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 11 at the 93rd annual spring 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:
David Mallarkey of West Pittston 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 Taylor Verna of West Chester 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.
Meghan Pontz of Danville received the Daisy in Training Award for providing compassionate care to patients.
Paige Clancy of Boiling Springs 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 Department of Nursing held a pinning ceremony in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall to honor undergraduate nursing students in the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing program (37) and the RN to BSN Expressway Accelerated Degree Program (21) who graduated May 11 at the 93rd annual spring commencement ceremony. Participating in the program, first row from left, are Connor Houseknecht, Elysburg, Pa.; Rebecca Osborne, Perkiomenville, Pa.; Kelsey Lyter, Lebanon, Pa.; Mary Stephens, Camp Hill, Pa.; Erin Seldomridge, Lebanon, Pa.; Abby Marzzacco, Harrisburg, Pa.; Emily Caufield, Massapeqa Park, N.Y.; Julie Stine, Lake Ariel, Pa.; Michael Sedlack, Thompsonville, N.Y., and Joe Genett, Hockessin, Del.; second row, Arlene Williams, Harding, Pa.; Taylor Urbanski, Swoyersville, Pa.; Victoria Yodice, Franklin, N.J.; Alexis Wilson, Marlton, N.J.; Paige Clancy, Boiling Springs, Pa.; Kassandra Cebula, Bear Creek, Pa.; Emily Szeflinski, Raritan, N.J., and Jaime Hannis, Dallas, Pa.; third row, Taylor Deaton, Westampton, N.J.; Reilly Wagner, Crofton, Md.; Holly Green, Swoyersville, Pa.; Emma Niznik, Wyoming, Pa.; Kyleigh Hoover, Shickshinny, Pa.; Brianna Ladner, Mullica Hill, N.J.; Rebecca Robins, Lebanon, Pa.; Sereya Tereska, Mountain Top, Pa.; Taylor Verna, West Chester, Pa., and Kayla Shotto, Tunkhannock, Pa.; fourth row, Meghan Pontz, Danville, Pa.; Allison Stine, Pottsville, Pa.; Kobe Galentine, Montgomery, Pa.; Jessica Haggerty, Oxford, N.J.; Connor Ruhl, Stroudsburg, Pa.; David Mallarkey, West Pittston, Pa.; Jennifer Dwyer, East Stroudsburg, Pa.; Megan Matthews, Nanticoke, Pa.; Zoe Klunk, Hanover, Pa., and Vanessa Hannagan, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.