Founded in 1903, the School of Nursing & Health Studies houses dynamic degree programs in the health sciences and aims to promote health equity and improve population health locally, nationally, and globally.
Guided by its Mission, Vision, and Values, the school offers academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Our faculty comprises seasoned practitioners, researchers, scholars, and teachers. Our graduates are leaders and work in academe, the government and the military, and health systems and community-based organizations, to name a few areas.
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Since its founding in 1903 as the Georgetown University Hospital Training School for Nurses (with a “first lecture” on the “ethics of nursing”), the school has been committed to situating its work in health care within the broader Catholic, Jesuit mission of the university. Today, the School of Nursing & Health Studies, which houses academic programs in the health sciences, continues that tradition, framing its activities with a Mission, Vision, and Values Statement.
Students, faculty, and staff at the School of Nursing & Health Studies create an active learning environment through energizing research endeavors, dynamic educational experiences, and community-based partnerships. This approach includes grant-funded efforts, faculty and student scholarly publications, an intentional focus on the development of undergraduate and graduate student scholarly activities, and enriching collaborations with colleagues in local, national, and global communities. Learn more about the “Policy on Speech and Expression” (Faculty Handbook) and the “Speech and Expression Policy” (Student Affairs).
Amanda Boys (G’14, G’21) and Shannon Lyons (G’21), students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, have been selected for the Digital Innovators Program of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The program has selected 30 students, in the form of 15 pairs, for participation.
BSN alumna Judith DiMaio Moran of the Class of 1968, who went on to receive a JD, co-authored the book, “Caring for Families in Court: An Essential Approach to Family Justice” (Routledge 2019). She said Georgetown’s nursing program encouraged students to connect with patients to help understand their lives outside of the hospital setting. “I think Georgetown was exceptional in preparing us back in 1965 to think that way.”
BSN alumna Sister Christine Schenk, CSJ, of the Class of 1968, is an award-winning writer, including of the book “Crispina and Her Sisters: Women and Authority in Early Christianity” (Fortress 2017). “I never really expected to end up being a writer,” Schenk said about her life’s trajectory, “though I always loved the liberal arts, and it was one of the reasons I chose to apply to Georgetown.”
In the early 1950s, Mary Anne (Maryman) Curtis, who had already received the three-year diploma at Georgetown in 1949, decided to return to the university to complete the BSN, which she did in 1953 through the new supplemental program. “I go around [our community] and talk to people that graduated from nursing when I did. And they’ve heard of Georgetown. I just had to say, ‘Georgetown.’ They said, ‘You graduated from Georgetown?’ I said, ‘Yeah, it was a hometown school,’ which it was. But it’s still got a name that people recognize.”