Class Representative Stacy Prouty, of Dayton, receives her pin from nursing faculty member Kerry Dowling.
Edison State Community College honored its most recent nursing graduates on Wednesday, May 9, with a pinning ceremony held in a gymnasium filled with family and friends at the Piqua Campus.
The pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition in which the graduate nurse is presented to family and friends as a professional who is about to practice nursing, and the graduate is usually “pinned” by the faculty members who have worked with the students throughout their course of study. Each school has a
unique pin, which serves as a symbol of the successful completion of a rigorous curriculum, which prepares its graduates to administer to the sick and injured and promote health through the practice of nursing.
Nursing class representatives Stacy Prouty, of Dayton, and Dara Teasley, of Sidney, explained the obstacles they had to overcome to get where they are today.
Prouty was grateful to be accepted into Edison State’s nursing program after falling victim to the closure of ITT Tech in Dayton.
“I started this journey in 2015 at Breckinridge School of Nursing through ITT Tech in Dayton,” said Prouty. “I was told the first week of September 2016 that our school was closing. I was very close to graduating, like thousands of other students going to ITT Tech. This was very devastating news to me, I had
considered just giving up my career. Unfortunately, even though the school closed; I am responsible for paying back the massive student loan acquired there."
“I had read an ad online stating Edison State wanted to help out those students affected by the closing of ITT Tech, so I reached out. I was instantly welcomed and Edison State made it possible for me to finish my degree.”
“This accomplishment means the world to me and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity. I feel that Edison State has prepared me for the transition from LPN to RN and I am ready to get out there and begin my new career!”
Teasley took a much different path but echoed Prouty’s sentiments.
“As far back as I can remember, I knew I wanted to become a registered nurse. Having worked the past 5 years as an LPN, I decided to return to school and fulfill my dream of completing my registered nursing degree. I applied for Edison State’s LPN to RN program and was able to
finish the transition program in three semesters.”
“I cannot fully put into words how much pride I feel to finally be able to say that I am a RN, as it’s something I have worked towards for so long. Being a nurse is a passion. To be able to help and to heal those you care for, is truly an honor.”
“Edison State has been wonderful in preparing me to take on the role of being a RN. They provided much guidance and resources to help us further our education. One of my personal favorite learning experiences was the use of the nursing department’s Simulation Lab. It
was an excellent hands-on learning opportunity that enabled us to practice our skills. Everyone here has been so encouraging and I vastly appreciate all the support Edison State has given me.”
Each of the thirty-three graduates had the opportunity to submit a word of thanks to those who have supported their education, which was read as they received their pin from an Edison State nursing faculty member. Many used the opportunity to share individual stories of sacrifice and triumph over adversity, the bonds
that were formed between classmates and the sincere appreciation held for the Edison State nursing faculty.
Graduates of the program will move on to the next phase of their career, which involves taking the registered nurse licensing exam and seeking employment.
Edison State Community College’s nursing program has maintained full accreditation and approval throughout its history. In 2018, Edison State’s Associate of Nursing Degree program was granted a full five-year approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing. In 2011,
the program earned an eight-year accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the highest level a program can receive.
Applications for Edison State’s Registered Nursing program are currently being accepted for Spring 2019 semester. For more information about the program, click
May 2018 Nursing Graduates:
Brittany Ball, Brookville
Sanjuanita Benitez, New Bremen
Amanda Ernst, Troy
Angela Foster, Sidney
Elizabeth Foy, Sidney
Magan Grice, Laura
Jamie Gudorf, Houston
James Hanes, Anna
Jeanette Heitman, Anna
Erin Inman, Anna
Amber Jutte, Sidney
Jessica Lambert, Troy
Nathaniel Langstaff, Wapakoneta
Alexander Liette, Pleasant Hill
Faith Mangen, Versailles
Danielle McCool, Greenville
Marissa Murphy, Bradford
Wendy Own, Piqua
Emily Pepple, Versailles
Stacy Prouty, Dayton
Amelia Roberts, Ft. Loramie
Jacquelynn Roediger, Sidney
Mostafa Sanati, Versailles
Allison Seiter, Piqua
Jessica Six, Troy
Lauren Spaugy, Sidney
Andrea Stauffer, Wapakoneta
Kaleena Talley, Clayton
Autumn Thompson, Tipp City
Dara Teasley, Sidney
Taylor Wilkins, Urbana
Brittany Worthington, Covington
Layne Wright, Piqua