Cheryl Oetjen, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Assistant Dean for MSN and DNP Concentrations
Term Assistant Professor
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.
- 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).
DNP, , Old Dominion University (2014)
MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, George Mason University
ADN, Nursing, Northern Virginia Community College (1993)
- Nurse, Nurse Practitioner
- Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP, DNP Projects
- Pediatrics, Children
- Leadership, Nurse Leader
- Community, Vulnerable Populations
- Hospital, Hospital Leadership
- Quality Improvement, LEAN
Hurt, T., Lee, T., Oetjen, C. & Shaw, J. (2010) Confronting challenges, seeking solutions. Children's Hospitals Today.
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
Curricular Leadership CouncilNational Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty
Faculty Leadership Special Interest GroupVirginia Association of Doctors of Nursing Practice
President, Epsilon Zeta Chapter
International Charter Review Task Force