Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will host a nurse pinning ceremony for 36 graduates of the practical nursing class of 2016 and for 74 graduates of the Associate of Science in Nursing class of 2016. Dean of the School of Nursing, Pam Thompson, will preside over the ceremony on Thursday, May 12 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Shreve Hall.
The keynote address for the ceremony will be delivered by Heather Anderson, R.N., M.S.N., N.P.-C. Anderson earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Indiana University and her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of South Florida. She is certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Anderson taught at Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Lee J. Marchant School of Nursing from 2012 to 2016 and is currently employed by Monroe Primary Care as a nurse practitioner.
Associate of Science in Nursing graduate, Stephanie McKnight, says that nursing is more than scoring high marks and science. “There is an art to it [nursing], an art of exceptional patient care,” she said.
Since moving into Ivy Tech’s Marchant School of Nursing beginning with academic year 2014/15, nursing pass rates for the licensure exam (NCLEX) have increased more than 10 percent from 86.7 percent (2014) to 97 percent (2015).
The Marchant School of Nursing, located across from Ivy Tech’s main campus building at 101 N. Daniels Way, includes four classrooms, two nursing labs including high fidelity simulation labs, and a conference room.