Dr. Rita Drummond Olans was an Associate Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in the Pediatric Advanced Track, with a sub-specialty in Adolescent Medicine. She worked at the Institute from 2013-2024, retiring as the current Pediatric Track Coordinator. Her seminal research into the unrecognized yet critical role of nurses in combating multi-drug resistance and infection has positioned her as a nationally recognized nurse leader in antimicrobial stewardship.
She has numerous publications in both the nursing and medical literature and was a contributor to the National Quality Partners Playbooks for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Acute Care, in Post-Acute, and in Long-Term Care. Dr. Olans also served as a technical expert to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Programs for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Acute Care and in Ambulatory Settings. She was a co-author of the ANA/CDC White Paper defining nurses’ roles in antimicrobial stewardship and the limitation of the spread of antimicrobial resistance. She has been invited to speak by The Joint Commission, the Pew Charitable Trust, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Hospital Association, and the National Quality Forum addressing how nurses can contribute to antimicrobial stewardship. She is also a frequent presenter to nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, pharmacists, microbiologists, public health officials, and regulatory agencies.
Her current research is on how best to integrate antimicrobial stewardship principles into prelicensure nursing education and how best to broadly educate the public about the global spread of antimicrobial resistance. Dr. Olans’ clinical experiences include managing school-based health centers in Massachusetts public schools, nurse practitioner coordination and HIV/STD/TB clinical practice in the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health, and pediatric nurse practice as an in-patient hospitalist at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA. Dr. Olans is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and is a member of their Emerging Infections subcommittee.
- DNP, Doctorate in Nurse Practice, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA
- MSN, Master of Science in Nursing, Simmons College, Boston, MA
- BA, Bachelors of Arts, Thanatology, Boston University, Boston, MA
- Diploma, Buffalo General Hospital, School of Nursing, Buffalo, NY
- Postdoctoral Training: Certificate of Advanced Study. Health Professions Education (HPEd). MGH Institute of Health Professions and Harvard Macy Institute, Boston, MA.
Dr. Olans seminal research into the unrecognized, yet critical role of nurses in combating multi-drug resistance and infection has positioned her as a nationally recognized nurse leader in antimicrobial stewardship.
Dr. Olans has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Dr. Olan's publications on Google Scholar or in her CV.
In addition, Dr. Olans regularly presents at conferences and industry events. Please see her CV for a complete list of presentations.
Integrating bedside nurses into antibiotic stewardship activities at the Decennial 2020 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Society of Hospital Epidemiology of America (SHEA).
Developing stewardship goals and strategies for nurses in antimicrobial stewardship at the Making a Difference in Infectious Diseases (MAD-ID) Annual Conference.
The end of antibiotic miracle-ism: A thoughtful approach to antibiotic use in the 21st Century at the Public Health England and the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing and Midwifery Conference on Global Perspectives on Improving Public Health 2019: A Public Health Approach.
Is the frontline the next frontier of ASP? at the Society of Hospital Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Annual Conference.