A New Surge of LPN Nurses Ready to Enter the Workplace
The New Hampshire nursing community got a boost it needed as thirty-seven new Licensed Practical Nursing students completed their program and graduated from River Valley Community College. While the new graduates will need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) before they can begin working as LPNs, most have already been offered employment in the region.
Commencement exercises were held in-person at the River Valley Community College Claremont campus for graduates and guests. The events were also live-streamed. President Alfred Williams praised the graduates for their success. “I thank you for choosing such a noble profession such as Nursing. Caring for others is vital in normal times, but the sacrifice that you are undertaking during a pandemic is honorable.” said Williams. The President continued by reminding the graduates that this was just the beginning of their career path. “You can transition into a specialization that satisfies your intellectual curiosity. And don’t forget teaching. As you move down the path of your career remember how vital it is to continue to train future generations in your profession.” He said. At the conclusion of the ceremony, students and faculty processed outside to the entrance of the college to recite the Nightingale Pledge, a promise that nurses make to respect the moral principles of the medical profession.
Licensed Practical Nurses are in high demand and vital to the State of New Hampshire and this need has grown exponentially over the past two years. River Valley Community College responded to this nursing shortage by adding additional LPN program locations with plans to grow the program throughout the state in the near future. Currently, the program is offered in Keene, Laconia, Lebanon, and Littleton, with Manchester and Nashua set to be added in 2023.
The following students are River Valley Community College’s 2021 LPN Graduates; Caitlyn Blood, Swanzey, NH; Karen N. Campbell, Lebanon, NH; Christina D. Carney, Plainfield, NH; Savannah Elizabeth Cavadini, Keene, NH; Dillan W. Coburn, Mendon, VT; Beth Elaine-Button Conklin, Haverhill, NH; Michelle Denise Corbett, Ashland, NH; Justin Cucullo, Brownsville, VT; Jillian M. Dean, White River Junction, VT; Jennifer Renee Derendal, Keene, NH; Taylor Devlin, Springfield, VT; Evan M. Dow, Lebanon, NH; Stephanie E. Drew, Hillsborough, NH; Lena Rose Fisher, Henniker, NH; Gabrielle Nicole Gilman, Spofford, NH; Melanie Greene, Keene, NH; Kelly A. Harrington-Eldridge, Center Ossipee, NH; Jessica M. Hill, Springfield, VT; Rachel Jordan Hull, Hancock, NH; Shyann Mae Josler, Thetford Center, VT; Meghan Elizabeth Kee, Tilton, NH; Keith Littell, Keene, NH; Jennifer Anne MacLeod, Hooksett, NH; Jerrica Ann Manning, Belmont, NH; Georgie Elizabeth Martin, Barnstead, NH; Chelsea Diane Milke, Chesterfield, NH; Rachel Mukandayisenga, Manchester, NH; Tammy Ann Nystrom, Saxtons River, VT; D’Arcy Kathryn Wightman Quinlan, Cavendish, VT; Maureen Frances Robichaud, Winchester, NH; Ashley K. Sanborn, Thornton, NH; Amanda L. Segee, Londonderry, NH; Margaret Elizabeth Sullivan, Jaffrey, NH; Marisa Town, Cornish, NH; Elizabeth Holly Waters, Sunapee, NH; Taryn Elizabeth Wing, Antrim, NH.