Six Pulaski County residents were among 41 students in the 2013 associate degree nursing class at New River Community College who received their nursing pins and associate degrees at a ceremony recently held at the college.
This ninth graduating class of associate degree nurses brings the total number of nurses graduated to 426 since the program began in 2003. These graduates are now eligible to take the registered nurse licensing exam.
Keynote speaker was Phillip Hess, an honors graduate of the 2007 associate degree nursing class. He has since received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Pennsylvania State University and, this fall, will begin a nurse anesthetist master of science program at the university.
Teri Moore, associate vice president for student learning and nursing program head, explained the design of the NRCC nursing pin, which includes a path, gate, sun and mountains encircled by the words “New River Community College Nursing.” The gate features the Roman numeral MMIII (2003), representing the starting year of the two-year nursing program.
Other nursing faculty participating in the pinning ceremony were Deborah Gerberich, Katrina Watson, Alicia Jensen and Robin Troxel.
NRCC president Dr. Jack Lewis conferred the degrees. Dr. Pat Huber, vice president for instruction and student services, and Dr. Mark Rowh, vice president for workforce development and external relations, also participated
Pulaski County nursing students receiving pins and degrees were Ashley Nicole Bowers, Helen Juanita Hayner, Megan Nicole Lineberry, Jessica Marie Martin, Jennifer Pauline Mounlavong and Ashley Renee Spraker.
Students from Radford receiving pins and degrees were Bradley Michael Coon, Jessica Leigh Cox, Crystal Marie Graves, Jessica Lynn Groose and Raymond Paul Stone.