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First Class Of Nursing Graduates All Receive Licensure

Campus Congratulates Nine Graduates, Each of Whom Passed National Council Licensure Examination

August 12, 2010

Erin Werthman
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (August 12, 2010) – The School of Nursing at Rasmussen College Fargo-Moorhead congratulates the June graduates of its Practical Nursing degree program, each of whom passed the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination Practical Nurse) following graduation. In June, community and family members witnessed a traditional nurse pinning ceremony honoring the graduates. Today the community celebrates their official induction into the noble profession.

“Rasmussen College is honored to send such an esteemed class of nursing students into the surrounding communities to provide quality healthcare to those in need,” Regional Dean of Nursing at Rasmussen College Cheryl Pratt said. “As medical breakthroughs lengthen average life expectancy and more patients are afforded healthcare, the need for qualified nurses is stronger than ever. We’re humbled to have the ability to contribute talented professionals to the growing field.”

In June, Jessica Biesiot-Akers, Aminita DeCok, Michele Erickson, Carrie Hopponen, Alexina Hruby-Hoganson, Heather Kramer, Rachel Ulmer, Laura Wing, and class president Whitney Olson graduated from the Rasmussen College Practical Nursing program, approved by the Minnesota and Florida Board of Nursing, securing their eligibility to sit for the NCLEX-PN. Each of the nine students passed the examination and is now eligible to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). Class President Whitney Olson recently accepted a position at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota.

“I began my post-graduate education studying sociology, but was inspired to become a nurse after my mom suffered from an aneurysm. The time I spent at the hospital helped me realize how rewarding a career in nursing could be,” Olson explained. “I quickly changed my major and transferred to Rasmussen College, where I applied to the School of Nursing. I had amazing teachers who gave me incredible experiences that most nursing students never have, including the opportunity to observe a working operating room.”

Through the Rasmussen College Practical Nursing degree program, students will develop the skills necessary to think and act quickly in a healthcare setting. Key courses include Pharmacology, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Maternal – Child Nursing, and Nursing Seminar.

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