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Part-Time Evening Nursing Program students complete capstone research
07-16-14
 
Students enrolled in the Misericordia University Part-Time Accelerated Evening Bachelor of Science Degree Nursing Program recently presented their capstone research posters that addressed either a social justice or nursing practice issue.

The nursing students addressed assigned topics, such as “Are Quality Improvement Projects Improving Health Outcomes?,” “Are Core Measures Improving Health Outcomes?,” “How Can Root Cause Analysis Improve Patient Outcomes?,” “How Could the Use of Technology Improve Quality and Safety in the Clinical Setting?,” “Will the Affordable Care Act Improve Access to Health Care in the United States?,” and many more.

Misericordia University nursing students who presented their research included Kara Worth, Floral Park, N.Y.; Nicole Knizek, Bohemia, N.Y.; Yeidy Santana, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Mikayla Gillette, Hawley, Pa.; Emily Bittner, Lake Harmony, Pa.; Joani Bailey, Forest City, Pa.; Christina DeJohn, Drums, Pa.; Tiffany Pfeil, Drums, Pa.; Kathleen Carter, Hunlock Creek, Pa.; Suzanne Lennon, Mocanaqua, Pa.; Melissa Davies, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Charissa Albertson, Shavertown, Pa.; Judith Roccograndi, Kingston, Pa.; Shawn Wright, Tunkhannock, Pa.; Catherine Warner, Forkston Twp., Pa.; Tina Zannetti, Bear Creek Twp., Pa.; Gena Resuta, Freeland, Pa.; Angela Loncola, Tannersville, Pa.; Marc Mode, Queens Village, N.Y.; Nathan Shelhamer, Benton, Pa.; Kevin Lockett, Pittston, Pa., and Robert Griffith, Luzerne, Pa.

Misericordia University offers three undergraduate nursing programs: traditional, full-time nursing students; part-time accelerated evening program for adult students; and the RN/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. In the graduate nursing program, the Master of Science in Nursing 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 Department of Nursing also is introducing the online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program in the fall semester. The program is available in two tracks.

The 27-credit part-time MSN to DNP track can be completed in two calendar years while attending the fall, spring and summer over six semesters. An optional nine-credit specialization in nursing education – the only DNP program offering this specialization in northeastern Pennsylvania – is also available for advanced practice nurses who wish to become educators on the collegiate level.

The BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice track, which is slated to begin with the 2015 fall semester, features 64 credits that can be completed while attending classes in three years over nine semesters, including summers. Graduates of the program will be awarded with both the Master of Science degree in nursing and the DNP degree. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national family nurse practitioner board certification examination.

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 34 degree 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2014 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.

Caption: Students enrolled in the Misericordia University Part-Time Accelerated Evening Bachelor of Science Degree Nursing Program presented capstone research posters. Students who presented, first row from left, are Kathleen Carter, Hunlock Creek, Pa.; Gena Resuta, Freeland, Pa.; Yeidy Santana, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Angela Loncola, Tannersville, Pa.; Marc Mode, Queens Village, N.Y.; Christina DeJohn, Drums, Pa.; Nathan Shelhamer, Benton, Pa.; Nicole Knizek, Bohemia, N.Y.; second row, Judith Roccograndi, Kingston, Pa.; Tina Zannetti, Bear Creek Twp., Pa.; Mikayla Gillette, Hawley, Pa.; Charissa Albertson, Shavertown, Pa.; Tiffany Pfeil, Drums, Pa.; Catherine Warner, Forkston Twp., Pa.; Shawn Wright, Tunkhannock, Pa.; Emily Bittner, Lake Harmony, Pa.; Joani Bailey, Forest City, Pa.; Robert Griffith, Luzerne, Pa.; Kevin Lockett, Pittston, Pa.; Kara Worth, Floral Park, N.Y.; Melissa Davies, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Suzanne Lennon, Mocanaqua, Pa.