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On Saturday, May 9, 253 graduates, their friends and families, plus MCCN faculty and staff celebrated Commencement at Grove City Church of the Nazarene. Faculty Marshal Tricia Whitney, MSN, RN, led the processional, which included 164 graduates receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, 42 graduates of the Online RN-BSN Program and 47 graduates receiving Master of Science (MS) degrees.

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MCCN was pleased to honor and recognize graduates during the Pinning and Recognition Ceremony, held May 8 at Grove City Church of the Nazarene. The tradition of presenting pins to nursing graduates dates back to 1860, when Florence Nightingale wanted graduates of the first professional nursing program in London to stand out and be respected, so she designed a pin for graduates to wear on their uniforms. By 1916, awarding pins became a common practice for all nursing graduates in North America and the United Kingdom. Today each nursing institution awards their own uniquely designed pin, which is awarded by faculty to new graduates, symbolizing entry into the field of nursing.

Congratulations to all of the 2015 MCCN graduates! Here is a break down of all graduates by degree and program.

Kathy and Megan McLain have more in common than just being mother and daughter and receiving degrees together at MCCN’s 2015 Commencement. A painful family experience led them both to explore nursing as a second career from previous backgrounds in business, and they both took the same path to get there. Last weekend, they took the next steps to ensure that dream was realized. Kathy McLain, an instructor in the Second Degree Accelerated Program (SDAP) at MCCN, received her Master of Science (MS) degree, while her daughter Megan McLain received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

The nomination process is underway for the 2015 Mount Carmel Excellence in Nursing Awards, sponsored by Mount Carmel College of Nursing and Mount Carmel Patient Care Services. These awards recognize outstanding nurses, nurse leaders and physicians who exemplify outstanding practice. Anyone can nominate a nurse; nurses are the only ones who can nominate physicians.

We received heartfelt guidance for our newest alumni when we asked Mount Carmel alumni “What advice would you like to share with other nurses as they move from being students to being alumni of Mount Carmel?”

If you’re around this summer, MCCN’s Community Service Club invites you to serve lunch at the Holy Family Soup Kitchen. Located near MCCN’s Columbus campus in Franklinton, the soup kitchen needs four volunteers for each date MCCN is slated to help out. Your time spent serving those less fortunate in the soup kitchen will go toward your community service requirement. Dates available are Thursday, June 18 and Thursday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.