DSCC nursing students receive pins
DYERSBURG — On May 2, 31 Dyersburg State Community College nursing students took one of the final steps to achieving their dream of becoming nurses as they received their nurses pins at the annual Pinning Ceremony. The ceremony was held at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Dyersburg.
Several special awards were presented during the ceremony. This year two students were chosen to receive the Clinical Practice award.
The DSCC Nursing Faculty makes this award to a student or students who demonstrate the practice of nursing as a humanistic art and science, the recognition of each person as a unique individual, and acceptance of legal, ethical, and professional accountability. Whitney Lee of Halls and Ramona Moore of Union City both received this award.
The Scholastic Award is given to the two students with the highest cumulative grade point average at the end of fall semester. The grade point average includes all courses in the nursing curriculum. Amy Prather of South Fulton and Rachel Schneider of Newbern each earned this award.
Each year the Peggy N. Pendergrast Faculty Award is given by the Division of Nursing to recognize a graduating student who is best described as “first among equals.” The award is named for the founding director of the DSCC nursing program. The recipient is one who, in the belief of the faculty, will make a contribution to the profession of nursing through the individual’s practice of nursing. Through their course and clinical work, the recipient will have demonstrated the qualities which are essential for effective nursing practice. The faculty will have seen a commitment not only of talents and abilities but also of self. Nicole Key of Dyersburg received this award.
In addition, Elizabeth Buckley of Burlison received the Friendship award and the Friend of Nursing award was presented to Janie Bard of Dyersburg.
At the end of the ceremony, each candidate received their pin, a nursing lamp and a New Testament.
Those who received their Associate of Science in Nursing are: Alexandria Mask of Alamo; Alisia Hindman of Atoka; Anisha Johnson and Megan Powell of Bells; Janine Seagrave and Jennifer Smith of Brighton; Elizabeth Lane Buckley of Burlison; Rebekah Riley and Jennifer Stafford of Caruthersville; Christie Brown, Kimberly Hays Campbell, Nicole Key, Charna McMillen, Nikki Rodriguez Betty Sells, and Erika Tidwell of Dyersburg; Whitney Lee and Tammy O’Bryan of Halls; Lakesha Gray of Humboldt; Vivian Owens of Martin; Danielle Brooke Moore and Gina Westerman of Munford; Dixie Hart and Rachel Schneider of Newbern; Kelly Norris of Ridgeley; Tabith LeCornu and Amy Prather of South Fulton; Diane Paris of Tiptonville; Courtney Gorton of Troy; and Ramona Moore and Kallye Young of Union City.
Over the years the Dyersburg State nursing program has become one of the most respected programs in the region. Dyersburg State nursing graduates consistently score well above the state required rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Job placement rates for program graduates are extremely high each year thanks to the program’s reputation and the consistent demand for qualified nurses.
In addition to offering an associate of applied science degree in nursing, the college also offers emergency medical technology and health information technology programs.
The Tennessee Board of Nursing approves the DSCC nursing program while the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission accredits the program. The program was reaccredited in 2002 for eight years — the maximum time allowed.
Published in The Messenger 5.14.08