Speaker, Ms. Katharine Natoli Class of 2013
Ed Perry, NSG Class of 2007 and professional musician provided the music for the Pinning Ceremony
Ms. Christine O'Brien
Sierra Spacher & Kelly Hooper
Adam Ten Broeke
2014 Pinning & Recognition Ceremony
Description of Awards
The PI PSI CHAPTER OF SIGMA THETA TAU Award. This award recognizes the student who emulates the Sigma values of leadership, scholarship and clinical practice.
Recipient...Ms. Guadalupe Perez
The SPIRIT OF NURSING Award. This award is presented on behalf of the US Army Nurse Corps Spirit of Nursing Award to the student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and contributions he/she makes to Nazareth College and the community.
Recipient...Ms. Chantel Underwood
The MARY M. LYNCH MEMORIAL Award. This award is given in recognition of the graduating senior’s outstanding clinical performance, outstanding application of the nursing process, leadership ability, self-direction, responsibility for own learning, and professional and personal growth. The award is made in memory of Mary Lynch RN, a member of the class of 1984 who died three weeks before graduation after a long battle with cancer. Ms. Lynch was awarded her Bachelors degree posthumously, Magna Cum Laude.
Recipient...Mr. Adam Ten Broeke
The FACULTY AWARD FOR CLINICAL EXCELLENCE. This award is given in recognition of a student’s exceptional dedication and cultural competence. Recipients excel in the application and integration of knowledge in the direct provision of patient care. The award celebrates students who have consistently exhibited qualities of compassion and understanding in patient care interactions.
Recipients...Ms. Sierra Spacher & Ms. Kelly Hooper
The KAREN SUE PUSEY Award. This award is given in memory of a beloved faculty member, Karen Sue Pusey, to perpetuate her legacy of dedication to the profession and Nazareth College's Department of Nursing.
Recipient...Ms. Kelly Barrett
The FACULTY ROLE TRANSITION Award. This award acknowledges the student who has demonstrated personal growth and commitment in a fashion that inspires those who work with them to always strive for excellence.
Recipient...Mr. Daniel Bradley
The MADELEINE LEININGER Award. This award recognizes the student who has the ability to successfully combine college study with other adult responsibilities of family, job, career and community service.
Recipient...Ms. Sherri Bernier
The DAISY Faculty Award. Recognizes a nursing faculty member who has an exceptional impact on students and has an inspirational influence on their future.
Ms. Christine O’Brien
Spring 2014 Newsworthy Articles
Spring Break in Belize
Dr. Mary Dahl Maher and Dr. Marie Bell spent a sunny short study abroad to Belize over spring break with eleven students – 10 undergrad nursing students and one graduate who completed a photojournalism thesis for a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. Five students joined Dr. Bell and former Nazareth faculty, Dr. Linda Janelli, in a service-learning project giving direct care to senior residents in a long-term care facility. This is the eighth year that Nazareth faculty and students have worked at Octavia Waight Senior Center which the Nursing Department has also supported through the contribution of bed-alarms for residents who might wander unsupervised during the night. Dr. Dahl Maher’s students participated in experiential learning activities built into a participatory action research project in a new credit-bearing course, PBH 102: Global Health. Their focus was an exploratory study of public health issues in Belize. The service-learning aspect of their course began with an evening at InterVol, here in Rochester, where they sorted unused medical supplies for distribution to national and international organizations that need them. Once in Belize, students conducted direct observation and used anthropological methods such as windshield surveys and interviews in urban settings such as Belize City and the new capital of Belmopan. They took a 45 minute water-taxi journey to a small off-shore island and did health promotion teaching on heart health and diabetes in a clinic in the Western Cayo District. They met with one of the founders of the Mennonite community that settled in Belize in 1958 for religious freedom and now operate the only commercial dairy in the country and are vital contributors to the country’s gross domestic product. All students participated in a morning hike through the rain forest with Dr. Rosita Arvigo, a naprapathic healer, who established the Ix Chel Tropical Medicine Research Center to learn about the medicinal properties of plants. We also climbed Mayan ruins, distributed donated school supplies to elementary-school children, and enjoyed the sandy beaches of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. The students were struck by how heterogeneous the population is and how people seem to live in such harmony. Belize, a former British colony, was never completely conquered by the Spanish and has a large Amerindian population as well as communities of Garifuna - descendants of African, Arawak and Carib Indians but also includes large numbers of people of Chinese, and Arab descent. They were impressed with the simplicity, hospitality, and sheer beauty of the country and had the opportunity to apply Leininger’s concepts to their experience!
Nursing Club Updates
Nursing Club Spring Newsworthy Events: Relay for Life: This year nursing club will be participating in Nazareth College's first every Relay for Life! It will be hosted April 5, from 7-11PM in the gym. The nursing club will be having a team and if you would like to be apart of this team you can contact us and let us know through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This also counts for LEADERSHIP HOURS FOR GRADUATING SENIORS!
Hurst Review Session: Hurst is a program used to review and prepare graduating seniors for the NCLEX examination. This year, we were fortunate enough to have a representative come and speak about utilizing these services at Nazareth College. Dates have been established for May 28, 29, & 30th for this years graduating seniors. They have a 98% passing rate and we are very excited to offer these services to our graduating seniors this year. Rate is $350, $50 due as a down payment for registration. Any further questions do not hesitate to email nursing club who can contact our representative, Tara Price, with further questions. Website: Hurstreview.com
May Pinning Ceremony: May pinning will be held on May 9th in the Linehan chapel. Index cards with announcement information should be delivered to Professor Chernak by May 1st. Seniors will receive additional information in their email as we approach this date! • We also need TWO more volunteer ushers to help with this ceremony, if you are interested please email the nursing club (email@example.com)
NCLEX questions and "I wish I knew" activities are located on the nursing club bulletin board. If answers are answered correctly for the NCLEX questions one student will be selected at the end of the semester to receive a Wegman's gift card! The "I wish I knew" activity is present for upperclassmen to write tips and things they wish they would have known as an underclassman! Check them out!
We look forward to a GREAT end to the semester and wish everyone luck with classes and finals! Suggestions, ideas, and comments can always be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org -Your Nursing Club Officers :)
Chantel Underwood, graduate of the class of 2014, was awarded the Go Red for Women Multicultural Scholarship awarded by The American Heart Association and Macy’s whose aim to support diversity among healthcare professionals
The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women and Macy’s awarded 16 scholarships of $2,500 each to help increase the number of diverse healthcare professionals while improving culturally-sensitive, patient-centered care.
The Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarships are part of Macy’s Multicultural Fund, which was created in 2009 to increase diversity in the medical field. Macy’s is the founding national sponsor of the association’s Go Red For Women® and Go Red Por Tu Corazón awareness campaigns.
Macy’s, is the founding national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, which makes them able to extend their reach into an underserved population. This includes raising awareness and creating long-term impact by helping increase diversity within the next generation of health care professionals who we know provide life-saving support to a multicultural population.
The scholarship program
now in its third year champions greater inclusion of multicultural women in medical, nursing and allied health studies to better meet the cultural needs of racially diverse patients.
Chantel ‘s experience of receiving quality healthcare by nurses as she grew up with asthma problems and having positive encounters with those healthcare professionals, which is what inspired Chantel Underwood to pursue a career as a nurse to be able to provide the same quality healthcare to other patients. As a child, Chantel quickly learned the need for diverse healthcare professionals, who ethnically diverse patients feel better connected to. “Having more diverse healthcare professionals, would give patients an opportunity to see healthcare professionals who look similar to themselves, that will make them feel more comfortable and will lead to better health results,” said Chantel. Having seen both heart disease and stroke in her family, she also recognizes the importance of raising awareness among the community and encourage people to live a healthy lifestyle, which is another goal that she plans to achieve as a healthcare professional. Chantel’s health care career path will be to take the lead to educate communities, at need, about the benefits of having access to healthcare. It is our pride to acknowledge one of our own graduates and staff of Nazareth, to acknowledge Chantel Underwood, with the great honor.