Every year sophomore nursing students take part in a traditional ceremony called the Blessing of the Hands. This blessing ceremony is a beautiful experience and valuable to students as they embark on their first clinical rotations. As a daughter of an Ursuline alumna, my mother, a registered nurse has learned through this experience to value the importance of empathy, compassion, strength and responsibility and has been guided by God to use her hands to heal those that suffer. Ursuline College, the only school in the region that holds this ceremony, wants this unique tradition to “touch the heart through the hands”. Through this ceremony, students will learn the importance of compassion and care toward patients and reflect on their upcoming responsibilities.
The Ursuline Sisters have a tradition of placing religious medals in the cement footers of their new buildings asking God’s blessings on all those involved in the construction and on all who will use the building. The College Community gathered at the construction site Tuesday morning to place religious medals in the new building footers for the Center for Creative and Healing Arts and Sciences.
Ursuline College is currently constructing two new buildings on campus, an academic building and an athletic center – the College’s largest project in over 40 years.
St. John College graduate, Dr. Christine Wynd, Ph.D., RN ’74SJ, Dean of the Breen School of Nursing and Strawbridge Professor since 2007, recently left the College to accept the position of President and Dean of The Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio.
Ursuline welcomes seasoned nursing administrator Patricia Sharpnack, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, as the College’s new Dean of the Breen School of Nursing. Sharpnack will begin her position in July.
“I look forward to the opportunity to continue to contribute to the high standards, creative and relevant approaches to nursing education and furthering the academic partnerships that are the hallmarks of The Breen School of Nursing. I am honored to be able to contribute to the excellent legacy of this College and school of nursing,” Sharpnack said.
Ursuline College is pleased to announce that Gov. John Kasich appointed Dr. Patricia Sharpnack, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, Associate Dean of the Breen School of Nursing, to the Ohio Board of Nursing Feb 12. As a member of the Board, Sharpnack will be among a select group of eight registered nurses in Ohio appointed to ensure that state nursing laws are upheld.