MARCH 7, 2017 – Christiann Rosemurgy (G’14), MS, CNM, WHNP-BC, earned her master of science degree in nursing online at Georgetown and now practices as a certified nurse-midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner at Aspirus Houghton Clinic and Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Michigan.
NHS: Where do you live?
CR: Houghton, Michigan. Yes, it is still snowing here.
NHS: Tell us about your educational background.
CR: I earned my bachelor of arts in biology from Drake University, returned to school to become a registered nurse, and got an associate degree in nursing from Suomi College here in the Upper Peninsula. When I decided to go back to school, I completed my RN to MSN through the University of Phoenix while I was still working.
NHS: How long have you been a registered nurse?
CR: 22 years. I practiced for 19 years before I went back to school.
NHS: Why did you want to become a nurse-midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner?
CR: I spent the bulk of my working years in an OB/GYN clinic. I enjoyed getting to know the women I took care of – pregnant and otherwise – going through their joys and sorrows. I wanted to serve them in a higher capacity so I decided to go back to school. I never thought I wanted to catch babies; I was only going to learn because it was part of the program. I had no idea how much joy it would bring to my work and my life.
NHS: What type of work are you now doing?
CR: I work for Aspirus, a not-for-profit health system that spans the northern Wisconsin and Michigan map. We are a rural health clinic setting. Our hospital is one of two in the area. I provide maternity and primary care to patients in the office and catch babies at the local hospital. Once a month I travel an hour from home to a small town nearby with limited provider access.
NHS: What stands out about Georgetown’s program and its preparation for your career?
CR: I think it speaks volumes that I am still in contact with a few of my professors and continue to maintain a close relationship with my clinical faculty advisor. Our academic preparation was comprehensive. What I appreciated about my program was the real-life advice our instructors provided. I remember those anecdotes just as much as I do standard of care practices. They all have different practice backgrounds, which helped me become well-rounded.