Nancy George, PhD, RN, FNP­-BC, FAANP

Nancy George, PhD, RN, FNP­-BC, FAANP

Associate Professor (Clinical) and Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Specialty Coordinator

306 Cohn, 5557 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

Office hours

 By appointment

Nancy George, PhD, RN, FNP­-BC, FAANP

Bio Sketch

Dr. George has been a registered nurse for 33 years and nurse practitioner for 29 years. She has been on Wayne State College of Nursing faculty since 2004, first as assistant and later as director of the college's DNP program from 2008 to 2016. She was instrumental in development of the DNP program proposal and curriculum. Dr. George has been active politically as the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioner’s PAC chair, president-elect and then president, as well as the APRN coalition chair, during which time she has worked to modernize Michigan’s scope of practice for APRN’s by removing the barriers for advanced practice nurses for over 12 years. She was awarded AANP State Award for Excellence in 2011, NONPF Outstanding Policy Award in 2013 and was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2014. She currently serves as the board chair of the Nursing Practice Corporation, the College of Nursing’s faculty practice plan, and has experience in running nurse-managed health centers based in community, hospital and academic settings. Dr. George currently practices in a federally qualified health center.


  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2005
  • Post-graduate certificate in family health, University of Michigan, 1998
  • MSN, University of Michigan, 1993
  • Diploma Nursing, Bronson School of Nursing, 1989
  • BS, Michigan Technological University, 1982

Research Interests

  • An allostatic model of pre-hypertension and hypertension in adolescents
  • The impact of environment and sleep on physiological resilience in Native American adolescents
  • Relationships between environment, sleep disruption and physiological resilience and the development of metabolic and cardiovascular risk

DNP project planning:

  • Chaired 53+ DNP committees and has been DNP project member for 27

Project types:

  • Program evaluation
  • Policy analysis
  • Quality improvement
  • Practice change

Theoretical frameworks:

  • Cheryl Cox: An interaction model of client health behavior theoretical prescription for nursing
  • Parse's Theory of Human Becoming
  • Pender's Health Promotion Model
  • Martha Rogers: Theory of Unitary Human Being


  • Logic Model
  • PDSA
  • PDCA
  • TQM
  • Six Σ
  • Bardach's Eightfold Path for Policy Analysis
  • CDC’s Policy Analytical Framework


  • Program evaluation
  • Policy analysis

Writing/editing/manuscript preparation:

  • Poster development
  • Writing DNP project proposals

Clinical Area(s) of Expertise

  • Adult primary care
  • Family nurse practitioner primary care
  • Adolescent health improvement
  • Healthcare policy
  • Scope of practice
  • Economics of healthcare billing and coding
  • Robots use in clinical practice

Selected publications

  • Falahee, M. L*., Benkert, R., George, N. M., Hartlieb-Brogan, K., and Cederna, J., (2016) Motivational Interviewing to Increase Physical Activity in Underserved Women. The Journal of Nurse Practitioners. 12(10). DOI: Impact Factor 0.484.
  • Ohns, M.J.*, Oliver-McNeil, S., Nantais-Smith, L.M., George, N. M., (2016). Non-urgent Use of the Emergency Department by Pediatric Patients: A Theory Guided Approach for Primary and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 30(4) DOI: Impact factor: 1.615
  • Balint, K.A., George, N. M. (2015). Faith community nursing scope of practice: extending access to healthcare. Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(1): 34-40. Impact factor: 0.121.
  • Schade, E.*, Oliver-McNeil, S., George, N. M. (2015). A quality improvement project to educate nurses on Coudè catheter placement. Urologic Nursing, July-Aug. 2015, p. 187+
  • George, N. M., & Davis, J.E., (2013). Assessing Sleep in Adolescents Through a Better Understanding of Sleep Physiology. American Journal of Nursing. Impact Factor 1.389.
  • Serowoky, M.*, George, N. M. (2015). Using Program Logic to Evaluate ¡Cuídate!, a Sexual Health Program for Latino Adolescents in a School Based Health Center. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. Impact factor: 2.143
  • McNeill, C*., George, N. M., Glover, R. (2017). An evaluation of SIHLE: Increasing HIV knowledge among African-American adolescent females using an evidence-based HIV prevention intervention. Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice.10 (1). Chronic Disease
  • Oliver-McNeil, S.*, Hickman, L., McCoy, M., & George, N. M., (2013). Causes of Thirty-Day Readmission for Heart Failure After Device Implantation: Potential to Improve Outcome. Journal of Nursing Quality. Impact Factor: 1.224
  • Fleming, J.* & George, N. M. (2008). A review of the complex risk factors underlying pre-hypertension and hypertension in adolescents of color. American Journal of Nurse Practitioners. 12 (11/12). Impact factor: 1.389.
  • Smolinski, S*, & George, N.M. (2019) Management of ketosis-prone type 2 diabetes mellitus. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000183 . Impact factor: 1.389.
  • Poirier, C*., George, N., Herrington, C., Nelson, F. (2019). Evaluation of an Organizational Intervention to Improve Osteoarthritis. Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice. Volume 12, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1891/2380-9418.12.2.148
  • May, I* & George, N. (2021) Faith-Based Adaptation of an Evidence-based Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program. Journal of Christian Nursing. 38(1). Impact factor: 0.809 Dermatology
  • George, N. M., Nichols, K., (2007). Inverse Psoriasis: A Case Study. American Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 11(3), pp.29-41. Impact factor: 1.389.
  • George, N. M. & Tompkins, R.* (2013). Steatocystoma Multiplex and Adolescent Development: A Case Report. Journal of Dermatology Nurses Association. 5(2), 81-87. Impact Factor:0.127

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2014
  • NONPF Outstanding Policy Award, 2013
  • WSU Presidents Excellence in Teaching Nominee, 2012
  • AANP Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence, 2011 
  • Graduate Women’s Leadership Program Center for Education of Women, 2002
  • The Ella E. McNeil Memorial Award for Excellence in Community Health Nursing, 2001
  • Certificate of Merit: Most Likely Future Leader, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 1997
  • Finalist, University of Michigan Hospitals Recognition of Excellence in Professional Nursing Award, 1993

Current Research

An Allostatic Model of Pre-hypertension and Hypertension in Adolescents: The aims of the proposed study are to examine the impact of environment and sleep on physiological resilience in adolescents, and to determine the relationships between environment, sleep disruption and physiological resilience and the development of metabolic and cardiovascular risk.

Courses taught by Nancy George, PhD, RN, FNP­-BC, FAANP

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Spring-Summer Term 2024 (current)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Spring-Summer Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Spring-Summer Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

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