On Friday, Feb. 2, 70 Second Degree Accelerated Program students graduated with their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. They represent the 11th cohort of 13-month SDAP, which began in January 2007 with the first cohort graduating in 2008. Congratulations!

Greetings!

February is an exciting month at MCCN!

  • It was thrilling to witness and participate in the Second Degree Accelerated Program graduation ceremony on Friday, February 2. (see above) Congratulations all!
  • February is Black History Month, the perfect time to take another look – or a first view – of a videolink featuring Regina Sallee Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN, who graduated in the Class of 1952, our first class to admit African American students. Dr. Williams’ delightful smile engages viewers as she tells the story of how her determination to overcome societal obstacles led her to Mount Carmel School of Nursing, the first intuition of higher learning to Columbus to admit students of color.
  • Also for Black History Month, mark your calendar to attend the Annual Black History Lunch and Learn on Monday, February 12, featuring Frederic Bertley, PhD, COSI president and CEO. Spots are limited, so RSVP today by clicking here.
  • I’m looking forward to seeing many of you for Mardi Gras fun on Feb. 13 (see below), and I’m planning to receive ashes on Feb. 14 – yes Valentine’s Day, which coincides this year on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season (details below).
  • And, on February 23 we will cheer for our junior and senior students as they take their nursing clinical final exams just before all students and faculty begin a well-deserved Spring Break on February 26. We look forward to seeing everyone back on March 2, ready to begin the finish to this academic year.

Rachel Weaver

MCCN would like to welcome the new Student Behavioral Health Counselor, Rachel Weaver, MSW, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, DBTC. Rachel is located in Angela Hall 104, her phone number is 614.234.4752 and she can be emailed at rweaver@mccn.edu or counselor@mccn.edu. Her office hours for Spring Semester are Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will have four “floating” hours in which she can make herself available on other days by appointment.

Please join us in welcoming Thomas Newton to MCCN. Thomas is the new Executive Assistant to the President - Dr. Ann Marie T. Brooks. Thomas joins us from Wright Patterson Airforce Base where he was an Administrative Manager. He can be reached at tnewton@mccn.edu and his office is located in the MCCN Administration Office on the first floor of the CLE.

This article continues the exploration of thinking ahead in your upcoming career, perhaps taking your education to an even higher level by earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

Jill Kilanowski, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN, associate dean for Graduate Nursing Programs at MCCN, shared with us in the October, November and January issues of Carmel Rapper about the importance of students understanding their passion in nursing to discern which track of a master’s degree is the best fit. This month, students are invited to look even further ahead to understand the role and responsibilities of those who achieve the highest-level clinical practice degree in the field of nursing.

MCCN recently received a nice surprise in the mail – thank you letters from students at Avondale Elementary School! In December, MCCN faculty, staff and students delivered Christmas gifts to the students as part of our annual tradition. Here are a few sweet (and uncorrected) excerpts from the letters:

“Thank you for the stuffed bear. She will bearly fit on my bed. Her name is carmel apple.”

Student feedback at Mount Carmel College of Nursing is always important and I thank you for weighing in on our current ATI policy. We heard you and as a result of your feedback and data gathered from ATI, the Undergraduate Council and College Administration are collaborating in the process of revising the ATI policy and procedure. Feedback from both students and faculty is being taken into consideration.

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