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|WELCOME FROM THE PRESIDENT |
|Dear Friends, |
As your student begins spring semester at Mount Carmel College of Nursing,
we anticipate another exciting and successful term of nursing education. Please
take a moment to read about the events and successes of the previous semester
and a sampling of the initiatives in place for this semester.
Your student is the focus of the programs and activities
described here. We hope that they will take full advantage of all we offer. We
believe that your support enhances our offerings and are grateful for all
you do to encourage your student. This collaboration among students, MCCN, and
families and friends will help make each of our students' dreams of a
fulfilling nursing career a reality.
Ann E. Schiele, PhD, RN
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
On January 10, 143
MCCN sophomores, a record number, participated in the College's traditional
Sophomore Pinning Ceremony. Another first was that this class includes the
first sophomores from MCCN's first
satellite campus, at Fairfield Medical Center
in Lancaster, Ohio. Pictured left are MCCN-FMC Coordinator, Rachel Choudhury, and student, Anita Mitchell.
"This year's sophomore pinning is a milestone
event because we celebrated the very first pinning ceremony with our 20
sophomores in the MCCN program at Fairfield
says MCCN President/Dean, Ann E. Schiele, PhD, RN.
Historically, this ceremony was the first
official donning of the "student nurse" cap and uniform, marking the beginning
of clinical education. Today's student no longer receives a cap, but rather an engraved pin, reminiscent
of the lamp carried by the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, as
she cared for wounded Crimean War soldiers.
The modern ceremony characterizes the spirit
of caring modeled by Ms. Nightingale and represents the ministry that these aspiring nurses
now undertake. Upon graduation in 2012, the class will receive a MCCN
graduate pin to replace the gold lamp pin.
Several students took
significant roles in the ceremony: Ashley DeGoey, Aaron Powell, and
Amanda Williams read from Scripture.
Chelsi Cummings and Ashley James performed
a musical reflection. Stephanie Ledbetter and Meena Mathew said the closing prayer.
A special thank you is extended to Student Ambassadors: Brittney
Bradshaw, Nicole Cistone, Andrea Colabuno, Yvonne Spencer, and Jenny
Young, who assisted with the ceremony.
Event photographer Bruce Heflin took photos at the Sophomore Pinning
Ceremony. Photos of the event and of
each individual pinning may be viewed and/or purchased at Heflin's website: www.mypicturesnow.com.
SDAP Completion Ceremony
The 62 Second
Degree Accelerated Program (SDAP) students began their nursing education in
January 2009 as the largest SDAP class to date. Since then, the class has
maintained a continual 40 hours per week schedule of classes and clinicals,
with just two week-long breaks.
This third SDAP
group at MCCN completed their program on January 29, 2010, a mere 13 months
after beginning. At the ceremony, the Lamp Award was given to Shannon Murphy; the Inspiration Award to Abby Willis; and the Clinical Excellence award to Robin Konrad. The SDAP Alumni Caring Leadership Awards, including a $500 grant each, were presented to Shannon Candio and Cristen Durbin.
Congratulations on this accomplishment! Photos of the ceremony are available at www.mypicturesnow.com.
Members of the SDAP class of 2010 (left to right):
Jay King, Cassie Wilkin, Carrie Brady, and J. Scott Elder (front).
"Many scholarships go unrewarded every year," says Kathy Espy, MCCN Scholarship Chair. "If
a student spends five hours on the application, that's earning $600 an hour if
awarded a $3,000 scholarship."
Scholarships are available to applicants who meet criteria
that may or may not be linked to need and/or GPA. "There are new
scholarships offered every year. Some reward community service, others
leadership potential. Most of these scholarships are for juniors and
seniors, some for sophomores, a few for freshmen. All
students can begin now to investigate the criteria and the opportunities
available," adds Espy.
Step 1: Access the MCCN website here
Step 2: Click on the tuition and financial aid
Step 3: Click on SCHOLARSHIPS
Step 4: Review the criteria and
Step 4: APPLY!
Other scholarship sources:
financial aid board located on the third floor of Marian Hall,
where non-MCCN scholarships are posted.
groups and churches
MCCN Nightingales Co-ed Soccer Champions
MCCN co-ed soccer team earned the winter indoor league championship at
Soccer First, with a record of 7 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie.
Congratulations to (from left to right): Kristen Rugler, Paul Brewer, Sarah Eichorn, John Mertler (captain), Ashley Degoey, Taylor King, Erica Blackburn, Tristan Murray, Brandon Paris and Robert Cozzarelli (not pictured).
The first ever "Operation Christmas Cookie" at the MCCN-FMC
campus took place in December. Students baked
cookies to be distributed among the nurses' break rooms throughout the
Fairfield Medical Center (FMC) hospital.
"Clinicals start in January. The cookies are a way of
introducing ourselves and showing our appreciation and excitement for the
program partnership between MCCN and FMC," says student and organizer, Cora Arledge. "It's a thank you in
advance to the nurses who will be helping the MCCN-FMC students as we rotate
A collaboration among MCCN, Fairfield
and Ohio University-Lancaster, Fairfield
features MCCN's first satellite campus and offers a Mount Carmel BSN close to
home for students in the Lancaster,
The nursing education offered at the Fairfield
campus is the same program offered at the Columbus
campus. The two campuses also share instructors: Margaret Stinner, MS, RN; Theresa
Skybo, PhD, RN, CPNP; and new faculty member, Missy Mohler, MS, RN, a graduate of MCCN. Rachel Choudhury, MSN, RN, OCN, is the
coordinator for the MCCN-FMC satellite campus.
The MCCN-FMC program earned accreditation from the Higher Learning
Commission in December.
MCCN Helping Students' Job Search
The Greater Columbus Chamber's 11th annual Blue Chip
Economic Forecast lists healthcare among expected labor growth
in the region. Health and social
services saw significant growth in 2009 due primarily to the healthcare
industry and estimated increased employment in higher education. This trend
will continue in 2010, with a 2.0 percent gain.
Even with that positive projection, it's a tight job
market. There are not many other
professions that have enjoyed the continual demand that nursing has. But with
this economic climate, even nursing grads may need to do a bit more
As a proactive step, a group of MCCN staff and faculty met
to strategize methods to assist our seniors and students in finding and
preparing to find employment. One of the
ideas was to
develop a "Successful Job Searching Strategies" section in Resources
in WebCT. The section is designed
specifically for students and graduates looking for RN positions.
The site features links to job fair/open houses postings, effective
interview tips, telephone interview insights, how to dress professionally,
resume and cover letter composition, and pertinent job-hunting advice from
healthcare professionals. The link for the login to the sections in WebCT
Diversity and Inclusion Plan
"Here at MCCN we develop and create a learning environment that
constantly strives to improve diversity and promote the preparation of culturally
competent professional nurses," says Kathy
Espy, Director of Diversity and Cultural Initiatives.
MCCN is committed to appreciation and recognition of diversity, to being
responsive and supportive to its diverse student population, as well as taking
steps to increase diversity in its student body and faculty and staff-a process of embracing diversity and inclusion that
has been on-going here for 20 years.
Espy points out that diversity at MCCN is so much more than race,
culture, lifestyle, or religion, and includes gender, ESL (English as a second
language) students, first generation (first in the family) to attend college
students, and single parents.
Recently Enacted Initiatives
Implementation of "The Learning Trail" Strategies and
Initiatives for Success
Lunch and Learn Programs with diverse themes and focus
Support/advocacy for underrepresented student populations
Support groups for males, students of color, ESL
Counseling and mentoring
Study groups for students, faculty to dialogue about
Additional strategies enacted within the First Year
Increased collaboration with Columbus City Schools
Diversity Area with books/resources established in the Library
Countdown to Graduation
Get ready to celebrate, families and friends of the class of
2010! Undergraduate Pinning and Recognition Ceremony will be held on Friday,
May 7, 2010, at 7 p.m. Commencement will be Saturday, May 8, at 1:00 p.m. Event
locations to be announced in March.
The following is key information graduating students need to
know before May Commencement. This information will be continually updated for
students, providing important deadlines and suggestions to keep the path to
graduation on track.
If not already submitted, potential graduates must submit
the completed Graduation Application to the Office of Records and
Registration (Marian Hall, Room 201).
Community Service Program
requirement must be completed and documentation submitted to Mary Nibert.
Update degree audit to make sure student is on track to
complete all graduation requirements. Pre-licensure students contact Records
and Registration; RN-BSN and master's students contact Kip Sexton,
The graduating student luncheon in March will provide
details about Commencement, Undergraduate Pinning, graduation photos, and the
The MCCN authorized
cap/gown will be available at http://www.jostens.com. Graduation announcements and thank you
notes (optional) also available at http://www.jostens.com
(normal shipment is 2 weeks).
Each graduating student will be allotted a
specific number (to be announced) of Commencement tickets at no charge. No tickets required for the Pinning and
BSN graduates prepare for the National Council Licensure
Exam (NCLEX-RN) that will measure competency to perform as a registered nurse
and is required for entrance into the profession.
Enhancing Professional Success
MCCN's Master of Science program offers three track choices:
Adult Health clinical nurse specialist (CNS), Nursing Education, and Nursing
Administration; preparing graduates for career opportunities and advancement as
nurse educators, nursing administrators, or advanced practice nurses.
There is a recognized national shortage of nurse educators,
and CNS career opportunities are consistently increasing across Franklin county and the state of Ohio.
No graduate record examination (GRE) is required. Course
offerings are available all three semesters, with many individual courses
offered online. All classes meet on Wednesdays, and completion requires 30-33
credit hours. For master's students employed by Mount Carmel Health (MCHS), financial
reimbursement in tuition waivers applies.
"More graduate nurses enhances the stature of the nursing
profession by bringing nurses more in line with the educational levels of the
other professionals that nurses work with in
healthcare," said Angela Phillips-Lowe, EdD, RN, Associate Dean,
Graduate Nursing Program.
An additional master's track in the planning stages is the Family Nurse
Practitioner track. The program will begin in
the near future. Details to be
Community Service Widens Perspectives,
Deepens Compassion for Students
"It was a great experience, and I learned so much." "I'm so glad I had the chance to do this." "I
got back so much more than I gave."
These are samples of students' comments about their experiences fulfilling
the College's community service requirement.
The community service requirement involves application of
one's skills and time to meet identified community needs of vulnerable and
at-risk populations in accord with the College's mission. This will lead to learning and development through
active participation in service that:
conducted in and meets the needs of the community;
reflection and analysis of the experience;
the development of leadership skills, citizen skills, and social responsibility.
The number of community service hours required varies according
to the College program in which the student is enrolled: pre-licensure is 20 hours;
RN-BSN is 10 hours; SDAP is 10 hours.
Failure to complete the required hours prior to the
beginning of the semester in which the student will graduate, requires
completion of an additional 10 hours of community service.
Co-Curricular Activity Summary
The Co-Curricular Activity Summary (CCAS), a complement to the academic transcript, is a vehicle
for recording awards, scholarships, community service, educational workshops,
leadership activities, student government, and organization. Active participation
must be verified by a College faculty or administrator.
Campus activities strengthen students spiritually,
emotionally, mentally, physically, socially, culturally, and complement the
academic experience. The CCAS is
verifiable documentation of students' accomplishments and holistic development
Co-curricular activities and experiences help students
gain transferable skills applicable to many areas outside of the college
setting. As a verifiable college document,
the CCAS can support the search for employment after graduation.
Creating the CCAS should be an on-going process during the
student's tenure at MCCN. Each semester, access the Co-curricular Activity Summary
Entry and Validation Form from WebCt. Complete
one form for each college-approved out-of-classroom activity. Ask the
appropriate faculty or staff advisor to verify active participation by signing
the form. Submit the form to the Office
of Student Life for documentation.
Questions? Contact Colleen S. Cipriani, Director of Student Life at
614-234-5828 or email email@example.com.
Residence Hall Christmas Party
Nearly 30 College residence hall students came together to
make Christmas ornaments, enjoy Christmas cookies and hot chocolate, and watch "Elf."
Emily Berry (pictured left) won the ugly Christmas sweater competition, with Emily
Lust taking second place, and Sarah Eichhorn taking third.
Clinical Students Spread Holiday Cheer
In the midst of their clinical experience at the Isabelle Ridgeway Care
Center, Nursing 406
students found the time to bring the holidays to patients there. Pictured alongside one of the trees they decorated are
students (left to right) Julie Wade, Janelle Iovino, Kelly Leopold, Iris Freisner (Assistant
Instructor), Lisa McGinnis, Emily Sinay, Sarah Sabo, Nicole Thomas and
Taylor King. They put
up five Christmas trees to the delight of the residents.
Financial Aid Updates
Happy New Year!
The beginning of the year marks the beginning of the FAFSA
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) renewal season. I am often
asked, "Do I really need to complete the FAFSA?" My reply is always, "Yes."
Completing the FAFSA does not mean that you have to accept the entire financial
aid award offer from the school. So, what are the benefits of completing
The student may be eligible for grants or other aid that
you are not aware of.
Many scholarships require that the student complete a
It assists in determining need for institutional
The state aid is based upon FAFSA information.
The process is simple and can be completed within 30
minutes. All you need are the 2009 tax returns. For dependent
students that would include both the parent(s) of the dependent student and the
student's 2009 tax return. For independent students that would include
the student and the spouse if applicable.
Please remember, there are specific guidelines for determining
dependency status. Students living on
their own and under the age of 24 will not necessarily qualify as independent
If you are the parent of a dependent student and have chosen
not to provide any financial assistance to the student, please contact me and
we will discuss how to complete the FAFSA and the form you will need to sign
relinquishing you of this responsibility.
If you need assistance with completing your FAFSA, please
contact Shavonna Carroll at 614-234-1842 to schedule an
appointment. Please make certain you have completed your 2009 tax return
prior to scheduling the appointment.
Important FACTS and Dates
The FAFSA that you will be completing will be for the
2010-2011 academic year.
If your student is planning on participating in the Advance
Placement Program in the summer of 2010, the FAFSA must be submitted by March
The academic year begins in August 2010 - you will need to
submit your FAFSA by July 1st.
Later this semester, the chair of the scholarship committee
will begin notifying students of the application process for MCCN sponsored
scholarships. It is important that students apply for the scholarships
for which they meet the criteria. Please pay close attention to the
deadline dates. For additional questions please contact Kathy Espy,
chair of the scholarship committee, at 614-234-5276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alyncia M. Bowen,
Ph.D(c), MSA , Director, Financial Aid; 614-234-5177; email@example.com; MCCNFinancialAid@mchs.com
The Business Office staff is here to help and communication
is key. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions or would like to
schedule an appointment, please contact Kathy Smith at (614) 234-2230 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Happy New Year from the Office of Student Life
Whew! We made it through another calendar year. This
is when we typically reflect on the last year and resolve to do better this
year. However, as college students are constantly on the go - studying,
attending classes, working, or participating in extracurricular
activities - they may neglect to take the time to stop and reflect about what
they want from life, and why.
It's possible to help them contemplate on their
ambitions and future by using a simple four-step exercise. First, by
drawing a "lifeline,"students identify peaks and valleys
in their lives and note patterns of successes and failures. Second,
the students write down what they hope
to accomplish and experience. Next, they develop a brief
vision statement describing the ideal image of their future.
Finally, students practice mentally visualizing their ideal future
to help develop the skills and attitude needed to create the reality.
Although the calendar year is over, we still have half the
academic year to go. Your student needs your continued support and encouragement
to successfully complete the spring semester. As college is a very
demanding time in your student's life, please encourage them to visit Judy
Bischoff, MA, LPCC, our college counselor/consultant. They can confer
on the stresses of college life and gain insights and receive help with issues
such as stress management, anxiety/depression, financial concerns and eating
disorders, to name a few. All visits to Judy are strictly confidential
and the first 10 visits are free. Students may call Judy directly at
614-278-3049 or the Employee Assistance Program 614-337-7001 to schedule an
Colleen S. Cipriani, Director of Student Life; 614-234-5828; email@example.com
From the Student Health Nurse
rate of flu infection at the College was extremely low considering how
many students are enrolled here at MCCN, thanks to the diligence of the
faculty, staff, and students performing hand hygiene and staying home when
of the seniors and SDAP students received both the seasonal as well as the
H1N1 flu vaccines. Over 50% of the
underclassmen received both flu vaccines as well.
- Keyboard covers were purchased for all the computers both in the College and
in the campus apartments.
Disinfectant wipes are available in the computer labs for students
to clean the keyboards before and after use.
wipes were placed in all classrooms for students to clean their
desks/tables prior to and after class.
hand sanitizer was also placed in each classroom for student and faculty
use before and after class.
needs to continue to be diligent with cleaning and hand hygiene as we
start the new year, as the CDC is projecting another spike of H1N1 flu
cases in January-February.
Kathy Walters, MS,
Assistant Professor / Student Health Nurse; 614-234-5408; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Government Association News
Last October, MCCN Student Government Association (SGA) representatives attended the American SGA Midwest Student Government Training Conference
It was a long, exhausting, but rewarding day.
Juniors, Emily Lust and Emily Berry, attended
workshops on "13 Steps to Dramatically Improve Your Student Government" and
"Administrators ARE NOT the Enemy: Learn How to Get Along With Yours." Sophomores,
Dani Smith and Brittany Richards, attended workshops on "Ready to
Rumble? How to Engage in "Successful" Conflicts" and "The Advanced Marketing
Secrets Behind Facebook and MySpace." Freshmen, Kelsey Horton and
Lyndsay Melvin, attended workshops on "Parliamentary Procedure: Rules
Governing Formal Meetings" and "The 25 Worst Mistakes Your Student Government
During the next semester they will share what they learned
with other SGA representatives at their monthly meetings.
This fall SGA held senior, junior, sophomore, and freshman
class meetings to provide students an opportunity to voice issues and concerns.
SGA representatives then met with College administrators to obtain answers and work
out possible solutions.
Colleen Cipriani, SGA Liaison,
Director of Student Life, email@example.com.
From the Counselor's Desk
Nursing students now inhabit a new world, with demands for
maturity and personal responsibility beyond anything previously
experienced. How can you as parents (or
close friends) help them meet these challenges?
Here is a three-step guide:
1. Acknowledge their discomforts. You care. You don't
want your student to feel uncomfortable, so you might say something, such as,
"It will be okay" or "Don't worry about it."
Yet not feeling that things will be "okay" or feeling "worried" are real
feelings, and such feelings are normal.
Understand that and help your student move from awareness of a challenge
to finding ways to successfully confront and conquer it.
2. Remind them of successfully managed previous challenges. When faced with new situations that we find difficult, we
can forget how well we responded to similar situations in other settings. Recalling reasonable connections to past
successes will help them link to those personal resources and "forgotten"
abilities now and into their future.
3. The most important skill for successful independent
adulthood is effective problem solving. Asking questions to define concerns and discover reasonable
ways to manage them is probably the most valuable assistance you can give. This might include looking at past challenges
or awareness of what students can do now as young adults, but could not then
when they were "kids."
You could give them a reasonable solution, but what would
they learn from that? Questions provide
students a model for problem solving thinking and the experience of feeling
capable of solving problems themselves.
Judy Bischoff, LPCC, Clinician/Consultant; 614-546-3322;
Many of our students take my Humanities 110 course during
their first year at Mount Carmel College of Nursing. The last two classes
of that course are dedicated to a "Mini-Retreat" during which the
students are asked to talk to the class about someone or something that
inspired them or continues to inspire them. The people, things, and
events discussed make these class days very touching and emotional. Many
tears are shed - some joyful ones and some very sad and bitter ones - as
student after student tells story after story of people in their lives who have
made them the wonderful, sensitive, and caring young people they are.
The subjects of many of these students' presentations are Moms,
Dads, grandparents, brothers and sisters, cousins - probably many of you who
are reading this. Read on as I quote some of the things our students have
said about how you have inspired them.
"My mother ... went through several surgeries and kept strong
in her faith. I ... was so very inspired by her positive attitude and thanks
towards God. Her journey has inspired me to look at life and our
relationship differently... I'm so very happy to have her here to tell me how
she thinks I need to do things!"
"My parents are an inspiration to me not only because
they chose to adopt, but because race was not a factor in their choosing of
children. All they saw was a child who needed a home ..."
"Overall, my mom is an amazing person in my eyes, and I
am extremely grateful for the sacrifices she has made for me. I am very lucky
to have always had her around when I was younger, which I realize in hindsight
I often took for granted."
"The most important family members who have had an
impact on my life have been my mother and father. My family has become the most
important thing to me in my life."
... and I could go on. Every time my students speak in
this kind of glowing and grateful language about their parents, grandparents,
brothers and sisters, I ask them "Does __________ know you're saying this
beautiful stuff about them?"
I hope you do know "this beautiful
stuff"! Who you are has made our students who they are - good
people don't happen by accident! On behalf of the many people our future
nurses will care for, dear families, thank you for inspiring them to be
compassionate, caring, loving and determined. We can all grow old
with confidence that your children will be there to care for us.
Pete McClernon, College Chaplain; 614-234-1590; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, more than ever, as we face challenging economic
times, philanthropy will play a key role in the health and well-being of our
communities. By working together, we have the opportunity to focus on building
long-term investments that will impact healthcare and nursing education for
years to come. One investment that will always be sound can be found at Mount
Carmel College of Nursing: our students.
Mount Carmel College of Nursing is committed to meeting the
healthcare needs of our communities by building
a network of loving, dedicated, healthcare professionals for tomorrow. It is nurses who come face to face with patients and their
families; nurses who carry out life-sustaining treatments; nurses who recognize
life-changing situations and nurses who, with compassion and caring, help
patients and their loved ones cope.
Here are the facts -- our
communities and our nation face a continuing need for nurses.
nursing shortage is projected to grow to 260,000 registered nurses by
2025. A shortage of this magnitude would
be twice as large as any nursing shortage experienced in this country since the
mid-1960s. A rapidly aging workforce is
a primary contributor to the projected shortage.
shortage is particularly acute and is expected to worsen, projecting a shortage
of 32,000 nurses by 2020.
In the state of Ohio
alone, 40% of practicing nurses are expected to leave the field within the next
10 years, due in large part to retirement.
To meet the projected growth in demand for RN services, the U.S. must graduate approximately 90 percent more
nurses from U.S.
Enrollment in entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs
increased by 3.5 percent from 2008 to 2009. Though this marks the ninth
consecutive year of enrollment growth, nursing schools point to a shortage of
faculty, insufficient clinical education sites, and budget cuts as barriers to
Survey data shows a surge in enrollments in graduate nursing
programs, which is promising given the need for nurses to serve in teaching,
leadership, specialty, and primary care roles.
More Mount Carmel College of Nursing Fast Facts [click here]
The College's continued vitality and strength results in
large measure from the support received from our faculty, staff, alumni,
parents and friends. Whether through philanthropic donations or volunteer
opportunities, we welcome your engagement in Mount Carmel College of Nursing. Our
collaborative efforts to help students realize their dream of a nursing
education will be multiplied beyond measure as our healthcare professionals
serve those in our community with compassion and commitment today and in the
If you have already made a gift this school year, thank
you for helping hundreds of bright minds enjoy an incredible college
experience. If a gift to Mount Carmel College of Nursing is still on your list,
click here [Making a gift] to show your belief in our mission and
reinforce your commitment to making a difference.
We wish you a happy and healthy
Jan Burkey, Director of Development, MCCN,
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MCCN Spirit Shop
Support Your Student's College Spirit!
The Mount Carmel College of Nursing Online
Campus Store is your convenient, one-stop resource for College apparel,
supplies, and gifts. With just one click of the mouse you can purchase logo hoodies, t-shirts, caps,
sweaters and more for students, family, friends and alumni. Click here to
- The MCCN Online Campus Store can also be accessed through the commercial MCCN website under the "Current Students" header.
those who want to do on-site shopping, please stop by the campus store
located on the 4th floor in Marian Hall across from the Student
Calendar Highlights Winter 2010
February 1 APP
February 12 Last
day to drop Term 1 course
February 26 Term
March 1 Term
1 clinical exams
March 2-5 Spring
March 8 Term
March 15 Summer session registration begins
Numbers to Know
Academic Success Services
: 614-234-2646Office of College Relations