PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Over 100 Owens Community College students were recently bestowed honorary pins by the Nursing Department for their academic achievements specific to registered nursing and practical nursing during a ceremony. The pinning ceremony is part of a traditional nursing practice, which honors students prior to beginning their careers within the health care community.
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 Matthew Babaki of Westlake, Gabrielle Barbara of Toledo, Jennifer Bare of Findlay, Aaron Baxter of Findlay, Colleen Belt of Waterville, Amy Bethel of Toledo, Brandy Boaston of Toledo, Heidi Bouillon of New Reigel, Judith Boyle of Toledo, Audrey Bradford of Cygnet, Antanai Brown of Toledo, Heather Campbell of Toledo, Sarah Chambers of Maumee, Debra Conkle of McComb, Kimberly Cousino of Toledo, Sara Coy of Oregon, April Davis of Toledo, Cassandra Dietrich of Toledo, Melissa Duly of Curtice, Brenda Dunning of Wauseon, Jeffrey Easterwood of Toledo, Laura Elliott of Toledo, Patricia Ferguson of Rossford, Wendy Ferris of Oregon, Lycrecia Fitch of Toledo, Heidi Folger of Toledo, Laura Frontz of Tiffin, Sarah Gedert of Perrysburg, Danielle Glover of Toledo, Rebecca Gluza of Toledo, Darlene Grey of Toledo, Jacob Grime of Archbold, Jennifer Haase of Findlay, Aaron Halstead of Toledo, Careigh Hand of Maumee, Melissa Hartenburg of Perrysburg, Kevin Hendricks of Delta, Jennifer Hill of Risingsun, Darlasia Hudspeth of Toledo, Danielle Inbody of Pandora, Alexis Johnson of Fremont, Cheryl Johnson of Toledo, Sarah Johnson of Holland and Andrea Lofay of Tiffin.
Registered nursing students also receiving pinning honors include Heather Luttke of Toledo, Shelby Majors of Toledo, Tiffany Mattys of Toledo, Terrie McDougle of Gilboa, Chelsey McMillan of Monroe, Mich., Grezen Micua of Toledo, M. Richard Middleton of Northwood, Elizabeth Montgomery of Jenera, Adam Montz of Carey, Nicholas Montz of Tiffin, Kelly Morrow of Maumee, Brianne Newcomer of Sycamore, Heather Nino of Genoa, Ann Palmer of Maumee, Megan Passet of Findlay, Holly Patton of Carey, Jennifer Phillips of Walbridge, Courtney Price of Findlay, Emily Rehklau of Toledo, Christine Roudebush of Perrysburg, Erica Russell of Toledo, Elizabeth Sanderson of Toledo, Connie Sayler of Blissfield, Mich., Cindy Schirack of Northwood, Andria Seifert of Toledo, Kathryn Serna of Swanton, Tonya Shank of Perrysburg, Katie Shrewsbury of Maumee, Shannon Smith of Toledo, Kim Spitnale of Toledo, Antoinette Stevens of Toledo, Candas Switzer of Tiffin, Renee Szablewski of Tiffin, Cheri Taulker of Fostoria, Jacqueline Trubisky of Painesville, Lanita Vance of Toledo, Sara Verhoff of Ottawa, Rachel Washer of Maumee, Lori Watson of Northwood, Sarah Webb of Toledo, Michael Wheeler of Holland, Sarah White of Findlay, Kayli Wiley of Maumee, Meshell Wilson of Perrysburg, Leigh Wright of Deshler and Heather Zimmerman of Toledo.
Practical nursing students receiving their honorary pins are Monica Aldrich of Fostoria, Ashley Cole of Findlay, Tammy Douglas of Findlay, David Foust of Findlay, Kelsey Helfer of Findlay, Dusti Herz of Van Buren, Amy Hoffman of Napoleon, Traci Hotelling of Findlay, Lindsey Iler of Bowling Green, Ashley Nelson of Findlay, Claire Vroman of Findlay, Rhonda Wells of Findlay and Kari Yaney of Swanton.
The College’s 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’ 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, 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.