Jennifer Konecny, MBA, BS, RVT-VT joined Seattle U College of Nursing this year as Program Director for the Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Ultrasound (DIUS) program.
Konecny, an alumna of the DIUS program, said that during her career in vascular sonography, she was “especially focused in areas of accreditation, quality process improvement and ensuring consistently excellent patient care experiences.” She went on to say that “the experience of caring for patients in my clinical work ignited my passion and commitment to the values of my Jesuit education and led me return to Seattle U.”
In 2015 Konecny did come back to Seattle U in pursuit of her Master’s in Business Administration. During the course of her graduate studies she was awarded membership in Beta Sigma Gamma Business Honors Society and, in 2017, returned to the DIUS program to teach while finishing her degree. She became a double Seattle U alumna upon completion of her degree June 2017.
After taking on her new directorship role for the DIUS program, Konecny remarked that the College of Nursing’s mission to educate and inspire leaders to transform health care for a just and human world inspires her daily work. “It was this mission” she said, “that initially drew me to attend Seattle U when I was 18 years old and it defines my vision for the future of the ultrasound program today.”
Konecny was an active participant in the Seattle U community and mission while a student. As an undergraduate, she was an orientation advisor and frequent volunteer for campus ministry retreats. During her graduate school years, she joined the SU Professionals Without Borders Team to serve at a children’s home in Nicaragua.
As a Seattle native, Konecny, who lived for many years in other parts of the country, is happy to be back home in the Pacific NW near friends and family. But she’s also an avid traveler having visited Italy, Canada, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Singapore, China, Nicaragua, and says she “can’t wait to add to the list.”
The DIUS program officially joined the College of Nursing on July 1, 2017. This partnership is a wonderful opportunity to create a new venue for cross-program learning and to enhance opportunities to educate health professionals ready to collaborate in a complex care environment.
“The potential to learn from each other and to bring our programs together as one faculty, one staff, and one student body is very exciting,” said Dean Kristen M. Swanson.
The program offers a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Ultrasound and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Diagnostic Ultrasound with either a cardiovascular sonography or general/vascular sonography focus. To learn more about this program visit, seattleu.edu/nursing/ultrasound