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UnitedHealth Group’s Center for Nursing Advancement Forms External Nursing Advisory Board

Board includes George Washington University professor, School of Nursing dean

Released: 27-Mar-2014 11:00 AM EDT
Source Newsroom: George Washington University
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Newswise — MINNETONKA, Minn. – The UnitedHealth Group Center for Nursing Advancement (CFNA) announced the formation of an External Nurse Advisory Board (ENAB). The board includes George Washington University School of Nursing Dean Jean Johnson and Associate Professor Polly Pittman at the Milken Institute School of Public Health.

The goal of the ENAB is to inform, create and evolve nursing best practices in order to create strong partnerships across nursing, education and the health care industry; influence nursing policy and changes in the national landscape; and further the nursing profession. UnitedHealth Group is the largest nongovernmental employer of nurses in the United States.

“The Center for Nursing Advancement (CFNA) was founded in 2008 to prepare nurses for expanding roles and solving the most pressing health care problems of today and tomorrow, tackling the challenges of a health care system in transition and shaping the future of the health care industry,” said Jeannine Rivet, executive vice president, UnitedHealth Group and executive sponsor of the CFNA. “The ENAB was created to further this mission, not only for the more than 24,000 UnitedHealth Group nurse employees in the United States and seven other countries, but for nurses everywhere.”

“We formed the External Nurse Advisory Board to help lead the way in advancing nursing as a profession, and influencing thought leadership and innovation in nursing and health care in our country,” said Dawn Bazarko, senior vice president Center for Nursing Advancement at UnitedHealth Group and ENAB co-chair.

ENAB members include:

Dawn Bazarko, DNP, MPH, RN, Center for Nursing Advancement Senior Vice President,
UnitedHealth Group Co-chair
Sue Hassmiller, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Senior Advisor for Nursing and Director, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action
External Co-Chair
Catherine Dower, JD, Health Policy and Law Director, University of California San Francisco, Center for Health Professions
Mark Earnest, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine; Director of Interprofessional Education, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Jean Johnson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Dean and Professor, The George Washington University School of Nursing
Mark Pauly, Ph.D., Project Director, Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI); Professor, Health Care Management; Professor, Business Economics and Public Policy, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Adriana Perez, Ph.D., RN, ANP-BC, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University, College of Nursing & Health Innovation
Polly Pittman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health, the George Washington University
Cathy Rick, Ph.D.(h), RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN, Former Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs, Senior Advisor, Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
Julee Thompson, MSN, RN, MBA, CPHIMS, FACHE, Chief Healthcare Executive, Sprint
Jeannine Rivet, MPH, BSN, RN, FAAN, Executive Vice President, UnitedHealth Group Ex-Officio UnitedHealth Group Member
Susan Jeska, BAN, RN, MBA, Ed.D., Vice President, Center for Nursing Advancement
Ex-Officio UnitedHealth Group Member

“I am honored to serve as a member of the UnitedHealth Group Center for Nursing Advancement’s External Nurse Advisory Board,” Dr. Johnson said. “It brings together experts in education and industry, and the George Washington University School of Nursing has the opportunity to help establish best nursing practices and effect policy changes on a national level, which fully aligns with our mission.”

“UnitedHealth Group and the Center for Nursing Advancement are already doing so much to harness the power of nursing for better patient care,” said Sue Hassmiller, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, senior advisor for nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Director, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. “To form a group like this and combine forces to explore ways to improve health care is even more remarkable.”

To learn more about the Center for Nursing Advancement, visit

About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services. Through its businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 85 million people worldwide. For more information, visit UnitedHealth Group at

About 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 percent 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. The school develops leaders actively engaged in health promotion, patient advocacy and healthcare innovation; and prepares exceptional nurse educators who pursue quality and advance the profession. The GW School of Nursing is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of people and communities locally, nationally and globally. The school values lifelong learning and its students advance nursing practice, leadership and education as they make a difference in the world.


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