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OJC Press Release ID: 2680

Friday, June 30, 2017

OJC 2017 nontraditional practical nurse program pinning

Eleven graduates will be pinned as practical nurses in a ceremony to be held on Saturday, July 8 at 6 p.m. in the Ed Stafford Theatre in the OJC Humanities Center. Pat Faus, adjunct faculty, will present the keynote speech.

The students have completed at least one full year of study in addition to completing related course work prior to admission into the nursing program.  Students include Akwasi Anokye, Bettanie Campbell, Celeste Carrol, Jessica Hernandez, Jody Kemp, Helen Nalunkuma, Tara Neilson, Jeanette Padilla, Josie Salas, Margaret Tafoya and Gladys Tallam.

Successful completion of the Practical Nursing program allows the graduate to submit an application to the State Board of Nursing for the State Licensure Examination. Upon passing the state exam, graduates will receive the distinction of being a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). These students are also prepared to enter their second year in the nursing program to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing and test to become a Registered Nurse.

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The 2017 Otero Junior College non-traditional program practical nursing graduates include: Front row (left to right) Celeste Carrol, Bettanie Campbell, Jody Kemp, Gladys Tallam, Jessica Hernandez and Helen Nalunkuma. Middle row (l to r) Diane McElroy-Director of Nursing, Emilee Weirich, Margaret Tafoya, Tara Neilson and Josie Salas. Back row (l tor) Jackye Johnson-faculty, Akwasi Anokye, Helen Haley-faculty and Jeanette Padilla.