Gaurdia E. Banister is a Professor in the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Dr. Banister is executive director of the Institute for Patient Care at Massachusetts General Hospital, which includes centers for nursing research and professional development. A registered nurse with a doctorate in psychiatric/mental health nursing, she was previously senior vice president for patient care services at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC.

She has completed fellowships in the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Program and the Johnson & Johnson Wharton Program in Management for Nurse Executives; and she has received numerous grants from a variety of funding sources, including Health Resources and Services Administration.

Dr. Banister is a member of the African Scientific Institute, the National Black Nurses Association, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and the American Nurses Association. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).

The American Nurses Association (ANA) named Dr. Banister the recipient of its 2012 Mary Mahoney Award.

  • BSN, University of Wyoming
  • MSN, Psychiatric Mental Health, the University of Texas
  • PhD, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, the University of Texas


Keynote Address: The Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions Nursing Convocation. Boston, MA. May 2012.

Poster Presentation - Clinical Leadership Collaborative for Diversity in Nursing: Leveraging Service/Academic Partnerships to Expand Opportunities for Minority Nursing Students, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Boston, MA. March 2012.


Banister, G. & Winfrey, M. E. (2012). Enhancing Diversity in Nursing, A Partnership Approach. Journal of Nursing Administration, 42(3), 176-181.

Glazer, G., Ives Erickson, J., Mylott, L., Mulready-Schick, J., & Banister, G. (2011) Partnering and Leadership: Core Requirements for Developing a Dedicated Education Unit. Journal of Nursing Administration,41(10), 401-406.

Oldham, K.E., Cosper, P., Wilson, & Banister, G. (2011). Developing a Career Advancement Program for Frontline Nurses. In Gullatte, M. (Ed) Nursing Management Principles and Practice, 2nd ed., (pp.873-894) Oncology Nursing Society Publishing, Pittsburg, PA.

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