The Department of Nursing at Misericordia University recently held a White Coat Ceremony and dinner reception for graduate nursing students working toward a Master of Science in Nursing degree.
The ceremony celebrated the professional nurses' successful completion of their first semester in graduate school, while also bestowing upon each of them a white medical practitioner's coat and having them recite the White Coat Ceremony Oath for Graduate Nursing students.
Pamela Dwyer, D.N.P., C.R.N.P., chair, Graduate Nursing Department, and assistant professor, greeted students, families, guests and nursing faculty to the ceremony and Sister Jean Messaros, RSM, vice president for Mission Integration, offered the blessing. Students recited the White Coat Ceremony Oath for Graduate Nursing Students that acknowledges the responsibilities they are undertaking as advanced health care practitioners to care for patients to the best of their abilities without regard to race, color, creed, politics or social status.
The white coat presented to graduate students symbolically represents the essential role nurse practitioners play in the professional health care system and the high standards to which they aspire in caring for patients.
Misericordia University features the oldest nursing program in the area and graduates more students in the health sciences than any other college or university in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers three undergraduate nursing programs: traditional, full-time nursing students, part-time evening program for adult students, and the RN to BSN Expressway Program. The undergraduate nursing programs meet the special educational and scheduling needs of adult and traditional students. They all lead to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
The MSN nursing degree program is in a predominantly online format with the clinical available as both an online and face-to-face option. Overall, the program meets the special needs of current BSN registered nurses who desire an advanced practice specialization as a family nurse practitioner. Misericordia also offers a post-master's certificate as a family nurse practitioner for nurses who already have an advanced clinical master's degree and who wish to change or expand their practice focus to primary care. Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced education in health assessment, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic health conditions with expertise in health promotion and disease prevention. Graduate programming leads to the MSN and provides course work in a convenient part-time, one-day-a-week format.
The University also offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program in two formats to accommodate the needs of busy health care professionals and in response to a growing national need.
For more information about the nursing program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu/nursing.
The Department of Nursing at Misericordia University held a White Coat Ceremony in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall for graduate nursing students working toward a Master of Science in Nursing degree. Participating in the ceremony and dinner reception, first row from left, are Daniel Satterfield, Bloomsburg, Pa.; Brandilen Burke, Scranton, Pa.; Jennifer Everding, Larksville, Pa.; Christine Wysocky, Drums, Pa.; Alyssa Bazink, Jermyn, Pa., and Beth Keller, Northumberland, Pa.; second row, Erica Detweiler, White Haven, Pa.; Kelly Worsnick, Scranton, Pa.; Danielle Cook, New Columbia, Pa.; Brittany Field, Dupont, Pa.; London McKenna, Scranton, Pa.; Chelsea Lopatka, Pittston, Pa.; Thomas Mickowski, Mountain Top, Pa., and Kimberly Brauer, New Freedom, Pa.; third row, Megan Bargella, Philadelphia, Pa.; Rita Carey, Shavertown, Pa.; Catherine Chung, Scranton, Pa.; Jessica Lee, Plymouth, Pa.; Ashley Welsh, Bloomsburg, Pa.; Zachary Getz, Mountain Top, Pa., and David D'Achille, Denville, N.J.; fourth row, Jacklyn, DelPrete, M.S.N., C.R.N.P., assistant professor; Laura Lunger, M.S.N., C.R.N.P., assistant professor; Catherine Zurawski, D.N.P., C.R.N.P., assistant professor; Brenda Hage, Ph.D., D.N.P., C.R.N.P., assistant dean, College of Health Sciences and Education, and chief nurse administrator; Oradell Banker, M.S.N., C.R.N.P., graduate nursing program, clinical placement coordinator; Pamela Dwyer, D.N.P., C.R.N.P., chair, Graduate Nursing Department, and assistant professor