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New Nurses Graduate from Baton Rouge General

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Thirty-one new nurses recently graduated from Baton Rouge General’s School of Nursing (SON) during its fall commencement, joining the legion of talented nurses who have completed BRG’s program since 1984.

During the October 30 ceremony at Independence Park Theatre, the graduates received their diplomas after completing all required nursing courses and hands-on experience with seasoned practitioners during clinical rotations. Upon graduation from the diploma nursing program, graduates are prepared to take the registered nurse license exam (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN).

During the ceremony, several honors were presented to students:

  • Excellence in Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing – Courtney Dupuy
  • Excellence in Advanced Surgical Nursing – Brigney Phillips
  • Excellence in Maternal-Child Nursing – Carley Hoover and Emily Walker
  • Excellence in Management/Leadership – Monique Brown
  • Excellence in Mental Health Nursing – Chalaunder Johnson
  • Excellence in Medical Surgical Nursing – Hannah Decoteau and Jada Yang
  • Faculty Award for Scholastic Achievement – Lauren Thiaville
  • Faculty Award for Student Excellence – Olivia Aldridge
  • Ginny Emerson Award – Nyya Duhon
  • Grace Hough Award – Alexandria Luttrell
  • Kari Lefort Award – Kristopher Lanoux

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.

The BRG School of Nursing Class of Fall 2023:

Olivia Elizabeth Aldridge

Olivia Renee’ Berndt

Candice Charnae’ Brown

Monique Nicole Brown

Keara Necole Ceasar

Haley Ann Chauvin

Jade Imani Clark

Leah Alexandria Collins

Hannah Decoteau

Bianca Nichole Delmore

Nyya Jhanae Duhon

Courtney Paige Dupuy

Honorine Ebonge Esong

Tiffany Jeanette Fuentes

Jacie Nicole Gibson

Abigail Hope Goforth

Ryan Leigh Harrison

Kelsey Marie Hill

Carley Jean Hoover

Breanna Ronette Hulbert

Chalaunder Rhenee’ Nicholas Johnson

Kristopher Lanoux

Cotina Wilson Lewis

Alexandria Luttrell

Denita Nelson

Brigney Kristian Phillips

Jasmine Jamika Reese

Lauren Gabrielle Thiaville

Rachel Augustine Vallien

Emily Claire Walker

Jada Jia Wen Yang

BRG’s School of Nursing recently earned re-accreditation for the next eight-year period. It is frequently recognized by the LSBN for its 100% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN, and the BRG School of Nursing has maintained an overall pass rate above 95% throughout its 35-year history. The school has also seen growth in its licensed practical nurse (LPN) mobility program, which fast-tracks the process for LPNs to become RNs.

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About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community hospital with over 600 licensed beds between three 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 is affiliated with several medical school programs, 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 @BRGeneral and Instagram @batonrougegeneral.