By Judy Bass
Thirty-nine men and women graduated from the Practical Nursing program at its 23rd Annual Commencement at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in front of a capacity audience of
enthusiastic family, friends, and school staff.
Opening remarks from Blue Hills Regional District School Committee Chairman Joseph A. Pascarella of Dedham and Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Marybeth Joyce were delivered.
Pascarella said, “You have chosen a career that will improve the lives of others and bring comfort to those who are at the end of their lives. Blue Hills has prepared you for this role. Always remember what you have learned here at Blue Hills and the faculty that have shared their expertise and experiences with you.”
State Representative Walter F. Timilty, the keynote speaker, spoke eloquently about the nursing profession and the industriousness and commitment of the graduates.
“You have chosen a proud and distinguished profession,” said Timilty. “With that choice, as graduates of this wonderful institution, you are now full-fledged members of this leading field in our great nation! Your contribution to the medical profession will impact the day-to-day existence of many lives, people who will rely on your skill, experience and your kindness. We are fortunate that immensely talented individuals like our graduates have chosen this career path. And you have done something for yourself in furthering our education; moreover, you have also chosen to be an example to others around you – your family, friends and neighbors. You have made a choice, a commitment to yourself and to this program…Go forth and share this success with others – there is a great need for your skill and for your example.”
The Practical Nursing Program at Blue Hills Regional (Postsecondary Programs Division) offers a rigorous educational experience of theory and clinical practice which prepares graduates to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing). The faculty strives to provide the proper teaching tools, a good teaching and learning environment and the supportive services needed to make students’ learning time and efforts productive.
The program is offered to post-secondary adults on a full-time basis for a 40-week period from September to June, Monday through Friday from 7:50 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
The graduates were Lynette Marie Arcand (Weymouth); Jennifer F. Bent (Canton); Marissa Adele Gifford (Braintree); Veneice Kadian Calbert-Tondreau (Randolph); Schelah P. Cameau (Randolph); Sandra M. Caroto (Canton-Salutatorian); Tameisha K. Daniel (Dorchester); Tauna Marie Delano (Taunton); Yves M. Derenoncourt (Brockton); Laura Lee Dinardo (Hanover); Amanda L. Eldredge (Allston-Valedictorian); Tamara Angela Finn (Randolph); Sean Bradley Franson (Brockton); Michelle Lee Gamel (Norwood); Michelle Ann Korsun (Roslindale); Shawn Patrick Harvie (Holbrook); Lisa Quinlan Henry (Brockton); Minerve Jacques (Stoughton); Sharon Kelly (Rockland); Elizabeth Rose Kenney (Attleboro Falls); Julie Danielle Kenny (Quincy); Anna Khan
(Dedham); Heather S. Kho (Sharon); Nicole Anne Lane (Abington); Tatiana Prado Leurini (Avon); Kaitlin B. MacKenzie (Rockland); Lauren Elizabeth Maloney (Boston); MayLissa Mondesir (Randolph); Kerri Muratore (Hanson); Lea M. Murphy (Randolph); Patricia Neal (Norton); Gloribi Pastor (Providence, R.I.); Sonia Pina (Dorchester); Nicole M. Rosario (Brockton); Gaynor A. Stephens (Boston); Desiree Lynne Sullivan (Hull); Maphara Thevenin (Randolph); Jennifer Ann Toscano (Roslindale); Sandy O. Verneus (Brockton).
Special awards of recognition were given to exceptional graduates. The Wilfrid J. Savoie General Excellence Award, named for a distinguished former Superintendent of Blue Hills Regional, is presented to the graduate who best exemplifies those characteristics sought in the practical nurse – notably clinical excellence, scholarship and a deep commitment to nursing. Three graduates were presented with the Wilfrid J. Savoie General Excellence Award: Schelah Cameau, Sandra Caroto, and Tatiana Leurini.
The Clinical Excellence Award is presented to the graduate who demonstrates outstanding clinical performance and a deep commitment to nursing. This award was presented to four graduates: Veneice Calbert-Tondreau, Michelle Gamel, Elizabeth Kenny, and Kaitlin MacKenzie.
The Faculty Award is dedicated to a graduate who demonstrates outstanding commitment, motivation and positive
attitude in the role of the practical nurse in both the clinical and academic areas. This year the award was presented to Jennifer Toscano.
The Nightingale Award is dedicated to a graduate who demonstrates a high level of motivation and perseverance in the role of a student practical nurse. The recipient is recognized for his or her determination to succeed and the ability to uphold professional standards, thereby demonstrating a deep commitment to nursing. This year the award was presented to Kerri Muratore.
The Blue Hills Alumni Award is presented to a graduate for his or her dedication, motivation and unending support of her classmates. This Award was presented to Lea Murphy.
The Achievement Award is given to graduates in recognition of their determination to succeed and exceptional growth in the role of a student practical nurse. This year the Achievement Award was presented to Julie Kenney
and Minerve Jacques.
The Spirit Award honors a graduate for always demonstrating a positive attitude through her kindness and unending support of her classmates. This year the Spirit Award was presented to Michelle Ann Korsun.
The Practical Nursing program faculty includes Chairperson Maureen McCann, MS, RN; Ms. Marie DiBlasi, MS, RN; Ms. Nancy Finnell, BS, M.Ed., RN; Ms. Catherine Mohan, RN; Ms. Ruth Murphy, BS, M.Ed., RN; Ms. Paula Haddad, BS, RN; and Ms. Paula Winskowicz, BS, RN.