The Misericordia University Nursing Department recently held a pinning ceremony in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall to honor undergraduate nursing students in the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) program and the RN to BSN Expressway Accelerated Degree Program who graduated May 12 at the 92nd annual commencement ceremony.
Undergraduate nursing students who completed the program received the Misericordia University Nursing Pin, a symbol of achievement in the nursing profession. Family and friends attended the ceremony, which also featured Sister Jean Messaros, vice president of Mission Integration, RSM, blessing the pins, and nurses reciting the international pledge and prayer for nurses.
During the ceremony, the Department of Nursing also recognized the following students by presenting them with awards:
Mikhayla Michigan, Mullica Hill, N.J., received the Sister Mary Kateri Dorwart Award. The award annually recognizes a graduating nursing student who matriculated into the undergraduate program and maintained a GPA above 3.0; became a member of the National Student Nurses' Association, and has demonstrated service to the academic department and/or community.
The Department of Nursing recognized Lauren Hause of Kulpmont by presenting her with the Clinical Excellence Award. The award recognizes a graduating student who has a GPA greater than 3.0 and administers superior nursing skills in clinical practice, according to faculty members.
Emily Power of North Wales received the Daisy in Training Award for providing compassionate care to patients.
Rebecca Kunkel of Wernersville received the Kaplan Secure Predictor Award. It is presented to the student who attains the highest score on the comprehensive NCLEX review examination.
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 accelerated evening program for adult learners; 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 program meets the special needs of current BSN registered nurses who desire an advanced practice specialization as a family nurse practitioner. MU 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 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 Misericordia University Nursing Department recently held a pinning ceremony in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall to honor undergraduate nursing students in the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) program and the RN to BSN Expressway Accelerated Degree Program who graduated May 12 at the 92nd annual commencement ceremony. Participants of the program, first row from left, are Patrick Newins, Levittown, N.Y.; Christopher Hutter, Elmsford, N.Y.; Viktorija Paolucci, Montrose, Pa.; Shannon Post, Branchville, N.J.; Nicole Liebeknecht, Audubon, N.J.; Jessica Wood, Dickson City, Pa.; Amanda Halchak, Nanticoke, Pa.; Caitlin Walsh, Laflin, Pa.; Kevin Forsyth, Dover, Del.; Philip Fraher, Plainview, N.Y.; Kaitlin Varallo, Doylestown, Pa., and Tyler Arnold, Springville, Pa.; second row, Kallie Miller, Pittston, Pa.; Sarah Harder, Catawissa, Pa.; Jessica Watkins, Elysburg, Pa.; Kayla Krishak, Springville, Pa.; Christina Guzinski, Shenandoah, Pa.; Emily Power, North Wales, Pa.; Emily Galluppi, Quakertown, Pa.; Kylen Smith, Hershey, Pa.; Melissa Galloway, Bath, Pa., and Angelica Granahan, Scranton, Pa.; third row, Toni Baran, Sugarloaf, Pa.; Thomas Hircock, Chester Springs, Pa.; Julia Spencer, Manalapan, N.J.; Michael Ryan, West Simsbury, Conn.; Felicia Turner, West Pittston, Pa.; Mikhayla Michigan, Mullica Hill, N.J.; Angela Ingrassia, Carbondale, Pa.; Alyson Clegg, Roaring Branch, Pa.; Victoria Avidano, Bloomingburg, Pa., and Raymond Metzo, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; fourth row, Miranda Pardoe, Montandon, Pa.; Anastasia Menaker,Kingston, Pa.; Monica Murray, Hopkinton, Mass.; Valerie Pagano, Folsom, N.J.; Emma Federinko, Spring Mills, Pa.; Rebecca Kunkle, Wernersville, Pa.; Elyssa Yanik, West Pittston, Pa.; Isabella Botak, Telford, Pa.; Heather Davies, Mountain Top, Pa., and Zachary Moody, Clarence, Pa.; fifth row, Eric Deignan, Harrisburg, Pa.; Stacey Miller, Laceyville, Pa.; Lauren Hause, Kulpmont, Pa.; Lauren Butruce, Shavertown, Pa.; Melanie Piser, Middletown, Del.; Alexis Savage, Bloomsburg, Pa.; Kristine Pavlicka, Pocono Lake, Pa.; Samantha Scalzo, West Pittston, Pa., and Alyssa Schwarz, Belle Mead, N.J.