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Shore Students Complete Chesapeake MGW Nursing Program

The Nursing Program recently graduated 43 new nurses, many of whom hope to work on the Eastern Shore.

Posted on Monday, June 04, 2012


WYE MILLS – The Chesapeake College MGW (Macqueen Gibbs Willis) Nursing Program recently graduated 43 new nurses, many of whom hope to work on the Eastern Shore.

The Chesapeake nursing program includes local clinical rotations in a variety of health care settings giving the students hands-on experiences to prepare them for employment. Some of the graduates will go directly into the workforce, while others will enroll in four-year colleges to work on bachelor’s degrees.

Chesapeake President Barbara A. Viniar said this class worked diligently to help future nursing classes at Chesapeake College. Many nursing students attended public hearings and wrote letters in support of the proposed Center for Allied Health and Athletics at Chesapeake College.

"So often you took the time to help build support for our center. You may never enjoy the benefits of your efforts, but you have worked to make sure students who follow you have the best possible facilities," Dr. Viniar said.

She also praised the students for completing a rigorous program and predicted their future success despite current economic challenges.

"Some of you are struggling to find jobs, but you will and you will have long, productive careers ahead of you," Dr. Viniar said.

In addition to their studies and clinical rotations, the nursing students also worked on philanthropic projects. The Nursing Class of 2012 raised money for Hospice of Maryland.

Nursing Class of 2012 speaker Janna Craze of Cambridge chronicled the class bonding over challenging clinical assignments and grueling course work.

"We shared in the joys of life and the losses. We’ve learned so much," Craze said. "We’ve grown in our capacity to be compassionate and patient, and also in our skills."

The pinning ceremony also featured the presentation of the nursing programs most prestigious student awards. Arline Murray of Betterton received the Excellence in Psychosocial Aspects in Nursing for this year. Jill Willis of Preston received the Joan Coccaro Memorial Award. Molly Murray of Church Hill won the J. Tyler Baker Award.

The Nick Rajacich Award for Excellence went to Kelly Bosworth of Henderson. Chestertown resident Marjorie Shaffer earned the Outstanding Service Award.

Lauren Davis of Denton received the Hope Award and Jennifer Choyce of Ridgely won the Spirit of Nursing Award. Kathleen Flair of Chester was named Outstanding Graduate in Nursing.

Four members of the class were named to Who Who’s Among American Community College Students. They are: Kelly Bosworth, Janna Craze, Kathleen Flair, and Arline Murray.

The new nurses received their traditional nursing pins during the May 19 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 2012 nursing class members are: Donna L. Baynard of Trappe, Brenna Bell of Cambridge, Sunny I.E. Blann of Denton, Kelly J. Bosworth, Lauren R. Boyles of Preston, Brande R. Burke of Centreville, Jessica M. Caraker of Preston, Jennifer L. Choyce, Jennifer A. Collins of Federalsburg, Janna E. Craze, Ashley E. Dadds of Greensboro, Lauren A. Davis of Denton, Erika L. DelValle of Centreville, Jennifer L. Espil of Greensboro, Jaime L. Ewing of Trappe, Kathleen H. Flair, Miriam A. Green of Cambridge, Shannon R. Heim of St. Michaels, Roxane L. Horant of Cordova, Amanda R. James of Linkwood, Tiffany E. Jensen of Easton, Nicole I. Leonard of St. Michaels, Caroline L. Mack of Denton, Ashley M. Minietta of Sudlersville, Allison M. Murphy of Easton, Arline K. Murray, Molly E. Murray of Church Hill, Olga Myers-Effimova of Easton, Heather L. Reed of Goldsboro, Chelcie L. Robbins of East New Market, Allycia C. Roberts of Stevensville, Rita M. Robinson of Federalsburg, Marjorie M. Shaffer, Jillian N. Shaw of Cordova, Jessica L. Snoberger of Centreville, Marcia C. Spicer of Cambridge, Dottie Stokes of Stevensville, Tracy L. Terry of Federalsburg, Stacie M. Van Meter of Grasonville, Lauren E. Webster of Easton, Clara S. Welling of St. Michaels, Jill M. Willis, and La’Kisha D. Young of Easton.


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