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After students get a solid basis in classwork and begin clinicals, the next big step to becoming a nurse is rising to meet the increased challenges of junior year, which involves more focused classwork and more time spent in patient areas. It takes more effort and the ability to juggle competing demands to turn the corner, but with planning and determination, it can be done. Junior year is also is the time when students start thinking about what they want to specialize in after earning their nursing degree.

"During their sophomore year, students learn the fundamentals of nursing. In the junior-level course Nursing 309, or Care of the Adult I, students learn the heart of medical-surgical care, which lays the foundation for all nursing specialties and sets the stage for students to consider areas of focus, like pediatrics or gerontology," said Barbara Barta, PhD, RN, associate dean for Undergraduate Programs.

Several MCCN students experienced medical care in an Amish community on September 19 as part of a seminar course led by Mary Yoder, MS, RN, entitled “Amish in Ohio: Culture and Health Care Practices.” The objectives of the course are to examine the history and culture of various Amish communities in Ohio and to learn about family life, genetic diseases and their specific cultural health care practices and challenges.

Congratulations to Yuliya Fonin for being selected as MCCN’s representative to the Propel Ohio Collegiate Leadership Summit, hosted by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown at The Ohio State University on Friday, October 16.

Propel Ohio is a one-day leadership program that seeks to promote civic engagement and inspire and empower undergraduate students to grow into civic leaders in Ohio. The event actively engages with college students on specific challenges that Ohio is currently facing, including food security, mental health and human trafficking.

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, recognizes 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 – were honored at a special recognition dinner set for Wednesday, September 16 at Villa Milano. Among those celebrated for advancing the profession of nursing were colleagues from MCCN:


As part of our ongoing series of profile faculty, staff and student representatives, this month we feature Assistant Instructor Cora Arledge, BSE, BSN, RN, from MCCN-FMC.

Name: Cora Arledge

Hometown: Ashville, OH

Alma Mater: Teays Valley High School, Ohio University, Athens (BSEd), Mount Carmel College of Nursing (BSN) and Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MSN-projected graduation date 2016).

The Student Nurses Association at Mount Carmel at Fairfileld Medical Center (SNAM-FMC) kicked off their year at Ohio University-Lancaster on September 8. Members are preparing to attend the Ohio Student Nurses Association convention October 16-17 in Lewis Center.


Jill Kilanowski, PhD, RN, APRN, CPNP, FAAN, joined MCCN earlier this year as associate dean for Graduate Nursing Programs. A certified nurse practitioner, nurse scientist and educator, Dr. Kilanowski is responsible for overseeing the master’s degree program, as well as the new online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program, which began this academic year with a cohort of six students.

Dr. Kilanowski brings to MCCN nearly two decades in nursing education at various institutions, including Michigan State University, Case Western Reserve University and The Ohio State University, among others. She is a past president of the Ohio chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and serves on its research committee. Her research interests focus on the health of children and families of migrant agricultural workers. She earned her PhD from The Ohio State University and both a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Columbia University in New York.

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