Wayne Memorial/ Luzerne Nursing Program Graduates 2nd Class
All 13 students in the class of 2014 passed their finals to earn Associate degrees in the Applied Science of Nursing from LCCC and are now ready to take the state’s registered nurse licensing exam. Nursing instructors Sharyn Vaughn, RN, Catherine Collins, RN, and Carol Van Orden, RN, say more than half the graduates have accepted positions with Wayne Memorial.
The hospital started the school in 2010 with LCCC to “grow its own nurses” in anticipation of a nursing shortage. The first class graduated 14 students, and many are now working at Wayne Memorial. At the first graduation ceremony, Director of Patient Care Services James Pettinato, RN, told the graduates, “Remember that to be a nurse is to hear a call,” he said, “It’s more than a job. When you’re in the trenches, remember why you came.”
“Going to school these past two years wasn’t always easy,” admits new graduate Valerie Linde, Honesdale, “but I made it and I am so happy! I absolutely, absolutely love nursing!” Linde says she had been involved in the medical field for 17 years, but “this was my chance to have a degree behind me. I’m so thankful!”
Photo, bottom row: Alyse Pevec Nicholoff, Dana Borkowski, Shannon Quinn
Middle Row: Amy Lynn Reilly, Rachael Kominski, Karyn Hatch, Sarah Tigue
Top Row: Rebecca Fitzgerald, Valerie Linde, Wilson Dolph, Lynda Lesak, Krystle Lynn
Missing from picture: Erin Burgess.