Wayne Community College recognized members of its associate degree nursing Class of 2019 in a formal pinning ceremony at the semester’s end.
“These 39 graduates will join the ranks of 2,121 alumni from the Wayne Community College nursing programs,” said Billy Tart, WCC nursing department chairman.
Nine of the graduates have already earned the status of licensed practical nurse and continued their education toward their associate degree in nursing through the college’s advanced standing program. The associate degree is a limited-admission, five-semester program that prepares students to practice as registered nurses. It is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
This year’s graduates are Holly Azami, Maverick Barnes, Maureen Billie, Savannah Blackman, Dashawna Crystal Britt, Kalyn Collins, Courtney Davidson, Rachel Doblar, Madison Grant, Sarah Hare, Samantha Hepner, Jacqueline Holmes, Victoria Jordan, Rachel Keel, Hailey Lafone, Abigail Lee, Chad Lewis, Shayla Marak, Joy Mitchiner, Anna Mose, Zaira Ortiz, Broc Painter, Breanna Park, Olivia Patterson, Danielle Peedin, Alicia Raetz, Taylor Reisdorf, Sarah Richards, Kylie Matthews, Bailey Smith, Patrick Smith, Nancy Sorto, Emily Sturgill, Suzanne Tamez, Lisa Wagner, Bailee Waters, Karen Webb, Jordan Wright and Brittany Young.
The graduates may start work as registered nurses after they pass the National Council Licensure Examination.
Three awards were presented to outstanding graduates. Each received a plaque and monetary award from the WCC Foundation.
Collins received the Theoretical Excellence Award for the highest academic standards while in the program.
“(She) has shown a dedication to learning all she could,” Tart said. “She has gone the extra mile in participating in voluntary components of the program to ensure her success.
“Faculty comment that (she) demonstrates a high level of thinking and clinical reasoning while, at the same time, showing compassion and empathy to her patients.’”
Davidson earned the Clinical Excellence Award for achieving high standards in the clinical component of the program. She consistently exceeded expectations and was “always prepared for clinical and in tune to (her) client’s needs,” Tart said.
The Outstanding Student Award went to Reisdorf, who was recognized for achieving high standards in both the theoretical and clinical components of the program, as well as actively participating in class and professional activities. She had excellent grades in the classroom, performed well in labs and clinicals, and was very active in the WCC Association of Nursing Students, Tart said.
The annual service included the presentation of nursing pins and nurse’s creed scrolls by the faculty of the program, the lighting of lamps, symbolic of Florence Nightingale going into the battlefield with a lantern, and recitation of the “Florence Nightingale Pledge.”
The ceremony denoted the end of the graduates’ academic journey and entry into professional life.
The pin presented in the ceremony was designed and used by the first graduates of the program in 1973 and is unique to WCC’s nursing school. It symbolically welcomes graduates into the nursing profession.
“Our graduates will be joining the over 4 million registered nurses in our nation that are, year after year, ranked as the most trusted out of all professions,” he said.