Surry Community Students Graduate Nursing School

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Posted: May 31, 2017

Forty-two Surry Community College students recently graduated from the Associate Degree Nursing program.

Surry’s Associate Degree Nursing (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.

The pinning and graduation ceremony was held May 11 on Surry’s Dobson campus. Lory Puckett, Nurse Educator at SCC, was the guest speaker. She encouraged the graduates by reflecting on her reasons for choosing to be an educator and their time together as the students pursued their ADN degrees.

Puckett said, “I feel that I have a deep sense of purpose for what I am doing as an educator. Every day, I get to see my students rise to a level that I would want them taking care of my family, and that makes an impact on me. These nurses have the opportunity to make a significant change in the world of nursing.”

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 Educator Ann Scott 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: Kristy Armstrong of Hamptonville, Peggy Bowes of Mount Airy, Landon Brawley of Yadkinville, Jodie Brock of Moravian Falls, Hannah Wall Chapman of Rural Hall, Jonathan Combs of Winston-Salem, Jessica Cox of Hays, Ashley Craddock of Dobson, Tess Dockery of Dobson, Brandi Fowler of Dobson, Molly Lankford of Mount Airy, Amanda Osborne of Grassy Creek, Brian Sandusky of Dobson, Ashley Seigler of Elkin, Lindsey Smith of King, and Teagan Wrenn of Lawsonville.

The following graduates were already licensed as LPNs and earned the Associate Degree in Nursing: Shannon Allred of Winston-Salem, Susan Baker of King, Chelsea Boaz of Tobaccoville, Whitney Brown of North Wilkesboro, Melissa Bunker of Mount Airy, Heather Campbell of Advance, Brittany Collins of King, Jennifer Creed of Lowgap, Justin Freeman of Dobson, Ashley Gentry of Elkin, Kasey Hiatt of Mount Airy, Olivia Hicks of Mount Airy, Amy Jones of Mount Airy, Courtney Kenworthy of Statesville, Gabriel Morton of Winston-Salem, Kali Nicholson of Mocksville, Jayne Pratt of Ararat, Nicole Pyrtle of Danbury, Alisha Richards of Mount Airy, Dione Saavedra of Mount Airy, Maria Scales of Elkin, Keirsten Shields of Lexington, Linda Urquiza of Mount Airy, Amanda Wagoner of Traphill, Jennifer Wolfe of Pfafftown, Elizabeth York of Mount Airy.

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 Tess Dockery passed her lamp on to Freshman Class Representative Melissa Shoemaker.

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 program, contact Associate Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Yvonne Johnson at (336) 386-3368 or You can also follow the Nursing program on Facebook @surrynursing

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