Nursing's External Advisory Board adresses changes, challenges to delivering high-quality care, education


The Misericordia University Department of Nursing’s External Advisory Board recently met at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to discuss the changes and challenges in delivering high-quality health care and health care education.

“The values and beliefs of nursing as a humanistic service continue to embody the role of the professional nurse as a future leader,’’ said Cynthia Mailloux, Ph.D., chair and professor of nursing at Misericordia University. “The nurse as a leader utilizes evidence-based decision making while adapting to change in a multicultural society. Misericordia faculty members gain valuable insights by tapping into the wealth of knowledge available to them in regional nursing settings in order to help them better prepare students to transition into the varied professional practices.’’
The health care and educational professionals who have volunteered to participate on the advisory board bring years of experience from varied backgrounds, including the clinical and academic fields. The advisory board discussed community-related topics to help members gain a better understanding of the health care needs of residents in northeastern Pennsylvania and to discuss how Misericordia University’s Department of Nursing can help to address them.
Misericordia University features the oldest nursing program in the area and graduates more students in the health sciences than any other college or university in northeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers three undergraduate nursing programs: traditional, full-time nursing students; part-time accelerated evening program for adult students; and the RN-to-BSN Expressway Program. The undergraduate nursing programs are designed to meet the special educational and scheduling needs of adult and traditional students, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
The MSN nursing program is designed to meet the special needs of current BSN registered nurses who desire an advanced practice specialization as a family nurse practitioner. MU also offers a post-master’s certificate as a family nurse practitioner for nurses who already have an advanced clinical master’s degree and who wish to change or expand their practice focus to primary care. Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced education in health assessment, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic health conditions with expertise in health promotion and disease prevention. Graduate programming leads to the MSN and provides course work in a convenient part-time, one-day-a-week format.
The Department of Nursing at Misericordia University is introducing the online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program for the fall semester – the third doctoral program at the University – to accommodate the needs of busy health care professionals and in response to growing national need.
For more information about the nursing programs at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2014 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.
The Misericordia University Department of Nursing’s External Advisory Board recently met to discuss the changes and challenges in delivering high-quality health care and health care education. Participating in the meeting, first row from left, are Professor Michelle Hawkins, Misericordia University; Karen Dougherty, R.N., Celtic Healthcare; Sandy Rochon, M.S.N., C.N.S., R.N., Commonwealth Health; second row, Janice Divers, M.S.N., R.N., Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre; Dr. Debra Viligi-Peters, Luzerne County Community College; Dr. Dana Clark, Luzerne County Community College; Mary Erwine, M.S.N., R.N., Erwine’s Home Health & Hospice; Deb Sabalesky, B.S.N., R.N., Commonwealth Health; third row, Dr. Cindy Mailloux, Misericordia University; Dr. Annette Weiss, Misericordia University; Michele Swida, M.S.N., R.N., Geisinger Wyoming Valley, and Dr. Brenda Hage, Misericordia University.