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New Nurses Graduate from Baton Rouge General

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

During the May 6 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:

  • Eugene Berry Award – Leonora Montegut
  • Excellence in Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing – Miranda Darby and Yakita Cane
  • Excellence in Maternal-Child Nursing – Shelby Bryan
  • Excellence in Management/Leadership – Drew Adams
  • Excellence in Mental Health Nursing – Caroline Landreneau
  • Excellence in Medical Surgical Nursing – Carmen Brown and Cazare Lumar
  • Faculty Award for Scholastic Achievement – Mia Kilchrist and Drew Adams
  • Faculty Award for Student Excellence – Melissa Romero
  • Garnie Eggars Award – Olivia Duhon
  • Grace Hough Award – Jaleesa Johnson
  • Kari Lefort Award – Shelby Bryan

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 Spring 2024:

Drew Ethan Adams

Madison Paige Bartels

Mia Christine Kilchrist

Carmen Dorrion Brown

Shelby Colleen Bryan

Yakita Dy’Shon Cane

Derrick Wayne Darby

Miranda Nicole Darby

Olivia Marie Duhon

Flotanya Eackles

Jaleesa Chanise Johnson

Princess Jones

Caroline Armand Landreneau

Elizabeth Claire Lemoine,

Danielle L. Louper

Heather Michelle Lowery

Cazare Lumar

Jordan Raymond Lyles

Shawntay Regina Martin

Tori Matte

Leonora Lynette Montegut

Sheena Narcisse

Hailey Nunez

Jaycee Diane Petit

Nicholas Robert Pipsair

Tashi’Ana Kendrial Robinson

Victoria Rodriguez Barden

Melissa Marie Romero

Angela A. Sanders

Kelly Latrina Scott

Alex Sinkular

Kaylee Alexis Smith

Sydney Katherine Tubbs

Destiny Deshae Williams

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.