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6/19/2013 9:48:00 PM
Mitchell, Phelps complete NOC nursing program

Haley Mitchell and Spring Phelps of Perkins, members of the Northern Oklahoma College Stillwater campus Nursing Class of 2013, received their nursing pins in a special ceremony in the Oklahoma State University Student Union Theater recently.

Mitchell was pinned by her husband Trent and her parents Von and Greg Giltner. Division of Nursing Chair Jeanine Deterding, RN, MS, ARNP, presented Mitchell with annual Faculty Spirit of Nursing Award. The award, determined by secret ballot of the nursing faculty, recognizes the student exhibiting outstanding qualities of leadership, attitude, caring, intelligence and knowledge.

"First, I want to thank God because I know I could not do this on my own," Mitchell said. "I also want to thank my wonderful family for all the prayers and hugs when I needed them most. My husband, Trent, has been my rock through all of this, and I cannot thank him enough for all he has done and given up for me to fulfi ll my dreams! To our class, we made it! I also want to thank all the faculty for the knowledge and confi dence that I have gained through their example and teaching." Phelps was pinned by Chloe and Dakota Phelps. "Thank you to all of my family and friends and for the support they gave me," she said. "I finally made it."

After class members entered in a procession to Louis Armstrong's recording of "What a Wonderful World," Diane Fugett, RN, MS, welcomed guests to the Nursing Pinning Ceremony to celebrate the achievement of the student nurses. She then read the Nurses' Prayer before Vicki Crouch, RN, MSN, recognized the nursing faculty. Mitchell then introduced the guest speaker, Brian Baird, RN, MS, NOC nursing faculty. Dusti Johnson, Stillwater, received the annual Student Spirit of Nursing Award, presented by Deterding to the student who because of his or her knowledge, attitude and leadership embodies the best example of a nurse as determined by secret ballot of her peers.

Deterding and Lisa Warrington, RN, BSN, conducted the pinning ceremony for the Class of 2013. After receiving their pins, regarded as part of the professional uniform, the class recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge led by Tanya Vaughn, RN, BSN. Following the Candlelight Ceremony conducted by Vaughn and Warrington, the students carried candles symbolizing their commitment to the nursing profession during the recessional, Kathy Troccoli's recording of "Go Light Your World". A reception followed the ceremony.

At their respective ceremonies, 78 students from the Tonkawa, Enid and Stillwater classes received the distinctive pins signifying completion of their Registered Nurses' education at Northern.

After successful completion of final examinations, they are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination in June.

Nursing faculty and staff who assisted in the education of the 2013 NOC nursing classes included Mitsi Andrews, Kathy Disney, Ann Dilbeck (retired), Dianna Ditmore, Tricia Durfey, Cammie Fast, April Heitfeld, Dawn Koehn, Christa Ritz, Melinda Tharp, Jean Wahlgren, Judi Whitmore, Buller, Nigh, Rhynard, Marriya Wright, Vanessa Wright, Deterding, Baird, Crouch, Fugett, Vaughn and Warrington.

The Northern Oklahoma College Nursing Program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and has full approval from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.
"First, I want to thank God because I know I could not do this on my own," Mitchell said. "I also want to thank my wonderful family for all the prayers and hugs when I needed them most. My husband, Trent, has been my rock through all of this, and I cannot thank him enough for all he has done and given up for me to fulfi ll my dreams! To our class, we made it! I also want to thank all the faculty for the knowledge and confi dence that I have gained through their example and teaching." Phelps was pinned by Chloe and Dakota Phelps. "Thank you to all of my family and friends and for the support they gave me," she said. "I finally made it."

After class members entered in a procession to Louis Armstrong's recording of "What a Wonderful World," Diane Fugett, RN, MS, welcomed guests to the Nursing Pinning Ceremony to celebrate the achievement of the student nurses. She then read the Nurses' Prayer before Vicki Crouch, RN, MSN, recognized the nursing faculty. Mitchell then introduced the guest speaker, Brian Baird, RN, MS, NOC nursing faculty. Dusti Johnson, Stillwater, received the annual Student Spirit of Nursing Award, presented by Deterding to the student who because of his or her knowledge, attitude and leadership embodies the best example of a nurse as determined by secret ballot of her peers.

Deterding and Lisa Warrington, RN, BSN, conducted the pinning ceremony for the Class of 2013. After receiving their pins, regarded as part of the professional uniform, the class recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge led by Tanya Vaughn, RN, BSN. Following the Candlelight Ceremony conducted by Vaughn and Warrington, the students carried candles symbolizing their commitment to the nursing profession during the recessional, Kathy Troccoli's recording of "Go Light Your World". A reception followed the ceremony.

At their respective ceremonies, 78 students from the Tonkawa, Enid and Stillwater classes received the distinctive pins signifying completion of their Registered Nurses' education at Northern.

After successful completion of final examinations, they are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination in June.

Nursing faculty and staff who assisted in the education of the 2013 NOC nursing classes included Mitsi Andrews, Kathy Disney, Ann Dilbeck (retired), Dianna Ditmore, Tricia Durfey, Cammie Fast, April Heitfeld, Dawn Koehn, Christa Ritz, Melinda Tharp, Jean Wahlgren, Judi Whitmore, Buller, Nigh, Rhynard, Marriya Wright, Vanessa Wright, Deterding, Baird, Crouch, Fugett, Vaughn and Warrington.

The Northern Oklahoma College Nursing Program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and has full approval from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.





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