Five Atlantic Cape Community College nursing students each received a $5,000 scholarship, recognizing their academic achievement and financial need, for the fall 2016 semester. The Bacharach Institute of Rehabilitation awarded the scholarships from the Pauline Hollander Scholarship Fund for Registered Nurses, Inc.
The five students, all working toward their Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing, are Kendal Apalucci of Hammonton, Natalia Niebuhr of Somers Point, Natalya Nikos of Ventnor, Rebecca Portnoy of Somers Point and Yunuen Sabatino of Egg Harbor Township.
“It’s very exciting that they (the Bacharach Institute of Rehabilitation) would go out of their way to support our nursing program,” said Myrna Morales Keklak, associate professor and division chairperson of Nursing and Allied Health Programs at Atlantic Cape.
Atlantic Cape’s Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination for RN Licensure. Graduates of this competitive and accredited program are prepared for first-level positions as registered nurses.
“You find our nursing graduates employed in every aspect of health care in both Atlantic and Cape May County,” Morales Keklak said, noting that they work in hospital systems, long-term care facilities and home care. She adds, “We graduate the largest number of registered nurses for Atlantic County and Cape May County.”
Graduates also may choose to pursue their bachelor’s degree in nursing with several institutions that have transfer agreements with Atlantic Cape. Since the nursing program began offering evening courses in the last year, enrollment has grown to 188 students with 60 enrolled in the evening program. Students may complete all coursework during the evening; however, some clinical work must be completed during the day.
“This gift creates the opportunity for our students to focus more on their studies and less on how to pay for college and will pave the way to great success,” notes Maria Kellett, senior director of Resource Development & Community and Alumni Outreach at Atlantic Cape Community College.