VICTORVILLE — Twenty-seven Victor Valley College nursing graduates participated in a pinning and candlelight ceremony to celebrate their completion of one of the nation’s most elite nursing programs.
The ceremony was held at High Desert Church in December to honor the nursing class of Fall 2018. Dressed in traditional white uniforms, the future registered nurses each recited the International Nursing Pledge.
The first line of the pledge reads: “I promise to care for the sick with all the skill and understanding I possess, without regard to race, creed, colour, politics or social status, sparing no effort to conserve life, to alleviate suffering and to promote health.”
VVC Nursing Program Assistant Director Renate Longoria explained that the ceremony symbolizes the end of the many challenges that the students overcame throughout the semesters of the program.
“They all showed growth and became stronger as we, their instructors, watched their journey,” Longoria said. “The knowledge they gained not only made them able to become Registered Nurses, but it also made them more confident individuals to be successful in their chosen professional careers.”
Longoria introduced various notable figures present at the ceremony, including the VVC Board of Trustees and VVC Vice President of Instruction & Student Services Dr. Peter Maphumulo, and thanked the family and friends of the graduates for their continued support.
Veronica Williams, president of the California Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA) for the class, recognized the cabinet members of CNSA and shared some highlights of the program.
“This semester we collaborated with local organizations in handing out food and providing preventative healthcare to those in need, as well as donations of warm clothing to give to the elderly in assisted living homes,” she said.
Williams also introduced instructor Diana Sisk, who was honored with the Fall 2018 “Make a Difference” award.
“As a class we voted on one staff member who we felt helped each of us make it through the program,” Williams said. “Before each exam, (Diana) would see us with our panicked faces and always offer words of encouragement. We are truly grateful for your kind words, positivity and support.”
Class of Fall 2018 President Maile Martinez also spoke before her peers, sharing some of her favorite memories from the program as well as the challenges faced throughout.
“Tonight’s pinning ceremony is an endcap to our nursing student academic career and a hallmark to our full-fledge oath as future nurses to our community,” Martinez said. “As the future nurses of our community, we would like to take this time and recognize with grateful hearts the people in our lives who have helped us achieve our success in leading up to tonight’s event.”
Student Achievement awards went to four graduates with the highest grade point averages: Sarah Elizabeth Moya, Kelly Dowland, Veronica Williams, and Angela Sara Milberger.
Clinical Excellence awards went to Frankie Gullart for psychology, Rebecca Kristina Parker for pediatrics, Maile E. Martinez for obstetrics and gynecology, Roman Petrovich Litvin for medical surgery, and Kelly Dowland for advanced medical surgery. The Spirit of Nursing award went to Emma Rae Hill, while the Community Service award went to Nicolle Ann-Wick.
VVC’s nursing program is among the nation’s most elite. In California, it is ranked among the top 5 programs by several surveys, including RegisteredNursing.org, which ranks it as No. 4 and praises it for producing graduates who are “ready to work.”
The entire graduating class of Fall 2018 is as follows: Jannete Acevedo, Eden Cabingatan, Doris CalderOn, Anna Castillo, Kelly Dowland, Christina Duarte, Lyndsey Nicole Easley, Amanda Marie Eldridge, Frankie Gullart, Ethan, Patrick Hamel, Emma Rae Hill, Heidy Jaimes, Chelsea Maxine Jenkins, Bryan James Kennedy, Kamra Michelle Leontas, Roman Petrovich Litvin, Maile E. Martinez, Angela Sara Milberger, Sara Elizabeth Moya, Valerie E. Muro, Rebecca Kristina Parker, Veronica Barba Salgado, Jordan Marie Self, Mitsy Weigle, Nicolle Ann Wick, Veronica Williams, La Tonya Woodson.
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