Carroll Community College Recognizes Practical Nursing Students at Pinning Ceremony

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Sylvia Blair, Carroll Community College, 410-215-8180
Press Release

Carroll Community College (Carroll) student Haley Taylor is excited to be a Practical Nursing graduate. Now, she is ready to become a compassionate caregiver for the patients she will one day serve. Her past personal health issues motivated her to enroll in Carroll’s program and she is confident that she has the skills to excel in the profession. 

On July 19, Taylor spoke before the 2017 graduating class of Practical Nurses who were recognized at a pinning ceremony in the Theater in the Scott Center.

Words of Wisdom

“You are an inspiration,” she told her classmates. “This program has been like a second home and you are all like a second family to me. Each of us is destined for greatness and we will go far,” she said, as her 16 fellow graduates dressed in white uniforms and white shoes looked on proudly. 

The graduates received congratulatory remarks by College President Dr. James Ball and by Nursing Program Director Nancy Perry, DNP, RN, CNE. 

Ball said: “We are so proud of our Practical Nursing students, who have successfully completed a rigorous program that prepares them well for their careers. With the guidance of fine faculty members and the unwavering support of family and friends, they will go out into the world as caregivers because the world truly needs them. Their passion is commendable.” 

“As our students become employed, each of them will play a pivotal role in the health care environment, from feeding patients to assisting with medication management. Today’s ceremony signifies a truly great accomplishment,” said Perry.

What is the Practical Nursing Program?

The Practical Nursing program is a selective admissions, three- semester credit certificate program. Upon graduation, students complete a licensure exam to become LPNs. They work with doctors and registered nurses to perform health care tasks, such as taking vital signs and observing patients, among other forms of basic care and assistance. The majority of this year’s graduating class has been accepted into Carroll’s Associate Degree of Nursing program, which prepares graduates for the Registered Nursing (RN) licensure exam and entry into the RN profession. 

Graduate Bryan Campbell said he was impressed by the recommendations of other students who have completed the program. He decided to apply, was accepted and said it was the best decision he has ever made. Now he is well on his way along the path to obtain associate and bachelor’s degrees before deciding upon a nursing career specialty.

Several students who received special recognition during the ceremony include: 

The William J. Yerkes Nursing Award – Bryan Campbell

Carroll Community College Practical Nursing Program Achievement Award - Jennifer DeiSvaldi

Carroll Hospital Center Clinical Excellence Award – Rachel Holl

Springfield Hospital Center Highest Scholastic Average Award – Ashley Small 

The following is a list of graduates and their home towns: 

Prisca A Kibong-Baltimore

Michele Bartylla-Westminster

Morgan Bowman-Westminster

Bryan Campbell-Hampstead

Haley Carter-New Windsor

Geena DeGroat-Westminster

Jennifer DeiSvaldi-Westminster

Carmela Goetz-Taneytown

Rachel Holl-Westminster

Samantha Hood-Sykesville

Jaime Johnson-Baltimore

Keri Magee-Hampstead

Dana Mayes-Westminster

Maria Minichiello-Derwood

Kelsey Moreland-Westminster

Ashley Small-Hanover

Jessica Waxter-Westminster