PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Over 70 Owens Community College students were recently bestowed honorary pins by the Nursing Department for their academic achievements specific to registered nursing 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 registered nursing 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.
Registered nurse pinning recipients are Renna Ahir of Holland, Sarah Aschemeier of Defiance, Jennifer Beachler of Woodville, Anne Beckham of Sylvania, Antanai Brown of Toledo, Kenneth Brown of Toledo, Stacy Brown of Haskins, Alyssa Burk of Defiance, Jamie Burns of Toledo, Roberta Camara of Toledo, Christie Casati of Findlay, Jennifer Clark of Toledo, Heather Cole of Oregon, Lisa Cooley of Tiffin, Jennifer Cooper of Toledo, Isaiah Cruz of Defiance, Lisa Darrington of Sylvania, Debra DeBrosse of Toledo, Lori Durbin-Warner of Toledo, Felicia Ebai of Toledo, Andrea Eier of Findlay, Dennis Eisel of Berkey, Crystal Estrada of Upper Sandusky, Joanne Fankhauser of Sylvania, Carrie Ganues of Toledo, Sarah Gerkensmeyer of Genoa, Lori Gettings of Sylvania, Amanda Goodwin of Leipsic, Danielle Hedean of Hamler, Beverly Helms of Kansas, Alayna Hill of Toledo, Tamara Hosley of North Baltimore, Lay Mandy of Genoa, Nicole Linhart of Findlay, Mati Charlemagne of Perrysburg, Richard Mesley of Toledo, Jessica Meyers of Liberty Center, Christine Miller of Walbridge and Andrea Mitchell of Temperance, Mich.
Registered nursing students also receiving pinning honors include Brent Monday of Arlington, Cresta Montgomery of Findlay, Sara Moore of Fostoria, Katie Orten of Toledo, Shannon O’Shea of Rudolph, Rufina Paniagua-Escamilla of Leipsic, Elizabeth Pasztor of Pemberville, Veronica Pecina of Maumee, Stephanie Pennington of Delta, Lindsey Pettengill of Maumee, Amanda Ponn of Findlay, Colleen Rader of Deshler, Jeannie Ricker of Fostoria, Arletta Rodgers of Toledo, Darcy Rose of Toledo, Grace Royce of Toledo, Alicia Scherger of Tiffin, Robert Schlachter of Sylvania, Amanda Sheldon of Maumee, Shelley Simon of Metamora, Stephanie Stauffer of Rawson, Marisa Stevens of Toledo, Jeremy Stiles of Waterville, Elizabeth Strong of Arlington, Brittany Sutherland of Perrysburg, Shelly Taylor of Toledo, Tiffany Thomas of Tiffin, Lanita Vance of Toledo, Nicole VanNess of Woodville, Elizabeth Vary of Toledo, Christy Walen of Toledo, Tamika Walker of Toledo, Zachary Wasserman of Swanton, Clara Welsh of Toledo, Corine Williams of Toledo and Tiffany Williams of Toledo.
Owens’ registered nursing program was established in 1969 as one of first associate degree programs of its kind in Northwest Ohio. The academic program was later expanded to the Findlay-area Campus in 1991.
Owens’ registered nursing program requires 73 credit hours of coursework, which includes courses in nutrition, nursing concepts, pharmacology, psychology, nursing skills, adult health issues, anatomy and physiology, obstetrics, pediatrics and geriatrics, as well as other program course requirements. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination to become a registered nurse.
The registered nursing program 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 and outpatient ambulatory areas. 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, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. 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.