Nursing Graduates to Receive Awards, Pins
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: May 14, 2008
CONTACT: Lisa Saunders
SUNY Rockland Community College Nursing Graduates to Receive Awards, Pins
May is National Nursing Month
Suffern, NY - The pinning ceremony for approximately 45 SUNY Rockland Community College nursing graduates will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 6:00 p.m. in the Cultural Arts Theater, followed by a reception in the Atrium.
Graduates will receive their nursing school pin from Dorothea Lever, Nursing Coordinator and Associate Professor.
Community agencies will present special awards to students who demonstrated excellence in a specific area.
Among the graduates are many students who overcame tremendous obstacles, including:
Maureen Ward of Florida, NY, said, "With everything that's happened in my life, I think that nursing is where I'm meant to be." In 1993, Ward's 12-year-old daughter, also named Maureen, suffered a stroke and a brain aneurism. She was in a coma for six months and Maureen has taken care of her ever since. When she was laid off from her desk job in 2003, she decided to become a nurse. "Last semester my pediatric clinical instructor happened to be my daughter's nurse in 1993. She took us back to the Pediatric ICU where my daughter was kept on life support. Standing there, I felt, ‘This is where I want to be.'"
Rosemarie Ameo of Beacon NY is a cancer survivor and a diabetic. "The primary reason I went into nursing is because when I was 13, I needed surgery to my abdomen and was hospitalized for about two months. I'll never forget the way the nurses cared for me. When I was getting the staples removed from my incision I was petrified, but the nurse's gentle touch made me feel like I was the only person she was caring for. The compassion of my nurses made me realize this was the field I was made for—it was my calling. It's hard to put in words, but it's a strong feeling I have—nursing is my heart."
For more information contact Sister Marie Buckley, Chair, Math, Natural and Health Sciences, or Dorothea Lever, Nursing Coordinator and Associate Professor at (845) 574-4222 or (845) 574-4223. To learn more about Rockland Community College, visit www.sunyrockland.edu
Rockland Community College, a unit of the State University of New York, is located 25 miles northwest of NYC. The majority of its students transfer to four-year colleges, and many find immediate employment upon earning their associate's degree or certificate. The College also offers others, from preschoolers to senior citizens, the opportunity to simply learn something new. Quality education...at a price you can afford.