GW establishes nursing school in Loudoun

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The George Washington University Board of Trustees voted Friday to establish the George Washington School of Nursing on its Loudoun campus in Ashburn.

The program will include GW’s second-degree program, which includes a Master’s of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and second-degree Bachelor of Science programs, in addition to other post-masters certificates. These programs have been housed in the Department of Nursing under GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Becoming its own school will allow the number of nursing students to grow. Currently, there are 320 students in the department of nursing, according to Dr. Ellen Dawson, chair of the Department of Nursing who will become senior associate dean of the School of Nursing.

“We expect that our second-degree program on the Virginia campus will start to grow and expand,” says Dawson.

Interest in the school is already growing. “Under the business plan that we had, we expected to enroll 40 additional students in the fall,” says Dawson. “We had over 400 applications, so we are admitting 60.”

GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus will include classroom learning and simulations in a recently expanded and upgrade simulation lab for the School of Nursing. The lab features two medi-men that can be programmed to have different diseases and conditions. The lab work will complement clinical studies.

“You can program them into going into congestive heart failure,” says Dawson of the lab, which includes a video camera. “We can observe the students finding this patient and see how they react.”

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