The 10th graduating class of Terra State Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program received their nursing pins during a ceremony May 10 at the college.
Lori Keegan, MSN, RN, was the keynote speaker. She is an adjunct clinical instructor at Terra State and is currently the Clinical Manager of the Intensive Care Unit at St. Charles Hospital in Oregon.
“You are entering the profession of nursing at a time of great transition,” she told the graduates, siting the impact the Affordable Care Act will have on healthcare. “There will be a focus on prevention, and it will require a different skill set and knowledge.”
Keegan said new nursing graduates will be expected to achieve higher levels of education, and they, in turn, should expect to be full partners with physicians in the delivery of care. She urged them to be politically active on boards and committees.
“You can be the one who changes the face of nursing,” she said.
Each nursing graduate chose a person to pin them. They each received a Nightingale Lamp, which was lit by nursing faculty, and then Meghan Rich, a December graduate, led them in the Nightingale Pledge.
A small reception followed the ceremony.
Those receiving their Terra State nursing pins were:
Amanda Clymer, Renee McNair, Patricia Ollom, Misty Smith and Ben Wassung, all of Fremont; Kate Ardner, Ray Dotson and Meranda Koehl, all of Tiffin; Dylan Adkins and Elizabeth Griffin, both of Clyde; Billie Brauer of Gibsonburg; Erin Brubaker of Wayne; Jessica DeLaRosa of Fostoria; Jason Dible of Upper Sandusky; Angela Ford of Vickery; Melissa Rimboch of Oak Harbor; Rebecca Stone of Willard; Emilee Valle of Bowling Green; and Sabrina Webb of Port Clinton.