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While nursing students look forward to graduation, they also celebrate their years of study with time honored traditions.

White Coat Ceremony

Nursing white coat ceremony

Misericordia University Department of Nursing holds White Coat Ceremony for sophomore nursing students

Ceremony underscores importance of humanistic, patient-centered health care

DALLAS, Pa. – The Department of Nursing at Misericordia University recently held its Arnold P. Gold Foundation and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (Gold-AACN) White Coat Ceremony for Nursing in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall by cloaking 40 sophomore nursing students and 7 part time evening nursing students who began the professional portion of the nursing program in the spring semester.

Misericordia University received financial support from the Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to originally establish the White Coat Ceremony. An international nonprofit organization, the Gold Foundation established the ceremony in 1993 as a way to welcome new students into the professions of medicine and to underscore the importance of humanistic and patient-centered health care.

At the Misericordia University White Coat Ceremony, family and friends, as well as faculty and administration watched as sophomore nursing students took an oath that acknowledges their essential role as caregivers, with an emphasis on the Religious Sisters of Mercy’s charisms of Mercy, Service, Justice and Hospitality. Students also received white coats and lapel pins that feature the Gold Foundation’s logo, a stethoscope in the shape of a heart surrounded by the words “humanism in medicine,” to remind them compassion and empathy must be the hallmark of their clinical practice.

John W. Mullen, R.N., A.N.D., P.H.R.N., C.F.R.N., a registered nurse in a cardiac intensive care unit, delivered an emotional keynote address in which he outlined the compassionate care he received in the hospital by his health care team. Mullen began his career in health care as an orderly, as he continued his education in nursing. Through the years, he has worked in various roles in the nursing profession, including 15 years as a as a flight nurse with the Geisinger Medical Centers Life Flight program.

Darlene Kuchinski-Donnelly Ph.D. (C), R.N., assistant professor, Undergraduate Nursing Department, served as announcer for the white coat presentation ceremony. Misericordia University nursing students were cloaked by Annette Weiss Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., interim chair, and Vanessa Mayorowski, M.S.N., C.R.N.P., assistant professor and director, Undergraduate Nursing Department.

The Department of Nursing at Misericordia University held its Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for Nursing by cloaking 40 sophomore nursing students and seven part time evening nursing students who began the professional portion of the nursing program in the spring semester. Students participating in the program included, first row from left, Stephanie Wiedlich, Nanticoke, Pa.; Amanda Ryan, Harveys Lake, Pa.; Taylor Verna, West Chester, Pa.; Paige Clancy, Boiling Springs, Pa.; Rebecca Osborne, Perkiomenville, Pa.; Abigail Mazzacco, Harrisburg, Pa., Taylor Urbanski, Swoyersville, Pa.; Kelsey Lyter, Lebanon, Pa.; Michael Sedlack, Thompsonville, N.Y.; Emily Caufield, Massapequa, N.Y.; Julie Stine, Lake Ariel, Pa.; and Alexa Malloy, West Wyoming, Pa.; second row, Tanya Yutko, Hazleton, Pa.; Rebecca Robins, Lebanon, Pa.; Victoria Yodice, Franklin, N.J.; Erin Seldomridge, Lebanon, Pa.; Habrienne Louchie, Long Pond, Pa.; Kierra Kimble, Harveys Lake, Pa.; Kayla Shotto, Tunkhannock, Pa.; Zoe Klunk, Hanover, Pa.; Allison Stine, Pottsville, Pa.; and Emily Szeflinski, Raritan, N.J.; row three, Rebecca Kyttle, Dallas, Pa.; Reilly Wagner, Crofton, Md.; Alexis Wilson, Marlton, N.J.; Emma Niznik, Wyoming, Pa.; Vanessa Hannigan, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Kyleigh Hoover, Shickshinny, Pa.; Kobe Galentine, Montgomery, Pa.; Kassandra Cebula, Bear Creek, Pa.; Brianna Ladner, Mullica Hill, N.J.; Megan Matthews, Nanticoke, Pa.; Nicolette Bagoly, Reading, Pa.; and Sereya Tereska, Mountain Top, Pa.; fourth row, Jessica Haggerty, Oxford, N.J.; Dianna Murphy, Archbald, Pa.; Carissa Becker, Mountain Top, Pa.; Theodore Chernyl, Larksville, Pa.; A.J. Iorio, Kingston, Pa.; Connor Houseknecht, Elysburg, Pa.; Connor Ruhl, Stroudsburg, Pa.; Ethan Aigeldinger, Perkasie, Pa.; Taylor Deaton, Westampton, N.J., Jennifer Dwyer, East Stroudsburg, Pa.; Meghan Pontz, Danville, Pa.; David Mallarkey, West Pittston, Pa.; and Reilly Miller, Shenandoah, Pa.

Traditional Pinning 2016

Misericordia University held it’s 2016 BSN pinning on May 19, 2016 in the Lemmond Theater. 43 Traditional students and one RN-BSN Expressway student received their nursing pin.

Row 1: Beverly Casey, Heather Krzywicki, Taylor Wakely, Leah Santucci, Kelsey Swoyer, Amy Bunavage, Gabriella Haviland, Kaitlin Gower, Lindsay Hischak, and Kelsey Sloan.

Row 2: Samantha Rodriquez, Brittany Wolfe, Chelsea Lahr, Megan Mirra, Angela Khalife, Adrienne Trotto, Cara Marzullo, Jenna Wheary, Ashley Silberg

Row 3: Olivia Hardy, Rachael Alles, Jessica Neare, Allison Flinn, Carissa Magnotta, Laura Russo, Yvonne Staller, Rachel Aigler.

Row 4: Paige Makowski, Shayna Hunsinger, Nicole Baro, Katherine Strahosky, Ariel Porzuczek, Sarah Young, Lane Kocovsky.

Row 5: Michael Skasko, Michael Palmer, David D'Achille, Charles Bressler, Dean Lucchesi, Thomas Mickowski, Trent Ortiz.

Absent at the time of photo was: Mikael Hause and Marialena Tencza

Part Time Evening Pinning

DALLAS TWP., Pa. – Misericordia University recently held a pinning ceremony in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall to recognized the 21 students who completed the Part-Time Evening Bachelor of Science Degree Nursing Program (PTENP) and the eight students who finished the RN to BSN Expressway Program.

During the ceremony, undergraduate nursing students received the Misericordia University Nursing Pin, a symbol of achievement in the nursing profession. Family and friends attended the event, which also featured the recital of the international pledge for nurses and the international prayer for nurses.

PTENP students who received their pins during the ceremony, included Kelcee Ashby, Duncannon; Michelle Burke, Kingston; Tina Chapman, Dunmore; Tracy Cusatis, Nescopeck; Dana Greenwood, Scranton; Lindsey Jacobs, Hanover Township; Melissa Jones, Kingston; Angela Moser, Swoyersville; Suzanne Hernandez, Duryea; Ryan Rigdon, Wilkes-Barre; Robert Rodgers, East Brunswick, N.J.; Rachel Rush, Plains; Megan Lask, Milford; Kristal Smith, Falls; Heidi Stredny, Forty Fort; Karen Szwast, Exeter; Lisa Tondora, Harveys Lake; Holly Valvano, Clarks Summit; Bryan Weaver, Shavertown; Ashley Welsh, Bloomsburg, and Stacy Yarina, Avoca.

Sigma Theta Tau

Twenty students in the Misericordia University Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing were inducted into the Theta Phi Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing during an induction ceremony in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall.

The following students who participated in the induction ceremony, seated from left, are Haley Hall, New Tripoli, Pa.; Leah Berlin, Newton, N.J.; Katrina Lutecki, Duryea, Pa.; Katelyn Krebs, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Kelly Walsh, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Priscilla Coyne, Yatesville, Pa.; standing, Kathryn Hurley, Sayre, Pa.; Holly Kleinert, Greeley, Pa.; Colleen Schaefer, Wantagh, N.Y.; Lexi Gianonne, Calvertown, N.Y.; Rachael Grosvenor, Kingsley, Pa.; Sheridan Davis, Newton, N.J.; Madelyn Fisch, Scranton, Pa., and Gabriel Bigatel, Hazleton, Pa.

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