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Baton Rouge General's School of Nursing Announces Graduating Class of 2012

21-Jan-2013 Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge General Medical Center's School of Nursing held its 29th Commencement Exercises announcing the graduation of 28 nursing candidates at a ceremony at Broadmoor United Methodist Church on December 14, 2012. The ceremony was emceed by Carol Tingle, PhD, MSN, Director of the School of Nursing. The commencement address was delivered by Linda Markey, PhD, MSN, Manager of Clinical Education at Baton Rouge General. Mrs. Deola Hardy, MSN, RN, provided the faculty address, Ms. Denise Bradford, MSN, RN, Director of Nursing for the Mid-City campus provided welcome remarks on behalf of Baton Rouge General and Rev. Lusinda Warren provided the invocation and benediction. Additionally, the program featured the vocal talent of Mr. David Louviere, Nursing Supervisor at Baton Rouge General and several officers of the graduating class.

A number of awards and honors were presented during the ceremony, including Community Service Awards presented to students who demonstrate the values of Baton Rouge General Medical Center: caring, excellence, service, and integrity.

With the addition of the Class of 2012, Baton Rouge General's School of Nursing has graduated 828 nurses. Most of the new graduates will begin their nursing careers at both Baton Rouge General campuses, in Medical-Surgical Units, Emergency Department, Telemetry, and the Operating Room.
Baton Rouge General's School of Nursing operates a diploma RN program and accepts approximately 40 candidates each year. For further information about the school or for a program application, visit or contact Baton Rouge General's School of Nursing at 225-387-7623.

Class of 2012 (Left to right):  Front row: Crystal Vo, Kelley Guchereau, Denesha Harvey, Mackenzie Burke Freitas, Mary Duffy, Alyssa Reeves, Lacie Madere  Second row: Alexis Kinberger, Sarah Russum, Lindsay Martinez, Stephanie Jennings, Mindy Durgapersad, Lindsay Kelleher, Shanna McMullen  Third row: Kaitlin Green, Meagan Simoneaux, Kirstin Lewis-Templet, Rachael Blanchard, Lauren Weber, Stephanie Murga, Lauren Paddock  Back row: Nicholas Boies, Anna Lawrence, Rebecca Plumlee, Ashley Smith, David Kemp, Megan Kempton, Shane Ferguson

The graduates, their hometowns, and the honors and awards received by the individuals from the Class of 2012 are as follows:

Rachael Blanchard, Gonzales
State Matching Fund Grant Recipient 

Nicholas Boies, Baton Rouge

Mackenzie Burke Freitas, Baton Rouge
Community Service Award
Scholastic Achievement Award
Downtown Kiwanis Scholarship Award Winner

Mary Duffy, Baton Rouge
BRG Organization of Nursing Students, Class of 2012 Secretary

Mindy L. Durgapersad, Gonzales

Shane Ferguson, Baton Rouge
Student Award for Excellence

Kaitlin Margaret Green, Baton Rouge
BRG Organization of Nursing Students, Class of 2012 President
Community Service Award
Faculty Award for Excellence in Management in Nursing

Kelley Guchereau, Baton Rouge

Denesha Harvey, Geismar

Stephanie Jennings, Denham Springs
State Matching Funds Grant Recipient

Lindsay Kelleher, Gonzales

David Kemp, Baton Rouge
Community Service Award

Megan Kempton, Harahan

Alexis Kinberger, Baton Rouge
Garnie Belvin Eggers Scholarship Award

Anna Lawrence, Baton Rouge
Faculty Award for Student Excellence

Kirstin Lewis-Templet, Belle Rose
Grace Hough Scholarship Award
State Matching Fund Grant Recipient

Lacie Madere, Denham Springs
BRG Organization of Nursing Students, Class of 2012 Vice President
Faculty Award for Excellence in Nursing of Adults

Lindsay Blair Martinez, Port Allen
Faculty Award for Excellence in Critical Care Nursing

Shanna McMullen, Mandeville

Stephanie Murga, Baton Rouge
Community Service Award

Lauren Mouch Paddock, Port Allen
Faculty Award for Excellence in Nursing of Children
Faculty Award for Excellence in Maternal-Newborn Nursing

Rebecca Plumlee, Baton Rouge
Kari LeFort Scholarship Award
BRG Organization of Nursing Students, Class of 2012 Treasurer
Faculty Award for Excellence in Mental Health Nursing

Alyssa Reeves, Baton Rouge
Community Service Award

Sarah Beth Russum, Zachary

Meagan G. Simoneaux, Port Allen

Ashley Smith, Denham Springs

Crystal Vo, Mandeville

Lauren Weber, French Settlement

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 544 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. 

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



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