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Blinn College District recognizes 56 Associate Degree Nursing graduates with pinning ceremony

Blinn College graduates rank among state leaders on national licensure exam

May 7, 2018

Associate Degree Nursing Graduate

The Blinn College District recognized 56 future nursing professionals with a pinning ceremony Saturday, May 5, after completing the Blinn College District’s highly regarded Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Located at the Texas A&M Health Science Center in Bryan, Blinn’s two-year program prepares students for a nursing career or for transfer into a bachelor degree program at a four-year university.

The Spring 2018 graduating class includes: Randi Anderson (Bryan), Ashley Batts (Da Ville), Rebecca Bischoff (Bay City), Stephanie Brigner (Navasota), Jacquelyn Brown (Kingwood), Danielle Bullock (Pittman) (Conroe), Callie Byler (La Grange), Megan Callahan (Brenham), Ashley Carroll (Yoakum), Alexis Chislett (Sealy), Johnneccia Cooper (Livingston), Glenn Creswell (Houston), Caroline Smiley (Dale) (Keller), Hao Deng (College Station), Brittney Cottrell (Hempstead), Halie Elms (Navasota), Kenzie Etzler (Hallettsville), Gina Fischer (Giddings), John Gearner (Winnsboro), Alicia Gesing (Round Rock), Kyleigh Gleaves (Brenham), Norma Gonzales (Bryan), Alyssa Gossett (Aledo), Brittany Griffin (Cedar Park), Amy Haigood (Bryan), Carly Hester (Nixon), Kelsey Hoffman (Caldwell), Shea Hughes (Houston), Lindsey Huth (Crosby), Mason Jatzlau (Lincoln), Shelbi Knox (San Antonio), Wendy Leonberg (Navasota), Kelli Lomely (College Station), Krishnia Lopez (College Station), Chanel Mallard (Navasota), Devin Mandujano (Bryan), Myranda McCabe (Corpus Christi), Brittany McPeake (Bryan), Dixie Miranda (Schulenburg), Macie Moyers (Mont Belvieu), Ashlyn Nethery (Columbus), Jenna Ortiz (El Campo), Alexis Pias (Pulaski, Wis.), Robert Pittman (Huntsville), Holli Reeves (Brenham), Alicia Rosiu Barker (Bryan), Nasiba Ruziyeva (College Station), Taylor Shore (Austin), Alicia Vandivort (College Station), Lacie Wall (Texarkana), Bailey Watson (Godley), Summer Watts (Pearland), Ashley Winkelmann (Brenham), Miranda Wiprud (College Station), Morgan Young (Cypress), Karri Zanek (Bryan).

Associate Degree Nursing Graduates

Smiley, Gesing, Gleaves, Griffin, Hoffman, Huth, Lopez, Pias, and Watts each graduate as members of Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society. To be considered for membership, students must attain and maintain a 3.0 grade-point average overall and in their nursing courses, and must demonstrate conduct on campus and in clinical areas reflecting integrity and professionalism. Alpha Delta Nu inductees also complete a capstone project.

“Blinn College nursing faculty have designed a hands-on curriculum that allows our students to put the lecture material to the test through their simulation and clinical experiences,” said Karla Ross, Program Director. “The quality of the program is reflected by our students’ success on the licensure examination, but more importantly, by the graduates who go on to enjoy long careers as caring, compassionate nursing professionals.”

Nursing students spend at least two days per week in clinical rotations, in addition to lab, simulation, 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.

Blinn’s ADN Program emphasizes interactive learning opportunities via clinical experiences and its simulation and clinical labs at the Health Science Center. The 26,000-square-foot Simulation Center includes:

  • an emergency medical services skills/simulation lab with an ambulance simulator,
  • an operating room with attached scrub area,
  • 16 mid-fidelity private hospital rooms,
  • six low-fidelity private hospital rooms,
  • six high-fidelity intensive care unit rooms,
  • a physical therapy lab,
  • two radiologic technology x-ray suites, and
  • a virtual IV training room.

“Simulation allows faculty to evaluate the students’ ability to critically and clinically think through what needs to be done and prioritize,” said Sami Rahman, Simulations Director. “If you make a mistake here, we can review the video and allow students to see where they went wrong so they can correct it during the next simulation and put the concepts they learn into practice.”

Students who complete Blinn’s ADN Program and pass the NCLEX-RN 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 an average of $53,000 per year.

In addition to associate degree nursing, Blinn’s Division of Health Sciences offers dental hygiene, emergency medical services, fire science, health information technology, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology, surgical technology, and vocational nursing programs designed to train students for high-demand professions.