Iota Omega Chapter Highlights

Department of Nursing Highlights

The 1999/2000 academic year was a year marked with many successes. As we entered the new millennium, the students and the faculty were challenged by the nursing shortage, lower enrollments (a national trend), and a rapidly changing health care environment. The undergraduate program celebrated the graduation of the class of 2000. Nearly 80 percent of the graduates from the Class of 2000 had secured employment prior to graduation. Graduates of the University of Scranton nursing program continue to do well on the NCLEX-RN. The graduating class of 1999 had an NCLEX (RN Licensure exam) passing rate of 97 percent.

The “Partners in Nursing Education” program with the United States Army was renewed. There are 16 nursing students enrolled in the program. Three freshman ROTC scholarship winners were admitted to the class of 2004. A noteworthy accomplishment was the selection of Ms. Mary Theobald, junior student, as one of twenty “Helene Fuld Scholars” selected from all nursing programs in the nation.

To support recruitment both for the University and for the Nursing Profession, the University sponsored a nursing recruitment video produced by the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). As a sponsor, the University has the opportunity to license the video and produce a “trailer” for use in recruiting activities. Dr Mary Muscari is working with the TV/Media Department on campus to develop the “trailer”.

At the Graduate level, the masters track in Nurse Anesthesia was initiated and the first class was admitted in the Fall, 1999 semester.& nbsp; A new master's option was approved for nurses who have advanced practice certification. The family nurse practitioner grant, submitted by Dr. Mary Jane Hanson, was approved for $24,000. The 2000/2001 nurse anesthesia traineeship grant application, submitted by Ms. Eileen Evanina was approved for $19,699.

The newly formed Nursing Alumni Council was a co-sponsor for the “Celebration of Nursing at the Millennium” event held on May 6, 2000. At that event Dr. Phil Kalisch reminded us of the proud heritage that is nursing, and helped us to look into the future and explore ways to keep nursing in the forefront of health care. Professor Mary Jane DiMattio was elected as the president of the Nursing Alumni Council.