Wilkes University


Congratulations to the Passan School of Nursing Student Standouts

Each fall and spring semester, Passan School of Nursing students will be nominated by their peers, faculty or staff. 

The PSON Student Affairs Committee then selects a student from the senior, accelerated, junior and sophomore classes. These students are chosen because they personify the core values of an excellent nurse, excel in academics, demonstrate good will to others, and represent Wilkes University and the Passan School of Nursing in a positive manner.

Megan Kramer
megan kramer photo

Class of 2019

Taneytown, Maryland

Spending time with my family and friends, reading a good book, baking, writing the occasional poem and online shopping!

Why did you choose nursing?
I chose nursing before I truly understood what a nurse was. Once I was old enough to realize that I had that I had the ability to make a difference in the lives of many, I knew that nursing was the only correct path for me. I love that in nursing you always have room to grow as a nurse, and you are a lifelong learner. Now, I am a little over one month away from graduation, and I am absolutely certain that nursing chose me!

Future goals
My immediate goals are to graduate and pass the NCLEX. After that, I hope to begin a job as an RN in an ICU back home in Maryland. In a few years, I hope to return to graduate school to obtain a Pediatric Acute Care Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner degree, which will help me pursue my dream of becoming a pediatric oncology nurse. Somewhere along the way I would love to start a family and eventually be able to give back to my wonderful parents in return for all the support they gave me throughout this journey!

Katrina Organ
katrina organ photo

Class of 2019
Scranton, Pennsylvania

Baking, volunteering at St. Cats and Dogs of Nay Aug Zoo, spending time with my pets, working on arts and crafts, and making color-coded study guides.

Why did you choose nursing?
I became interested in the role that health and health care plays in people’s lives during my Peace Corps service. Then during my time as an AmeriCorps volunteer working with pregnant and postpartum patients in the Bronx, I saw how health care access is an issue not just globally, but here in the United States as well. I also unfortunately saw a lot of disrespectful and inadequate care during both experiences. This pushed me towards becoming a nurse, because I want to be the supportive presence that provides respectful, dignified and evidence-based health care when people are going through a vulnerable or difficult time.

Future Goals
Maternal and reproductive health is definitely my passion. I also hope to continue working with vulnerable and underserved populations. I would like to work on a labor and delivery unit for a few years and then potentially earn my master’s degree in midwifery. I am also interested in nurse leadership and quality improvement.

Hope Sipler
hope sipler photo

Class of 2020
Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania

My hobbies include attending concerts, shopping, writing, spending time outside and of course, working at WBGH.

Why did you choose nursing?
I always say that I did not choose nursing, but nursing chose me. My entire high school career I planned on majoring in political science and eventually pursing law school. After many hospital trips with my grandparents, however, my entire outlook changed. I woke up and told my parents, “I think I am going to apply to nursing school.” Much to everyone’s confusion, as well as my own, nursing school was the best decision I have ever made. I truly am so honored to be able to make even the slightest difference in this world and be a part of something so much larger than all of us. I truly do not know where I’d be if I did not find this calling.

Future goals
As of now, I plan to pursue a career in obstetrical nursing after graduation. After a few trips to Disney World and various countries, I would eventually like to return to school. My goal is to become a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Midwife. My passion truly lies within women’s health and the beauty of bringing new life into this world.  I am so excited to see where my future in nursing takes me.

Janelle Sherman
janelle sherman photo

Class of 2021
Dallas, Pennsylvania

Playing guitar and hiking

Why did you choose nursing?
Ever since I was a small child, I was interested in nursing. Throughout my high school career, my favorite classes were ones in which I was able to study the human anatomy and I have always had a passion for helping people. It was at this point in my education that I officially decided nursing was meant for me.

Future goals
After graduating from Wilkes University with a B.A. in psychology, a B.S.N. degree, and earning my RN license, I plan to work as an RN for at least two years in a hospital setting. I hope to attend the University of Pennsylvania to earn my M.S.N. with a minor in forensic science so that I can work as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner in the future.