2017 NCC Nursing class graduates

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Twenty-four Nash Community College Nursing students received their pin Thursday, May 11, 2017 signifying completion of the Associate Degree.  The College is proud to announce the following 2017 Nursing graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN): Brittany Bailey, Courtney Barnes, Sara Bozard, Dana Braxton, Rosheena Corprew, Laura Dale, Laurelei Deans, Lauren Dugas, Bryan Claire Ferrell, Lee Anne Hawkins, Sarah Jones, Diana Keel, Caroline Murray Lee, Amanda Joy Levinson, Jennifer Marshall, Ashleigh Medlin, Laura Renfrow, Whitney S. Richardson-Branch, Morgan Stott Ridgway, Edward Scott II, Naomi Smith, Jessica M. Spurlin, Danielle Elise Wall and Kaitlyn Ann Wallace.

During the poignant ceremony, students, faculty and staff remembered Professor Cheryle Traish, Assistant Director of Nursing. Dana Braxton, 2017 graduate, shared special memories of Ms. Traish. “She embodied the word nurse in every sense. Mrs. Traish was selfless, encouraging, humble, kind, hilarious, spirited, and overall the best cheerleader and mentor we could ask for.”

The NCC family mourned the passing of Traish earlier this year. She made a permanent mark on the campus and in the community with her special care for students both in the classroom and following graduation. Her efforts and hard work made a tremendous impact on preparing graduates for the NCLEX. Many Nursing alumni commented on the role she played in preparing them for patient care and the demands of the profession.

Nash Community College has an articulation agreement with Barton College bringing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to NCC’s campus. NCC students who successfully complete the Associate Degree Nursing program and NCLEX-RN exam may progress into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program offered through Barton College. The partnership provides access, a smooth transition and lower tuition to students completing their Nursing degree. Though the baccalaureate degree will be conferred by Barton College, it will be completed on the ​Nash Community ​C​ollege campus, and can be earned at a competitive cost. As many community college students are raising families, have jobs, and play an active role in their communities, this transition program will make pursuing a four-year degree a more realistic goal.