Nursing Pins Bestowed to More Than 70 New SCF Graduates

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 13, 2019) State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) awarded 70 nursing students their nursing pins, with graduate Jamie Bird receiving the Pat Kuebler Memorial Scholarship in a ceremony Friday at SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center. Bird received the award for exhibiting potential for excellence in planning and implementing patient care, qualities Kuebler exemplified. Cassandra Holmes, executive director of the State College of Florida Foundation, presented the scholarship award. Seven nursing students had perfect attendance in the clinical setting for all four semesters. 

The pinning ceremony included a welcome from Dr. Cathy King, SCF’s interim director of nursing programs. Dr. Lisa Baumgardner, director of education, professional development and research at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, was the guest speaker.

Pat Kuebler was an assistant administrator in charge of nursing for Sarasota Memorial Hospital before joining SCF, then Manatee Junior College, as an instructor. While teaching for four years she had a profound effect on her students, before passing away 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 display her character, compassion and dedication to nursing.

The nurses that received their pins during the ceremony completed Associate of Science in Nursing degrees. More than 98 percent of SCF’s nursing graduates successfully pass the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure, nearly 30 percent higher than the statewide outcome. SCF also offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, giving working RNs the opportunity to earn a four-year degree to enhance their knowledge and skills.

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

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