On Wednesday, January 27, 10 students were recognized at a nurse pinning ceremony in the Performing Arts Center at Sussex County Community College (SCCC). The evening included an awards ceremony, candlelight ceremony, and the recitation of the International Council of Nurses Pledge. SCCC has a unique and trend setting collaboration with Passaic County Community College (PCCC) making a concerted effort to prepare qualified nurses for this community. The partnership enables students to obtain an outstanding nursing education here in Sussex County.
With the graduation ceremony the students now have just one more comprehensive exam, the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX), to complete before they can become licensed as a Registered Nurse. The program is now in its 21st year at SCCC.
The graduates were:
The following awards were presented on January 27:
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Sandra Woolsey
This award is presented to the student with the highest GPA throughout the nursing program.
PROFESSIONAL NURSING AWARD: Jason Fusco
This award is presented to the student who demonstrates clinical excellence throughout the Nurse Education Program as: Provider of Care, Manager of Care, and Member of the Nursing Profession.
NEW JERSEY LEAGUE FOR NURSING: Rachael Gaul
This award is presented to the student who is a resident of New Jersey and demonstrates involvement in student activities, community activities, particularly those related to consumer health projects.
NURSE EDUCATION SERVICE AWARD: Patricia Taylor
This award is presented to the student who demonstrates both quality and quantity of contributions to the program, College, community and peers.
SPIRIT OF NURSING AWARD: Jessicca Soda
This award is presented to a candidate who demonstrates professional involvement, leadership and academic achievement demonstrating commitment and passion in the role of student nurse.
Nurses from PCCC/SCCC’s first graduating class of 1997 presented the keynote address; Patricia Kresge, BSN, RN; Karen Krok, BSN, RN; Lorraine Grewal-Skerry, RN; Jane O’Gorman, RN and Mary Ellen Stone, BSN, RN. (Mary Ellen was actually one of the first faculty/lab coordinator not one of the graduates) Speakers also at the event included Dr. Steven M. Rose, President of PCCC; Dr. Jon Connolly, President of SCCC; Dr. Jacqueline Kineavy, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, PCCC; and Dr. James Baker, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, SCCC. Rachael Gaul, Class Treasurer, lead the students in the reciting of the International Council of Nurses Pledge. (Patricia Taylor, Vice President of the class gave a short speech on behalf of her class members thanking both colleges for their opportunity to complete their degree in Sussex County. Students also presented a class gift to the program and to faculty.)
The graduates who received their Associate of Applied Science degree were the 16th graduating class of the Nurse Education Program. In this innovative program, qualified students who are admitted to the Passaic County Community College Nurse Education Program offered in conjunction with SCCC take the clinical courses with PCCC here on the SCCC campus. These clinical courses comprise a four-semester sequence, which begins each January and is designed to include both general education and nursing courses for students who have selected careers as registered nurses. General education courses from the sciences and liberal arts enhance the students understanding of clients with acute and chronic health problems. The curriculum prepares students to practice in hospitals and health agencies within the framework of the American Nurses Association’s Standards of Practice and the New Jersey Nurse Practice Act.
For more information about SCCC’s Nurse Education Program please contact Crystal Quaglio, Pre-Nursing Advisor, at 973-300-2136 or visit sussex.edu/spotlight/nursing.
Picture: SCCC Nursing students celebrate their pinning ceremony