Beebe Nursing School Graduates Class of 2010

by Dave on June 2, 2010

Back row (left to right): Denise Pecora, commencement speaker; Connie Bushey, Director; Johnna Zimmerman, Holly Yoder, Windy Wadsworth, Andrew Tull, Divya Thankachan, Kara Smith, Ann-Marie Ridenour, Stephen Rayne, Theresa Rawlins, Stewart Pryor, Autumn Patilla, Class Advisors Virginia Richards and Lois Bixby. Front row (left to right): Sarah Lenderman, Dana Lefort, Victoria Konnyu, Shauna Jacobs, Ashley Holton, Alisa Fowler, Rebecca Crowley, Alison Byram, Amy Bozman, Shannon Allmond.

The Beebe School of Nursing recently celebrated the graduation of 21 nursing students, the Class of 2010, at Eagle’s Nest Fellowship Church in Milton.

Denise Pecora, APN, CRNP, MSN, member of Beebe’s Interventional Cardiology Team, was the commencement speaker. Amanda Richter, president of the Class of 2011 presented congratulations to the graduates. Stephen Rayne, President of the Class of 2010, shared class reflections, and introduced a video tribute to the graduates.

Mrs. Janet B. McCarty, Chair of Beebe Medical Center’s Board of Directors, presented the Board of Directors’ Award for the highest academic achievement to Victoria Konnyu. The Beebe Medical Center Medical Staff sponsored the Salutatorian award for the second-highest academic achievement, which was presented by Medical Staff President Paul C. Peet, MD, to Alisa Fowler. The Alumni Award, given for Medical-Surgical Clinical Excellence in District Nursing, was presented to Alison Byram and Sarah Lenderman. The Patient Care Director’s Leadership Award was presented to Stephen Rayne.

Autumn Patilla received the Maternal Child Award, given by Eleanor Cordrey in memory of her sister Virginia Cottingham to the graduate demonstrating an interest and ability in maternal-child nursing. The Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary presented their annual Florence Wingate Memorial Awards honoring the memory of a long time trusted and devoted Auxiliary member and treasurer to Sarah Lenderman and Alisa Fowler. The Auxiliary presented an additional memorial award this year honoring Dorothy Marshall, a devoted nurse, Beebe School of Nursing Alumni of Class of 1944 and auxiliary member to Alison Byram The awards honor the graduates demonstrating academic and clinical excellence and school and community commitment.

Andrew Tull received the Dr. David Howard Memorial Award. The Bayside Health Association Award honoring the memory and characteristics of Alison Trout was presented to Shannon Allmond. Shauna Jacobs was honored with the Faculty Award recognizing the attributes of diploma education. Alisa Fowler received the Pat Smith Leadership Award, which honors the memory and attributes of our colleague, leader, and friend.

Pastor Mark Yoder, Jr. presented the Invocation and Pastor Royce Andrus offered the Benediction.

Connie E. Bushey, MEd, BSN, RN, Director of Beebe School of Nursing, together with Class Advisors Virginia Rickards, MEd., BSN, CCRN, and Lois Bixby, MSN, RN, presented the graduates with their School Pin. Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE, President and CEO of Beebe Medical Center, presented the diplomas.

Member of the Class of 2010 are: Shannon Allmond, Amy Bozman, Alison Byram, Rebecca Crowley, Alisa Fowler, Ashley Holton, Shauna Jacobs, Victoria Konnyu, Dana Lefort, Sarah Lenderman, Autumn Patilla, Stewart Pryor, Theresa Rawlins, Stephen Rayne, Ann-Marie Ridenour, Kara Smith, Divya Thankachan, Andrew Tull, Windy Wadsworth, Holly Yoder, Johnna Zimmerman.

Reception and fellowship was shared following the graduation in the Eagle’s Nest Fellowship Church cafeteria.

The Beebe School of Nursing, based at Beebe Medical Center, is the only hospital-based nursing program in Delaware, and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The diploma in Professional Nursing is awarded at the completion of the curriculum, qualifying Beebe graduates to be eligible for National Council of State Boards of Nursing NCLEX examination, leading to licensure. Beebe graduates have one of the highest NCLEX pass rates in the state and can complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing degree at Wilmington University through an articulation agreement with one additional year of study.

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