Tritons honor nursing students with pinning ceremony
by Iowa Central Information
Posted on 6/16/2021
Over 120 Iowa Central students from Fort Dodge, Webster City and Storm Lake recently took part in the Nursing Graduate Recognition Ceremony.
Those who graduated in either February or June with an Associate Degree in Nursing or Practical Nursing came together to be honored and rewarded during their official pinning ceremony.
Events were held at Iowa Central’s Fort Dodge, Webster City and Storm Lake campus sites.
“It is hard to try and put into words all we’ve been through since the COVID-19 pandemic started in the spring of 2020. The pandemic required us all to make many changes in the way we operate as a nursing program,” said Christina Foth, Director of Nursing. “We became familiar with zoom very quickly and had to think outside the box when it came to clinical experiences for the students as traditional clinical wasn’t always possible. Our students, faculty, and clinical partners had to constantly adapt to change and remain flexible. Overall I’m very pleased with the way our students, faculty and clinical partners handled the many challenges that came with the pandemic.
“Navigating nursing school during a pandemic added another level of complexity for all. The groups of students that graduated during the pandemic not only faced the typical challenges that come along with nursing school, but additional financial, technology, and living struggles. Not to mention the fear and uncertainty that comes with navigating the unknown. Looking back now it is overwhelming to think about all of the obstacles we had to overcome. That being said, I firmly believe these obstacles and challenges taught us skills and lessons that will help us well into the future.
“It is always a rewarding experience for both the students and the faculty to celebrate the completion of the program. The students have worked tremendously hard to have made it to the end of the programs and it is something they should be proud of. The faculty truly care about these students and being able to personally congratulate the students is a rewarding and heart-felt experience for all.”
A number of students were given special recognition with Nursing Academic Honor after achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher in the nursing curriculum. Those named were Safiya Ali, Niccole Begalle, Mackenzie Brennan-Rowe, Kenly Clough, Abigail Collins, Carson Jarrard, Joyline Jepkemei, Macey Mason, Addison Mortiz, Brandi Mumma, Bethany Reiss, Savannah Seehusen, Marissa Ubwa, Briley Condon, Austin Loers, Makayla Miller, Bryanna Paulson and Molly Upadhyay from the Fort Dodge campus.
Earning academic honors from Storm Lake were Allie Berg, Lily Broeg, Alexis Jones-Geisinger, Kayla Morfitt, Angie Renteria and Luis Salazar Arce with Joseph Both, Lese Fishburn, Shaylor Garvey, Haley Hanus, Leah Hart, Merdick Sorenson, K.C. Tuttle, Wei-Hsun Yeh and Andrea Ault being named from Webster City.
The Fort Dodge pinning ceremony was held in memory of Mary Gronbach, a simulation center coordinator, Amy Schmidt, a nursing instructor, and Rebecca Hansen, a nursing student.
“The past year affected both the students and the instructors. For the instructors, they were required to deliver course material using a variety of different tools and modalities,” said John Hansen, Dean of STEMM. “They had to modify their curriculum so that much of their material could be delivered virtually. This involved creating videos for students to watch outside the normal class time, creating assessments that could be completed remotely, and much more. For the students, they had to deal with the challenge of learning in a virtual environment, losing the personal interaction with both the instructor and other students, and dealing with the technological challenges.
“There is no better feeling than to see the students complete their degree and receive their diploma, opening the opportunity for the student to fulfill their life-long goal. This is why colleges exist and why I spent my adult life in higher education.
“For the students, the pinning ceremony is the culmination of years of hard work. To see the students and their families come up to receive their pins and say goodbye to the faculty is something I never get tired of seeing.”
During the year, a number of agencies helped to provide clinical experiences to the students including Beacon of Hope Men’s Shelter, Boone County Hospital, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, Buena Vista County Public Health, Cherokee Regional Medical Center, Friendship Haven, Greene County Medical Center, Horn Memorial Hospital, Humboldt County Memorial Hospital, Iowa Central School Nurse, Iowa Central Simulation Center, Iowa Specialty Hospital - Clarion, Loring Hospital, Marian Home, Methodist Manor, Pocahontas Community Hospital, Riverview Daycare, Rotary Senior Living, Sac County Public Health, Storm Lake Community Schools - School Nurse, Southfield Care Center, Stewart Memorial Community Hospital, Unity Point Clinics, Unity Point Health - Trinity Regional Medical Center, Van Diest Medical Center, Webster City Community Schools - School Nurse and YWCA.
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