Dordt College News

Dordt students awarded nursing degrees

May 23, 2008

Fourteen Dordt College students received their Associate of Science in Nursing (A.S.N.) degree at St. Luke’s College on Friday, May 16. Most of these students will continue their education at Dordt College next year to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree.

Nursing Grads

Dordt College students receiving their Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree this year were (front, from left) Tina Heilman, Michelle Fischer (St. Luke's), Janell Christians, Tonia Zwart, Emily Schoenfelder, (second row) Liz Sikkens, Nichole Timmer, Katie Rozenboom, Natalie Feenstra, Laura Gesink, (back row) Katie Roder, Julie Heida, Amy Bruinsma, Amy Vander Zwaag (St. Luke's), Mindy Droge, and Emily Tuschen.

Dordt College and St. Luke’s College currently collaborate in a 1-2-1 program, allowing students to work toward a bachelor degree by doing their classroom studies at Dordt, while obtaining their clinical experience via St. Luke’s College and St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center.

The 14 Dordt College students awarded associate nursing degrees at St. Luke’s College May 16 were Amy Bruinsma, Abbotsford, BC; Janell Christians, Sioux Center, IA; Mindy Droge, Manhattan, MT; Natalie Feenstra, Everson, WA; Laura Gesink, Montrose, CO; Julie Heida, Kuna, ID; Tina Heilman, Orange City, IA; Katie Roder, Ashton, IA; Katelin Rozenboom, Sioux Falls, SD; Emily Schoenfelder, Dimock, SD; Elizabeth Sikkens, Fenwick, ON; Nichole Timmer, Milaca, MN; Emily Tuschen and Tonia Zwart, Sioux Center, IA.

Droge, Gesink, Rozenboom, and Zwart graduated Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.00 GPA), while Sikkens graduated Cum Laude (3.5-3.7 GPA).

Earlier in the day a pinning ceremony was conducted, with nursing pins presented to the graduates. Speaking at commencement was William Leaver, president and CEO of Iowa Health System.

These students are now eligible to take the state board licensure examination to become a Registered Nurse (R.N.), and can build upon their St. Luke’s A.S.N. degree to earn a Dordt College B.S.N. degree with a final year of study.

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