May 09, 2012
As Mount Saint Mary College gears up to graduate more than 600
students later this month, it’s also preparing for its traditional
pinning ceremony which will honor 62 nursing graduates.
Fr. Kevin Mackin OFM, president, will give an invocation and
bless the pins, which will be presented to the graduates by chosen
family members and friends.
“A Nurse’s Prayer,” which speaks of dedicating one’s life to
helping others, will also be recited.
Mount Saint Mary College offers the only four year nursing
degree program in New York’s mid Hudson Valley. Mount graduates
consistently outperform the state average on the NCLEX-RN exam.
The Mount’s newest nursing graduates include: Violetta Baginski,
West Islip, NY; Andrea Bednarski, Patchogue, NY; Margaret Brunton,
Brooklyn, NY; Erin Burpoe, Hewlett, NY; Ellen Cashin, Belle Harbor,
NY; Samantha Castagna, Franklin Square, NY; Bronx residents
Veronica Devers and Shirley Odarty; Carolyn Doerrier (Nursing
Perseverance Award), Bloomingburg, NY; Amanda Duffy, Nichols, NY;
Stephanie Graziano, Levittown, NY; Susan Hannigan, Baldwin, NY;
Brick, NJ residents Samantha Cole and Hilary Hazelet; Samantha
Illiano, Poughquag, NY; Jaclyn Jiminski, Wingdale, NY; Nicole
Johnston, Northvale, NJ; Adare Jordan, Highland Lakes, NJ; Julie
Kaese, Barryville, NY; Jordan Kupperblatt, Marlboro, NY; Kevin
LaBanca, Northford, CT; Jennifer Lacina, Maybrook, NY; Ilana
Lebron, Monroe, NY; Meagan Lewis, Rocky Point, NY; Annmarie
Llewellyn. Brook Haven, NY; Alyssa Lonnborg, Broad Channel, NY;
Maricel Magday, West Hempstead, NY; Caitlin Maiocco, Rockaway Park,
NY; Brittany Marrone (Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award),
Westerlo, NY; Poughkeepsie residents Kathryn Martin, Nicole
Douglas, and Melody West; Wappingers Falls, NY residents Alexandra
Martinez, Heather Knox, Carmen Jacobs, Natalie DeCara, and Cindy
Azabache (Nursing Leadership Award); Cynthia Martins, Wallingford,
CT; Jessica Matuszewski, Goshen, NY; Erin McKeon, Watertown, CT;
Newburgh residents Amber McCafferty (Sigma Theta Tau Award in
Nursing); Michele Jackson, and Irene Mensah; Amy Michalowski,
Torrington, CT; Sean Murphy, Port Jervis, NY; Anna Nicdao,
Farmingdale, NY; Donald Nicklas, Brookfield, CT; Alexander
Peguero-Medrano, Newton, NJ; Breann Quackenbush. Warwick, NY;
Christopher Rhynehart, New Windsor, NY; Middletown, NY residents
Melissa O’Neill (General Excellence in Nursing Award) and Wayne
Beam; Kristen Rogers, Middlefield, CT; Catherine Ryan, Massapequa,
NY; Julie Patterson, Massapequa, NY; Megan Sickler, Port Ewen, NY;
Lyndsey Smith, Wallkill, NY; Kathleen Stenger, Bethpage, NY;
Natalie Tanski, West Paterson, NJ; Mallory Tewksbury (Spirit of
Nursing Award), Rock Tavern, NY; Ashley Waligroski,
Washingtonville, NY; and Alyssa Zaluski, Croton-on-Hudson, NY.
Students in this highly competitive nursing program hone skills
working with computerized patient simulators in state of the art
labs, and also in clinical experience in the field, as they pursue
their bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing.
Mount alumni have been recognized in many areas. Margaret
Armento-McDowell received the Nurse Administrator of the Year award
from the New York State Nurses Association. Margaret Deyo-Allers,
of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, NY, was named the
Hudson Valley’s Top Nurse.
The Mount is accredited by the Middle States Association of
Colleges and Schools, plus specialized accrediting commissions such
as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
A hybrid RN to BSN offers busy working adults the convenience of
online classes and on-site seminars.