A recipient of the 1982 YSN Distinguished Alumna Award, Gellestrina DiMaggio, MSN, was an integral part of establishing two schools of nursing, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions. She was appointed to the Board of Registration in Nursing of the Commonwealth and established MGH as part of the staff education ongoing seminar on research. Gellestrina was also a staff nurse at Grace New Haven Hospital and was chair of the American Nurses Association Maternal Child Health Division, which led to the development of the first program for certification of pediatric nurse practitioners. Being dedicated to her field, Gellestrina was one of two women appointed as associate director of MGH.
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