One Nurse at a Time Helps Nurses Give Back

Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the United States. The university educates students to be “women and men for others” and serve the common good of society — locally, nationally, and globally.

Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS) supports the university’s goals by preparing morally reflective health care leaders and scholars with a sensitivity to cultural differences and issues of justice. Within NHS, the Department of Nursing encourages faculty and students to support human flourishing through evidence-based nursing practice and a focus on caring for the whole person — mind,body, and spirit.

Nurses who have completed their education and started their professional careers may wonder how they can use their education and skills for the common good. A passion for social justice led two nurses to found One Nurse at a Time (ONAAT), a nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington. ONAAT helps nurses and nurse practitioners find local, national, and international volunteer opportunities. Co-founders Sue Averill, BSN, MBA, and Staci Kelley, BSN, created ONAAT in 2007 with the goal of encouraging and supporting nurses who undertake humanitarian medical projects at home and abroad. ONAAT is a non-political and non-sectarian organization that is staffed entirely by volunteers.

ONAAT provides four main services for volunteer nurses: 1. access to a database of national and international volunteer medical opportunities; 2. scholarships for nurses who volunteer abroad; 3. social networking opportunities between nurses and the general public; and 4. educational modules to help nurses understand diseases that they may encounter in developing countries.

ONAAT’s social networking efforts include the use of Facebook, Twitter, blogging, speaking events, and published articles that spread the word about humanitarian nursing opportunities and help raise money for scholarships. ONAAT scholarships help send nurses to places where their services are most needed. In 2011, ONAAT provided nine scholarships for nurses working in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, Bangladesh, Haiti, Kenya, and Niger. The foundation is committed to channeling at least 90 percent of its funds toward volunteer scholarships. Funding sources include fundraisers, grants, and donations.

We invite you to learn more about the Nursing@Georgetown program, or call our admissions team at 1-877-910-4692.