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Ismat Mikky is a full professor in the Frances M. McLaughlin Division of Nursing who joined Bloomfield College in 2009 following an impressive nursing career in Palestine where he was the founder of the first home health agency in Bethlehem. He was also one of the trained health team members who established the first cardiac catheterization lab at Makkassed Hospital in Palestine.
“While earning my doctoral degree in nursing and later teaching at the University of Connecticut, I knew that I wanted to be in a place where my family could feel closer to their culture, and to raise my kids amongst their culture,” said Dr. Mikky. “I saw that the Bloomfield College community provided this proximity, and I soon learned of its impressive NCLEX-RN outcome rate. I was also attracted to the smaller school size which is better for student learning, as well as the shared governance values within the nursing program and within the College that included student points of view.”
A popular professor at Bloomfield, students often joke with Dr. Mikky about whether he ever sleeps. He is known to answer emails and calls around the clock. “My passion is teaching and students are constantly sending appreciation emails. I love the connection we have and I value our relationships,” he added.
“We know that many of our students come from marginalized areas where their academic background is not that strong when they are being accepted and enrolled in the program. I see them grow as they persevere and successfully progress in our rigorous program which continues to rank at the top 10 highest NCLEX pass rates in the state,” noted Dr. Mikky. “At Bloomfield, they flourish in three to four years through their capstone courses, earn national research awards and become scholars and scientists. To be a part of the perseverance of our students is very rewarding.”
Professor Mikky received his doctoral degree in nursing from the University of Connecticut in 2006 where he was the recipient of the Carolyn Ladd Widmer Research Award in acknowledgment of excellence in the field of nursing research. His Master’s degree in nursing education from the University of Hartford was funded by the Fulbright scholarship. He also completed special studies in cardiovascular nursing at Emory University where the program was funded by the United States Information Agency (USIA). Earlier, he had earned his BSN degree from Bethlehem University in Palestine in 1991, and had assumed nursing positions in various clinical and academic institutions, nationally and internationally.