Baton Rouge General's School of Nursing Announces 2014 Graduating Class

Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge General Medical Center's School of Nursing held its 31st commencement exercises announcing the graduation of 25 registered nursing candidates at a ceremony at Broadmoor United Methodist Church on December 11, 2014. The ceremony was emceed by Carol A. Tingle, PhD, MSN, RN, Director, Baton Rouge General School of Nursing. The commencement address was delivered by William Russell, MD, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, Baton Rouge General Pennington Cancer Center. Anna Cazes, RN, MSN, DNS, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Baton Rouge General, provided welcome remarks, Stacey Ligon, MSN, RN, provided the faculty address and Reverend Lusinda Warren provided the invocation and benediction.

During the ceremony, a number of honors were presented to students who demonstrate the values of Baton Rouge General: caring, excellence, service and integrity. The Class of 2014 joins a group of more than 850 talented nurses who have graduated from Baton Rouge General’s School of Nursing. The School has been recognized by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) for 100% first time pass rate on the registered nurse license exam (NCLEX-RN), and for the last 30 years, the School’s overall NCLEX-RN pass rate has been consistently above state and national averages with more than half of the graduating classes achieving 100%.

Most of the new graduates will begin their careers at both Baton Rouge General campuses, in Medical-Surgical Units, Emergency Department, Telemetry, the Oncology Unit and the Operating Room. After entering nursing, Baton Rouge General’s graduates have gone on to earn bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees, and many work in management or leadership positions, and as nurse practitioners and educators.

Class of 2014 (Left to right):
Front Row: Amanda Causey, Crystal Sawyer, Jennifer Jackson, Britnee Kling, Megan Niche, Diem Ho, Erica Himel, Rachel Serio, Brooke Chapman Second Row: Rachel Gayle, Jenny Chiasson, Stephanie Bivins, Candace Caldwell, Abbey Cobb, Rebecca Couvillion, Aubrey Easterly, Joan Henderson, Heather Procell Back Row: Holly Ardoin, Kim Kinchen, Stephen Gates, Hillary Callahan, Elissa Fertitta, Melissa English, Mallory Price

The graduates, their hometowns, and the honors and awards received and offices held by the individuals from the Class of 2014 are as follows:

Holly Ardoin – Krotz Springs, LA
Student Nurse Association
Community Service Award

Stephanie Bivins – Denham Springs, LA
Student Nurse Association
Student Government Service
Community Service Award
Scholastic Achievement Award
Faculty Award for Excellence in Management in Nursing

Candace Caldwell – Pride, LA
Student Nurse Association
Student Government Service
Faculty Award for Excellence in Maternal-Newborn Nursing

Hillary Callahan – Central, LA
Student Nurse Association
Community Service Award

Amanda Causey – Central, LA
Class of 2014 President
Student Nurse Association
Community Service Award

Brooke Chapman – Zachary, LA
Student Nurse Association
Community Service Award

Jenny Chiasson – Houma, LA
Student Government Service

Abbey Cobb – Memphis, TN
Student Nurse Association
Community Service Award
Faculty Award for Student Excellence
Downtown Kiwanis Scholarship Award

Rebecca Couvillion – New Orleans, LA
Class of 2014 Secretary
Student Nurse Association
Community Service Award

Aubrey Easterly – St. Francisville, LA
Student Nurse Association
Student Government Service
Community Service Award

Melissa English – Denham Springs, LA
Student Nurse Association
Community Service Award

Elissa Fertitta – Port Allen, LA
Student Nurse Association

Stephen Gates – Denham Springs, LA
Student Nurse Association
Student Government Service

Rachel Gayle – Zachary, LA
Student Nurse Association
Community Service Award
Student Government Service
Faculty Award for Excellence in Mental Health Nursing

Joan Henderson – Slaughter, LA
Student Nurse Association

Erica Himel – Houma, LA
Student Nurse Association
Community Service Award

Diem Ho – Morgan City, LA
Student Nurse Association
Student Government Service

Jennifer Jackson – Baton Rouge, LA
Student Nurse Association
Student Government Service
Community Service Award
Grace Hough Scholarship Award
Garnie Belvin Eggers Scholarship Award

Kim Kinchen – Denham Springs, LA
Student Nurse Association
Student Government Service
Community Service Award

Britnee Kling – Gonzales, LA
Class of 2014 Vice President
Community Service Award
Kari Lefort Scholarship Award
Faculty Award for Excellence in Nursing of Adults

Megan Niche – McKinney, TX
Student Nurse Association
Community Service Award

Mallory Price – Vidalia, LA
Class of 2014 Treasurer
Student Nurse Association
Community Service Award
Faculty Award for Excellence in Critical Care Nursing

Heather Procell – Shreveport, LA
Student Nurse Association
Community Service Award

Crystal Sawyer – Baton Rouge, LA
Student Nurse Association
Community Service Award
Faculty Award for Excellence in Nursing of Children

Rachel Serio – Baton Rouge, LA
Student Nurse Association
Community Service Award
Student Government Service

About Baton Rouge General School of Nursing

Baton Rouge General's School of Nursing operates a diploma RN program and accepts approximately 40 candidates each year. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org or contact the School of Nursing at (225) 387-7623. Baton Rouge General Foundation offers financial support for Baton Rouge General's School of Nursing students through various Nursing Education and Endowment Funds. These funds are made possible by generous contributions from the community. Individuals or groups interested in contributing to these funds or giving a planned gift to the School of Nursing, can contact the Foundation at (225)763-4372 or here.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is Baton Rouge’s first and only full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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