Congratulations to the RN to BSN Program’s Graduating Class!

Pictured at the nursing pinning ceremony, from left, are Sandra Anderson, Victoria Bagby, Suzanne Bailey, Heather Stidsen, Ann Baird, Mara Reynolds, John Fleming and Elizabeth Cumming. Missing from photo are Tammy Kahale and Kenneth Njoroge.

Congratulations to the 10 Medical Center nurses who recently completed the RN to BSN collaborative program of Worcester State University and our Medical Center. Theirs was the fourth Medical Center cohort to graduate from the three-year, part-time evening program through which participants earn their bachelor of science degrees in nursing. The graduates’ pinning ceremony was held May 17 at Worcester State University. Graduation was held at the DCU Center May 19.

Educational Opportunities Available with Pathway to College Program

Are you thinking about taking classes, or even going back to school for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree? Pathway to College is a partnership between our Medical Center and Worcester State University, providing on-site classes in a convenient, affordable and supportive environment. Just one night per week for nine months, this program provides nine college credits, and the foundation needed to enter a wide variety of undergraduate degree programs including health education, nursing, business, psychology, occupational studies and sociology. Interested? Complete an inquiry form. For more information, read the flyer or email the organization and people development team.

Congratulations to Our Third RN to BSN Graduating Class!

Third-RN-to-BSNFourteen UMass Memorial Health Care nurses recently completed the RN to BSN collaborative program between Worcester State University and our Medical Center. Learn more about the program. They received their nursing pins and graduated last week. Join the Department of Nursing and Human Resources Department in celebrating the successes of the third graduating class! Pictured, from left, front row, are: Belina Pupi, Gail LaPointe, Maryann Ampadu; second row, Yasmin Abdoirahim (WSU student), Elizabeth Cunningham, Izabela Cwalinski, Maryann Sabetti-Gramajo (WSU faculty), Lorraine McMaster; third row, Kim Flynn, Heather Vuona, Heidi Metcalf, Tina Schwartz; and back row, Diane Reich, Diane Forgit, Amy Leboeuf, Lisa Colombo, chief nursing officer, and BobbyJo Cartee.

Recognizing Final Cohort of Direct Care Workers Pathways Program

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Members of the second cohort, from left, Heather Rich, Diabetes Clinic; Joanne Gallagher, Sports Medicine; Dinah Thompson, Nursing Float Pool; Jessica Vega, Emergency Medicine; Nana Oduro, Primary Care Clinic; Sandra Pepin, Cardiology; Christopher Tuero, Emergency Medicine; Angelica Mateo-Duran, Westboro Dermatology; Megan Belanger, OP North Clinic; Sarah Pepi, 3 West; Richie Frieda Dacanay, 3 West; Jennifer Whalen, Emergency Medicine; Jessica Cousineau, Arthritis and Joint Center; Sharon McPherson, Hand Clinic; and Sandra Kane and Randi Zanca of WSU.

We recently celebrated the completion of our second and final cohort of the Direct Care Workers Pathway Program. This on-site program was funded by a grant from the Department of Higher Education between Worcester State University (WSU) and our Medical Center to help SHARE union’s direct care workers get on a college track. The collaboration was initiated by Stephanie Chalupka, EdD, associate dean for nursing at WSU, who wrote the grant that provided substantial funding for this program. Cohort members began their college journey in September 2016. They have completed three college courses, earned nine college credits and the opportunity to submit a portfolio for additional credits.

Application Deadline for On-site RN to BSN Program Is April 15

Are you a registered nurse seeking a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing? UMass Memorial Health Care, in partnership with Worcester State University, will begin a new session of the on-site RN to BSN program in fall 2017. You can access program information and application online via My HR. Applications are due April 15 for this competitive program, so act now to learn about program requirements and the application process. Questions? Email or call 508-793-5626.

Celebrating First Cohort of Direct Care Workers Pathways Program

Members of the first cohort with representatives from the Medical Center and WSU: (top row, left to right) Tod Wiesman, HR, UMass Memorial Health Care; Joanne Moss, geriatrics; Sarah Youngstrom, Gastroenterology Clinic; Tammy Berry, Breast Center Surgical Oncology; Kona Enders, 3 West; Kristin Brown, clinical office suite; Cindy Bucinskas, Endocrinology Clinic; Linda Larrivee, PhD, WSU; (bottom row, left to right) Cherie Comeau, WSU; Judy Wainaina, surgery clinic; Hong (Kim) Le, 3 East; Tracy St. Jean, Dermatology Procedure Center; Karla Estrada, South 6.

Members of the first cohort with representatives from the Medical Center and WSU: (top row, left to right) Tod Wiesman, HR, UMass Memorial Health Care; Joanne Moss, geriatrics; Sarah Youngstrom, Gastroenterology Clinic; Tammy Berry, Breast Center Surgical Oncology; Kona Enders, 3 West; Kristin Brown, clinical office suite; Cindy Bucinskas, Endocrinology Clinic; Linda Larrivee, PhD, WSU; (bottom row, left to right) Cherie Comeau, WSU; Judy Wainaina, surgery clinic; Hong (Kim) Le, 3 East; Tracy St. Jean, Dermatology Procedure Center; Karla Estrada, South 6.

Last month, we celebrated the completion of our first cohort of the Direct Care Workers Pathway Program. This on-site program is funded by a grant from the Department of Higher Education between Worcester State University (WSU) and our Medical Center to help SHARE union’s direct care workers get on a college track. The collaboration was initiated by Stephanie Chalupka, EdD, associate dean for nursing at WSU, who wrote the grant that provided substantial funding for this program. Ten employees (PCAs, LPNs and medical office assistants) began their college journey in April 2016. They have completed three college courses, earned nine college credits and the opportunity to submit a portfolio for additional credits.

Irish Nursing Students and Faculty Visit Medical Center

Front Row, from left:  Mary Bonner, Karen Walker, Hannah Duffy (LYIT), Lorraine McColgan (LYIT), Cathy Jewell, Fiona Malley (LYIT), Dr. Louise Kavanagh-McBride (LYIT), Grainne Gallinagh  (LYIT), Lauren McKenna (LYIT), Janna Trombley (WSU), Deirdre Dunleavy, (LYIT), back row, Professor Maurice Murray (LYIT), Professor Breda Mulgrew (LYIT) and Dr. Stephanie Chalupka (WSU).

Front Row, from left:  Mary Bonner, Karen Walker, Hannah Duffy (LYIT), Lorraine McColgan (LYIT), Cathy Jewell, Fiona Malley (LYIT), Dr. Louise Kavanagh-McBride (LYIT), Grainne Gallinagh  (LYIT), Lauren McKenna (LYIT), Janna Trombley (WSU), Deirdre Dunleavy, (LYIT), back row, Professor Maurice Murray (LYIT), Professor Breda Mulgrew (LYIT) and Dr. Stephanie Chalupka (WSU).

The Nursing Department at Worcester State University (WSU) has a partner nursing program in the Republic of Ireland at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT). The collaboration involves faculty and student exchanges and transatlantic classes. Recently, LYIT students and faculty, on their first visit to WSU, spent time at our Medical Center. “We thought it important for them to visit our most important clinical partner,” said WSU’s Stephanie Chalupka, EdD. “We were truly overwhelmed by the generous hospitality provided to our guests by President Patrick Muldoon, CNO Cathy Jewell, ACNO Candi Szymanski and the Medical School’s James Leary.” The visitors toured the emergency department, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and the Cardiac Cath Lab. “Our guests were so impressed to see a world-class academic medical center committed to excellence in care, comprehensive health services, teaching and research,” noted Chalupka.

Nurses: Deadline to Apply for On-site RN-to-BSN Program Is April 15

WSU LogoAre you a registered nurse who was unable to attend the RN to BSN program information sessions held this past winter? If so, you can access program information and application online via My HR. UMass Memorial Health Care, in partnership with Worcester State University, will begin a new session of the RN-to-BSN program in the fall of 2016 for nurses preferring to study on-site at the Medical Center. Applications are due April 15 for this competitive program so act now to learn about requirements and the application process. Questions? Email or call 508-793-5626.

Attend On-site RN-to-BSN Program Information Session Monday

WSU LogoAre you a registered nurse seeking a bachelor of science in nursing degree? UMass Memorial Health Care, in partnership with Worcester State University, begins a new session of the fully accredited on-site RN-to-BSN program in the fall. Applications are due April 15. An information session, including application and tuition assistance materials, is scheduled Monday, February 29, Memorial Campus, Amphitheater, 2 to 3 pm and 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Sign up for the session via E-Learning 4U and learn how this high-quality education at a low cost can advance your nursing career. Can’t make it Monday? Contact Sarah Samolinski: Email or call 508-793-5626.

On-site WSU Advisor Assists Our Nurses Interested in a BSN Degree 

WSU LogoThe Worcester State University (WSU) Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Department of Nursing will again provide on-site academic advising for our nurses enrolled in the RN to BSN Program, as well as other nurses with associate’s degrees interested in pursuing bachelor’s degrees. The WSU advisor helps nurses understand how to fulfill the requirements for graduation and navigate the academic program successfully. An advisor can help create an educational plan to meet our nurses’ academic, professional and personal goals. The academic advisor will hold office hours for 30-minute appointments this fall alternating between Memorial and University campuses. To make an appointment, contact Sarah Samolinski: Email or call 508-793-5626.