Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program Celebrates 20 Years

NOVEMBER 16, 2016 – Twenty years ago two individuals became the first graduates of Georgetown’s Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program.

Earlier this month, the School of Nursing & Health Studies celebrated this anniversary with a special dinner in Copley Formal Lounge.

“I am so happy you all can be with us this evening to celebrate the growth of our acute care nursing specialty and to celebrate the growth and achievements of [our] program over the past 20 years,” said Tiffany Purcell Pellathy (G’06), MS, RN, ACNP-BC, director of the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program.

Program Achievements

From 1996-2016, the program has graduated close to 300 individuals, and there are more than 90 current students in 42 U.S. states, according to Pellathy.

Program graduates “provide high quality, evidence-based care to some of the most vulnerable populations—adult and elderly adult and chronically ill patients and their families,” she said.

They are involved in academe, administration, and advocacy, she noted. They have been inducted as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. They are preceptors and scholars, and they serve in military facilities.

“And we have graduates who are the first-ever advanced practice provider in their community,” she said.

Recognizing Awardees

Lori Brien (G’00), MS, RN, ACNP-BC, an instructor in the program, distributed awards to several alumni at the celebratory dinner. Awardees are:

  • Excellence for Nurse Practitioner Advocacy: Mary Duggan (G’97), MS, RN, ACNP, CCRN, FAANP
  • Distinguished Young Alumni Award: Debora Argetsinger (G’15), MS, RN, ACNP
  • Excellence in Teaching Award: Helen Brown (G’97), MS, RN, CRNP
  • Excellence in Leadership Award: Tiffany Purcell Pellathy (G’06), MS, RN, ACNP-BC
  • Excellence in Scholarship Award: Nancy Munro (Certificate’97), MN, RN, MN, CCRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP.

Additionally, Julie Stanik-Hutt (Certificate’97), PhD, ACNP/GNP-BC, CCNS, FAAN, delivered a keynote address.

‘Significant Mark’

Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, offered her congratulations to the program’s leadership, faculty, and alumni.

“It is abundantly clear to me that our graduates have made a significant mark on the health and well-being of patients in diverse settings across the country,” Cloonan said. “Our program founders and current faculty deserve a great deal of credit for their work to keep this specialty program at the forefront of trends in education and health care.”

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