Practical Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony
Melfa, VA – Eastern Shore Community College held a Pinning Ceremony for practical nursing program graduates August 10 at Nandua High School. The guest speaker was Kim Savage, RN, BSN, Chief Nursing and Compliance Officer at Eastern Shore Rural Health. Clinical instructors, Peggy Bennett, RN, BSN, MEd, and Nancy Schwartz, RN, presented a pin to each graduate and conducted the candle lighting ceremony.
Linda Pruitt, RN, BSN, MS, presented special awards to graduating students. Recognized for academic achievement with the highest grade point average were Michelle Schmidt Anjal, Karla Haugh and Kristen Kelly Sandidge. Ashley Wroblewski and Danielle Wharton were recognized for being the best clinical bedside nurses.
Ida Zuniga, representing the family of Anne Craft, also made a special presentation to Craft-Crumb Scholarship recipients, Karen Bradford and Sara Pierce McClure. The Craft-Crumb Scholarship was established by the family of Anne Craft and is awarded to Accomack County practical nursing students who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.
The Practical Nursing graduating class included: Karen Sue Bradford, Kerri L. Evans, Karla Elizabeh Haugh, Laurie A. Haugh, Sara Jean Huotari, Calandra Lee Kenney, Eboney Nicola Matthews, Sara Kay McClure, Crystal M. Potts, Ashley Jean Robinson, Kristin Kelly Sandidge, Michelle Lyn Schmidt-Anjal, Sandee Gladden West, Danielle Renee Wharton, Wynter Auston White, and Ashley Marie Wroblewski.
The graduates are now eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) leading to licensure as a practical nurse.
The college’s Practical Nursing Program, originally Northampton-Accomack Memorial Hospital Practical Nursing Program, was formed in 1956 as a joint effort of Northampton County Schools, Accomack County Schools and the Northampton-Accomack Memorial Hospital. The program became the Shore Memorial Hospital Practical Nursing Program when NAM Hospital was renamed. In 2007 Eastern Shore Community College began a certificate program in
Practical Nursing. Shore Health Services/and Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital remain key partners in the Practical Nursing program as primary clinical sites for students’ clinical care experiences. The ESCC PN program received full approval from the Virginia Board of Nursing in February 2012.
The three-semester certificate program is designed to prepare beginning practitioners for a career as a Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) with the knowledge and skills to care for clients of all age groups and function as contributing members of the health care team in a variety of health service facilities.
In addition to the College general admission requirements, minimum standards for entry into the PN program include: the completion of a PN pre-admission exam with an acceptable score, must have a current CPR certification at the Health Care Provider level, the completion of a criminal background check, and the completion of a physical examination.
Additional information and an application form is available at es.vccs.edu, or by contacting Linda Pruitt at 757-789-1772.
Eastern Shore Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution in the Virginia Community College System serving Accomack and Northampton Counties. Founded in 1971, the College offers transfer education programs and career/technical/occupational degree and certificate training as well as professional education and workforce development. ESCC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is an equal opportunity institution.
Photo courtesy of Charlie Killmon.