JJC Establishes First Nursing Honorary Society

JJC nursing faculty members Danielle Lisiecki, Lynn Noell, and Shannon Jarot established the college’s first nursing honorary society, Alpha Delta Nu, this year and helped host an inaugural induction ceremony for JJC nursing students on Feb. 19.

Alpha Delta Nu, the statewide honorary society for associate degree nursing students, was formed in fall 2010. Schools in Illinois who belong to the Illinois Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (IOADN) are eligible for membership. The society was based on the long-time honor society which Prairie State College offered to their nursing students. JJC is the Delta Chapter. Currently there are nine chapters in the state.

Students received a pin and will receive an honor cord to wear at commencement in May. In addition, students completed a project, a virtual global exchange and negotiation between various schools representing different organizations and different countries.

The Alpha Delta Nu students represented the World Health Organization, trying to get funds for health issues in Afghanistan. They had to write a proposal after researching the topic and the health needs of a war-torn, Middle Eastern country and then negotiate with other student groups representing other organizations who wanted the same funds for their projects.

Mary Beth Luna, Nursing and Allied Health Department chair, said students felt the project offered a very valuable experience that ultimately opened their eyes to the needs of other countries.

In the photo above, (from left) Shannon Jarot, faculty; Lynn Noell, faculty; Melanie Linehan, student; Lariane Simington, student; Kelly Lovesky, student; and Danielle Lisiecki, faculty; attend the Alpha Delta Nu induction ceremony Feb. 19.

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