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Pinning ceremony honors nursing students
Posted 08/21/2017 04:34PM

The Department of Nursing at Misericordia University recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize the students who completed the Part-Time Evening Bachelor of Science Degree Nursing Program and the RN to BSN Expressway Accelerated Degree Program.

Misericordia University recently held a pinning ceremony in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall to recognized the 14 students who completed the Part-Time Evening Bachelor of Science Degree Nursing Program (PTENP) and the one 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.

The department of nursing also recognized Kellie Frazier of Hanover Twp. by presenting her with the Clinical Excellence Award. The award is given to a student whose grade point average is greater than 3.0 and who is judged by faculty to administer superior nursing skills in clinical practice.

Katelyn Krebs of Wilkes-Barre received the Academic Excellence Award and Kaplan Readiness Award. The first award is conferred to a BSN student who has attained the highest academic standing overall and the Kaplan Readiness Award is given to the student who has attained the highest score on the comprehensive National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) review examination. Priscilla Coyne of Yatesville received The Daisy in Training Award. It is presented to a student who meets the criteria of the Daisy Foundation for providing compassionate care to patients.

Nursing students who received their pins during the ceremony, included Molly Breazeale, Dallas; Priscilla Coyne, Yatesville; Melissa Czock, Swoyersville; Kellie Frazier, Hanover Twp.; Natalie Herron, Dallas; Ronald Kasisky, Wyoming; Heidi Kosmer, White Haven; Katelyn Krebs, Wilkes-Barre; Michele Maczuga, Mountaintop; Brenda Ortega, Hazle Twp.; Stephanie Rubino, Wilkes-Barre; Ed Serafin, Easton; Gina Marie Stefanelli, Wilkes-Barre; Kelly Walsh, Hanover Twp., and Michelle Wilkus of Hazleton.

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. They all lead 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 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 Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County's first four-year college and offers 45 academic 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 2017 edition of Best Colleges, and the Princeton Review recognizes MU as a 2017 Best Northeastern College, and is including in the 2017-18 "Best Colleges'' list compiled by MONEY Magazine.


The Misericordia University Department of Nursing held a pinning ceremony to recognize the students who completed the Part-Time Evening Bachelor of Science Degree Nursing Program and the RN to BSN Expressway Accelerated Degree Program. Participating in the pinning ceremony, first row from left, are Katelyn Krebs, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Kellie Frazier, Hanover Twp., Pa.; Stephanie Rubino, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Kelly Walsh, Hanover Twp., Pa.; second row, Gina Marie Stefanelli, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Molly Breazeale, Dallas, Pa.; Heidi Kosmer, White Haven, Pa.; Michele Maczuga, Mountaintop, Pa.; Brenda Ortega, Hazle Twp., Pa., and Priscilla Coyne, Yatesville, Pa.; third row, Natalie Herron, Dallas, Pa.; Ed Serafin, Easton, Pa.; Melissa Czock, Swoyersville, Pa., and Ron Kasisky, Wyoming, Pa.

Students walking from the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library
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