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Nursing inducts 35 students into international honor society
04-3-13

35 students were inducted into nursing honor society.
Thirty-five students in the Misericordia University Nursing Program were inducted into the Theta Phi Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing during an induction ceremony in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall on campus.

In order to be nominated for membership in the International Honor Society of Nursing, undergraduate nursing candidates must have completed at least one half of the nursing curriculum, maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average and be ranked in the top 35 percent of the graduating class. The students must also demonstrate leadership in nursing at Misericordia University and in the greater community. Graduate nursing candidates must have completed one fourth of the nursing curriculum and achieved a 3.5 grade point average.

Sigma Theta Tau is the International Honor Society of Nursing. It was established in 1922 and is one of the largest international nursing organizations. It works to foster, develop and connect nurse scholars and leaders worldwide to improve health care. The honor society promotes nursing excellence through its initiatives in research, leadership, an electronic library, programming and publications, and develops and distributes nursing knowledge for use in practice.

Misericordia University held its first induction ceremony in 1986. The current Theta Phi Chapter officers are Christina Tomkins, M.S.N., F.N.P.-B.C., P.H.R.N., president; Audrey Cunfer, M.S.N., RN-BC, president-elect; Lauren Murphy, R.N., B.S.N., vice president; Annette Weiss, R.N., Ph.D., treasurer; Kathleen Gelso, M.S.N., R.N., secretary; Todd Hastings, M.S., R.N., faculty counselor; Kathleen Sheikh, M.S.N., F.N.P.-B.C., C.N.E., faculty counselor, and Marion Villano, M.S.N., R.N., faculty counselor for Theta Phi Chapter.

Students inducted into the Theta Phi Chapter include Amy Austin, Kelli Battaglia, Melissa Bauman, Kelsey Benner, Daryl Bennett, Amanda Boutin, Tamara Chinikaylo, Erica Comine, Megan Danley, Christine Gallagher, Tara Hill, Kacey Kauffman, Leslee Klinkiewicz, Kurt Knecht, Kerri Kowalski, Sarah Layman, Judith Lehnowski, Nicole Lipinski, Nicholas Morreale, Elizabeth Papciak, Lisa Perugino, Rachel Rinkus, Patricia Rodriguez-Hudson, Cynthia Scott, Alyssa Smith, Leann Terpstra, Amber Traver, Gloria Williams and Jessica Zebrowski. For more information about the Misericordia University Nursing Program, please log on to www.misericordia.edu/nursing or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 36 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Caption:

The Misericordia University Nursing Program recently inducted 35 students into the Theta Phi Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The following students participated in the induction ceremony, first row from left, Rachel Rinkus, Drums, Pa.; Alyssa Smith, Myerstown, Pa.; Sarah Layman, Binghamton, N.Y.; Daryl Bennet, Scranton, Pa.; Nicholas Morreale, Pittston Twp., Pa., second row, Kurt Knecht, Seven Fields, Pa.; Kelli Battaglia, Randolph, N.J.; Kacey Kauffman, Northumberland, Pa.; Amanda Boutin, Hackettstown, N.J., third row, Cynthia Scott, Pittston Twp., Pa.; Leslee Klinkiewicz, Honesdale, Pa.; Lisa Perugino, Dallas, Pa., fourth row, Megan Danley, Muncy, Pa.; Jessica Zebrowski, Lincoln University, Pa.; Kelsey Benner, Mifflinburg, Pa., fifth row, Amy Austin, Sweet Valley, Pa.; Elizabeth Papciak, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Amber Traver, Dallas, Pa., sixth row, Nicole Lipinski, Throop, Pa.; Christine Gallagher, Ashley, Pa.; Tara Hill, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Patricia Rodriguez- Hudson, Sugarloaf, Pa.