award from the Virginia Nurses Foundation, an award that recognizes her years of service and dedication to the nursing profession in the state.

Dr. Mayri Sagady Leslie

GW SON Celebrates National Midwifery Week

October 04, 2016

Quite a few myths surround midwifery care in the United States, but our nurse-midwifery director is here to help demystify the profession.

Dr. Mayri Sagady Leslie has been a certified nurse-midwife for nearly 20 years, ever since her own experience spurred an interest in improving health care for women, mothers, and children.

Dr. Pamela Jeffries

Dean Pamela Jeffries Accepts NLN Award

September 29, 2016

Dean Pamela Jeffries accepted the NLN Mary Adelaide Nutting Award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education in Orlando, Florida, late last week.

The Mary Adelaide Nutting Award, named for the world’s first professor of nursing, is reserved for those leaders in nursing education who also publish scholarly works that advance nursing education knowledge.

Steve Rozecki in Ecuador

Immersion in Ecuador

September 23, 2016

By Steven Rozecki, BSN Cohort 10

Our trip to Ecuador with The Global Initiatives March 11-20 was an experience like no other. Working directly in the local community, collaborating with local health care professionals, provided us with a unique opportunity to see health care in a way we had never seen before. One day we walked nine miles through the streets of Tumbaco, going door to door administering Polio vaccines and, in their native language of Spanish, educating families on maintaining immunizations. 

Ronna Halbgewachs and Pam Jeffries

Division of Entrepreneurial Enterprises Leading GW SON into New Ventures

September 15, 2016

A new division of the George Washington University School of Nursing is translating the creativity, expertise, intellectual capacity and innovative spirit of its faculty and staff into new and exciting ventures.

Dr. Erin Athey

GW SON Faculty Member Awarded Clinical Scholars Fellowship

September 13, 2016

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded Dr. Erin Athey a three-year fellowship to support her work addressing mental health issues while providing primary care services for underserved communities at The Care Center, an HIV clinic in Southeast Washington, D.C.

GW Instructor Discusses Importance of Health Workforce Studies

September 07, 2016

Before he worked at GW, Ed Salsberg founded and served as director for Center for Health Workforce Studies - NY. Mr. Salsberg was also a founding director for the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which was established in 2010.

Amber Stitz, 2nd year DNP student

Second-year DNP students meet with HHS researchers

September 01, 2016

More than a dozen Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) students traveled to Capitol Hill during their on-campus orientation for a special opportunity learn more about how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services drafts health policy that affects health care professionals nationwide.

Dean Jean Johnson

Jean Johnson to lead NONPF as interim executive director

August 30, 2016

Dr. Jean Johnson, founding dean of GW SON, is joining the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) as interim executive director.

Fall 2016 BSN Orientation

Welcoming GW SON’s Cohort 12 to Campus

August 25, 2016

For the George Washington University School of Nursing, it was the largest cohort yet. For many of the students in attendance, it was their first step on the path to a career in nursing.

Dr. Joyce Hahn

Joyce Hahn begins second term as President of Virginia Board of Nursing

August 23, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe has called on Dr. Joyce Hahn to serve another four-year term on the Virginia Board of Nursing.

Graduate student taking selfie with Hippo statue

Graduate Orientation Brings MSN, DNP and Certificate Students to Campus

August 19, 2016

Students in the GW School of Nursing’s online graduate programs came to Washington, D.C., from far and wide, amid the August heat and humidity, for Graduate Orientation.

Dana D. Hines

CFAR Fellow Joins Faculty at GW School of Nursing

August 16, 2016

The George Washington School of Nursing is focused on building its research presence, and Dr. Dana Hines is a strong addition. The new assistant professor focuses on health disparities among gender and sexual minorities living with or at risk for HIV.

Dr. Laurie Posey

Faculty team explores how to expand virtual learning opportunities

August 12, 2016

GW SON faculty members continue to expand their expertise in online learning.

A Cohort 10 student works with campers

GW Nursing Students Go to Camp

August 09, 2016

Through a GW SON partnership with Camp Dogwood, BSN students dive right in to life as nurses, helping some two dozen children deal with tummy aches, asthma, homesickness, and taking their medication while they stay at camp in Madison, Virginia.

Ashley Darcy-Mahoney

New Professor Brings Expertise in Infant Research to GW SON

August 03, 2016

As one of two recently hired professors bringing new depth and direction to the George Washington School of Nursing’s research faculty, Dr. Ashley Darcy-Mahoney looks to improve the lives of children and infants not just here, but across the nation.

Ed Salsberg

Ed Salsberg appointed to NRMP board of directors

August 01, 2016

The George Washington School of Nursing is honored to have Ed Salsberg join the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) board of directors, an organization that is the crucial bridge between medical education and graduate medical education training in the US. The training patterns directly impact specialty distribution of the physician workforce. 

Dr. Dale Lupu

GW SON Professor Works to Improve Advanced Care Planning

July 19, 2016

GW SON’s Dr. Dale Lupu received a $600,000 Donaghue Foundation grant for a clinical research project aimed at improving advanced care planning for patients with chronic kidney disease.

Associate Research Professor Lupu is testing how one-on-one coaching by a nurse or social worker compares to simply giving  older patients educational brochures about advance care planning.

Dr. Nancy Falk

Dr. Falk Attains GSA Fellow Status

June 01, 2016

Dr. Nancy Falk, a founding GW SON faculty member, received recognition this spring by the wider nursing community.

Dr. Guzetta

Clinical Professor Wins AACN Pioneering Spirit Award

May 27, 2016

GW SON’s Cathie Guzzetta, PhD, RN, FAAN on May 16 received the 2016 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Pioneering Spirit Award.

This award recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing regionally and nationally, and relate to AACN’s mission, vision and values.

Dr. Rudner

GW SON professor addresses gender equality, equal practice in Online Journal of Issues in Nursing

May 20, 2016

As health care evolves in the 21st century, one GW SON experts believes society needs to drop some 20th-century biases in order to best serve patients. With the establishment of the Affordable Care Act, more people now have access to care, and experts are worried about a shortage of primary care providers.

Founding Dean Jean Johnson

First GW SON MOOC aimed at improving health care quality

May 10, 2016

Current research suggests that medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, and not just in hospitals. Medical errors happen in every setting. It’s estimated that 22% of Medicare beneficiaries experience harm in skilled nursing homes, costing approximately $2.8 billion per year and almost 60% of these errors were preventable, according to an HHS report.

Dr. Deb Chapa

Our Faculty Reflects During Nurses Week 2016

May 06, 2016

As our profession celebrates Nurses Week (May 6 – 12, 2016), and the GW School of Nursing continues the work of teaching a new generation of nurses, we asked some of our faculty members what nursing means to them.

GW SON, other nursing schools address opioid abuse as part of White House initiative

May 06, 2016

Health care providers in 2012 wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, enough for every adult in the United States to have a bottle of pills, according to the Centers for Disease

Zika Virus Alert

January 29, 2016

Recently there has been significant news coverage about the Zika Virus, which is spread to people through mosquito bites.

Dean Pamela Jeffries

Dean Jeffries hosts inaugural Student of the Month luncheon

December 04, 2015

Dean Jeffries on Dec. 3 hosted the inaugural luncheon for nine students selected as the Students of the Month during the fall semester.

Dr. Tebbenhoff, Dr. Whitlow, Becky Mance, Dr. Schumann

Two faculty members honored by Virginia Nurses Foundation

November 23, 2015

The Virginia Nurses Foundation named GW SON faculty Dr. Malinda Whitlow one of its "40 Under 40" Virginia nurses. Faculty member Becky Mance received an honorable mention. 

Laure Marino

DNP student receives Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing award

November 20, 2015

GW SON DNP student Laure Marino, received a Culture of Health: Break

GW SON in Haiti

GW SON students part of Interprofessional Medical Mission

November 17, 2015

Three GW SON graduate students, five BSN students and several faculty members helped treat about 3,000 patients Nov. 2-10 in Haiti as part of a medical mission. This trip was the second as part of a partnership with a medical team from Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital (PNUYH), in South Korea. Sae-A Trading Co., Ltd sponsors these medical missions.

Dean Jeffries

GW SON Celebrates New Skills & Simulation Lab

October 29, 2015


Dr. Schumann

Dr. Schumann Honored by Maryland Nurses Association

October 23, 2015

Dr. Mary Jean Schumann, associate dean for academic affairs, received the Outstanding Pathfinder Award from the Maryland Nurses Association. 

Dean Pamela Jeffries

Dean Pamela Jeffries participates in annual State of Healthcare in the Commonwealth Panel

July 31, 2015

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual State of Healthcare in the Commonwealth July 30 in Tysons Corner.

Dr. Joyce Pulcini

GW SON's Dr. Pulcini Works with PAHO to Expand Role of APNs in Latin America

July 28, 2015

GW SON’s Dr. Joyce Pulcini is working with colleagues at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to examine and further develop advanced practice nursing in Latin American and the Caribbean.

Ed Salsberg

GW SON Instructor Published in Academic Medicine

July 16, 2015

GW SON’s Edward Salsberg will be published in the September issue of Academic Medicine, writing about, “Is the Physician Shortage Real? Implications for the Recommendations of the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education.”

Ann Marie Madden

GW SON DNP Student Named INOVA Fairfax CNO

July 15, 2015

Ann Marie Madden, a current GW School of Nursing graduate student, will begin serving as INOVA Fairfax’s Chief Nursing Officer for Adult Services in August.

Dr. Jessica Greene

Associate Dean for Research Presents on Financial Incentives at the Milken Institute School of Public Health

July 14, 2015

Dr. Jessica Greene, Associate Dean for Research, gave a seminar entitled “A Delivery System’s Experience with a Very Large Pay for Performance Compensation Model,” on June 23 at the Milken Institute School of Public Health as part of an ongoing health policy series.

Founding Dean Jean Johnson

Founding Dean Johnson Named One of 18 Nurse Practitioner Pioneers

July 07, 2015

Founding Dean Jean Johnson was recognized as one of 18 nurse practitioner pioneers by JNP: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners in its June 2015 volume.

Dr. Patty Davis

GW SON Hosts Delegation from China at VSTC

July 02, 2015

A delegation of 20 from the Yancheng Institute of Health Sciences in the Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China visited GW SON’s Virginia Science & Technology Campus (VSTC) July 1.

Yola and Evens

Faculty from Haitian Nursing School Partner Visit GW SON Campus

June 08, 2015

Nursing is a global endeavor, and the GW School of Nursing nurtures relationships with several international partners.

Esther Emard and Dr. Deb Chapa

Two GW SON Faculty Members Receive Prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award

June 04, 2015

Improving the health and well-being of people and communities locally, nationally, and globally is an important part of GW School of Nursing’s mission, and it is exemplified well by Dr. Deborah Chapa and Esther Emard, both members of the school’s faculty.

Student Speaker

Pinning 2015

May 21, 2015

Our Accelerated BSN and ADN Pathways students were pinned May 15, 2015 during a ceremony at Jack Morton Auditorium on our Washington, DC campus. 

GW SON Students Travel Abroad during Spring Break

March 06, 2015

During spring break (March 9-14), several GW School of Nursing (SON) students will be traveling abroad on medical missions.

Accelerated BSN students and Girl Scouts

GW SON Accelerated BSN students help local Girl Scouts earn First Aid badges

March 03, 2015

GW School of Nursing (SON) opened its Skills and Simulation Laboratories Friday, Feb. 20 to 80 area Girl Scouts, from elementary school to high school, who needed to learn the essentials of First Aid to earn badges.

Dr. Jessica Greene discusses health policy

Dr. Greene's Work Published in March edition of Health Affairs

March 02, 2015

Dr. Jessica Greene, GW School of Nursing (SON) Associate Dean for Research examines the issue of patient activation in a study published in the March 2015 issue of Health Affairs, a prominent peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for analysis and discussion of health policy matters.  The study, entitled "When Patient Activation Levels Change, Health Outcomes and Costs Change, Too," was funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Field trip group photo

Accelerated BSN students learn about health care technology at Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

February 27, 2015

GW School of Nursing (SON) Accelerated BSN students on Feb. 26 visited the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington, DC, a center that showcases cutting edge technology in an environment that fosters rich discussion about current and future healthcare. The students are enrolled in an online Health Information and Technology course, and the trip to the Center was a great way to introduce them to technology they might not yet have seen in their clinical practice settings, said Dr. Beth Kilmoyer, a GW SON instructor.

Dr. Pericak

Dr. Pericak named Global Women's Institute Fellow

February 13, 2015

GW SON’s Dr. Arlene Pericak is one of six research fellows named by the Global Women’s Institute (GWI) this year. The fellowships go to six GW faculty members who receive $5,000 to fund their research. Dr. Pericak is the first GW SON faculty member to receive a GWI fellowship.

Future of United States Graduate Nursing Education Discussed During Capitol Hill Briefing

January 29, 2015

A distinguished panel of experts led a discussion about graduate nursing education, its future, and how best to mobilize the health care workforce during a Jan. 21 briefing on Capitol Hill sponsored by the nonpartisan Alliance for Health Reform, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Serving GW and the DC Community

January 26, 2015

It was a trip to East Africa that made Betsy Linsert, NP ’98, recognize that she was in the wrong profession. Living as a young professional in the Washington, DC, area and as a regular “Girl Friday” on Capitol Hill, Ms. Linsert was so moved by her travels that she made up her mind to change her career path and become a nurse.

Dr. Pamela Jeffries

The George Washington University Announces New Dean for School of Nursing

January 23, 2015

The George Washington University today announced Pamela R. Jeffries as the next dean of the School of Nursing. Dr. Jeffries, who in 2013 was named the Johns Hopkins University inaugural vice provost of digital initiatives, has been a Johns Hopkins professor of nursing since 2009.

Mary Jean

Dr. Mary Jean Schumann Appointed Interim Dean

January 12, 2015

GW SON’s own Dr. Mary Jean Schumann is serving as interim Dean after Founding Dean Jean Johnson stepped down Dec. 31, 2014. Having mostly recently served as the Interim Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Schumann brings both expertise and working knowledge of the school to this new role.

Jean Johnson: Nursing without Borders

December 11, 2014

Jean Johnson took an indirect path to nursing, with detours that involved a degree in economics, a job in the U.S.


Senator Kaine visits GW SON

December 09, 2014

As each Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) class prepares to graduate, students share their capstone projects in an annual poster presentation. This year, Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) attended the presentation, stopping to ask each group of students about their interest in nursing and future plans.

Kirsten McAllister

A Prizewinning Grad

December 08, 2014

Every May, the School of Nursing in partnership with the George Washington Alumni Association (GWAA) presents one nursing graduate with the GWAA Prize. The coveted award recognizes a student

Emily Yelverton, left and Anne Quinn, right.

Mother-Daughter Duo Becoming Family Nurse Practitioners at GW SON

November 10, 2014

Like other service professions, nursing tends to be a family affair, with young adults often following their parents into nursing. For Anne Quinn and her daughter, Emily Yelverton, nursing is indeed a family affair, but with Anne following her daughter into nursing. Both are now in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at GW SON.

Nurse Practitioners are Vital Primary Care Providers

November 07, 2014

Nurse Practitioners – nurses who have at least Masters degrees and are qualified and licensed to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical issues – are playing a key role in alleviating the current shortage of health care providers. Nov. 9-15 is National Nurse Practitioner week, so let's learn more about these health care providers. 

NNEPI screenshot

National Nurse Emergency Preparedess Initiative (NNEPI) Remains Popular Training Option

November 07, 2014

Ten years ago, the US Department of Homeland Security awarded the George Washington University Health Sciences department (of which nursing was a part) a $2 million grant to develop and deliver online training for nurses around the country. The purpose of the training was to prepare nurses to meet the needs of their communities during and after chemical, biological, radiological/nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) events. Since then, GW School of Nursing (SON) was established and more than 20,000 nurses have completed the National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiative (NNEPI) training that is still offered by GW SON today.

Dr. Malliarakis

GW SON’s Dr. Kate Malliarakis Inducted as an AAN Fellow

October 25, 2014

Assistant Professor Dr. Kate Malliarakis was inducted as an American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Fellow in October during the Academy’s annual conference, held this year in Washington, DC.

AAN Fellowship recognizes significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current Academy Fellows. This year, 168 nurse leaders were inducted. According to the AAN, selection is based in part, “on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all.”

A DNP from GW Caps off a Military Career

October 24, 2014

At the age of 42, Colonel Richard Prior, having already obtained an MSN from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, decided he wanted to further his education by

Dean Alcindor

Dean Hilda Alcindor Discusses Haitian Health Care

October 24, 2014

Dean Hilda Alcindor is Dean of the Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de l’Université Episcopale d’Haïti in Léogâne (FSIL) [Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti], which admitted its first students in January 2005.

Dr. Mayri Leslie with new mother in Haiti

Celebrating National Nurse-Midwifery Week

October 06, 2014

Access to healthcare is expanding in the United States, and during National Nurse-Midwifery Week (Oct. 5-11, 2014), GW SON is exploring the role midwives play in providing care. Maternal child health represents a large percentage of our health care dollar said Dr. Mayri Leslie, director of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Concentration in Nurse-Midwifery for GW SON. “If you want to impact the health care system, impact the maternity system,” Dr. Leslie said.

Dr. Lupu

Institute of Medicine Cites GW SON Research Professor’s Work

October 01, 2014

When the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released what promises to be an influential report with far-reaching implications for health care, a GW School of Nursing faculty member’s work was twice cited as shaping the institute’s findings about palliative care.

Dr. Polly Pittman

Healthcare Workforce Policy Expert Explores Changing Role of RNs

September 30, 2014

As health care undergoes major shifts – to patient-centered care, accommodating million of people with new access to care under the ACA, and with emphasis on primary care – the way nurses practice is always transforming, says one health policy expert.

GW SON pin

HRSA Grant Funds Development of Veterans BSN

September 16, 2014

The GW School of Nursing has been awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to develop a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) designed to support in their transition to the professional nursing workforce. This Veterans Educational Transition to Success (VETS) Initiative is funded by the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The Veterans BSN Initiative addresses the growing demand for health care services, especially primary care, throughout our nation; the increasing emphasis on the BSN as the minimum entry-level degree for nursing practice; and the expanding recognition that many veterans without BSN degrees possess valuable skills and training that position them well for entry into nursing career ladder programs.


Unique Partnership Provides Care to 3,000 Haitians

September 12, 2014

SON, Global Company Sae-A, Pusan University Hospital and Caracol Industrial Park Partner on August Medical Mission

About 3,000 patients in Haiti received health care this summer through a unique partnership between GW SON and Sae-A, a South Korean-based global apparel manufacturer and exporter, a South Korean University and Caracol Industrial Park, where Sae-A runs a manufacturing plant. The GW SON team comprised of twelve people - four faculty members, four students, two staff members, and one alumnus went to Caracol, Haiti, where they worked with a team of physicians from Pusan National University in South Korea to see patients on site at Caracol Industrial Park.  See photo gallery here. 

White Coat ceremony

Inaugural White Coat Ceremony Marks Beginning of Clinical Rotations

September 05, 2014

Thanks to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation for choosing us as one of 100 schools to receive funding for White Coat ceremonies for our Accelerated BSN students this fall.

Brittany Key

New Nurse Says GW SON Prepared Her Well for Career

August 27, 2014

While Brittany Key, RN, BSN was not committed to picking universities that go by the name of ‘George,’ she did happen to attend two of them. Originally from Whitehall, IL, Ms. Key came to the DC area to go to George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. After graduating with a degree in psychology, she decided to continue on at the George Washington University’s School of Nursing to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

“I decided on GW because I liked the environment—the way it felt on the Virginia campus,” says Ms. Key. “But I was particularly interested in the school because of their simulation lab.”

Accelerated BSN and ADN Pathways Orientation

Accelerated BSN & ADN Pathways Orientation Begins Wednesday

August 19, 2014

GW SON welcomes its incoming Accelerated BSN and ADN Pathways students to our campus in Ashburn, VA beginning August 20, 2014! An agenda is available here.

About 70 students will be starting the Accelerated BSN program, a 15-month second-degree opportunity. Another 25 ADN Pathways students already have their Associate Degree in Nursing, and will be continuing their education toward a BSN or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) through GW SON. All will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday.

Dean Johnson at 2014 orientation.

Dean Johnson Welcomes Graduate Students

August 14, 2014

Dean Jean Johnson, just off the plane from Haiti, where GW SON faculty, students and staff are on a medical mission, Dean Johnson spoke Wednesday afternoon to the incoming graduate nursing students in Washington, DC as part of their Orientation and welcome to the School of Nursing.

Dr. Karen Ott, a GW SON Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) alumnae

Keynote Speaker Highlights Health Leadership Roles

August 14, 2014

Dr. Karen Ott, a GW SON Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) alumnae, gave the keynote Leadership Address Wednesday as part of the Graduate Orientation in Washington, DC.

Associate Director for Graduate Studies Dr. Christine Pintz

Associate Dean Counsels Students in Success Strategies

August 12, 2014

“Don’t see perfection but strive for excellence,” Associate Director for Graduate Studies Dr. Christine Pintz told about 300 incoming GW SON Master of Science (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students gathered in Washington, DC for Graduate Orientation.

“Tangles” was presented by WAGECC.

Play Explores Many Aspects of Treating Patients with Dementia

August 08, 2014

New graduate students visiting GW SON’s campus in Washington, DC this week had the opportunity to attend a theater presentation written especially for health care professionals that explores the complexities of patients with neurological disorders.

“Tangles” was presented by the Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium (WAGECC), the GW SON, and the Center for the Application and Scholarship of Theater (CAST) in Medicine. 

Dean Jean Johnson, right, and Joyce Pulcini, director of Community & Global Initiatives in Haiti

GW SON faculty, students & staff on Medical Mission in Haiti

August 07, 2014

Twelve GW SON faculty, students and staff flew to Haiti Aug. 6 as the school embarks on a unique partnership to improve the health of those living in the northern part of Haiti near Cap-Haïtien.
After the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Haitian government developed strategies to rejuvenate the Haitian economy. One solution was to create a textile industrial park, thus creating jobs for upwards of 50,000 Haitians.

Graduate Faculty and Staff

Orientation Begins August 11

August 07, 2014

GW SON welcomes its incoming graduate students to our campus in Washington, DC the week of August 11! An agenda is available hereAbout 300 Master of Nursing Science (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students are expected in Foggy Bottom for a week of introductions and inspiration.

LPN students

GW SON Lends Sim Lab to Loudoun County School

May 15, 2014

GW School of Nursing is committed to community service and supporting the nursing profession. As part of this, the SON Skills and Simulation Lab often hosts various groups. Most recently, the SON sim lab hosted a group of students from the Loudoun County School of Practical Nursing (LSPN) at C.S. Monroe Technology Center—the Loudoun Governor’s Career and Technical STEM Academy.

Educational Theatre Company (ETC)

Creative Aging Project Brings Together Students, Older Adults

May 15, 2014

In order to creatively bridge the gap between college students and aging adults, the Educational Theatre Company (ETC) for the second year brought together George Washington University theater students with seniors from Hunters Park, an independent living facility in Arlington, VA.

Karen Ott, graduated from GW SON in May 2012

VA official, a GW SON alum, discusses value of DNP

May 15, 2014

Dr. Karen Ott is definitely a Nurse Leader. She is a 30-year U.S. Navy veteran, is now the director for policy education and legislation for the  US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Nursing Services. Even with all her experience, Dr. Ott decided to go back to school for her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Leadership & Management.

GW SON is excited to welcome Dr. Ott back to campus Aug. 13 to give the Leadership Address during our graduate student Orientation! We will post the video on our YouTube channel.

Jean and Surgeon General

GW SON Celebrates Nurses Week

May 09, 2014

Both GW SON campuses marked Nurses Week (May 6-12) with receptions for staff, though highlight was our inaugural Nurses Night Out event at the Washington Nationals.


Violence Against Women a Public Health Issue

April 30, 2014

Dr. Mary Ellsberg, the Founding Director of the GW Global Women’s Institute, gave the lecture for GW SON’s Grand Rounds April 21, the first of what promises to be many interesting Grand Rounds lectures.

Students and faculty filled a large lecture hall for Ellsberg’s presentation, “Breaking the Cycle: Health Sector Response to Violence Against Women and Girls.”

 Mary D. Naylor, director New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Penn

Aging Transitional Care Model Examined During Discussion on Campus

April 04, 2014

Nurses and their colleagues from a variety of disciplines gathered April 2 at the George Washington University for a discussion about providing care to caring for the aging with Mary D. Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN. Naylor is director of the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

The George Washington University’s Research Day

DNP Students Posters Presented

April 03, 2014

The George Washington University’s Research Day, an annual event held April 2, was an opportunity to showcase health research and scholarship at the George Washington University.

“We wanted to have a good representation of the quality of work that’s been done  by students under Dean Jean Johnson, in tribute to her leadership,” said Mary Jean Schumann, Interim Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

SON and MWHC. Partnership

Partnership for Education & Scholarships

March 12, 2014

W2 is a new partnership between the George Washington University School of Nursing (GW SON) and MedStar Washington Hospital Center that offers major scholarship benefits and the promise of employment to Accelerated BSN students over the next six years.

 New generation of nurses mentioned in Northern Virginia Magazine

Aging Population Key Area of GW SON's Focus

March 12, 2014

Northern Virginia has a larger-than-average population of senior citizens, making GW SON’s efforts to prepare a new generation of nurses to work with aging patients a critical contribution to the region the school calls home, according to a recent article in Northern Virginia Magazine.

Ellen T. Kurtzman, MPH, RN, FAAN, an Assistant Research Professor in the SON

CNF Signature Policy Series

March 10, 2014

Through a unique collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), The George Washington University School of Nursing (SON) has been developing, producing, and disseminating Charting Nursing’s Future (CNF) since 2012. CNF is the Foundation’s signature policy series about nurses and the nursing profession.

GW Share Fair STEMosphere Event

SON teaches students about nursing, technology at STEMosphere

March 08, 2014

“Little Johnny” helped introduce about 500 children to the world of technology and nursing this weekend as they checked his vital signs and asked questions about the tick wound on his torso. “Little Johnny” is a high-tech mannequin used at GW SON’s Simulation Lab to prepare nurses for clinical settings. On Saturday, Patty Davis, the lab’s director, brought Johnny to the STEMospshere as a way to engage children K-12.

HIT Kaiser Trip March 3,2014

Accelerated BSN students learn about health care & technology

March 07, 2014

Dr. Nancy Falk and a group of 35 Accelerated BSN students took advantage of GW SON’s location in the nation’s capital and visited the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, an interactive learning destination that, “demonstrates what Kaiser Permanente and others have done and are doing to advance health care in the United States.”

SON students Pooja Shah, assisted Wreaths Across America.

Wreaths Across America

February 18, 2014

“Remember, Honor, Teach,” is the mission of Wreaths Across America, a group that honors the service and sacrifices of veterans by laying Remembrance Wreaths at cemeteries throughout the country every holiday season. A group from GW SON did its part to “Remember, Honor, Teach” in late January, when it came time to clean up the Remembrance Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. Weeks after most had moved on from the charitable season surrounding the holidays, SON students Pooja Shah, Kellie Ketelson, and Becky on Jan. 25 assisted Wreaths Across America in cleaning up after the annual observance. All three are Accelerated BSN students at GW SON.

GW LGBT Alumni Event at the Human Rights Campaign Fund on February 6, 2014

Associate Dean Moderates LGBT discussion

February 06, 2014

"Dr. Kimberly Acquaviva, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, in February moderated a discussion during the Sixth Annual GW Alumni Reception at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Equality Center.


VSTC & SON host Health IT's Judy Murphy

January 15, 2014

During a wide-ranging policy discussion Jan. 15, 2014, Judy Murphy of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT in the US Department of Health and Human Services touched on everything from definitions associated with health informatics, the rise of quick care centers in pharmacies, broadband connectivity in rural areas, to patients’ engagement with their own healthcare – and how it all relates to the implementation of electronic health records, quality care, and big data.

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GW online MSN ranks 4th nationwide

January 14, 2014

GW online MSN ranks 13th nationwide by US News & World Report. There are more than 145 programs nationwide. “GW SON is proud to receive this exceptional recognition,” says Dean Johnson. “Delivering high quality education is core to our mission and this national acknowledgement illustrates the school’s commitment to meeting the demand for flexible educational opportunities for nurses to advance their careers and improve the health of their communities.”

This top ranking also reflects the quality of our student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer reputation, and admissions selectivity.


Mission to Haiti

January 11, 2014

“It’s like going back 100 years in healthcare,” said Dr. Joyce Pulcini upon her returning from a medical mission trip to Haiti with eight GW SON students and three other faculty members. The group spent Jan. 5-11 in Haiti, providing care to patients in a women’s health center, mobile clinics and patients’ homes. They also made health education presentations to both patients and healthcare providers.

Dawna Poyner, BSN December 2013

A New Beginning for Dawna Poyner

December 17, 2013

More than 30 years after graduating from college the first time, Dawna Poyner entered GW SON’s Accelerated BSN to earn her nursing degree, hoping to enter a field where she will be able to, “help people at a more meaningful level than I could in the past,” she said.

Mary Lou Swiscoski at the School of Nursing’s 2013 pinning ceremony,

Mary Lou Prepares for Third Career

December 17, 2013

Mary Lou Swiscoski has worked as a teacher and in nonprofit management. But there was one job she had long considered that she hadn’t tried: being a nurse. On Dec.

Johnson: Innovative nurses training will improve health care

February 03, 2013

Jean Johnson, dean of the School of Nursing, authored the opinion piece.

The Affordable Care Act and Elderly Recipients of Long-Term Services and Supports

June 25, 2012

Ellen Kurtzman, Assistant Research Professor at GW School of Nursing, Co-Authors Study Examining How Three of the Law’s Provisions Affect Vulnerable Older Adults

New Partnership Expands Nursing Program

April 30, 2012

Officials from the George Washington University School of Nursing and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College formalized a partnership agreement today that will allow nursing students from the community college to pursue advanced education while still serving the communities they live in. Read full story from the Rockbridge Weekly.

ACO Symposium

April 04, 2012

This one-of-a-kind day-long symposium addressed the important opportunities and challenges posed for registered nurses and APRNs in the creation and implementation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Read more...

Washington, DC, Research Institutions Partner on the Development of New Online Tool to Engage Communities in Addressing Health Disparities

January 05, 2012

Washington, DC—The Clinical and Translational Science Institute-Children’s National (CTSI-CN) and the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) have rec


Alumna Gift

Annetta Weiss, BA ’65 always knew she wanted to give back, but the where, why, and how of philanthropy was intimidating. “There comes a time in your life when you think about where you started and what you can contribute. I was looking to give somewhere that would really fulfill me — that would move me in some way." Read more...

GW SON Top-Ranked

GW SON continues to be ranked among the top 50 schools of nursing. GW is in the top 13% of ranked graduate nursing schools. 

US News & World Report also ranks our online MSN #26 out of more than 144 programs nationwide.

In a first-ever ranking of Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, we are no. 30, placing us in the top 20% of ranked programs. These top rankings reflects the quality of our student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer recognitions, and admissions selectivity.