SJR State holds nursing pinning ceremony

nursing students, awards

St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize Associate in Science in Nursing students, symbolizing the rite of passage into the nursing profession. Presented by family and friends, the pin serves as a reminder of the graduates’ purpose to serve the sick and infirmed.

The pinning ceremony is also a continuing tradition of Florence Nightingale’s extended honor to her most outstanding nurses. The Florence Nightingale Award was presented to Jessica Stewart, of St. Johns County, for “demonstrating outstanding scholarship, compassion toward others, leadership in class and devotion to clients and their families.” Joan Brakebill, of Clay County, received the Academic Excellence Award for “strength and dedication in achieving and maintaining academic excellence.”

Students from Clay County: Sarah Austin, Betty Bollinger, Joan Brakebill, Joshua Brown, Darien Davis, Christine DeVault, Valandris Dixon, Ashley Freeman, Alexis Ingram, Marlene Kelly, Timothy Lee, Jeline Mae Mercado, Nicole Montgomery, Ivee Morgan, Krystal Shrock, Tina Willems and Amanda Williams.

Students from St. Johns County: Jessica Cole, Meghan Hill, Amy Kees, Afton Kozak, Cheryl McConnell, Tiffany Meaker, Kimberly Ray, Troy Sendler, Curtis Smith, Jessica Stewart and Sabrina Vales.
Students from Putnam County: Audrey Gantt, Brenda Goode, Eva Lugo and Lora McKee.

Students from Duval County: Juliette Oliveros, Courtney Orbe, Ashley Warren, Kenisha Williams and Rachelle Williams.

Student from Baker County: Kayla McCarthy.

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 2018 nursing classes on the Orange Park campus will be accepted from 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.

In addition to the ceremony, select students received awards for special achievement throughout the two-year program. From left, Jessica Stewart, of St. Johns County, received the Florence Nightingale Award. Joan Brakebill, of Clay County, received Academic Excellence Award.

Nursing group photo

Nursing students enrolled in the Orange Park program:

Front Row, L-R: Eva Lugo, Jeline Mercado, Krystal Shrock, Brenda Goode, Ivee Morgan, Courtney Orbe and Shasta Ware (instructor)         
Second row, L-R: Tiffany Meaker, Ashley Warren, Tina Willems, Kimberly Ray and Ashley Freeman
Third row, L-R: Jessica Cole, Jessica Stewart, Lora McKee, Kayla McCarthy and Sarah Austin
Fourth row, L-R: Betty Bollinger, Kenisha Williams, Amanda Williams, Christine DeVault and Sabrina Vales
Fifth row, L-R: Amy Kees, Audrey Gantt, Rachelle Williams, Valandris Dixon and Alexis Ingram
Sixth row, L-R: Nicole Montgomery, Cheryl McConnell, Meghan Hill, Afton Kozak and Timothy Lee
Back Row, L-R: Troy Sendler, Curtis Smith, Marlene Kelly, Darien Davis, Joan Brakebill and Joshua Brown



Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020