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Shore Students Complete Chesapeake Nursing Program

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009


Courtney Carroll of Easton walks through the rose arch during the nurse’s pinning ceremony at Chesapeake College. 

WYE MILLS – The Chesapeake College MGW (Macqueen Gibbs Willis) Nursing Program recently graduated 53 new nurses.

The Chesapeake nursing program includes 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.

Chesapeake College President Barbara Viniar congratulated the students for completing a challenging and demanding academic program.

"I am in awe of what you are able to accomplish," Dr. Viniar said.

Keynote speaker Margaret Ann Gary, BSN, CCRN, who is the director of critical care at Chester River Heath System, spoke about the foundations of nursing care. She urged the graduates to always show compassion and respect to their patients. .

"Health care is changing. Patients are now researching their own illnesses. We are facing significant changes in the field and there is increased pressure on medical professionals," she said.

Nursing Class of 2009 Speaker Lecia Manowski of Grasonville shared some of the group’s memories and spoke of their shared journey. She said this year’s class is a diverse, yet very close group.

"We’ve tended one another. We have lifelong bonds," Manowski said. "School was the glue that held us all together."

Two new awards were given this year in honor of Chesapeake College nursing instructor Jean C. Lowe, who passed away in 2008. Lowe’s husband, Derwin Lowe, said she was dedicated to both her profession and her students. Lowe’s family presented Lauren Medford of Stevensville and Melissa Gilbert of Federalsburg with the Jean C. Lowe Overcomer and Jean C. Lowe Benevelence awards.

McDaniel resident Rebecca Wisely received the Excellence in Psychosocial Aspects in Nursing for this year. Sandra Prochaska of Worton received the Joan Coccaro Memorial Award. Kelly Howeth of Cordova won the J. Tyler Baker Award.

The Nick Rajacich Award for Excellence went to Wendy Dobson of Easton. Stevensville resident Mary Owen earned the Outstanding Service Award.

Queenstown resident Dorothy Zeller received the Hope Award and Stella McNeil of Denton won the Spirit of Nursing Award.

The new nurses received their traditional nursing pins during the May 18 ceremony in 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 receiving the pin and lighting the lamp are time-honored rites of passage in the nursing field.

The 2009 nursing class members are: Stephanie Allen of Marydel, Melissa Anderson of Greensboro, Brittany Armstrong of Stevensville, Brandon Beck of Church Hill, Ashley Bender of Sudlersville, Stephanie Bernstein of Easton, Hope Bolyard of East New Market, Carrie Britt of Easton, Bobby Camilleri of Stevensville, Courtney Carroll of Easton, Shari Davis of Easton, Amy Bayless Dayton of Cambridge, Nicole DeJarnette of Preston, Michelle Dietrich of Cambridge, Wendy Dobson of Easton, May Draper of Preston, Adriana Edsall of Easton, Angela Fleetwood of Easton, Melissa Gilbert of Federalsburg, Kelly Heaphy of Queenstown, Rochalla Higdon of Queenstown, Kristy Hill of Federalsburg, Kelly Howeth of Cordova, Laura Jeffries of Hurlock, Dawn Johnson of Galena, Kristina Kirn of Federalsburg, Jessica Kleppinger of Trappe, Rebekah Lancaster of Crumpton, Brandi Lomax of Wittman, Lecia Manowski of Grasonville, Stella McNeil of Denton, Lauren Medford of Stevensville, Karistyn Meredith of Cambridge, Kelly Mills of Vienna, Kristine Neaton of Easton, Mary Owens of Stevensville, Danielle Pierzynski of Chestertown, Kimberly Price of Church Hill, Sandra Prochaska of Worton, Barbara Pulliam of Preston, Jessica Pyle of Millington, Thomas Radcliffe of Ridgely, Cheryl Schauber of Church Creek, Kira Shorts of Easton, Ashley Sheehan of Ridgely, Kristin Squires of Crumpton, Carrie Ulrick of Easton, Karen Van Pelt of Kennedyville, Lennette Wagner of Stevensville, Martha Wise of Greensboro, Rebecca Wisely of McDaniel, Alyssa Wooten of Cambridge, Robin Wooten of Cambridge and Dorothy Zeller of Queenstown.

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