BRADENTON — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, honored 79 spring nursing graduates at a pinning and candle-lighting ceremony in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton.
Catherine Pope won the $250 Pat Kuebler Memorial Scholarship Award at the SCF Foundation, which is named in honor of a former Manatee Junior College professor.
Pope plans to finish her bachelor's degree in science in nursing and pursue a doctor of nursing practice degree to become a neonatal nurse practitioner.
“It’s expensive being a nursing student. The money comes not only as extra help for finances, but also as positive reassurance of everything that I worked so hard for during the past two and a half years,” she said.
The award, presented by Cassandra Holmes, executive director of the SCF Foundation, is given to a nursing student who has shown exceptional effort, potential for excellence in planning and implementing patient care and a commitment to nursing.
Kuebler died in 1981 after just four years at Manatee Junior College but made such an impression on students that the nursing department at Manatee Memorial Hospital established the Pat Kuebler Memorial Scholarship.
Pope and Olga Antoniuk received the Academic Excellence Award presented by nursing faculty member Susan Donaldson.
Graduates include: Amanda Agines, Shane Ainsworth, Olga Antoniuk, Jing Balch, Calli Benham, Kaitlin Bennett, Emily Black, Nathan Blount, Danielle Borkowski, Madison Bradley, Amanda Brooks ,Barbara Carlino, Allison Casagrande, Stacey Chase, Christopher Cook, Rachel Cupp, Brittany Darby, Angie Dauphinee, James Dauphinee, Meghan Dettloff, Tamra Dominy, Kendall Donnelly, Denise Ecker, Michael Edmond, Kathleen Faticone, Johanna Fjare, James Fulmer, Jami Galante, Kala Garner, Carey Gavilanes, Amanda Gilbert, Mary Gillam, Sara Gluvna, Lisa Guttman, Jackie Haberman, Nathan Hansen, Victoria Hartline, Jennifer Heffler, Megan Heron, Krystyna Hinton, Pablo Hurtado, Kelly Johnson, Julie Jones, Valerie Jones, Larisa Khailo, Valeriy Klychkov, Anna Kraft, Lauren Kumm, Jimmy Leitch, Grace Mackinnon, Megan McClanathan, Kobie McColley, Matthew Medvecky, Lara Metz, Cassandra Moyers, Amanda Murray, Sarah Newhall, Aura Nicasio, Allee Noordzy, Juan Olivera, Amanda Otero, Aleksandra Pawluczuk, Jessica Perez, Catherine Pope, Sara Renfroe, Olivia Rizzo, Gabriella Ruskin, Valerie Ruth, Heather Sapp, David Schmitz, Meka Smith, Stephanie Smith, Amanda Sobojinski, Alessandra Sohl, Andrea Stedcke, Natalie Steinberg, John Strelkov, Christine Thomas, Jayme Valentine, Danielle Yenna-Wright and Kristen Young.
SCF President Carol Probstfeld noted December graduates had a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination.
“A 100 percent pass rate is very indicative of both the talent of our nursing students and the commitment of our faculty,” Probstfeld said. “Our goal is not to just satisfy a community need by mass producing nurses to fill a numbers gap. We want to provide high-quality, talented nurses that will provide the kind of care our community members deserve.”
Vernon DeSear, vice president of marketing for the Manatee Healthcare System, said: “Manatee Memorial is very proud of the partnership we have with the nursing program at State College of Florida. Their graduates are excellent examples of the ideal staff necessary to provide the best in quality care for patients in our facility. We commend the outstanding scores earned on the recent NCLEX with a 100 percent pass rate, and congratulate SCF on their continuing success in producing top-notch clinicians for our community."