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Dordt College nursing pinning ceremony is May 3

April 21, 2012

The nursing department at Dordt College will hold a pinning ceremony on Thursday, May 3, when sixteen Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students will be presented with a unique Dordt nursing pin. The ceremony will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center SB101.

Loretta Myers will give this year’s keynote address, “The Five ‘Rights’ of a Great Nursing Career.” Myers is the director of patient care at Floyd Valley Hospital/Avera Health in Le Mars, Iowa. Myers earned her Master’s in Nursing Administration from South Dakota State University and her BSN from Morningside College and has over 20 years of patient care experience.

This year’s graduating class consists of Christine Alberda (Manhattan, Montana), Danielle Burgers (Hull, Iowa), Corinne Campbell (Flasher, North Dakota), Olivia Chapman (Orange City, Iowa), Mary Beth Christensen (Waconia, Minnesota), Faith Griffin (Des Moines, Iowa), Rachel Groneck (Erlanger, Kentucky), Kaitlyn Hekstra (Caledonia, Michigan), Brielle Kok (Sioux Center, Iowa), Amanda Mahaffy (Atlantic, Iowa), Elaine Niesen (Edmonton, Alberta), Katie Schaap (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), Jen Siegersma (Jenison, Michigan), Katie Sparks (Newton, Iowa), April Spronk (Lake Wilson, Minnesota), and Carla Vander Woude (Lynden, Washington).

Dordt’s unique nursing program is designed so that students typically become registered nurses in their third year. These graduates completed a fourth year with Dordt to earn their BSN.

“They have completed a rigorous program of study that has prepared them to meet the challenges of service in healthcare,” said Pam Hulstein, professor of nursing at Dordt College. In addition to becoming registered nurses, to earn their BSN students are required to complete 135 additional hours of clinical preparation, and broadened their skill set in health assessments, community nursing, and evidence-based practice.

“The students are poised to take their place in the profession of nursing as fine examples of Christian professional nurses,” said Hulstein.

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