Message from the President
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
Welcome to Mount Carmel College of Nursing’s 116th academic year! I trust everyone enjoyed a fun-filled and restful summer and that you are all as eager as I for new beginnings.
Last week we were delighted to welcome our newest Nightingales. The class of new freshmen and transfer students experienced a Convocation Mass, celebrated by the Diocese of Columbus’ new Bishop, The Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, and attended by MCCN and MCHS leadership, honored guests and members of the MCCN Board of Trustees. They then enjoyed New Student Welcome where they met faculty and staff and learned more about the College. Members of the Mount Carmel Alumni were also on hand to greet them.
Even though our campus looks very different from last year, the changes are all physical in nature. What has not changed is our commitment to the Mission of the College and our continued attention to the implementation of our Strategic Plan. This includes a focus on campus transformation and enhancements to our program offerings for continual quality improvement with an emphasis toward ensuring that our graduates are well-prepared to answer their life’s calling as professional registered nurses.
As part of our commitment to continuous quality improvement, our Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has been updated to ensure that graduates are equipped to stand apart as innovative experts in practice and health care. The program can be completed in just 18 months – 5 semesters – without taking more than two online courses simultaneously. I’m most excited that the focus is on creating leaders in transforming complex systems, which allows doctoral candidates to choose an Elective Specialization that best meets their interests. They can choose Leadership in Advanced Clinical Practice, Executive Leadership in Heath Care, or Leadership in Academic Nursing. In addition, every graduate of our DNP program will be eligible for national Evidence-Based Practice Certification (EBP-C). Visit mccn.edu/DNP to learn more.
As we move through this next period of time, I am committed to keeping everyone informed on a number of topics:
- As you were informed last week, with all of the recent transformation on the Franklinton campus, we have experienced disruptions in our water flow. We proactively tested our water sources and found levels of legionella in Marian Hall that required disinfection. We have no reports of illness related to this issue. We are simply taking every precaution to ensure the water supply is safe. The water at Marian Hall was disinfected. The cold water is safe, and filters are in place on hot water fixtures. If a water source that requires a filter could not be modified appropriately, the water was shut off to that fixture. We will continue testing the hot water, and once we are satisfied with the results, we will remove the temporary filters. Your safety is our top priority. If you have any questions, please reach out to me or any faculty member.
- Please mark your calendar and plan to attend a monthly Fourth Week Forum. This month, please attend on either Monday, Aug. 26, or Thursday, Aug. 29, in the MSB Auditorium from noon to 12:30 p.m. I’ll look forward to seeing you there.
- Watch for twice-monthly issues of this e-newsletter, the Carmel Rapper, which will be delivered to your inbox. The President’s Update, featured in the e-newsletter, will provide timely information about upcoming events and new developments.
So, spread your wings, Nightingales, we’re starting another great academic year!
Ann Marie T. Brooks, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, FACHE, FNAP
President, Mount Carmel College of Nursing