JUNE 3, 2014 – A new graduate of the BSN Program at the School of Nursing & Health Studies published a commentary last month in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing.
Jacinta Tibbs (NHS’14), who earned her Georgetown degree through the second degree program, authored the manuscript “The Power of Perspective: Lessons Learned in South Africa” for the May issue.
The student traveled to Durban in August 2013 as part of a department-sponsored Clinical Experience Program in South Africa, where she worked in a public health hospital.
When she returned to Georgetown, she shared her experiences with her advisor Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC, FAAN, associate professor of nursing.
“Dr. Yearwood encouraged me to pen my experiences and asked if I would be willing to share them in a column in [the journal], for which she is the editor,” she says.
The commentary examines poverty and themes of courage, oppression, and respect.
“My perspective is forever changed,” she writes. “…I am now faced with the task of allowing the lessons that I have learned to not only guide my practice as a nurse, but to help shape me as an individual and perhaps determine the impact I choose to have on the world.”
Tibbs is currently preparing for the NCLEX-RN and then plans to begin a career as a labor and delivery nurse at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md.
“The program was very rigorous, but I feel like it provided a level of clinical competence that I can certainly appreciate,” says the one-time teacher whose first degree was in biology.
In addition to travelling to Durban, she says other memorable experiences include singing a solo at the Kennedy Center with the Georgetown Let Freedom Ring Choir and working with the DC Healthy Start Project as part of her public health clinical.
“Although I enjoyed teaching, I decided to return to my true passion, which is health care,” she says. “I’ve always loved helping people, but after doing missionary work abroad, I knew I wanted to touch the lives of others in not just a spiritual capacity, but a medical one as well.”
By Bill Cessato