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White Coat Ceremony recognizes students entering professional portion of program
Posted 11/06/2019 03:04PM

The Department of Nursing at Misericordia University recently cloaked 69 nursing students who began the professional portion of the nursing program at the fifth annual Arnold P. Gold Foundation and American Association of Colleges of Nursing White Coat Ceremony for Nursing in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.

Students in the traditional and part-time evening academic programs began the professional portion of the program in the fall semester. 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 46 traditional students and 23 part-time evening 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 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 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 fall semester. Participating in the program, first row from left, are Ashlie Dubil, Plains Twp., Pa.; Angela Lockavich, Hunlock Creek, Pa.; Lauren Dicarlo, Sewell, N.J.; Kerstyn Klinger, Mt. Pleasant Mills, Pa.; Tabitha Mentz, Dunmore, Pa.; Cheryl Milefsky, West Pittston, Pa.; Madison Shappell, Pottsville, Pa.; Roseanne Edwards, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Meagan Yoder, Myerstown, Pa.; Sarah Perkalis, Long Valley, N.J.; Jordyn Wynder, Pittston, Pa.; Amanda Paglianite, Clifton Twp., Pa.; Kendra Percodani, Wyoming, Pa.; Drew Bednarski, Wyoming, Pa., and Valerie Yeck, Old Forge, Pa.; second row, Colby Gibbons, Clarks Green, Pa.; Arthur Quade, Branchburg, N.J.; Hayley Engle, Millerstown, Pa.; Kylan Kurtz, Watsontown, Pa.; Katelyn Ponce, Oley, Pa.; Elizabeth Lachenal, Westtown, N.Y.; Brooke Stevens, Hanover Twp., Pa.; Hallie Stark, Wyoming, Pa.; Mallory Foster, Edison, N.J.; Jaycie Fought, Millville, Pa.; Summer Franklin, Waymart, Pa.; Kirsten Scholl, Selinsgrove, Pa.; Olivia Conklin, Montoursville, Pa.; Hailley Brown, Montoursville, Pa.; Kaylie Grosvenor, Kingsley, Pa.; Megen Banas, Glen Lyon, Pa.; Haley Carey, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Samantha Basch, Royersford, Pa.; Kait Miller, Frederick, Md.; Candace Balavage, Shavertown, Pa.; Sierra Ward, Barnesville, Pa.; Marykate Guerriero, Floral Park, N.Y.; Danielle Chee, Bethany, Pa.; Alaina Nastasiak, Harveys Lake, Pa.; Courtney Henninger, Dallas, Pa.; Alexandria Dougherty, West Pittston, Pa., and Audrey Oakschunas, Plymouth, Pa.; third row, Alexis Barsh, Larksville, Pa.; Smiles Nwachukwu, Folcroft, Pa.; Bradley Duda, Nanticoke, Pa.; Dana Stroup, Shohola, Pa.; Isaiah Derr, Lancaster, Pa.; Brea Seabrook, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Lawrence Michalski, Albrightsville, Pa.; Shelby Hastings, Fairless Hills, Pa.; Brendan Liddy, River Vale, N.J.; Nicholas Neidlinger, Steelton, Pa.; Christopher Sedeski, Shavertown, Pa.; Jessia Celzo, Yonkers, N.Y., and Marc Welch, Hazleton, Pa.   

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