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Creighton University honors 3rd class of nursing graduates in Phoenix

Nursing grads in PhoenixForty-seven graduates from the Creighton University College of Nursing’s accelerated Bachelor of Science program in Phoenix were recognized and welcomed into the profession during the Honors Convocation and Nurse Pinning Ceremony Dec. 14 at Brophy College Preparatory.

The students, who are part of the third class of graduates from the Phoenix program, earned their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) after an intense, 12-month accelerated program taught by Creighton University faculty. The students gained clinical experience at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Valleywise Health, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and other clinical partner sites around metro Phoenix.

Creighton University College of Nursing Dean and Vice Provost of Health Sciences Campuses Catherine Todero, PhD, RN, FAAN, lauded the graduates for their dedication, commitment and community spirit. She also noted they will help fill the country’s nursing shortage and help reach the profession’s national goal of having 80 percent of nurses with a bachelor’s degree.

Several graduates had already accepted job offers and many others were engaged in the interview process.

The fourth cohort of nursing students is currently halfway through the program and a fifth cohort will begin in January.

In addition to the academic and clinical work, students took part in community service projects during the year.

Danielle Bouchard and Samantha Kapu each received an Academic Achievement Award. Sara Fiasco was named Nursing Student of the Year and Jodi Miller received the Service and Spirit Award. Bouchard also received the Sigma Theta Tau-Iota Tau Chapter Award.

Students awarded Keshia Kotula, MSN, RN, with the Classroom Instructor Excellence Award. Hez Naylor, MSN, BSN’03, FNP-BC, AP-PMN, FAIPM, received the Clinical Instructor Excellence Award.

Creighton University’s nursing program in Phoenix is currently based at Park Central in two classrooms and will move to Creighton’s new Health Sciences Campus currently under construction at Park Central. When completed, the seven-story campus will house the nursing program as well as a four-year medical school, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy and physician assistant programs.

The first classes are expected to start there in fall 2021.

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