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Cheryl Oetjen, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

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Biography

Dr. Oetjen is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean for MSN & DNP Programs in the School of Nursing.  Oetjen’s educational interests include nursing leadership, advancing the role of nurses in health care, and quality care of children and adolescents.  She is an expert on pediatric care where most of her career has been focused on improving quality care and removing barriers to access for vulnerable and uninsured children.  Her capstone project during her doctorate program focused on the quality care of children with asthma.

Her leadership skills and clinical excellence have been influential in leading in both hospital and community positions.  She has been influential in increasing quality, employee engagement and patient satisfaction while decreasing costs on a unit and system level.  As the Advisor for the Nurse Leadership Institute of Virginia, she impacted the transition of new managers into their leadership roles.  Mentoring nurses has been a key focus of her career and academia has been the most rewarding opportunity to influence the future of nurses and nursing.

Dr. Oetjen enjoys continuing her nurse practitioner practice at both the Mason and Partners (MAP) clinic and KidMed Urgent care for children.  

Community Service

  • Pediatric Lead, Mason and Partners (MAP) Clinic
  • Advisory Board Member, Head Start
  • Member, Board of Directors, Pediatric Primary Care Project
  • Medical Mission - Faculty Coordinator, Remote Area Medical. Warsaw, Virginia, Nurse Practitioner student team (2015).
  • Medical Mission - Community Coalition for Haiti. Earthquake Medical Team (2010).

 

Degrees

DNP, , Old Dominion University (2014)

MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, George Mason University

ADN, Nursing, Northern Virginia Community College (1993)

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Research

Research Interests

  • Nurse, Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP, DNP Projects
  • Pediatrics, Children
  • Leadership, Nurse Leader
  • Community, Vulnerable Populations
  • Hospital, Hospital Leadership
  • Quality Improvement, LEAN

Publication

Hurt, T., Lee, T., Oetjen, C. & Shaw, J. (2010) Confronting challenges, seeking solutions. Children's Hospitals Today.

Grants

Greater Prince William Community Health Center Mobile Health Care Van. Awarded $25,000 From Ronald McDonald House Charities towards purchase of mobile clinic.

Prince William Head Start, Lead Screening Initiative. Awarded Lead II Machine and supplies equivalent to $3000 for point-of-care testing of at-risk children.

Honors & Awards

Unsung Hero Award, 2017, George Mason University

Visionary in Leadership Award, 2011, Inova Fairfax Medical Center

Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Award, 2007, George Mason University

Professional Affiliations

Member

Faculty Leadership Special Interest Group

Virginia Association of Doctors of Nursing Practice
Member

President, Epsilon Zeta Chapter
International Charter Review Task Force
 

Sigma Theta Tau
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