OCB Practical Nursing Recognition, Pinning and Graduation Ceremony Held

Oswego County BOCES (OCB) Adult Education School of Practical Nursing recently held a Recognition, Pinning and Graduation Ceremony at the school. Three classes were recognized for their achievements in the program including Nurse Assistant, CNA Recognition and Spring Practical Nursing Pinning and Fall Practical Nurse graduation.

The Nurse Assistant class is a 125-hour program where students learn how to care for the elderly and chronically ill in nursing homes, rehabilitation clinics and hospitals as nurse assistants. The graduates are now eligible to take the New York State Nursing Home Nurse Aide Certification Examination. The following students received their recognition for successful completion of the program: Jessica Allen, Theresa Anderson, Heidi Bailey, Karen Beebe, Erin Boyea, Stephanie Falise, Nikisha Hordge, Ami Jo Jordal, Laura Lofaro, Nancy Martin, Kimberly Michels, Nicole Moxley, Nicole Seeley and Kara Wallace.

Receiving their recognition and pins for Nurse Assistant completion and continuing on for the Practical Nursing program were: Trisha Baker, Brittni Beshures, Nicole Bogan, Juliette Busco, Alexa Button, Duane Crapser, John Folorunsho, Candice Greenleaf, Amanda Henderson, Heather House, Kristin Johnson, Katrina Landers, Stacey Lawton, Sheila Leotta, Renee Lewis, Steven Lieske, Ashley Linn, Louis McClure, Susan Meagher, Timothy Merritt, Christine Monroe, David O’Brien, Ryan J. Palmer, Kevin Prior, Tami Rosetti, Morayo Sarumi, Stacey Sheary, Sara Sheffield, Delores Singleton, Nicole Swanson, Crystal Thompson, and Carola Waltris.

Twenty students successfully completed the Fall Practical Nursing program. The 1176-hour program is divided into three phases. Phase one includes the Nurse Assistant certification, while phases two and three include medical-surgical nursing, pediatrics, obstetrics, pharmacology, mental health, nutrition and phlebotomy. The following students successfully completed the program and are now eligible to take the New York State Licensure Examination: Jaclyn Behling, Linda Betterton, Amanda Braley, Whitney Copeland, Marsha Fuller, Crystal Gray, Cristie Handschuh, Patricia Hall, Jennifer Lane, Luz Marquez, Lisa Moore, Magdaline Nsiah, Denise Orr, Amy Proper, Kristy Pryor, Donnette Skellington, Heather Southwell, Eileen Turner, Barbara Westcott, and Kathleen Wood.

OCB Board of Education President John Shelmidine was the guest speaker, and he commended the students for their dedication and perseverance in choosing such an honorable career. He gave them three secrets to a successful and happy life; laugh and find humor every day, have a dream and strive to see the invisible, saying “Only those who can see the invisible can do the impossible,” and finally to acknowledge that there is a huge difference between growing up and growing older. He charged the students with being ambassadors of the educational organization and asked them to “carry forward not only the lessons you have learned in the classroom, but also the lessons you have learned in life through your experiences here at Oswego County BOCES.”

Other recognitions and awards included a perfect attendance award to Donette Skellington and Valedictorian and Salutatorian recognitions. Valedictorian was awarded to Heather Southwell and Salutatorian to Magdaline Nsiah. Five students were also inducted into the National Technical Honor Society in a candlelight ceremony. The students were Amanda Braley, Whitney Copeland, Lisa Moore, Magdaline Nsiah and Heather Southwell.

For more information about the Practical Nursing program or any other adult education offering, contact Donna Donabella, Director of Adult Education and Workforce Development at 963-4256 or visit the website at www.oswegoboces.org.