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White Coat Ceremony recognizes nursing students
Posted 02/09/2018 09:53AM

The Department of Nursing at Misericordia University recently cloaked 45 sophomore and 15 part-time evening nursing students who began the professional portion of the nursing program in the spring semester at the third annual Arnold P. Gold Foundation and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) White Coat Ceremony for Nursing in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.

Misericordia University received financial support from the Gold Foundation and AACN to establish the White Coat Ceremony. An international nonprofit, the Gold Foundation established the ceremony in 1993 as a way to welcome new students into the profession 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 that compassion and empathy must be the hallmark of their clinical practice.

John W. Mullen, R.N., A.D.N., P.H.R.N., C.F.R.N., a registered nurse in a cardiac intensive care unit, delivered the keynote address. Mullen began his career in health care as an orderly, while 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 Center's Life Flight program. He is currently a registered nurse in a cardiac intensive care unit.

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 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 meets the special needs of current BSN registered nurses who desire an advanced practice specialization as a family nurse practitioner. Misericordia 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 a growing national need.

For more information about the nursing program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit


The Department of Nursing at Misericordia University held its Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for Nursing by cloaking nursing students who began the professional portion of the nursing program in the spring semester. Nursing students participating in the program, first row from left, Alicia Hunter, Springville, Pa.; Amy Roth, Mullica Hill, N.J.; Alexis Hockenberry, Trucksville, Pa.; Rose Randazza, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Lauren Novy, Danbury, Conn.; Kylie Hibbett, Oxford, N.J.; Miranda Moser, Mount Carmel, Pa.; Robin Erb, Boyertown, Pa.; Miranda Lee, Tunkhannock, Pa.; Carrie Kinney, Hunlock Creek, Pa., and Kristina Auteri, Stirling, N.J.; second row, Nicholas Hromek, Pittston, Pa.; Maggie Schray, Nazareth, Pa.; Alexis Williard, Selinsgrove, Pa.; Christian Contessa, Staten Island, N.Y.; Brianna Borden, Whitehouse Station, N.J.; Alyssa Bajkowski, Mount Bethel, Pa.; Lauren Smith, Vestal, N.Y.; Shaelyn O'Leary, Clarksburg, N.J.; Elizabeth Mosier, Towanda, Pa.; Krystal Whitenight, Berwick, Pa., and Melanie Dowling, Hewitt, N.J.; third row, Madelyn Roerig, Washington, N.J.; Faith Sinclair, Saco, Maine; Kaila Quinlivan, Hauppauge, N.Y.; Elizabeth Gurzynski, Shickshinny, Pa.; Robert Curlee, Wyalusing, Pa.; Wendy Guzenski, Wyoming, Pa.; Danielle Tait, Treadwell, N.Y.; Danielle Donald, Forty Fort, Pa.; Shannon Gulyas, Mountain Top, Pa.; Ashley Barnes, Dauphin, Pa.; Taryn Chopyak, Dallas, Pa., and Lia Barbacci, Dallas, Pa.; fourth row, Jacob Nagle, Forest City, Pa.; Jesse Keats, Hanover Twp., Pa.; Gavin Sudano, Skillman, N.J.; Paige Wampole, Sayre, Pa.; Eric Gurzynski, Shickshinny, Pa.; Lauren Brace, Luzerne, Pa.; Ian Anderson, Mountainville, N.Y.; Jordan Barth, Norristown, Pa.; Emma Cigna, Carbondale, Pa.; Dylon Hess, Benton, Pa.; Taylor Lane, Sayre, Pa., and Haley Melan, Tunkhannock, Pa.

Misericordia University Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall

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