Some 24 graduates of Pearl River Community College Practical Nursing Program received their pins and diplomas at a ceremony Wednesday morning before a large crowd of family friends and loved ones.
The 12-month program prepared these graduates to administer safe, effective health care as a licensed practical nurse under the direction of a registered nurse and a licensed physician.
“I'm so excited to be in a profession where the job is just right around the corner and it's good job security and I'll be a pediatric nurse,” said Meagan Garbee, a LPN graduate. “I'm so excited and couldn't be more thrilled."
Kelly Allen, another LPN graduate, said, "It's an amazing experience for us to adventure into our new journey in life. I'm ready and I know my class is, and we did it!"
A candle lighting ceremony was performed as a rite of passage in honor Florence Nightingale the founder of modern nursing.
These graduates will go on to take the N-CLEX exam, which is the final step before entering the nursing profession as a licensed practical nurse.
"It's a very big accomplishment,” said Lauren Haley Cameron, an LPN graduate. “It just hit me when I got here today, so it means a lot. I still have a month's worth of studying and take my NCLEX and if I pass that, which I will, then I will go on to become an LPN."