Senior Nursing Major Says Jesuit Values Inform Practice

NOVEMBER 13, 2017 - Grace Wenzel (NHS’18) is a senior nursing major from Louisville and has been active in a variety of organizations while at Georgetown. Over winter break, she will be studying abroad in South Africa, an immersion experience sponsored by the Department of Professional Nursing Practice.

“I've always had an interest in nursing care for the HIV-positive population, and I think this trip is a unique opportunity to care for patients in a different clinical setting than what I have experienced in the past,” she says. “I also think it's a great chance to deepen my understanding of social and economic factors that affect a patient's ability to access care and treatment.”

Later this week, she will be one of two School of Nursing & Health Studies students honored at the 10th annual Convocation of Georgetown University Medical Center. Below, she shares some thoughts about her time at Georgetown and plans for the future.

Question: How have you enjoyed Georgetown and the nursing major?

Wenzel: I’ve enjoyed Georgetown for so many reasons. One of the things I've loved is getting to know people from all over the world. I love hearing about people's experiences growing up in so many different places.

Question: What particular aspects of NHS and the nursing major stand out for you?

Wenzel: One of my favorite parts of the NHS is the close relationship students have with faculty. I love when I am up on the fourth floor of St. Mary's and I run into a faculty member. I think being able to have a conversation with a current or past professor just passing through the halls is pretty unique and is a testament to the NHS faculty and their commitment to really knowing their students outside of the classroom setting.

For nursing in particular, I love how Georgetown's Jesuit values are such an intricate part of the nursing curriculum. When I walk into a patient's room during clinical, I'm not just thinking about performing a skill or administering a medication. I'm also thinking about the patient in a more holistic sense and asking myself how I can care for the whole person.

Question: Tell us a little bit about your time at Georgetown.

Wenzel: I've been a member of the Georgetown University Women's Rugby Football Club (GUWRFC) since the fall of my freshman year and am currently serving as one of the captains of the team. GUWRFC is my family on campus, and playing a club sport during my time at Georgetown has been a great experience. I've also been involved with Georgetown's chapter of the National Student Nurses Association since freshman year. I currently serve as vice president.

Question: What are you thinking about after graduation?

Wenzel: After Georgetown, I'm hoping to work in a nurse residency program in labor and delivery. I love DC and am definitely open to staying here after graduation. Long term, I'm really interested in pursuing the nurse-midwifery and women’s health nurse practitioner specialty.