Dr. Iva Jeanne Parker Westcott ’66

Each year, the Nursing department honors one of its own as a Distinguished Alumnus. In 2008, Dr. Iva Jeanne Parker Westcott ’66 was chosen in recognition of her achievements and excellence in nursing through her contributions to practice, research, education, and service.

A lifelong resident of the Oneonta area, Westcott began her Nursing studies at Hartwick in fall 1961. During her four years on Oyaron Hill, she was vice president and president of the Hartwick College Association of Student Nurses. After graduating in 1966, she continued her education with master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy in sociology from SUNY Albany and later received a master’s degree in maternity nursing and midwifery from Columbia University.

Her career has included work as a public health nurse in Otsego County, positions in obstetrics at Fox Memorial Hospital, and as a nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood. In the early 1990s, Westcott accepted a position as nurse midwife at Bassett Healthcare, where she now serves as clinical coordinator for the Prenatal Care Assistance Program, which services medically indigent pregnant women.

Throughout her career, Westcott also has served Hartwick’s Nursing department in various capacities. From 1980 to 1986, she worked as an assistant professor, teaching maternal child health and community health. More recently, she has served as adjunct faculty, teaching the Bassett Partnership Program RNs, as well as the traditional pre-licensure program. She also has been involved in teaching senior thesis and worked with Hartwick students to research the Hartwick College Cadet Nurse Corps, a group founded in 1943 to educate nurses to serve in the war effort at home and abroad.

Westcott’s other recognitions include Bassett Healthcare’s Pearl F. Day Award in Nursing, the U.S. Army Reserve’s Commendation Medal, and Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award.

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