News and Events


Congratulations to the ace and Graduate FNP programs

August 2015 graduates of the Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) program achieve a 100% pass rate for the NCLEX-RN on their first attempt. In addition, graduates of the 2015 Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program also achieved a 100% pass rate on the FNP Certification Exam from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

The Department of Nursing, Southern Connecticut State University Exhibits at CLN’s 35th Annual RN Student Day

NORTH HAVEN, CT. December 1, 2015 – The Connecticut League for Nursing (CLN) held its 35th Annual RN Student Day at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT and would like to thank Southern Connecticut State University Department of Nursing for its support as an exhibitor.  The November 4, 2015 event brought together over (850) graduating nursing students to support their transition to practice with a day of education and an opportunity to network with employers and school representatives offering graduate nursing education.

The theme was Pursuing Your Passion … The Journey from Student to Nurse.  Tracy Ortelli, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF presented a dynamic keynote address highlighting the importance for each student to align their strengths, passion and purpose to determine what type of patient populations and work settings will bring out their best that, in turn, will create positive patient outcomes and offer an environment in which they will thrive, learn and grow.

Southern Connecticut State University Department of Nursing was proud to support CLN and exhibit to share information about the dynamic and accessible nursing education programs offered at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. 

CLN showcased its NEW interactive GUIDE to Nursing Education and Professional Development.  This new website  will allow an individual seeking to begin their career in nursing or a licensed nurse seeking to advance his/her career with access to all Schools of Nursing in Connecticut and the degree options offered.  Information pertaining to school philosophy, program content, location, cost, admissions criteria and financial aid resources; as well as, direct links to each school are included to insure that each visitor receives the most up-to-date information.  A special feature of the site will allow visitors to access a “coach” that can help them assess their short and long term career goals and support them in the decision-making process to research those schools and programs that best meet their personal needs and professional goals.

For more information about CLN, our national online education coursework and services that we offer please call 203-691-5013 or visit us at


WASHINGTON, DC, August 11, 2015 — Today, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced that 60 schools of nursing were selected to receive funding support to host White Coat Ceremonies, which emphasize the importance of providing compassionate care among health professionals. Launched last year, this ground-breaking collaboration between APGF and AACN was developed to promote humanistic, patient-centered care among future generations of registered nurses.

“A growing body of research shows that compassionate care is linked to superior patient outcomes, lower levels of provider burnout, and higher satisfaction among all members of the healthcare team,” said Dr. Richard Levin, President and CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. “We are delighted to join with AACN to help foster a commitment to compassionate care among nursing students at the start of their clinical education.”

Though White Coat Ceremonies have been conducted by medical schools for more than 20 years, the APGF-AACN initiative marks the first time a coordinated effort has been developed to offer similar events at schools of nursing. Last year, 100 nursing schools in 43 states plus the District of Columbia received financial support and guidance to offer a White Coat Ceremony, which typically consists of the recitation of an oath, the cloaking of students in a white coat, an address by an eminent role model, and a reception for students and invited guests. Students also were given a specially designed pin that serves as a visual reminder of their oath and commitment to providing high quality care. This year, 60 new nursing schools in 33 states plus the District of Columbia were selected to receive funding to inaugurate their own White Coat Ceremony in Fall 2015. View the listing of schools selected to participate in this year.

“As the healthcare provider who spends the most time with patients, nurses must embrace the need to provide compassionate care as an essential element of their professional practice,” said Dr. Eileen T. Breslin, AACN President. “With health care becoming more patient-centered and team-driven, nurses, physicians, and other providers must embed humanism in their practice as a way to elevate the patient care experience and improve care outcomes.”

For more information about this program, contact AACN project manager Shelley McKearney at


The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF): As a growing, international not-for-profit organization we have a critical mission: to optimize the experience and outcomes of health care for both patients and practitioners by promoting care that is as humane as it is technologically sophisticated. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation works with physicians in training and in practice, as well as other members of the healthcare team, to instill a culture of respect, dignity and compassion for patients and professionals. When skilled practitioners build caring, trusting and collaborative relationships with patients, study after study reveals more appropriate medical decisions, better patient adherence with treatment plans, and less costly healthcare outcomes.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 765 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice.

nursing student receives cln peer recognition award

Congratulations to senior nursing student Katie Coleman who was presented with the Peer Recognition Award for SCSU at the Connecticut League for Nursing Student Day, held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the Aqua Turf.

katie coleman receives cln award 2014


Twelve higher education institutions have received grants to share and build upon the lessons learned through an innovative and highly successful scholarship program for second career nurses, New Careers in Nursing (NCIN). NCIN was created eight years ago by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to increase the diversity of the nursing workforce by providing scholarships to people from groups underrepresented in nursing to earn accelerated baccalaureate or master's degrees in nursing. Schools of nursing that received NCIN grants for scholarships report great success in recruiting and retaining minority and male nursing students and making their institutions more diverse and inclusive. Read more.

Dr. Barbara Aronson earns Research Article of the Year Award

Congratulations Dr. Barbara Aronson, Ed.D., Program Co-Coordinator, on receiving the 2013 Research Article of the Year award, with her colleagues Barbara Glynn and Tim Squires. Their article, "Effectiveness of a role modeling intervention on student nurse simulation competency," was selected by Clinical Simulation in Nursing, The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation journal. The award was presented in June in Orlando, FL.

Dr. Barbara Aronson poses with her award for 2013 Research Article of the Year

Professor Pomarico-Denino Inducted as an AANP Fellow

The Nursing department would like to congratule Professor Vanessa Pomarico-Denino, Interim Director of our FNP Program, who was recently inducted as an American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Fellow. AANP Fellows are selected based on outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education or policy. Vanessa is one of 76 nurse practitioner leaders that were inducted by AANP at a ceremony held on June 19th during the AANP National Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Vanessa Pomarico-Denino

Accelerated Degree Nursing Students Awarded Scholarships

Southern was among one of the 52 schools to be awarded grants for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)'s New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. Read more.

Golden Key Honor Society

Four of SCSU/WCSU Ed.D students were recently inducted int the Golden Key Honor Society.  It is the largest collegiate honor society in the world. Membership is by invitation only, to the top 15% of college/university sophomores, juniors, seniors and top performing graduate students in all fields of study.  Congratulations to Alicerne Gumbs, Linda Roney, Erin McMahon and Philip Martinez.

Aronson Golden Key

7 Senior Nursing Students Awarded

The Department of Nursing is pleased to announce that 7 senior nursing students have been awarded one of the Paul L Jones Department of Nursing Scholarships.  Because of the generosity of the Paul L. Jones trust, each of the following students have received a scholarship of $2, 048.00 fall semester:  Amanda Arcand, Jamie Fortin, Kara Hallisey, Rachel Hendersen, Fatima Kolenovic, Alison Mueller, and Kristin Whitley

Dr. Madara Awarded

Dr. Madara was presented with the 2013 J Philip Smith Outstanding Teaching Award for full time faculty at a reception during the SCSU Teaching Academy of May 14th.  She is pictured with Provost Marianne Kennedy. She will also be recognized at the upcoming Undergraduate Commencement Exercise on May 17th.  Congratulations to Dr Madara!

Dr. Bernadette Madara and Provost Marianne Kennedy

Congratulations to the Nursing Class of 2013

The Department celebrated nursing and the accomplishments of the 87 graduating seniors at this year's Pinning Ceremony.


Angela Read

Angela Read, a 4.0 BS in Nursing student is the recipient of the prestigious Barnard Scholar Award. Read about Angela's accomplishments.

Angela Read

Beret Ravenscroft

Beret Ravenscroft, SCSU ACE Alumni 2012, was recently highlighted by the New Careers in Nursing Program. Beret has recently begun her PhD studies at The University of New Mexico with a focus on health care policy. Please read the article.

Beret Ravenscroft

Robert Sambat

Robert Sambat, a 2012-2013 ACE student, was chosen as an essay winner by the New Careers in Nursing Organization.  Robert is a RWJF scholar who will be graduating in August of 2013. Read his essay.

Robbie Sambat

Robert Sambat

Robert Sambat was chosen again for submitting a winning essay for the March 2013 essay contest for the NCIN "I Believe This About Nursing".

Jennifer Durnik-Fitzgerald

Jennifer Durnik-Fitzgerald awarded Nurse Practitioner Scholarship, May 2013

Jonathan Cooke

Jonathan Cooke, a 2010-2011 ACE student, was chosen as an essay winner by the New Careers in Nursing Organization. Jonathan is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholar and will be graduating from the ACE program in August of 2011. You may read Jonathan's essay on "I believe this about nursing".

J Cooke 2010 RWJF Scholar