December 4, 2023

15 Inducted Into Nursing Honor Society

CSM nursing students are inducted into Alpha Omega, CSM’s chapter of the Organization of Associate Degree Nursing Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society. From left in the front row are Kasey Long, Miranda Martin, Angela Middleton, Caitlin Nutter, Terrice Stewart, Leslie Thompson, and Brittany Vallandingham. In the back row from left are Molly Abell, Hannah Aley, Jasmine Dyson, Abbie Everly, Jessica Fantaccione, Kayla Getgen, Jacquelyn Guadalajara, and Kristina Guzzardo.

Fifteen nursing students at the College of Southern Maryland were inducted into the college’s chapter of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society.

The induction ceremony was held Jan. 23.

“Admission into an honor society is an extraordinary accomplishment and is a recognition of years of hard work and dedication,” nursing professor Dr. Karen Russell told the honorees during their induction and pinning ceremony. Dr. Russell and nursing professor Lynn Kennedy serve as faculty advisers for CSM’s Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Delta Nu.

“As honor society members, you are the leaders of your class, and represent the very best of our program,” she added. “You are role models for other students.”

“As honor society members, you are the leaders of your class, and represent the very best of our program,” said Alpha Omega Chapter Vice President Kayla Getgen. “You are role models for other students.”

Russell told the audience that the focus of healthcare is shifting from disease treatment and management to health promotion and disease prevention. As a result, she pointed out, nurses today have the opportunity to work in a multitude of practice settings.

“Regardless of education or practice setting, nurses today must be equipped with excellent communication, assessment, teaching, management and care coordination skills,” Russell continued. “They need to be full partners with physicians and other healthcare professionals in redesigning health care to meet the demands of an ever changing world.”

To be inducted into CSM’s Alpha Omega Chapter, nursing students must first become provisional members in their third semester of the program. The student must maintain a 3.0 GPA, earn a B or higher in all courses required for the nursing program with no previous nursing course failures and reflect sound moral and ethical values with professionalism and integrity of the highest caliber. Additionally, the new inductees complete a service learning project and reflect on that project.

“This [induction] is just a small stepping stone on our way to graduation and I know I’m speaking for everyone when I say it’s such an awesome feeling knowing that we worked so hard to get where we are today,” said Kayla Getgen, vice president of CSM’s Alpha Omega Chapter.

“Being a part of the honor society is exactly what the name says – it’s an honor,” she added. “Looking at all the faces in this room, the faculty, parents, siblings, children, significant others and everyone else, smiling back at us knowing we have accomplished something is another awesome feeling.”

“I challenge each of you to think of this induction into the honor society as a beginning, not an end,” Russell added. “It is the beginning of your continuous pursuit of knowledge, of lifelong learning. It is the beginning of thinking differently about yourself.

“You are professionals,” Russell said. “You are leaders. You have chosen to become a member of a profession that for the past 16 years has been ranked the most honest and ethical.”

Nursing students inducted into Alpha Delta Nu include:

Molly Abell of Mechanicsville

Hannah Aley of Mechanicsville

Jasmine Dyson of Waldorf

Abbie Everly of Lusby

Jessica Fantaccione of Mechanicsville

Kayla Getgen of Charlotte Hall

Jacquelyn Guadalajara of Great Mills

Kristina Guzzardro of Waldorf

Kasey Long of Avenue

Miranda Martin of Port Tobacco

Angela Middleton of Leonardtown

Caitlin Nutter of La Plata

Terrice Stewart of California

Leslie Thompson of Waldorf

Brittany Vallandingham of Chaptico

For more information on CSM’s nursing program, visit the college’s website. To view photos from the event, click here.

For more about the College of Southern Maryland, visit its Leader member page.

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