WLU nursing students mark accomplishments with pinning ceremony

GRADUATES — West Liberty University Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree graduates are, seated from left, Dani Sikora, Samantha Criswell, Mikaela Britton, Rose Frashure, Brittany Shuba and Kimber Boord, and standing, Greg Fahnestock, Taylor Jones, Sydney Banks, Priscilla Bacus, Hannah Wilson, Jennifer Crowe, Emily Clark, Amanda McGary and Sydney Scherer. -- Contributed

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University nursing students marked their recent graduation with a professional nursing pinning ceremony held in Kelly Theatre.

Opening remarks were delivered by President Stephen Greiner, who congratulated the nurses.

The class of 2018 of nursing graduates earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree include: Priscilla Bacus, Sydney Banks, Kimber Boord, Mikaela Britton, Emily Clark, Samantha Criswell, Jennifer Crowe, Gregory Fahnestock, Rose Frashure, Taylor Jones, Amanda McGary, Sydney Scherer, Brittany Shuba, Kaleigh Sikora and Hannah Wilson.

Graduates earning the RN to BSN degree include: Allison Broski, Megan Griffith, Beth Heck, Laikyne Marling, Melissa O’Donnell and Brittany Schrader.

The pinning ceremony was led by Associate Professor of Nursing Margy Bowman, RN, Ph.D. All graduates also recited the official professional nurse’s pledge and awards were presented to several seniors, including:

• OVMC Nightingale Award, Sydney Scherer of Brookeville, Ohio, and Brittany Shuba of Wheeling.

• Wheeling Hospital Sally Eberhard Award, Kimber Boord of Wheeling.

• Eastern Star Award, Allison Broski of West Alexander, Pa.

Housed in the Campbell Hall of Health Sciences, WLU offers the accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for high school graduates, the BA/BS to BSN degree and a RN-to-BSN degree program for Registered Nurses with an associate degree or diploma who are currently licensed or eligible for licensure and want to earn a bachelor’s.

WLU’s nursing program is under the direction of Rose Kutlenios, Ph.D. RN.