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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2012


    July 5, 2012

    OCVTS Holds Graduation for Practical Nursing Students
    Jean Sullivian, July 5, 2012

    Joann Price, Principal-Pratical Nursing Program.

    TOMS RIVER, NJ Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) recently held graduation ceremonies for the Practical Nursing program. 73 student nurses received diplomas for successfully completing the 11-month intensive Practical Nursing program. Families and friends gathered to applaud the graduates who persevered through the extremely challenging curriculum and demanding schedules and completed the program. Several 2011 graduates received scholarships and recognition for outstanding achievements.

    According to OCVTS Practical Nursing Principal JoAnn Price, "Our Nursing Program is considered one of the most comprehensive, intense and hardest practical nursing programs in the state. We pride ourselves in well exceeding the NJ State and National Licensing Exam pass rates. In recognition of outstanding academic excellence the Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education provides scholarships for the continuation of academic advancement." Awards of Academic Excellence/Outstanding Student Awards were presented to: Sean Linnert, Waretown for maintaining the highest grade point average; Eva Grindberg, Jackson, for maintaining the second highest average and Jenna Castlegrande, Toms River for maintaining the third highest grade point average throughout the program.

    The Vocational Education Commitment Award and Scholarship (known as the VECA Award) recognizes outstanding service, leadership and dedication to vocational education and is in memory of Bruce B. Beatty, a former engineer and President of the Society of Professional Engineers, was presented to Jason Rahn, of Bayville.

    73 student nurses received diplomas for successfully completing the 11-month intensive Practical Nursing program.

    Christian DeSormes, of Brick, received the Maria Lapid Professional Nursing Leadership Award, presented by Mr. Ernie Chan, Director of Nursing at Green Acres Manor.

    Mel;issa DeJesus, of Brick, received the HealthSouth Clinical Excellence Award which is sponsored by Perlmart Shop Rite of Ocean County.

    Several graduates excelled in both academics and the required clinical work experience at local medical facilities. Through the generosity of the nursing program's clinical affiliates, Clinical Excellence Awards were presented to: Jeanne Donovan, of Brick; Nichole Gonzalez, of Toms River; Erica Lopez, of Toms River; Krystle O'Brien-Gieb, of Bayville; and Candice Vecchiarelli of Jackson.

    Receiving recognition at graduation ceremonies are (left to right): Jenna Castlegrande, Toms River (3rd highest GPA); Eva Grindberg, (2nd highest GPA); and Sean Linnert, (Highest GPA).

    Quoting from an article written in recognition of National Nurses' Week, OCVTS Principal Jo Ann Price said, "The essence of nursing is to provide care through individuality, creativity and a collaborative spirit. The true 'heart and soul' of the nurse radiates during his or her interactions with others. The various roles of the nurse include caregiver, educator, communicator, advocate and leader. It is during these roles that we profoundly affect patient care. You, our graduate nurses are the patient's caregiver, the patient's educators, the patient's advocates. We challenge you to learn something new every day; we commend you and applaud you for your commitment in achieving your goal."



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