Scranton Stories…studying abroad…

Meet Alexa, one of our Juniors who is back from her study abroad in Ireland!

Hi I’m Alexa Kane, I’m a junior nursing student and I just finished a semester abroad in Galway, Ireland.  I lived there for 4 months and studied at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Galway is a gorgeous city that is full of so much history and beautiful architecture. Some of the remaining medieval castles that once held lords are now coffee shops and parts of the shopping center. Everywhere in the city there are buskers (performers) singing and playing music and people walking along on the cobble stone streets. Ireland is truly a magical place. The scenery is beyond amazing. One of the most remarkable days I had in Ireland I spent in the tiny town of Cong, which is where the film The Quiet Man was filmed.  We hiked and played games in the shadow of the ruins Cong Abbey. This place felt like a completely different world,  like magic walk through the woods. Ireland as a whole feels magical with it all its hidden gems of medieval castles, churches and gorgeous landscapes.

It was so surreal to be in Ireland for a semester. I met some amazing people while I was there and did things that I had never thought I would do in my entire life. I got to travel to Brussels, Amsterdam and London. The extra workload in the fall of sophomore year was so worth it because this experience is one I will never forget. It truly changed me and made me more independent and aware of my impact on others. It is incredible that nursing students at the University of Scranton are able to study abroad for a full semester. This really was a wonderful experience that everyone should take advantage of if they can!

How is it August already?

The labs are set up, the computers are connected, the copier is running…the third floor of McGurrin Hall is “waking up” after a bit of down time for the summer. We are ready to welcome our new Royals Class of 2024, and welcome back to our returning Royals. Faculty and staff have been busy finishing up preparations for the new academic year. What are you looking most forward to as you head “back to school”? For us, it is definitely seeing our students and hearing about their summer adventures: traveling, externships or some much-needed downtime… Enjoy the rest of your summer Royals- hope you are resting up…it’s going to be another great year!

“What’s It Really Like?”

We recently welcomed back over 20 alumni members of the Class of 2017 to participate in the “Alumni Panel” to speak about their experiences as new graduates. Each year, Dr. Lovecchio coordinates the Senior Professional Day that helps prepare the senior class for their job hunts and their first year as professional Royal RNs. The panel this year is employed in very diverse group of specialties including NICU, Cardiac ICU, Medical/Surgical, Pediatrics, Women’s Health and Emergency nursing. The Alumni gave practical advice and some honest reflections on their experiences taking their licensing exam and adjusting to their current roles.  They also spoke about the difference a Jesuit education made in their nursing practice.  The Alumni Panel is always the most popular part of the day and the seniors appreciated being able to speak with and network with our graduates.


And We’re Off!

For some, Intercession at the University means relaxing and unwinding. For our RoyalRNs, it means travel, service and learning. Safe Travels to our students and faculty as they travel to the Dominican Republic, Uganda, Ireland, New Jersey and locally around North East PA. Some students will learn about public policy, others will collaborate with agencies and health professionals to provide care and compassion. All of them will see the benefits of their Jesuit education and will see the University’s strategic plan of becoming Engaged-Integrated and Global in action!

Nursing Getting into the Spirit!

Our last faculty and staff meeting of 2018 brought some food, sweets and games. Being all together is rare as we are often in many different directions in the community, in clinical and in the classroom. Congrats to Dr. Hudacek and Dr. Culp who were the winners in the ugly sweater contest. Not only were they winners, they were twins…great minds really do think alike! Best wishes for all for a restful and peaceful holiday season. Here’s to a great break- and we will see you in 2018!

Dr. Mary Jane Hanson elected to CCNE leadership position

Dr. Mary Jane Hanson, PhD, CRNP, CNS, ACNS-BC, FNP-BC has been elected as the Vice Chair of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE is an independent accrediting agency that reviews and assesses the quality of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education programs and entry-to-practice nurse residency programs. Congratulations Dr. Hanson!