More than 50 SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Students Receive Their Nursing Pins

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 15, 2017) —  State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) awarded 58 nursing students their nursing pins and Titilope Somade received the Pat Kuebler Memorial Scholarship in a ceremony Friday, Dec. 15, at SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center. The winner must exhibit qualities Kuebler exemplified, including the potential for excellence in planning and implementing patient care.  Four nursing students – Ashley Braumuller, Pamela Fetty, Jody McEachern and Hannah Schotman – had perfect attendance in the clinical setting for all four semesters. 

The pinning ceremony included a welcome from Dr. Roseanne Fairchild, SCF’s dean of nursing and health professions. Allison Nash, scholarship coordinator for the State College of Florida Foundation, presented the scholarship award.

Somade was described as academically dedicated, intellectually brilliant, and clinically competent well beyond her student-level experience. She also was described as kind, generous and humble, always helping her classmates. “She is the group member that the others identify as a leader and a trusted resource.”

In describing a day in clinicals, one of Somade’s instructors said, “Compassion is a vital part of every nurse’s tool bag. Sometimes it is seen or heard, and sometimes it is felt by all those around the special nurse.”

Somade went the extra mile for a patient who had suffered a stroke. The patient was able to let Somade know she wanted her hair braided but was having trouble communicating with her nurses and needed a communication tool – a picture board. When Somade couldn’t find an available board in the hospital, she made one, downloading photos from the internet.

“The patient was presented with her communication tool and she was so happy,” according to Somade’s instructor. “The relief on the patient’s face that she was able to communicate her needs to others was unforgettable.”

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 Nash at

Titilope Somade

Titilope Somade 

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