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Obion County residents awarded nursing pins

Obion County residents awarded nursing pins

Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 8:01 pm

DYERSBURG — On Friday, Dyersburg State Community College’s Division of Nursing held its pinning ceremony for the third class of students in its traditional nursing program in the auditorium of the Academic Building of the DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County.
On Saturday, the pinning ceremony for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Register Nurse (RN) Fast Track program was held in the First Citizens National Bank Auditorium of the Campus Activities.
DSCC President Karen Bowyer, Dean of Nursing Faye Sigman and other members of the DSCC nursing faculty made presentations at each of the pinings. The nursing pin represents completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree requirements for nursing.
The LPN to RN Fast Track program is funded by a Special Skills Shortage Grant awarded by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. There were 14 members of this program. The traditional program had a class of 27.
Among those completing the traditional program was Summer Wisdom of Obion. Among those completing the LRN to RN Fast Track program was Renetta D. Stephenson of Union City.
Awards were presented at each ceremony. In the traditional program, the Scholastic award was presented to Lawrence Miller, Clinical Practice Awards was given to Candace Russell and Carrie Taylor, and the Friendship Award was presented to Lawrence Miller. The Friend of Nursing Award was given to both Eileen Anderson and Wynette Ross. The Peggy Pendergrast Faculty Award, named in honor of the program’s founding director, was presented to Jacqueline Milton.
In the LRN to RN Fast Track program, Lori Langston earned the Scholastic Award, Nicole Dennison received the Clinical Practice Award, and Dr. Vicki Raney received the Friendship Award.  Jessica Roser received the Friend of Nursing Award.
The nursing students ranged in age from 22 to 58 years, and represented seven counties in West Tennessee. In January, 30 students will begin their nursing studies in the traditional program at the DSCC JNC, while 20 students will begin the LPN-RN program.
 Published in The Messenger 12.22.10

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