Recent Mount grad named Conway Clinical Scholar

August 11, 2017

Recent Mount Saint Mary College graduate Sean D’Onofrio ’16, a registered nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., was recently named the hospital’s Conway Clinical Scholar for the 2018 fiscal year.

D’Onofrio will take a lead role in the Conway Chair Conversations, which address topics relating to the care of seriously ill children and their families.

“The Mount did a really great job preparing me for this awesome career,” said D’Onofrio. “I was continuously stimulated to think critically, which is something I have taken with me to the bedside. Being named the first Conway Clinical Scholar is a huge honor, and I look forward to developing this role over the next year.”

D’Onofrio’s former professors were delighted to hear the news.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of Sean and his accomplishments,” said Andrea Ackermann, nursing professor and director of simulation at the Mount. “Sean has always had a deep interest in research and quality of nursing care.”

Susan Schulmerich, associate professor of nursing and director of nursing curriculum, echoed the sentiment.

“From day one, Sean was an enthusiastic and engaged learner,” she explained. “He sought out exceptional learning opportunities over summer breaks and came back in the fall with even more dedication to his nursing courses. He shared his experiences and what he had learned with his classmates and the faculty. It was a pleasure to have him in class.”

The Mount’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and students consistently score higher than the state average on the NCLEX-RN test. Mount nursing students benefit from state-of-the-art simulation labs and learning resources, clinical relationships with more than 40 area hospitals, and passionate faculty.