March Message From the President
MCCN Faculty, Staff and Students,
Welcome back! I hope your Spring Break was restful and full of renewal! I must begin by saying hearty congratulations to members of the 13th SDAP cohort who received their Sophomore Pins just before Break and are now beginning their hands-on clinical experience – we all wish them well!
And, we are already starting the countdown to the end of this academic year that is just nine short weeks away, as we look forward to Graduate Blessing and Hooding on May 2; Senior Pinning on May 3; and Commencement on May 4. I’m very excited to announce that my good friend and colleague, Dr. Maggie McClure, will be our 2019 Commencement speaker. Margaret L. McClure, EdD, RN, FAAN, is professor and retired chief nursing officer (CNO), New York University Medical Center. We are all honored that someone of her caliber has accepted our request to address our graduates and their families – please keep watch for more on this bright light in the universe of Nursing. I’ll make sure you all have an opportunity to meet Dr. McClure while she is here.
In the meantime, we have several activities on the horizon:
- Our highly sought-after program for the community, A Girl’s Life, will be offered to pre-teen girls on Tuesday, April 2, 6 p.m. at Mount Carmel East. Checkout our website for details or call 614.234.LIFE to register.
- The Ohio Board of Nursing, following its recent survey visit to MCCN, has indicated that the survey revealed that all requirements were met and maintained by Mount Carmel College of Nursing (Program).
- And, we are anticipating our upcoming visit from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) on April 15-16. In fact, we have posted on our website a call for comments from the public and key stakeholders about the College. The HCL visits once every 10 years to evaluate our ability to maintain the HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation, which we have proudly held since 1994, upon graduating the first baccalaureate-level class since the School of Nursing transitioned to the College in 1990. The team of peer reviewers will be meeting with students, faculty and staff to discuss the College and its programs. More information to follow!
- We continue to move forward on the College’s Journey to Transformation, both refinement of our Strategic Plan and implementation of improvements to our physical plant as Mount Carmel West prepares to move to Grove City in late April. We will keep you informed on campus transformation and timeline dates. Mount Carmel Health System has announced Wagenbrenner Development as its partner in transforming the 37-acre Mount Carmel West campus, which includes the College. Mount Carmel’s commitment to the Franklinton community is shared by Wagenbrenner, who will work with other developers of properties in the area to create a mixed-use project that will include affordable housing, a park and other neighborhood greenspace, and workforce development and training facilities, and neighborhood retail.
- And, Mount Carmel Health System continues to actively investigate and apologize for the unfortunate deaths of patients under Dr. Husel’s care. I thank you in advance for taking a moment to watch this video, that is helping colleagues across the system understand that one person’s actions do not define who we are at Mount Carmel.
Finally, I know you’ll all be very dedicated and focussed as we move toward finals, which will bring you one step closer to answering your life’s calling to become professional nurses or enhance your career. As always, my door is open – please let me know what you’re thinking or what questions you may have.