Mount grad inspires future nurses

August 29, 2014


Nursing - John Lezili '07

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 internship opportunities.

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, and pre-dental. 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.

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