PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Over 80 Owens Community College students were recently bestowed honorary pins by the Nursing Department for their academic achievements specific to registered 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 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 Felicia Alexander of Toledo, Katie Alford of Tiffin, Shaya Askins of Bowling Green, Melissa Atkins of Toledo, Ciara Beegle of Belmore, Colleen Belt of Waterville, Judith Berger of Findlay, Jacquelyn Boggs of Newport, Mich., Sue Bohls of Toledo, Mallory Brown of Woodville, Heather Campbell of Toledo, Kristen Campbell of Bluffton, Belinda Castillo of Defiance, Chelsea Clark of Holland, Shena Cramner of Vanlue, Lori Crouse of Sylvania, Kristen Current of Perrysburg, Charity De La Cruz of Fostoria, Shauna Doolittle of Findlay, Jessica Eberly of Bowling Green, Amanda Elvey of Toledo, Caroline Endersbe of Toledo, Leona Forde of Toledo, Isha Giesey of Findlay, Linda Green of Fostoria, Kevin Hendricks of Delta, Justin Hines of Toledo, Susann Hocanson of Jenera, Benjamin Irvine of Maumee, Chelsea King of Toledo, Colleen Kozlowski of Toledo, Tanya Kramer of Perrysburg, Jeanie Krueger of Toledo, Kelly Lambert of Findlay, Rebecca Lane of Farmington Hills, Mich., Marisa Lehman of Findlay, Danielle Leonard of Findlay, Amy Long of Findlay, Matthew Lortz of Carey, Myiisha Lott of Toledo and Crystal Mathias of Bloomville.
Registered nursing students also receiving pinning honors include Kathryn McCray of Toledo, Kristen Metroff of Toledo, Amy Miller of Adrian, Mich., April Miller of Findlay, Teri Minkowski of Toledo, Magdalena Morse of Toledo, Nargis Morsfield of Findlay, Alisha Mossburg of Monroe, Mich., Myriah Mundy of Kenton, Randi Murdock of Liberty Center, Andrew Novotny of Perrysburg, Ellissa O’Leary of Perrysburg, Laura Ostrander of Toledo, Lacie Pace of Fostoria, Karen Penrod of Walbridge, O’Della Quinn of Toledo, Emily Rehklau of Toledo, Ross Reid of Toledo, Taylor Rhoades of Nevada, Cheryl Rice of Whitehouse, Wylliam Risner of Columbus Grove, Judith Ruhlen of Tiffin, Andrew Ruman of Temperance, Mich., Leslie Sauerwein of Oregon, Jamie Schmidt of Upper Sandusky, Kathryn Serna of Swanton, Tonya Shank of Perrysburg, Joanna Shaw of Whitehouse, Katie Shrewsbury of Perrysburg, Amanda Snyder of Oregon, Kim Spitnale of Toledo, Ashley Stephens of Toledo, Jill Stephens of McClure, Brandy Sterling of Findlay, April Stokosa of Rockwood, Mich., Michael Swick of Toledo, Lanita Vance of Toledo, Nicole Vidak of Swanton, Lori Wagner of Continental, Patrick Walsh of Sylvania, Rachel Washer of Maumee, Jessica Wenzlick of Sylvania, Michael Wheeler of Holland and Kelly Yesnach of Monroe, Mich.
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 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.