May 10, 2012
Mount Saint Mary College nursing graduates (from left) Brittany
Marrone, Alex Peguero-Medrano, Amanda Duffy, and Sean Murphy
The highly competitive, nationally accredited nursing program at
Mount Saint Mary College produces top notch new nurses capable of
providing quality patient care.
“The Mount’s nursing program was very rigorous and thorough,
with a special emphasis on building up and strengthening our
critical thinking skills,” said Brittany Marrone of Westerlo,
She begins her career as a cardiac telemetry nurse on a
progressive care unit at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, NY later
this month. Cardiac telemetry involves the transmission of a
patient’s cardiac signals (electric or pressure derived) to a
receiving location where they are monitored.
Amanda Duffy of Nichols, N.Y. has also been hired. She’ll work
as a nurse at Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Binghamton,
“The Mount prepared me not only academically, but on a
psychological and social level as well, to venture into the world
of nursing,” noted Duffy.
Best feature of the Mount’s nursing program is the “amazing
professors,” said Duffy. Students named faculty members Jill
Sussman, Jeanne Roth, Dianne Murphy and Ann Corcoran as
“It’s their knowledge of ‘why’ that sets Mount nursing students
apart from others,” said clinical instructor Mary Lyman, who
supervised senior nursing students at Vassar Brothers Medical
Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, this spring.
This “intensive understanding of how and why the human body
works as it does” helps prepare “well-rounded nurses with better
assessment skills,” Lyman added
As students shadowing a staff registered nurse, they gained
valuable clinical experience, boosting their critical decision
making skills and confidence in their ability to care for future
Clinical experiences in hospitals, and the computerized patient
simulators in state of the art labs on campus, were cited as vital
aspects of the nursing program at the Mount.
“The real-life simulations in lab helped me refine my skills,”
said Alex Peguero-Medrano of Newton, NJ. During clinical he was
“able to put those skills into perspective and come to the
realization of what nursing is truly all about,” he added.
And Peguero-Medrano, along with nearly two dozen Mount Saint
Mary College nursing students carrying a half ton of vitamins and
medical supplies between them, traveled to the Dominican Republic
in January on a humanitarian mission.
With faculty members Murphy and Corcoran, Peguero-Medrano and
other nursing students used their skills to serve in the poorest
communities as volunteers with the not-for-profit Foundation for
Peace, dedicated to helping people in materially impoverished areas
by providing educational support, healthcare access, economic
opportunity, and hope.
“As a native of Dominican Republic,” said Peguero-Medrano who
emigrated to the U.S. in 1995, “I felt blessed to take care of the
poorest in my country. This was the first time I traveled to my
country since I came to the U.S. It was an amazing experience, a
mission trip to provide care and learn from people of another
Peguero-Medrano, who was named the 2011 Student of the Year by
the New York State Cooperative & Experiential Education
Association, aspires to a career as a nurse anesthetist.
Sean Murphy of Port Jervis, NY, was also one of the nursing
students who served in the Dominican Republic.
“It was an incredibly humbling experience. These people lack
basic health care services which we take for granted,” said
Murphy will be employed after graduation at Mount Sinai
Hospital, a teaching hospital acclaimed internationally for
excellence in clinical care.
Mount Saint Mary College offers the only nationally accredited
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 also offers a continuum of study for a
Alumni have been recognized in many areas. The New York State
Nurses Association bestowed its Administrator of the Year award
upon Margaret Armento-McDowell, president of Bermac Home Health
Aides, Inc. in New Paltz, NY. Another Mount alumna, Margaret
Deyo-Allers of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, NY, was
named the Hudson Valley’s Top Nurse. And alumna Susan Davis is
president and CEO of St. Vincent’s Medical Center and St. Vincent’s
Health Services in Bridgeport, CT.