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Johnston students honored among Wayne nursing grads

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GOLDSBORO — Three Johnston County graduates were honored during Wayne Community College’s practical nursing pinning ceremony on July 24.

Lori Lassiter-Pounds of Princeton, Maria Patino of Selma and Keasha Weeks of Clayton are among 15 members of the college’s 2019 practical nursing class.

Their classmates are Jerrica Cole, Krystal Cummings, Regan Kasulis Adolfo Leon, Ricco Raynor, Ariana Safford, and Dasha Sutton, all of Goldsboro; Nathalie Cortes of the Dudley community; Carlee Stevens and Kelsie Zeagler of Pikeville; Cierra George of Snow Hill; and Chermika Jones of La Grange.

The annual service included presentation of nursing pins specific to the college, nurse’s creed scrolls and roses by the program faculty; lighting of lamps (symbolic of Florence Nightingale going onto the battlefield with a lantern); and recitation of the “Practical Nurses Pledge.” The ceremony denotes the graduates’ passage from students to professionals in the practice of nursing.

As he prepared to lead the presentation of pins, nursing department Chairman Billy Tart said, “A nurse is the first to open the eyes of a newborn baby and the last to close the eyes of a dying man.”

“Many have graduated from the practical nursing program at Wayne Community since 1957 and have paved the way for you. Now it is up to you to continue to move the future of nursing forward,” Tart charged the graduates.

The practical nursing class of 2019 brings the number of alumni from WCC nursing programs to 2,151.

Graduates can begin work as licensed practical nurses once they pass the National Council Licensure Examination.

Wayne Community College’s practical nursing program is a limited-admission, three-semester program that is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.