65 over 65 - Dr. Geraldine Marrocco
Congratulations to Dr. Geraldine Marrocco, one of the distinguished honorees that will be recognized throughout the year culminating in a state-wide celebration at CLN's 65th Jubilee Luncheon to be held on June 1, 2018.
Pearls of Wisdom
Geraldine has a "string of pearls" - Lessons Learned are the pearls, Nursing Wisdom is the string. "Never to settle or compromise your ethics or beliefs that nursing is the most respected profession, the most honest, and we are accountable to the public. Never think you know it all, always be willing to look at a problem from a new perspective."
About the Honoree
Geraldine was fortunate to know when she was 7 years old that nursing was a perfect fit for her, and at the age of 14 began to volunteer in the hospital. She would take the bus to St. Vincent's Hospital and proudly put on her uniform, white shoes, white stockings and get her assignment. Although her usual job was delivering mail, flowers, filling water pitchers; the aura of being in the hospital was a thrill.
She attended Western Connecticut State University and was in the first class for nursing that started with 34 students (male and female) and graduated just 14! In the late 1960's, the NCLEX was 5 parts, took 2 days and was administered via "paper & pencil" in the Armory located in Hartford, CT. In June 1970, Geraldine passed the NCLEX and was officially a nurse!
Geraldine has made significant contributions to nursing education through her research in educational modalities using technology to enhance student learning. She was one of the first educators to use podcasts in nursing and google glasses for reflective teaching. She also seized the opportunity to incorporate inter-professional learning by aligning experiences for NP students with those in a variety of health professions.
Geraldine has taught nursing for over 40 years in all levels of education. She is currently an Associate Professor of Nursing at Yale School of Nursing in the Primary Care Division and an adult nurse practitioner. Prior to Yale School of Nursing, she taught in the graduate nurse practitioner program at Hunter College in NYC. Geraldine loved teaching at all levels of nursing education, primarily in adult and geriatric primary care, medical surgical nursing and critical care.
She has a particular interest in the constructiveness theory to achieve transformational learning, incorporating the use of technology and learning activities that include active participation in the class. She is involved and promotes inter-professional learning opportunities through her involvement with Yale School of Medicine programs, including the Connecticut Older Adult Collaborative for Health (COACH) program. Her research interests include methods to achieve transformational learning in nursing education as well as policy and leadership in advanced practice nursing.
She serves as a member of Connecticut's State Board of Nurse Examiner. In August 2015, Geraldine was selected to serve on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Committee to examine Advanced Practice Nursing Educational programs.
Geraldine is one of the chief Editors of McGill's Medical Encyclopedia, (Greyhouse Publishing).
She is the recipient of two teaching awards, the Rosenkranz (2015) and the Webber (2016). Both awards provided funding to examine the use of technology in graduate education. In June 2017, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners highlighting her involvement in clinical practice, policy initiatives and graduate nursing education. In 2010, she received the prestigious Annie Goodrich Excellence in Teaching Award, presented by the students.
She is past President of Delta Mu, YSN chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, a member of the Connecticut Advance Practice Registered Nurse organization and serves on the Advisory Board of the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) and Connecticut Hospice.
Geraldine received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Western Connecticut State University and master's degree from Hunter College in New York majoring in medical surgical nursing. She then went on and earned a doctoral degree in education from Teacher's College/Columbia University majoring in disease prevention and health promotion. She concurrently completed a post masters' certificate as an adult nurse practitioner from Adelphi University in New York.
In addition, Geraldine owns and manages Primary Care Practitioners of Fairfield County, an independent nurse practitioner primary care practice in Trumbull Connecticut, where she regularly precepts nurse practitioner students
Congratulations Geraldine, we applaud all that you do for nursing in Connecticut!