Nazareth College’s School of Health and Human Services Nursing Department Chair Jeanine Seguin Santelli is the recipient of the 2011 Founders Service Award from the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG). The Founders Service Award honors an ISONG member who has made outstanding and significant contributions to genetics/genomics nursing through service to the ISONG. Santelli received many nominations for this well-deserved award, as she has been a pioneer in facilitating the development and evolution of the credentialing of genetics nurses.
Since 2005, Santelli has acted as executive director of the Genetic Nursing Credentialing Commission (GNCC) as a volunteer, leading the credentialing process of nurses in genetics. Santelli began working with GNCC before completing her dissertation, focusing on developing a valid and reliable comprehensive multiple choice exam to assess nurses seeking the certification credential in genetics. A long time member of ISONG, Santelli has also served as a liaison between ISONG and GNCC, attending the annual conference, board meetings, conference calls, and providing written reports of GNCC activities.
At Nazareth, nursing faculty such as Santelli help prepare professional nurse generalists who not only possess an in-depth knowledge of nursing, but also provide culturally congruent nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities in and across all environments. The curriculum is rich with humanities, biological, and social sciences as well as the teaching of a transcultural nursing framework. By preparing students for diverse practice experiences, Nazareth’s nursing program helps students transform patient outcomes.