PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Over 140 Owens Community College students were recently bestowed honorary pins by the School of Health Sciences signifying their graduation from the registered nursing program. The pinning ceremony is part of a traditional nursing practice, which honors students prior to beginning their careers within the health care community.
“Owens’ registered nursing program is proud to acknowledge our graduates’ impressive accomplishments and commend them for their academic excellence,” said Cynthia Hall, Owens Chair of Nursing. “The pin, through its symbolism, reminds nursing professionals of what it truly means to care for others. It is only fitting that the College recognize the rite-of-passage for these future caregivers.”
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 soon after adopted, and the first pin was awarded to the Class of 1880 at the Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing in New York City.
In addition to the pinning ceremony, a graduating Owens registered nursing student was honored with the Spirit of Nursing Award, which is a national award presented by the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and the National Student Nurses Association. The recipient of the national honor is Robin Royer of Perrysburg. Selection criteria includes the recipient achieving a minimum 3.5 grade point average and exhibiting outstanding academic achievement, community service and professional behaviors.
Graduating nurses include Elizabeth Ackerman of Oregon, Brandi Aiken of Toledo, Andrea Amonette of Perrysburg, Andrea Ansted of Whitehouse, DeShaunta Archer of Toledo, Sara Arredondo of Findlay, Sandra Ashman of Toledo, Yonette Bailey of Toledo, Kimberly Baumgartner of Maumee, Barbara Bertie of Toledo, Tracy Bihn of Woodville, Julie Bockey of Temperance, Mich., Melvin Bond of Toledo, Andrea Boudreaux of Toledo, Tara Caldwell of Toledo, Nancy Campbell of Bowling Green, Erica Carstensen of Sylvania, Lorali Cole of Delta, Nicole Collins of Curtice, Camille Combs of Toledo, Tara Cook of Fremont, Christina Cordero of Toledo, Jeana Coup of Bowling Green, Clint Davis of Clyde, Wendy Diamond of Bluffton, Cynthia DiCarlo of Rudolph, Aaron Donelson of Findlay, Codi Dowe of Toledo, Kenneth Dunbar II of Northwood, Rae Ferguson of Fostoria, Elizabeth Fox of Tiffin, Sarah Freeman of Maumee, Brittani Freeworth of Grand Rapids, Denise Gallup of Elmore, Patrick Gangwer of Findlay, Jody Garibaldo of Maumee, Denise Hall of Northwood, Jennifer Hall of Toledo, Amber Hampton of Maumee, Barbara Hankinson of Findlay, Jessica Hansen of Maumee, Benjamin Haraway of Norwalk, Mary Hartford of Toledo, Lynette Hatzidakis of Genoa, Patricia Heath of Toledo, Arica Hendriksen of Walbridge, Jill Hickey of Oak Harbor, Ryan Hickey of Newport, Mich., Jennifer Holben of Maumee, Vera Huff of Sylvania, Abbi Jacobs of Holland, Dimitra Jamison of Toledo, Kimberly Jess of Oak Harbor, Lucas Jess of Oak Harbor, Carol Siler-Johnston of Toledo, Tina Jones of Bowling Green, Virginia Jones of Toledo, Mark Joyner of Monclova and Linda Judy of Toledo.
Registered nursing program graduates also include Chandra Kahle of Toledo, Timothy Kaminski of Toledo, Janice Karhoff of Ottawa, Michele Kazmaier of Perrysburg, Melisa Keuneke of Dunkirk, Tanya King of Sylvania, Angela Klausing of Ottawa, Rachael Kleinmark of Fostoria, April Klima of Toledo, Jennifer Knueven of Lima, Stephani Kohlman of Toledo, Patricia Kruse of Toledo, Denise Laberdee of Perrysburg, Trevor Lannen of Sylvania, Emily Laughlin of Millbury, Kelli Lenhart of Arlington, Kristie Lock of Rossford, Vernita Love of Toledo, Amanda Lutz of Bloomville, Jennifer Markley of Toledo, Jennifer McGue of Lima, Adrienne McIlwain of Toledo, Courtney Miller of Toledo, Rusty Muter of Columbus Grove, James Myers of Napoleon, Krystal Neilly of Toledo, Bobbie Nelson of Walbridge, Jennifer Nelson of Wauseon, Shauna Nichols of Temperance, Mich., Tyler Niese of Ottawa, Tamara O’Leary of Toledo, Mira Patel of Toledo, Maya Peacock of Fremont, Ann Peter of Portage, Mardy Pickerel of Luckey, Kimberly Pifer of Sylvania, Jennifer Price of Alvada, Jeremy Prowant of Bowling Green, Kristie Przyszlak of Monroe, Mich., Amber Pump of Fremont, Michelle Pyle of Toledo, Heather Rabley of Lima, Ashley Randall of Maumee, Rebecca Ray of Maumee, Meghan Redd of Whitehouse, Tina Rhodes of Fostoria, Heather Rice of Fremont, Dawn Rigelman of Montpelier, Jennifer Robinson of Martin, Melissa Roby of Marysville, Carolyn Roche of Findlay, Crystal Rogers of Toledo, Robin Royer of Perrysburg, Kelley Salsbury of Findlay, Christine Sanchez of Walbridge, Mark Schafer of Monclova, Gina Schmersal of Kalida, Becky Schulte of Woodville, Bethany Schutz of Arlington, Jillian Settlemire of Perrysburg, Melanie Shamplo of Waldron, Mich., Emily Shane of Forest, Jennifer Sheetz of Oregon, Joseph Sickle of Findlay, Angela Sieving of Pemberville, Joshua Smith of Toledo, Karen Soto of Bowling Green, Doni Sprague of Toledo, Heather Stachowiak of Toledo, Kristin Stechschulte of Findlay, Samantha Steyer of Tiffin, Christine Straley of Custar, Lorraine Strang of Toledo, Phebe Strunk of Bowling Green, Jacob Swanson of Toledo, Janine Swartz of Toledo, Stephanie Symbolik of Maumee, Jennifer Szelepski of Fremont, Amanda Tillison of Wayne, Erica Traxler of Tiffin, Diana Turner of Toledo, Gina Umbles of Toledo, Vicki Venn of Bowling Green, Andrea Walker of Rossford, Julie Warnecke of Monclova, Veronica Warren of Toledo, Jill Weiland of Perrysburg and T.M. Zak of Toledo.
Established in 1969 as the first associate degree program of its kind in Northwest Ohio, the School of Health Sciences’ registered nursing program has graduated more than 3,900 nurses. The program was implemented on the Findlay-area Campus in 1991.
Owens’ registered nursing program requires 73 credit hours of coursework, which includes nutrition, nursing concepts, pharmacology, life span psychology, nursing skills, adult health issues, and anatomy and physiology. 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 one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College 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.