JCJC’s practical nursing program graduates 31 students

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2014-12-17 10:50:42

ELLISVILLE – Thirty-one new practical nursing graduates of Jones County Junior College’s one-year program are ready to enter the workforce. The Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony signified the completion of the program. These JCJC graduates are now ready to take the national licensure exam, which is necessary before they can begin working as an LPN.
 
“Job prospects are very good in the Pine Belt,” according to JCJC Practical Nursing Program Director, Lori Tally. “Many of our students already have jobs lined up or have been working in the medical field while working towards their degrees and many of the hospitals and medical facilities in the area seek out our graduates.” 
 
One new JCJC graduate, Sabrina Peterson of Sumrall was out of work last year when she entered the JCJC practical nursing program with the hopes of a brighter future.  
 
“I wanted to pursue this degree,” said Peterson. “I’ve always had the heart to be a nurse. I have a five year old little boy; he was my motivation through this….He’s always saying, ‘Mommy you can do it, you would be an awesome nurse, mommy’, so here I am today.”
 
Peterson said she will be back in school to get her R.N. and Bachelor’s in nursing, but is proud of this first step in her educational journey. 
 
During the pinning ceremony, JCJC students reflected on their year long journey highlighting obstacles and their favorite teacher’s memories. The day concluded with the traditional candle or lamp lighting which was inspired by Florence Nightingale’s search for patients during the Crimean War in 1854 with a lamp. The new practical nursing graduates also took the nursing oath before friends and relatives who gathered for this special occasion.

 

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