Global Nursing

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:

Meet the Fellows

Nursing Fellow: Carole MacKenzie

Carole MacKenzie, RN, M.Ed., is the Professional Development Specialist for the Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine. She brings to her role knowledge and skill sets from leadership positions across the continuum of care in academic medical center, community hospital, school health and public health settings. Carole has broad experience in developing and implementing professional development programs for nursing and interdisciplinary staff, continuous quality improvement processes, and academic and community-based partnerships to advance health and educational initiatives. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Salem State University and Master’s Degree in Education from Cambridge College.

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 45 years of experience in public health nursing, 14 years of this spent living internationally in Brazil, Haiti and Uganda. Sara has been a repeat Global Nursing Fellow at Mbarara University of Science & Technology Department of Nursing (MUST) where she has supported research development, clinical teaching, and program implementation and evaluation. In 2014, in collaboration with MUST faculty, she facilitated the launch of the Masters of Science in Critical Care program. In the most recent nursing fellowship, she assisted the faculty in completing a community needs assessment to identify and develop an additional site for community health nursing students. 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 over twenty-nine years of nursing experience, is an Advanced Practice Nurse for Addictions Consultation in the Emergency Department at the MGH. 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 helps establish treatment plans.  As a nursing fellow, Dawn provided substance use disorder training in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 2017. In October 2018, she traveled domestically as a two-person team, to Rosebud, South Dakota to provide behavioral health and substance use disorder education to clinical staff at the Indian Health Service hospital, as well as participating in an educational forum for leaders at the community level.

Nursing Fellow: Christopher Shaw

Chris Shaw, NP, is dual-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Medicine Nurse Practitioner and currently 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. Chris has experience teaching internationally in sub-Saharan Africa, and in 2017, he had the opportunity to travel to Tanzania to provide substance use disorder education to clinical staff working at two referral hospitals in Dar es Salaam. In October 2018, Chris was part of the teaching team that worked domestically in Rosebud, South Dakota providing behavioral health and substance use disorder education to Indian Health Service clinicians in addition to participating in a community leader forum.

Nursing Fellow: Mary Horgan

Mary Horgan, RN, LCP, has been a nurse for over 40 years, working in intensive care nursing prior to receiving her master’s degree in developmental psychology, following later with her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. As the Chief Medical Services Officer at Dr. Horgan & Associates in Colorado Springs, she provides executive leadership for all medical, primary care and nursing staff. She also coordinates the medical side of the Medication Assisted Recovery Center. Mary served as a Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) volunteer in Lira, Uganda in the academic year 2014/15, and returned in April 2018 as a nursing fellow to teach at Lira University for two weeks. She was welcomed back to the university community to share her expertise and experience in both clinical and psychiatric nursing. 

Nursing Fellow: Mary Guanci

Mary Guanci, MSN, RN, CNRN, has been a neuroscience nurse for over 40 years at MGH in Boston. She has held positions as staff nurse, clinical teacher, clinical supervisor and is currently the clinical nurse specialist in the Neuroscience Intensive Care. She has lectured locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has several publications on various neuroscience topics.  She is a past president of the Boston Chapter of the AANN and a recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Education Award from the American Association of Neuroscience Nurse. As a Global Nursing Fellow in May 2018, Mary traveled to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to help teach a three-week critical care course to 15 intensive care unit nurses at Muhimbili National Hospital.

Nursing Fellow: Sheila Burke

Sheila Burke, RN, MSN, with more than 40 years of nursing experience, has been working with and educating nurses in critical care for most of her career.  Sheila has worked internationally in a hospital in Beijing and was on the International Medical Surgical Response Team traveling to Iran in 2004.  As a nursing fellow, she joined a critical care team of educators for 3 weeks in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  Together the team educated 15 nurses from five intensive care units at Muhimbili National Hospital.

Nursing Fellow: Linda Jacobsen

Linda Jacobsen, RN, CNM, MPH, is a Certified Nurse Midwife and Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who served as a GHSP volunteer in Mwanza, Tanzania in 2013/14, then served as a Deputy Nursing Officer of Seed Global Health. She has worked in reproductive health and public health for over 30 years and has been a clinician, family planning consultant, public health program manager, clinical preceptor and implemented a project which integrated HIV screening in Title X family planning clinics.  She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho (1979 – 81) where she started a rural health clinic.  She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Nursing, Frontier Nursing University and the University of Washington School of Public Health.  

Nursing Fellow: Julie Mann

Julie Mann, MSN, CNM, has been a Certified Midwife for over 15 years and is currently the Assistant Director of Midwifery at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. Julie’s international experience includes the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, Africa and Haiti, where she served as the Co-Director of the Women’s Health Program. Most recently, Julie has been focusing on supporting midwifery education.  She recently completed the Harvard University & Mount Auburn Hospital Medical Education Fellowship. In June 2018, as a Nursing Fellow for MGH Global Nursing, she provided midwifery training and support for the midwifery program at Lira University in Uganda. 

Nursing Fellow: Laurie Pidgeon

Laurie Pidgeon, RN, MSN, has been employed at MGH for almost 20 years.  Currently, she is a nurse practitioner in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. Prior to this role, she worked with patients in the respiratory acute care unit, after spending 15 years in the surgical intensive care unit.  In November 2018, as a nursing fellow, Laurie returned to Mbarara, Uganda, where she had lived for one year as a Global Health Service Partnership volunteer teaching critical care to undergraduate and graduate students during the academic years 2014/15. Her expertise in the field of critical care is valuable in the classroom, but even more so, her passion for teaching in the clinical setting allows her students to see her as a role model and expert which enhances their learning.

Nursing Fellow: Jennifer Duran

Jennifer Duran, RN, is a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse who has worked at MGH for over 21 years. Throughout her time, she has conducted many professional educational courses for clinical staff and is very passionate about providing education to families or caregivers in the care of their neonate. In November 2018, Jennifer traveled to Mbarara, Uganda as a nursing fellow to work with neonatal staff at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. While there, she worked alongside nurses and other clinical staff members and provided daily educational sessions, with a noticeable improvement in practice. Jennifer plans to continue to build upon this first Global Health trip by continuing an ongoing relationship with MRRH.

Nursing Fellow: Betsy (Elizabeth) Cox

Betsy Cox, RN, MSN, MBA, is the Corporate Director of Global Nursing Programs for Partners Healthcare International (PHI). She has worked collaboratively with nurse leaders and clinicians in 15 different countries to advance nursing leadership, clinical program planning, inter-professional education, and quality and patient safety.  As a nursing fellow in December 2018, Betsy traveled domestically to Pine Ridge, South Dakota as an expert member of a nursing leadership team that conducted a two-day training at the Oglala Lakota College Nursing Program. Of the experience, Cox said, “The level of participation is one of the best I have experienced.”