At pinning and graduation ceremonies on May 5th, the first class of Community Healthcare Nursing Scholars graduated from the Nursing School program at Yavapai College. The eight graduates were: Tracey Dawson, Michelle Garcia, Lauren Hathorn, Sarah Ireland, Lisa Jedlow, Azucena Mercado, Tiffanie Oium, and Heather Staten. Three additional recipients of a nursing scholarship are scheduled to graduate from the nursing program in December.
Entering their perspective fields of study in August of 2016, these students spent countless hours in the classroom, on their clinical rotations, and studying their textbooks to obtain their dream of becoming a healthcare professional. Next, these new graduates will sit for their Arizona licensing examination and then will seek a position in our local healthcare industry.
Of special note are the accomplishments of two of the Community Nursing Scholars. At the May 5th nurses’ pinning ceremony, Azucena Mercado was awarded the Spirit Award, in recognition of her positive attitude and Sarah Ireland received the prestigious Leadership Award, given to the outstanding student of the graduating class. Over the past five years, Community Nursing Scholars have received ten of the fifteen honors awarded at the annual pinning ceremonies.
The Nursing Scholars Program at Yavapai College has now graduated 61 students with an additional 18 scholarship students scheduled to graduate in 2019. Since its inception in 2012, 90% of students awarded a scholarship have successfully completed their studies and the vast majority of these graduates have honored their moral commitment to remain in the community to provide health care for residents.
When asked about this fifth graduating class of nursing students, Jewish Foundation president, Dr. David Hess, said: “I know I speak for all of the community partners when I say we take great pride that these students have excelled in their studies and will now provide much needed health care services for our community. Each year we are amazed at the accomplishments of these students and this scholarship program. These young professionals are truly remarkable.”