July 1, 2014

Fourteen new practical nurses celebrated their pinning ceremony at Northeastern Junior CollegeBefore a room full of family and friends, 14 students at Northeastern Junior College crossed the stage of the Hays Student Center ballroom and participated in the highly held, historical pinning ceremony to officially become practical nurses last week. The pins were followed with the presentation of a symbolic yellow rose, hugs and best wishes from the nursing faculty. 

During the ceremony, Darci Norman of Otis was honored with the most coveted Best Bedside Nurse Award which is presented each year by the Lions Club of Sterling. This award is very special because the recipient is chosen by fellow classmates, instructors and clinical supervisors. This individual is selected for demonstrating the best patient care and compassion while being trained as a nurse.

The Highest Academic Average Award which was presented by the Rotary Club of Sterling went to Sarah E. Stieb of Sterling, CO. 

Other graduates in the 2014 Practical Nursing Class include: Emily Marie Anderson (Centennial, CO), Makenzie Ault (Ovid), Laura Bacon (Sterling), Katlyn Crossland (Yuma),  Haley D. Faulkner (Sterling), Emma Glover (Sterling), Melissa J. Herod (Haxtun) Tanya K. Jagers (Sidney, NE), Telena Lizzie Kerst (Wray), Tiffany Storch (Sterling), Amy Joe Vowell (Sterling) and Katelyn Williams, Eckley, CO.

Part of the ceremony included the recognition of scholarship recipients this year and acknowledgement of the many facilities in northeastern Colorado that serve as clinical sites for the nursing program including Sterling Regional MedCenter, Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center, Salud Family Health Clinic, Hagen Pre-School, Iliff Head Start, Sterling Medcare Home Health, NE Plains Homecare, Family Care Clinic, East Morgan County Hospital, Melissa Memorial Hospital, Sidney Regional Medical Center, Extended Care, Women’s Clinic of the Plains, VA Clinic, DaVita, Family Recess and Advantage Treatment Center.