Global Nursing Fellowship Program
The Global Nursing Fellowship Program offers short-term fellowships to provide didactic instruction and clinical mentorship based on requests for specific clinical expertise from our partners. Fellows foster a sense of commitment to the global nursing community, elevate the role of nurses in delivering clinical care, and provide fundamental nursing education to advance nursing practice.
MGH Global Nursing works with clinical department leadership to identify nurses interested in living and teaching with our partners for up to three months. Priority for placement is given to nurses at least three years post‐licensure and who have been employed in their current service for at least two years. A demonstrated ability to work across and within diverse cultures and resource‐scarce settings is preferred. For more information about the Fellowship, contact the Global Nursing Program: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Fellows
Nursing Fellow: Kara Olivier
Kara Olivier is a nurse practitioner at MGH Cancer Center with a clinical focus in genitourinary malignancies and global health. She holds a masters degree in nursing and continues efforts in teaching education at the graduate level. Kara has been involved with Center for Global Health and MUST/MRRH to improve oncology care for patients, and access to resources for healthcare providers. She is currently working to develop oncology care and increase expertise in caring for complex oncology patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting at MRRH/MUST.
Nursing Fellow: Bethany Groleau
Bethany Groleau, RN from the Lunder 9 oncology unit at MGH was awarded the first Global Nursing Fellowship in 2016. Groleau spent six weeks in Uganda teaching basic oncology nursing skills and safe chemotherapy administration at the Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital Cancer Clinic nurses. On being awarded her Fellowship, Groleau said, “I am so excited for this opportunity, I feel like this was an extension of my nursing, a way to give to others and something that was so much greater than myself.”
Nursing Fellow: Sara Groves
Sara Groves, MPH, MSN, DrPH has more than 40 years of experience in public health and public health nursing, including 14 years working in Brazil, Haiti, and Uganda. As a Global Nursing Fellow at the Mbarara University of Science & Technology Department of Nursing, Groves participated in clinical research, supported clinical teaching, and taught program implementation and evaluation. Groves received nursing degrees from University of Iowa and Boston University, her doctorate in international public health from Columbia University, and has over 30 publications in areas of international practice.
Nursing Fellow: Sophia Harden
Sophia Harden, RN, received her BS in Health Science from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York and her BSN from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. She was selected as a Global Nursing Fellow to provide skin and wound care teaching for 8 weeks in Mbarara, Uganda. She was a skin care champion and recipient of the prestigious Partners in Excellence award for her role with the Phillips House nursing staff. Harden currently works in the Medical Intensive Care Unit.
Nursing Fellow: Heidi Abendroth
Heidi Abendroth,RN, BSN, MSN, CPNP, CPHO, has been employed at Massachusetts General Hospital for over 3 years as a nurse specialist for Pediatric Oncology Chemotherapy Orders and Content in the Pediatric Oncology Clinic. She builds the order sets used to order chemotherapy for Pediatric Oncology patients and also co-chairs the Pediatric Chemotherapy Safety Committee. She also serves as a Beacon resource for the nursing and medical staff. She has over 20 years of pediatric oncology experience having worked at some of the widely recognized children’s hospitals in the areas of hematology/ oncology and bone marrow transplant. She received her undergraduate degree from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI and received her Master’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
Nursing Fellow: Jennifer Curran, RN, MSN-Ed
Jennifer Curran has been employed as a Registered Nurse at the Massachusetts General Hospital for more than 30 years. The majority of those years were spent working in pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, serving as both a staff nurse and a resource nurse. Presently, she is working as a Professional Development Specialist at the Norman Knight Center, where she develops curriculums and programs for staff nurses. Ms. Curran received her postgraduate education at the Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, UT. She received her undergraduate degree from Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, MA.
Nursing Fellow: Patricia Crispi
Patricia Crispi, MS, RN-BC, has been an employee of the Massachusetts General Hospital since 2008, where she serves as a Professional Development Specialist at the Norman Knight Center. She has extensive knowledge providing clinical and professional development opportunities through the assessment, planning, implementation, delivery and evaluation of educational programs. Ms. Crispi has experience in a variety of acute care settings, worked in Quality, Safety and Infection Control as well as serving as a leader in clinical instruction. Patricia received her undergraduate degree at Boston College, followed by her graduate degree at Northeastern University. Currently, she is working towards her PhD at Endicott College in Beverly, MA.
Nursing Fellow: Dawn Williamson
Dawn Williamson, DNP, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP, with twenty-nine years of nursing experience, is an Advanced Practice Nurse for Addictions Consultation in the Emergency Department at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She responds to the treatment needs of both individuals and families with addiction and mental health issues in the emergency setting. She provides training and supervision of the clinical staff, develops and implements policies relating to patient care, and provides assistance with establishing treatment plans. Ms. Williamson received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Regis College, her Masters in Science in Adult Mental Health Nursing from Northeastern University, and her BSN from the University of Massachusetts. She is Board Certified as a Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. She is also a Certified Advanced Practice Addictions Registered Nurse.
Nursing Fellow: Christopher Shaw
Chris Shaw, NP, is dual-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Medicine Nurse Practitioner and current serves as the NP Team Leader of the MGH Inpatient Addictions Consult Team. Throughout his 22-year nursing career, Chris has worked with patient populations stigmatized by homelessness, addiction and diagnoses of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis. He has worked domestically and in sub-Saharan Africa to educate health care workers and patient advocacy groups to ensure optimal treatment strategies are accessible to patients whose lives depend on them. Christopher has Advanced Practice Addictions Certification through the International Nurses Society of Addictions. He completed a two-year training program in the art of spiritual direction with New York-based Guild for Spiritual Guidance in 2008.