The George Washington University School of Nursing is building a respected research presence in health policy, health care access and quality of care. Our research footprint is growing, with initiatives in areas such as interprofessional education, telehealth-enabled encounters, nurse practitioner autonomy, community health and infant health.

Students, faculty and staff work together in research on health policy, quality of life and health disciplines. Faculty members conduct their own research while also coordinating nursing research courses.


Research Improving Practice

An NP treating a patient


To better understand both the supply and demand for Nurse Practitioners (NPs) nationwide, faculty members from GW Nursing in collaboration with the GW Health Workforce Institute are piloting a first-of-its-kind study.

Dr. Asefeh Faraz and Edward Salsberg are assessing the demand for, and distribution of, new NP graduates to better understand health care workforce demands in the United States, Dr. Faraz said. Their data will help inform educational programs as they prepare future practitioners. 

Research in Action

Dr. Ashley Darcy-Mahoney

Dr. Ashley Darcy-Mahoney has dedicated her research career to infant health and how language interventions can improve cognitive development. Now she faces new challenges in autism research by joining the efforts of GW’s Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute, where she serves as director of infant research.

"GW Nursing is poised to improve nursing education by identifying best practices that can be modeled elsewhere, such as ‘How much simulation can be exchanged for practicum face-to-face work?'"
Dr. Angela McNelis
Professor and Associate Dean
Scholarship, Innovation & Clinical Science