State’s Largest Program to Confer 237 Nursing Degrees
(Long Island, NY) Suffolk County Community College’s School of Nursing, the largest in New York State, will graduate more than 200 new nurses and mark its 50th pinning ceremony on Friday May 15 at 7 p.m. in the Health Sports & Education Center Fieldhouse on the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood (https://goo.gl/86KBXg).
The historic event will also honor nurses who served in the military and recognize three graduating nurse veterans: U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jacques LeClaire of Setauket; Marine Corps Cpl. Francisco Sandoval of Islandia; and U.S. Army Reserves Capt. Julie Roiy of Sound Beach.
The Suffolk County Community College School of Nursing program boasts more than 7,100 alumni and is the largest program in New York State and sixth largest in the nation.
“We are very proud to graduate nursing professionals who have worked in our communities for a half century,” said College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. “One of our College’s highly competitive programs and the largest in the state, our nursing program’s excellence is directly attributable to our faculty, staff, and students who are committed to nursing education. We are also very proud that a majority of our nursing graduates remain right here in our region where they serve with pride and distinction.”
“Our nursing student body is diverse and highly motivated,” said College Associate Dean, School of Nursing Dr. Cheryl Shaffer, “they graduate as nursing leaders committed to helping individuals, families and communities.”
Partnerships with top hospitals, long-term care and community agencies in Suffolk County provide students with outstanding clinical experiences.
Clinical sites include St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center and John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson; Peconic Bay Medical Center, Riverhead; Stony Brook University Hospital; Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip; Southside Hospital-North Shore LIJ, Bay Shore; St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, Smithtown; Huntington Hospital-North Shore LIJ, Huntington; Eastern Long Island Hospital, Greenport; and the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in West Brentwood.