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Published 1/24/2005

Owens Honors 90 Registered Nursing Program Graduates

Ninety Owens Community College students were recently bestowed honorary pins by the School of Health Sciences 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 for the School of Health Sciences. “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: Kristy Akers of Toledo, Tina Allen of Oregon, Elizabeth Aring of Oregon, Debra Artino of Northwood, Jaclyn Bachik of Toledo, Marquita Bermudez of Oregon, JoAnn Bolton of Maumee, Michaella Borbo of Westerville, Samantha Bretz of Toledo, Lisa Bugbee of Northwood, Roxanne Butler of Swanton, Kevin Camps of Toledo, Destiny Carpio of Perrysburg, Amanda Carroll of Monroe, Mich., Keisha Carter of Toledo, Melissa Carter of Toledo, Ashley Clegg of Ottawa Lake, Mich., Deborah Compton of Toledo, Kari Davis of Toledo, Tiffany Decker of Toledo, Erica Dennis of Toledo, Becky Dent of Toledo, Jewel Diamond of Northwood, Kimberly Edwards of Toledo, Hsiao-Chuan Fleming of Toledo, Jodie Foster of Toledo, Jeannette Garrett of Temperance, Mich., Shawna Gill of Toledo, Sara Grigsby of Bowling Green, James Growden Jr. of Holland, Andrea Sue Gunter of Wauseon, Nicholl Haggerty of Toledo, Kimberly Haley of Swanton, Danyell Hall of Toledo, Constance Hiser of Gibsonburg, Kristine Jackson of Toledo, Nichoal Jackson of Toledo, Lisa Janowiecki of Whitehouse, Jennifer Kelly of Pemberville, Lisa Kennedy of Toledo, Michael Kilcorse of Toledo, Kevin Kmiec of Toledo, Daniel Knitz of Oregon, Monica Lau of Northwood, Felicia Lambert of Findlay, Rachel Lewis of Maumee, Sheila Long of Bowling Green, Linda Luidhardt of Tiffin, Marilyn Martin of Toledo, Allison Materni of Toledo, Stephanie McLaughlin of Sycamore, Brandi Misiti of Sylvania, Jessica Moor of Oak Harbor, Christopher Morgan of Toledo, Martha Murray of Oak Harbor, Kristina Myers of Findlay and Vicki Myers of Metamora.

Registered Nursing Program graduates also were: April Neville of Toledo, Rachael Pixley of Blissfield, Mich., Roxanne Ransom of Tiffin, Patricia Rehard of Perrysburg, Lowella Ridgley of Gibsonburg, Tyra Riley of Tiffin, Christina Rodriguez of Toledo, Julie Rowe of Republic, Keryn Ruiz of Toledo, Sarah Rzanski of Maumee, Nancy Savage of Grand Rapids, Shyrl Scanlan of Northwood, April Schuerman of Sylvania, Christina Schuler of Martin, Kia Shelmon of Toledo, Stephanie Simpkins of Genoa, Jennifer Smith of Toledo, Rachel Stanton of Toledo, Amanda Stewart of Oak Harbor, Valerie Sylvester of Toledo, Sandra Terwilliger of Swanton, Lisa Tolliver of Oregon, Stefanie Torres of Bowling Green, Margaret Tressler of Toledo, Heather Vargo of Fremont, Kari Vogelpohl of Woodville, Tammy Watson of Toledo, Frances Wismer of Holland, Abbey Wonders of Toledo, Kimberly Wollard of Oregon, Kristen Worley of Port Clinton, Emily Yates of Arlington and Teresa Zafer of Maumee.

Established in 1969 as the first associate degree program of its kind in Northwest Ohio, the School of Health Sciences’ 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 coursework, 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 one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Northwest Ohio with 29 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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