Graduate School of Nursing Fast Facts

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GSN Fast Facts

The Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) was established by Congressional action in 1993 and since that time, a total of over 900 Military and Federal nursing leaders have graduated.  The Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing (DNP) program prepares Advanced Practice Nurses (Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Anesthetists, and Clinical Nurse Specialists) to provide high quality patient care in traditional as well as austere settings, to support combat and humanitarian operations and to lead and influence policy in unique military and federal environments.  The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nursing science program prepares nurse scientists to conduct original research that aligns with research priorities of the Military and Federal Health Systems.  The GSN supports force protection, military readiness and humanitarian intervention in our nation's Federal Health Systems.

Unique Outcomes

  • Consistently lauded by national accreditation reviewers for excellent and unique academic programs.
  • 99.9% overall certification pass rates for over 20 years.
  • Graduates are fully prepared to work in any joint or military environment immediately upon graduation.
  • Rapid response to Service requests to stand up new academic program options (Women's Health NP)

Unique Faculty

  • Blend of civilian and military faculty insures curriculum currency and military relevance.
  • Faculty are subject matter experts in military healthcare and are frequently sought out as advisors and consultants to national and international professional organizations and task forces
  • Majority of civilian faculty have military experience.

Unique Programs

Advanced Practice (APN) Programs: The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum prepares graduates to care for active duty and dependent beneficiaries in traditional and austere military treatment and federal facilities worldwide. Program options offered at the GSN include:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner Program (345 graduates) - Stresses concepts directed toward delivering care in the federal health care system. Graduates uniquely qualified to provide quality care in diverse and austere settings. 
  • Nurse Anesthesia Program (395 graduates) - Consistently ranked in the top 5 by US News and World Report; emphasis on regional anesthesia and skills needed in operational settings. 
  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program (63 graduates) The only CNS program nationally with a specialty focus in perioperative nursing
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program (57 graduates) - Curriculum includes Centers for Deployment Psychology coursework in operational behavioral health and preparation to advise military leaders on behavioral needs affecting service member readiness.
  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program (initiated 4 graduates) - Includes content specifically addressing military women health needs in diverse/austere operational settings, military sexual trauma, combat exposure and military career and family balance.

PhD in Nursing Science Program (40 graduates): Creates nurse scientists who conduct research relevant to military and federal health care by incorporating specialized education and training that prepares alumni to contribute new knowledge in the areas of biobehavioral nursing, health services research, health policy and ethics.

Unique Curriculum

  • Advanced leadership and officership content woven throughout the curriculum  
  • Emphasis on ethics, policy and leadership to prepare graduates for positions of greater scope and influence 
  • Military and federal emphasis integrated into all courses
    • Emphasis on military families
    • Bedside/battlefield ultrasonography 
    • Integrative Medicine Methodologies course inclusive of battlefield auricular acupuncture
    • Medical Contingency Management incorporates mass casualty field training exercise 
    • Primary Care for the Military Member 
    • Organizational and Systems Leadership in the Federal Health System
    • Clinical Scholarly Inquiry focuses on applying evidence to inform/improve military/federal systems 
    • Ethics and Policy in Federal Health Systems
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) projects address military health system challenges through partnerships with military treatment facilities.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) projects advance science in areas of emphasis in military and federal health such as post deployment health, wound healing, military women's health and the military family. 
  • Strong collaborations are provided for students with the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Administration, and numerous military centers of excellence and research funding resources.

Unique Graduates

Senior Federal leadership positions held by Alumni: 

  • Chief Nurse Executive US Public Health Service
  • Consultants to the Surgeons General 
  • Sole providers in deployed settings
  • Chief Nurse, 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group, Joint Base Balad, Iraq
  • Officer-in-Charge Surface Warfare Medical Institute
  • Chief, Public Health, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Senior Public Health Advisor to Department of Transportation