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Gratitude and congratulations go to the founders of MCCN, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, who this year celebrate two milestone anniversaries. Their religious order traces its beginnings to Le Mans, France, where in 1841 — 175 years ago — the Marianites of Holy Cross were founded. Out of that order grew the Sisters of the Holy Cross who 130 years ago arrived in Columbus – in 1886 – to administer the new Mount Carmel Hospital in Franklinton. It soon became apparent to the Sisters that professionally trained nurses were in high demand but short supply. They solved the problem by opening a training school for nurses in 1903: Mount Carmel School of Nursing. Had it not been for the Sisters’ foresight, forbearance and fortitude, the College we know and love today would not have been.

The Mid-Ohio District Nurses Association is holding a forum on Wednesday, September 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. to discuss health policy and other topics of interest. Enjoy a dessert reception from 6 to 7 p.m. and meet Democratic and Republican candidates from the district. The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m. Please RSVP by September 14 to modna@modna.org or call 614.326.1630.

Four MCCN students, (left to right) Kendra Pierce, Kasey Derexson, Katharine Wiet and Abigail Gulley, attended the International Medical Missions Conference in May along with assistant professor Hannah O’Handley, MSN, RN, FNP and her husband, Jack O’Handley, MD. The student group listened to world missioners’ experiences and participated in many classes including assessment, suturing and global health conditions. The conference theme was Evidence-Based Practice Behind Medical Missions.

All undergraduate students and all new faculty and staff are required to complete one session of Active Shooter Training. Six sessions are available; all will be held in Marian Hall Classroom B (3rd floor). Pizza will be provided. The dates/times are:

Nilu Ekanayake

As part of our ongoing series of faculty and staff profiles, this month we feature our Compliance Officer, Nilu Ekanayake, MPH, JD.

Name: Nilu Ekanayake

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Alma Mater: Ohio University

I can’t live without: Laughter and pizza.

As part of our ongoing series of student profiles, this month we feature MCCN-FMC senior student, Andrew Strickler.

Name: Drew Strickler

Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio

I can’t live without: Vegetables and hummus.

If I could spend the day with one person it would be: Alex Honnold to rock climb in Yosemite.

To encourage healthy bodies as well as healthy minds, MCCN organizes activities each semester. For a full listing of activities, please pick up a Fall Semester 2016 Wellness Calendar, located throughout the Columbus campus.

Thanks to Jill Kilanowski, PhD, RN, APRN, CPNP, FAAN, and Tracy Riley, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE, for sharing their expertise in starting the first writing group at MCCN. The group met biweekly over the summer and discussed possible interests for presentations, publishing, writing, library access and abstract requests for conferences. The writing group is open to all who work at MCCN and include faculty and staff. The library, as always, provided great assistance.

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