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Future nurses recognized in Blinn pinning ceremony

Forty-six graduates are welcomed to the profession after completing rigorous two-year program

December 9, 2013

Forty-six future nursing professionals were recognized with their nursing pins after completing Blinn College’s highly-regarded Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program.

The program is a two-year course that prepares students for a nursing career or for transfer into a bachelor degree program at a four-year university. Based at the Texas A&M Health Science Center in Bryan, Blinn’s ADN Program has highly-qualified faculty that works closely with students in a simulated practice laboratory and in actual clinical settings.

On Saturday, the Fall 2013 graduating class was welcomed into the nursing profession. Those recognized were: Traci Arndt (Waco), Hailey Browning (Bryan), Jeffrey Cheshire (Bryan), Paul Cloutier (College Station), Michelle Davis (Elm Mott), Sadie DiStefano (Bryan), Ogechi Ede (College Station), Julie Engstrom (Buffalo), Riley Fincher (Bulverde), Jason Ford (College Station), C. Joy Galo (Houston), Lyndsey George (College Station), Taylor Goddard (Flower Mound), Carolyn Groves (College Station), Sasha Guthrie (Lawrenburg, Tenn.), Remington Henry (College Station), Kathy Ann Hieden (College Station), Maryssa Hinze (Giddings), Yunsook Kim (College Station), Keilan Kyle (North Zulch), Robyn Luna-Howell (Caldwell), Matt Mancini (Bryan), Jennifer Marches (Cypress), Kelly McKee (College Station), Maryssa Morgan (Gause), Nicole Newmons (Houston), Jacob Olive (Bryan), Lauren Pool (Frisco), Jesse Regalado (Bryan), Sean Paul Robbins (College Station), John Matthew Rollins (Bryan), Samantha Ross (College Station), Annisa Ruiz (College Station), James Salazar (Bryan), Tanya Schneider (Bryan), Brad M. Siegert (Somerville) , Jessica Sommerlatte (Brenham), Amanda Stewart (Bryan), Alex Stiles (College Station), Ashley Tevebaugh Cleere (College Station), Pauline Tice (College Station), Dayna Wells (Bryan), Jennifer White (Bryan), Misty Danielle White (College Station), Tania Lisseth Zelaya (Bryan) and Naida Zequiri (Calvert).

The clinical schedule for nursing courses includes two clinical days, plus lab and lecture time each week. Most students spend 15-24 hours each week in scheduled program activities. Faculty estimate most students need 30 or more hours per week for study and preparation.

Students who complete the program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination have a job placement rate between 97 and 100 percent and are qualified for a wide array of nursing positions, including pediatric, geriatric, hospice, school and clinical nursing. New graduates can expect to earn approximately $50,000 per year.

“We have a great reputation in the community,” said ADN Director Michael Hutton. “Our clinical partners have told me time and time again that they love working with our students.”

Blinn’s ADN program is accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Program graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam to become a registered nurse.

Blinn has received commendation from the Texas Board of Nursing five of the last six years, and its licensing exam pass rates are routinely above the state and national average. Program graduates posted an outstanding 92.86 percent pass rate on last year’s board exam.

For more information on Blinn’s ADN program, visit: www.blinn.edu/twe/adn/.