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Twenty-Four Nurses Complete WDT's Practical Nursing Program

Nurses Recognized During Pinning Ceremony Dec. 14

Twenty-four Western Dakota Tech Practical Nursing students were honored for completing the program during a Pinning Ceremony, in the college's Event Center, Dec. 14. These graduates will help fill an important need in the workforce for entry-level nurses in the health care environment.

The Pinning Ceremony is a traditional symbolic welcoming of Nursing Graduates into the Nursing field. Students chose who they want to put the pin on them during the ceremony and write a thank-you note that is read while they receive the pin.

The Pinning Ceremony is a traditional symbolic welcoming of Nursing Graduates into the Nursing field. Students chose who they want to put the pin on them during the ceremony and write a thank-you note that is read while they receive the pin.

Western Dakota Tech Practical Nursing Program Director Christi McArthur, MSN, RN, provided the welcome. Opening remarks were by Holly Perli, BSN, RN, of Regional Health. Closing remarks were provided by Western Dakota Tech President Ann Bolman, Ed.D.

Special nursing awards were presented as follows:
  • Most Compassionate - Timothy Mayes and Tatiana Lazari.
  • Clinical Experience - Brittany Weidmann and Tabitha Broman.
  • Peer Mentor - James Farr and Stephanie Corbin.
The nurses honored during the pinning ceremony were as follows. All hometowns are in South Dakota unless noted.
  • Jasmine Anderson, Rapid City, S.D.
  • Kirsten Baxendale, Spearfish, S.D.
  • Jordan Berntson, Moorhead, Minn.
  • Kara Bland, Spearfish.
  • Tabitha Broman, Rapid City.
  • Tricia Brown, Yankton, S.D.
  • Cheyenne Christopherson, Hot Springs, S.D.
  • Stephanie Corbin, Rapid City.
  • James Farr, Rapid City.
  • Larissa Halls, Hot Springs.
  • Lara Joseph, Deadwood, S.D.
  • Kaycee Karst, Aberdeen, S.D.
  • Tatiana Lazari, Rapid City.
  • Stacy Lloyd, Lemmon, S.D.
  • Timothy Mayes, Rapid City.
  • Sydny Nash-Fenner, Rapid City.
  • Tammy Olson, Whitewood, S.D.
  • Mandy Petersen, Gillette, Wyo.
  • Stephanie Rudolph, Gillette.
  • Chelsea Shrewsbury, Abingdon, Va.
  • Sasha Stover, Hot Springs.
  • Leslie Suchor, Gillette.
  • Angela Ware, Manderson, S.D.
  • Brittany Weidmann, Rapid City.
Learn more about nursing education opportunities on Western Dakota Tech's Practical Nursing web page. More information is also available by calling Western Dakota Tech Admissions at (800) 544-8765, (605) 718-2565 or emailing Admissions@wdt.edu.

PHOTO CUTLINE:
Practical Nursing students recite the Practical Nursing Pledge during the Western Dakota Tech Pinning Ceremony on Dec. 14.

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More than 96 percent of Western Dakota Tech's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military.

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