GSN Annual Report Hightlights

Uniformed Nurses

Uniformed nurses carry out a charge that reaches far beyond traditional nursing roles. They care for patients in locations as dangerous as the wounds they treat, and make decisions that can save one life or thousands at once. Uniformed nurses are the cornerstones of the Military Health System, and USU is the place to learn the advanced skills needed to be expert clinicians and leaders in the profession.

2014 Annual Report

GSN Annual Report Highlights

In 2015, the GSN achieved a national rank in the top 10 percent of best U.S graduate schools of nursing, and continues to work toward achieving the vision of becoming America’s premier nursing graduate school, transforming federal health and health care.

The GSN strategic plan reflects the University’s five mission domains: education and training, research and scholarship, national security and global health engagement, leadership, and service. Achievements in these mission domains are accomplished through partnerships, innovation and focused outcomes.

One hundred and eighty-five students are enrolled in the GSN master’s, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy programs, while 709 alumni are serving in a variety of key clinical, research and leadership roles. Over the past decade, a number of significant curricular changes have occurred: In 2006 the GSN graduated its first Doctor of Philosophy students; in 2012 the GSN transitioned advanced practice nursing education from a master’s degree to a DNP, graduating the first students in 2015; and in 2014 the school launched a new women’s health nurse practitioner program, offering both family and women’s health nurse practitioner students the opportunity to dual certify in both specialty areas.

The GSN expanded inter-professional education in the areas of trauma, disinfection, reflective practice, behavioral health, military sexual assault and mass casualty exercises to prepare students for inter-professional practice in joint environments. Increased use of simulation across multiple clinical sites and innovative educational technologies enhance the learning environment; and battlefield ultrasound, acupuncture and the DoD-Veterans Affairs joint pain management curriculum reinforce graduates’ readiness to care for those in harm’s way.

Faculty and student scholarship has expanded with 67 publications, 75 presentations and $1.8 million in competitive external grant funding. Fifteen students were recognized as Jonas Veteran Healthcare Scholars, and the school was awarded two Robert Wood Johnson Future Nurse Scholar grants for doctoral students to produce science that promotes military readiness and the health of service members, veterans and their families.

The faculty continues to develop strong collaborations with professional and academic communities, sharing expertise and programs such as ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia education. Senior military faculty established broader collaborations to coordinate recruitment, utilization and career development of nurse scientists. The School initiated an inter-professional, cross-agency Women’s Health Collaborative that brings together the GSN with the School of Medicine, USU Office of Research, Murtha Cancer Center, NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health and Department of Veterans Affairs to build a community of researchers, educators, clinicians and policymakers interested in military women’s health issues.

The GSN enthusiastically embraces its commitment to serve the mission of the School and the University and proudly continues to build excellence in the next generation of nurse clinicians, scientists and scholars to serve our nation.