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Student Nurses Association of PA donates books to EOTC
02-28-13

Students present the books to Ruth Connolly of EOTC.
Students present the books to Ruth Connolly of EOTC.
The Misericordia University Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania recently donated new and gently used books for families and children involved in parenting programming at Employment Opportunity and Training Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania (EOTC) in Scranton, Pa.

Officers in the Misericordia University Student Nurses Association presented Ruth A. Connolly, Ed.D., development director for EOTC, with several boxes of age-appropriate books for the program after conducting an on-campus book drive. EOTC is celebrating 25 years of service to northeastern Pennsylvania. The agency’s Seventh Avenue Center is part of the Pennsylvania Family Center network and serves as a one-stop resource center where children and adults can learn and grow. In addition to EOTC’s parent-child and employment programs, multiple other human services are based at the center, including an Early Head Start program, Dress for Success, Educational Opportunity Centers and Scranton’s Women, Infants & Children program.

The Department of Nursing at Misericordia University is housed in John J. Passan Hall, which houses the College of Health Sciences. The third-floor suite features the state-of-the-art Erwine Nursing Lab and Classroom with eight hospital beds and high-tech bedside technology, including health-care informatics. Misericordia nursing students also gain hands-on experience in two simulator labs that feature a full-size SimMan and SimBaby. Additional laboratory space is available to nursing students and all health science and medical science majors in the Patient Assessment Laboratory in the Passan Hall Annex.

Misericordia University has the oldest nursing program in the area and graduates more students in the health sciences than any other college or university in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Misericordia is regionally acclaimed and nationally recognized for its dedication to training imminently qualified practitioners in a myriad of fields, including health informatics, medical imaging, physician assistant, nursing, nuclear medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, sonography and speech-language pathology.

The Misericordia University Department of Nursing has received national recognition. It received the 2012 Innovation in Professional Nursing Education Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The Innovation in Professional Nursing Education Award recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science degree program also surpassed both the state and national averages for pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) during the past year. Recent Misericordia University BSN graduates achieved a 98.3 percent pass rate for first-time test-takers who took the NCLEX-RN examination between Oct. 1, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2012. Misericordia graduates surpassed both the average national pass rate of 92.07 percent and the average pass rate in Pennsylvania of 90.79. It marks the second year in a row that the nursing program’s pass rates exceed the state and national averages.

For more information about EOTC programs, please visit www.eotcworks.org or call (570) 348-6484. For more information about the Department of Nursing at Misericordia University, 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 Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania recently undertook a book drive on campus to collect new and gently used books for families and children involved in parenting programming at the EOTC. Participating in the presentation of books, from left, are Alyssa Smith, treasurer, of Lebanon, Pa.; Ruth A. Connolly, Ed.D., development director, EOTC; Tina Tompkins, MSN, CRNP, assistant professor of nursing, Misericordia University; Kacey Kauffman, vice president, of Northumberland, Pa.; and Amanda Boutin president, of Hackettstown, N.J.