The Class of 2019 helped usher in the new academic year with SmartStart Orientation and Convocation on August 13. The new class of 159 students and their families spent the day learning the lay of the land at MCCN, networking with fellow classmates and current student leaders, and getting tips and tools to be successful as nursing students. Students ended the day with Convocation, a traditional ceremony to mark their entrance to higher education. Led by MCCN President Christine Wynd, PhD, RN, Faculty Marshal Kathy Fernandez, PhD, RN, and key faculty in full regalia, the students walked in procession to nearby Holy Family Catholic Church, where, in addition to Dr. Wynd, featured speakers included Sister Barbara Hahl, CSC, senior vice president of system mission; MCCN Board Chair Matt Mazza; Associate Professor Kim Loscko, DVM; Assistant Professor Toni Chops, MS, RN, CNE; Director of Campus Ministry Ellen O’Shaughnessy, DMin and students Matthew Snyder, Alex Hill, Kylie Salmons, Irene Appiah-Baah, and Student Government President Elizabeth Wells, who provided a student perspective. Shawn Kenney, Holy Family’s music director and organist, and the Mount Carmel College of Nursing Choir provided music. At the conclusion of the ceremony, MCCN student Shawn Draper served as flag bearer and led the recessional out of the church.

Nothing says fall like the start of a new academic year. Here’s a look at the Class of 2019 participating in SmartStart Orientation and Convocation.

Darrell Spurlock, Jr. PhD, RN, NEA-BC, director, Office of Scholarship and Institutional Effectiveness, has been inducted as a fellow of the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. He joins the academy’s 202 fellows representing nursing schools and programs throughout the United States. Spurlock was recognized for his contributions to nursing education research and scholarship. His research and policy scholarship on high-stakes testing in nursing education is widely quoted in scholarly papers and textbooks, cited in regulatory and legal opinions and guidelines, and has stimulated numerous lines of inquiry by other nursing education researchers.

Congratulations to our MCCN 2015 Excellence in Nursing Awardees!

The Excellence in Nursing Awards event, sponsored annually by Mount Carmel College of Nursing and Mount Carmel Patient Care Services, recognize outstanding nurses, nurse leaders, nurse educators, physicians and nursing education advocates within Mount Carmel Health System who exemplify outstanding practice. The event is now in its twelfth year. The awardees – selected by colleagues as part of the annual system-wide nomination process held in May – will be honored at a special recognition dinner set for Wednesday, September 16 at Villa Milano. Among those being celebrated for advancing the profession of nursing are colleagues from MCCN:

The Student Nurses’ Association at Mount Carmel (SNAM) is collecting school supplies for children in need who attend nearby Avondale Elementary School. Supplies should be placed in the collection box in the main lobby by August 24. Items needed include: wide-rule notebooks and loose-leaf paper, binders, pencils, pens, crayons, scisssors, construction paper, glue or glue sticks, tape, rulers, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, pencil cases, Kleenex, reward stickers, markers, art supplies, anti-bacterial gel and erasers.

Come on over to the College Gym between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday, August 24 for the annual Welcome Back Picnic and Student Government Association (SGA) Officers Installation. All faculty, staff and students are invited to join us for great food from Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, music and a photo booth! Don’t miss out!

In order to make certain departments more convenient to visitors, as well as easier to align, several departments and staff members changed offices over the summer. All phone numbers have remained the same. Here is a list of the departments/staff that have moved:

88%: freshmen retention rate