May 17, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
About 35 students received their white coat at Mount Saint
About 35 students of the Mount Saint Mary College nurse
practitioner program were honored at a White Coat Ceremony on
Friday, May 12.
The ceremony reflected the transition of the novice nurse
practitioner to the professional nurse practitioner role. Nurse
practitioners are advanced practice nurses who provide high quality
healthcare services. They can diagnose, treat, and prescribe across
a wide range of health problems.
According to Christine Berté, assistant professor, director of
graduate nursing program, and co-chair of the college’s School of
Nursing, Mount nurse practitioner graduates began their journey as
registered nurses and can now enter primary care practices,
including family health and internal medicine. They may also
practice in acute care settings, such as hospital positions and
urgent care/fast track health access points.
Dr. David Kennett, president of Mount Saint Mary College,
congratulated the white coat recipients on a job well done.
“We are proud of these students because they are some of the
very best this college has to offer,” he said. “They should take
great pride in their achievement.”
Anne-Marie Uebbing, associate professor of nursing, emphasized
the importance of the nurse practitioner profession.
“You’ll be participating in a critically important role,
providing care to thousands of patients a year,” she explained.
“We, nurse practitioners, are the frontline in healthcare. Do not
forget that your professional training…was just the beginning.”
Uebbing added, “Class of 2017, you are undoubtedly some of the
most perky, persistent, witty, smart, and determined students I’ve
ever known. We the faculty are truly proud of your
Closing out the ceremony, student Michelle Newell-Whitney
offered her reflections on the college’s rigorous program, and
Smitha John of Carmel, N.Y. received the 2017 Sigma Award.
The graduating nurse practitioner students are: Aleena Ashok
Malayil of Poughquag, N.Y.; Doreen Bischof of Poughquag, N.Y.;
Tameka Bland of Montgomery, N.Y.; Salome Brown-Burrell of Newburgh,
N.Y.; Brenda Calfé of Washingtonville, N.Y.; Nancy Checchi of
Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; Edita Cubatiuk of Danbury, Conn.; Taisha
Davis of Monroe, N.Y.; Cassandre Desirade of Spring Valley, N.Y.;
Dorothy Gioia of Washingtonville, N.Y.; Caitlin Goff of Middletown,
N.Y.; Skye Guerra of Walden, N.Y.; Erika Hernandez of Newburgh,
N.Y.; Vanna Hoang of Alexander, Ark.; Devon Jameson of Lomontville,
N.Y.; Kathleen King of Washingtonville, N.Y.; Tara Longo of
Marlboro, N.Y.; Adrianna Lovric of Wurtsboro, N.Y.; Andrea Machado
of Woodbridge, N.Y.; Jacqueline Mahabir of Kingston, N.Y.; Julio
Martinez of Warwick, N.Y.; Kimberly Moore of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.;
Michelle Newell-Whitney of Washingtonville, N.Y.; Katie Ngbodi of
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Kira Saltz of Washingtonville, N.Y.; Katherine
Santiago of Florida, N.Y.; Izzy Sator of Peekskill, N.Y.; Lauren
Stephenson of Rhinebeck, N.Y.; Rachel Terry of Hopewell Junction,
N.Y.; Sandra Tetler of New Windsor, N.Y.; Leena Thomas of Queens,
N.Y.; Marissa Wallace of Newburgh, N.Y.; Mandi Zaccagnino of
Montgomery, N.Y.; and Corinne Zambetti of New Windsor, N.Y.
Mount Saint Mary College will celebrate its 54th annual
Commencement on Saturday, May 20, graduating about 620 seniors.