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Rasmussen College School Of Nursing Celebrates First Graduating Class In Eagan

Higher Education Provider Recognizes Students' Accomplishments at Milestone Event

September 20, 2010

EAGAN, Minn., (September 20, 2010) – Rasmussen College Eagan will celebrate the first graduating class of its School of Nursing Saturday, September 25. Community and family members will celebrate the academic accomplishments of 15 nursing students who were formally inducted into the profession at a traditional nurse-pinning ceremony on September 17, which featured a symbolic lighting of candles, recitation of the Florence Nightingale Pledge, and nurse pinning by a family member or friend of each graduate.

Kristina McGee, a member of the first graduating class of nurses, is currently employed by three local health care facilities, providing support to patients. With her new degree, McGee hopes to transition one of these roles into a licensed practical nurse (LPN) position.

“I have always wanted to be a nurse,” McGee said. “My mother has been a nurse for more than 30 years, and she really inspired me. I enjoy helping people, and I know that as a nurse I will have job security.” Through the Rasmussen College Practical Nursing degree program, which is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing, nursing students developed the skills necessary to think and act quickly in a health care setting. Key courses included Pharmacology, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Maternal-Child Nursing, and Nursing Seminar. Each of the 15 students is now eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN), which is required to obtain a license to practice nursing as a practical nurse.

“Rasmussen College is honored to send this first class of nursing students into Eagan and the surrounding communities to provide quality health care to those in need,” Dean of Nursing at Rasmussen College Eagan Dana Feld said. “We take great pride in our ability to provide educational opportunities for those interested in entering the noble nursing profession, as well as contribute talented professionals to the growing field.”

A complete list of the 2010 graduates of the Rasmussen College Eagan practical nursing program is included below. For additional information about the Rasmussen College School of Nursing, visit www.Rasmussen.edu/Nursing.

*2010 Rasmussen College Practical Nursing Graduates

Katie Brown
Shannon Carrigan
Nicole Corniea
Meghan Foley
Cassandra Fyotek
Allie Gruska
Katie Inveen
Katie Kangas
Megan Kellogg
Kristina McGee
Patrick Olson
Tsewang Rinzin
Megan Thompson
Pa Chua Vang
William Wright


ABOUT RASMUSSEN COLLEGE:
Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation that is dedicated to changing lives through high-demand educational programs and public service. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate's and Bachelor's degrees online and across its 24 Midwest and Florida campuses in a supportive, student-centered and career-focused environment. Since 1900, Rasmussen College has been dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. As a Benefit Corporation, Rasmussen College is committed to helping change lives through education and making a positive impact on society through public service and a variety of community-based initiatives. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit www.Rasmussen.edu.

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