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Published 12/15/2003
Owens Honors 62 Registered Nursing Program Graduates

Sixty-two Owens Community College students were recently bestowed honorary pins by the Health Technologies Division signifying their graduation from the Registered Nursing Program. The annual Pinning Ceremony is part of a traditional nursing practice, which honors students prior to beginning their careers within the health care community.

"Owens' Registered Nursing Program is proud to acknowledge our graduates' impressive accomplishments and commend them for their academic excellence," said Anne Helm, Owens Professor of Nursing. "The pin, through its symbolism, reminds nursing professionals of what it truly means to care for others. It is only fitting that the College recognize the rite-of-passage for these future caregivers."

The nurse pinning ceremony originated in the 1860s at St. Thomas Hospital's Nightingale School of Nursing in London, England. Having been recently awarded The Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale chose to extend the honor she received to her most outstanding graduate nurses by awarding each of them a medal of excellence. The practice of awarding nurses a badge was soon after adopted, and the first pin was awarded to the Class of 1880 at the Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing in New York City.

Graduating nurses include Wendi Allman of Lambertville, MI, Mary Ann Bell of Bellevue, Deborah Bennett of Custar, Samuel Black of Toledo, Michael Bloomer of Graytown, Holly Bollenbacher of Bellevue, Nichole Borck of Ottawa Lake, MI, Therese Breault of Toledo, Debbie Brown of Toledo, Sarah Burnett of Fostoria, Jennifer Campos of Findlay, Kristen Collier of Toledo, Megan Dean of Williston, Laurie Doyle of Whitehouse, Leah Duncan of Toledo, Christie Engle of Kansas, Angela Fisher of Bettsville, Leslie Gasiorowski of Oregon, Laurie Gaynor of Toledo, Andrew Gilbert of Clyde, Angela Gill of Toledo, Andrea Greene of Rossford, Jennifer Gullufsen of Sylvania, Katie Gullufsen of Toledo, Jennifer Hacker of Perrysburg, Allison Hiser of Findlay, Roselyn Holmes of Toledo, Debra Hopkins of Toledo, Colleen Jinkins of Sylvania, Gloria Jones of Rossford, Michelle Jones of Rossford, Cynthia Kevern of Ottawa Lake, MI, Shauntea King of Maumee, Michelle Kiser of Fremont, Melissa Koesel of Toledo, Adrienne Korzeniewski of Maumee, Amy Lasley of Toledo, Brenda Lawnzak of Holland, Larua Mossing of Whitehouse, Anne Peltier of Ann Arbor, MI, Amanda Puccetti of Toledo, Anne Rabe of Napoleon, Tamithy Richter of Lambertville, MI, Kristine Ritter of Holland, Amee Rosenberger of Ottawa, Ronald Round of Toledo, Deborah Santos of Fostoria, Nikki Sheely of Northwood, Sabrina Sheroian of Toledo, Stephanie Shinaver of Perrysburg, Lindsay Smith of Bloomville, Laurie Stang of Perrysburg, Marian Stillwell of Weston, Jennifer Szczur of Toledo, Jennifer Szymczak of Toledo, Tina Taylor of Oregon, Robin Thomaswick of Toledo, Loni Vance of Bowling Green, Shelly Warnement of Republic, Dyana Webster of Walbridge, Cynthia Wills of Perrysburg and Toni Woodley of Toledo.

Established in 1969 as the first associate degree program of its kind in Northwest Ohio, the Health Technologies Division's Registered Nursing Program has graduated more than 3,500 nurses. The program was implemented on the Findlay- area Campus in 1991.

Owens' Registered Nursing Program requires 72 credit hours of course work, which includes nutrition, nursing concepts, pharmacology, life span psychology, nursing skills, adult health issues and anatomy and physiology. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensure examination.

The Registered Nursing Program is designed to prepare graduates for nursing positions in a variety of health care settings. Among the various locations are acute care agencies, physician offices long-term care agencies and outpatient ambulatory areas. The program combines studies at Owens with planned and guided clinical experience in client care for health care facilities and community agencies.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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