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2018 MCCC Nursing Grads Applauded for Mastering ‘The Art of Nursing’

5/31/18


Nursing Class of Spring 2018

Introducing the graduates of the Spring 2018 Nursing class.

Gina Chiarolanzio

Valedictorian Gina Chiarolanzio offers reflections and inspiration to her fellow classmates,

Nursing Award Winners

From left are Nursing Education Director Liz Mizerek, Nursing Award winners Catherine Urban (Clinical Excellence Award), Caitlin Weinschenk (Professionalism Award), Bridget Phelan (Caring Award), Frances Kleinz (Perseverance Award), Cassandra Metz (Teamwork Award), and Jessica Ward (Academic Excellence Award), and Assistant Professor Florence Lee.

Pledge

The candle lighting ceremony that dates back to Florence Nightingale and symbolizes enlightenment and knowledge. 

WEST WINDSOR – The May 2018 graduates of the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Nursing program were praised for mastering compassion and science and for their hard work and determination. But one unexpected discipline was added to the list – that of an artist.

“You’ve experienced countless hardships, some tremendous obstacles, and tonight, you have made it,” said MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang, during the traditional Nursing Pinning Ceremony in Kelsey Theatre May 15. “We salute you for your courage to dream, and for your determination. Nursing is not an occupation for the weak, and determination alone is not sufficient, as nursing is not just a science, but an art.”

Director of Nursing Education Elizabeth Mizerek presided over the ceremony where 24 MCCC Nursing program graduates received their pins, a rite of passage for nurses that dates back to the Crusades of the 12th century to recognize the hard work required to treat the injured and the sick – the same hard work required today to obtain a Nursing degree.

Students will now prepare for their National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the exam required to receive their RN certification. Last year, MCCC Nursing graduates were among the tops in the nation for passing the certification exam, with a pass rate of more than 90 percent on the first attempt.

“Your accomplishment tonight is a testament to teamwork,” said Dr. J. Brandon Shaw, MCCC Vice President for Academic Affairs. “You are truly entering a noble profession. It is a testament to perseverance.”

Class valedictorian Gina Chiarolanzio noted that as the group graduates as a class, they also succeeded as a team, which included the support of family and friends during their long hours of studying, clinicals, and so much more. But in the end, she said, it’s worth it.

“We have all worked so hard to be here. We stuck together, and together there is nothing we cannot achieve,” Chiarolanzio said, and then encouraged her fellow graduates to “be a nurse the way you want to be as a patient.”

“Dreams don’t work unless you do,” she said. “Tough times don’t last; people do. Congratulations, Class of 2018, we made it!”

In addition to the pinning ceremony, five special awards were given in recognition of outstanding performance. Catherine Urban received the Clinical Excellence Award; Caitlin Weinschenk was the recipient of the Professionalism Award; the Caring Award went to Bridget Phelan; Frances Kleinz received the Perseverance Award; with the Teamwork Award going to Cassandra Metz and the Academic Excellence Award to Jessica Ward.







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