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Baton Rouge General's School of Nursing Announces 2013 Graduating Class

03-Jan-2014 Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge General Medical Center's School of Nursing held its 30th commencement exercises announcing the graduation of 26 registered nursing candidates at a ceremony at Broadmoor United Methodist Church on December 13, 2013. The ceremony was emceed by Carol A. Tingle, PhD, MSN, Director, School of Nursing, Baton Rouge General. The commencement address was delivered by Evelyn K. Hayes, MD, Member, Board of Trustees, General Health System. Ginny Harrington, MSN, WHNP, RN, provided the faculty address, Anna Cazes, RN, MSN, DNS Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, Baton Rouge General, provided welcome remarks and Rev. Lusinda Warren provided the invocation and benediction.

During the ceremony, a number of honors were presented to students who demonstrate the values of Baton Rouge General: caring, excellence, service and integrity. The Class of 2013 joins a group of more than 850 talented nurses who have graduated from Baton Rouge General’s School of Nursing. In March, the Louisiana State Board of Nursing commended Baton Rouge General’s nursing program for the second consecutive year for its 100% pass rate for first-time test takers on the NCLEX-RN national nursing licensing exam. Additionally, the program has achieved #1 ranking among more than 800 nursing programs nationwide in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013, based on NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate. Notably, Baton Rouge General’s School of Nursing is the only program in the state to have more than half of its previous graduating classes achieve 100% pass rate.

Most of the new graduates will begin their careers at both Baton Rouge General campuses, in Medical-Surgical Units, Emergency Department, Telemetry, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Endoscopy, and the Operating Room. After entering nursing, Baton Rouge General’s nursing graduates have earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees, and many work in management or leadership positions, and as nurse practitioners and educators.

 

Class of 2013 (Left to right):

Front Row: Emily Perdue, Carol Ann Edwards, Jessica Garrene, Danny Torregrossa Second Row: Kristen Naquin, Susan McClay, Angela Cobb, Nicole Daniel, Brandy Dykes-Comardelle, Amanda Nichols, Kristen Melancon, Tammy Landry Third Row: Rosa Davis, Nicole Hebert, Shandy Guidry, Alicia Poche, Kayla David, Jazel Banks-Mitchell Back Row: Rolanda Hebert, Meaghan Caston, Calli Smith, Ryan Rotolo, Aimee Kolwe, Brooke Jensen, Brittany Rome, Kayla Hotard

The graduates, their hometowns, and the honors and awards received and offices held by the individuals from the Class of 2013 are as follows:

Jazel Banks-Mitchell, Gonzales
Class Chaplain, BRG Organization of Nursing Students

Meaghan Caston, Baton Rouge
Instructional Resource Subcommittee Representative
Community Service Award
Scholastic Achievement Award
Downtown Kiwanis Scholarship Award
Grace Hough Scholarship Award

Angela Cobb, Prairieville
Student Services Committee member
Community Service Award

Brandy Dykes-Comardelle, Geismar
Community Service Award

Nicole Daniel, Plaquemine
Community Service Award
Faculty Award for Excellence in Critical Care Nursing

Kayla David, Port Allen
Community Service Award

Rosa Davis, Gonzales
BRG Organization of Nursing Students, Class of 2013 President
Community Service Award
Kari LeFort Scholarship Award

Carol Ann Edwards, Denham Springs
Historical Committee member
Community Service Award
Faculty Award for Excellence in Nursing of Adults

Jessica Garrene, Denham Springs
Community Service Award

Shandy Guidry, Baton Rouge

Nicole Hebert, Baton Rouge
Community Service Award

Rolanda Hebert, Gonzales
Community Service Award

Kayla Hotard, LaPlace
BRG Organization of Nursing Students, Class of 2013 Vice President
Community Service Award
Faculty Award for Excellence in Management in Nursing

Brooke Jensen, Walker
Community Service Award
Faculty Award for Excellence in Mental Health Nursing

Aimee Kolwe, Hammond
Community Service Award

Tammy Landry, Central
Historical Committee Chairperson
Community Service Award
Faculty Award for Student Excellence

Susan McClay, Zachary

Kristen Melancon, French Settlement

Kristen Naquin, Prairieville
Community Service Award

Amanda Nichols, Baton Rouge
Community Service Award
Garnie Belvin Eggers Scholarship Award

Emily Perdue, Gonzales
Student Services Committee Chairperson
Community Service Award
Faculty Award for Excellence in Maternal-Newborn Nursing

Alicia Poche, Gonzales
Community Service Award
BRG Organization of Nursing Students, Class of 2013 Secretary

Brittany Rome, Lakeland
Community Service Award

Ryan Rotolo, Denham Springs

Calli Smith, St. Martinville
GHS Nursing Coordination Subcommittee Representative
Community Service Award
Faculty Award for Excellence in Nursing of Children

Danny Torregrossa, Plaquemine
Community Service Award
BRG Organization of Nursing Students, Class of 2013 Treasurer


About Baton Rouge General School of Nursing
Baton Rouge General's School of Nursing operates a diploma RN program and accepts approximately 40 candidates each year. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org or contact the School of Nursing at (225) 387-7623. Baton Rouge General Foundation offers financial support for Baton Rouge General's School of Nursing students through various Nursing Education and Endowment Funds. These funds are made possible by generous contributions from the community. Individuals or groups interested in contributing to these funds or giving a planned gift to the School of Nursing, can contact the Foundation at (225) 763-4372 or BRGeneral.org/donate.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is Baton Rouge’s first and only full-service community hospital, with 527 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. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

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 BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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