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|WELCOME FROM THE PRESIDENT |
|Dear Friends, |
Spring is an
exciting and eventful time here at Mount Carmel College of Nursing. First, we
eagerly anticipate Pinning and Commencement ceremonies in May, the culmination
and recognition of our graduating students' achievements. Please consult the
MCCN website at www.mccn.edu for details.
Annual Campaign to friends of the College is underway. The campaign is our sincere effort to obtain
funding to underwrite the maximum number of scholarships for our very deserving
Thirdly, in our
unwavering determination to maintain the security of our campus, MCCN will hold
an active shooter drill on April 19 to test/evaluate emergency procedures and
commitment to the safety
of our students, faculty, staff, and guests, and to you
who have entrusted your student to us, is our highest priority. We want to
ensure we're doing everything possible to keep everyone safe. Details about this upcoming event are
highlighted in an article in this edition of The Nightingale.
As we wind down this academic year, I want thank parents and
families of our graduating students for the steadfast support of your students
and the College during this incredible journey.
And to our returning families, I look forward to our continued
Ann E. Schiele, PhD, RN
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Active Shooter Drill
Incidents on college campuses have prompted colleges and universities
across the country to reevaluate campus safety, security, and crisis management
plans. MCCN has done the same and joined forces with other institutions from
across the state of Ohio,
with the support of Governor Ted Strickland and the Ohio Board of Regents, to
ensure that campus safety and security measures are continually addressed and
The April 19 exercise will be similar to many conducted recently on
campuses nationwide, and is the first drill of its kind to be performed at a college or university in central Ohio. Carefully planned
for more than a year in conjunction with the Columbus Police Department and
Mount Carmel Safety and Security, the drill will be just as carefully
Information about the drill is being shared with students, faculty and
staff, among others. This will not be a
surprise drill. Additionally many
students have had the opportunity to attend active shooter in-services, conducted
by Mount Carmel Safety and Security.
These sessions are designed to provide information and guidance on what
to do if such a situation were to occur.
Involved in the drill will be Columbus Police, MCCN students, faculty
and staff, Mount Carmel Safety and Security, and Mount
Carmel hospitals and staff. The drill process, including post
event assessment and communication, will take approximately 6-8 hours. If you have questions or require more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Active Shooter Drill Set for Monday, April
19. Dr. Ann Waterman's class
NURS 400R is one among many MCCN classes in-serviced by Mount Carmel
Safety and Security in preparation for the upcoming drill. Shown left to
right (back row): Assistant Professor Ann
Waterman, PhD, RN, officer Tony
Cox, officer Jason Decker,
student Tori Wildermuth; front
left to right: students Kelly Tomlinson,
Amy Rudecki, and Leslie Pax.
Commencement Weekend: May 7 & 8
Get ready to celebrate, families and friends of the class of
2010! Undergraduate Pinning and Recognition Ceremony will be held on Friday,
May 7, at 7 p.m. Commencement will be Saturday, May 8, at 1 p.m.
This series of details highlights key information graduating
students need to know before May Commencement. Check this listing for important
deadlines and suggestions to keep your path to graduation on track.
- Complete your Community Service Program
requirement and submit documentation to Mary Nibert.
- Ordering deadline for your cap/gown
was April 1. If you failed to meet this deadline, contact Jostens
immediately at 800-854-7464.
up your 7 Commencement tickets in Room
201, Marian Hall (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday).
- If you
wish to have your graduation announcement sent to news publications,
complete the Graduation Publicity Form and place in Robin Hutchinson Bell's
(College Relations) mailbox by April
for the National Council Licensure Exam - RN (NCLEX-RN) that will measure
your competency to perform as a registered nurse and is required for
entrance into the profession.
the graduation celebration luncheon on
Thursday, May 6, 12 noon at the Berwick Manor Party House, 3250 Refugee Rd.
(professional dress is expected).
- Attend Pinning and Commencement rehearsal at
First Church of God immediately following the celebration luncheon on
Thursday, May 6.
for graduation events:
* Pinning & Recognition Ceremony
will be Friday, May 7, at 7 p.m.
* Commencement will be Saturday, May
8, at 1 p.m.
* Both events will be held at the
First Church of God, 3480 Refugee
Symbolism of Pinning and the Nursing Pin
By Barbara Barta, MS,
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Nursing Program
The graduate nursing pin is a symbol of education and of
service to others. Historically the design of nursing pins comes from the
Maltese cross worn by members of the Knights of the Hospitallers during the
Crusades. In 1860, Florence Nightingale began the first professional, formal
schooling for nurses and wanted graduates to be recognized and respected.
Nightingale designed a pin for graduates to wear on their uniforms.
The first pins presented in the United
States were to the graduating class of 1880 at the
Bellevue Hospital of Nursing in New
York City. By 1916, the practice of pinning new nurses
was common throughout the United Kingdom
and North America.
The tradition continues today as each nursing educational
institution awards to its graduates a uniquely designed pin symbolizing
completion of the program. Faculty bestow the pin upon graduates in a
time-honored ceremony that heralds entry of new graduates as colleagues into
the profession of nursing.
Traditionally, at the time of the pinning ceremony, the
graduate leaves behind the student pin and uniform, donning a professional uniform
in anticipation of receiving the prized symbol of a graduated nurse.
The Mount Carmel Nursing Pin
Three Pin Styles Span a Century of Nursing Education
While the pride and professionalism the Mount
Carmel pin symbolizes have not changed, the style has. From the first graduation and pinning in 1906
through 1962, the Mount Carmel School of Nursing pin held a red cross in the
In 1963, the second Mount Carmel School of Nursing pin was
adopted, due in part to a desire that the pin reflect the school's founders-the
Sisters of the Holy Cross. It carries
the Holy Cross insignia, a shield with a cross and two anchors, and the motto of
the Holy Cross order, "Spes Unica" (One Hope).
The current pin, presented in 1994, reflects the change to
"Mount Carmel College of Nursing." A band in burgundy, the College's color,
replaced the blue band. The rest of the pin remained the same.
The 50-Day Dinner Tradition for Seniors
Initiated last year by the class of 2009 and the Student
Government Association (SGA), the 50-day dinner celebrates the graduating class
and the anticipation of May Commencement. Nearly 40 seniors
attended this year's event held recently at the College. The Mount Carmel
Alumni Association supported the event by underwriting a portion of the cost
and providing association vice president, Stephanie
Rae Adams Piquero'97, as the speaker.
Piquero, who is also an instructor at the College, spoke
about the Alumni Association, described the graduation process, and shared
tips about starting out as a new nurse. Another representative of the alumni, Jill Trego Rill '77, who serves as
Scholarship Chair for the association, also attended the event and interacted
Eight SGA underclassmen volunteered at the event, setting up
and serving the food. The main course
was spaghetti from the nearby Florentine restaurant.
"The 50-day dinner was a simple event for the senior
students to relax and celebrate the 50 days they have left, as well
as their accomplishments thus far," said Sarah Eichhorn, senior and SGA president. Seniors hope that the
dinner remains a tradition for future students.
Camp Mount Carmel Counselors
Mount Carmel College of Nursing will once again host Camp Mount Carmel: Adventures in Healthcare,
the popular summer day camp for high school students interested in exploring
healthcare careers. MCCN students serve
as counselors for the camp.
Eight new counselors will join two returning counselors to
staff Camp Mount Carmel 2010. One of the new counselors is sophomore Emily
Forgrave from our Mount Carmel College of Nursing-Fairfield Medical Center
campus in Lancaster, as well as five additional sophomores, one freshman, and
New this year is the one-week camp format, offering 72 camper
spaces for rising 9th through 12th graders. Camp Mount Carmel
fills up quickly and again this year is expected to achieve maximum attendance,
with the 12th grade slots already filled at this time.
The camp will take place June 14-17 and includes exciting,
interesting field trips, hospital tours, and activities that give campers a
taste of the healthcare career choices available to them.
Congratulations to all of the counselors!
2010 Camp Mount
(l-r): Ian Weidner, Meredith
Conine, Christian Graves*, and Patrick
Smith*. Sitting on stage (l-r): Allison Kusneske, Shivani Patel, Kelsey DeMorrow, Amy Belknap, and Nicole Cistone. Not pictured: Emily Forgrave.
*-returning counselors from 2009
First Clinicals at
In clinicals at Fairfield Medical Center (l-r): Katelyn Large, Instructor Rachel Choudhury and Kimberly Wallace.
There are 20 sophomores at Mount Carmel College of Nursing
at Fairfield Medical
Center (MCCN-FMC) in Lancaster,
Ohio, who are experiencing the same classes
and clinicals as their counterparts at the Columbus location.
It was recently announced that the new Coordinator for the
MCCN-FMC program is Cheryl Mace, MSN, MALM, RN.
A Mount Carmel alumna, Mace has worked
with the College for several years and teaches a course to MCCN-FMC students.
MCCN Students Offered Free Admission to STTI Event
The Central Ohio Consortium of Sigma Theta Tau International, the
international honor society for nurses, will host a Spring Scholarship Evening
on April 15, 2010, 5-8 p.m., celebrating the 2010 International Year of the
Nurse (2010 IYNurse). This event is open to everyone, STTI membership
not required. The location is the Capital
Center.Dr. Ann Peden will present "The Evolution of the Nursing
Intervention." The event is free for ALL MCCN students.
Financial Aid Updates
This is a copy of a letter that all students received
the first week of April. Parents are being informed in order to support
Mount Carmel College
of Nursing Student:
During the current academic year, Mount Carmel College of
Nursing has had an opportunity to
research the advantages and disadvantages of participating in the Federal
Family Educational Loan Program (FFELP).
Due to the desire to continue to meet our students' financial needs,
Mount Carmel College of Nursing has decided to end its participation in the
FFELP and will participate in the Federal Direct Loan Program. The following are some benefits to making
funds are disbursed through private lenders (such as Chase, National City, Fifth
Third, etc.). The Direct Loan
program is funded directly by the Federal Government, eliminating the
middle man and potential confusion.
- As the
government continues to assess the state of federal student aid, it is
becoming increasingly apparent that the FFELP may not be available for
are more repayment plans through the Direct Loan program.
- Direct Lending has the new Public
Service Loan Forgiveness program that will forgive remaining debt after
10 years of eligible employment and qualifying loan payments for
people working in key public service professions such as
teaching, government, social work, law enforcement, and non-profit
Direct Loan program is fully integrated with the federal financial aid
process. Mount Carmel College of Nursing already has the software and
business process in place to administer this program due to the other
federal programs we administer.
can be sold in FFELP, negating their borrowers' benefits. Loans are never sold in the Direct Loan
program, thereby assuring that the borrower receives his/her borrower
Loans can be consolidated in the Direct Loan program, or in the FFELP program. This opportunity will become available
to our students as a result of our transition to the Direct Loan program.
We will begin the Direct Loan program in the summer of
2010. If you are completing your degree this summer, this change will not
apply to you. When students
receive their award letter for the 2010-2011 academic year, you will have
to: 1) complete a new entrance
counseling session and 2) complete a new master promissory note for the direct
loan program. The new master promissory
note and entrance counseling sessions will be available beginning April 19, via the MCCN website. Students will be provided
directives on completing this transition in their 2010-2011 award letters.
Please look forward to receiving
additional information regarding the Federal Direct Loan Program.
Business Office News
Online Payments and Electronic Refunds are here!
Some big changes have taken place
in the College Business Office. Student account transactions can be processed
online using the same CARMELink login that students access for schedules,
grades, and billing statements.
Students now have the ability to
make payments on accounts electronically by using the CASHNet option under the
Business Office tab of CARMELink. Credit cards or electronic checks (ACH) can be
processed without the need for students or parents to call or come into the
office. MasterCard, Discover, and American Express credit cards are accepted,
and credit card payments will be assessed a 2.75% transaction fee. There is no
charge for ACH payments.
Students also have the option to
have any refunds deposited directly into their personal bank accounts instead
of waiting for a paper check and without coming into the office. Use the
CASHNet option in CARMELink and enroll in eRefund with your account
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 email@example.com.
News from the Office of Student Life
Believe it or not spring time is
here, and if your student is a senior their thoughts are turning to
accomplishments, inspirational professors, lasting friendships, and of course graduation. Please remind them to read the Carmel
Rapper to stay abreast of all upcoming senior activities and graduation requirements.
Speaking of activities, the
Spring Festival was held recently. Students were able to receive a
caricature drawing of themselves, a henna body tattoo, a handwriting analysis,
and their picture taken in an old-time photo booth. Our international
students entertained attendees with food, music and dance. For pictures from this event, visit the MCCN Photo Gallery.
Residence Life and Resident Adviser
If your student is coming home this summer, beware - the student you
sent to college may have changed. The first summer home is often a
difficult transition period for parents and students alike. Students are
accustomed to greater amounts of freedom than they were provided during that
last year of high school. They often forget you are expecting them to
call and check in when they're out late and they may have their own ideas about
how often they should clean their room and do the dishes. To avoid a
family feud this summer, talk to your student about your expectations ahead of
time, making sure to discuss the topics of curfew and household chores.
This discussion can reduce re-entry friction and helps to create a relaxing
summer break for everyone. Don't forget, this is a typical time of
adjustment, and you're not alone if you're counting down the days until they
return to MCCN!
If you have not already done so, check in with
your student about their 2010-2011 housing decision. Nationally, students
who have chosen to remain in campus housing maintain or earn a higher GPA.
The resident advisor
selection is underway for next fall. Resident advisers (RAs) are
undergraduate members of the residence life staff. RAs have the most
frequent and direct communication with resident students and play an integral
role in student life. It is expected that RAs are sincerely interested in
and supportive of the welfare of the students at Mount
Carmel. RAs help resident students develop to their full potential
as a person, a student and a member of their floor, building and college
community by developing and implementing campus and social programs for
students as well as creating and maintaining an environment that is conducive
to self-discipline and study.
Finally, if you ever have any questions or concerns regarding your
resident student please do not hesitate to contact me.
Colleen S. Cipriani,
Director of Student Life; 614-234-5828; firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Student Health Nurse
I am happy to report that due to the diligence of most
students receiving their annual and H1N1 flu shots, our rate of flu illnesses
was at a minimum this academic year.
Students have also been vigilant about cleaning off their desks in the
classrooms, cleaning off the keyboard covers in the computer labs, as well as
washing their hands to keep the flu bugs at bay! Thank you to all students practicing healthy
Some students are beginning to think about summer jobs. If your son/daughter is considering a summer
position as a camp counselor or employment in a healthcare position, they will
need to obtain a copy of their immunization record from me. I do not work every day during the summer, so
it would be best if they can get this information before leaving the College
after finals week.
More good news - my Student Health Nurse position will be a
full-time, 12-month position, starting August 2010. I plan to conduct wellness programs in
addition to my other duties here at the college. Encourage your student to participate to
learn more about lifetime healthy behaviors!
Kathy Walters, MS, RNC, NNP-BC, Student Health Nurse;
Student Government Association News
At the March SGA meeting, elections
were held to select next year's officers. Please join me in
congratulating these students in their newly elected positions:
President - Joe Derr
Vice President - Kayla Munk
Treasurer - Ashley Winebrenner
Secretary of Records - Stephanie
Secretary of Public Relations -
Secretary of Public Relations -
I would be remiss if I neglected to
thank the outgoing officers for the outstanding job they did this year.
Special thanks go to President Sarah Eichhorn
for initiating the "It's
Abuse" campaign at the College, Vice-President Emily Lust
the student contingent at the National Student Government Conference in
Chicago, and Secretary of Records Angela Snider
for coordinating the
Kathy Curtis Memorial Scholarship fundraiser.
Colleen Cipriani, SGA Liaison,
Director of Student Life, email@example.com.
From the Counselor's Desk
Raising independent, resilient, resourceful young adults is
a process, and parents must often remind themselves that their children are a
"work in process" toward becoming successful young adults.
"Becoming" involves experimenting with new behaviors, such as
dyeing their hair green, or changing majors, or challenging the beliefs handed
down to them (and finding out how to make them their own beliefs or throwing
them out if they don't "fit"). It's a challenging time for parents, who
must not overreact negatively to this process of becoming.
Instead, give yourself credit for getting your students to
college age and continue to nurture them as they struggle to become who they
are. Give them the gift of saying "I love you for who you are," not for
the color of their hair or the major they choose to study, but simply for who
they are. It's the best gift you can bestow on them and will allow them
the freedom needed to experiment and grow and decide who they really are.
Parents can suggest that their student(s) talk to a
counselor when they feel stuck or just can't handle certain situations they may
encounter in nursing college. They can set up an appointment by calling
614-546-3322. If my door is open, they are welcome to walk in for a session
when I'm on campus. This is a wonderful benefit offered by Mount Carmel and we encourage students to take advantage
Congratulations on raising such fine young adults.
Judy Bischoff, LPCC, Clinician/Consultant; 614-546-3322;
You had to have been in class recently to fully appreciate
what follows. Sixteen MCCN students: the assignment was to identify
a "person you consider to be particularly spiritual." Once
those people had been identified, the students were expected to interview them
in order to find out how spirituality influenced all aspects of their
lives: how did they discover their spirituality; how did spirituality
drive their life decisions; how did they express their spirituality; how did
spirituality affect their family life, their relationships, their choice of
friends, mates, careers, etc.
There were some of the usual suspects: parents,
grandparents, church elders - wonderful and faith-filled people who were mentors
and role models to these young spiritual protégés. What I did not
expect - in such large numbers - was this: two students had chosen the person
sitting next to them in class; one chose her sister, two years older; another
chose his brother, similarly close in age; another her boyfriend; two chose
classmates; another a close friend; another a cousin - all peers, age-mates-young
people for whom prayer and contemplation were a way of life - for whom the
spiritual journey was of daily significance.
I remonstrate with myself even as I write this. Why should
this be such a surprise? Is spirituality the sole property of the
long-lived? Is the path to spiritual richness
populated only by senior citizens? (No matter how wonderful they are, and they
So, celebrate your student's spiritual journey, wherever
he/she may be on that path! We have much to learn from each other.
Pete McClernon, College Chaplain; 614-234-1590; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Realize the dream..."I
always wanted to work in healthcare," says Toyin. "I never thought my dream
would come true."
For many students, making a decision to enter the nursing
profession is a call that comes from within. That was the case with Oluwatoyin
(Toyin) Akinyemi. Toyin knew from an early age that she wanted to be a nurse;
however the path that led her to Mount Carmel College of Nursing was a long
Last week Toyin knocked on my door at the College to say
goodbye and share with me the next leg of her nursing journey. Toyin and her
family are moving to Virginia
where she will continue her nursing career at a critical care facility. Her
husband earned a degree in seminary and is being called to Virginia to continue his ministry.
As I hugged Toyin goodbye and exchanged promises to keep in
touch, I felt thankful for all the generous donors who make dreams like Toyin's
come true. It is through your kindness and generosity that Mount Carmel College
of Nursing is able to provide thousands of dollars annually to students who
will realize their dreams of becoming professional registered nurses. And for that
opportunity, we are deeply grateful.
Oluwatoyin (Toyin) Akinyemi
For Toyin, the start of her nursing dream was moving to the United States from Nigeria in 2000 with her husband. They
came with just one suitcase and $200. They were able to stay with relatives in Nevada until they found
work. Over the next five years Toyin, who had a degree in zoology from Nigeria, worked
as a nurse assistant, while her husband went to school. When her husband
decided to earn a degree in seminary, they moved to Columbus with their three young children.
Anxious to pursue her dream, Toyin applied to Mount Carmel
College of Nursing. "I was so impressed with Mount Carmel.
Everyone wants you to succeed and they care so much about you personally in
addition to your education," she said. She began taking classes in August 2006
and in 2008 entered the College's Second Degree Accelerated Program, a 13-month
program with 40-hour weeks of classes and clinicals, leaving only enough time
to study and prepare. The scholarships she received were a tremendous help.
Toyin graduated in January 2009 and worked at the Mount
Carmel West Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit for six months. We wish Toyin
well as she takes her education and experiences from Mount
Carmel on the next leg of her journey. Toyin has not forgotten how much the generosity of others
helps in attaining a nursing education.
She is already giving back to today's students with her donations. . .
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 help someone's dream come true.
Jan Burkey, Director of Development, MCCN,
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Calendar Highlights Spring 2010
April 15 STTI Scholarship Evening, 5-8 p.m., Capital University
April 26 SNAM meeting, noon
May 7 Pinning and Recognition, 7 p.m., First Church of God
May 8 Commencement, 1 p.m., First Church of God
Numbers to Know
Academic Success Services
: 614-234-2646Office of College Relations