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March 29, 2013

Class of 2014 Nurse Practitioner Students Reach Half-Way Point in Their MGH Institute Education

Students in the Master of Science in Nursing Class of 2014 received their traditional nursing pins at the School of Nursing’s annual Generalist Level Completion ceremony on March 22.

For the 101 members of the class, the event marks the half-way point of their three-year graduate education, signifying they can sit for the NCLEX licensure exam and, if successful, become a Registered Nurse. Upon graduation, they will receive their Master’s degree and be eligible to sit for the certification exam as nurse practitioners.

The event, held at the Joseph P. Martin Conference Center in Boston’s Longwood Medical district, also included an opportunity to recognize students for outstanding achievement.

Cynthia Cardon Hughes, from the Class of 1988, presented the annual Stephanie Macaluso ’88 Leadership Award to Lucia Egvert. The Macaluso Award was established by her classmates of the nursing graduate who died of cancer. The award is given to an Institute nursing student who best exemplifies the qualities of Macaluso, a clinical nurse specialist in the Thoracic Surgical Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital who was widely known and respected for her compassion, professionalism, and consistently high standards as a caregiver, patient educator, and mentor to other nurses.

Representatives from the MGH Nurses’ Alumni Association (MGHNAA) presented two annual scholarships, each of which was for $5,000. Mary Caira SON ’59 presented the Adele Corkum Award to Elizabeth McCarthy, and Margery Eramo SON ’57 presented the Ruth Sleeper Award to Emily Skinner.

Caira and Eramo attended the former Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing, the predecessor of the MGH Institute which began in 1873 and closed in 1981, four years after the MGH Institute was founded.

The IHP-MGHNAA connection was also highlighted by 1979 MGH School of Nursing graduate Elaine Federico, whose daughter, Marie Federico, is a member of the IHP Class of 2014.

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