The Nightingale, Spring 2010

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In This Issue
Active Shooter Drill
Commencement Weekend
Tradition of Pinning
Seniors 50-Day Dinner
Camp Mount Carmel Counselors
Free Event for Students
Financial Aid Updates
Business Office News
From the Office of Student Life
From the Student Health Nurse
Student Government Association
From the Counselor's Desk
Chaplain's Corner
Supporting MCCN
MCCN Sprit Shop
Calendar Highlights

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Dear Friends, anne schiele 2

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 for details.


Secondly, our 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 students.


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 processes.  Our 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 collaboration.

Ann E. Schiele, sig
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 effectively implemented.


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 conducted.


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

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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.


  • Pick 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 16.


  • Prepare 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.


  • Attend 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.


  • Prepare 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 Road

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Symbolism of Pinning and the Nursing Pin

By Barbara Barta, MS, RN
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 center.


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 with students.


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.

Alumna Jill Rill speaks with students.

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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 three juniors.   


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 Carmel Counselors

Tim/MatthewStanding (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 MCCN-FMC

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.


New Coordinator Announced

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 University Campus 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 the process.


Dear 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 this transition.


  1. FFELP 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.


  1. 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 future students. 


  1. There are more repayment plans through the Direct Loan program.  


  1. 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 501(c)(3) organizations.


  1. The 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.


  1. Loans 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 benefits.


  1. Direct 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.




Alyncia M. Bowen, PhD, MSA, Director, Financial Aid; 614-234-5177;

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 information.


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

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 Selection
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;

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 behaviors.


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!


Happy Spring!


Kathy Walters, MS, RNC, NNP-BC, Student Health Nurse; 614-234-5408;

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 Binkley

  • Secretary of Public Relations - Kelsey Tinkler

  • Secretary of Public Relations - Brooke Waddell

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 for leading 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,

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 of it. 


Congratulations on raising such fine young adults.


Judy Bischoff, LPCC, Clinician/Consultant; 614-546-3322;

Chaplain's Corner

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 are wonderful!)


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;

Supporting MCCN

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 one.


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, 614-234-3837

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MCCN Spirit Shop

Support Your Student's College Spirit!

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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 start shopping.

  • The MCCN Online Campus Store can also be accessed through the commercial MCCN website under the "Current Students" header.
  • For 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 Services office.
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

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