Students in Cohort 8 of the Second Degree Accelerated Program (SDAP) at Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN) had reason to celebrate on Friday, February 6 after completing a rigorous 13-month program in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The 66 students were joined by friends, families, staff and faculty in the Medical Staff Building (MSB) Auditorium for a graduation ceremony to recognize their entry into the nursing profession. The graduates are the eighth SDAP class to graduate from MCCN.

Congratulations to students from Cohort 9 of the Second Degree Accelerated Program (SDAP), who received their sophomore pins on February 27! The ceremony will celebrate the transition of this group of SDAP students, who began their program in January, into clinical rotations.

The Student Advisory Council (SAC) at MCCN-FMC is the equivalent of the Student Government Association on the Columbus campus. SAC strives to make the experience for nursing students at MCCN-FMC the best it can be by working closely with students and staff. Representatives from each class at Fairfield Medical Center (FMC) take part in the council and address their concerns by making them known to the proper faculty and staff. SAC currently has six active members: Sophomores Samantha and Kaleigh Tharp, Juniors A.J. Yost and Rebekah Young and Senior Megan Robinson comprise the council.

This fall, a new cohort of students will begin working toward taking their dreams to a higher level as they enter MCCN’s new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

When a recent visitor became disoriented and ill, MCCN students and staff were right there to help her. The woman entered the College while trying to find her diabetes education class in the Community Resource Center. While in the College, it became apparent that the woman was not feeling well. A group of students and staff, including Student Health Nurse Kathy Walters, MS, RNC, NNP-BC, and student Kaitlyn Cross, determined the woman’s blood sugar was low. After retrieving a wheelchair and giving her a piece of candy and some water, Cross escorted the woman over to the Mount Carmel West Emergency Department.

“Kaitlyn was so respectful to the woman the whole time she was with her. I can tell that she is using the skills that we teach at MCCN and that she will be a great nurse one day. Also, Kathy Walters stopped what she was doing and helped the woman and was very kind. We have a great team here,” said staff member Julia Farkas.

Marilee Bauer

Although getting a nursing education is a challenge for most, Marilee Bauer plans to finally complete her undergraduate degree after 13 years this October. While trying to complete her coursework and clinicals, Bauer also has been working around the challenges of Crohn’s Disease, a chronic illness that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Much like other autoimmune diseases, she experiences flare-ups of the illness followed by periods of remission.

Bauer was first diagnosed with Crohn’s at age 13 when she got sick at a volleyball tournament; she was admitted to the hospital where her condition was identified. Since then, she has worked hard to obtain an education despite the obstacles her illness sometimes creates. During her senior year of high school, she missed 100 days of school, much of that time in the hospital. Although her teachers were aware of her condition and made allowances for her, she did not talk about it with others because many of the symptoms of Crohn’s are embarrassing and not what someone talks about in polite conversation.

As part of our ongoing series to profile faculty, staff and student representatives, this month we feature student Rubble Ejigu.

Name: Rubble Ejigu

Nickname: “Rizu"

Hometown: San Diego, California