University’s Class of 2017 Nursing graduates, who earned their Bachelor of
Science Degree in Nursing this past May, have already gone on to pass National
Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).
The Nursing Department received word this
month that all 15 of the new graduates had passed the exam on their first try. The
Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing will release the official results in
“We are so grateful for
all of the time and effort that the faculty and students have put
forth in achieving such outstanding outcomes. This is our fourth graduating
class in a row to achieve this success." said Dr. Rita Trofino, DNP, MNEd, RN,
who serves as the nursing Department Chair and Associate Dean in the School of
According to Dr.
Trofino, job placement has been excellent, as 100% of graduates who seek
professional employment within 3 months of graduation have jobs in the
profession. Most have jobs within two months of graduation.
Areas of employment for the 2017
graduates include: UPMC Children’s, ICU; the Mayo Clinic, Oncology Unit;
Conemaugh Health System, PCU and 7 Ashman; Cleveland Clinic, Medical ICU;
Geisinger Medical Center, one at Adult ICU, and another graduate at Cardiac
ICU; Pinnacle West Shore; Latrobe Excela, ER; UPMC Mercy, Cardio Progressive
Unit; Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Medstar
Franklin Square Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, Stoke/Med Surg unit.
Saint Francis has been providing quality undergraduate
nursing education for more than 30 years and has recently built upon that
foundation with the new Master
of Science in Nursing (MSN), Leadership/Education Track (L/E) which opened in
fall of 2016. Dr. Camille Wendekier is the Program Director of the MSN, L/E
Program, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or at 814-472-2843. This degree provides BSN graduates with a new option to
pursue administrative/leadership or teaching roles, according to Dr. Trofino.
Dr. Lenore Resick, CRNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, was recently
hired as the Program Director for the Master
of Science in Nursing (MSN), Family Nurse Practitioner Track (FNP). The proposal
for this new program was submitted to the PA State Board of Nursing in December
of 2016. We are currently awaiting word on approval of this program. Dr. Resick
can be reached email@example.com
or at 814-472-3027.
Students interested in nursing options at Saint Francis
University may visit www.francis.edu/nursing.
The baccalaureate nursing program at Saint Francis
University has full approval by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and is
fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Application for accreditation of the graduate programs has been submitted, and
CCNE will make an accreditation site visit in March of 2018. Saint Francis
University remains accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
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Madison Fiaschetti, Cassidy Merrifield, Father Malachi, Brittini Jentz,
Margaret Lallemand, Shianne Witherow.
Row 2: Noah Overman, Heather
McKee, Leah Skedel, Shelby Derr, Kelly Quealy, Erika Stephanides, Daniel
Hoover, Kierstyn Reddecliff, Ty Geesey