Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Forty-two students in Mercyhurst North East’s associate degree in nursing program are slated to graduate on Thursday, Dec. 17. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in the Mary D’ Angelo Performing Arts Center on the Erie campus of Mercyhurst University, where President Michael T. Victor will deliver the commencement address.
“Nursing has become complex in ways that couldn't have been imagined a generation ago,” Victor said. “Now there's an imperative to be not just a great caregiver but a great innovator, too. It's a profession for the intellectually curious, lifelong learner and we celebrate the dedication and commitment of our newest graduates.”
In addition to Victor, commencement exercises will feature a welcome by David Hyland, associate vice president for academic affairs at MNE; presentation of candidates by Provost David Dausey; announcement of awards by ASN program director Catherine Stiller; closing remarks by Gary Brown, chief operating officer of MNE; and benediction by Monsignor David Rubino, vice president for advancement.
According to the the U.S. Department of Labor and Industry, jobs in healthcare are steadily on the rise due to the world’s aging population. By 2020, predictions are that the nation will have a shortage of more than 800,000 nurses.
The median annual salary for a registered nurse is $62,450, and licensed practical nurses $39,030.