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February 28, 2023

The Future of Nursing and Nursing Education

A Conversation with Dr. Roberta Waite

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Roberta Waite became dean of Georgetown University’s School of Nursing in July 2022. Previously, she served on the faculty of the Drexel University School of Nursing and as the director of a community health center. Dean Waite shared her vision for the future of the nursing field and the next era of nursing at Georgetown.

This event was hosted through Georgetown University’s Conversations in Health: Global to Local class, which invites global health professionals to Georgetown’s campus to engage in discussions regarding their career paths and expertise. John Monahan guides the structured conversation, and the discussion is open to all Georgetown University faculty, students, and staff.


Roberta Waite is dean of Georgetown University’s School of Nursing. Previously, she was a professor of nursing at Drexel University and executive director of the university’s Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services —a federally qualified comprehensive health service center with a client base of more than 6,000 patients, including populations that are vulnerable and residents of public housing. Waite, who earned a doctorate in education, is a psychiatric-mental health clinical nurse specialist; she has published widely in her field and secured consistent extramural funding, held prominent positions on corporate and advisory boards and initiatives, and been recognized for her career achievements.

John T. Monahan is a professor in the Department of Medicine, a senior advisor for global health to Georgetown University’s President John J. DeGioia, a senior fellow at the McCourt School of Public Policy, and a senior scholar at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law.