Baton Rouge, La. – Thirty-two potential nurses recently graduated from Baton Rouge
General’s School of Nursing, joining the nearly 1,000 talented nurses
who have completed BRG’s program since 1984.
During the December 7 ceremony at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, the
graduates received diplomas for their nursing education. After completing
a year of general education, students mastered two years of detailed nursing
courses and hands-on experience with seasoned nursing faculty members.
To become Registered Nurses (RNs), they will take the registered nurse
license exam (NCLEX-RN) to be licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.
“These graduates are well prepared to deliver excellent patient care
in many areas, including labor and delivery, mental health and surgery,”
said SON Director Carol Tingle, PhD, MSN, RN. “We are proud to welcome
them to the nursing community.”
Types of nurses vary by levels of education. Graduates who have their nursing
diploma, associate, or bachelor’s degrees and pass the NCLEX-RN
are considered RNs. RNs physically assess patients’ health problems,
providing care while offering support, advice and education for families.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for RNs is at
an all-time high, and is expected to increase by more than 500,000 from
2012 to 2022.
Many of BRG’s new graduates will begin their careers at Baton Rouge
General in Telemetry, Oncology, and medical and surgical units. After
entering nursing, many graduates have gone on to earn advanced degrees,
and many work in management or leadership positions, or as nurse practitioners
The BRG School of Nursing Class of 2017 is (pictured left to right):
Amanda Badeaux, Gonzales; Linsey Mayer, Gonzales; Chris Hymel, St. Amant;
Beatrice Butler, Baton Rouge.
Second Row: Ciara Lewis, Vallejo, CA; Jami Moore, Gonzales; Adell Johnson, Prairieville;
Jana Delome, Fordoche; Melissa Stehr, Baton Rouge.
Third Row: Barbara LaBarge, Baton Rouge; Kaley Davis, Walker; Britteny Granger, Marrerro;
Blair Ducote, Prairieville; Robin Lightfoot-Joseph, Prairieville; Logan
Horn, Prairieville; Rebecca Elzer, Prairieville.
Fourth Row: Sara Fee, Zachary; Stephanie Creel, Central; Victoria Comeaux, Dutchtown;
Keyoka Tyler, New Orleans; Kristen Hartzog, Slidell; Kelsey Couvillion,
Central; Catherine Welch, Folsom; Jayde Pizzolato, Central; Klaire LeBlanc, Central.
Fifth Row: Joy Mumford, Hammond; Colleen Prejean, Baton Rouge; Cierra Julien, New
Orleans; Jenika Jackson, Gonzales; Whitney Alford-Evans, Erwinville; Alaina
Turner, Baton Rouge; Nichole Capps, Bethesda, MD.
To learn more about BRG’s School of Nursing, visit
NursingSchool@BRGeneral.org or call (225) 387-7623.
About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community
hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General
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, Baton Rouge General 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, visit
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