Mount Saint Mary College nursing grads to receive pins

May 09, 2012

Newburgh, NY -

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.