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Creighton honored inaugural class of nursing graduates in Grand Island, Dec. 14

Dec 16, 2021
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Cindy Workman
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The inaugural class of nursing students to graduate from the Creighton University College of Nursing Grand Island campus with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) were honored Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Riverside Gold Club.

The Honors Convocation and Pinning Ceremony for 16 students was the first cohort to graduate from Creighton’s Nursing recently relocated program at CHI Health St. Francis. The College of Nursing moved its central Nebraska campus from Hastings to Grand Island in January 2021.  

The ceremony is a symbolic welcoming of new graduate nurses, who are presented with a special pin from faculty and welcomed into the profession.

“You have to be focused, determined and resilient to get through our challenging accelerated program, said Julie Manz, PhD, RN, assistant dean at the college. “Our graduates are sought after by our clinical partners because their Creighton education and training differentiates them as valuable members of the health care team.”

The students earned their degree after completing an intense, 12-month accelerated program. The fully accredited program requires students to already have a bachelor’s degree in another field and fulfill other nursing prerequisites as needed.

Nursing classes and clinical experiences for this year’s graduates took place at CHI Health St. Francis, CHI Health Good Samaritan and Richard Young Behavioral Health in Kearney, Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings as well as other clinical and community partners.

To address the critical need for nurses in Nebraska, Creighton offers two pathways to a BSN in Hastings: 

  • 12-month accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program on Creighton’s Grand Island Campus located at CHI Health St. Francis.
  • 3+1 dual degree programs conducted in partnership with York University and Hastings College. Program participants spend three years on the York University or Hastings College campus followed by one year in Creighton’s accelerated BSN program on the Grand Island campus. Graduates earn two degrees in four years.

Accelerated BSN graduates

Lindsay E. Brown of Bickleton WA

Shae L. Brown of Gothenburg, NE

Stephanie Daza of San Jose, CA

Josie S. Hagan of St. Maries, ID

Brianna M. Heyboer of Grand Rapid, MI

Priscilla R. Johansen of Portland, OR

Harmony L. Latham of Adams, TN

Kailey D. Novotne of Gibbon, NE

Ciara R. Parker of Santa Clara, UT

Nhu Q. Phong of Rosemead, CA

Ahmad M. Rasuli of San Francisco, CA

Nicole K. Riberdy of Mesa, AZ

Jayson C. Rosa

Brady S. Rutt of Hastings, NE

Kyle L. Talbot of Valley Center, CA

 

Dual degree (3+1) graduates

 

Kaylee A. Taylor of Grand Island, NE