Nurse Anesthesia Program Celebrates Newest Grads

DECEMBER 6, 2013 – The Nurse Anesthesia Program at the School of Nursing & Health Studies celebrated 33 new graduates during a special ceremony held today in Copley Formal Lounge.

Donna Jasinski, PhD, CRNA, founding director of the program, welcomed the audience and noted that she recalled telling the students how rigorous Georgetown’s program would be when they interviewed for a spot in the class.

“I am so proud of them,” she said.  “I am so glad they chose to come to Georgetown.”

110-Year Tradition

Martin Y. Iguchi, PhD, the school’s dean, joined the faculty in congratulating the students.

“As you begin in your advanced practice role, you will carry on a 110-year-old tradition of nursing excellence that dates back to 1903 when our school was founded,” he said.

He added that the graduates would be joining hundreds of program alumni who have made an “indelible mark” in hospitals, health systems, military service, and higher education.

Student Speaker

At the event, Andrew Keeney (G’13) delivered the student address.  He acknowledged the families for their support and also pointed to his classmates.

“Without you all, I would have been lost,” he said.  “You all are my favorite part of this whole experience.”

Keeney also highlighted the 27-month-long learning experience.

“The thing that cannot be understated is the learning,” he said.  “The learning is incredible.”

Pins and Honors

Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, assistant program director, called each student to receive a special Georgetown pin.

Additionally, several of the students were recognized by the Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society of nursing.  Sarah B. Vittone, MSN, MA, RN, president of Georgetown’s chapter, inducted new society members and distributed the research award.

New inductees include Timothy Crawley (G’13), Jennifer Grow (G’13), Andrew Keeney (G’13), Jessica Kubisch (G’13), and Whitney Stanley (G’13).

And an award for excellence in research went to Grow, Caitlin Cottrell (G’13), Brooke Mitros (G’13), and Leslie Schreibman (G’13) for their project, “Medication Labeling: Impact on Medication Errors Among Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.”

By Bill Cessato