Nursing graduates receive nursing pins at ceremony 05-28-13

(Misericordia) The Misericordia University Nursing Department recently held a pinning ceremony in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall to honor undergraduate nursing students in the traditional Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing program and the RN to BSN Expressway Program who graduated May 18 at the 87th annual Commencement ceremony.

Undergraduate nursing students who completed the program receive the Misericordia University Nursing Pin, a symbol of achievement in the nursing profession. Family and friends attended the ceremony, which also featured Father Donald Williams, university chaplain, blessing the pins, and nurses reciting the international pledge and prayer for nurses.

Misericordia University offers three undergraduate nursing programs: traditional, full-time nursing students; part-time accelerated evening program for adult students; and for registered nurse students the RN to BSN Expressway Program. The undergraduate nursing programs are designed to meet the special educational and scheduling needs of adult and traditional students. They all lead to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Misericordia University is the most senior nursing program in Northeastern Pennsylvania. MU offers undergraduate and graduate nursing programs for traditional and nontraditional students. Graduate programs are also designed to meet the special needs of current BSN registered nurses who desire an advanced practice specialization in family nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialization. Clinical nurse specialization students may further choose to focus in adult health nursing or the health of women and children with a subspecialty in nursing administration or nursing education. Graduate programming leads to the Master of Science Degree in Nursing and provides course work in a convenient part-time, one day a week format.

Recent graduates of the nursing program also have surpassed the state and national pass rate averages on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. First-time test takers from the nursing program had 98.3-percent and 88.14-percent pass rates the last two years in 2012 and 2011, respectively. For more information about the nursing program at Misericordia University, please log on to or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 37 degree programs in three colleges in full- and part-time formats.