DNP Student Selected for Prestigious Nurse Leaders Program

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 – Noreen Mulvanerty (G’18), MSN, RN, FNP-BC, who is among the inaugural cohort to begin the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, was chosen for the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program.

The scholar program, offered through the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, works to address the nation’s shortage of nursing faculty.  It also seeks to expand the number of advanced practice nurses to serve as primary care providers and health care leaders.

Mulvanerty says that Maureen Moriarty, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, director of the DNP Program, encouraged her to apply because of her work with underserved communities.

Practice-Based Program

Mulvanerty brings extensive clinical and research experience to Georgetown’s program.

“It was very important for me to enroll in a university that understood the value of an extensive clinical background,” she says.

Because her clinical practice area is urgent care, she looked for a doctoral program that emphasized a clinical practice-oriented platform.

Safe Sleep Practices

Mulvanerty serves as the senior director of clinical programs and service, interim medical director at the NYC Administration for Children’s Services.

Her DNP translational research project will examine the reason why mothers and caregivers are reluctant to adhere to safe sleep practices.

On average, one baby dies every week in New York City because of unsafe sleeping conditions.

“By providing education on how easy it is for an infant to suffocate during sleep, fewer babies would die,” she says.

Holistic Nursing

Mulvanerty also has an interest in alternative medicine. She pursued a post-master’s certificate in holistic nursing and opened her own practice that emphasized wellness in 2007.

“One of my proudest accomplishments was developing and securing a patent for an organic healing herbal first aid spray,” she says.

Advancing the Profession

Mulvanerty is a big proponent of higher education for nurses.

“The future of nursing depends on the way we are perceived, and obtaining a DNP will elevate the status of the profession to higher standard,” she says.

In addition to her many other engagements, Mulvanerty works at PACE University as an adjunct assistant clinical professor in the graduate nursing department.

“As a nursing leader in a social welfare system, this program will enhance my capacity to serve our most vulnerable children and families,” she says.

By Masha Mikey (S’15)