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SCC Health Sciences Students Receive Diplomas and Pins

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Fifteen Surry Community College students recently graduated from the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program, and 13 students graduated from the Licensed Practical Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing (LPN-ADN) program.

The pinning and graduation ceremony was held May 11 on SCC’s Dobson campus.

SCC President Dr. David Shockley welcomed the graduates, followed by remarks from Dr. Yvonne Johnson, Associate Dean of Health Sciences. She reminded the graduates that, “Every patient you come in contact with will be someone’s everything. Treat them accordingly. If you do that, you will be trusted, you will be respected, and you will become a small portion of their family in what may be a very difficult time in their lives.” She reiterated to them that SCC nurses do more than have good technical skills, they truly care for their patients.

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 Jaden Orange passed the lamp to freshman class representative Hannah McKnight during this year’s ceremony.

The guest speaker was Jennifer Mitchell, MSN, RN, OCN, BMTCN. Mitchell is an Adjunct Instructor of Pharmacology for SCC, as well as a Nursing Educator for Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and she encouraged the graduates to persevere through difficult times and know that “hard is not always bad.”

Graduates Meredith Camp and Brittney Weems each received the Florence Nightingale Award, selected by nursing faculty, for outstanding demonstration of excellent nursing ideals and attributes.

Shockley presented diplomas to the graduates, while nurse educators, Sarah Ducote, MSN-NE, RN, and Jennifer Mitchell, MSN, RN, OCN, BMTCN, presented the pins.

The Associate Degree Nursing graduates are: Jasmin Anderson of Boonville, Meredith Camp of Walnut Cove, Ragan Cave of Yadkinville, Zachariah Fields of Rural Hall, Joshua Johnson of Westfield, Kayla Kite of Boonville, Lizbeth Marmolejo of Dobson, Carrie McKeaver of Siloam, Sara McNew of Tobaccoville, Eryn O’Neal of Mount Airy, Jaden Orange of Mount Airy, Annsley Puckett of Mount Airy, Andrew Sands of Clemmons, Rachel Taylor of Boonville, and Ember Trinity Thompson of Ararat, N.C.

The following graduates were already licensed as LPNs and earned an Associate Degree in Nursing: Ginny Byerly of Clemmons, Melanie Childress of Hamptonville, Joycelyn Faison of Greensboro, Lori Gibson of Pfafftown, Bianca Jordan of Charlotte, April Locklear of Greensboro, Brittany Naperkowski of Winston-Salem, Lindsay Newman of Mount Airy, Renee Pope of Belews Creek, Kippi Smith of Walnut Cove, Amanda Stroud of Yadkinville, Brittney Weems of Winston-Salem, and Sylvia Wekesa of Pfafftown.

SCC’s ADN curriculum provides students with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to assist individuals in making informed decisions that impact their health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

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-RN). 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 Nursing program, contact Associate Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Yvonne Johnson at (336) 386-3368 or johnsony@surry.edu. Follow the SCC Nursing program on Facebook @surrynursing.

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