May 16, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
A longtime Mount Saint Mary College professor and an illustrious
alumna were recently honored for their work in the field of
Priscilla Sagar, professor of nursing at the Mount, recently
received the R. Louis McManus Medal from her alma mater, Columbia
University Teachers College. It is the most prestigious recognition
for nursing awarded by the university.
Sagar’s philosophy is embodied in her two seminal books:
“Transcultural Nursing Education Strategies” and “Transcultural
Nursing Theory and Models: Application in Nursing Education,
Practice, and Administration.” Evolving national demographics and a
changing global economy have dramatically increased the need for
culturally competent nurses. Sagar’s books are a boon to nurses
looking to increase their cultural effectiveness at any stage of
She is a frequently sought consultant in the area of promoting
cultural competence, which has become an accreditation criterion in
both education and healthcare delivery. She is a longtime leader of
the Transcultural Nursing Society and is currently director of the
Society’s Transcultural Scholars Group.
Mount alumna Ashley Griswold ’14, a registered nurse at Lawrence
and Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn., was recently honored
with the DAISY Award for extraordinary nursing.
She was nominated in light of her special care and compassion
for a patient battling cancer.
Griswold had cared for the patient many times over the course of
his illness. His final hospital stay early this year lasted seven
weeks, and Griswold was a constant with the patient and his family
during this time.
As a speaker of the man’s native language, Griswold was able to
make communication easier between the hospital and the patient. She
also helped facilitate the patient’s final wish: to be home to be
with his family when he passed away.
Griswold joins Jessica Matuszewski Verblaauw ’12, an oncology
certified Registered Nurse at Orange Regional Medical Center, as
the second Mount alumna to be honored with the DAISY Award in as
many years. Verblaauw earned the award in the summer of 2016 for
her selfless and dedicated care of a patient with lung cancer.
The Mount is committed to its mission of educating excellent
healthcare professionals who will go on to lead and serve in their
own communities. Working with about 40 hospitals and clinics, the
Mount’s nationally accredited four-year nursing degree program
boasts a high NCLEX-RN passage rate that consistently exceeds the
state average. Nearly 45 percent of incoming freshmen at the
college aim for careers in healthcare.