FINDLAY, OH – Over 170 Owens Community College students were recently bestowed honorary pins by the School of Health Sciences signifying their graduation from the registered nursing program during a ceremony on the Findlay-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’ 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.
Graduating nurses include Janet Ackerman of Oregon, Brandi Aiken of Toledo, Jessica Askam of Newport, Mich., Jacquelyn Bernath of Toledo, Donisha Beverly of Toledo, Valerie Bish of Tiffin, Tina Boeck of Perrysburg, Karis Bouillon of Bascom, Maria Brodman of Carey, Jodi Broshious of Toledo, Walter Brown III of Findlay, Tabitha Buess of Bowling Green, Crystal Burnett of Rossford, Jeffrey Burnside of Millbury, Sheila Campbell of Bowling Green, Miranda Casey of Genoa, Shane Clower of Perrysburg, Laura Cole of Waterville, Julie Cook of Maumee, Rhonda Creeger of Tiffin, Barbara Crites of Bowling Green, Linda Dauer of Findlay, Danielle Davies of Toledo, Jennifer Dean of Toledo, Michelle DeLong of Toledo, Vyrelle Derden-Winfree of Toledo, April Desepda of Toledo, Laurie Dickens of Oregon, Jennifer Dixon of Toledo, Sarah Draper of Grand Rapids, Rachel Dumas of Toledo, Mary Dussel of Bowling Green, Deanna Ellerbrock of Columbus Grove, Ronda Ellis of Carey, Richard Faist of Sylvania, Jill Farris of Toledo, Brooke Fasnaugh of Toledo, Alexis Faust of Huron, Jacqulyn Fiordalisi of Bowling Green, Anissa Floure of Toledo, Kenneth Fry of Toledo, Julie Gagnet of Millbury, Nina Garcia of Woodville, Abigail Geer of Toledo, Bonnie Gill of Toledo, Michelle Gill of Swanton, Barbara Gillen of Delta, Courtney Goda of Toledo, Lamar Goodwin of Toledo, Patrick Gose of Toledo, Gwendolynn Gregory of Toledo, Tonia Groves of Fostoria, Aiyewunmi Hannah of Toledo, Rebecca Harrell-Smelter of Sylvania, Deanna Hays of St. Marys, Crissy Heck of Sylvania, Theresa Heidlebaugh of Findlay, Jennifer Heil of Sylvania, Lorca Henley of Cygnet, Katie Henry of Erie, Mich., Beth Hensley of Toledo, Andrew Irzyk of Perrysburg, Eric Jackson of Holland, Norma Jenkins of Millbury, Elisha Jones of Toledo, Tami Jorgenson of Luckey, Minneh Kamau of Findlay, Naomi Kanu of Waterville, Amber Kear of Forest, Ashley Kear of Pandora, Jennifer Keber of Toledo, Adelle Keller of Perrysburg, Joseph Kelso of Toledo, Jessica Kennedy of Swanton, Whitney Klear of Ottawa, Sharon Kneisel of Toledo, Patricia Kruse of Toledo, Jessica Krygielski of Toledo, Benjamin Pritchard of Columbus, Heather Rabley of Lima, Amanda Rader of Toledo, Stacy Rajner of Toledo, Amanda Reed of Toledo, Jennifer Kunkel of Temperance, Mich., Bryan Kusian of Oregon, Gregory Laird of Findlay, Brenda Lake of Toledo, Jason LaLone of Tiffin, Amy Lammers of Columbus Grove, Aarin LaVrar of Holland and Morgan Light of Findlay.
Registered nursing program graduates also include Tonya Lightner of McComb, Sherry Lindow of Woodville, Jennifer Linnenkugel of Toledo, Lisa Longworth of Arlington, Claudia Losek of Perrysburg, Matthew Lowry of Toledo, Adrianna Luikart of Carey, Amanda Lutz of Bloomville, Dawn Luzadder of Fostoria, Joshua Lykowski of Toledo, Stephanie Madison of Toledo, Sheryl Mahoney of Sylvania, Paul Manger of Adrian, Mich., Christie Martinez of Oregon, Kimberly McClain of Toledo, Heather McCloud of Upper Sandusky, Makiba McCormick of Toledo, Bridgette McGowan of Toledo, Julie McNamee of Perrysburg, Holly Medlen of Oregon, Sarah Meister of Toledo, Marvin Micham of Toledo, Sarah Miller of Swanton, Shannyn Miller of Woodville, Shylah Miller of Toledo, Sheila Monica of Toledo, Mabel Moreno of Toledo, Ruth Nash of Maumee, Tyler Niese of Ottawa, Kelly Norden of Napoleon, Emily Nunamaker of Toledo, Jason Olson of Lambertville, Mich., Jacqueline Pappas of Oregon, Megan Peake of Maumee, Heather Pena of Delta, Joshua Pickle of Toledo, Sandra Pierce of Elmore, Thomas Plut of Toledo, Christie Poiry of Northwood, Brooke Poland of Toledo, Angela Potts of Toledo, Erin Powell of Perrysburg, Brittney Rettig of Rawson, Vicki Rhodus of Sylvania, James Richards Jr. of Toledo, Dustin Richardson of Napoleon, Kendall Richardson of Findlay, Maria Rosado of Findlay, Karla Rowe of Northwood, Stephanie Santibanez of Toledo, Cynthia Sattler of Toledo, Shawna Schiffler of Oregon, Nicole Schultz of Toledo, Kristin Semple of Toledo, Heather Shupe of Bowling Green, Charlotte Sickinger of Findlay, Michele Slaughter of Holland, Maureen Smith of Toledo, Patricia Sobczak II-Presser of Toledo, Ketrina Spencer of Toledo, Cynthia Stanton of Toledo, Amber Stewart of Carey, Julie Stone of Toledo, Sandra Strall of Napoleon, Vicki Stroshine of Toledo, Stacey Subler of Toledo, Teresa Sullivan-Aponte of Toledo, Kimberly Sutton of Toledo, Courtney Swerlein of Toledo, Robert Taube II of Toledo, Quentin Tiell of Fostoria, Susan Tiell of Fostoria, Kayla Marie Tolles of Maumee, Emily Tonjes of Grand Rapids, Melissa Van Horn of Maumee, Paula Whritenour of Bowling Green, Melissa Windsor of Toledo, Sue Woodard of Toledo, Alana Woods of Toledo, Hope Zalecki of Toledo and Angela Zeller 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 4,100 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.