Rita olans
Assistant Professor
(617) 726-2711
Office Location: 
B39 – 134

Rita Olans, DNP, RN, CPNP, APRN-BC, is Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.

As the oldest of 7 children, Dr. Olans' passion has always been taking care of children and their families. Her specialty areas of interest have been in pediatric cardiology, rehabilitation, primary and acute care delivered in the school setting and non-conventional settings, as well as in community health centers. Dr. Olans teaches pediatrics and adolescent health at the Institute, and works part time as Nurse Practitioner Hospitalist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center.

At times Dr. Olans has tried to leave pediatrics, and even nursing. As a graduate of a diploma school, she quickly realized she needed to go back to school to get a more rounded education. Early in the US hospice movement, she created an independent major at Boston University called Thanatology. This was the first undergraduate degree in death and dying in the US. By the time she was 30, Dr. Olans was president of Hospice of Massachusetts, the first hospice organization in Massachusetts.

Upon tuition emancipation (her daughters graduated), Dr. Olans immigrated with her husband to the US Virgin Islands to work with their Department of Health in HIV/STD/TB care. It was here she learned the importance of telling a story with epidemiological data and how systems of care are co-created with the aid of the Center for Disease Control and Health Resources & Services Administration.

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.


Certificate of Advanced Study -Teaching and Learning 
  Master of Science in Health Professions Education (HPED)    2019
  MGH Institute of Health Professions and Harvard Macy Institute, Boston, MA 
DNP, Doctorate in Nurse Practice-Teaching and Learning 
  MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA    2013
MSN, Masters of Nursing-Pediatrics
  Simmons College, Boston, MA     1995
Certificates, Pediatrics and School Health 
  Simmons College, Boston, MA     1995
BA, Bachelors of Arts – Thanatology
  Boston University, Boston, MA     1979
RN, Registered Nurse
  Buffalo General Hospital, School of Nursing, Buffalo, NY    1973


Publications in Print

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. Development of consensus-based international antimicrobial stewardship competencies for undergraduate nurse education Journal of Hospital Infection [invited]

Olans, R. D., Olans, R. N., & Hausman, N. B. (2019). Nurses and antimicrobial stewardship – Past, present, and future. Infectious Disease Clinics [under review] [invited]

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. 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.

Hou, C., Kraemer, M., Miller, M., & Olans, R. D. (2017). The nursing core checklist for antibiotic stewardship: How to engage nursing to curtail antibiotic usage. ScienceDirect – APIC.   [Abstract]. 

Olans, R. N., Olans, R. D. & DeMaria, Jr. A. (2016) Reply to Ressner et al. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 62(3), 401-402. [invited]

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 [invited]

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.

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.

Online Modules

The Overlooked and Often Underutilized Role of Nurses in Building Success Antibiotics Stewardship Programs (2019) [Invited]
CECENTRAL, University of Kentucky Funding: R13HSO26357 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research 


Ha, D., Forte, M. B., Nguyen, K., Ancheta, V., Catipon, N., Chan, S., Lira, D., Legge, J., Olans, R. D., Gluckstein, D., Desai, M., Mourani, J., Olans, R.N., & Sadana, G. (2017). Outcomes of bedside nurse-driven interdisciplinary antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention rounds. [Abstract 62910].In: [Program and abstract of IDWeek], 2017 (San Diego, CA)


Web-Based Seminars
HOPE Conference – Leveraging Nursing to Decrease Antibiotic Resistance.Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. (2019) [invited]

Collaborate and Communicate – The Essential Role of Nursing in Antimicrobial Stewardship. Massachusetts Department of Health, Boston, MA  (2018) [invited].
Vizient Members Network Webinar – Bedside Stewardship: How Nurses Can Make a Difference in Antibiotic Use. (2018) [invited]

Vizient Members Network Webinar – Integrating antimicrobial stewardship into your hospital culture. (2017) [invited]

Vizient Members Network Webinar – The Nurses Role in Antimicrobial
Stewardship: The Importance of Traditional Tasks in the New Antibiotic Era. (2017) [invited]

Antimicrobial Stewardship and Nursing Homes- How Nurses Can Make a Difference. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Washington (2017) [invited]

Good Nursing is Good Stewardship, and Good Antimicrobial Stewardship is Good Nursing. Washington State Hospital Association.
Seattle, Washington. (2017) [invited]

Engaging Nurses Role in Antimicrobial Stewardship-Take 2! New Jersey Hospital Association. (2017) [invited]

HOPE Conference – Antimicrobial Stewardship in HIV/AIDS Care.
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. (2016) [invited]

International Conferences
The End of Antibiotic Miracle-ism: A Thoughtful Approach to Antibiotic Use. Global Perspectives on Improving Population Health 2019: A Public Health Approach, Liverpool John Moores University, WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing  and Midwifery (2019) [invited]
Liverpool, UK

Outreach and Provider Services to Adolescents. New York City Prevention Training Center Conference (2011) [invited]
ST Thomas & ST Croix, US Virgin Islands

New Concepts in STD/HIV/TB. New York City Prevention Training Center Conference (2010) [invited]
ST Thomas & ST Croix, US Virgin Islands

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

National Conferences and Statewide Meetings

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

Is the Frontline the Next Frontier of ASP?  Society of Hospital Epidemiology of America Annual Conference (2019) [invited]
Boston, MA 

The Unrecognized Role of Nursing in Antimicrobial Stewardship Function, and How do Facilities Tap into and Engage Nursing. University of Kentucky. (2018) [invited]
Lexington, KY

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. (2018) [invited]
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

You are Already Doing This! Nurses and Antimicrobial Stewardship. 
Iowa Hospital Association. (2018) [invited]
Des Moines, IA

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 (2018)[invited]
Chicago, IL

You are Already Doing This! Nurses and Antimicrobial Stewardship. 
New Jersey Hospital Association. ( 2017) [invited]
Princeton, NJ

The Role of nursing in Antimicrobial Stewardship & Opportunities to Engage Nursing in Antimicrobial Stewardship. Colorado Hospital Association Annual Conference.  (2017)  [invited]
Denver, CO

Antimicrobial Stewardship 2.0: Recognizing the Nurses! 
Nursing and Infection Prevention Grand Rounds. John Muir Healthsystem.  (2017)  [invited]
Walnut Creek, CA

Good Nursing is Good Stewardship, and Good Antimicrobial Stewardship is Good Nursing. Washington State Hospital Association  (2017)  [invited]
Seattle, WA

SHEA Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Course: Stewardship at the Bedside:Engaging Front-Line Providers.The Society for Healthcare  Epidemiology of America-Science Guiding Prevention Annual Conference. (2017)  [invited]
St. Louis, MO

Stewardship at the Bedside: 3rd Annual Antimicrobial Stewardship Symposium (2017) [invited]
Houston, TX 

IDWeek – Meet the Professor Session. Stewardship at the Bedside: Engaging Frontline Providers. The Infectious Disease Society of America’s Annual National Conference. (2016) [invited]
New Orleans, LA

Keynote Speaker – ANA/CDC Antimicrobial Stewardship
American Nurses Association (ANA) / CDC Antimicrobial Stewardship 
Working Group Conference. (2016) [invited]
Washington, DC

Antimicrobial Stewardship: An Old Concept, a New Paradigm. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Annual National Conference. (2016)  [invited]
Charlotte, NC

Local and Regional Conferences and Meetings
Communication and Collaboration Antimicrobial Stewardship
Massachusetts Department of Health Statewide Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference (2019) [invited]
Framingham, MA

Infection Preventionists and Quality: ‘Hand-in-Hand’ for Antimicrobial Stewardship Massachusetts Department of Health Outreach to State Hospital’s Infection Preventionists and Quality Administrators (2019) [invited]
Worcester, MA

Grand Rounds. Good Nursing is Good Stewardship, and Good
Antibiotic Stewardship is Good Nursing. Newton-Wellesley Hospital. (2017) [invited]
Wellesley, MA

Nursing Grand Rounds. Good Nursing is Good Stewardship, and Good
Antibiotic Stewardship is Good Nursing. Mount Auburn Hospital. (2017) [invited]
Cambridge, MA

CME program on Antimicrobial Stewardship as part of the joint meeting of the Northeast Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (NACMID) (2017) [invited]
Lynnfield, MA

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 (2016)[invited]
Boston, MA

The Role of the Nurse Educators in Teaching Antimicrobial Stewardship to Staff Nurses. Annual Conference, North Eastern Organization of Nurse Educators (2013) [invited]
Medford, MA

Curriculum Vitae