Misericordia University Holds Pinning Ceremony To Honor Nursing Students
NURSING PINNING CEREMONY-Misericordia University nursing students who participated in the recent nursing pinning ceremony, first row from left, are Lauren Ford, Mountain Top; Brooke Carey, Alyssa Bazink, Brittany Delancey, Jessica Owen, Kelsey Heimbach, Katie Barto, Beatriz Chavez, Melinda Carnecki, and Amanda Turoni. Row two: Emily Hegner, Katrina Blannett, Claudia Henry, Kelsey Wagner, Angel Shope, Emily Bittner, and Emily Kudlacik. Row three: Brittney Rosencrans, Holly Reese, Kelly Zirnheld, Mountain Top; Veronica Warshaw, Brooke Anderson, Genevieve Minnich, Julia Boyd, Jillian Balberchak, and Christina DeJohn, Drums. Row four: Nicole Klees, Samantha Knowlton, Sherry Chen, Alicia Norato, Samantha Baro, Lacey DeGraw, Tyler and Shelby Brochetti. Back: Tyler Hessert, Christopher Evans, Cory Balko, Yuri Pelepko-Filak, Matthew Stephenson, and Matthew Brown, White Haven. Amanda O’Brien also participated in the pinning ceremony.

The Misericordia University Nursing Department recently held a pinning ceremony in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall to honor undergraduate nursing students in the traditional Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) program and the RN to BSN Expressway Program who graduated May 16 at the 89th annual Commencement ceremony.

Undergraduate nursing students who completed the program receive 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.

The following local graduates of the traditional BSN program received their pins: Matthew Brown, White Haven; Christina DeJohn, Drums; Lauren Ford, Mountaintop; and Kelly Zirnheld, Mountaintop.

Several graduating students also were honored at the event with awards for various accomplishments. The John Glawe Award for Caring and Compassion in Nursing was given to Matthew Brown, White Haven. The award is conferred annually to a BSN student who exemplifies caring and compassion with clients in a clinical unit.

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 students; and the RN to BSN Expressway Program. The undergraduate nursing programs are designed to 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 is designed to meet the special needs of current BSN registered nurses who desire an advanced practice specialization as a family nurse practitioner. MU also offers a postmaster’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 programs at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/nursing.

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full-and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities –North category of U. S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges, and was designated a 2015 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.