August 29, 2014
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Freshman nursing students learn how cultivate successful
careers. From left, speakers Ronald Lawyer of Garnerville, N.Y., a
senior nursing student; Irene Santiago of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.,
a senior nursing student; and John Lezoli ‘07, a registered
nurse with Maimonides Medical Center in New York City.
Mount Saint Mary College alumnus John Lezoli ’07 of Staten
Island, N.Y., a registered nurse, recently returned to his alma
mater to inspire current nursing students.
Lezoli, who works in the emergency room at Maimonides Medical
Center in New York City, spoke to the classes of Susan Schulmerich,
assistant professor of nursing. He said he was grateful to
professors like Andrea Ackermann, School of Nursing chair, for
preparing him thoroughly.
He also encouraged students to participate in the Mount’s
This summer through the college’s Career Center, Mount nursing
students Katherine Kiely of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and Ronald
Lawyer of Garnerville, N.Y. (originally from Ghana) lent their
burgeoning skills to White Plains Hospital. Elizabeth Brussell of
Oceanside, N.Y., worked at Zucker Hillside Hospital of North
Shore-Long Island Jewish Health Care System.
The Career Center hosts programs each semester to aid
pre-professionals in exploring a plethora of career paths. Upcoming
are Sophomores: Survive and Succeed, a graduate school fair, and an
interview strategies workshop.
More than 45 percent of incoming freshmen are aiming for a
career in health professions, including nursing, pre-med,
pre-veterinary, pre-dental and a new physician assistant program
(pending accreditation-provisional). The Mount’s nursing programs,
accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, boast
an online RN to BS program and an NCLEX pass rate that consistently
outperforms the state average.
For more information, visit www.msmc.edu