Helene Fuld College of Nursing faculty, board members and administrators came together Feb. 28 to celebrate five of the Harlem nursing schools brightest students as they were inducted into the colleges honors program.
Juniors in the LPN-to-RN program, Wajeha Abdullah, Ann Mumba, Varsha Patel, Chongyang Wei and Vanya Williams, were honored at the luncheon recognizing tomorrows nursing leaders.
Before proposing a champagne toast of sparkling grape juice and presenting the students with certificates of appreciation, Margaret Wines, RN, PhD, Helene Fuld College of Nursing president, congratulated the students on their achievement. A 3.7 GPA is not easy at Helene Fuld, she said. So you all have done exceptionally well.Helene Fuld College of Nursing President Margaret Wines, RN, PhD, proposed a toast to the honorees.
Wendy Robinson, RN, vice president of academic affairs presented students with laptops and stipends to cover the cost of their textbooks. Robinson, who proposed the program, spoke about the achievements of past honor students. Students from our first cohort have been calling with their [NCLEX] scores. We have a 100% pass rate of those whove called so far, she said. A couple of past honorees also attended the luncheon to congratulate the students.
As honors inductees, the students also receive priority registration each term and special recognition at commencement. They also will be fast-tracked in the colleges anticipated BSN program.Students cut the cake that was prepared in their honor.
Helene Fulds honors program was established in February 2010 to recognize outstanding students. Recipients must have a 3.7 GPA to be considered, and those who are inducted must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA until graduation. Students are selected based on pre-entrance test scores, grades received in a pre-admission math/chemistry course, professional references and faculty reviews.
This years students are part of the third cohort of the program, which selects students twice a year in February and August. To date, 20 students have been recognized. Its a short tradition, but a very proud tradition, Robinson said.