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Nursing graduates honored at pinning ceremony
05-30-14

 

The Misericordia University Nursing Department recently held a pinning ceremony in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall to honor undergraduate nursing students in the traditional Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) program and the RN to BSN Expressway Program who graduated May 17 at the 88th annual Commencement ceremony.

Undergraduate nursing students who completed the program receive the Misericordia University Nursing Pin, a symbol of achievement in the nursing profession. Family and friends attended the ceremony, which also featured Sister Patricia McCann, RSM, blessing the pins, and nurses reciting the international pledge and prayer for nurses.
 
The following graduates of the traditional BSN program received their pins: Charissa Albertson, Shavertown, Pa.; Ashley Allen, Milford, Pa.; Benjamin Annibali, Palmyra, Pa.; Jocelyne Bell, Reading, Pa.; Shannon Bradburn, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Tamara Bradley, Elysburg, Pa.; Jennifer Burbella, Stroudsburg, Pa.; Jared Butala, Freeland, Pa.; Katherine Carboni, Cherry Hill, N.J.; Lauryn Collins, Avoca, Pa.; Marissa Ewing, New Berlin, Pa.; Natasha Feidt, Millersburg, Pa.; Alexandra Flormann, Prospect, Conn.; Sean Forsyth, Dover, Del.; Tiffany Freuler, Bridgewater, N.J.; Mari Howell, Dunmore, Pa.; Liana Kalish, Oak Ridge, N.J.; Nicole Knizek, Bohemia, N.Y.; Rachel Konzman, Carbondale, Pa.; Anthony Kuklewicz, Nanticoke, Pa.; Maura Lalli, Jessup, Pa.; Kathryn McLoone, Floral Park, N.Y.; Alyssa Mocion, Laflin, Pa.; Kaitlyn Moran, Plains, Pa.; Kevin Nilan, Glenolden, Pa.; Jillian Palermo, Hazleton, Pa.; Jordan Papp, Sunbury, Pa.; Gabrielle Pollina, Olyphant, Pa.; Leanna Puls, Southampton, Pa.; Douglas Ranson, Ewing, N.J.; Brittney Romiski, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Alyssa Schwartz, Hanover Township, Pa.; Adam Scotchlas, Simpson, Pa.; Erin Smith, Lafayette, N.J.; Krysta Smith, Millville, Pa.; Brittany Stine, Sunbury, Pa.; Jesi Swoboda, Price, Texas; Amber Traver, Dallas, Pa.; Jacqueline Wheatley, Waldwick, N.J.; Kasey Williams, Coal Township, Pa.; Kara Worth, Floral Park, N.Y.; Kayla Zechman, Towanda, Pa., and Megan Zelonis, Pittston, Pa.
 
The following graduates of the RN Expressway Program received their pins: Amanda Barnes, Drums, Pa.; Cheryl Bednar, Kingston, Pa.; Patti Brodginski, Mountain Top, Pa.; Maria Brogna, Pittston, Pa.; Lisa Brown, Shamokin, Pa.; Colleen Cavallo, Sugarloaf, Pa.; Jennifer Divirgilio, Zion Grove, Pa.; Steven Fondo, Edwardsville, Pa.; Kim Hamburger, Mountain Top, Pa.; Nancy Hardick, Lake Ariel, Pa.; Gina Kyte, Sheppton, Pa.; Ann Lavelle, Avoca, Pa.; Cassidy Lennon-Douthat, Mocanaqua, Pa.; Lisa Lopatka, Duryea, Pa.; Cynthia LoVerde, Lake Ariel, Pa.; Laura Eastman Lunger, Monroe Township, Pa.; Sarah Magula, Hazleton, Pa.; Joan O’Connell, Mountain Top, Pa.; Teena O’Connor, Harveys Lake, Pa.; Mary Phillips, Dallas, Pa.; Holli Pierce, Livonia, N.Y.; Samantha Steinbrenner, Mountain Top, Pa.; Nicholas Yatsko, Shickshinny, Pa., and Daniel Zaremba, Ringtown, Pa.
 
Several graduating students also were honored at the event with awards for various accomplishments. Tamara Bradley received the Sister Mary Kateri Dorwart Award that is presented to a graduating nursing student who matriculated in the undergraduate program (excluding the RN/Expressway program); has a GPA above 3.0; is a member of the National Student Nurse’s Association, and has demonstrated service to the Nursing Department, university and/or community.
 
Maria Brogna received the M. Bernadette Hogan Nursing Award which is presented to a graduating RN student who exemplifies outstanding service and leadership to the profession of nursing and to the community. Jordan Papp was presented with the Clinical Excellence Award that is given to a student whose GPA is greater than 3.0 and who is judged by faculty to administer superior nursing skills in clinical practice.
 
The John Glawe Award for Caring and Compassion in Nursing was given to Jared Butala. The award is conferred annually to a BSN student who exemplifies caring and compassion with clients in a clinical unit.
 
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Misericordia University nursing students who participated in the recent nursing pinning ceremony, first row from left, are Jocelyne Bell, Reading, Pa.; Jordan Papp, Sunbury, Pa.; Benjamin Annibali, Palmyra, Pa.; Alexandra Flormann, Prospect, Conn.; Tamara Bradley, Elysburg, Pa.; Erin Smith, Lafayette, N.J.; Kayla Zechman, Towanda, Pa., and Katie Moran, Plains Twp., Pa.; second row, Alyssa Schwartz, Hanover Twp., Pa.; Marissa Ewing, New Berlin, Pa.; Alyssa Mocion, Laflin, Pa.; Brittany Rominski, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Amber Traver, Dallas, Pa.; Jesi Swoboda, Price, Texas; Gabrielle Pollina, Olyphant, Pa.; Mari Howell, Dunmore, Pa.; Natasha Feidt, Millersburg, Pa., and Kate McCloone, Floral Park, N.Y.; third row, Kevin Nilan, Glenolden, Pa.; Kara Worth, Floral Park, N.Y.; Charissa Albertson, Shavertown, Pa.; Jacqueline Wheatly, Waldwick, N.J.; Maura Lalli, Jessup, Pa.; Leanna Puls, Southampton, Pa.; Jennifer Burbella, Stroudsburg, Pa.; Krysta Smith, Millville, Pa., and Brittany Stine, Sunbury, Pa.; fourth row, Lauryn Collins, Avoca, Pa.; Kasey Williams, Coal Twp., Pa.; Katie Carboni, Cherry Hill, N.J.; Rachael Konzman, Carbondale, Pa.; Tiffany Frueler, Bridgewater, N.J.; Liana Kalish, Oak Ridge, N.J.; Megan Zelonis, Pittston, Pa., and Jillian Palermo, Hazleton, Pa.; fifth row, Teena O’Connor, Hunlock Creek, Pa.; Ashley Allen, Milford, Pa.; Jared Butala, Freeland, Pa.; Adam Scotchlas, Simpson, Pa.; Doug Ranson, Ewing, N.J.; Anthony Kuklewicz, Nanticoke, Pa.; Nicole Knizek, Bohemia, N.Y., and Sean Forsyth, Dover, Del.