Quincy Sun || July 12, 2018 || Quincy Sun Staff
QUINCY – Mayor Thomas P. Koch announced today that a long-time nursing educator with a two-decade record of building and maintaining successful nursing education programs across the state will spearhead the effort to resurrect the nursing program at Quincy College.
Mayor Koch appointed Roxanne E. Mihal, who most recently directed the post-graduate Practical Nursing Department at Blue Hills Regional Technical School, where students passed a critical licensure examination at among the best rates of any school in the Commonwealth, as the Dean of Nursing for Quincy College.
It will be the second stint at Quincy College for Mihal, whose prior tenure as Dean saw test scores that helped the college maintain and grow its reputation as one of the best programs of its kind in Massachusetts. She is also a former Dean of Nurse Education and Health Professions at Bunker Hill Community College and built a post-graduate nursing program from scratch at the Tri-County Regional Vocational School in Franklin.
In total, Mihal, who holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Regis College, has more than 20 years of experience teaching and directing nursing programs at a wide range of institutions in Massachusetts.
“I’m thrilled that Roxanne has agreed to come back to Quincy College to restore the program that was very successful under her tenure and through her leadership,” said Mayor Koch. “She has an extraordinary track record at every institution she has led or taught at; she understands exactly what we need at Quincy College; and she’s passionate about implementing a program and working with regulators as partners to once again make nursing the gem of what Quincy College offers.”
“Quincy College has the bones for a great nursing program – it always has. We want to produce good nurses; we want nurses that we’ll want to care for us and our families; and we want nurses who can be successful. To do that, we need to create a level of rigor in this program. We can do it, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Mihal said that she is “by the book,” and noted that the accrediting agencies and regulators that monitor nursing programs are there to help, not to be adversarial. That’s the strategy she plans to take as the school works to regain its accreditation.