SJR State holds nursing pinning ceremony

Nursing award
In addition to the ceremony, select students received awards for special achievement throughout the two-year program. From left: Clay County resident Christen Taylor received the Florence Nightingale Award, and Gina Tremaine, also of Clay County, received the Academic Excellence Award. 

St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize the Associate in Science in Nursing students. The pinning ceremony symbolizes the “rite of passage into the nursing profession,” said Anna Lebesch, Ed.D., SJR State’s vice president for workforce development and Orange Park campus executive director.  The pin is a reminder to the 28 graduates of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed.

Students were pinned by family members.  Lebesch described the pinning ceremony as the symbol of the care and devotion nurses provide. The ceremony is also a continued tradition of Florence Nightingale’s extended honor to her most outstanding nurses.

Kindred Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Susan Drago, RN, addressed the graduates as the guest speaker. 

During the ceremony, Clay County resident Gina Tremaine received the Academic Excellence Award.  Christen Taylor, also of Clay County, received the Florence Nightingale Award for special achievement throughout the two-year program.     

Students from Clay County:  Estevan Barajas, Shannon Bryl, Justin Butler, Kearston Bybee, Donna Casey, Michelle Castillo, Sarah Feinberg, Kellie Hall, Stephanie Heffernan, Marcus Hollers, Valerie Holmes, Neung Kopter, Valerie Lafortune, Julissa Lopez, Ashleigh O’Keefe, Kaitlin Owings, Rachel Shrum, Kayla Smith, Christen Taylor and Gina Tremaine.    

Students from St. Johns County:  Randi Brookins, Holland Hoefnagel, Katherine Katz, Olivia Nelson and Amentra Perry.

Student from Putnam County:  Katonia Young.

Students from Duval County:  Justina Harris and Roshaun Simpson. 
SJR State’s nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.  Classes are offered in Palatka and Orange Park.  Applications for the Spring 2016 nursing classes on the Orange Park campus will be accepted September 1-30.  Specific prerequisites and requirements apply and must be completed prior to the first day of the application period. 

SJR State offers additional health programs such as respiratory care, nursing assistant, health information management and radiologic technology. For more information on degree and certificate programs in the health field, call (386) 312-4176.

Nursing Group photo

Nursing students enrolled in the Orange Park program:

Front row, left to right:  Neung Kopter, Valerie Lafortune, Michelle Castillo, Katonia Young, Gina Tremaine and Justina Harris

Second row, left to right:  Roshaun Simpson, Amentra Perry, Kayla Smith, Valerie Holmes, Kearston Bybee and Olivia Nelson

Third row, left to right:  Rachel Shrum, Julissa Lopez, Katherine Katz, Kellie Hall and Ashleigh O’Keefe

Fourth row, left to right:  Donna Casey, Randi Brookins, Stephanie Heffernan, Sarah Feinberg and Christen Taylor

Fifth row, left to right:  Marcus Hollers, Estevan Barajas, Holland Hoefnagel, Justin Butler, Shannon Bryl and Kaitlin Owings