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BRG School of Nursing Graduates 38 New Nurses

BATON ROUGE, La. – Thirty-eight new nurses recently graduated from Baton Rouge General’s School of Nursing (SON), joining the more than 1,000 talented nurses who have completed BRG’s program since 1984.

During the Oct. 24 ceremony at Jefferson Baptist Church, the graduates received their diplomas after two years of general education, detailed nursing courses and hands-on experience with seasoned practitioners. After receiving their diplomas, graduates take the registered nurse license exam (NCLEX-RN) to be licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN).

“Our graduates are well prepared to deliver excellent patient care, which often means caring for patients at their most vulnerable moments,” said SON Director Linda Markey, PhD, MSN, RN. “Nursing requires outstanding character, dedication, and oftentimes sacrifice, and we are very proud to have these new nurses answer the call to serve the community.”

During the ceremony, a number of honors were presented to students:

  • Garnie Belvin Eggars Award: Jacob Oubre
  • Award for Scholastic Achievement: Abby Hudson
  • Excellence in Medical-Surgical Nursing I: Monica Doiga
  • Excellence in Medical-Surgical Nursing II: Allie Kapera
  • Excellence in Maternal-Child Nursing: Amber Collins
  • Excellence in Mental Health Nursing: Jennifer Hodges
  • Excellence in High Acuity Nursing: Lindsey Davis
  • Florence Nightingale Award: Monique Cole
  • Award for Student Excellence: Kalleigh Flucke

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

Frequently recognized by the LSBN for its 100% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN, the BRG School of Nursing has maintained an overall pass rate above 95% throughout its 35-year history.

2019 SON Graduates

The BRG School of Nursing Class of 2019 is (pictured left to right):

Back Row, left to right: Devynn Reeves, Monica Doiga, Staci Angeletti, Nydia Johnson, Jennifer Hodges, Kane Loupe, Vance Lapeyrolerie, Kalleigh Flucke, Marlyn Voiselle, Shelby McManus, Shayla Grayer, Amelia Holden, Elizabeth Buhler, Jessica Lee

Middle Row, left to right: Allie Kapera, Jhena Boudreaux, Lindsey Davis, Kayla Thompson, Ebony LaMott, Ashley Dupree, Jacob Oubre, Monique Cole, Jeanesse Hilario, Abby Gogarty, Amber Collins, Madison Richardson, Brittney Savoy, Kayla Anderson

Front Row, left to right: Shea Guidroz-Landry, Brooke Piper, Brooke Chidester, Sarah Patty, Tamekka Grant, Abby Hudson, Claudia Arceneaux, Sarah Sheets, Michelle Bond, Gabrielle Hurdle

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 serves as an affiliate 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.