Why Nursing at Endicott?
The nursing program curriculum includes a minimum of 920 clinical practice hours in multiple and varied facilities. Freshman students take Health Assessment during their second semester of their first year. The clinical experiences begin in the sophomore year of nursing and continue throughout each year. In the senior year, an experienced nurse preceptor mentors each nursing student during an intensive 144 hour internship. This experience provides students with a valuable transition to professional nursing practice in an area of specialty. Our clinical affiliations include over 65 Boston and local tertiary hospitals, community hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals and community-based care settings.
Senior Thesis II
Using evidence-based nursing research, students complete a formal research proposal. This proposal highlights areas of concern or gaps in nursing practice needing to be addressed and gives students the opportunity to investigate national and local nursing initiatives. At the end of the semester, students present their proposals to peers and the College community.
State of the Art Technology, On-Campus and in the Classroom
The nursing laboratories are used by the student during scheduled nursing classes. The lab is available for independent and supervised practice during scheduled times. The nursing laboratories boast Laerdal High-Fidelity Mannequins, Gaumard Birthing Noelle and Baby Hal, state of the art laboratory equipment, Sim Chart Electronic Medical Record System, Medication Dispense System and a nurses station. This allows students to practice in a state-of-the-art nursing laboratory.
The Endicott College Nursing Faculty is highly qualified and experienced. In addition to being experienced educators, they have many years of experience in their clinical area of expertise. Their clinical expertise represents the major nursing specialty areas: medical-surgical, pediatrics, maternity, psychiatric mental health and community health nursing. Faculty publications include: Environment & Health in the 21st Century Textbook, 1st Edition (2016), authors, D. Ferguson and K. Fisher, and Global Nursing in the 21st Century Textbook, 1st Edition (2015), authors, Nicholas, P. K., Breakey, S. E., Cordless, I., Meedzan, N. L.
Kelly Fisher, PhD, RN
Assistant Dean, BSN Program
Cynthia Mitsakis, MSN, RN
Lisa Courcy, MSN, RN
Diane Ferguson, MSN, RN
Cindy Fichera, MSN, RN
Nancy Meedzan, DNP, RN
Sharon Milne, MSN, RN
Emily Smith, DNP, MSN, RN
Sim Lab Coordinator
Caroline Bollettiero, RN, BSN
The small student to faculty ratio in nursing means that students get to know each other and the faculty well. A typical nursing class has 20-30 students. Clinical groups average 7 students/instructor. Clinical practical at Boston teaching hospitals and North Shore community healthcare facilities offer rich opportunities for students to develop advanced competencies in nursing. The School of Nursing faculty and Clinical Practicum Coordinator arrange practicum settings to meet the program outcomes.
Examples of Recent Graduate Positions
One hundred percent (100%) of new graduates report being employed full time to various positions in the field of nursing. Several specific samples are presented below.
- Staff nurse at Boston Children's Hospital.
- Staff nurse in the telemetry unit of Beverly Hospital.
- Staff ER nurses at Lawrence General Emergency Room and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.
- Staff ICU nurses at Georgetown University Hospital and Mass General Hospital.
- Staff nurse in the US Army, Texas.
Innovative Programs to Help Student Succeed
The School of Nursing faculty have integrated informatics competency into the curriculum. Faculty have incorporated in the classroom the use of personal response i-clicker system to engage students in active participatory learning, integrated ATI, an online total curriculum support program to assist students with course content enhancement and NCLEX preparation, and provide opportunities for lab instruction with medium and high fidelity simulators, including SimMan, Gaumard Birthing Noelle and Baby Hal to enhance critical thinking skills.
The Student Nurses Association has launched a Peer Tutoring program, which meets each Sunday night throughout the semester. Additional tutoring and student support is available through the Center for Teaching and Learning.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Nursing students may spend the fall or spring of the junior year in many locations without interrupting program towards their degrees. Some of our affiliated locations include Florence University of the Arts, College for International Studies in Madrid, Spain, Central Queensland University in Rockhampton, Australia and Centennial College in Hong Kong, China, to name a few. Shorter travel-based courses to Belzile, Iceland, Scotland, and other countries are also available.
Service Learning Opportunities for Nursing Students
A cross-cultural option, NU315 Intercultural Nursing: Service Learning Experience, is available for nursing students. This course includes a one week emersion in a clinic with a partnered organization in locations such as Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Dominican Republic accompanied by two nursing faculty.
Nursing students are encouraged to participate in varsity and club sports. The School of Nursing supports those who participate in athletics by offering varied clinical schedules to accommodate athletes when necessary.