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North Campus Holds Ceremony for Practical Nursing Graduates


Recent graduates of the practical nursing program at Penn College's North Campus are: front row from left, Brandy Statts, Kayla Rupert, Rhonda Bogaczyk, Amy Johnson, Kirsten Jones and Janell Caden; second row from left, Debra A. Day (instructor), Rebecca Maynard, Brittany Schimpf, Lacey Confair, Nicole Galayda, Melanie Johnson and Natalie O. DeLeonardis (coordinator); back row from left, Kimberly Kephart, Michael Greenfield, Amanda Wyble and Terri-Ann Lowther Fifteen students graduated from the noncredit practical nursing program at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s North Campus on Dec. 15.

The students chose registered nurses Barbara Strope and Nancy Runyan as the distinguished speakers for the ceremony. Tracy L. Brundage, assistant vice president for workforce and economic development at Penn College, offered remarks from the main campus in Williamsport.

The student speaker was Rhonda Bogaczyk, of Blossburg. A holiday reception for family and friends was held afterward in the North Campus student lounge.

The Lyle Goodreau Award for professionalism and excellence in the nursing clinical area was presented to Brittany Schimpf, of Mainesburg, by Janie Hilfiger, chief nurse executive at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.

Certificates in practical nursing were presented by Natalie O. DeLeonardis, coordinator of North Campus outreach practical nursing. Debra A. Day, instructional specialist, presented the pins.

The complete list of graduates is: Rhonda Bogaczyk and Terri-Ann Lowther, Blossburg; Janell Caden, Roulette; Lacey Confair, Liberty; Nicole Galayda, Westfield; Michael Greenfield, Rebecca Maynard, Brandy Statts and Kirsten Jones, Wellsboro; Amy Johnson and Melanie Johnson, Galeton; Kimberly Kephart and Amanda Wyble, Tioga; Kayla Rupert, Trout Run; and Brittany Schimpf, Mainesburg.

Graduates completed 1,504 clock hours of classroom and clinical instruction, with clinical experiences obtained at Laurel Health System, Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center and other area facilities.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses) and may be employed in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, hospice, schools and other health-care organizations.

Practical nursing classes at the North Campus begin the first week of January each year. The program is fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

For more information about the practical nursing program or other offerings at the North Campus, visit online or call 570-724-7703.

For information about credit offerings at Penn College, visit ontheWeb , email or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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