The Central Texas College (CTC) Nursing Department held pinning ceremonies Friday, December 14 in the Anderson Campus Center to honor students in both the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) programs. Fifty-four students received their pins upon completing 71 credit hours of course work and clinical rotations in the ADN program while 24 students completed the 53 credit hours for the LVN program.
Guest speaker for the ADN ceremony was C.W. Luther, R.N., M.S.N., director of the Intensive Care Unit at Scott and White Hospital, while Sharon Carter, R.N., M.S.N., F.N.P. and CTC nursing professor, addressed the LVN graduates.
Several students were recognized during the ADN ceremony. Amy Carroll received the Caring Heart Award. Runners-up for the award were Suzanne Chandler, Lynn Meyers and K’Lee Reynolds. Also cited were the honors graduates. Graduating with high honors for maintaining a at least a 3.8 grade point average were Allison Gallegos, Candis Johnson, Jennifer Lallis and Jennifer Stone. Graduating with honors for maintaining at least a 3.5 grade point average were Shanah Adkins, Rebecca Blitz, Chelsey Bourdon, Suzanne Chandler, Kristin Cummings, Meaghan Findley, Rachel Hester, Andri Kelley, Quintella Mallory, Shelby Marenco, Lauren Smiley, Kristina Stout and Sandra Nash.
Graduating with high honors in the LVN class were Elizabeth Gault, Ashley Lowery and Arielle Kaplan. Honors graduates were Taryn Yanez, Rayveon Washington, Beatrice Gone, Rita Nation, Phyllis Akins-Smith and Marie Metheny.
Both pinning ceremonies featured the traditional candle lighting ceremony which serves as a tribute to the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. The pin symbolizes a medal of excellence which Nightingale presented to her outstanding graduate nurses. Today, nursing graduates select a faculty member, family member or loved one to place the pin on their uniform marking the passage of the student nurse role to the role of a practicing nurse.
Students completing both nursing programs are now qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examinations for their respective practice.
Students completing the ADN program are:
Ivan Correa Lopez
Completing the LVN program were: