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Message from the Dean
With 545 traditional students, 75 non-traditional (evening) students and 152 students in the master’s program studying to be nurse practitioners, the School of Nursing is thriving. Our 2019 NCLEX first time pass rate for the 164 graduates is 93.29%. Nationwide, baccalaureate graduates had a 91.24% pass rate, while the pass rate for baccalaureate graduates in New York State is 85.10%. Our graduates join the more than 3000 nurses who have earned their baccalaureate degree from the Mount.
Although the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak are concerning, our School is uniquely prepared to handle the challenges. Most of the faculty are experienced in online education and have made the transition to teaching off site with little difficulty. Virtual simulation and sophisticated case studies are being substituted for clinical time. Although the students are missing clinical hours, we are focusing on the critical thinking skills and clinical judgment that is so essential in nursing.
I am pleased to announce that we now have a Nursing Alumni Liaison, Dr Beth Scannell-Desch, Class of 1972. She will coordinate nursing alumni affairs in conjunction with Michelle Iacuessa in the college’s Office of Alumni Engagement. This will include planning the fall Alumni Symposium, coordinating nursing events on Alumni Weekend in September and editing the Mount Nursing News, our newly launched e-newsletter. We hope that you will share your news with us so we can forge a stronger bond with our alums, especially during this World Health Organization designated Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
Yours in Nursing,
Susan LaRocco PhD, MBA, RN, FNAP, CNE