If you’re already beginning to think further down the road in your upcoming career – perhaps aspiring to become a clinical nurse practitioner, administrator or educator, it’s never too early to start exploring. Over the next several issues, the Rapper will feature “Going to Graduate School,” stories and information to answer your questions or spark your thinking.

Jill Kilanowski, PhD, RN, APRN, CPNP, FAAN, associate dean for Graduate Nursing Programs at MCCN, says now is the time to begin planning for the future.

“I always encourage students who inquire about earning an advanced degree to begin by understanding where their passion is in nursing,” notes Dr. Kilanowski. “And, we generally encourage new nurses who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to work for one or two years to gain practical experience before they apply to the Graduate Program, as this experience gives them an understanding of the role of the registered nurse and knowledge gained helps in future classroom course assignments.”

Ann Marie T. Brooks

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

We have been experiencing a whirlwind of exciting experiences at the College! There is so much news happening as this new academic year continues to unfold:

Elizabeth Royster

Being an excellent nurse not only involves having a good base knowledge of the human body; it also involves knowing what a patient needs spiritually. Elizabeth Royster, a senior at the Columbus campus, recently received a GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Note from a patient for providing both great care and conversation during her stay. Wonderful job, Elizabeth!

Have you ever been to the ARC? Anne Hinze, MA, MS, Academic Resource Center coordinator, is passionate about helping students along their educational journey to become the best nurse possible.

According to Hinze, “There will always be others who know more than you – seek them out! Think of these people as your ‘academic personal trainers.’” Hinze also suggests making visits to the ARC a regular part of students’ schedules in order to grasp foundational concepts upon which to build and to build confidence. Even if a student is not struggling academically, visits to the ARC can show commitment to learning and create relationships with faculty and other students. These concepts are illustrated in the Mission of the ARC: “The mission of the Academic Resource Center is to assist students in their efforts to become more confident and independent learners. Our goal is to provide and help integrate effective learning and study strategies while also helping to clarify and reinforce course content, assignments and material.”

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Congrats to the 2017 Mount Carmel Excellence in Nursing awardees from MCCN who were recognized at a special ceremony held September 26, at Villa Milano. The Excellence in Nursing Awards event, sponsored annually by Mount Carmel College of Nursing and Mount Carmel Patient Care Services, is now in its 13th year. Mount Carmel Health System recognized outstanding nurse educators, nursing education advocates, nurses and nurse leaders who exemplify devotion to patients, dedication to the nursing profession and diligence in providing outstanding, evidence-based care.

More than 300 people attended the event which included Mount Carmel Health awardees, colleagues, families and friends. Our MCCN awardees, listed below, were also highlighted in a recognition ad featured in the Columbus Dispatch:

Students, faculty and staff are required to get an annual flu shot. Flu shot clinics will take place the following dates and times.

Columbus campus

  • Monday, October 2, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Rec Room
  • Monday, October 16, noon to 2 p.m. in the Rec Room
  • Monday, October 23, noon to 2 p.m. in the Lounge

Lancaster campus

  • Wednesday, October 25, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Classroom Alpha
  • Thursday, October 26, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Classroom Beta
  • Tuesday, October 31, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Classroom Gamma
  • Tuesday, October 31, 12:30 to 1 p.m. for Freshmen at OU-L

A new Payment Plan Agreement document has been added to the Business Office page. Beginning in Spring 2018, students who wish to sign up for a payment plan may do so by completing the form and submitting it to the Business Office for approval. Please visit the Business Office page in CARMELink for more information.

88%: freshmen retention rate