Kneeling from left, are: Heidi Bussler of Toano, Tonia Mason of Suffolk, Jessica Beil of Ivor, Jordan Jones of Carrsville, Jessica Edwards of Sedley, Chelsea Drake of Carrollton and Ashanda Mills of Suffolk. Back row: Nursing Instructor Rudean Harrell, RN, MSN, Coretta King of Windsor, Stephen Wilson of Suffolk, Alexis Blankenship of Windsor, Judy Wyche of Emporia, Denise Shoemaker of Suffolk, Shaniqua Chambliss of Suffolk, Tonisha Hayer of Elizabeth City, NC, Dixie “DeeDee” Magette of Courtland, Amber Jarratt of Franklin and Lead Faculty for the PN Program Courtney Darden, RN, MSN.
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Department of Nursing held a special pinning ceremony, which recognized the first class of 16 graduates from the college’s practical nursing program.
The event, held at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, featured PDCCC Nursing Instructor Rudean Harrell as guest speaker. She made her presentation after a brief welcome from Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken.
“I promise you that the blessings you give your patients will be returned in ways you’ll never understand,” she said to the class. Harrell also noted that nurses are not powerless to make changes and encouraged the students to get involved. She added, “After the first six months on the job, kick it up a notch. I cheer you on in everything you do.”
Three awards of excellence were presented to students during the ceremony. The following were honored:
- Heidi Bussler-Mentorship Award
- Tonia Mason-Nursing Academic Excellence Award
- Dixie “DeeDee” Magette- Nursing Clinical Excellence Award