Nursing Program Confers Diplomas on 35

1-17-08

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. --- Thirty-five men and women who graduated in December from Mercer County Community College's Nursing Program received their degrees at a special celebration on Jan. 9 at the college's conference center.

Phyllis Cooney of Yardville, who earned the highest grade point average in her class, presented the valedictorian address. After earning her bachelor's degree in business, Cooney took time off to raise her four children, then returned to college to pursue her nursing degree. She asked, "Why does someone become a nurse? Why does a fireman run INTO a burning building? Why does a policewoman remain calm and keep her head when faced with danger in order to protect people she doesn't know? The answer for me and for many others is quite simple: It is who we are. It is who we were meant to be!"

Cooney and her classmates will help to fill the pressing need for nurses in our region and country. According to Linda Martin, MCCC's Director of Nursing Education, projections are for continued growth in the profession, particularly with an aging population.

Mercer's Nursing program graduates received an associate's degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses. The program combines course work in nursing and general education with clinical experience in regional health-care facilities under the supervision of college faculty. The program is accredited by the N.J. Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

In addition to its own Nursing program, Mercer works with Capital Health System and St. Francis Medical Center in Cooperative Nursing programs.

 

 

The January 2008 Nursing Program graduates.
MCCC President Patricia Donohue gives valedictorian Phyllis Cooney her diploma.
Career-changers Dave Baldwin, left, and Tom Vernoy, right, with Acting Director of Nursing Education Donna Penn and Dean of Science and Health Professions Linda Martin.

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