Nursing Camp introduces high school students to opportunities in field

Misericordia University recently hosted rising high school juniors and seniors on campus for a series of seven Career Exploration Camps in order to provide them an opportunity to experience and learn more about exciting professions and residential life on a college campus.

The Career Exploration Camps at Misericordia University are a popular destination for students who want to explore both college campus life and a potential career. The university offers academic camps in biology, chemistry-biochemistry sciences, communications and media, literature, nursing, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology. Space is limited in each camp and registration is necessary.

The Nursing Pre-College Camp is geared toward rising high school seniors. It enables students to gain experience in the field of nursing through a blend of clinical, laboratory, classroom and field experiences. They gain extensive hands-on experience in the profession and its many specialty fields through the latest interactive technology in the simulation laboratory in John J. Passan Hall, meet with nursing faculty and students, and tour clinical sites in the region, like Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and its LifeFlight helicopter. For more information, please contact Kathleen Devine Gelso, R.N., M.S.N., assistant professor of nursing, at (570) 674-6373 or at To register for the 2015 camp, please log on to The camp is limited to 20 students.

For more information about Misericordia University and its nursing program, 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.

Caption: Misericordia University recently hosted high school students on campus for the Nursing Pre-College Career Exploration Camp in June. Posing for a picture at the LifeFlight helipad at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, first row kneeling from left, are: Emily Kudlacik, Parsippany, N.J.; Haley Novitski, Sweet Valley, Pa.; Victoria Scognamiglio, Westfield, N.J., and Heather Krzywicki, Mountain Top, Pa.; second row, Karen Sepko, Geisinger; Kathy Gelso, assistant professor of nursing, Misericordia University; Michele Swida, Geisinger; Audrey Cunfer, Misericordia University; Leah Santucci, Laflin, Pa.; Jack Lasky, EMS coordinator, Geisinger; third row, Kiera Burke, Barnesville, Pa.; Marty Mahon, LifeFlight paramedic; Miranda Gajda, Lewisburg, Pa.; Samantha Knowlton, Clifford, Pa.; Emily Barbella, Bethlehem, Pa.; Kaylyn Kashuba, Pittston, Pa.; Kendall Connolly, Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.; Ciara McGovern, Pearl River, N.Y.; Olivia Aebli, West Babylon, N.Y.; Morgan Gable, Taylor, Pa.; Lila Fairclough, Moscow, Pa.; Redmond Lines, LifeFlight nurse; and Gary Gallerizzo, LifeFlight pilot; and in the helicopter, Jessica Doorley, Pearl River, N.Y.; Megan Shedlock, Easton, Pa.; Alayna Palacio, Blackwood, N.J., and Adrianna Wesolowski, Shavertown, Pa.