Twenty-nine registered nurses who have earned their baccalaureate degrees from the Elms College School of Nursing were honored in a pinning ceremony held on Nurse’s Day, May 7, at Berkshire Hills Country Club.
The 2014 RN-BS class is the largest in the six-year history of the program, which was developed by Elms College in collaboration with Berkshire Health Systems. A total of 86 nurses have graduated from the Berkshire Campus since 2008.
BHS underwrites the cost of the program for its advanced practice registered nurses to achieve their baccalaureate degrees.
The 2014 graduates of the Elms College Berkshire Campus RN-BS program, the majority of whom currently work at either Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield or Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, are:
Tracy Autenrieth, Erin Boyle, Margaret Browne, Tricia Burr, Elizabeth Celentano, Sandy Cormier, Tracy Dermody, Kiwon Faukner, LeeAnn Fleming-Hand, Eline Forward, Debra Galvagni, Jamie LaFreniere, Teri Leja, Holly LeProvost, Nancy Magnifico, Kelli Melle, Michelle Monteleone-Ethier, Diane O’Neil, Andres Orozco, Melissa Patnode, Laura Petersoli, Phyllis Pierce, Annie Schultz, Kristen Shelsy, Nancy Slattery, Maxwell Solomon, Danielle Squires, and Erika Votoline.
Tricia Burr, Sandra Cormier, Debra Galvagni, Andres Orozco and Danielle Squires received awards for achieving 4.
Melissa Patnode was the recipient of the Sr. Nora Harrington Nurse Scholar Program, which is named for the founder of the Elms College nursing program and honors academically talented and exceptionally motivated students by preparing them for graduate studies.
The Award of Distinction, which recognizes a RN-BS student who has shown significant personal growth and development, as recognized by his or her classmates, was awarded to two graduates this year: Margaret Browne and Melissa Patnode.
The collaboration between Elms and BHS will expand this fall to prepare advanced-practice registered nurses for the highest professional level of nursing practice, the Doctor of Nursing Practice. The Elms College DNP prepares advanced practice nurses in two tracks: the Family Nurse Practitioner and the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. BHS will sponsor a cohort of eight students in the inaugural DNP program beginning this fall.