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Published 6/9/2004

Owens Honors 101 Registered Nursing Program Graduates

One hundred one Owens Community College students were recently bestowed honorary pins by the Health Technologies Division signifying their graduation from the Registered Nursing Program. The 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: Nicole Amadio of Toledo, Annalisa Ammon-Zatko of Oregon, Jayme Barfell of Findlay, Angela Bauman of Sylvania, Kelly Beeker of Walbridge, Jennifer Bierhup of Luckey, Paul Black of Carey, Ashley Bork of Fremont, Anita Branch of Oak Harbor, Shannon Brill of Toledo, Loretta Burgei of Columbus Grove, Roxanne Butler of Swanton, Kevin Camps of Toledo, Laura Chagin of Toledo, Sheri Clouse of Sycamore, Rennae Clow of Toledo, Heather Combs of Findlay, Vickie Copi of Monroe, Mich., Virginia Daniels of Bowling Green, Leticia Dauterman of Rising Sun, Javon Day of Toledo, Amy Degroff of Toledo, Kimberly Dell of New Riegel, Lisa Dixon of Toledo, Kristi Donaldson of Pemberville, Pamela Dunlap of Tiffin, Michelle Dunston of Toledo, Deborah Elliott of Toledo, Terry Files of Toledo, Mark Finken of Oak Harbor, Kimberly Flory of Toledo, Melanie Foeller of Toledo, Robert Frazier of Metamora, Michelle Fritsch of Tiffin, Mary Gable of Perrysburg, Shawna Gibson of Findlay, Tara Glanzman of Toledo, Amy Gerbasi of Rossford, Kimberly Goldsmith of Toledo, Jennifer Gross of Toledo, Kim Hack of Waterville, Nicolas Hancock of Bowling Green, Linda Hasenbalg of Swanton, Matthew Hasenfrantz of Woodville, Lori Hess of Tiffin, Heather Hiltbold of Toledo, Trina Holloway of Deshler, Rachel Hoppe of Maumee, Allesha Jeffries of Toledo, Ronald Jones of Toledo and Scott Kobylak of Perrysburg.

Registered Nursing Program graduates also were: Christopher Kosinski of Toledo, Lauren Kozy of Toledo, Rebecca Kudelka of Toledo, Haley Lake of Millbury, Renee Lang of Bowling Green, Amy Legree of Toledo, Barbara Lott-Stumpmier of South Rock, Mich., Cindi Luman of Cygnet, Stephanie McLaughlin of Sycamore, Bridgett Mitchell of Holland, Joegena Murdaugh of Reynoldsburg, Jay Newland of Bascom, Stephanie Nuveman of Leipsic, Andrea Parrish of Sylvania, Clara Petrescu of Findlay, Laura Peters of Lambertville, Mich., Gina Philipp of Bowling Green, Kimberly Porter of Rossford, Ashlee Rhoades of Carey, Melinda Ritter of Carey, Claudia Rodriguez of Toledo, Anne Roeder of Findlay, Dorothy Roseman of Weston, Norma Ruiz of Toledo, Holly Sampsel of Toledo, Julie Sanders of Toledo, Angela Saunders of Oregon, Veronica Savage of Lima, Corie Shaffer of Findlay, Kari Skinkiss of Toledo, Dustin Smith of Toledo, Elida Smith of Wauseon, Jackie Smith of Toledo, Lisa Sniadecki of Perrysburg, Nicole Stager of Northwood, Mindy Stewart of Northwood, Lonna Strzelczyk of Perrysburg, Louie Teyner of Findlay, Rachel Tucker of Findlay, Shelly Valenti of Rising Sun, Kerrie Wagner of Maumee, Michelle Waller of Toledo, Jason Wartgow of McComb, Stephanie Waterford of Ottawa Lake, Mich., Rebekah Weininger of Tiffin, Linda Welker of Wharton, Kelly West of Tiffin, Kristie Wymer of Columbia City, Ind., Sarah Zdanowicz of Toledo and Kori Zuccarell 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-RN 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 Northwest Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 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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