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Shore Students Complete Chesapeake Nursing Program

Sunday, May 28, 2006


Bernadette Kelly Newman of Easton walks through the rose arch during the Class of 2006 nurse´s pinning ceremony at Chesapeake College. 

WYE MILLS – The Chesapeake College MGW (Macqueen Gibbs Willis) Nursing Program recently graduated 38 new nurses.

The Chesapeake RN program included clinical rotations at in a variety of health care settings giving the students hands-on experiences to prepare them for employment. Some of the graduates will help fulfill the nationwide and regional need for nurses right away, while others will enroll in four-year colleges to work on bachelor´s degrees.

Keynote speaker Dr. Florence Lednum, a Chesapeake College biology professor who teaches many nursing students, spoke of the requirements and rewards of a career in health care

She urged the graduates to use their new skills and to always remember that a desire to help others is at the heart of their jobs.

"You are well-prepared to face the challenges ahead. The education you received here will hold you in good stead wherever you may go," Lednum said. "Be caring, be kind and pass it on."

Registered Nurse Class of 2006 Speaker Linda Michelle Hall of Preston shared some of the group´s memories and spoke of their shared journey.

"We have already experienced some of the true tests of a nurse. We have memories of helping to care for a terminal cancer patient, sitting and crying with the mother of a stillborn baby and of watching a stroke survivor recover and walk out of the hospital," Hall said. "These are the things that will define as nurses."

Stevensville resident Alyssa Michelle Baker received the Excellence in Psychosocial Aspects in Nursing for this year. Nancy Hettling of Tilghman received the Joan Caccaro Memorial Award. Pamela Ann Callahan of Queenstown won the J. Tyler Baker Award.

The Nick Rajacich Award for Excellence went to Fallon Renee Bauer of Easton. Chester resident Dawn Feher earned the Outstanding Service Award.

Easton´s Karen Lane Messick received the Hope Award and Ruth Donaldson of Cambridge won the Spirit of Nursing Award.

The new nurses received their traditional nursing pins during the May 20 ceremony at the Todd Performing Arts Center, and lighted porcelain lamps in recognition of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale. The lamp became a symbol of nursing thanks to Nightingale´s work during the Crimean War. Both the receiving the pin and lighting the lamp are time-honored rites of passage in the nursing field.

The 2006 nursing graduates are: Alyssa Michelle Baker of Stevensville, Abigail Alyse Bakker of Chestertown, Fallon Renee Bauer of Easton, Diana Belperio of Chestertown, Denise J. Blake of Ridgely, Tammy R. Bradshaw of Cambridge, Pamela Ann Callahan of Queenstown, Katherine Watson Cornelius of Rock Hall, Rebecca Elizabeth Crouch of Chestertown, Ruth Majors Donaldson of Cambridge, Dawn Feher of Chester, Mary I. Glynn of Chester, Mikki Ann Goehringer of Hurlock, John Lester Haines III of Henderson, Linda Michelle Hall of Preston, Nancy L. Hettling of Tilghman, Jennifer Michelle Hope of Easton, Erin Christine Johnson of Stevensville, Sharon M. Jones of Queenstown, Ryan Patrick Killough of East New Market, Susan Lewis of Denton, Debora Outten McAllister of Easton, Danya Elise McCoy of Rock Hall, Karyn Ashley Lane Messick of Easton, Stacy Lynn Miller of Federalsburg, Lori Lynne Moran of Federalsburg, Bernadette K. Newman of Easton, Mary Ann Parlett of Preston, Diana L. Patchett of Preston, Trish Rosenberry of Cordova, Lisa Rosendale of Centreville, Kimberly L. Schauber of Church Creek, Alima Sesay of Wye Mills, Elizabeth Wilcoxon Shields of Trappe, Jamie Ann Stitchberry of Cambridge, Belden Clay Tobin of Cambridge, Emily Jean Warren of Ridgely, and Maria de Lourdes Williams of Church Hill.

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