December 10, 2007
Ten registered nursing students received their pins. The pinning is a long held traditional nursing ceremony. Speakers included UAS Campus Director Cathy LeCompte, UAA School of Nursing Director Jean Ballantyne, UAA Nursing faculty Maureen Northway, and Student Speaker Brett Hinkle.
Emily Avila, Leanne Blanks, Thomas Grass, Mary Hasibar, Brett Hinkle, Sherity Kelly, Christine Lyshol, Vanessa McGhee, Rosa Mergenthal, and Sandra Singer spent 2 years training in clinical settings in Ketchikan and Anchorage. They also completed college course work which qualifies them to graduate with an Associate of Applied Science , Nursing degree. These graduates are now able to sit for the national licensing exam (NCLEX-RN), and practice as registered nurses.
This program administered by the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing, has expanded to include 12 sites across Alaska. Clinical support sites included Ketchikan General Hospital, Callisto Pediatric Clinic, Community Connections, Gateway Center for Human Services, Ketchikan Public Health Center, and Providence Hospital in Anchorage.
A reception followed the formal pinning ceremony.
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