Christine Wynd

Dear Mount Carmel Alumni,

Spring has finally arrived, and with it we begin looking forward to Commencement. On May 9, the Class of 2015 will receive their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees or Master’s degrees and either begin their nursing careers or begin to practice at a higher level. I am eager to hear our keynote speaker, Melanie Dreher, PhD, RN, chair of the board of trustees for Trinity Health, but most of all, I’m eager to experience yet another milestone in my presidency as I am honored to confer the degrees and congratulate each graduate.

I’m also looking forward to this summer when MCCN’s newest program – the online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – will enroll its first class in August. Offering the DNP degree is a major step forward in our commitment to excellence in nursing education.

Deb Balthaser

Year of graduation from Mount Carmel School of Nursing: 1979, Diploma

Other degrees/conferring university/certifications: After Mount Carmel, I went on to earn my BSN from Purdue University and my MSN from Indiana University. In addition, I earned a PhD from the University of Northern Colorado.

I was certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) before taking additional course work to achieve my current board certification: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC). I also am a Certified Nurse Educator through the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

City currently living in: Fort Wayne, Ind.

We are happy to announce Mount Carmel College of Nursing and Mount Carmel Health System are once again co-sponsoring the Mount Carmel Research and Scholarship Day:

Lucas Halliday

Year of graduation from Mount Carmel College of Nursing: 2013, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Other degrees/credentials: I am a Certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) and have trained in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS).

Current hometown: Columbus, Ohio, where I currently live and work.

Professional highlights: Earning my CCRN from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses was definitely a highlight. I have nearly two years’ experience in critical care and work in the Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Also, I am currently serving in the United States Air Force Reserve as a flight nurse, at the rank of second lieutenant.

Mount Carmel Alumni Association Annual Alumni Homecoming and Luncheon

On October 24, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. we’ll look for your face among the many Mount Carmel alumni who will gather to rekindle friendships, remember good times and to celebrate special milestones of the honor classes (those whose graduation years end in 0 or 5). This year, special recognition will be given to the Class of 1965, celebrating 50 years!

Penny Marzalik

For the first time, MCCN will offer an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for nurses who want to practice at a higher level. Open to the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who holds an earned master’s degree in nursing, national board certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) or Nurse Practitioner (NP), and a current, unrestricted APRN license, the new online degree program begins this fall, with classes starting August 17.

Penny Marzalik, PhD, APRN, program director for the DNP program and associate professor, explains that the DNP is the terminal – or highest level – degree for the nursing profession.

“The DNP is a nursing practice degree that’s an alternative to a PhD, which has a research focus,” Dr. Marzalik says. “Nurses who earn the DNP degree will be prepared to take their place as innovative leaders in implementing evidence-based, cost-effective and collaborative healthcare solutions while positively impacting outcomes for patient populations at the complex systems level.”

Stevo Roksandic, MBA, MLIS, AHIP, regional director of Mount Carmel Health System’s Library Services, has been named a “Mover and Shaker” in the library industry in the March 15 issue of “Library Journal,” a national publication. Stevo, who joined Mount Carmel in 2003, was selected for this honor, not only because of his commitment to the profession and his efforts that have expanded library services, but also because he is among those “Movers and Shakers” who are transforming libraries themselves in the 21st century.