News in Brief: ACNM Recognizes Several With Georgetown Connections

JUNE 6, 2014 – The incoming director of the Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the School of Nursing & Health Studies was among several individuals with Georgetown connections who were recognized at the recent meeting of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).

Julia Lange Kessler, CM, RN, DNP, FACNM, who will begin as director on July 1, was inducted as an ACNM fellow at the annual event.

In addition, BSN alumna Rebecca C. Garrett-Brown (NHS'86), MSN, CNM, pictured at right, was recognized with an Outstanding Preceptor Award.

“It was an incredible honor being recognized after 22 years of teaching student nurse-midwives,” she says.  “I have to teach medical students, residents, and student nurse-midwives, and this recognition is important as it will hopefully give the students confidence in me.  Also more and more advanced practice nurses are being asked to participate in medical education so it is important to be recognized for the work that we do.”

Other Honors

Judith Mercer, DNSc, CNM, FACNM, a former Georgetown faculty member, earned the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award, named after ACNM’s first president and given to a member who has made significant contributions to midwifery.

Nancy Jo Reedy, MPH, CNM, FACNM, adjunct instructor and clinical faculty advisor in Georgetown’s program, received an Excellence in Teaching Award.

Whitney Pinger, MSN, CNM, FACNM, a current preceptor in Georgetown’s program, was inducted as a fellow.

Lastly, OB/GYN Associates of Kerrville Texas Midwifery Practice won an Outstanding Preceptor Award.  Georgetown faculty members nominated the organization.

By Masha Mikey (S’15)