The Carmel Rapper

April 7, 2021


See You This Summer!

We are excited to announce that we will be welcoming all students, faculty and staff back on-site this summer!

For Students:

  • We will resume in-person learning for SDAP and APP classes beginning on Monday, May 10, 2021. Your academic program leaders and faculty will be in contact with you about specific scheduling and guidance as you prepare your arrival to campus.
  • We have worked to ensure our academic spaces meet Ohio guidance for higher education. You will see seating spaced out, smaller class sizes, and other protective measures.
  • All students must wear a mask when in the classroom and other public spaces, except when actively eating or drinking.

For Faculty and Staff:

  • Beginning Monday, May 3, 2021 all faculty and staff will return to on-site work.
    • Until June 1, 2021 employees will work a minimum of three (3) days on site per week. Starting on June 1, 2021 through Friday, July 30, employees will work four (4) days per week on site.
      • Work with your manager to determine staffing requirements for your individual departments.
      • Those who work in shared spaces should work to stagger schedules to cut down on shared space time.
    • Beginning June 1, college business hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and, except for lunches in one-person departments/offices, offices must be staffed during those hours.
  • To keep our colleagues safe, we have made enhancements to our custodial service including the addition of a day-time porter for cleaning during business hours.
  • Masks are to be worn when outside of private office spaces. Private office areas that have frequent, regular student and/or public interaction may have a plexigass partition to place on a desk.

For Everyone:

  • State guidance for return-to-work environments and higher education are being followed.
  • We will continue our symptom-based testing strategy for the summer semester.
  • Masks/face coverings are required in public spaces unless actively eating or drinking.
  • Library and lounge spaces will be open during set hours.
  • Covid vaccinations are not currently required, but highly recommended.
  • We will continue our weekly Covid self-screenings that are required prior to coming on-site.

We hope to share more details as those become available. We hope that you are excited to return to campus and share in the Nightingale community. As always, please feel free to reach out to Kathleen Williamson, PhD, RN, MCCN President and Academic Dean at or Mitch Joseph-Kemplin, director of Compliance and Safety at if you have any questions.

President’s Update

Kathleen Williamson

Spring is here!

I hope your Easter and Passover holidays were wonderful. Each is about renewal and resurrection and these celebrations of faith seem especially meaningful this year. We are starting to see our opportunity to re-emerge, stronger and better than ever, from a particularly challenging time.

Last month, we announced plans for an in-person graduation on May 8 and a return to in-person learning this summer! I hope you are as excited and encouraged as I am about our progress out of this pandemic. It’s not over yet, and we’ll continue to be vigilant and proactive about health and safety issues moving forward. Please continue to keep yourself and others safe by wearing a mask, keeping your distance and washing your hands thoroughly and often.

On Monday, May 10, in-person learning for SDAP and APP classes will resume. Your academic program leaders will be contacting students in those programs with more details about returning to campus. Faculty and staff also will be returning to working on campus in early May, in a phased approach, with offices fully staffed on August 2. We look forward to sharing more details soon, so please visit and watch your email for upcoming announcements. In the meantime, if you have questions about reopening plans, please contact our director of compliance and safety, Mitch Joseph-Kemplin at

Thank you for all you are doing to continue reaching for your dreams. The strength and perseverance you’ve all demonstrated over the last year is amazing and I am so proud of each and every one of you.


Kathleen Williamson, PhD, MSN, RN
President & Academic Dean, Mount Carmel College of Nursing

We Served Together

We Served Together

This past year we have seen the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice encounters, economic hardships, and so much more! Thank you for all you have sacrificed, all you have given and all you have done to serve our patients, promote our Mission and contribute to a very important chapter of Mount Carmel’s Legacy. Historically, members of the military and first responders who are engaged in a significant mission are often awarded a “coin” to symbolize their service, collaboration, and teamwork. In that spirt, Mount Carmel Health has created a We Served Together pin, which is shaped like a coin and is a symbol of the sacred act of service of our teams over the past year. Bishop Brennan blessed these pins to honor the significance of our work and service to the community. The We Served Together pins will be distributed at the times listed below:

  • Columbus Campus: Thursday, April 8, from noon to 1 p.m., drive-thru in front of Marian Hall.
  • Lancaster Campus: Wednesday, April 14, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Fairfield Medical Center

Message from Student Success Center Coordinator, Nany Hann

Nancy Hann

The Student Success Center is here to support YOU! My name is Nancy Hann, and I am YOUR Student Success Center Coordinator. With a click of a finger, you have access to resources that will increase your ability to meet your academic goals. Reach out to to get started on identifying the most appropriate resource to complement your identified opportunity. Most importantly, know that you have faculty and administrators that care and are invested in YOU.

Mental Health Tip: Acknowledge the Goodness

Gratitude allows people to acknowledge the goodness in their lives. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they are thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, build stronger relationships, and even have stronger immune systems. Here are 3 ways to practice gratitude:

  1. Notice good things, look for them, and appreciate them.
  2. Savor, absorb, and really pay attention to those good things.
  3. Express your gratitude to yourself, write it down, or thank someone.

Credit: psychologytoday

Care Team

MCCN Care Team

The MCCN Care Team has hit the ground running in its inaugural academic year. Over Spring Break, the Care Team received national best practices certification from NABITA - the National Association of Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment. This exciting opportunity was funded using State of Ohio CARES Act money provided specifically to assist with student mental health needs.

Additionally, the team set a goal of having 100 student referrals sent in between August 2020-May 2021, and as of today we are pleased to report that over 85 referrals have been submitted! Concerns referred to the team range from student anxiety, academic performance, behavioral observations, and financial concerns. Remember that your referral to the team could be a missing puzzle piece needed to get a student the help they need!

Any member of the MCCN community can refer someone to the Care Team. Referrals can be made here or by emailing

The Core members of the Care Team include:

  • Mitch Joseph-Kemplin, Director of Compliance and Safety, Chair
  • Dr. Jami Nininger, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Todd Everett, Associate Dean, Student Services
  • Cora Arledge, Assistant Dean, Regional Campuses
  • Nancy Hann, Student Success Center Coordinator
  • Vicki Neal, Behavioral Health Clinician
  • Tracey Harris, Accommodations Coordinator
  • Additionally, other members of the campus community regularly join meetings representing different college populations and areas.

MCCN Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

Last summer, Kathleen Williamson, PhD, MSN, RN, President and Academic Dean created a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council to ensure that the mission and core values of the College are embedded across the organization. Now, almost a year later, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council has developed a plan that defines priority activities to drive continued progress towards creating a diverse and inclusive environment in which MCCN students, faculty and staff learn and work. Stay tuned!

Caring for Others Without Neglecting YOU Self-Study Program

Self-care is always important, but even more so in these times. Kathleen Williamson, PhD, MSN, RN, President and Academic Dean, invites you to participate in this free self-study program, "Taking Care of Others Without Neglecting You.” This self-study program includes three workshops and several bonuses. To learn more and register, visit

Safety & Security Update: Secure Your Home

Please review this important information from the National Crime Prevention Council and provided by MCCN Safety and Security.

Library Update

Library Remote Assistance

Remember, your library is here to help. You can connect with the library from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in the following ways:

FAQ and Tutorials are Tools to Help!

It’s the middle of the night, and you can’t remember your library password, or need help starting your literature search, don’t panic! Visit these pages on our Website:

Library Accounts

All enrolled MCCN students automatically have library accounts. Your login credentials are:

  • Username = last name
  • Password = student ID

If you are still having trouble logging in, contact us.

Library staff are not permitted provide student ID numbers. Your ID number is listed on your student schedule.

Please note: The Library does not have laptops to lend at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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