More than 40 SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Students Receive Their Nursing Pins

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 16, 2016) —  State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) awarded 43 nursing students their nursing pins and two students received the Pat Kuebler Memorial Scholarship in a ceremony Friday, Dec. 16, at SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center. The two winners, who must exhibit qualities Kuebler exemplified, including the potential for excellence in planning and implementing patient care, were Lorri Munroe and Karli Pitcher.

The pinning ceremony included a welcome from Dr. Beverly Hindenlang, SCF’s dean of nursing and health professions. Cassandra Holmes, executive director of the State College of Florida Foundation, presented the scholarship awards.

Munroe is committed to nursing and her patients. She also is supportive of her peers in the nursing program, both academically and personally. She appeared in a television promotion of nursing education at Sarasota Memorial Hospital discussing why she wanted to become a nurse.

Pitcher has had perfect clinical attendance throughout her program. She is known for her professional attitude and seeks out learning experiences to broaden her knowledge. One of her professors said Pitcher has the ability to put the pieces together to care for her patients. As a student, Pitcher had a patient who was due to be discharged. The patient had been admitted with pneumonia but had a history of heart failure. The patient told Pitcher she felt puffy. Pitcher took it upon herself to weigh the patient and discovered that she was 10 pounds heavier than when she was admitted a few days earlier and reminded the attending nurse that the patient had an allergy to certain medicines.

Pat Kuebler was an assistant administrator in charge of nursing for Sarasota Memorial Hospital before she came to teach at Manatee Junior College, now SCF. While teaching for four years she had a profound effect on her students, before dying from cancer in 1981. In 1985, the nursing department of Manatee Memorial Hospital, made up of many of her former students, established the scholarship in her name for students who exemplify her character, compassion and dedication to nursing.

For information about SCF’s nursing program, visit For more information on creating a memorial scholarship, contact Holmes at

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