School of Nursing celebrates 132 graduates entering nursing program


After 12 months of accelerated nursing education and clinical training, the 132 students of the Certificate Entry into Nursing (CEIN) program at UConn School of Nursing walked across the stage at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on December 16 and passed the next step in their nursing education. careers. This was the first in-person indoor ceremony the School had held in two years.

The school’s new graduates came from four UConn campuses: Avery Point, Stamford, Storrs and Waterbury. All are now ready to take their national licensure exam and, upon successful completion, enter the health workforce as registered nurses.

The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts was packed with family and friends of the graduates, all wearing masks. Despite the face coverings, joy and pride were evident in all of the participants.

The School of Nursing banner was presented at the start of the ceremony by four students who were nominated by their classmates and recognized by the Connecticut League for Nursing as recipients of the Peer Recognition Award. They were: Elyssa Mikolajczak from the Avery Point campus; Jennifer D. Velez-Smith of the Stamford campus; Julie Arel of the Storrs campus; and Sarah Ollayos of the Waterbury campus.

UConn’s Mu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honorary nursing society, recognized a graduate at the ceremony. Maggie McGuinness received the Sigma Theta Tau International Award in honor of her excellence, leadership potential and example of the spirit of caring in nursing.

Assistant Clinical Professor Carol Ann Wetmore has been selected by the CEIN Class of 2021 as the keynote speaker. She recalled that 40 years ago she was also chosen by her class of UConn, the class of 1982, to be her class lecturer. Wetmore has given CEIN graduates useful career advice, from one UConn nurse to another.

“UConn nurses are designed to be leaders,” she said. “I’m talking about leaders in the true sense of the word. Not managers, no formal positions or fancy titles, but the people you can count on to do the right thing. The people you turn to for advice. People you hold in high regard. This is what it means to be a UConn nurse.

Senior Vice-President Academic Affairs Jeffrey Shoulson was on hand to congratulate the graduates and confer their degrees.

“The CEIN program is one of the most important and immediately practical ways our institution helps meet the needs of the state, even though it offers this extraordinary opportunity for personal and professional advancement,” said Shoulson . “You have undoubtedly worked hard to reach this point, and we are delighted that you are putting your education into practice.”

Dean Deborah Chyun inspired the most recent graduates of the School of Nursing as they embarked on a profession in dire need of their help.

“As your life of learning continues, bring the spirit of seeking that has brought you to us and fueled your academic success, into a world that trusts and needs you,” said Chyun. “I am very proud of the fact that we send you out into the world well prepared to face its many challenges. You are the future and I have no doubts that the nursing profession is in good hands.

The Certificate Entry Into Nursing Program is a one-year accelerated program designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in another field, but who wish to pursue a career in nursing. After 12 months of full-time tuition and hands-on learning experiences, students earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Not only does this put them on the right path to becoming registered nurses, but it also helps address the nursing shortage across the country. The program offers problem-oriented teaching and learning and includes elements of history, culture, tuning data, clinical science, nursing, independent-dependent-interdependent nursing action, disease science. , health care financing and ethics.

The opening ceremony was also broadcast live on the School of Nursing YouTube channel and is always available for viewing.

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