PUBLISHED: 1:20 PM on Wednesday, December 28, 2005
First nursing students graduate from UAS

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  Sarah Thompson speaks at the Pinning Ceremony held for University of Alaska Southeast nursing graduates on Dec. 17 in Juneau.
The first graduating class of the University of Alaska Southeast and UA Anchorage joint nursing program held its Pinning Ceremony and took the Florence Nightingale Pledge on Sat., Dec. 17, in Juneau at the UAS Egan Library.

The nursing program began at UAS in 2000 with the cooperation of Weber State University, in response to the high-demand healthcare labor market in Southeast.

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and Registered Nurse Training partnership with UAA replaced the Weber State program in 2003. There are now groups of students in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka.

The graduates received nursing theory and clinical practice in varied healthcare settings; the Juneau students received much of their instruction at Bartlett Regional Hospital. Graduates of the AAS program have the option of becoming Registered Nurses by passing a national licensure exam, or by continuing their studies at the UAA Bachelor of Nursing Science program.

"The success has been spectacular," said health sciences coordinator Robert Sewell. "We have established a pretty seamless relationship with UA Anchorage. Our graduates are relaxed, proud and confident of who they are and what they know."