August 11, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
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
“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.