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Nurses pinned at Dordt ceremony
May 3, 2007
SIOUX CENTER, IA – Calling it “a day decades of Dordt College supporters have dreamt of,” Dr. Carl Zylstra recognized the first four nurses to complete the new nationally accredited B.S.N. (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degree program at Dordt College at a reception May 8.
Speaking briefly at a pinning ceremony for the nurses, Zylstra noted that both presidents preceding him had hoped Dordt College would someday be able to offer its own nursing degree program. He added that it was through the entrepreneurial spirit of Dr. Willis Alberda (chair of St. Luke’s College Board of Directors and emeritus professor at Dordt College) and the pioneering students enrolled in this inaugural graduating class that the first accredited B.S.N. nursing degree issued in Northwest Iowa is now being celebrated.
These first four B.S.N. graduates were the guests of honor at the reception held Tuesday, May 8, at Dordt College’s Campus Center Eckardt Lounge. They are Holly Andringa, Clinton, IA; Erin Cooper, Brookfield, WI; Margriet Greidanus, Morinville, AB; and Laura Leusink, Abbotsford, BC.
The young women were also presented nurse’s New Testaments by representatives of the Gideons, who expressed their appreciation of Christian nurses in healthcare settings. The pocket-sized nurse’s Bibles list special verses that minister to specific situations, as well as outlining the plan of salvation.
When this graduating class of nurses enrolled in the program as freshmen, Dordt had a dual-degree program, in which nurses earned a Bachelor of Health Science (B.H.S.) degree from Dordt College, while earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) from an accredited program in Sioux City.
Dordt’s Nursing Department Chairperson, Pam Hulstein, said as the word has gotten out about Dordt’s nursing degree program, the number of nursing students in upcoming classes has been steadily growing.