MALTA (WIFR) -- On January 10, 34 students graduated from Kishwaukee College's nursing program with an Associate Degree in Nursing. After successfully completing the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) this spring, they will receive their licensure as Registered Nurses (RN). Kishwaukee College held the traditional Nursing Pinning Ceremony for the Fall 2012 graduates of the Nursing Program on campus in Jenkins Auditorium on campus.
Members of the Nursing Program graduating Class of Fall 2012 are: Amalia Burgess-Johnson; Jennifer Courser; Jennifer Cremeans; Crystal Dalaguete; Jaime Davis; Savannah Dawsey; Nicole Dempsay; Dana Dieterle; Megan Doherty; Lindsey Donnelly; Colleen Finch; Diane Hawkins; Jannelle Hensley; Brenda Hunt; Allison Jackson; Whitney Johnson; Bridgett Kedzie; Kathryn Keegan; Kristi Kush; Berenice Leal; Sarah Lieving; Kimberly Lutz; Sophie McCartney; Ezequiel Mora; Megan Nolan; Wafa Nur; Caitlin Olson; Renea Rhodes; Jessica Robles; Allison Skinner; Maggie Streit; Rebecca Swanson; Nichole Welch; and David Zimmerman.
The following students received the Practical Nurse Certificate, completed in August 2012: Roshanda Clayter; Tina Hejnar; Kathryn Keegan; Wafa Nur; and Shawn Spicer.
The Nursing Pinning Ceremony is a time-honored tradition that has been common practice since the 1860s when Florence Nightingale presented a medal of excellence to her best nursing students. In modern times, each new graduate receives a pin from a mentor—either a nursing faculty member or someone from the graduate’s family or friends. In addition, the ceremony includes a candle lighting portion that symbolizes the passing of the flame of care to the new nurses after which the graduates recite a contemporary adaptation of the Nightingale Pledge.
The ceremony at Kishwaukee College included a welcome address by Bette Chilton, Dean of Health and Education; guest speaker Dr. Heather Peters, recently retired Director of Nursing at the College; and an address by Sophie McCartney, member of the Class of Fall 2012 and Outstanding Nursing Student recipient. There was also a video presentation recapping the graduates two years of study together that was created by graduate Ezequiel Mora. Music was provided by Hannah Buckle.