Rita olans
Associate Professor
(617) 448-7437
Office Location: 
B39 – 134

Dr. 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 is track coordinator for the advanced track pediatric students.

Rita is 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. Rita 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. 

Research Interests

Dr. Olans' research interests are at the intersection of science and clinical practice. The nurse’s role and contributions are under-recognized in antimicrobial stewardship programs. Dr. Olans is interested in how to teach these concepts better and how to add nurse’s unique skills to worldwide efforts in combating the spread of multidrug resistance within stewardship activities.


DNP, Doctorate in Nurse Practice-Teaching and Learning, 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


Courtenay, M., Castro-Sanchez, E., Gallagher, R., McEwen, J., Bulabula, A.N.H., Carre, Y., Du Toit, B., Moralez Figueriedo, R., Merete Gjerde, E., Hamilton, N., Jorgoni, L., Ness, V., Olans, R. D., Padoveze, M. C., Rout, J., N., van Gulik, N., & van Zyl, Y. (2020). Preparing nurses for COVID-19 response efforts through involvement in antimicrobial stewardship programmes. Journal of Hospital Infection, 106(1), 176-176.

Olans, R. D., Hausman, N. B., & Olans, R. N.  (2020). Nurses and antimicrobial stewardship: Past, present, and future. Infectious Disease Clinics of North America, 34, 67-82.

Olans, R. D. (2020). Nurses and antimicrobial stewardship. Practice Matters. American Nurse, 15(1).

Ha, D., Forte, M. B., Broberg, V., Olans, R. D., Olans, R. N. et al. (2019). Bedside nurses improve antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention outcomes: Results of a 3.5-year study in three hospital telemetry units.  Open Forum Infectious Diseases 6 (suppl. 2):S704-704. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofz360.1765.

Courtenay, M., Castro-Sanchez, E., Gallagher, R., McEwen, J., Bulabula, A.N.H., Carre, Y., Du Toit, B., Moralez Figueriedo, R., Merete Gjerde, E., Hamilton, N., Jorgoni, L., Ness, V., Olans, R. D., Padoveze, M. C., Rout, J., N., van Gulik, N., & van Zyl, Y. (2019). Development of consensus-based international antimicrobial stewardship competencies for undergraduate nurse education Journal of Hospital Infection, 103(3), 244-250.

Ha, D. R, Forte, M., Olans, R. D., OYong, K., Olans, R. N., Gluckstein, D. P.,... McKinnell J. A. (2019). A multi-disciplinary approach to incorporate bedside nurses into antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Apr 24. pii: S1553-7250(18)30391-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjq.2019.03.003.

Olans R. D., Olans, R. N., & Witt, D. (2017). Good nursing Is good antibiotic stewardship. American Journal of Nursing, 117(8), 58-63.

Olans, R. N., Olans, R. D. & DeMaria, Jr. A. (2016) Reply to Ressner et al. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 62(3), 401-402. DOI: org/10.1093/cid/civ888   

Olans, R.N., Olans, R.D. & DeMaria, Jr., A. (2016). The critical role of the staff nurse in antimicrobial stewardship-Unrecognized, but already there. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 62(1), 84-9. doi: 10.1093/cid/civ697

Olans, R.D., Nicholas, P., Hanley, D., & DeMaria, Jr., A. (2015). Defining a role for nursing education in staff nurse participation in antimicrobial stewardship. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 46(7), 318-21. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20150619-03.

Books and chapters

Gallagher, R., Olans, R. D., Singleton, S., & Bosanquet, J. (2020). Leading and supporting antimicrobial stewardship. In M. Courtenay & E. Castro-Sanchez (Eds.), Antimicrobial stewardship for nursing practice. CABI, International: Oxfordshire, U.K. P. 120-132.

Publications online

Contributor to National Quality Partners Playbook: Antibiotic Stewardship in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care [invited]
Unattributed/unacknowledged paper for ANA/CDC publication. (2017). ANA/CDC White Paper. Redefining the antimicrobial stewardship team: Recommendations from the American Nurses Association/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention workgroup on the role of registered   nurses in hospital antibiotic stewardship practices. [invited]

Contributor to National Quality Partners Playbook: Antibiotic Stewardship in Acute Care.(2016) [invited]

Olans, R.D. (2011). Expanding Public/Private Partnerships to Increase Access to Low-Cost, High-Quality STD/HIV Screening in a Resource-Poor, High-Morbidity Island Population. (2011, April). Newsletter dedicated to the sharing of information for the prevention of STIs, CDC Publication.


Invited Editorials
Olans, R. D. & Olans, R. N. (2020). Antimicrobial stewardship: Knowing why, seeking how. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, [in press]


Olans, R. (2020). Waking the sleeping giant: Engaging nurses in antimicrobial stewardship. Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists Podcast – Breakpoints. Retrieved from

Olans, R. (2019). Take two pills and listen to this podcast. University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy. Retrieved from:

Olans, R. (2017). Why should nurses be involved in antimicrobial stewardship programs? Retrieved from:

Olans, R. (2016). Incorporating nurses into antimicrobial stewardship practices. Contagion Live. Retrieved from

Olans, R. (2016). The role of nurses in antimicrobial stewardship. Contagion Live. Retrieved from: Contagion Live. Retrieved from

Webinars- Invited

Creating Private/Public Partnerships in STD/HIV/TB Care in the USVI. New York City Prevention Training Center Conference. St. Thomas & St.  Croix, US Virgin Islands [Invited]    2009

Invited Presentations

International and National
Integrating Nurses into Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Inpatient Setting. World Antimicrobial Resistance Congress, 2020. Washington, DC [invited] 2020

Integrating bedside nurses into antibiotic stewardship activities. Decennial 2020 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Society of Hospital Epidemiology of America. Atlanta, GA [invited, currently postponed COVID-19]    2020

Developing Stewardship Goals and Strategies for Nurses in Antimicrobial Stewardship. Making a Difference in Infectious Diseases (MAD-ID) Annual  Conference. Orlando, FL [invited]    2019

Is the Frontline the Next Frontier of ASP?  Society of Hospital Epidemiology of  America (SHEA) Annual Conference. Boston, MA [invited]     2019
The Unrecognized Role of Nursing in Antimicrobial Stewardship Function, and   How do Facilities Tap into and Engage Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY [invited]    2018
Leading Practices in Antimicrobial Stewardship. Technical Expert Panel Presentation. The Joint Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Hospital Association, Pew Charitable Trust & National, Quality Forum. Oakbrook Terrace, IL [invited]    2018
You are Already Doing This! Nurses and Antimicrobial Stewardship. Iowa Hospital Association. Des Moines, IA [invited]   2018
Infection Prevention in an Era of Antimicrobial Resistance and New Approaches to the Use of Antibiotics in the 21st Century. ANA/CDC Nursing Infection Control Education Network Speakership. National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference. Chicago, IL [invited]      2018
 The Role of Nursing in Antimicrobial Stewardship & Opportunities to Engage Nursing in Antimicrobial Stewardship. Colorado Hospital Association Annual Conference. Denver, CO [invited]     2017
Antimicrobial Stewardship 2.0: Recognizing the Nurses! Nursing and Infection Prevention Grand Rounds. John Muir Health System. Walnut Creek, CA [invited]    2017

Good Nursing is Good Stewardship, and Good Antimicrobial Stewardship is Good Nursing. SEA-TAC Safe Tables. Washington State Hospital Association. Seattle, WA [invited]  2017
SHEA Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Course: Stewardship at the Bedside: Engaging Front-Line Providers. The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) - Science Guiding Prevention Annual Conference. St. Louis, MO [invited] 2017

Stewardship at the Bedside: 3rd Annual Antimicrobial Stewardship Symposium, Houston, TX [invited]    2017
IDWeek – Meet the Professor Session. Stewardship at the Bedside: Engaging Frontline Providers. The Infectious Disease Society of America’s Annual    National Conference. New Orleans, LA [invited]    2016

Nurses Role in Antimicrobial Stewardship Keynote Speaker – ANA/CDC Antimicrobial Stewardship. American Nurses Association (ANA)/CDC     Antimicrobial Stewardship Working Group Conference. Washington, DC [invited]      2016
Antimicrobial Stewardship: An Old Concept, a New Paradigm. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)  Annual National Conference. Charlotte, NC [invited]    2016


Resistance, Resistance Everywhere: Nurses and Antibiotics in the 21st Century, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Beyond Hand Sanitizer. American Nurses Association - Massachusetts Annual Conference. Waltham, MA (currently postponed COVID-19) [invited]    2020
Truly Successful Antimicrobial Stewardship? Bring in the Nurses. 4th Annual Middle Tennessee Antimicrobial Stewardship Symposium. Nashville, TN [invited]    2020
The Role of the Nurse: Effective Communication. 54th Annual Region I Meeting of the Northeast Branch of the American Society for Microbiology. Randolph, MA [invited]    2019
Communication and Collaboration Antimicrobial Stewardship Massachusetts Department of Health Statewide Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference.       Framingham, MA [invited]    2019
Stewardship Begins in the NICU. Building Partnerships, Transforming Care, NICU Nurses Hold the Future. NEANN Annual Conference. Mystic, CT [invited]    2019
Infection Preventionists and Quality: ‘Hand-in-Hand’ for Antimicrobial Stewardship Massachusetts Department of Health Outreach to State Hospital’s Infection Preventionists and Quality Administrators. Worcester, MA [invited]    2019
You are Already Doing This! Nurses and Antimicrobial Stewardship. New Jersey Hospital Association. Princeton, NJ [invited]    2017
Good Nursing is Good Stewardship, and Good Antibiotic Stewardship is Good     Nursing. Grand Rounds. Newton-Wellesley Hospital.  Wellesley, MA    2017
Stewardship is Good Nursing. Nursing Grand Rounds. Mount Auburn Hospital.  Cambridge, MA. [invited]    2017

Antimicrobial Stewardship and the Laboratory. CME program on Antimicrobial Stewardship as part of the joint meeting of the Northeast Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (NACMID). Lynnfield, MA [invited]    2017
New Approaches to the use of Antibiotics in the 21st Century: The Other Side of Miracle Drugs. Massachusetts Chapter – National Association of Pediatric     Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference. Boston, MA [invited]    2016
The Role of the Nurse Educators in Teaching Antimicrobial Stewardship to Staff Nurses. Annual Conference, North Eastern Organization of Nurse Educators. Woburn, MA [invited]    2013
The Role of Staff Nurses in Antimicrobial Stewardship. Fifth Annual Chris Cameron Research and Evidence-Based Practice Symposium. Hallmark  Health Systems. Woburn, MA [invited]    2013

Curriculum Vitae