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Forty Students Graduate in SCC Nursing Graduation and Pinning Ceremony

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Twenty-three Surry Community College students recently graduated from the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program, and 17 students graduated from the Licensed Practical Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing (LPN-ADN) program.

The pinning and graduation ceremony was held May 9 on SCC’s Dobson campus.

The ceremony began with a welcome from Surry Community College President Dr. David Shockley, followed by remarks from Dr. Yvonne Johnson, SCC Dean of Health Sciences. Guest speaker was Allison Bedsaul, MSN, RN, Director of Nursing Education at Northern Regional Hospital. She encouraged students to see difficult situations not just as problems, but to see them as opportunities to learn more and become better, to not just follow the majority, but to follow the right way.

SCC Nurse Educators Sarah Broadstreet, MSN, RN, and Jessica Lara, BSN, RN, presented the Nightingale Award to graduate Megan Underwood, selected by the SCC nursing faculty, for outstanding demonstration of excellent nursing ideals and attributes.

Shockley presented diplomas to the graduates, while SCC Nurse Educator Julie Collins, MSN, RN, presented the pins. Dr. Ashley Morrison, SCC Vice President of Instruction, presented the graduates to the audience, and SCC Nurse Educator Sarah Broadstreet led the graduates in the Nurse’s Pledge.

Associate Degree Nursing graduates are Madelyn Barker of Mount Airy, Amanda Boyles of Yadkinville, Alicia Burcham of Dobson, Lorena Cabrera of Mount Airy, Loren Edwards of Mount Airy, Mari Esquibel Rohas of Mount Airy, Savanna Fritts of Pinnacle, Tamara Gaines of Mount Airy, Adele Gibson of Pinnacle, Laci Hash of Galax, Va., Autumn Hicks of Pinnacle, Grace Hodges of Elkin, Melanie Lawson of Pinnacle, Mallory Layne of Dobson, Samantha Lunsford of East Bend, Hannah McKnight of King, Madison Murphy of Pilot Mountain, Heavan Shinault of Mount Airy, Megan Underwood of Mount Airy, Anthony Vannoy of Wilkesboro, Kaleigh Vaught of Pilot Mountain, Bethany Vestal of East Bend, and Annika Wood of Elkin.

The LPN to ADN graduates are Autumn Blevins of Sparta, Kathryn Brown of Winston-Salem, Samantha Bryant of Walnut Cove, Carley Davis of Troy, Jennifer Dean of Mooresville, Brianna Gordon of Mount Airy, Luke Hatcher of Lowgap, Lavender Hughes of Ararat, Va., Logan Kirk of Lexington, Beverly Lyons of East Bend, Addy Marshall of Yadkinville, Dove Mayes of Mount Airy, Diana Monroy of Mount Airy, Alexis Robertson of Pinnacle, Sierra Roetken of Union Grove, Abby Samuels of Mount Airy, and Karissa Workman of North Wilkesboro.

About the graduates, Dr. Johnson stated, “We are so very proud of these students who have worked extremely hard to achieve their goals. Nursing is a rigorous program where students must put much of their lives on hold to achieve the knowledge and skills needed become safe, competent nurses. These students have missed fun times with friends, family functions, and kept their noses to the grindstone, but their hard work is getting ready to result in dividends as they sit for their licensure exams and enter the workforce as nurses. These nurses will be highly sought after and have very bright futures ahead of them.”

A very special part of the ceremony included the “passing of the lamp,” which symbolizes the nurses’ dedication to providing continuous nursing care to their patients. Just as Florence Nightingale passed her lamp on to the next shift of nurses, the SCC ADN graduates symbolically pass the lamp to the freshman class. ADN graduate Lorena Cabrera passed the lamp to Crystal Mathis, representative for the rising second year students.

Surry Community College students can choose to complete the ADN, which is a two-year program, or currently licensed practical nurses (LPNs) can choose to complete the LPN-ADN program, which is a three-semester program. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, or community health care facilities. The average annual salary for a registered nurse is approximately $66,220.

For more information about the program, contact Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Yvonne Johnson at (336) 386-3368 or johnsony@surry.edu. You can also follow the Nursing program on Facebook @surrynursing.

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