PUBLISHED: 2:57 PM on Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Ten graduate from UAA's nursing program at Ketchikan site with local clinical support
A formal pinning ceremony for University of Alaska Anchorage Associate Degree Nursing Program Ketchikan graduates was held on Friday, Dec. 7, at the US Coast Guard Station Crow's Nest. Ten registered nursing students received their pins. The pinning is a long held traditional nursing ceremony. Speakers included UAS Campus Director Cathy LeCompte, UAA School of Nursing Director Jean Ballantyne, UAA Nursing faculty Maureen Northway, and Student Speaker Brett Hinkle.

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  Graduates of the Anchorage Associate Degree Nursing Program in Ketchikan received their pins in a traditional pinning ceremony Friday, Dec., 7.
Emily Avila, Leanne Blanks, Thomas Grass, Mary Hasibar, Brett Hinkle, Sherity Kelly, Christine Lyshol, Vanessa McGhee, Rosa Mergenthal, and Sandra Singer spent two years training in clinical settings in Ketchikan and Anchorage. They also completed college course work which qualifies them to graduate with an Associate of Applied Science, Nursing degree. Graduates are now able to sit for the national licensing exam, and practice as registered nurses.

The program, administered by the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing, has expanded to include 12 sites across Alaska. Clinical support sites included Ketchikan General Hospital, Callisto Pediatric Clinic, Community Connections, Gateway Center for Human Services, Ketchikan Public Health Center, and Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus is a part of the University of Alaska statewide system and provides a wide variety of educational courses and programs both locally and to students in distance sites across the state. Many course offerings are available both locally and via distance avenues including web-based and audio conference. Through these courses, students can achieve certifications, associate, bachelor and master degrees.