Nurses Day: Collection of Stories

    Pictured: Laura Parseghian ’14, Lauren Manser ’03, Pam Benecke ’06 in the Hackensack Meridian's resuscitation suite and surgical intensive care unit
    May 6, 2020

    i-st-thomas-royalresponders.jpgIt's Nurses Day. We value the hard work of our RoyalRNs every day, but today, this year, we want to send them a special thank you. We have gathered some of our recent Royals Respond stories featuring nurses, and those who support them, below.

    We continue to honor them, and other health care workers, each evening when we light St. Thomas Gateway with a red cross, which you can read about here.

    You can browse through our Honor Roll, which honors Royals on the frontlines, including 159 nurses, here.

    Taylor Kerrane '16: Brother Pays Tribute


    Conor Kerrane '12 writes a tribute to his sister, Taylor Kerrane '16, an ER nurse for Northwell Health in Long Island, New York.

    Taylor Kerrane '16 graduated at the top of her class from The University of Scranton with a BS in Nursing. She chose this career path as it compliments her caring nature and ambition to bring good health and faith to the world.

    Early in life, Taylor succeeded at many things and, after graduating, was propelled by her education into a great career as an ER nurse for Northwell Health in Long Island, New York. She was selected from hundreds of other graduates across the nation into a high-profile program at Northwell to train with best-of-breed professionals and cater to a high demand, high-stress environment.

    With her training and drive, Taylor has stepped up to the plate to address the COVID19 outbreak alongside her colleagues with world-class professionalism and bravery. She has endured the stress of helping over 100 COVID19 positive patients in her hospital and continuously fights on the line to save lives.

    Read the entire story here.


    Nursing Department Honors Royal RNs

    Nursing Department Honors Royal RNs

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    Royal Responder Slideshow

    Isabella Dolente '17 is Honored by her Parents


    Isabella Dolente '17 is a nurse who is working to combat COVID-19 in Philadelphia. Her parents, small business owners Carl and Lisa Dolente P'17, P'23 from Haddon Heights, New Jersey, were so proud of their daughter on the front line of the pandemic that they made shirts that say, "Not All Heroes Wear Capes. My Daughter Wears Scrubs." The saying was sent to them from Scranton staff member Lynn King Andres '89, P'17, director of the Parents' Executive Council (PEC). The couple, members of the PEC, sent the T-shirts to the family and friends of Isabella's nurse colleagues. Their daughter, Miranda, is a first-year student at Scranton.

    Isabella responded to her parents' generosity by posting a thank you on her Facebook page, "Before all this, I can say that I’d taken my parents hugs and kisses for granted. I have not missed something more. Thank you for being the two best humans I know. The strongest and greatest support system a daughter/nurse could have."

    Read the entire story here.

    Thank you, nurses!


    Tell us how Royals you know are responding during this crisis.

    Share a Story

    The University community is invited to share individual stories, photos with captions, news coverage, video footage or reflections that may be featured on the Royals Respond section of the Royal News website and shared in social media and other University publications in the weeks and months ahead.

    Click here to share a story.

    Honor a Royal

    We also invite students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends to recognize someone connected to the University who is helping the nation and the world respond to the pandemic. Submissions will be gathered in a Royals Respond Honor Roll which will be shared on this page, and on the Royal News website.

    Click here to Honor a Royal.

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