BRG School of Nursing Announces 2016 Graduating Class

Baton Rouge, La. – Thirty-one new nurses recently graduated from Baton Rouge General’s School of Nursing. More than 900 talented nurses have graduated from BRG’s program since 1984.

Recognized by the La. State Board of Nursing (LSBN) for its 100% first-time pass rate on the registered nurse license exam (NCLEX-RN), the School has maintained an overall pass rate consistently above state and national averages for the last 33 years.

During the December 8 ceremony at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, a number of students were honored for demonstrating the values of Baton Rouge General.

“We are excited to welcome these graduates to our nursing community and are proud to recognize their accomplishments,” said SON Director Carol Tingle, PhD, MSN, RN. “This class represents a unique set of gifts for serving others and caring for our community.”

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.

The BRG School of Nursing Class of 2016 is (pictured left to right):

Bottom row:
Christine Howard, South Bend, Indiana; Ashley Larkin, Santa Fe, Texas; Jami Blankenship, Sorrento; Julie Nguyen, New Orleans; Tana Messina, Port Allen; Britton Furlow, Central.

Middle row:
Kimberly Boudreaux, Gonzales; Crystal Campise, Albany; Michelle Boudreaux, Chalmette; Jessica Meche, Port Barre; Christopher Sean Stevens, Baltimore, Maryland; Kari Williams, Central; Lindsey Tally, Baton Rouge; Hillary Guillory, Mallet; Rebekah Booth, Baton Rouge; Rachel Pirela, Ponchatoula; Natalia Barbay, Bogota’, Columbia; Carley Vallette, Sulphur; Janice DePriest, Walker; Brayli Edmonston, St. Amant.

Top row:
Laura Wattigney, Destrehan; Heather Sullivan, Binghamton, New York; Dawn Allement, Gonzales; Anthony Perroni, Baton Rouge; Jesse Schexnayder, Belle Rose; Naicole Robinson-Barfield, Kenner; Jagjit Lalli, Baton Rouge; Shana Carriere, Gonzales; Heather Daunis, Gonzales.

Not pictured:
Cassandra Michelle Anderson, Ferriday; Kameron Aydell, French Settlement.

To learn more about BRG’s School of Nursing, visit here, email or call (225) 387-7623.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in the capital city, 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 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, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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