Administration

SCF Nursing Graduates Honored at Pinning Ceremony

(Bradenton, Fla., May 7, 2015) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Nursing faculty honored Spring 2015 Associate in Science (A.S.) in Nursing graduates at a pinning and candle-lighting ceremony Friday, May 8, in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton.

Catherine Pope was the Spring 2015 recipient of the Pat Kuebler Memorial Scholarship Award at the SCF Foundation, which is named in honor of a former Manatee Junior College professor.

The award, which was presented by Cassandra Holmes, executive director of the SCF Foundation, is given each semester to a nursing student who has shown, during the nursing program, an exceptional effort in the learning process, potential for excellence in planning and implementing patient care, and a commitment to nursing that the faculty believe will continue to grow. Recipients receive a $250 scholarship with the award.

Kuebler left her role as assistant administrator in charge of nursing at Sarasota Memorial Hospital to teach at what was then Manatee Junior College. Kuebler, who died in 1981 after just four years at MJC, made such an impression on her students that the nursing department at Manatee Memorial Hospital, comprised of many MJC alumni, established the Pat Kuebler Memorial Scholarship. The award goes to students who exemplify her character of high principles, dedication to the nursing profession and compassion to all people.

Pope plans to continue in SCF’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and later pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with the goal of becoming a neonatal nurse practitioner.

“It’s expensive being a nursing student. The money comes not only as extra help for finances, but also as positive reassuranceof everything that I worked so hard for during the past two and a half years,” she said.

After graduation, Pope plans to continue in SCF’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and later pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with the goal of becoming a neonatal nurse practitioner.

“It’s expensive being a nursing student. The money comes not only as extra help for finances but also as positive reassurance of everything that I worked so hard for during the past two and a half years,” Pope said.

Pope and Olga Antoniuk received the Academic Excellence Award presented by nursing faculty member Susan Donaldson.

The guest speaker was SCF Adjunct Instructor Sharon Nazzaro. Also participating in the ceremony were Dr. Beverly Hindenlang, dean, nursing and health professions, and Debra Marr, chair of the A.S. in Nursing Program. SCF nursing faculty presented students with nursing pins and welcomed them into the nursing profession.

A.S. Nursing Graduates

Graduates included Amanda Agines, Shane Ainsworth, Olga Antoniuk,Jing Balch, Calli Benham, Kaitlin Bennett, Emily Black, Nathan Blount, Danielle Borkowski, Madison Bradley,Amanda Brooks,Barbara Carlino,Allison Casagrande, Stacey Chase, Christopher Cook, Rachel Cupp,Brittany Darby,Angie Dauphinee,James Dauphinee,Meghan Dettloff,Tamra Dominy, Kendall Donnelly,Denise Ecker,Michael Edmond,Kathleen Faticone,Johanna Fjare, James Fulmer, Jami Galante,Kala Garner,Carey Gavilanes, Amanda Gilbert, Mary Gillam, Sara Gluvna, Lisa Guttman, Jackie Haberman, Nathan Hansen, Victoria Hartline, Jennifer Heffler,Megan Heron,Krystyna Hinton,Pablo Hurtado,Kelly Johnson,Julie Jones,Valerie Jones,Larisa Khailo,Valeriy Klychkov,Anna Kraft,Lauren Kumm,Jimmy Leitch,Grace Mackinnon,Megan McClanathan,Kobie McColley,Matthew Medvecky,Lara Metz,Cassandra Moyers, Amanda Murray, Sarah Newhall, Aura Nicasio, Allee Noordzy, Juan Olivera, Amanda Otero, Aleksandra Pawluczuk, Jessica Perez, Catherine Pope, Sara Renfroe, Olivia Rizzo, Gabriella Ruskin, Valerie Ruth, Heather Sapp, David Schmitz, Meka Smith, Stephanie Smith, Amanda Sobojinski, Alessandra Sohl, Andrea Stedcke, Natalie Steinberg, John Strelkov, Christine Thomas, Jayme Valentine, Danielle Yenna-Wright and Kristen Young.

SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld highlighted the college’s longstanding tradition of academic excellence in nursing at SCF, noting that recent December graduates had a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

“A 100 percent pass rate is very indicative of both the talent of our nursing students and the commitment of our faculty,” Probstfeld said. “Our goal is not to just satisfy a community need by mass producing nurses to fill a numbers gap. We want to provide high-quality, talented nurses that will provide the kind of care our community members deserve.”

Vernon DeSear, vice president of marketing for the Manatee Healthcare System, said, “Manatee Memorial is very proud of the partnership we have with the nursing program at State College of Florida. Their graduates are excellent examples of the ideal staff necessary to provide the best in quality care for patients in our facility.  We commend the outstanding scores earned on the recent NCLEX with a 100 percent pass rate, and congratulate SCF on their continuing success in producing top-notch clinicians for our community,” he said.

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