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It can sometimes be a bit difficult to spot a Junior, because they are busy working hard in clinicals – out of the classroom and into the hospital setting. But Ann Marie T. Brooks, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, FACHE, FNAP, interim president, recently spotted Junior Fadumo “Fatima” Jama-Aden while both were paying a quick visit to Charlie’s Java Jolt and asked how her studies are going. Fatima told Dr. Brooks she’s very excited to prepare at Mount Carmel for her future career in nursing. “Not only is Junior year the busiest year yet, but it’s also proven to be the most fun, so far, too,” Fatima said. “I can’t imagine being anywhere else and can’t wait to see what’s next,” she added.

To shine a spotlight on the Junior class, Rapper talked with two faculty members about the 16-week most-looked-forward-to (or most dreaded) class, Nursing 309. We also asked a few junior nursing students their thoughts about life in the junior lane.

Rosanna Bumgardner, EdD, MSN, MEd, RN, assistant professor, who teaches at the Columbus campus, is course coordinator for Nursing 309. She and Beth Medaugh, MSN, RN, instructor, who teaches Nursing 309 at the Lancaster campus, are in agreement that 309 is a milestone course where students first experience the excitement – and the rigors – of what a career in nursing will be like.

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,


With the arrival of March, we know that the first day of spring is not far behind! MCCN Spring Break for most faculty and students is now behind us, and I welcome you back, hoping that you had an enjoyable respite and are ready to jump back into the excitement of your academic journey!

Do you have a big idea that you think could move healthcare to the next level, improve the academic experience at MCCN, advance nursing research or enhance the community? If so, please consider applying for funding of your idea from the Ann E. Schiele Presidential Endowment fund. The application period – for funding in three key areas – is open from March 1 to 31. The application has been sent via email.

Ann E. Schiele, PhD, RN, president and dean emeritus, was employed at the College for a total of 50 years, serving as president and dean for 28 years. In honor of Dr. Schiele’s incredible vision and impact on the College, the MCCN Board of Trustees established the Ann E. Schiele Presidential Endowment Fund in 2014. The fund recognizes her unparalleled commitment and dedication to the field of nursing education with focus on four key areas: Collaborative Initiatives, Academics & Research, Community Partnerships, and Student Scholarships.

Students in Patty Severt’s Spring 2018 First Year Experience group spent some time with siblings of patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at Ronald McDonald House as part of their Service Learning. The students provided supplies and assisted the children with making Valentine’s Day-themed crafts. During this time, they engaged the children and parents in conversations about staying at the Ronald McDonald House and about their sick sibling or child. Patty Severt, MSN, RN, instructor, reflected, “As an observer, I could tell this was very therapeutic for not only the siblings, but for the parents as well.”

On February 16, MCCN-Lancaster students gathered with their peer, Grace Gundelfinger to celebrate Grace’s last chemo treatment. Grace is fighting the battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The students donned t-shirts supporting Grace with the hashtag, #GraceStrong. The entire Mount Carmel College of Nursing wishes Grace well.

Ash Wednesday, noted on February 14 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. was a beautiful and meaningful day of reflection and prayer for students, faculty and staff of all faiths who chose to receive the Lenten ashes distributed in the Eleanor Wilson Room. “Repent and Believe the Good News,” was said by the distributor of ashes as each person received the blessed ashes from burned palms used to celebrate Palm Sunday in 2017. Ash Wednesday is a day that reminds us we are forgiven and loved by God and called to holiness.

Columbus Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to collect BMI information for participants in the Soccer for Success program. The screening will take place Thursday, March 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Holton Recreation Center (303 N. Eureka Ave., Columbus, Oh 43204). Please contact Laura Lawrence, BSN, RN, Student Health Nurse, at llawrence@mccn.edu, if you are interested in volunteering.

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