What It Means To Be A Molloy Nurse

By Richard Staple | MolloyLife Media | News Content Editor

When someone mentions Molloy College, there's a good chance that nursing may find its way into the conversation, and with good reason. Molloy College's accredited nursing program ranked 1st out of 519 qualified schools across the nation from College Factual for the 2nd consecutive year.

Since its accreditation by the National League for Nursing in 1969, Molloy's program has ranked well due to the vast amount of resources available to the students to ensure proper preparation into the workforce through intense coursework, lab simulations, and interactive clinical rotations. All of this presents an intriguing, yet challenging experience for students of this program, deterring many from entering. What then draws students to study nursing at Molloy?

Junior nursing student and former president of the Nursing Students' Association of New York State (NSANYS) Helen Pham had an experience that fuels her drive to help others. "One late December night, my mom was admitted for acute abdominal pain that required surgery. I was at ease to be supported by the RN who not only cared for my mother that night, but she helped my sister and I in ways I cannot thank enough." 


Junior nursing student Helen Pham speaking at NSANYS' 67th Annual Convention

The experience not only made Helen realize the value in helping others; it encouraged her to represent Molloy College on a state level by running for a position on the NSANYS Board of Directors. "If I was asked during my 1st year at Molloy if I'd ever see myself running for office, I would have given a strong no. Yet, I took the leap of faith and sprinted into what I feared greatly. Everything happens for a reason, and choosing Molloy has led me to the biggest decision of my life."  

Senior nursing student and Policy and Education Director for NSANYS Rosa Misuraca chose nursing due to a variety of interests. "I chose nursing because you get to experience all the in's and out's of a diagnosis and build a relationship with patients." Nursing entails that one not only has the knowledge of how the human body functions, but how to apply that knowledge to someone's health. "You are the last line of defense, and being that advocate for someone is tremendous." The desire to help others is not limited to just students of the program.

Dr. Lorraine Emeghebo has been a nursing professor at Molloy College for 11 years and is the president of the Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. She also has seen first-hand how professors and staff make sure students are ready to perform as competent nurses.

"Through a humanistic framework, we take a special interest in our students and gradually nurture them." Normally, Dr. Emeghebo teaches others. However, being a professor at Molloy's program has taught her valuable lessons as well.

"Teaching has taught me the value in making connections with others which applies to nursing as well." Molloy's nursing program has positively impacted both the students and staff alike, despite the incredible challenges that are present. However, that is the reason why it's considered by many students to be somewhat of a badge of honor to complete the program. Carrying a bachelor's degree in nursing from Molloy is a tremendous achievement, but what does it take?

According to Helen, it is "a willingness for lifetime learning." Dr. Emeghebo believes it is valuable to "form study groups and friendships." Rosa thinks "it takes constant dedication, never giving up and becoming stronger through the tough moments." There will be sleepless nights, intense physical fatigue, periods of self-doubt and character-defining moments.


Senior nursing student Rosa Misuraca speaking at NSANYS' 67th Annual Convention.

However, it is the reminder of what lies at the end of the race that keeps students going. Molloy's nursing program perfectly coincides with its Dominican values of community, spirituality, service, and study. More importantly, it will allow many to find themselves by getting lost in the service of others.

Through the end of it all, the ultimate confirmation of hard work and determination comes when students such as Rosa will cross the aisle of graduation and say what many wish they can say.

"I am a Molloy nurse."