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Nursing grads recognized by prestigious healthcare systems

May 20, 2013

Two recent Saint Francis University nursing graduates were recognized for their accomplishments as young nursing professionals.

Paige Smith

Paige Smith (BSN 12) received the New Graduate Nurse of the Year Award at UCLA Medical Center. She is a staff nurse on the Cardiac-thoracic ICU at the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center. This award is only given to one nurse in the entire UCLA Medical system. Paige returned to campus in May to talk to senior nursing students about her experiences as a young nursing professional at UCLA.

Mollie Rogers (BSN 12) was nominated for UPMC Rookie of the Year Award at the UPMC Health System in Pittsburgh. Mollie works on the Bone Marrow Transplant unit at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Mollie returned to campus in April to talk to senior nursing students about her experiences as a new nurse on a bone marrow transplant unit.

While in the SFU bachelor of science in nursing degree program, students such as Paige and Mollie gain experience through clinical rotations that prepare them to work in a variety of healthcare settings. During the spring 2013 semester, SFU junior nursing students completed a clinical rotation at UPMC Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. While one of SFU groups was there, they were a part of a video produced by Children's Hospital, specifically, the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation. The students appear toward the end of the video wearing SFU red and black uniforms. The students who participated were: Kristin Allison of Indiana, Brittany Boyd of Johnstown, Dustin Grow of Windber, and Courtney Wendekier of Carrolltown

In 2012, the SFU nursing program received a 95.24% pass rate from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. This score exceeded the overall Pennsylvania first time pass rates for all BSN programs and all nursing programs, as well as the overall national average of first time pass rates. The nursing program is part of the university’s School of Health Sciences.