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Baton Rouge General School of Nursing Announces 2015 Graduating Class

Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge now has 36 new nurses. Three dozen registered nursing candidates received their degrees from Baton Rouge General’s School of Nursing (SON) December 10.

The Class of 2015 joins a group of more than 875 talented nurses who have graduated from BRG’s School of Nursing. The School has been recognized by the La. State Board of Nursing (LSBN) for its 100% first-time pass rate on the registered nurse license exam (NCLEX-RN).

“We are so proud of our nurses and look forward to working with them as they begin their careers,” said Anna Cazes, chief nursing officer at Baton Rouge General. “Our nursing classes have consistently maintained a pass rate above state and national averages for the past 32 years and go on to be superstars all over the country.”

During the ceremony at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, a number of students were honored for demonstrating the values of Baton Rouge General. “As with all of our graduates, this class represents special talents and gifts that translate into authentic caring and acts of personal service,” said SON Director Carol Tingle, PhD, MSN, RN, “We are proud of their accomplishments and are excited to welcome them to our nursing community.”

In October, the Louisiana Center for Nursing released its annual report on nursing demand in Louisiana. It’s estimated that there are 8,983 nursing positions in Louisiana, including a significant increase in unmet demand over the last few years.

Most of BRG’s new graduates will begin their careers at Baton Rouge General in the Emergency Department, Telemetry, Oncology, and on medical and surgical units. After entering nursing, many graduates have gone on to earn bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees, and many work in management or leadership positions, or as nurse practitioners and educators.

Baton Rouge General annually trains 500 medical students, residents, fellows, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists and radiation technologists. The economic impact of physician residents upon graduation is more than $63 million and 252 full-time jobs annually.

The 2015 graduating class includes: (bottom row, left to right) Emily Carroll, Callie Foster, Molly Toepfer, Jennifer Hart, Missy Polito, Frances Kern, Alli Carter, Alexandra Kapota, Brandi Eddy; (second row) Ashlynn Ferguson, Christina Mizell, Hillary Hullett, Jillian Henry, Haley Bourgoyne, Meghan Brandt, Ebony Wilson, Kandace Russell, Valerie Gray; (third row) Shelby Sonnier, Sheriese Ramsey, Rachel Devall, Lydia Gill, George Johnson, Shandrica Street, Cambri Prevost, Brielle Kluka Rick, Renae Riley; and (top row) Alexander Jones, Ryan Shank, Erin Gorman, Ana Boudreaux, Brittany Antill, Ashleigh Poddar, Megan Gates, Daniel Farrell and Daniel Goodman.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. BRG opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, BRG serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information,, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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