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Nursing School Graduates Choose Careers at LVHN

More than 120 years since its founding and with 2,400 graduates to its credit, the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing continues to be the No. 1 education source for registered nurses (RNs) in Schuylkill County.

As the nursing school faculty regroups from the recent commencement exercises, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is preparing to welcome 17 members of the class of 2018 to the health network. Thirteen nurses accepted a position at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Schuylkill and four will join the team at LVH–Hazleton.

“This is a credit to our nursing program and our hospitals,” says Lynne Hausman, MSN, School of Nursing Director. During exit interviews with every graduate and ongoing conversations, many students expressed their appreciation for the career opportunities available at LVHN. “Graduates tell us they like the familiarity of working in our facilities and with our colleagues, as well as the professional opportunities LVHN provides,” Hausman says.

Highlights of last week’s graduation included comments from Amy Straus, CRNP, School of Nursing graduate and pediatric nurse practitioner at LVH–Schuylkill. Straus challenged the class, telling them that their education never stops. “Keep moving forward. Read, research and plan,” Straus said. “Embrace learning, keep seeking knowledge and wisdom, and make sure you love what you are doing.”

LVHN Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Kim Jordan, DNP, RN, led the graduates in the recitation of the Nightingale Pledge and the symbolic lighting of the Nightingale lamp.

The School of Nursing has been recognized as the chief supplier of nurses for hospitals, physician practices and clinics throughout Schuylkill and neighboring counties since its inception. LVH–Schuylkill employs numerous graduates of the program, and alumni have found professional opportunity all around the world.

The graduate nurses are now in the process of preparing for their National Council of License Examination (NCLEX) and can begin taking the exam upon registration. As part of their final semester curriculum, students participated in an NCLEX review class to help prepare them for the national testing. Examinations are offered at testing centers throughout the region.

The Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing was established in 1895 as The Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing. Its name was later changed to Schuylkill Health School of Nursing. The school later took the name of Judge Joseph F. McCloskey, longtime Board member and Chairman of the Hospital Board. He is known as an advocate of the school, the nursing program and educational opportunities in Schuylkill County.