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Blinn recognizes 40 associate degree nursing graduates with pinning ceremony

Fall 2016 graduating class includes seven members of the national nursing honor society

December 15, 2016

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

The two-year program prepares students for a nursing career and 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 faculty works closely with students in a simulated laboratory and in clinical settings.

The Fall 2016 graduating class includes: Nazia Ahmed (College Station), Monserrat Alvarado (Bryan), Nichole Archibald (Bryan), Courtney Arnott (College Station), Kasey Batrez (Franklin), Ololade T. Bello (Brenham), Allie Bellow (Katy), Michael Blackburn (Bryan), Casey Brinkman (Caldwell), Rachel Burke (Springtown), Brianna Cashio (College Station), Sarah Colunga (College Station), Kayla Cox (Cypress), Maggie Dotson (College Station), Alyssa Freeman (College Station), McKenna Galbreath (Rockdale), Allyson Gibson (Bryan), Melissa Gilbert (College Station), Tracey Grissett (Iola), Rebecca Harrison (Bryan), Mindy Haverlah (Bellville), Sarah Hively (College Station), Deneesha Jones (Huntsville), Alissa Kimbrough (Bryan), James Knight (College Station), Sierra Larson (College Station), Chelsea Manry (Bryan), Hope Martinez (Brenham), Madison Minks (West Columbia), Katherine Misterek (New Baden), David Muha (Bryan), Rebecca Oliver (College Station), Danielle Paytonjian (College Station), Jordan Platt (College Station), Hayley Robinson (Bryan), Clayton Rosenkranz (Bryan), Amanda Underwood (College Station), Luke Wigley (Bryan), Kristin Wood (College Station), and Lacee Yates (College Station).

Archibald, Bello, Blackburn, Cashio, Gilbert, Harrison, and Jones each graduate as members of the Alpha Delta Nu honor society. To be considered for membership, students must attain and maintain a 3.0 grade-point average in their nursing courses and overall, and must demonstrate conduct on campus and in clinical areas that reflects integrity and professionalism. Alpha Delta Nu inductees must complete a capstone project.

Nursing students spend at least two days per week in clinical rotations, in addition to lab and lecture time. Most students spend 15 to 24 hours each week in scheduled program activities and dedicate at least 30 hours per week to 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 over $52,000 per year. Blinn’s pass rates are routinely above state and national averages.

“As nurses, each of one these students will make a difference in the future of local healthcare,” said Michael Hutton, ADN Program director. “I am proud to work with an outstanding faculty in graduating capable, caring, critically-thinking nursing students.”

Prospective students can participate in information sessions taking place the first or second Wednesday each month. Each information session will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M Health Science Center campus located at 8441 State Highway 47 in Bryan. To register, visit: www.blinn.edu/twe/adn/info_session.php.