Pinning Ceremony Honors Nursing Graduates

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – June 12, 2013) - - - On Friday, May 10, 48 new nursing graduates were pinned in a traditional ceremony held in Columbia State Community College’s Webster Athletic Center. The nursing students include residents of Maury, Williamson, Giles, Wayne, Marshall, Lawrence, Lewis and Hickman Counties, as well as other counties in Middle Tennessee.

The nursing graduates have completed four semesters at Columbia State and ten credit hours of clinicals in order to earn their Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing. Next, graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination in order to earn licensure, which is required to practice as a registered nurse.

“We currently have a 98 percent first-attempt pass rate on the fall 2012 NCLEX,” said Barbara Blum, nursing program director. “We prepare them well.”

Columbia State’s nursing program has a competitive admission process with applicants admitted twice per year. Nursing students are trained to provide direct patient care in various areas including medical, surgical, pediatrics and more. Graduates will work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, schools and home health care settings.

The Columbia State nursing program is committed to excellence in nursing education, which has full approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Columbia State’s first-attempt pass rate on the NCLEX exceeds the national average of 89.32 percent. In addition, the four-year average graduate job placement rate is 95.2 percent.

For more information about applying to the program, contact Blum at (931) 540-2609 or bblum@ColumbiaState.edu, or visit www.ColumbiaState.edu/Nursing.

Nursing Group
Photo Caption: While taking the nursing pledge, Columbia State Community College nursing graduates keep the tradition of lighting candles in honor of Florence Nightingale and all those who have worked diligently to promote the nursing profession.

Bedford County: Norma Templeton

Cheatham County: Lora Rayburn

Davidson County: Alanna Bradford, Ted Bradshaw, Kaitlyn Brooks, Natasha Crowder, Kacie Cunningham and Rachel Feigel

Dickson County: Chelsie Peters

Giles County: Contessa Holley

Hickman County: Christie Wolf

Jefferson County: Angela Williams

Lawrence County: Louissa Amerson, Nicole Crews, Chelsea Feazell, Dena Ferguson, Shannon Gorbatoff, Cassie Rayfield and Summer Thompson

Lewis County: Hannah Allen

Lincoln County: Elizabeth Riddle

Marshall County: Chelsea Boyce, Jamison Cole, Amy Joyce and Kevin Smith

Maury County: Amy Ackles, Christina Bottoms, Kristen Cotner, Joshua Hennecy, Amanda Loyd, Rachel Peery, Sara Richardson and Jessica Spears

Sumner County: Abigail Fields

Wayne County: Kinsey Dooley and Leslie Hill

Williamson County: Amy Adlich, Jason Chivers, Jessica Fordinal, Roseanne Haw, Shannon Howard, Lilly Wallace, Atantxa Lopez, Elena Malafeeva, Virginia Milazo, Ashley Prescott, Morgan Underwood and Dana Wilson


Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the sixth largest higher education system in the nation. For more information, please visit www.ColumbiaState.edu.

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