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2018-19 Annual Report

Above: The School of Nursing is proud to welcome its inaugural cohort of Ph.D. students. These

seven scholars represent a variety of professional backgrounds and research interests, and they

begin the program in fall 2019.

Below: New Objective Structure Clinical Exam (OSCE) spaces opened in fall 2018 in time

for graduate students to use them for their on-campus experiences. Faculty proctor these

experiences using state-of-the-art simulation capture technology.

Letter from the Dean

What drives an individual to seek to improve how a policy is implemented,

how a procedure is performed, or how providers approach planning a

patient’s care? How do they see what could be where others accept the status

quo? The faculty, staff and students at the GW School of Nursing engage with

questions such as these every day. They seek new and innovative solutions to

entrenched problems, and they work tirelessly to make patient care safer and

more compassionate. They do not settle for the status quo, and they dare to

imagine something better.

Safer and more compassionate care lies at the heart of the research underway

by Dale Lupu and her team working on the Pathways Project. Funded by

the largest grant the school has received to date, Dr. Lupu seeks to shift the

conversations at the heart of end-stage renal care to better align with patients’

goals. She seeks to change the dynamic between caregiver and patient to

amplify the voice of the patient and help them be heard in the care planning

process. Dr. Lupu and her team are just one of many examples of research and

scholarship realizing the possibilities of how we can advance the profession

and practice of nursing.

In addition to the innovative work undertaken by the school’s faculty, the school

of nursing this year welcomed its inaugural cohort of Ph.D. students. These

nursing scholars will benefit from the rich mix of scholarship, expertise and

collaboration at GW Nursing as they seek to broaden the horizons of nursing

research. I am excited to follow their journey through the program, and I look

forward to greeting them in the years to come as peers and colleagues.

I would be remiss if I did not pause to take stock of how far we have come in

our physical spaces as well. Just a few years ago, our classroom and student

spaces were put to the test in accommodating record class sizes and hosting

on-campus experiences for our graduate students. Early this year, GW Nursing

completed renovations in Innovation Hall that nearly doubled the simulation

spaces available to nursing students and created new, open areas with room

for students to work, study and collaborate. These improvements are crucial

to improving not just the student experience, but also the school’s capacity to

provide meaningful, high-quality education.

This has been a banner year for the school in striving for excellence and

realizing new possibilities. As you read through the accounts of what the

faculty, staff and students of GW Nursing have done, try to imagine what’s next.


Pamela R. Jeffries

Dean and Professor, GW School of Nursing

New Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

GW Nursing appointed Pamela Slaven-Lee, DNP, FNP-C, CHSE, FAANP, as the new senior associate

dean for academic affairs, effective May 1. Dr. Slaven-Lee, a clinical associate professor, joined GW

Nursing in 2015 and had been serving as assistant dean for the M.S.N. program since June 2016. Her

areas of expertise include nursing administration, nurse practitioner education, and clinical simulation

pedagogy and education. Prior to coming to GW Nursing, Dr. Slaven-Lee held multiple leadership

roles at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, including director of the

family nurse practitioner track and assistant director for academics, and a faculty appointment at the

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ Graduate School of Nursing.

New Programs

GW Nursing rounds out its terminal degree options with the addition of a Doctor of Philosophy

in Nursing program and a new health policy option in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. In

addition to new program launches, the school also graduated its first psychiatric mental health nurse

practitioner and adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner students.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Led by Dr. Kathleen Griffith, the first cohort of Ph.D. students begins in fall 2019 with full tuition

coverage for each of the seven students’ first two years of the program. Additionally, two candidates

will serve as graduate research assistants with GW Nursing faculty. Areas of student research interest

include interventions to reduce family stress in neonatal illness; simulation to improve effectiveness

of graduate clinical education; and strategies for policy change to optimize management of serious

mental illness.



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Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Policy

In keeping with the school’s emphasis on policy as a pillar of the advancement of the profession of

nursing, the D.N.P. Health Policy option will welcome its first cohort in fall 2019. This D.N.P. offers indepth

study of the legislative, regulatory and judicial processes that shape health policy, as well as

the economic forces, research evidence and political developments that directly affect health care

and the nursing profession. Dr. David Keepnews serves as director of this D.N.P. program option,

bringing years of experience interpreting and unpacking the implications of health policy and

regulations across different sectors of health care.

Clinical Innovations

In the past year, the GW Nursing graduate

clinical programs hosted more than

340 students for on-campus, simulationbased

learning events in the school’s

new simulation center. These events were

designed to include content that supports

each of the National Organization of Nurse

Practitioner Faculties’ core competencies

for nurse practitioners. Using a unique

simulation-based learning model, students

participated in a series of formative

case scenarios. Students collaborated to

organize data relevant to a chief complaint,

prioritize differential diagnoses, access

clinical resources, and formulate evidencebased,

patient-centered management plans.

Each student was also allotted time for

private one-on-one feedback on their


This model of formative group simulationbased

learning provides a valuable and

authentic means of demonstrating skills

and key indicators of diagnostic reasoning.

Student and faculty engagement in this

model calls for integration of content from

scientific foundations for practice, leadership,

quality, practice inquiry, technology and

information literacy, policy, health delivery

systems, ethics, and independent practice


In addition, the first-ever cohort of GW Nursing acute care NP students participated in a series of

high-fidelity simulation-based learning events aimed at achieving acute care option outcomes.

New Academic Partnership

The addition of a new agreement with the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) solidifies the

school’s commitment to the cause of encouraging nurses to accept leadership roles in different

organizations. In keeping with the 2010 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading

Change, Advancing Health, the school has followed its recommendations to increase the number of

nurse leaders on boards and commissions that work toward improving public health. By creating an

easier pathway for the members of the NOBC to pursue higher education, GW Nursing is following

through with its commitment to the goal set forth by the IOM report.






Some veterans face challenges and needs unique

to a military background. GW Nursing offers

services exclusively for veteran students, including

academic advisers with a military background,

financial advisers, counseling and tutors to help

veteran students succeed.

The Veterans B.S.N. advisory group, composed of

faculty members and student affairs staff, coordinate

monthly formal and informal meetings for veterans

in each cohort, as well as periodic gatherings

inclusive of veterans in all cohorts, with the goal of

fostering community. The veterans’ lounge at GW

Nursing’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus

in Ashburn provides a space for social gatherings


and study sessions.

In addition to the tailored support services, all faculty

members teaching veteran students go through

orientation and training to better understand

and meet veteran students’ learning needs. New

faculty members are required to have one-on-one

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Since the beginning of the initiative, the school has

graduated 100 veteran students, has 44 currently

enrolled and 523 set to start in the fall. 94% Students

represent military all branches five represented branches in of the military, NCLEX pass and rate the

school has veteran been student able body to bring several active-duty

service members into the B.S.N. program.

Some veterans face challenges and needs unique to a

military background. GW Nursing offers services exclusively

for veteran students, including academic advisers with

military backgrounds, financial advisers, counseling, and

tutors to help veteran students succeed.

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To address non-nursing challenges students face while in school, GW Nursing added two professional advisers

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New Faculty

Sue Bhati, Ph.D., NP, is a clinical assistant professor of nursing teaching in the B.S.N.

program. Dr. Bhati’s research interests stem from her belief that educating young

underserved women in preventive health care, and providing free primary health services

to them and their children, is empowering and improves outcomes for both women and

children. She has worked extensively with low income and diverse populations in various

roles including primary nurse, nurse manager, case manager, clinical nurse specialist,

nurse practitioner and nurse educator.

Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, Ph.D., RN-BC, FNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN, is an associate professor

of nursing and geriatric nursing researcher. Dr. Batchelor-Murphy has worked as an

administrative nurse in skilled nursing homes and practiced as a family nurse practitioner

(FNP) across long-term care settings. Her research, focusing on patients with dementia,

has been supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson

Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program, and the National Institute of Health/National

Institute for Nursing Research.

Helen Ferguson Brown, M.S., ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP, is a part-time clinical instructor

teaching courses in the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AGACNP) M.S.N.

program option. Ms. Brown is an acute care nurse practitioner with 20 years of experience

in the emergency department at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland. She

exemplifies quality patient care in her clinical practice with a focus on improving patient

outcomes and patient satisfaction in adult and pediatric populations in the emergency


David Keepnews, Ph.D., J.D., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is a professor and director of the

D.N.P. Health Policy option. Dr. Keepnews has served in policy-related staff leadership

positions at the American Nurses Association, California Nurse Association and the New

York Academy of Medicine and in volunteer leadership positions for several nursing

organizations, including six years on the board of directors of the American Academy of

Nursing. He holds degrees in nursing, public health, law and social policy and has spoken,

presented and consulted widely on a range of issues related to nursing and health policy.

Daisy Le, Ph.D., M.P.H./M.A., is a visiting assistant research professor and a social scientist in

behavioral and community health specializing in community-engaged cancer prevention

and health disparities research. Dr. Le teaches and conducts research in the general

areas of multicultural studies and health promotion and communication. She focuses on

sociocultural determinants of health and community-based/-engaged approaches across

the cancer continuum that target minority, low-income, and underserved populations

using mobile health technology.

Nadine M. Marchi, D.N.P., RN, CNE, CRRN, is a clinical assistant professor of nursing

teaching in the B.S.N. program. She is a certified nurse educator and rehabilitation nurse

with experience in dialysis, pediatrics, rehabilitation and occupational health. Dr. Marchi

has also published chapters in several nursing reference books. Previously, Dr. Marchi

served as assistant to the director for the graduate entry nursing program at Case Western

Reserve University, where she also earned a D.N.P.

Ashley K. Parks, M.S., FNP-BC, is director of graduate clinical education and compliance

and a part-time clinical instructor in the acute and chronic care faculty community. Ms.

Parks is a family nurse practitioner with extensive experience in family practice, internal

medicine, acute and chronic care of patients and families in urban and suburban health

care environments. She has more than 12 years of nursing experience, research in HIV/

AIDS among African American men, and has been awarded Keeper of the Dream from

Oakland University for promoting diversity and inclusion.

Faculty, Staff and Scholarship


Richard Ricciardi, Ph.D., CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, is a professor and health policy faculty,

as well as director of strategic partnerships for the Center for Health Policy and Media

Engagement. His scholarly interests include implementation science, preventing and

mitigating adverse body composition and sedentary behavior, and the role of nursing

in the delivery of primary care. Prior to joining the Agency for Healthcare Research

and Quality in 2010, Dr. Ricciardi served in the Army for 30 years and held numerous

clinical, research and senior leadership positions within the Department of Defense.

Faculty, Staff and Scholarship

Lorraine (Lorrie) Taylor Rilko, D.N.P., APRN, FNP-BC, ADM-BC, is a clinical assistant

professor of nursing. Dr. Rilko has 27 years of clinical experience as a nurse practitioner

in settings that include internal medicine and family practice. She has cared for in- and

outpatient post-transplant recipients as a heart transplant coordinator at INOVA Heart

and Vascular Institute and volunteers at the Fauquier Free Clinic caring for underserved

populations. Dr. Rilko is board certified in Advanced Diabetes Management with the

American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Mark Tanner, D.N.P., RN, is assistant dean of the B.S.N. program and a clinical associate

professor of nursing. Dr. Tanner previously served as director of the B.S.N. program at

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), where he also earned his D.N.P.

He also worked at UAMS Hospital in the progressive care and critical care units where

he specialized in medical and neurological/neurosurgical patients. Dr. Tanner was

named to Arkansas Great 100 Nurses in 2018 and to the Arkansas Action Coalition 40

Under 40 Nurse Leaders in 2017.

Cheryl Toulouse, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC, is a clinical assistant professor of nursing. She

was previously an assistant professor at George Mason University. She also served

as the coordinator of their RN-B.S.N. programs including the traditional RN-B.S.N.

program; the co-enrollment program, a partnership with the Virginia Community

College System; and the military veterans pathway. Dr. Toulouse has designed online

education and simulation including the implementation of OSCEs in graduate nursing

health assessment courses — a pillar of the school’s graduate simulation education.

Sherrie Flynt Wallington, Ph.D., joins GW Nursing from the Georgetown University

Medical Center and the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she served

as an assistant professor of oncology. Dr. Wallington teaches and conducts research

on the role of health communication, health promotion and community-based

participatory research strategies that focus on cancer prevention, cancer health

disparities, and clinical trials. She has authored several peer-reviewed publications

and serves as a scientific grant reviewer for the NIH and other national foundations.

Y. Tony Yang, Sc.D., L.L.M., M.P.H., is a tenured professor and health services and

policy researcher at GW Nursing with a joint appointment at the Milken Institute

School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. He is

also the executive director of the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement,

where he leads the charge in advancing the voice of nurses in health policy discourse.

His scholarship explores the effects of law and policy on health care delivery and

population health outcomes, and has been an outspoken voice in the media for years.


Research and Scholarship

The school’s research base saw a

significant jump in funding from the

previous year with a total of $2.8 million

in grants and awards from different

sources. By refining the school’s scope

of research and scholarship, GW Nursing

is making great strides in contributing to

the state of the science. By applying to

a broad swath of funding sources, the

school is taking a holistic approach to a

difficult funding climate for both federal

and foundation awards.

Foundations are an increasingly important source for research funding at GW Nursing. The generous

and significant support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation enables the work of Dr. Dale Lupu

on Pathways II, wherein she is studying advanced care planning for patients with renal disease.

GW Nursing research faculty have been busy this year, increasing the volume of grant submissions by

nearly 40% over last year. Under the guidance and leadership of Associate Dean for Research Jeanne

Geiger-Brown, the research team has increased the operational support and resources available to

faculty to help with grant submissions, which has increased productivity.

Featured Presentations

Joyce Pulcini presented “The REACH Project: Reducing Childhood Anemia in Caracol, Haiti: A Mixed-

Method, Community-Based Action Study for Sustainable Improvement - Phase I,” “Examining the

Relationship between Elevated Blood Pressure, Elevated Blood Glucose and BMI in a Population

of Adults in Haiti” and “A Coordinated Strategy in Chile to Implement APN in Primary Health Care

Using the PEPPA Framework” during the International Conference for Nurse Practitioner / Advanced

Practice Nursing conference in August 2018.

Karen Whitt presented “The Usability of Family Health History Tools in Primary Care” during the

International Society of Nurses in Genetics World Congress on Genetics and Genomics in October


Ashley Darcy-Mahoney presented “Using FDA Risk Communication to Reduce Adverse Drug Events

for Cancer Patients” and “Associations between Physician Supply Levels and Amenable Mortality

Rates: An Analysis of Taiwan over Nearly Four Decades” at The American Public Health Association

Annual Research Meeting in November 2018.

Sandra Davis and Karen Kesten presented “Building the Infrastructure: Collaborations for Health

Equity and Community Engagement,” and Dr. Kesten also presented “Influence and Impact: The Broad

Reach of the DNP” during the 11th National Doctor of Nursing Practice Conference in September


Pamela Jeffries, Jeanne Geiger-

Brown, Kathleen Griffith, Y. Tony

Yang and Sherrie Wallington

presented on the panel “Building

Capacity in Transdisciplinary

Research” during the American

Association of Colleges of Nursing

doctoral education conference in

January 2019.

Faculty, Staff and Scholarship


Faculty, Staff and Scholarship

Awards and Honors

+ + Melissa Batchelor-Murphy — Inducted as a Fellow and received Excellence in Research Award

from the Gerontological Society of America (November 2018)

+ + Ashley Darcy-Mahoney — Selected as a Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar, sponsored

by National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (2018)

+ + Sandra Davis — Inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners at their

conference in Indianapolis (June 2019)

+ + Joyce Hahn — Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing at their conference

(November 2018)

+ + Karen Kesten — Received a Visionary Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award from the

American Association of Critical Care Nurses

+ + Laurie Posey — Received the GW Bender Teaching Award (April 2019)

+ + Joyce Pulcini — Received the Towers Pinnacle Award at the American Association of Nurse

Practitioners national conference (June 2019)

+ + Pamela Slaven-Lee — Inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners at

their conference in Indianapolis (June 2019)

+ + Sherrie Wallington — Received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Peer Mentor Award for

Engagement and Service (March 2019)


This year GW Nursing joined the ranks of

health care facilities and schools of nursing

across the nation in recognizing outstanding

nurses who are exemplars of excellence

and compassion in clinical care. The award,

according to the organization, exists to

“honor the super-human work nurses do for

patients and families every day.”

The school recognized both a faculty

member and a student as DAISY Award

winners: Jennifer Walsh, a GW Nursing

faculty member (right), and Kerre Aufsesser,

an Accelerated B.S.N. student who received

her award at graduation.

Faculty Holding Fellowships









Faculty — By The Numbers







Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement

The center saw a leadership transition this year, with Tony Yang taking over from Jean Johnson,

who was serving as interim executive director. Dr. Yang’s scholarship explores the effects of law

and policy on health care delivery and population health outcomes, and he is a prolific voice in the

media. Since taking the helm, Dr. Yang has continued to raise the center’s profile as a destination for

those interested in serious, in-depth explorations of health policy. Through a combination of research,

advocacy and outreach, the center is engaged in the meaningful work of advancing policy and the

health of the public through education, research, media and public forums.

Center for Aging, Health and Humanities

Health Policy Leadership Lecture Series

These lectures bring to campus notable leaders in the health

care field, from U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome

M. Adams (pictured) to Victor Dzau, president of the National

Academy of Medicine. Bringing leaders in their field to

discuss serious issues facing the U.S. health care system is not

only a boon to the school’s faculty, but also allows for a free

exchange of ideas that could lead to the next breakthrough

research collaboration.

The CAHH saw an addition to its leadership this year with Melissa Batchelor-Murphy joining Beverly

Lunsford as co-director of the center. Dr. Batchelor-Murphy has worked as an administrative nurse

in skilled nursing homes and practiced as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) across long-term care

settings. Her research, focusing on patients with dementia, has been supported by The John A.

Hartford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program, and the

National Institute of Health/National Institute for Nursing Research.

Co-sponsored Lecture: Dr. Terry Fulmer

The center co-sponsored a lecture by Dr. Terry Fulmer, president of The John A. Hartford Foundation,

in partnership with the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement. Dr. Fulmer emphasized

the need for aging-friendly health care systems to accomodate an aging populace and address the

prevalence of chronic disease.

Community and Global Initiatives

GW Nursing established new global partnerships this year with peer institutions in Slovenia, Budapest

and Costa Rica, offering opportunities to collaborate on a number of scholarly activities, such as

faculty and student exchanges, research collaborations, and new global experiences for students.

These three join the school’s other global partners in Ecuador, Haiti, Uganda and South Korea. The

school’s growing portfolio of global academic partners allows GW Nursing to offer enriching global

experiences for students, as well as new opportunities for faculty with global research interests.

Community Engagement Day

Community partners from across the Washington, D.C., metro area,

and GW and local care providers came together in February to

share ideas and success stories for relationship-building initiatives

at an event themed “It Takes a Community!” Hosted by GW Nursing,

the event aimed to align the goals of our community partners and

faculty to better serve the health and well-being of the Washington,

D.C., community. This was the inaugural community engagement

event, but the organizers in Community and Global Initiatives have

said they plan to make it an annual occurrence.

Faculty, Staff and Scholarship


Faculty, Staff and Scholarship


Faculty Serving on Boards

From editorial boards to leadership positions in national professional organizations,

GW Nursing faculty embody the commitment to advancing the profession not just

through practice and research, but also through advocacy.

Melissa Batchelor-Murphy

+ + Editorial Board, Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics

Linda Cassar

+ + AWHONN Research advisory panel

Catherine Cox

+ + Elected Commissioner for Nursing Education for the Virginia Nurses Association

Ashley Darcy-Mahoney

+ + National Collaborative for Education to Address the Social Determinants of Health Board

Maritza Dowling

+ + Editorial Board of Gerontology and Geriatrics Research; Biometrics & Biostatistics

Mercedes Echevarria

+ + Board of Directors of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties - Board member at large

Majeda El-Banna

+ + Washington Regional Nursing Research Consortium; Co-Chair

Esther Emard

+ + Member State of Vermont Blueprint for Health Planning and Evaluation Committee

Kathleen Griffith

+ + Oncology Nursing Forum Review Board

Joyce Hahn

+ + VA Board of Nursing

Cameron Hogg

+ + President of the Nurse Practitioner Association of the District of Columbia

Pamela Jeffries

+ + American Academy of Nursing Board of Directors

David Keepnews

+ + Hispanic Health Care International Editorial Board

Karen Kesten

+ + AACN Certification Corporation board of directors

Mayri Leslie

+ + International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization

Kate Malliarakis

+ + DC Board of Nursing Committee on Impaired Nurses

Angela McNelis

+ + NLN Board of Governors

Jeanne Murphy

+ + Board of Directors, American College of Nurse-Midwives (representative for Region II)

Joyce Pulcini

+ + DC Action Coalition Board

Ric Ricciardi

+ + Sigma Theta Tau International, president-elect

Nancy Rudner

+ + Florida Action Coalition Steering Board

Mary Jean Schumann

+ + Chair of the Advisory Board for the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care

Karen Wyche

+ + Board of Educational Affairs of the American Psychological Association.

Tony Yang

+ + Editorial Board, BMC Health Services Research

/ spring 2019 issue /



Curious about the

value of professional

organizations? Read

Ric Ricciardi’s op-ed

on page 6 of the

school’s magazine.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Members of the GW Nursing community, university leaders and local leaders gathered in February

in Innovation Hall on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus to formally recognize the

school’s Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT

Into Diversity magazine. Dean Pamela Jeffries unveiled the school’s diversity statement, and B.S.N.

students presented posters about the social determinants of health.

As a recipient of the annual Health Professions HEED Award — given to health schools and centers

that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — GW Nursing was featured

in the December 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The magazine selected GW Nursing

for a number of factors, including: community outreach, innovative diversity education, and health

and wellness.


Where they live, what they eat, and whether they

exercise play a crucial role in people’s health. This

lesson is imparted to GW Nursing bachelor of science

in nursing students through a participatory action

research project conducted in partnership with the

AnBryce Foundation. The project went on display

this spring at the Smithsonian Institution’s National

Museum of African American History and Culture.

“During this project, our nursing students, along

with the middle school student whom they taught,

learned the importance of social determinants of

health and how they can facilitate or impede the

making of a heart-healthy community,” said Dr. Sandra

Davis, the school’s assistant dean for diversity, equity

and inclusion and one of three faculty members who

received an award from the NPHF/Astellas Foundation

to fund the project.

The middle-schoolers learned by completing a

photovoice project, in which they explored and

documented their surroundings by taking photos,

wrote a commentary on what was unhealthy and noted

how their environment could be made healthier. Through this project, area middle-schoolers learned

not only how to take care of themselves, but also how to advocate for, and in, their communities.

GW Nursing B.S.N. students guided the children, under instruction by Drs. Davis, Karen Dawn and

Adriana Glenn, as part of the program’s community health portion.

Social and environmental factors such as education, housing, places to exercise and healthy places

to eat, all matter when it comes to heart disease and risk factors for heart disease. Underrepresented

groups, especially African Americans, are at disproportionate risk for heart disease. In addition to

being one of the poorest cities in the United States, D.C. has one of the highest avoidable death

rates from heart disease of all major U.S. cities.

Trends in Student Diversity at GW Nursing

Above: B.S.N. students involved with the PhotoVoice project attended the exhibit

opening at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Below: A selection of the middle-schoolers’ work in the exhibit.

Faculty, Staff and Scholarship



The George Washington University’s board-approved fiscal year 2019 budget included resources to

enhance the school of nursing’s operations, with a focus on advances in academic technolgies, the

inaugural Ph.D. cohort and continuing work around school culture, strengths, diversity and inclusion.

GW Nursing concluded the year with very positive financial results. The dedication of the school’s

staff and faculty to students and research is evident in the 9% revenue increase from FY18 to FY19.

The largest driver in the revenue increase continues to consist of the accelerated B.S.N. and online

program tuition revenues, which together made up 94% of the school’s revenue.

The major expenditure in FY19 was faculty and staff salaries. Compensation and benefits made

up 59% of total expenditures — a 1% increase over FY18. This speaks to the university and school’s

commitment to recruiting and maintaining quality faculty and staff.

As a result of strong FY19 results, GW Nursing was able to purposefully align 22% of expenditures

with support and investment funds — a 2% increase over FY18. Support and investment funds will

be levaraged to ensure the school is well-positioned to continue making advances in academic

technoligies, meeting stragtic initatives, building reserves and aligning with Dean Jeffries’ and

President LeBlanc’s initiatives.

Accelerated B.S.N. Tuition Revenue – 45%

Fees (application, course, other) – 3%


Other income – 2%

Gifts – 1%

Online Tuition Revenue – 49%

Salaries and Benefits – 59%


New Record in Scholarship Awards

GW Nursing awarded more in scholarships this year than ever before, for a total of more

than $3.2 million in tuition assistance for students.

28% – GW Merit Scholarships (both graduate and undergraduate)

2% – Donor-Funded Scholarships

Capital Expenditures – 1%

Equipment – 1%

University Funded Scholarships – 3%

General Expenses – 14%

Support/Investment – 22%

(includes transfers to build reserves for strategic initiatives including renovations, simulation, etc.)

58% – MedStar Washington Hospital Center Partnership (B.S.N. students)

12% – GW Hospital Partnership (RN-to-B.S.N. and Accelerated B.S.N. students)



Development and Alumni Relations

This year, the school brought on a new director of development with the

hire of Phillipa Moore. Ms. Moore brings years of experience in cultivating

and improving alumni experiences at other institutions of higher education.

Though she just joined the school, Ms. Moore has already made her

presence felt with record-breaking participation in the Faculty and Staff

Giving campaign, engaging more than three-quarters of the school. In her

own words, Ms. Moore outlines plans for the school’s future endeavors.

Since starting at GW Nursing and learning about our highly dedicated,

compassionate and industrious alumni, it has been my goal to renew

the school of nursing’s investment in engaging alumni and better

publicizing how our alumni community can get involved with students,

learn about events taking place and speakers coming to town, and our

10th anniversary celebration. In addition, I want to inform our alumni of

how they can help guide, mentor and network with current students as

they work toward graduation.

In the fall, the school will launch a monthly alumni newsletter to help inform alumni of events

at the school and opportunities to get involved and news from alumni themselves. Alumni will

be able to sponsor white coats for the incoming students, and the students will be informed of

whom sponsored their coat. We will be launching a monthly career series, with alumni coming

to the school to talk to students about their careers, specialties and how they got to where

they are today. We will be working with alumni to help find preceptors and clinical placement

positions for current nursing students. And we will be connecting alumni veterans with current

veteran students to create a better support network, offer study tips and help with overcoming

everyday stressors. I look forward to meeting with a great many alumni and hearing their stories

in the months ahead.

Faculty & Staff Giving

2019: 78%

2018: 68%

2017: 55%

Power and Promise






Ventures, Initiatives and Partnerships (VIP)

VIP is responsible for translating the school’s existing expertise and resources into different

offerings that advance the nursing profession and provide meaningful professional development

opportunities for health care professionals.

Simulation MOOC

Hire of CHSE-Certified Nurse Educator

Earlier this year, GW Nursing hired Sabrina Beroz to lead the school’s simulation

education offerings under the umbrella of VIP. As a CHSE-certified nurse educator,

Ms. Beroz brings a wealth of education and experience in designing, executing

and debriefing on simulation scenarios. Her expertise in simulation has been an

invaluable contribution to the school’s suite of professional development programs.

GW Nursing launched a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) aimed at preparing health care

professionals to effectively incorporate health care simulation into their teaching. The MOOC follows

the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning standards of best practice.

The MOOC, hosted on Coursera, has already drawn interest from learners across the nation and

internationally. By creating a gateway for new entrants to the simulation sphere to learn about how

to set up a simulation space and integrate it into curriculum, GW Nursing has cast a wide net in

broadening the scope and reach of simulation education.

Learn more about the simulation MOOC at nursing.gwu.edu/clinical-simulation-mooc

GW Simulation Conference

With the second annual GW Simulation Conference, the school narrowed the focus from state

policies governing the application of simulation education in health care disciplines to focus on the

efficacy of expanding simulation use in the nurse practitioner education model to address capacity

limits in the current system.

This year, participants learned more about the value of simulation in hospital-based education

and critiqued the current state of simulation in advanced practice education. The conference also

sought to begin identifying research initiatives that will help the nursing field justify an increased use

of simulation for the future of nursing education.


Simulation in Nurse Practitioner Education Consortium

Under the leadership of Pamela Slaven-Lee, GW Nursing has created a collaborative platform

and professional learning community dedicated to the advancement of simulation use in nurse

practitioner education. The goals of the consortium are to establish best practices for the use of

simulation in NP education; develop guidelines for the use of simulation in NP education; and make

resources and knowledge accessible to the larger simulation community.

Since forming, the consortium has put together a steering committee to examine the feasibility and

potential achievement of objectives, provide guidance and expertise relative to the objectives, and

develop strategies to address barriers to the achievement of objectives.

Learn more about the Simulation Consortium or join the mailing list at nursing.gwu.edu/simulation-consortium

Faculty Immersions

In response to the tremendous needs of health care organizations, academic institutions and

simulation professionals to assess and enhance their simulation center operations, educate

instructors, extend hospital-based simulation programs and develop simulation operations leaders,

we offer a curated portfolio of simulation programs and consulting services. These programs and

services are offered as part of the GW Nursing Simulation Initiatives. GW Nursing’s suite of immersion

opportunities for faculty comprise the full spectrum of education on how to plan, staff and execute

a curriculum of activities for a simulation center.


Innovation Hall Renovations

Renovations at Innovation Hall on GW’s Virginia

Science and Technology Campus nearly doubled the

simulation space available to nursing students and

opened up the first floor to create a student success


Students now walk into an open area with a lounge,

open collaboration spaces and six group-study

breakout rooms. The success center is intended to

ensure students are comfortable and have access

to the resources they need on campus. Upstairs, the

other part of the school’s $3.5 million renovation

project invests in new simulation space.

The new third-floor space contains 12 patient exam

rooms and two acute care or “flex” rooms, bringing the

total simulation space to nearly 20,000 square feet.

The entire OSCE center is outfitted with SimCapture,

B-line’s health care simulation management platform

that provides livestreaming, recording connections

to real data and medical devices and more.

“Simulation education offers unparalleled freedom

for health professionals. Controlled, simulated

environments allow you to try and fail, then learn from

your mistakes. The real benefit of simulation is that

you can take all the time you need to understand how you can improve,” said Dean Pamela Jeffries

Online Learning and Instructional Technology

The renovation of the green-screen video production suite was completed earlier this year, adding

capacity and improving quality of the myriad online learning modules that comprise the school’s

online learning platform. The Office of Online Learning and Instructional Technology initially began

filming and producing content in a converted closet room, eventually upgrading to a converted

office to accomodate increased demand. Now OLIT has a fully functional video studio with state-ofthe-art

video recording equipment, LED lights and soundproofing.

Over the past year, the school’s video presence has grown by an additional 600 video lectures, now

at 2,214. Overall, lecture viewing by students increased by 64% over the previous year. Research

shows that students not only learn better by viewing and hearing, but they enjoy video content more

than static text.

“Engaging sensory experience allows for increased knowledge retention and boosts the connection

between the content taught and processing it, the same way we process interactions in everyday

life,” said Miro Liwosz, director of Online Learning and Instructional Technology.

By the Numbers

160 nursing courses prepared this year

+ + 11 new offerings

+ + 5 major revisions

+ + 26 minor revisions

+ + 118 standard updates

+ + 600 new video lectures created



Promotion and Tenure

The School of Nursing is pleased to announce that the following faculty members have received

tenure and/or promotion in rank.

Linda Briggs


Tenure and promotion to associate


Ashley Darcy-Mahoney


Tenure and promotion to associate


Ellen Kurtzmann

Ph.D., M.P.H., RN, FAAN


Mayri Leslie


Tenure and promotion to associate


Christine Pintz


Promotion to professor

Pamela Slaven-Lee


Promotion to clinical associate




New Staff Hires

+ + Sabrina Beroz

Associate Director for Programs and Initiatives, VIP

+ + Denise Bridges

Administrative Assistant, Student Services

+ + Paul Collins

Simulation Technology Associate

+ + Megan Fujita

Assistant Dean of Assessment and Evaluation

+ + Dawn Griffin

Web Strategist

+ + Hannah Hahn

Academic Adviser

+ + Ousmane Harakoye

Research Administrator

+ + Chloe Harner

Academic Adviser

+ + Matt Hess

Special Events Manager

+ + Cyndi Kelley

Simulation Operations Associate

+ + Doohee Kim

Community Coordinator, Acute & Chronic Care

+ + Chantal Mosellen

Program Associate, M.S.N. Program

+ + Tiffany Moy

eLearning Specialist

+ + Amanda Nicklas

Graduate Research Assistant, Pathways Project

+ + Jennifer Nunez

Associate Director, Enrollment Management

+ + Tracey Parris

Program Associate, B.S.N. Program

+ + Chelsea Richwine

Research Associate

+ + Nichole Robertson

Program Associate, Clinical Placement

+ + Alexander Schlichting

IT Support Associate

+ + Payton Smith

Research Assistant, Pathways Project

+ + Haley Stepp

Senior Communications Associate

+ + Narah Thomas

Records and Registration Specialist

+ + Tanisha Williams

Development Assistant

+ + Joy Wu

Senior Instructional Designer

Advisory Council

Membership current as of the fiscal year.


+ + Mary-Michael Brown, D.N.P., RN

MedStar Health


+ + Diane Billings, Ed.D., RN, FAAN

Indiana University School of Nursing

+ + Alan Schurman Cohn, J.D.


+ + Ellen Dawson, Ph.D., RN

Professor Emerita, GW Nursing

+ + Patrick DeLeon, Ph.D., J.D.

Retired, Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator

Daniel Inouye (D-HI)

+ + Karen Drenkard

Chief Clinical & Nursing Officer, Get

Well Network

+ + Lucas Huang, B.E.E., B.A.E.

B-Line Medical

+ + Robin Kaplan, M.S.N., RN

Kushner Hebrew Academy

+ + Lynn Mertz, Ph.D.

AARP Center to Champion Nursing in


+ + Angela Patterson, D.N.P., RN

CVS MinuteClinic

+ + JoAnne Reifsnyder, Ph.D., M.S.N,


Genesis HealthCare

+ + Julie Settles

Principal Research Scientist at Lilly USA,


+ + Al Shimkus, M.S.N., RN, Capt. USN (Ret.)

Naval War College

+ + Janet R. Southby, Ph.D., RN

Interagency Institute for Federal

HealthCare Executives

+ + Beatrice Welters

Founder and Co-Chair of the AnBryce


+ + Stephanie Wright, Ph.D., RN, FAANP

Professor Emerita, GW Nursing

Strategic Plan Progress

Dean’s Executive Council

This reflects the membership of the executive

council as of the publication date.

+ + Marie Brown

Senior Adviser to the Dean

+ + Sandra Davis

Assistant Dean for Diversity,

Equity and Inclusion

+ + Jeanne Geiger-Brown

Associate Dean for Research

+ + Kadriene Dixon

Finance Director (interim)

+ + Jennifer Hayes-Klosteridis

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

+ + Pamela Jeffries


+ + David Keepnews

Chair — Acute and Chronic Care

Community (interim)

+ + Kate Malliarakis

Chair — Policy, Populations

and Systems Community

+ + Angela McNelis

Associate Dean for Scholarship,

Innovation and Clinical Science

+ + Justin Pohl

Special Assistant to the Dean

+ + Pamela Slaven-Lee

Senior Associate Dean

for Academic Affairs

+ + Joe Velez

Director of Operations

In just a short time, GW Nursing has made great strides toward the goals set

forth in the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. The school has achieved 66% of the

goals outlined in the planning document created last year.

Strategic Plan




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