The Carmel Rapper

May 5, 2021

Dr. Regina Williams

The Passing of a Legend

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Mount Carmel Alumna, Dr. Regina Williams. In 1949 Mount Carmel School of Nursing was the first nursing school to admit African American students – and Regina was admitted within days of her interview with Sister Nicholas. She went on to have an amazing career, blazing new trails along the way. In Dr. Williams’ own words,

“It’s been a wonderful life and my days at Mount Carmel were among the happiest, that’s why my husband and I established a scholarship there – Mount Carmel gave me my start.”

Select Career Milestones:

  • In 1949 Mount Carmel School of Nursing was the first nursing school to admit African American students; Regina is admitted
  • Graduated from MCSN in 1952
  • Earned her bachelor’s degree from OSU in 1955
  • Served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps
  • First African American faculty member at Grant Hospital’s Nursing School
  • Earned her master’s in Med/Surg Nursing in 1974
  • Earned her PhD in Higher Education Administration
  • Retired as Head, Department of Nursing, Eastern Michigan University in 2001
  • In 2001, the Regina & Robert Williams Scholarship for Minority Students at MCCN was established
  • In 2010, Dr. Williams created an endowment to fund the scholarship

This video, filmed in 2017, captures how MCCN changed her life in the late 40s and the impact she has had on the world since then.

Message from the President

Kathleen Williamson

Are you ready to celebrate?

In just a couple of days, we will celebrate the 2021 graduation for RN-BSN, traditional BSN, SDAP, graduate and DNP students. Final preparations are underway for the ceremony on Saturday, May 8, at the Columbus Athenaeum.

Jerry Mansfield, PhD., RN, NEA-BC, Mount Carmel Health System CNO and associate dean for Leadership and Clinical Practice at MCCN will deliver the commencement address. Dr. Mansfield has worked in healthcare for more than 35 years—from staff nurse roles in orthopedics and critical care to nurse executive roles in ambulatory services and at hospitals in both central Ohio and South Carolina. I’m excited for our graduates to hear from such an accomplished nurse and incredible person.

And who is celebrating the end of the semester? If you’re not, you should. What tenacity and perseverance you’ve all shown during this academic year! You’ve met every change, adjustment and plot twist with the grit and determination it takes to succeed. And you did it! I know I’ve told you this before, but it bears repeating. I am incredibly proud of our students, staff, faculty, board, alumni and donors. You are exceptional.

With plans set to return to more face-to-face learning and the resumption of in-person events and celebrations, things are starting to feel a bit more normal. I think we’ll all look back on this time and realize we’ve learned far more than we realized. Being able to jump life’s hurdles and being willing to adapt and change are such important life skills. While I wouldn’t have wished for these challenges, I am grateful for what they taught all of us.


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

Celebrating National Nurses Week

Nurses Week

Starting May 6, and ending on Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12, National Nurses Week recognizes the contributions nurses and nursing makes to the community each and every day. We want to take a moment to thank all of the current nurses and those who have chosen to pursue their life’s calling as a professional nurse. It takes special character to care for others and overcome the emotional, physical and mental challenges COVID-19 has presented nurses. We are grateful for all you do, especially over the course of this past most challenging year. Keep an eye out for a special video celebrating nurses on the first day of National Nurses Week.

Now Recruiting Student Ambassadors!

Student Ambassadors

Calling all Nightingales, apply to be a student ambassador! Help new students adjust to college life and guide current students through important milestones. You will also attend and help with college events such as graduation, pinning and more. Fill out the application here.

Vicki Neal

Managing Your Stress

“Managing stress is personal to each individual. But remembering what works for you when you are under stress may be difficult. It can be helpful to have a reminder on-hand so that when you are in the moment, you can refer to your own steps to stress less.”

—Vicki Neal, MSW, LISW-S, MCCN Student Behavioral Health Clinician

Digi-Know: Notes from you Instructional Designer

Thomas Liwosz

DIGI-Know feedback is one of the most proven ways to scaffold student learning. Canvas has multiple feedback options enabled, such as comments, annotations, and direct discussion board replies. We can even add immediate feedback on quizzes along with an explanation. Feedback is a powerful tool when utilized. Need help incorporating feedback into your course? No Problem! Reach out to me at

Rho Omicron Lunch & Learn Wrap-Up

Rho Omicron

Rho Omicron hosted a Category A - Nurse Delegation Lunch & Learn for Rho Omicron members and MCCN faculty on Wednesday, April 21, in the College Lounge. The speaker, Pete DiPiazza DNP, APRN serves as the Director of Clinical Practice and Performance with Mount Carmel Medical Group and has owned a practice in Central Ohio for the past 11 years. Dr. DiPiazza’s presentation centered around delegation in Ohio. The definition, standards, criteria and five rights of delegation were all presented in this informative engaging presentation. The presentation provided time to discuss case studies and in-person participants enjoyed the active discussion around the topic. Rho Omicron board would like to send a thank you to Dr. DiPiazza for his time and to our generous lunch donors-the IPCE Committee of Mount Carmel Health System.

Congratulations, Faculty & Staff Core Value Award Winners

Margaret Stinner

Academic Excellence: Margaret Stinner

This award celebrates an individual who embodies excellence in and out of the classroom and clinical setting. The colleague provides the highest quality work and acts in a professional manner while in the College of Nursing and in all activities, functions, and clinical sites associated with the College and the profession of nursing.

Miriam Bowers-Abbott

Respect: Miriam Bowers-Abbott

This colleague strives to create a safe, respectful, and supportive atmosphere for teaching and learning. They communicate with peers, students, health system colleagues, and external partners in a professional and respectful manner.

Kerry Fankhauser

Compassion: Kerry Fankhauser

The Compassion Award is presented to a colleague who has a commitment to the attributes of compassion, empathy, altruism, responsibility, and tolerance. They demonstrate caring behaviors at all times and respect individual diversity through a non-judgmental attitude and approach. Additionally, this person is a creative problem solver who demonstrates reliability throughout their work at the College.

Mitch Joseph-Kemplin

Social Responsibility: Mitch Joseph-Kemplin

This award is presented to a colleague who contributes to sustainable development of the College and its community, including health and the welfare of society at large, the College and all MCCN stakeholders. This individual works to advocate against discrimination, harassment, retaliation, disrespect, or bullying of students and peers; and works to ensure fairness and equity of all.

Kim Campbell

Diversity: Kim Campbell

This award is presented to a colleague who commits themselves to creating a culture and climate of inclusion that welcomes and celebrates diversity. This individual serves as a positive role model for all students and colleagues related to work in the area of diversity.

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:

Graduating Students with Library Books

The library staff congratulates all MCCN graduates! If you have any library books to return, please take them to MCCN Front Desk. The Security staff will be sure the library receives them. If you have any questions about your library account, please E-mail:, Chat at the Library site -, text to chat at 614-541-2224 (data rates may apply) or call 614-234-5214.

If you would like to donate your textbooks, the library is happy to accept them. Drop your books off at the MCCN Front Desk, too.

We wish you all the best in your future careers!

Library Services for Graduating Seniors

To prepare for NCLEX, you can use library resources for three months following graduation. If you get a job within the Mount Carmel Health System, please remember to update your contact information.

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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