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Terra State nursing program graduates

Graduates recite the Nightingale Pledge as friends and family watch.

The ninth graduating class of Terra State Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program received their nursing pins during a ceremony Dec. 18 at the college.

Susan Kajfasz, MSN, RN, CNS, NE-BC, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Terra, was chosen by the graduating class to be the keynote speaker. 

“The art of our profession is our beautiful ability to care and communicate in a therapeutic manner with our patients,” said Kajfasz. “It is that intuitive part of us that knows something is going wrong with our patient when maybe the lab or x-ray tells us something different. But we can look at our patients’ eyes and know we must act quickly and listen to what they are telling us.”

Each nursing graduate chose a person to pin them. They each received a Nightingale Lamp, which was lit by nursing faculty and then the entire class recited the Nightingale Pledge.

A small reception followed the ceremony.

Those receiving their Terra State nursing pins were: Sarah Gonzalez, Tysha Mosser, Meghan Rich and Walter “Skip” Turner, all of Fremont; Elma Felter, Richard Salazar and Rachael Salcedo, all of Clyde; Marci Brown and Patricia Hartman, both of Fostoria; Jackie Griffin and Ashley Moore, both of Sandusky; Catrina Guthrie and Julia Yoss, both of Port Clinton; Allison Apling, Oak Harbor; Jessica Garber, Graytown; Carrie Henney, Bellevue; Laura House, Norwalk; Chris Meyer, Gibsonburg; Jamie O’Connell, Bradner; Gina Jean-Paul, Toledo; Rachael Saldusky, Tiffin; and Brett Porter, Dublin.

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