DECEMBER 9, 2017 - Forty-two graduates of the Nurse Anesthesia Program celebrated the completion of their degrees at a special ceremony on Friday in Gaston Hall.
“This is a joyous, joyous occasion,” said Donna Jasinski, PhD, CRNA, who founded and directs the master’s-level program.
Jasinski welcomed the audience, noting how the students - as applicants - learned that Georgetown’s 27-month program is “very, very rigorous” and “quite selective.”
About the new class seated before her, Jasinski said: “They are good to go.”
Ryan Farley (G’17), RN, served as the class’s representative and delivered an address at the ceremony, noting that the class came to Georgetown from all over the United States, from Arizona and Georgia, to Idaho and Michigan.
“I truly feel we have been given all the skills necessary to be exceptional providers,” he said, later adding how patients “come to us scared and vulnerable.”
“I don’t want any of us to lose sight of what an amazing responsibility and privilege it is,” he said. “We should never take that lightly.”
Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, who directs the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program, called each student to the stage to receive a Georgetown nursing pin.
Nine were inducted as members of Georgetown’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, nursing’s international honor society. Amanda Liddle, DrPH, FAAN, who is the president of Georgetown’s chapter, led the students through the pledge, as well as conferred the Award for Excellence in Student Research.
This year, that award went to Meredith Davis (G’17), RN, Kari Gitlewski (G’17), RN, Anamaria Micho (G’17), RN, and Ionela Morosanu (G’17), RN, for their project, “An Exploration of CRNA Knowledge About Enhanced Recovery After Surgery.”
Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, congratulated the students and told them to approach their professional lives with Georgetown’s values as a framework. “The moral compass . . . will help you deal with exceptional challenges,” she said.
Additionally, Cloonan welcomed the students to the alumni community and, of their time at Georgetown, said, “I hope you look back with great pride.”