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Published 5/20/2005

Owens Honors Over One Hundred Spring Registered Nursing Program Graduates

Over 100 students were recently bestowed honorary nursing pins by Owens faculty and family members. Over 100 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 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: Kristy Frankart of Tiffin, Doreen Frantz of Bluffton, Gregory Fritsch of Tiffin, Stephanie Fruchey of Findlay, Elizabeth Gary of Findlay, Stephanie Gerritsen of Fostoria, Misty Gimenez of Perrysburg, Mary Goad of Toledo, Kimberly Haskins of Oregon, Sarah Haynes of Bluffton, Sarah Hendren of Findlay, Tracy Hernandez of Fostoria, Sarah Hershman of Alvada, Jamie Hocanson of McComb, Tracy Horvath of Oregon, Amber Howell of Continental, Vikki Huston of Toledo, Stephanie Jay of Toledo, Tina Jennings of Toledo, Nicole Johnson of Toledo, April Kazmaier of Perrysburg, Shelley Kessler of Fostoria, Brian King of Toledo, Melissa Kizer of Toledo, Becky Kline of New Riegel, Thomas Koehl of Tiffin, Shawna Koelbel of Findlay, Lauren Kozy of Toledo, Kristi Krawetzke of Toledo, Kristine Kusner of Toledo, Michelle Ladd of Perrysburg, Melissa Lanzinger of Toledo, Morgan Leach of Oregon, Carrie Linthicum of Findlay, Constance Loy-Siler of Toledo, Tiffany Lucas of Delphos, Natalie Markis of Toledo, Eileen Matuszynski of Toledo, Amalfi McClintic of Toledo, Sonia McDonald of Fremont, Melissa McHugh of Liberty Center, Sarah Medlen of Toledo, Kris Middleton of Perrysburg, Shannon Miller of Curtice, Rebecca Moore of Curtice, Linda Morgan of Toledo, Matthew Moser of Upper Sandusky, Carla Mullins of Pandora, Catherine Njuguna of Toledo, Tara Norman of Toledo, Barbara Oates of Dunkirk, Angela Olvera of Toledo, LaTrese Owens of Toledo, Rhiannon Pahl of Upper Sandusky, Kimberly Palmer of Toledo, Cynthia Parsons of Fostoria, Bobbie Pecina of Oregon, Dawn Pierce of Van Wert, Diana Quijas of Fremont, Kimberly Quinn of Toledo, Roxanne Ransom of Tiffin, Dannielle Rayle of Ottawa and Marie Reitz of Toledo.

Registered Nursing Program graduates also were: Amber Rettig of Tiffin, Franklin Roberts of Millbury, Christina Rodriguez of Toledo, Beth Rohloff of Toledo, Christianna Romaker of Cygnet, Corinna Root of Bradner, Bridget Row of Holland, Alicia Saltzman of Findlay, Angela Schetter of Fostoria, Laura Shaffer of Sylvania, Monica Shoupe of Toledo, Holly Silva of Maumee, Pamela Simon of Cygnet, Allen Skomer of Toledo, Connie Slupecki of Maumee, Joya Smith of Toledo, Patricia Smith of Toledo, Shannon Sobecki of Pemberville, Pamela Somers of Bascom, Pamela Spencer of Toledo, Kimberly Stiles of Toledo, Nichole Stone of Toledo, Sandra Strayer of Oregon, Courtney Stump of Rising Sun, Bernadine Tammarine-Martin of Toledo, Monique Taoras of Elida, Lisa Tiell of Tiffin, Tonelle Tiell of Upper Sandusky, Jennifer Tresso of Toledo, Kimberly Troutman of Toledo, Barbara Uckele of Luna Pier, Mich., Kerri Utendorf of Findlay, Rebecca VanSchoyck of Findlay, Michelle Wadsworth of Green Springs, Nanette Ward of Tiffin, Marcia Winzeler of Jasper, Mich., Courtney Wyrobeck of Toledo and Devona Young of Toledo.

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 3,600 nurses. The program was implemented on the Findlay-area Campus in 1991.

Owens' Registered Nursing Program requires 73 credit hours of coursework, which includes nutrition, nursing concepts, pharmacology, life span psychology, nursing skills, adult health issues, anatomy and physiology. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination to become a registered nurse.

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 Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new 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, and 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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