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Nazareth College's Chair of Nursing Receives Founders Service Award

  • Published: November 17, 2011

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Nazareth College's Chair of Nursing Receives Founders Service Award

Nazareth College’s School of Health and Human Services is proud to announce Nursing Department Chair Jeanine Seguin Santelli as the recipient of the 2011 Founders Service Award from the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG). The Founders Service Award is given to honor 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.

Before her position as chair of the nursing department at Nazareth, Santelli was a professor of nursing at Keuka College. At Keuka, she also held the position of assistant vice president for academic programs.

Santelli graduated with a bachelor’s in nursing from Keuka College. She then received a master’s in adult primary care, medical/surgical nursing and teaching from Syracuse University. Santelli earned a doctorate in nursing from Widener University. She is certified as an adult and gerontologic nurse practitioner. Santelli resides in Keuka Park, N.Y.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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