Across the country, nurses are checking vitals of accident victims, prepping first-time mothers to give birth, assisting cancer patients, and saving lives. They exhibit the utmost care and compassion at their patients’ most vulnerable moments while also applying a vast amount of medical knowledge to each unique situation.
And it’s all in a day’s work for the alumni of Mount Saint Mary College’s outstanding nursing program.
Mount Saint Mary College has long been a leader in preparing students for the healthcare industry. The benefits of a Mount nursing education can be seen at hospitals and clinics throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond. Mount nursing graduates are highly valued in emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, and school settings, and hold leadership positions at hospitals and clinics across the country.
The Mount reputation
When hiring managers see a degree holder from Mount Saint Mary College’s School of Nursing, they see a candidate who has benefited from dedicated faculty, state-of-the art facilities, and in-depth immersion into the field, all backed by a school with a reputation for healthcare education. The Mount’s nursing program, which is accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), has long boasted NCLEX-RN passage rates that surpass the state average.
Christopher Kelly ’17, who hails from Long Island, noted that the Mount’s reputation for nursing excellence spreads far and wide.
“Even on Long Island, the Mount’s program is regarded highly by nurses and hospitals,” he said. “They have all the resources needed to be the best nurse possible.”
Christopher Kelly '17 works in the simulation lab with a fellow student and nursing simulation instructor Nancy Spear Owen. The Mount's simulation labs prepare students for real-life nursing situations through a controlled environment.
Preparing future nurses
The Mount boasts a rigorous nursing education program that consistently prepares students for success. Students benefit from dedicated faculty who are passionate about their field and offer a teaching style founded in personal experience, motivated by the desire to prepare the next generation of excellent nurses.
Early immersion into the field also allows students to develop hands-on training and practical experiences at the very beginning of their career. The college has developed relationships with nearly 40 area hospitals and clinics that provide numerous opportunities for clinical experiences, internships and externships, and job placements after graduation. They include St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, Orange Regional Medical Center, and Good Samaritan Hospital.
Susan Schulmerich, associate professor of nursing and co-chair of the School of Nursing at the Mount, explained that the key to success is exposure to the field in actual hospital settings beginning in sophomore year.
“The clinical experiences in the nursing curriculum offer students a wide variety of patient care settings in top name facilities in the Hudson Valley,” she explained. “This broad array of healthcare facilities gives students exposure to the many opportunities that await them upon graduation.”
Back on campus, Mount nursing majors have a variety of resources at their fingertips. The Nursing Learning Resource Center offers computerized human patient simulators that replicate a plethora of medical conditions found in real-life settings, including childbirth. Instructors watch and record the simulated experiences, allowing students to receive individualized instruction and improve their skills in an academic environment before applying these techniques in the real world.
Victoria Goldbach '16 accepts a nursing award at the Mount's Nurse Pinning Ceremony.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of registered nurses is expected to increase by 16 percent by 2024. With 92 percent of Mount graduates finding jobs within six months of graduation, coupled with the Mount’s reputation and relationships with area hospitals, Mount nursing students are particularly positioned to enter this field after graduation. For example, Victoria Goldbach ‘16 graduated with her bachelor's degree in nursing and, less than a week later, accepted her dream job in the neonatal intensive care unit at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Goldbach, who received the School of Nursing Leadership award and the American Nursing Association New York Future Nurse Leader Award during her time at the Mount, credits her nursing professors for her success.
“I truly couldn't have made it through nursing school without them,” she explained. “They have had a tremendous impact on me that will guide me through my career in the years to come.”
Further your potential
For those who are interested in continuing their education, the Mount also offers a master of science in nursing accredited by the CCNE, which trains nursing professionals to become adult nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners, or nursing educators, as well as leaders in hospitals and other healthcare settings.
Triple alumnus Daniel Maughan, Vice President for Transformation at Saint Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, obtained his BN, MBA, and MSN at the Mount.
The college “helped me achieve my goals because they had the programs, people, and class sizes for the type of learner I am,” he revealed. “I never contemplated another school for each degree I obtained.”
Daniel Maughan and Margaret Deyo Allers, Mount Saint Mary College School of Nursing alumni
His colleague, Margaret Deyo Allers, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Saint Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, also obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s in nursing through the Mount. She echoed Maughan’s sentiments: “I believe my success in obtaining this position could not have been accomplished without the support and growth opportunities afforded me through the Mount’s BSN and MSN programs…and for that I am both grateful and honored that my educational aspirations pointed me towards MSMC.”
Where will the Mount take you?
Whether you’re interested in pediatrics, intensive care, rehabilitation, surgery, nursing education and leadership, or more, the Mount’s School of Nursing can jumpstart your healthcare career and put you on the path to success.
What do you want to achieve? If you’re interested in becoming a nurse, Mount Saint Mary College can help you meet that goal. Contact 1-888-YES-MSMC or firstname.lastname@example.org today to begin your journey as a Mount nursing graduate.