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Surry Community Nursing Students Graduate

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Sixteen Surry Community College students recently graduated from the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program, and 21 students graduated from the Licensed Practical Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing (LPN-ADN) program.

The pinning and graduation ceremony was held May 9 on Surry's Dobson campus. Guest speaker was SCC alumna Ann Riggs, BSN, RN, who shared the characteristics she believes are most important to exemplify in the nursing field.

SCC President Dr. David Shockley welcomed the graduates followed by remarks from Dr. Yvonne Johnson, Associate Dean of Health Sciences at SCC. Shockley also presented the diplomas, while SCC Nurse Educators Lory Puckett, FNP, MSN, RN; and Karen Harvell, MSN, RN, presented the pins. Dr. Michael B. Miller, SCC Dean of Business, Technologies, and Health Sciences, performed the presentation of graduates.

The Associate Degree Nursing graduates are: Brittney King and Kaley White of Elkin; Shana Jarvis of Glade Valley; McKenzie Haynes of Jonesville; Kellie Bondurant, Hannah Childs, Kaitlyn Lewis, and Melissa Presley of Mount Airy; Saleena Call and Taylor Wood of North Wilkesboro; Alanna Chinn-Burrell of Olin; Nathan Crowson of Pilot Mountain; Devan Southern of Pinnacle; LaurenHanes and Mariah McClendon of Winston-Salem; and Brittany Lawson of Ararat, Va.

The following graduates were already licensed as LPNs and earned the Associate Degree in Nursing: Krystal Simmons of Ararat; Tiawania Prescott and Teria Warnerof Charlotte; B. Saige Lamm of Elkin; Charmain Austin and Sonia Knott of Greensboro; Akosua Fosuaa of Kernersville; Christina Mabe of Lawsonville; Christina Henning and Kristal Motsinger of Lewisville; Shelby Heath, Brancey Johnson, Diane Lawson, and Amanda Spencer of Mount Airy; Amber Lindsey of Pfafftown; Brandi Felts of Pinnacle; Robert Lamb of Sparta; Amy Hedrick of Thomasville; Tara Rowe of Wilkesboro; and Tracy Cox and Sally Leviner of Winston-Salem.

The passing of the lamp symbolizes the nurse's dedication to providing continuous nursing care to their patients. Just as Florence Nightingale passed her lamp on to the next shift of nurses, graduate Kaley White passed the lamp on to Freshman Class Representative, Katie Stanley.

Surry'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. SCC also offers opportunities for students to purse a baccalaureate degree in Nursing (LPN-BSN and RIBN collaboration) through a partnership with Lees-McRae College.

For more information about the Nursing program, contact Associate 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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