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Second Class of Practical Nurses Graduated at Penn State Hazleton

The second class of practical nurses graduated from Penn State Hazleton on Friday, Jan. 4 at a ceremony in the Dr. Thomas M. Caccese Gymnasium in the Physical Education Building. Twenty-eight students completed the requirements to earn a certificate in practical nursing and will be eligible sit for the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

The class began their studies in July 2011 for the 18-month noncredit program offered in the evening and on weekends in the newly renovated classroom and laboratory in the lower level of the Slusser/Bayzick Building. Students took classes at Penn State Hazleton and attended clinical studies at area partner facilities.

Chancellor Gary Lawler presided over the ceremony, along with Practical Nursing Program Coordinator Patrice Rimbey and Director of Academic Affairs Elizabeth Wright. Attorney Elizabeth Maguschak, president of the Penn State Hazleton Council, the campus advisory board, extended congratulations from the council. Guest speaker was Dr. Paula Milone-Nuzzo, the dean of and a professor at the Penn State School of Nursing.

During the ceremony, graduates were presented with a certificate and Penn State Hazleton pin to represent the educational institution.

Graduates were Elizabeth Aquino, Hazleton; Jeffrey L. Cromis, Orangeville; Erica M. Davenport, Bloomsburg; Kerrie J. Edwards, Berwick; Juanita Exantus, Hazleton; Amanda A. Ferdinand, Hazleton; Dominique Gonzalez, Zion Grove; Jillian A. Hubel, Freeland; Robin E. Israel, Mountaintop; Alexandra M. Katalinas, Hazleton; Krystle A. Lampman, Nanticoke; Melissa M. Levan, Jim Thorpe; Zuleidy R. Marte Cruz, Hazleton; Brenda M. Noonan, Drums; Chelsey A. Plish, Berwick; Michelle L. Romanic, Nescopeck; Josann J. Russell, Pocono Summit; Robert G. Sachs, Hazleton; Cynthia A. Scaran, Tamaqua; Kimberly A. Shoemaker, Berwick; Melissa A. Swerdon, Freeland; Sarah J. Tihansky, Hazle Township; Kelly C. Ulshaffer, Bloomsburg; Yarilis T. Velasco, Hazleton; Sharon L. Walck, Coaldale; Karen A. Williams, West Hazleton; Regina A. Williams, Jim Thorpe; and Danielle M. Yagalla, Weatherly.

Several graduates received special recognition during the ceremony. Awards and winners included:

  • The Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, which recognizes the nursing student who best displays a high regard for clinical care and clinical aptitude, was presented to Melissa M. Levan.
  • The Academic Achievement Award for the highest overall grade-point average was presented to Erica M. Davenport.
  • The Award for Leadership, which honors outstanding leadership and professionalism during the nursing education process, was presented to Jeffrey L. Cromis.
  • The Most Compassionate Award, which is presented to the student who displays exceptional emotional capacities of empathy and sympathy for others, was given to Jillian A. Hubel.
  • The Community Service Award, for student who displays the initiative to reach out to those in need within the community, was presented to Brenda M. Noonan.

Following the recitation of the Florence Nightingale Pledge by the Class of 2012 and members of the nursing community, Erica M. Davenport addressed fellow graduates, family and instructors, thanking them all for their support and encouragement.

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