|The Nursing Class of 2015 (some students are not presented in the photo)|
For 40 years the nursing program of St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley has hosted a pinning ceremony for students who completed the program. The program graduated 24 students this past spring semester and all participated in the annual Nurses Pinning Ceremony in the summer. Student Nurses Association organizes the pinning ceremony. Nursing Retention Coach Ann Leiber says, “We admit 60 students each Fall at Florissant Valley.” Leiber says, “There are program prerequisites that must be satisfied prior to applying to the Nursing Program. Students must have a 2.5 GPA and pass the dosage calculation test with a 90% or better prior to being placed on the waiting list.” Students who want to be apart of the program are also required to provide complete health history, immunization record, criminal background check, drug screening and physical examination.
“After I got the pin I felt relief and also sadness.” Katy Cox, one of the program graduates said.” “I'm definitely going to miss the staff and fellow classmates.” Cox has been working on getting this degree since 2011. Before coming to Flo Valley, Cox completed a degree at Ozark Christian College, Cox continued her education at Missouri Southern State to finish up perquisites. Cox said, “ I decided to save some money and move back home and pursue nursing at Florissant Valley because of their great reputation for making really good nurses.” Cox had to be put on the program’s waiting list for 2012 and before being admitted in 2013. “Every class that I have taken at Flo have been really good, the professors are top notch! I am really glad I made the decision to attend STLCC.”Cox said. After school Cox got hired at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital. Cox plans to go back school to get a Bachelor’s degree in nursing in the near future.
Cox says, “I want to get some experience under my belt first.”Cox encourages students to stick to it “It is going to be really hard and no one will truly understand what you are going through unless they have been to nursing school.” However, she says, “all of the hard work and extra time is worth it in the end.”
For more information contact the Nursing Department at 314-513-4539.
Written By Jordan Wade.
Written By Jordan Wade.