August 8, 2014
Blinn College welcomed 29 new Licensed Vocational Nursing graduates into the profession Thursday night during a pinning ceremony at Bryan’s First Baptist Church.
Jessica Ayers (College Station), Bayleigh Biddle (Normangee), Kayla Brown (Ranchester, Wyo.), Sarah Daily (College Station), D’nae Etie (College Station), Celia Galvan (Bryan), Kathy Green (Lyons), LaTasha Griffin (Bryan), Sarah Hively (Temple), Jolee Johnson (Weatherford), Lauren Kasper (Navasota), Kelli Lomely (Bryan), Katie Matthews (Bryan), Agustin Morales (Bryan), Isaac Okpechi (College Station), Lauren Pankonien (College Station), Margarita Rodriguez (Bryan), Yuliana Rodriguez (Bryan), Sierra Rogers (Chapel Hill), Amy Schulz, Katlyn Smith (College Station), Brannon Solomon (Bryan), Lindsay Speake (College Station), Hannah Strain (Bryan), Amanda Suire (Marquez), Amber Tapley (Bryan), Audri Williams (Bryan), Brittany Yezak (College Station) and Christine Young (College Station) received their pins after successfully completing a rigorous 12-month program that provides graduates with the education and training needed to become highly-skilled licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) in a variety of medical settings. The program consists of classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences. Hospitals and other health care facilities throughout the Bryan-College Station area are utilized for clinical rotations.
Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination and the Nursing Jurisprudence Examination. The graduate will be considered an LVN after successfully passing both exams. All 48 Blinn – Bryan students to take the test over the past two years have passed. The state average is approximately 84 percent.
The program consists of 46 credit hours and includes courses in disease control and prevention, anatomy and physiology, basic nursing skills, nutrition, pharmacology, pediatrics, neonatal and surgical nursing and mental health and mental illness. Students spend 35-40 hours per week in scheduled activities and attendance is mandatory. Because students devote a great deal of time to studying and preparing for class and clinicals, faculty recommend that students limit their work hours.
Graduates who pass their state board exams are qualified to work in home health, dialysis, hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices.
Blinn’s Division of Health Sciences offers associate degree nursing, dental hygiene, emergency medical services, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology, fire science, therapeutics manufacturing, veterinary technology and vocational nursing programs designed to quickly train students for high-demand professions. For more information on Blinn’s vocational nursing program, visit: www.blinn.edu/twe/vocn_brenham.