What's Happening at Cedar Crest College
First-Ever Master of Science in Nursing Class Graduates from Cedar Crest
(Second from left) Wendy Robb, director of the Master of Science in Nursing program at Cedar Crest, with new graduates (from left) John Burkley, Karen Boutron and Eileen Fruchtl.
The inaugural class of Master of Science in Nursing students at Cedar Crest College met for the last time on August 18, during which they presented their individual, evidence-based practice projects to the academic community, family, friends, co-workers, employers, and more. The 19 graduates have completed degree requirements and are eligible to walk in the College’s commencement ceremony next May.
Wendy Robb, Ph.D., director of the Master of Science in Nursing program, said of this class: "At Cedar Crest, one of our primary goals is to prepare students to change the world—whether it’s in the workplace, in the community, or at home. The nursing department is very proud to graduate this capable and passionate class of nurses as they look to advance their careers into new areas of increasing responsibility, and we fully expect they will do great things."
The Master of Science in Nursing program at Cedar Crest was first offered in the fall of 2008. The program includes two separate tracks—nursing education and nursing administration. Graduate Eileen Fruchtl, who studied in the nursing education track, said the program has prepared her to pursue her career dream of becoming an academic nurse educator. Her final evidence-based project, "The Impact of Education and Reassurance on Symptoms After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury," explored the influence of education and support on recovery after a concussion.
"Courses such as Teaching/Learning Strategies provide foundational knowledge about learning theory, while courses such as Nurse Educator Practicum provide actual clinical experience in the role of a nurse educator. These courses are fundamental for preparing future nurse educators to become highly effective teachers in the current and future educational environment," she said. "Cedar Crest’s MSN program has inspired me to strive to meet my professional goals by encouraging confidence in my professional abilities."
John Burkley, another graduate of the nursing education track, said the Cedar Crest MSN program, which includes two, 84-hour practicum experiences, is challenging and rewarding. His final research project, "Levels of Nursing Education and Patient Outcomes: Is there a Link?" was a systematic review of findings from numerous research studies that investigate and form a positive correlation as to how levels of nursing education impact patient outcomes.
"I have always enjoyed my own nursing education and want to make a difference to nursing students by making learning an enjoyable yet insightful experience," he said. "With this MSN degree from Cedar Crest College, I know that I have the capabilities to reach this goal."
Some of the institutions where students participated in practicums included Reading Hospital and Medical Center; Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital; Lehigh Valley Health Network; St. Luke’s Health Network; Northampton Community College; Penn State University (Lehigh Valley and Hazelton campuses); Robert Wood Johnson Hospital (NJ); Easton Hospital; and Cedar Crest College.