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successful pass rates for the 2017 nursing graduates

Congratulations to the May 2017 Traditional BSN and August 2017 Accelerated (ACE) nursing graduates on their high achieving pass rates for the NCLEX-RN examination! Our BSN graduates achieved a 95% first-time pass rate and our ACE graduates achieved a 98% first-time pass rate. In addition, graduates of the 2017 Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program completed the FNP Certification Exam from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and achieved an overall pass rate of 100%, and first-time pass rate of 92%.

3rd Annual White Coat ceremony

New BSN Junior and Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) students pledged an oath of compassionate, professional care at the start of the Fall 2017 semester at the 3rd Annual White Coat Ceremony sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the SCSU Department of Nursing. Guest speaker, Ena M. Williams, MSM, MBA, BSN RN, CENP, Interim Chief Nursing Officer at Yale New Haven Hospital, provided stories and reflections about nursing practice based upon her rich background and experiences. The Department of Nursing wishes all of the new nursing students much success with their future education and practice.


28th International nursing research congress

Professor Susan Westrick (far right in photo) presented her research on July 30th at the 28th International Nursing Research Congress in Dublin, Ireland sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau International. The title of her presentation was "Legal and Ethical Accountability for Nursing Errors: Disclosure and Apology".Ireland 28th Annual Nursing


CNAHN 3rd annual awards & Scholarship Gala

Nursing students and alum attend the Connecticut National Association of Hispanic Nurses 3rd Annual Awards & Scholarship Gala on Friday, June 24th, held at the Omni Hotel at Yale. 

CNAHN 2016 Nursing Award

Nursing Alumni selected as Faanp Members

Two alumni of the Department of Nursing at Southern Connecticut State University, Kathryn Jack and Elizabeth Visone, have recently been selected as Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). These nurse practitioner leaders are two of 88 that will be inducted at the AANP 2016 National Conference in San Antonio, Texas on June 23rd. The new FAANP members will continue the tradition of impacting national and global health through their outstanding contributions.

The FAANP program was established in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education or policy. Fellows of AANP are visionaries and, as such, hold an annual think tank to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and health care. The new Fellows will continue to demonstrate leadership and contribute to the mission of AANP.

Kathryn Jack, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, graduated from SCSU in 2000 with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. In her role as a family nurse practitioner at Connecticut GI, she provides a broad spectrum of care pertaining to general gastroenterology issues and urgent care, and is the sole provider in the practice who treats chronic Hepatitis C patients. Her role also includes acting as a preceptor for Southern Connecticut State University and Quinnipiac University students as well as a guest lecturer at SCSU. Ms Jack serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut division of the American Liver Foundation, has served as the first APRN in the role of the Associate Medical Advisory Chairman, American Liver Foundation, CT Division, and is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, American Association of Study of Liver Disease and the Connecticut Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Society. Among her awards is the 2013 “American Association of Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence.” Ms Jack has also served as faculty for MedScape/WebMD and has done presentations on Chronic Hepatitis C. She has also been a primary investigator in clinical trials for HCV and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and continues to present on liver-related topics, including HCV, both locally and nationally.

Liz Visone has over 40 years of nursing experience in various settings.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from Southern Connecticut State University, a Masters’ degree in nursing and APRN certificate from University of Connecticut, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She currently provides primary care to patients in an internal medicine office in South Windsor, CT. She is the owner of CT NP HealthCare providing APRN services to a local skilled nursing facility.  She serves as an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University.  She serves as a preceptor for APRN students for the past 10 years.  She is a participant on the Department of Public Health Task Force for MOLST as well as the Educational Liaison for the Windham Pilot Program and Member of Connecticut Coalition to Improve End of Life Care.  Dr. Visone is the current President of Connecticut Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Society. 



Nursing Chairperson selected by ccne to serve as on site evaluator

Dr. Lisa M. Rebeschi, Chairperson, Department of Nursing has been selected by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) to serve as an on site evaluator for the organization. Dr. Rebeschi was one of 152 attendees at the CCNE Evaluator Training which took place on March 7-8th, 2016 in Reston, Virginia. Dr. Rebeschi will begin to serve in her role beginning in the fall semester.

CCNE is an autonomous accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). CCNE is recognized by the United States Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency. CCNE is the only nursing accrediting agency dedicated exclusively to the accreditation of bachelor's and graduate degree nursing education programs.

CCNE 2016


Nursing students visit Body worlds exhibition in new york city

February 15, 2016 – New York City.  The Southern Connecticut State University Chapter of the National Student Nurse Association (NSNA) hosted a fabulous day trip to Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS Exhibition in New York City.  Fifty-five junior and senior nursing students along with their faculty advisors, Drs. Cheryl Resha and Antoinette Towle visited the original BODY WORLDS Exhibition at the Discovery Times Square (DTS).  This nationally acclaimed exhibit depicts the human anatomy through a process called Plastination.  According to the DTS website, the exhibit is “an inspiring, immersive exhibit experience about challenges our bodies face navigating the 21st century”.  This event offered the students an opportunity to revisit the anatomy of the human body through art and to consider important health promoting behaviors to live a long, healthy life.  A special thanks to the student executive board of the NSNA for their coordination of the logistics including an easy train ride to the city making this a wonderful and successful event for all.

Nursing Students Visit Body Exhibition in NYC 2016


Congratulations to the ace and Graduate FNP programs

August 2015 graduates of the Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) program achieve a 100% pass rate for the NCLEX-RN on their first attempt. In addition, graduates of the 2015 Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program also achieved a 100% pass rate on the FNP Certification Exam from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

The Department of Nursing, Southern Connecticut State University Exhibits at CLN’s 35th Annual RN Student Day

NORTH HAVEN, CT. December 1, 2015 – The Connecticut League for Nursing (CLN) held its 35th Annual RN Student Day at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT and would like to thank Southern Connecticut State University Department of Nursing for its support as an exhibitor.  The November 4, 2015 event brought together over (850) graduating nursing students to support their transition to practice with a day of education and an opportunity to network with employers and school representatives offering graduate nursing education.

The theme was Pursuing Your Passion … The Journey from Student to Nurse.  Tracy Ortelli, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF presented a dynamic keynote address highlighting the importance for each student to align their strengths, passion and purpose to determine what type of patient populations and work settings will bring out their best that, in turn, will create positive patient outcomes and offer an environment in which they will thrive, learn and grow.

Southern Connecticut State University Department of Nursing was proud to support CLN and exhibit to share information about the dynamic and accessible nursing education programs offered at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. 

CLN showcased its NEW interactive GUIDE to Nursing Education and Professional Development.  This new website  will allow an individual seeking to begin their career in nursing or a licensed nurse seeking to advance his/her career with access to all Schools of Nursing in Connecticut and the degree options offered.  Information pertaining to school philosophy, program content, location, cost, admissions criteria and financial aid resources; as well as, direct links to each school are included to insure that each visitor receives the most up-to-date information.  A special feature of the site will allow visitors to access a “coach” that can help them assess their short and long term career goals and support them in the decision-making process to research those schools and programs that best meet their personal needs and professional goals.

For more information about CLN, our national online education coursework and services that we offer please call 203-691-5013 or visit us at


WASHINGTON, DC, August 11, 2015 — Today, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced that 60 schools of nursing were selected to receive funding support to host White Coat Ceremonies, which emphasize the importance of providing compassionate care among health professionals. Launched last year, this ground-breaking collaboration between APGF and AACN was developed to promote humanistic, patient-centered care among future generations of registered nurses.

“A growing body of research shows that compassionate care is linked to superior patient outcomes, lower levels of provider burnout, and higher satisfaction among all members of the healthcare team,” said Dr. Richard Levin, President and CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. “We are delighted to join with AACN to help foster a commitment to compassionate care among nursing students at the start of their clinical education.”

Though White Coat Ceremonies have been conducted by medical schools for more than 20 years, the APGF-AACN initiative marks the first time a coordinated effort has been developed to offer similar events at schools of nursing. Last year, 100 nursing schools in 43 states plus the District of Columbia received financial support and guidance to offer a White Coat Ceremony, which typically consists of the recitation of an oath, the cloaking of students in a white coat, an address by an eminent role model, and a reception for students and invited guests. Students also were given a specially designed pin that serves as a visual reminder of their oath and commitment to providing high quality care. This year, 60 new nursing schools in 33 states plus the District of Columbia were selected to receive funding to inaugurate their own White Coat Ceremony in Fall 2015. View the listing of schools selected to participate in this year.

“As the healthcare provider who spends the most time with patients, nurses must embrace the need to provide compassionate care as an essential element of their professional practice,” said Dr. Eileen T. Breslin, AACN President. “With health care becoming more patient-centered and team-driven, nurses, physicians, and other providers must embed humanism in their practice as a way to elevate the patient care experience and improve care outcomes.”

For more information about this program, contact AACN project manager Shelley McKearney at

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF): As a growing, international not-for-profit organization we have a critical mission: to optimize the experience and outcomes of health care for both patients and practitioners by promoting care that is as humane as it is technologically sophisticated. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation works with physicians in training and in practice, as well as other members of the healthcare team, to instill a culture of respect, dignity and compassion for patients and professionals. When skilled practitioners build caring, trusting and collaborative relationships with patients, study after study reveals more appropriate medical decisions, better patient adherence with treatment plans, and less costly healthcare outcomes.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 765 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice.

department of nursing faculty recognized at education summit

On April 24th, 2015, nursing faculty members Dr. Barbara Aronson and Dr. Lisa Rebeschi were recognized at the Education Summit of the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative Action Coalition (CNC-AC) held at the Yale School of Nursing. Associate Vice President Marianne Kennedy attended the recognition ceremony in support of the work conducted in nursing.

Faculty Award

Nurse educators from academic settings must establish and maintain strong practice partnerships with healthcare institutions in order to eliminate the existing sharp divide between academia and practice. A recent initiative, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sought to minimize that divide and better prepare students for their future practice as registered nurses. Specifically, Yale New Haven Hospital, Gateway Community College and Southern Connecticut State University were members of the South Central Partners of the project and worked collaboratively to enact the Nurse of the Future Competencies. Faculty completed a thorough gap analysis of their curricula to find gaps related to patient centered care, professionalism, leadership, systems based practice, informaticsand technology, communication, teamwork and collaboration, safety, quality improvement, and evidence-based practice.

These competencies help to address the health care workforce needs of the future by better preparation of nursing students and new graduates. The gap analysis also assists in identifying the educational needs of associate degree nursing students who articulate into baccalaureate nursing degree programs. The project also involved dissemination of the findings to key stakeholders within the three organizations and identification of opportunities for students and nurses to bridge the identified gaps and meet the Nurse of the Future Competencies. Over 175 recommendations were made and an action plan was developed to implement many of these strategies over the next several years. The healthcare delivery system is rapidly changing and nursing education has to be diligently focused on keeping current with changes that occur in practice. As new nurses graduate they have the need to be prepared with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to provide high quality, safe, and effective nursing care.

nursing student receives cln peer recognition award

Congratulations to senior nursing student Katie Coleman who was presented with the Peer Recognition Award for SCSU at the Connecticut League for Nursing Student Day, held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the Aqua Turf.

katie coleman receives cln award 2014



Twelve higher education institutions have received grants to share and build upon the lessons learned through an innovative and highly successful scholarship program for second career nurses, New Careers in Nursing (NCIN). NCIN was created eight years ago by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to increase the diversity of the nursing workforce by providing scholarships to people from groups underrepresented in nursing to earn accelerated baccalaureate or master's degrees in nursing. Schools of nursing that received NCIN grants for scholarships report great success in recruiting and retaining minority and male nursing students and making their institutions more diverse and inclusive. Read more.

Dr. Barbara Aronson earns Research Article of the Year Award

Congratulations Dr. Barbara Aronson, Ed.D., Program Co-Coordinator, on receiving the 2013 Research Article of the Year award, with her colleagues Barbara Glynn and Tim Squires. Their article, "Effectiveness of a role modeling intervention on student nurse simulation competency," was selected by Clinical Simulation in Nursing, The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation journal. The award was presented in June in Orlando, FL.

Dr. Barbara Aronson poses with her award for 2013 Research Article of the Year


Vanessa Pomarico-Denino

Professor Pomarico-Denino Inducted as an AANP Fellow

The Nursing department would like to congratule Professor Vanessa Pomarico-Denino, Interim Director of our FNP Program, who was recently inducted as an American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Fellow. AANP Fellows are selected based on outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education or policy. Vanessa is one of 76 nurse practitioner leaders that were inducted by AANP at a ceremony held on June 19th during the AANP National Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.


Accelerated Degree Nursing Students Awarded Scholarships

Southern was among one of the 52 schools to be awarded grants for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)'s New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. Read more.

Golden Key Honor Society

Four of SCSU/WCSU Ed.D students were recently inducted int the Golden Key Honor Society.  It is the largest collegiate honor society in the world. Membership is by invitation only, to the top 15% of college/university sophomores, juniors, seniors and top performing graduate students in all fields of study.  Congratulations to Alicerne Gumbs, Linda Roney, Erin McMahon and Philip Martinez.

Aronson Golden Key

7 Senior Nursing Students Awarded

The Department of Nursing is pleased to announce that 7 senior nursing students have been awarded one of the Paul L Jones Department of Nursing Scholarships.  Because of the generosity of the Paul L. Jones trust, each of the following students have received a scholarship of $2, 048.00 fall semester:  Amanda Arcand, Jamie Fortin, Kara Hallisey, Rachel Hendersen, Fatima Kolenovic, Alison Mueller, and Kristin Whitley

Dr. Madara Awarded

Dr. Madara was presented with the 2013 J Philip Smith Outstanding Teaching Award for full time faculty at a reception during the SCSU Teaching Academy of May 14th.  She is pictured with Provost Marianne Kennedy. She will also be recognized at the upcoming Undergraduate Commencement Exercise on May 17th.  Congratulations to Dr Madara!

Dr. Bernadette Madara and Provost Marianne Kennedy


Congratulations to the Nursing Class of 2013

The Department celebrated nursing and the accomplishments of the 87 graduating seniors at this year's Pinning Ceremony.



Angela Read

Angela Read, a 4.0 BS in Nursing student is the recipient of the prestigious Barnard Scholar Award. Read about Angela's accomplishments.

Angela Read


Beret Ravenscroft

Beret Ravenscroft, SCSU ACE Alumni 2012, was recently highlighted by the New Careers in Nursing Program. Beret has recently begun her PhD studies at The University of New Mexico with a focus on health care policy. Please read the article.

Beret Ravenscroft

New Careers in nursing (ncin) 2012-2013 essay winner

Robert Sambat, a 2013 ACE nursing student, was chosen as a two-time essay winner by the New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Organization. Robert is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) scholar who graduated from the Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) program in August of 2013. Please read his October 2012 winning essay and his March 2013 winning essay

Jennifer Durnik-Fitzgerald

Jennifer Durnik-Fitzgerald awarded Nurse Practitioner Scholarship, May 2013

New Careers in Nursing (ncin) 2011 essay winner

Jonathan Cooke, a 2011 ACE student, was chosen as an essay winner by the New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Organization. Jonathan is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) scholar who graduated from the ACE program in August of 2011. You may read Jonathan's essay on "I believe this about nursing".

J Cooke 2010 RWJF Scholar