DOBSON — Twenty-six Surry Community College students recently graduated from the Associate Degree Nursing program.
The Nursing Pinning and Graduation Ceremony was held May 10, at Temple Baptist Church in Mount Airy. Lory Puckett, nurse educator at SCC, was the guest speaker. She encouraged graduates to maintain professional boundaries emphasizing that nursing is one of the most trusted professions. Additionally, Puckett reflected on the ways in which faculty can learn from their students.
SCC President Dr. David Shockley welcomed the graduates followed by remarks from Dr. Yvonne Johnson, associate dean of Health Sciences at SCC. Shockley also presented the diplomas, while SCC Nurse Educator Kiena Williams presented the pins. Dr. Michael B. Miller, SCC dean of Business, Technologies, and Health Sciences, performed the presentation of graduates.
The Associate Degree Nursing graduates are: Elisabeth Carpenter and Amelia Castillo, both of Mount Airy; Brittney Casstevens of Jonesville; Valerie Coe of Thurmond; Haley Fowler of King; Meagan Hutson of Ararat; Robert L Montgomery II of Dobson; Cristal Leyva of Elkin; Cody Vestal and Ashleigh Webb both of Yadkinville; Elijah Wood of Hamptonville; and Montana Young of Stuart, Virginia.
The following graduates already were licensed as LPNs and earned the Associate Degree in Nursing: Samantha Craigo of Pinnacle; Laurie Dunnigan of King; April Edwards, Crystal Grant and Natalie Younger, all of Mount Airy; Ashley Holder and Autumn Royal, both of Dobson; Heather Poteat of Cana, Virginia; Jessica Sparks of Yadkinville; Austin Speas of State Road; Carla Stanley of Jonesville; Vanessa Vaught of Claudville, Virginia; Shannon Watts of Ararat; and Tiffany Woods of Pfafftown.
The passing of the lamp symbolizes the nurse’s dedication to providing continuous nursing care to their patients. Just as Florence Nightingale passed her lamp on to the next shift of nurses, graduates Haley Fowler and Cody Vestal passed a lamp to Freshman Class Representative Lindsey Smith.
The Surry nursing program graduates provide nursing care to clients throughout their lives in a number of different settings. Students can choose to complete the ADN or Associate Degree in Nursing, which is a two-year program enabling students to sit for the examination leading to licensure as a registered nurse. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) can also choose to complete the LPN-ADN program, which is a three semester program enabling students to sit for the examination leading to licensure as a registered nurse.
For more information about the program, contact Dr. Yvonne Johnson at 336-386-3368 or [email protected] Follow the Nursing program at facebook.com/surrynursing.