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

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 13, 2018) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) awarded 58 nursing students their nursing pins, and Tami Munroe received the Pat Kuebler Memorial Scholarship in a ceremony Thursday, Dec. 13, 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. Ten nursing students had perfect attendance in the clinical setting for all four semesters. 

 The pinning ceremony included a welcome from Dr. Colleen Burgess, SCF’s director of nursing. Judy Young, SCF alumna and chief nursing officer for Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, was the guest speaker. Cassandra Holmes, executive director of the State College of Florida Foundation, presented the scholarship award.

Munroe came to nursing as a second career and plans to work in hospice care. “She is knowledgeable, kind and caring,” Holmes said in introducing Munroe. She is often seen helping fellow students with their studies, even when she has studying needs of her own. Nursing school is a family. The family you see before you has a class mom.”

 In describing a day in clinicals, one of Munroe’s instructors recalled her doing a classic mom move for her fellow students. The nursing students’ shift had ended during a torrential rain, and rather than let everyone get wet walking to their cars parked at the back of the lot, Munroe went out and got her van, loaded everyone up and drove them to their cars.

 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

Tami Munroe was named the Pat Kuebler Scholarship winner

Tami Munroe was named the Pat Kuebler Scholarship winner

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