PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Over 30 Owens Community College students were recently bestowed honorary pins by the School of Nursing for their academic achievements specific to the practical nursing certificate during a ceremony on the Toledo-area Campus. The pinning ceremony is part of a traditional nursing practice, which honors students prior to beginning their careers within the health care community.
“Owens Community College is extremely honored to recognize our students for their hard work and dedication toward achieving their educational aspirations,” said Ruth Ankele, Owens Chair of Nursing. “The practical nursing certificate students have exhibited academic excellence at the highest level and are very deserving of their honorary pins.”
The nurse pinning ceremony originated in the 1860s at St. Thomas Hospital’s Nightingale School of Nursing in London, England. Having been recently awarded The Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale chose to extend the honor she received to her most outstanding graduate nurses by awarding each of them a medal of excellence. The practice of awarding nurses a badge was adopted soon after, and the first pin was awarded to the Class of 1880 at the Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing in New York City.
Nursing students receiving their honorary pins include Erica Baumer of Bascom, Sarah Boris of Perrysburg, Sadie Brown of Toledo, Mary Brown of Toledo, Nicole Cornett of Tiffin, Roxann Crawford of Fostoria, Brandy Drain of Napoleon, Krystal Fales of Newport, Mich., Stacy Franklin of Luckey, Brook Frasure of Millbury, Terryann Goodridge-Dunlap of Toledo, Krystle Haas of North Baltimore, Kinsey Hall of Findlay, Leanne Harden of McComb, Bret Heinze of Carleton, Mich., Heidi Hileman of Erie, Mich., Carol Hill of Upper Sandusky, Andrew Hitchen of Genoa, Linda Hordak-Neeb of Toledo, Jennifer Jagielski of Toledo, Jon Kammeyer of Findlay, Anita King of North Baltimore, Alicia Konoff of Northwood, Renee Mathias of Carey, Camille Miller of Toledo, Donna Miller of Toledo, Dawn Mizen of Findlay, Judy Moore of Beverly Hills, Mich., Angela Murphy of Northwood, Amanda Petrie of Fostoria, Hannah Phillips of Custar, Ashley Poiry of Oregon, Cora Roa of North Baltimore, Rachel Sexton of Sylvania, Emily Taylor of Findlay, William Trouten of Maumee and Constance Wright of Toledo.
Owens’ practical nursing certificate is offered on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses and requires 43 credit hours of coursework, which includes courses in basic nutrition, nursing trends, pharmacology, general psychology, nursing care of adults, and human anatomy and physiology, as well as other course requirements. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensure examination to become a licensed practical nurse.
The practical nursing certificate is designed to prepare graduates for nursing positions in a variety of health care settings. Among the various locations are acute care agencies, physician offices, long-term care agencies, behavioral health facilities, hospice and rehabilitation centers. The program combines studies at Owens with planned and guided clinical experience in client care for health care facilities and community agencies.
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.