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Department of Nursing holds pinning ceremony for nursing graduates
Posted 08/16/2019 12:09PM

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

Members of the Part-Time Evening Nursing Program graduating class included Lauren Brace, Luzerne; Danielle Bufano, Forty Fort; Darlene Casey, Freeland; Edward Cienciva, Wilkes-Barre; Melody Decker, Nanticoke; Kaley Englehardt, Saylorsburg; Shannon Gulyas, Mountain Top; Joshua Maloney, Danville; Seamus O'Reilly, Scranton; Andi Orpin, Forty Fort; Colleen Paddock, Hanover Twp.; Kerryn Redcay, Plains Twp.; Jillian Schaeffer, Danville, and Danielle Yeselski, Dunmore.

Students completing the RN to BSN Accelerated Degree program included Ruth Martinez, Nazareth; Janet Stavinski, Frackville, and Irene Swartwood, Wyoming.

The Department of Nursing also recognized outstanding academic and clinical achievements by the students. Schaeffer received the Academic Excellence Award, which is presented to the student who attained the highest academic standing overall, and Casey received the Clinical Excellence Award for administering superior nursing skills in clinical practice and achieving a GPA greater than 3.0.

The Kaplan Secure Predictor Award, given to a student who has attained the highest score on the comprehensive National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses review examination, was presented to Schaeffer, while Gulyas was given the Daisy in Training Award for providing compassionate care to patients.

Misericordia University features the oldest nursing program in the region 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 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 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 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 growing national need.

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


The Department of Nursing at Misericordia University 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 program, first row from left, are Melody Decker, Nanticoke, Pa.; Irene Swartwood, Wyoming, Pa.; Kaley Englehardt, Saylorsburg, Pa., and Michelle Hawkins, M.S.N., R.N., director, Part-Time Accelerated Evening Program; second row, Seamus O'Reilly, Scranton, Pa.; Jillian Schaeffer, Danville, Pa.; Joshua Maloney, Danville, Pa.; Edward Cienciva, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Danielle Yeselski, Dunmore, Pa., and Shannon Gulyas, Mountain Top, Pa.; third row, Andi Orpin, Forty Fort, Pa.; Kerryn Redcay, Plains Twp., Pa.; Lauren Brace, Luzerne, Pa.; Danielle Bufano, Forty Fort, Pa.; Darlene Casey, Freeland, Pa., and Colleen Paddock, Hanover Twp., Pa.

Michael and Tina MacDowell Hall

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