Northeast Hosts Nurse Pinning Ceremony

by jamesc  5/23/2014 11:01:16 AM --  NORFOLK - Associate degree nursing and practical nursing students received their nursing pins in a special ceremony Thursday evening at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. In addition to the Pinning Ceremony, two associate degree nursing and two practical nursing student were presented the Essence of Nursing Award for their consistent academic effort, caring actions, positive motivation toward classroom learning and clinical experience, and professional behaviors.


Associate Degree Nursing Students Lauren Selting, Elgin, and Catlin Sohl, Lee’s Summit, MO, and Practical Nursing Students Allison Davis, Wayne, and Kerry Mutschelknaus, Norfolk, were honored with the award.

Upon completion of the first two semesters of nursing studies at Northeast, students are eligible to take the National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) to become licensed practical nurses. Students who earn at least a B in each nursing course are eligible to complete the last two semesters of the Northeast program and take the National Council of Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) to practice as licensed registered nurses.

Students who graduate with an associate degree in nursing are eligible to continue their studies for a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

Northeast also offers a University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) transfer option for students pursuing a nursing degree. This program allows students interested in pursuing a degree from UNMC to complete their general education requirements at Northeast and continue classes for nursing at a UNMC College of Nursing division. One of those divisions, the J. Paul and Eleanor McIntosh College of Nursing, opened on the Northeast campus in Norfolk in August 2010.

The Northeast nursing program also includes a pre-professional nursing degree option. This major provides a curriculum of courses to earn either an associate of arts or associate of science degree in pre-professional nursing. Current and prospective students not yet enrolled in the nursing program at

Northeast can earn that degree. Students with a pre-professional nursing degree can transfer to a four-year college to continue with their bachelor’s degree in nursing. 

Students who were pinned with the Associate Degree Nursing pin, listed by hometown include:


Atkinson – Brenda Kerkman, Rhonda Ketteler, Belgrade – Nicole Beltran, Chambers – Adrien Burrell, Columbus – Lindsay Cepel, Cozad – Whitney Wardyn, Decatur – Katie Henneman, Elgin – Traci Beckman, Lauren Selting, Emerson – Jessina Fassler, Melissa Hampson, Gothenburg – Alexandra Mitchell, Laurel – Nicole Thompson, Lyons – Abby Malmberg, Meadow Grove – Julie Crane, Nenzel – Jana Nollette, Newman Grove – Tania Arreguin, Norfolk – Emily Burroughs, Nicole Hrabanek, Donna Jackson, Rachel Mann, Sara Sabata, Melissa Thies, Orchard – Pamela Meyer, O’Neill – Amanda Zeeb, Pender – Olivia Perez, Pierce – Mallisa Paus, Plainview – Tami Anderson, Platte Center – Chelsey Schaecher, Ponca – Heather Wulf, Randolph – Julie Brazee, Valentine – Mary Ann Madison, West Point – Carol Wagner, Wynot – Kelsey Weinandt.


MO, Lee’s Summit – Catlin Sohl

Students who were pinned with the Practical Nursing pin, listed by hometown, on both sides of the page, include:

Albion - Morgan Paulson, Hollie Zimmerman, Atkinson – Angela Schaaf, Chambers – Shelby Dexter, Craig – Jessica Shepardson, Elgin – Stacey Schiltmeyer, Ewing - Marvi Pruden, Madison – Sarahi Meza Fernandez, Vernon Gregory, Newman Grove – Rochelle Earl, Norfolk – Hannah Clocker, Jill Daniel, Belinda Martinez, Kerry Mutschelknaus, Kristen Tibor, Allison Uecker, Jera Voss, Audrey Wapelhorst, Jill Winkelbauer, Drew Workman, Brooke Zobrist, North Bend – Jade Hibbeler, Omaha – Erica Dunn, O’Neill – Kristy Beeks, Orchard – Matthew Burden, Marissa Klabenes, Pierce – Brittany Anderson, Alexis Caruso, Randolph – Denise Childress, Lindsey Sievers, Scribner – Britney Cox, South Sioux City – Courtney Chester, Andrea Queen, Tilden – Jennifer Hogancamp, Prairie Parker, Wayne – Allison Davis, West Point – William Hagemann, Winnetoon - Karlene Sukup, Wisner – Riley Kulhanek.

Each nursing school, at every level of education, has its own unique pin which is worn on the nursing uniform.   The nursing school pin that graduates of the Northeast associate degree nursing and licensed practical nursing program receive is symbolic of nursing’s heritage and tradition. 

Some practical nursing students have chosen to continue in the associate degree nursing program at Northeast.

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Jana Nollette, Nenzel, gives the student address at Northeast Community College’s Nursing Programming Pinning Ceremony Thursday night at the Cox Activities Center on the Norfolk campus. She was one of 35 associate degree nursing students and 39 practical nursing students to take part in the ceremony. (Courtesy Photo).


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