Vision, Mission and Values

GW Nursing


Compelled by the belief that all people deserve equitable and quality healthcare, the GW Nursing community aspires to be trusted advocates for the advancement of societal well being in the clinic, community and statehouse.
Prepare nurse leaders, providers and scholars to improve the health of all people by leveraging our presence in the nation’s capital.

We support and uphold GW’s values to strengthen and improve our community.

  • Integrity
    We are honest and fair in our words and actions.

  • Collaboration
    We achieve more by engaging others in shared processes and decision-making.

  • Respect
    We value people as individuals and treat them with fairness, compassion and care.

  • Excellence
    We achieve distinction through knowledge and innovation.

  • Openness
    We are accessible, receptive and share information freely.

  • Diversity
    We value and include people from different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives in the pursuit of our common goals.

  • Courage
    We encourage risk-taking, learning from failure, and perseverance in our pursuit of excellence.

We cultivate excellence in teaching and learning, research and service through equal access to resources, opportunities and advancement for all members of our community. We foster a culture in which we acknowledge, discuss and address privilege to increase success among marginalized people. Our community commits to engaging in the dynamic process of promoting equity and social justice.

We acknowledge the challenges health care providers face in delivering high-quality patient care across clinical and community settings. The demands of a career in nursing can take a toll emotionally, physically and spiritually, which is why we seek to cultivate resilience and self-awareness in the face of adversity.

We are committed to educating nurses on how to deal with burnout, fatigue and other factors that cause them to leave the profession. By teaching specific coping strategies and mechanisms as part of our Professional Well-Being Initiative, we aim to train a generation of nurses that can manage the stress and challenges of an ever-changing health care environment.

GW Nursing


Our strategic plan took effect on January 1, 2018, and concludes at the end of the fiscal year of 2021 on June 30, 2021. We have identified seven goals with corresponding objectives and strategies as the concrete outcomes necessary to fulfill our vision and mission.

Curriculum and Technology

Leverage technology and best practices in education to build a student-centered culture of excellence and continual growth.

Health Policy

Advance policy and public health locally, nationally and internationally through
education, research, media engagement and public forums.

Research and Scholarship

Refine the school’s scope of research and scholarship that contributes to the state of the science.

Culture Transformation

Establish and sustain a culture in which students, faculty and staff are open and respectful to create an environment for growth.

Infrastructure, Governance and Fiscal Accountability

Develop and implement standardized and transparent policies and processes to create a culture of accountability.

Diversity and Inclusion

Cultivate a representative and inclusive community through recruitment, programs and outreach.

Collaboration and Partnerships

Foster, maintain and invest in national and international partnerships and collaborative relationships.