Inaugural practical nursing, LPN bridge graduates honored
St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize nursing students completing the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Bridge to Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) program as well as students completing the College’s inaugural practical nursing program, which was introduced in January.
The pinning ceremony symbolizes the rite of passage into the nursing profession and follows the tradition Florence Nightingale used to extend honor to her most outstanding nurses. The ceremony also serves as the symbol of the care and devotion nurses provide.
In front of a supportive and excited audience, students were pinned by family members, professors or friends as a reminder to the nursing graduates of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed.
During the ceremony, the Florence Nightingale Award was presented to LPN to ASN student Patricia Pleasant of St. Johns County as well as to practical nursing student Quashawnda Raines of Clay County for demonstrating outstanding scholarship, compassion toward others, leadership in class and devotion to clients and their families. LPN to ASN student Caitlan Johnson of Clay County and practical nursing student Jana Rochell of St. Johns County received the Academic Excellence Award for strength and dedication in achieving and maintaining academic excellence.
LPN to ASN students from Clay County: Caitlan Johnson and Christie McGurer.
LPN to ASN students from St. Johns County: Samantha Helsel, Tonia Martin, Ashley Moss, Amy Panek, Patricia Pleasant, Heather Register and Milton Spencer.
LPN to ASN students from Putnam County: Crystal Clayberger, Emily Dial and Dominique Long.
LPN to ASN students from other counties: Patricia Morrison (Alachua County), Meagan Budzeak (Baker County), Aaron Eckstrand and Chasity Rouse (Duval County) and Kristin Dobbs (Union County).
The LPN Bridge program is designed to assist Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who want to take their education and skills to the next level. The program gives students a jumpstart on earning their Associate in Science degree in Nursing by awarding 10 college credit hours toward the degree. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Practical nursing graduates from Putnam County: Nathan Brown, Sr., Ti’Coi Brown, Toccara Clay, Erica Donjuan, Cheyenne Foster, Lucia Munoz, Adam Okeefe, Shaniya Robinson and Kerra Walker.
Practical nursing graduates from St. Johns County: Kourtney Bell and Jana Rochell.
Practical nursing graduates from Clay County: Sadrack Philogene and Quashawnda Raines.
Practical nursing graduate from Duval County: Brandy Bates.
SJR State’s practical nursing program is designed to prepare students for employment as nursing assistants, nursing aides and orderlies in nursing homes. Approved by the Florida Board of Nursing, this year-long career and technical certificate program includes 1,350 hours of nursing coursework. The program is held on SJR State’s Palatka campus with clinicals scheduled at facilities within the tri-county area. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to take the national nursing assistant examination being utilized in Florida in accordance with Chapter 400.211, F.S. and Part II Chapter 464, F.S.
In addition to the LPN to ASN, Practical Nursing and BSN programs, SJR State also offers nursing and nursing assistant programs.
SJR State’s nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation. Classes are offered in Palatka and Orange Park.
The College offers additional health programs such as respiratory care, health information management and radiologic technology. For more information on degree and certificate programs in the health field, call (386) 312-4176.
St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize nursing students completing the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Bridge to Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) program, as well as students completing the College’s inaugural practical nursing program.
From left to right, the Florence Nightingale Award was presented to LPN to ASN graduate Patricia Pleasant of St. Johns County and practical nursing program graduate Quashawnda Raines of Clay County. The Academic Excellence Award was awarded to LPN to ASN graduate Caitlan Johnson of Clay County and practical nursing program graduate Jana Rochell of St. Johns County
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