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Cassville Campus' first class of nursing students to graduate

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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Critical care Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Crowder College Cassville Campus nursing students are required to complete over 500 hours of classroom and skills lab instruction in order to earn an associates degree through the local program. This month, the college will host a pinning ceremony for its first class of nursing graduates. Pictured above, assessing a male sim patient, are Sammie Nash and Audrey Stamper. [Order this photo]
On Dec. 16, the Crowder College Cassville Campus will hold a pinning ceremony for its first class of nursing students. The date will mark two years since the college received final approval to offer the associate degree program from the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

"This is very exciting," said Sandra Reed Wilson, Cassville nursing program coordinator. "They are going to make great nurses. They will go to all sorts of great facilities. Most of them have jobs lined up already."

The Cassville Campus welcomed its first class of nursing students on Jan. 20, 2010. Over the last two years, students have completed over 500 classroom instruction hours, including numerous hours of skills lab training, which allows students to practice clinical procedures and patient care services by participating in a variety of healthcare scenarios.

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Hands on learning Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Crowder College Cassville Campus nursing students took part in skills lab training on Monday. Students practiced clinical procedures and patient care services by participating in a variety of healthcare scenarios. In the photo above, Kari Cunningham and Sabrina Gralheer assess a female sim patient, who is suffering from shortness of breath.
Each nursing student also completed over 500 clinical hours, which are earned while serving in an acute care setting, such as a hospital or nursing home.

Nursing students who will complete the Crowder College Cassville Campus program this year include: Melissa Woodward, Audrey Stamper, Samantha Nash, Deanna Hawkins, Kristen Haskins, Brianne Ennes and Jessica Aldridge, all of Monett; Kari Cunningham, of Mt. Vernon; Amy White, Jessica Periman, Melinda Ross, Sabrina Gralheer, Melinda Girardi and Jennifer Dougherty, all of Cassville; Keilia Duffy, of Bentonville, Ark.; Melissa Moreland and Lori Dutra, both of Aurora; Nicholas Mercer, Whitney Leonard and Eliva Gomez, all of Purdy; Monique Haulk, of Republic; Janet Mangnall, of Sarcoxie; and Miranda Mitchell, of Butterfield.

The pinning ceremony will be held in the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Center at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. Students will participate in an official graduation ceremony at the Crowder College Neosho Campus at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17.

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Nursing students to be honored Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed The Crowder College Cassville Campus will host a pinning ceremony for its first class of nursing graduates at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. Students will take part in commencement ceremonies at the Crowder College Neosho Campus at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. Students pictured above include: Jessica Aldridge, Kari Cunningham, Jennifer Dougherty, Keilia Duffy, Lori Dutra, Brianne Ennes, Melinda Girardi, Eliva Gomez, Sabrina Gralheer, Kristen Haskins, Monique Haulk, Deanna Hawkins, Whitney Leonard, Janet Mangnall, Nicholas Mercer, Miranda Mitchell, Melissa Moreland, Samantha Nash, Jessica Periman, Melinda Ross, Audrey Stamper, Amy White and Melissa Woodward. Sandra Reed Wilson serves as coordinator of the Cassville program. [Order this photo]
In March of 2008, Crowder College received a $1.4 million U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Division grant, which was used to help implement the nursing program at Cassville. The Cassville Campus received initial approval for the nursing program from the Missouri State Board of Nursing on June 2, 2009.



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