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Pinning ceremony recognizes graduating nursing students
Posted 05/19/2017 01:01PM

The Misericordia University Department of Nursing recently held a pinning ceremony in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall to honor undergraduate nursing students in the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) program and the RN to BSN Expressway Accelerated Degree Program who graduated May 20 at the 91st annual commencement ceremony.

Undergraduate nursing students who completed the program received the Misericordia University Nursing Pin, a symbol of achievement in the nursing profession. Family and friends attended the ceremony, which also featured Sister Jean Messaros, vice president of Mission Integration, RSM, blessing the pins, and nurses reciting the international pledge and prayer for nurses.

The following graduates of the BSN program received their pins: Ashley Anderson, Olivia Anglovich, Leah Berlin, Gabriel Bigatel, Emily Blaski, Jacqueline Buckley, Sheridan Davis, Trevor Davis, Angela Dente, Shelby Divers, Heidi Dzoch, Madelyn Fisch, Kayla Galdieri, Alexandra Giannone, Kiana Gough, Rachel Grosvenor, Haley Hall, Christina Hons, Danielle Howey, Kathryn Hurley, Paige Kinney, Holly Kleinert, Katrina Lutecki, Angelina Morris, Shana Mraz, Nicole O'Connor, Gina Palmiter, Abby Raieski, Daniel Satterfield, Colleen Schaefer, Emily Scotchlas, Ashley Sexton, Stephanie Spudis, Sarah Stifnell, Kelly Strahosky and Amanda Straub.

The following graduates of the RN to BSN Expressway Accelerated Degree Program also received pins: Rachel Barletta, Danielle Bernabucci, Marissa Borick, Mary Bosek, Randi Bunchalk, Sheryl Chiaro, Dara Clark, Kaylee Colemire, Melody Funk, Maura Miscavage, Zachary Getz, Stephanie Heinz, Raymond Hoffman, Carol Hughes, Tomislav Kucuk, Jessica Lee, Faith Loiselle, Helene Luchetti, Stephanie Pollock, Alysia Provanzo, Amy Raup, Carmella Ruby, Ruhiyyeh Rushinski, Aileen Suarez, Carrie Tetkoskie, Colin Weale, Christine Wysocky and Kristen Yavorski.

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 learners; and the RN to BSN Expressway Program. The undergraduate nursing programs meet the special educational and scheduling needs of adult and traditional students. They all lead to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

The MSN nursing program meets 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 University also offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program in two formats 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


Misericordia University nursing students who participated in the recent nursing pinning ceremony, first row from left, are Trevor Davis, Gaithersburg, Md.; Abby Raieski, Luzerne, Pa.; Shana Mraz, Stroudsburg, Pa.; Gabe Bigatel, Hazleton, Pa.; Kiana Gough, Montgomery, Pa.; Ashley Sexton, Philadelphia, Pa.; Leah Berlin, Newton, N.J.; Ashley Anderson, Blue Bell, Pa.; Kathryn Hurley, Sayre, Pa., and Daniel Satterfield, Hazleton, Pa.; second row, Madelyn Fisch, Scranton, Pa.; Stephanie Spudis, Exeter, Pa.; Sarah Stifnell, Green Lane, Pa.; Angelina Morris, Old Forge, Pa.; Jacqueline Buckley, Nanticoke, Pa.; Lexi Giannone, Hampton Bays, N.Y.; Christina Hons, Stevensville, Pa., and Danielle Howey, Belmar, N.J.; third row, Angela Dente, Moosic, Pa.; Paige Kinney, Clarks Summit, Pa.; Katrina Lutecki Duryea, Pa.; Sheridan Davis, Newton, N.J.; Kayla Galdieri, Clark Summit, Pa.; Olivia Anglovich, Harveys Lake, Pa.; Colleen Schaeffer, Wantagh, N.Y., and Nicole O'Connor, Hunlock Creek, Pa.; third row, Emily Scotchlas, Simpson, Pa.; Emily Blaski, Sweet Valley, Pa.; Shelby Divers, Glen Lyon, Pa.; Gina Palmiter, Factoryville, Pa.; Amanda Straub, Middleburg, Pa.; Haley Hall, New Tripoli, Pa., and Holly Kleinert, Hawley, Pa.; fifth row, Dara Clark, Effort, Pa.; Kelly Strahosky, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Rachael Grosvenor, Brooklyn, Pa.; Randi Bunchalk, Drums, Pa., and Heidi Dzoch, Sweet Valley, Pa.

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