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Rita Olans is an Associate Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions and is a practicing pediatric nurse practitioner hospitalist.

Her specialty is adolescent medicine and she currently track coordinator for the advanced track pediatric students. Dr. Olansis a nationally-recognized leader on nurses’ contributions to antimicrobial stewardship. She has several publications in the nursing and medical literature, is a contributor to the National Quality Partners (NQP) Playbook for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Acute Care, and the NQP Playbook: Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Post-Acute and Long-Term Care. She is a co-author of the ANA/CDC White Paper defining the nurse’s role in stewardship.

Dr. Olans consults as a technical expert to the AHRQ CUSP Safety Programs for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Acute Care Settings and Ambulatory Setting. She was invited by The Joint Commission, Pew Charitable Trust, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Hospital Association, and National Quality Forum to present on how nurses contribute to antimicrobial stewardship. She is a frequent presenter to pharmacists, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, microbiologists, public health officials, and regulatory bodies.


Rita Olans


Associate Professor

MGH Institute of Health Professions


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