May 24, 2017
Communications and Marketing
During Saint Anselm College's 124th commencement exercises on May 20, the college also celebrated the success of its fifth RN to BSN graduating class. This year, 13 nursing students earned Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing (BSN) through the college's hybrid-online RN to BSN Degree Program.
Nelly Caba **
Mary DeVoy *
Devin Farmer *
Kylie Giroux '13 *
Jennifer Hagman ** H
Erin Hebert '06 ***
Mary Hoffman ***
Catherine Kane ***
Alexa Melkonian-MacIver '08 **
Megan Moynihan *** H
Lisa Murphy *** H
Brianna Watson *** H
Meghan Welsh **
(*Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude ***Summa Cum Lade / H - member of Epsilon Tau Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing)
Saint Anselm College's RN to BSN Degree Program gives registered nurses with an associate's degree the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree through the college's distinguished nursing department. Through the hybrid program, nurses have the flexibility to take courses online while attending an on-campus class twice per course. The students meet and develop personal relationships with their professors, classmates, and an advisor committed to their success.
The class of 2017 included nurses who participated in the program both part-time and full-time, having received the same quality education and standards of excellence as the traditional baccalaureate program, but in a format that fits their busy professional schedules.
This year, several graduates have already been accepted into master's programs to continue their education. "What gives me great pleasure is to see the students' persistence in learning and that contributes to their personal growth and the quality of nursing they intend to demonstrate," says assistant director, Professor Jane Leonard.
Graduates came from all over New England and work in hospitals and organizations including Boston Medical Center, Lahey Hospital, Catholic Medical Center, Wentworth-Douglas Hospital, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, and Holy Family Hospital.
Three members of the class of 2017 already earned bachelor of arts degrees from Saint Anselm and returned to earn a BSN.
At the RN to BSN awards reception on May 8, Lisa Murphy '17 was recognized for her hard work, dedication, and academic excellence as recipient of the Dr. Sharon R. George RN to BSN Achievement Award.
The award, named after the nursing department's former dean, is given to the student who earned the highest GPA of the graduating class. The RN to BSN Degree Program was a direct result of Dr. George's passion and efforts to make the pursuit of the BSN accessible for the working nurse.
Murphy completed her studies in December 2016. She is a registered nurse from Shirley, Mass., and has worked on the oncology/hematology floor at Lahey Hospital in Burlington, Mass. for almost 20 years.