Vermont Tech to Hold Annual Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony in Bennington, Vt.

21 Jun 2013

Randolph, Vt. — The Vermont Tech Nursing Program is proud to announce the graduation of 23 Practical Nursing students from its program, located at 210 South Street in Bennington. Vermont Tech graduates are employed in a variety of settings, including acute and long term care, private practices, clinics, and assisted living facilities. They are valued members of the health care team who excel in providing skilled nursing care to their patients.

Vermont Tech held its annual Pinning Ceremony on Thursday, June 20th, at the Sacred Heart St. Francis Parish Center.  The graduates received their Pins from faculty, and from other nurses who influenced, encouraged, supported, and mentored them while they attended the Practical Nursing program.  Anne Smeglin, Site Director acknowledged the faculty and staff, thanking them for their dedication, teaching expertise, and commitment to student success.

Three students received additional recognition at the ceremony:

  •    Amy Glazer Award for the student who has best demonstrated the ability to integrate theory to practice was presented to Terese B. Luczynski.
  •     Kristin Berard Award for the student who has demonstrated the greatest growth and development in the role of the Practical Nurse was presented to Amanda J. Thomayer.
  •   Mahir Joshi Award for the student who has excelled in Maternal Child Health was presented to Kerri L. Joslin.

The Vermont Tech Practical Nursing program, formerly known as The Putnam Memorial School of Nursing, was established in 1946 by the Board of Corporators of Putnam Memorial Hospital, now known as Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.  It was the eighth school of Practical Nursing in the country to be accredited by the National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service.  In1993, Vermont Tech took over the Putnam Memorial School, and in 1997 expanded to include the Associate in Science in Nursing Degree (ADN) program. Both the Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate and ADN programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. In the Fall of 2013, Vermont Tech will launch its online RN to BSN degree program.

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About Vermont Tech – Vermont Tech is the only public institution of higher learning in Vermont whose mission is applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington, and at six nursing campuses located throughout the state. Vermont Tech takes an optimistic, rooted and personal approach to education to support students in gaining the confidence and practical skills necessary to not only see their potential, but to experience it. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledgeable workers needed most by employers in the state and in the region.