Going for Seconds…In Nursing

New MedStar Washington Hospital Center nurse Joey Nichols "loves his flow sheets." That comes from working six years in information technology, where flow sheets keep projects on track.

March 21, 2014

MedStar Washington Hospital Center and George Washington School of Nursing Partner to Offer Nursing Student Education and Scholarships

Washington, D.C., March 21, 2014 – New MedStar Washington Hospital Center nurse Joey Nichols "loves his flow sheets." That comes from working six years in information technology, where flow sheets keep projects on track.

Now on nursing unit 2D, Nichols is one of a growing group of "second-career" nurses who are bringing new and valuable expertise to Hospital Center nursing teams. A flow sheet he created for the unit, for example, has already made shift handoffs more efficient, said nursing director Nicole Thompson-Smith, RN.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is thrilled to have such nurses going for second careers. The Hospital Center just teamed with the George Washington University School of Nursing to provide scholarships and clinical training for an Accelerated BSN scholarship program targeted to those seeking a second-degree bachelor’s in nursing.

The program is called Washington Squared because it brings together the rigor of the GW School of Nursing academic program with the robust clinical experience of MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Students in the Washington Squared cohort will complete their clinical rotations at the Hospital Center. "We appreciate the critical thinking and professionalism the second-degree BSN students add to our department," noted Susan Eckert, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, senior vice president and chief nursing executive at the Hospital Center. "That is why we are so thrilled to be partnering with the world-class nursing education at GW."

"The Washington Squared program provides an opportunity for someone interested in nursing to receive an excellent education and move towards their professional career at a medical center," said Catherine Reisenberg, PhD, FNP-BC, a senior clinical nursing instructor at the Hospital Center and the Washington Squared program director. "We provide a rich clinical environment for the final rotation."

The Hospital Center has significant experience with second-degree programs and hires many second-degree students from schools of nursing like GW. "We have a cohort where the age ranges from 23 to 45, so second-degree nurses feel very comfortable," added Dina Rosenthal, MSN, RN, CCRN and a Washington Squared clinical nursing instructor at the Hospital Center.

"We're very pleased about this partnership with MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a major teaching and research hospital, and look forward to collaborating with the expertise of Hospital Center nurse educators who will help educate and guide our accelerated BSN students during their clinical experiences," said Billinda Tebbenhoff, associate dean for Undergraduate Studies at GW School of Nursing.

GW requires students interested in Washington Squared to complete the school's regular admissions process. It is anticipated that nine cohorts of students will be admitted to Washington Squared, with the first cohort being admitted this fall, followed by cohort admissions each spring and fall semester through 2018.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a 926-bed, major teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private, not-for-profit hospital in the nation's capital, among the 50 largest hospitals in the nation and a major referral center for the most complex tertiary services. It consistently ranks among the nation's top hospitals as recognized by U.S.News & World Report. The Hospital Center is a respected top facility in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology. It operates MedSTAR, one of the country's top shock-trauma and medevac programs, and also operates the region's only adult burn center.

The George Washington University School of Nursing

Unbound by tradition, the George Washington University School of Nursing is a school on the move that embraces innovation and entrepreneurism. Ranked in the top 10% of nursing schools by U.S.News & World Report, GW School of Nursing educates and inspires nurses to provide high-quality, compassionate person-centered healthcare; develops leaders actively engaged in health promotion, patient advocacy and healthcare innovation; and prepares exceptional nurse educators who pursue quality and advance the profession. GW School of Nursing is committed to improving the health and well-being of people and communities locally, nationally, and globally. We value lifelong learning, and our students are advancing nursing practice, leadership, and education as they make a difference in the world.

Media Contacts

MedStar Washington:
So Young Pak
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GW School of Nursing:
Kurtis Hiatt
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