Editor's note: This version of the newsletter corrects the time for our School of Nursing Commencement. We apologize for the confusion.
Introducing CURA
Spring 2023

Welcome to CURA, the new Georgetown University School of Nursing newsletter designed to keep us connected as a community. As you may know, Cura is Latin for care -- a basic tenant of the work we share.

In this issue of CURA, you'll find stories highlighting nurse-midwifery education, past and present, as we mark the 50th anniversary of our program. You'll also read about the achievements of our alumni, students, faculty and staff. We have much to celebrate in our brief time as a new school!

Over the last 9 months since joining Georgetown, I have enjoyed reimagining ways to expand and enhance nursing education and research to fulfill the reputation we carry as one of the most trusted professions. You can read more about my personal philosophy and mission. And reach out via email anytime.

Until next time, enjoy CURA!

Roberta Waite, EdD, RN, PMHCNS, ANEF, FAAN
Join Georgetown University School of Nursing as it celebrates five decades of training nurse-midwives.
In a July 1972 press release, School of Nursing Dean Sr. Rita Marie Bergeron announced the creation of a nine-month post-baccalaureate certificate program in nurse-midwifery education dedicated to improving the alarmingly high rate of infant mortality in Washington, D.C. Over the next two decades, the program would achieve remarkable success in providing perinatal care to the D.C. community and advocating for the profession of midwifery.
Driven by the belief that women should not have to put their life at risk if they chose to become pregnant, nurse-midwifery alum Nafisa Jiddawi (NHS’14), FNP-C, WHNP-BC, CNM, returned to her home country, Tanzania, to establish the nation’s first holistic wellness center dedicated to women’s health promotion and disease prevention.
Mission, Vision & Values
Georgetown School of Nursing chaplain, Sr. Celeste Mokrzycki, and Fr. Mark Bosco, Georgetown’s vice president for mission & ministry, delivered the annual Values Based Lecture titled “Re-energizing Our Values: Reflecting on the Spirit of Georgetown in Our New Moment.”
Our Hoyas
In a clinical bioethics program unique to Georgetown, a select group of nursing and medical students — known as Pellegrino Student Scholars — work closely together as they discover that practicing cura personalis includes navigating challenging ethical decisions with their patients and families.
Twelve Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) students who demonstrated an interest in using their talents to address and improve the health outcomes of underserved and aging communities in the DC area received scholarships from The Washington Home, a charitable foundation. Each scholarship supports $25,000 in tuition assistance. The scholarship application process required applicants to submit a personal essay illustrating their commitment to providing care for the underserved and aging communities in the DC area.
School of Nursing DNP student, Therese Kent, NP, a supervisor in the Critical Care Medicine Department in the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, was selected as the Nurse Practitioner of the Year for 2022.
The Dean’s Board of Advisors of Georgetown University School of Nursing provides high-level strategic guidance to the Dean and the school’s leadership team to achieve the school’s goals for national prominence in teaching, service, and research. Meet our ambassadors who seek to advance the school’s mission, strategic priorities, and trajectory as well as promote the school to potential and current students, employers, legislative leaders, governmental agencies, industry, and private foundations.
Spotlighting Faculty and Staff
Georgetown University honored the School of Nursing’s Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, (left) with a Vicennial Gold Medal at the university’s Spring Faculty Convocation on March 21, where she also delivered the opening prayer. Established seventy-three years ago, the Vicennial Medal is an award granted in recognition of twenty years of service to Georgetown.
Meet Jean LaFonta senior business manager, who joined our school earlier this year.
Alumni News
After 30 years of committed service to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Eileen Ferrell, MS, BSN, RN, the hospital’s chief nursing officer (CNO) will retire on February 1. Ferrell (N’75, G’83) began her career as a nurse at the hospital after graduating with her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgetown’s School of Nursing & Health Studies (now School of Nursing and School of Health).
The university will expand its benefits in the Yellow Ribbon Program, an agreement between higher education institutions and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that funds portions of tuition and fees that aren’t covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers educational benefits for military members who served after Sept. 10, 2001.
Georgetown’s PhD in Nursing Program is a premier doctoral program designed for individuals who want to be leaders for change by seeking to advance the discipline and those they serve in academic, community health, health care, policy, global, and research settings. Applications open in July.
The NIH Research With Activities Related to Diversity (ReWARD) Program provides support for the health-related research of scientists who are making a significant contribution to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) and who have no current NIH research project grant funding. The program provides funding for both the scientific research and the DEIA activities of investigators.
Join us for the pomp and circumstance, and our time honored traditions during Georgetown University's 2023 Commencement
Blessing of the Hands
Wednesday, May 17
6:00 p.m.
Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building
Pinning and Sigma Theta Tau Ceremony
Thursday, May 18
Pinning: 9:00 a.m.
Sigma Theta Tau Ceremony: 10:30 a.m.
Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building
School of Nursing Commencement
Thursday, May 18
3:00 p.m.
Healy Lawn (Severe Weather Site: McDonough Arena)
Undergraduates and graduates including DNP/DNAP hooding
Calendar of Events
The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Scholarship (CANS) presents its Spring research seminar series is underway.
The School of Nursing invites you to join us for our monthly development series focused on issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and anti-racism.
Georgetown’s School of Nursing is making enduring contributions to the nation’s largest health care profession. Your support is essential as we work to advance the education of tomorrow’s health care leaders.
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