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Alumni - Department of Nursing

Homecoming 2016

October 17, 2015 was a notable day for the Department of Nursing as we welcomed our alumni back for a nursing reunion celebrating 30 years of our nursing program and 25 years with Sigma Theta Tau International.  Activities included demonstrations of our new pediatric and maternity simulators, a tour of our newly renovated undergraduate and graduate administrative offices, a yearbook display, and a nursing uniform display with old and new uniforms. Many alumni attended and were reaquainted with nursing faculty and friends.

Meet some of our graduates

Read about some of our former students’ experiences both on campus and in their professional careers. These stories give you a closer look at experiences as a nursing student at Messiah College and where your BSN degree can take you.

  • Ali Rae Chandra-
    Ali Rae Chandra ’05 Works on medical ship on African coast

    In February, CBS’ “60 Minutes” aired a segment about Africa Mercy, the largest civilian hospital ship, which travels along the coast of West Africa to provide medical care to some of the poorest countries on the planet. This floating hospital includes 90 nurses—on of whom is Ali Rae (Wilks) Chandra ’05. Since 2008, she has been volunteering full time aboard Africa Mercy through Mercy Ships, an organization that uses hospital ships to bring medical expertise and supplies to areas of the world that need it most.

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  • David Ben-Avraham-
    David Ben-Avraham ’08 Building faith among 'peoples of the earth'

    While living in Israel, David Ben-Avraham (left) backpacked with friends along the Red Sea coast in Egypt, where he spend a few days with a nomadic Bedouin tribe. During his visit, he befriended a young Bedouin man over hot tea and a pipe.

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  • Kristen Slabaugh-
    Kristen Slabaugh ’05 Messiah alum and faculty works dual jobs to pursue her dream career

    From a Messiah student to a nursing faculty member and a professional advanced practice nurse, Slabaugh shows that with a passionate heart, there is no limit to what one can dream for their future.

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  • Nicky Hess-
    Nicky Hess ’13 Shooting for success

    Recent grad Nicky Hess ’13 knows the importance of managing her time. After all, she spent her entire college career carefully balancing her two passions: nursing and basketball.

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