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Mercy Students & Alumni, We Have Job Postings

Mercy College is excited to announce the new Online Student and Alumni Job Board! 

Embarking on a new career or job can be scary but what can be even scarier is being stuck in a position that isn’t a good fit for an indefinite amount of time.  All of our students and alumni should take the time to become familiar with this career resource as they begin and grow in their chosen fields!  

Class of 2015, it's time!

Congratulations to all 325 graduates of the Mercy College of Health Sciences Class of 2015, representing ten academic disciplines and originating from 138 cities across 5 countries and 3 continents!


Mercy College 2015 Commencement Ceremony
Friday, April 24, 2015 

Pinning Ceremony - 1:00 p.m.
Commencement 2:30 p.m.

Hy-Vee Hall C of the Iowa Event Center, 730 Third Street, Des Moines, Iowa

There will be a Graduation Reception for students and their guests following the commencement ceremony Sullivan Center Lobby.

For those people unable to make the event in person, watch graduation online via the Mercy College online LIVESTREAM FEED.

- Live Stream -  Watch Mercy College Graduation Ceremony



BybeeBarbara C. Bybee of Pleasantville, Iowa has been selected as the 2015 Catherine McAuley Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Excellence.  She will receive her award at Mercy College's 2015 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Bybee completed the first course for Emergency Medical Technician 1 in 1975 offered by the Mercy Regional Emergency Training Center, the forerunner to the Mercy College EMS Program.

She is being recognized in part for her volunteer work with the Pleasantville ambulance service for 32 years, and involvment in the creation of the Pleasantville EMS program and the development of the 911 emergency system for Marion County as a team captain, skills trainer and chief of service.

In her professional role, Bybee is a Trauma Nurse Practitioner with Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines’ Trauma Physicians Services.

 

 

From Delighting Stomachs in her Bakery to Scanning Hearts in DMS Lab

As a 40-something wife to Jeff and mother of two busy kids, Morgan (14) and Andrew (12), Traci Reetz is not your traditional sonography college student.

“With graduation quickly approaching I look back at my experience as a student in Mercy College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Cardiac program, am overwhelmed with joy at what I have accomplished with the help of the instructors and staff at Mercy College.” Starting in May, Reetz will be employed at Iowa Heart Center as a cardiac diagnostic sonographer in Des Moines alongside many from whom she learned to scan in her clinical rotations.

Don't let your college bill overwhelm you!

You're busy ... we understand ... and paying for college is not top of mind ... however, staying ahead of it could save time and money.

There have been many changes over the last few terms, so whether you have been here for a while or are a new student, let’s talk about the tools that are out there for you.

Mercy College Receives $426,000 Gift from Nursing Alumna

Mercy College has received an alumna gift of $426,772 from the estate of G. Frances Shiltz Weieneth to establish an endowed scholarship for the benefit of a nursing student. Mrs. Weieneth was a 1945 diploma nursing graduate of the Mercy School of Nursing in Des Moines.

ALL Mercy students Welcome to Stress Less Days!

ALL students are welcome to join together for a semester-end de-stressing event sponsored by the Student Success IMAG0674Center, initiated by College Counselor Marla Inks, to counteract the naturally high levels of stress students feel going into finals week.

Register today for Mercy College's 10th Annual Research Symposium!

Prosthetics and Orthotics, Past, Present, and Emerging Future

Stefania Fatone, Ph.D., BPOStefania Fatone, Ph.D., BPO (Hons)

50 years of Prosthetics and Orthotics Education and Research in the US

Dr. Stefania Fatone, Ph.D., BPO (Hons), grew up in Melbourne, Australia where she received an undergraduate degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics and PhD at La Trobe University. She came to Chicago at the end of 2000 to conduct prosthetics and orthotics research at Northwestern University. She is currently an Associate Professor in Northwestern University Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation where she conducts prosthetic and orthotic research currently funded by the Department of Defense, National Institute of Health and industry, and contributes to the education of prosthetists and orthotists in the Masters of Prosthetics and Orthotics program.

Dr Fatone’s research examines the effects of prostheses and orthoses on human locomotion in order to increase understanding, establish efficacy, and improve effectiveness of prosthetic and orthotic interventions for people with disability.

Paramedic & Nursing Students Learning Side-by-Side (IPE)

Mercy College BSN and Paramedic students participated in an Inter Professional Education (IPE) session where various simulations were provided for students to experience emergency room simulations utilizing mannequins ranging from geriatric care to full cardiac arrest. These experiences are in advance of clinical rotations to give students opportunities to translate classroom instruction and practice teamwork across professions.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing:Leading Change, Advancing Health, identifies interprofessional collaboration among health care providers as an essential part of improving the accessibility, quality, and value of health care in the United States.1

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“I feel like the joint training between students in nursing and paremedics is valuable and will help establish better working relationships between the two.” John Gutzman, Mercy College Paramedic student

"I've always been a hands-on learner, so getting to experience a real-life scenario and putting our skills we have learned to use with other students helped bring everything full circle. The collaboration and communication between paramedic and nursing students is important to ensure good patient outcomes. Learning this now will hopefully solidify the understanding of that life-or-death concept." Lucas Stalzer, 2nd semester Mercy College BSN student.

The faculty who initiated the concept behind this IPE were Mercy Nursing Professors Brandi Tomlinson ASN'09, BSN'10, RN, MSN & Rebecca Orvella RN, MSN. Reflecting on the students actions, they noted "we were really excited to see future nurses in the making during the IPE experience, and confirms why we became nursing educators."