Rita Drummond Olans, DNP, CPNP-PC, APRN-BC, FNAP

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. Her specialty is adolescent medicine and she currently 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

The nurses' role in Antimicrobial Stewardship 


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. 


Castro-Sanchez, E., Bosanquet, J., Courtenay, M., Gallagher, R., Gotterson, F., Manias, E., Ness, V., Olans, R., Padoveze, M. C., du Toit, B., & Bennasar Veny, M. (2022). Nurses, an underused vital asset against drug-resistant infections. Lancet, [in press]

Olans, R. D., Olans, R. N., Marfatia, R., & Angoff, G. H. (2022). Inaccurate penicillin allergy labeling, the electronic health record, and adverse outcomes of care. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, [in press]

Chater, A. M., Family, H., Abraao, L. M., Burnett, E., Castro-Sanchez, E., Du Toit, B., Gallagher, R., Gotterson, F., Manias, E., McEwen, J., Moralez de Figueiedo, R., Nathan, M., Olans, R., Padoveze, M. C., & Courtenay, M. (2022). Influences on nurses’ engagement in antimicrobial stewardship behaviors : A multi-country survey using the theoretical domains framework. Journal of Hospital Infection, pre-publication available at: 

Olans, R. D., Olans, R. N., & DeMaria, Jr., A. (2022). Florence Nightingale and antimicrobial stewardship. Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing, 30(1), 106-108. doi:. 10.5152/fnjn.2022.21141 

Riley, M., & Olans, R. D. (2021). Implementing an antimicrobial stewardship program in the intensive care unit by engaging critical care nurses. Critical Care Clinics, 33(4), 369-380. ISSN: 0899-5885 AN: 153417206 and doi: 10.1016/j.cnc.2021.07.001

Good, A., & Olans, R. D. (2021). CE: Pediatric antibiotic stewardship. American Journal of Nursing, 121(11), 38-43, with complimentary podcast. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000798052.41204.18


(2021, September 15). The critical role of nurses in antimicrobial stewardship, and sepsis, too! Annual Sepsis Alliance Summit. [Invited speaker] [Online Conference]. San Diego, CA. 

(2019, September 6). Developing stewardship goals and strategies for nurses in antimicrobial stewardship. [Invited speaker]. Making a Difference in Infectious Diseases (MAD-ID) Annual Conference. Orlando, FL. 

(2019, May 19). The end of antibiotic miracle-ism: A thoughtful approach to antibiotic use in the 21st Century. [Invited speaker]. 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. Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. 

(2019, April 26). Is the frontline the next frontier of ASP? [Invited speaker]. Society of Hospital Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Annual Conference. Boston, MA.

Curriculum Vitae