After 12 months of accelerated nursing education and clinical training, 132 students in the Certificate of Entry into Nursing (CEIN) program at the UConn School of Nursing walked through the stage at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on December 16 and took the next step in nursing. Careers. This was the first personal indoor party the school had held in two years.
The school’s most recent graduates came from four UConn campuses: Avery Point, Stamford, Storrs, and Waterbury. Everyone is now ready to sit for their national licensing exam and, after they pass, join the healthcare workforce as registered nurses.
The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts was filled with alumni’s families and friends, all wearing masks. Despite the face coverings, joy and pride were evident from all present.
The School of Nursing banner was presented at the beginning of the ceremony by four students who were nominated by their classmates and recognized by the Connecticut Nursing Association as Peer Recognition Award winners. Kana: Elisa Mikolajchak from Avery Point Campus. Jennifer De Vélez Smith of the Stamford Campus; Julie Ariel of Storrs Campus; and Sarah Oleos of the Waterbury campus.
The Mu Branch of Sigma Theta Tau International University, Honorary Nursing Association, honored one of the alumni at the ceremony. Maggie McGuinness received the International Sigma Theta Tau Award for excellence, leadership potential and for embodying the spirit of care in nursing.
Clinical Associate Professor Carol Ann Whitmore has been selected by the CEIN Class of 2021 as the initial speaker. She remembered that, 40 years ago, she was also chosen by her graduating class at UConn, the class of 1982, to be the speaker in the class. Whitmore provides CEIN alumni with helpful career advice, from one UConn nurse to another.
“UConn nurses are designed to be leaders,” she said. “I am talking about leaders in the truest sense of the word. They are not managers, nor an official position nor a fancy title, but the people you can count on to do the right thing. The people you look to for guidance. The people you hold in high esteem. That’s what it means to be a nurse at University of California “.
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeffrey Shulson attended to congratulate the graduates and award their certificates.
“The CEIN program is one of the most immediately practical ways to help our organization meet the needs of the state, even though it offers this extraordinary opportunity for personal and professional advancement,” Schulson said. “You’ve all undoubtedly worked hard to get to this point, and we’re excited that you’re putting your education into practice.”
Dean Deborah Chyun has inspired the newest graduates of the College of Nursing, as they set out to join a profession that desperately needs their help.
“As your educational life continues, take the spirit of inquiry that brought you to us and boosted your academic success, to a world that trusts and needs you,” Chun said. “I am very proud of the fact that we are sending you out into the world well prepared to face its many challenges. You are the future and I am confident that the nursing profession is in good hands.”
The Entry Certificate Program in Nursing is an accelerated, one-year program designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in another field, but wish to pursue a career in nursing. After 12 months of full-time classes and hands-on learning experiences, students graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. This not only puts them on the right track to becoming registered nurses, but also helps address the nursing shortage across the country. The program features problem-based teaching and learning and includes components of history, culture, setting data, clinical sciences, nursing sciences, mutually-dependent independent nursing procedures, pathology, healthcare financing, and ethics.
The opening ceremony was also broadcast on the nursing school’s YouTube channel and is still available for viewing.
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