Nurse Anesthesia Program Celebrates New Grads

DECEMBER 9, 2014 – The Nurse Anesthesia Program in the Department of Nursing at the School of Nursing & Health Studies last Friday celebrated 27 new graduates during a special ceremony.

Donna Jasinski, PhD, CRNA, founding director of the program, welcomed the audience to the event in Copley Formal Lounge.

“We informed the candidates [for admission] that we set the bar very high and the program is very, very rigorous,” she said. “…Not only did [the class of 2014] meet the high bar of excellence, they exceeded it.”

Values-Based Education

Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, the school’s interim dean, also welcomed the students.

“We are enormously proud of you,” said Cloonan, who noted that the students would be caring for patients who are at their most vulnerable. “Your patients will be in very good hands....We’re thrilled to be able to call you sons and daughters of Georgetown.”

Student Reflection

At the event, Ebou Cham (G’14), RN, delivered the student address and said that his and his classmates’ responsibilities will be great.

“Part of our responsibilities will be to serve and advocate for our families, the rich, the poor, the homeless, the stranger – and [do] so with utmost respect and diligence,” he said. “Whether it is in the middle of the darkest of nights in a rural community hospital or the brightest of days in a vibrant city surgery center our promise to deliver the greatest care should always remain constant.”

Pins and Honors

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

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

New inductees include Kaia A. Finney (G’14), RN, Kathryn Goeke (G’14), RN, and Emma Lambertus (G’14), RN.

Scholarly Projects

On Tuesday, December 2, the class presented their scholarly projects at a special event in the Research Building Auditorium.

An award for excellence in research, given by the Tau Chapter at Friday’s ceremony, went to Keli Blain (G’14), Goeke, and Lambertus for their project, “Laryngoscope Reprocessing and Infection Control: An Exploration of CRNAs’ Implementation of the CDC’s Recommendations.”

Additionally, graduates Rachel Baldwin (G’14), RN, Kristal Barbee (G’14), RN, Lisa Dettmer (G’14), and Danielle Meade (G’14), RN, had their project, “Administering Regional Anesthesia in the Adult Obese Surgical Patient: Exploration of CRNAs’ Techniques to Manage Identified Challenges,” featured in the AANA NewsBulletin.

By Bill Cessato