During the ceremony, Daneill Deamer, of Gettysburg, received the Gettysburg Campus Nursing Student Organization Art of Nursing Award, presented to the practical nursing student who demonstrates outstanding compassionate care to patients and families.
Lora Sanders, of Hanover, received the Gettysburg Campus Practical Nursing Faculty Award for Excellence in Nursing, presented to the student who demonstrates excellence in interpersonal communication, assessment, documentation, and technical skills; who consistently exhibits exemplary behavior both in the classroom and clinical areas; and who best exemplifies HACC Nursing.
Graduating student Kim Foust, of Carlisle, offered words of encouragement to the graduates. She stressed the challenges of the practical nursing program and the many hours of studying. She also noted "the good experience of learning, the appreciation of faculty, and the friendships formed that will never be forgotten."
Marilyn Teeter, director of nursing programs at HACC-Gettysburg Campus, offered congratulations to the graduating students and thanked families and friends for their generous support and sacrifices which contributed toward the success of the nursing students. She also noted that more than half of the graduating practical nurses have already found jobs at area health care institutions.
Teeter also acknowledged area health care institutions for their cooperation and affiliation with HACC's Practical Nursing program: Carlisle Regional Medical Center, Cross Keys Village, The Brethren Home Community, Gettysburg Lutheran Retirement Village, Gettysburg Hospital WellSpan, Golden Living Center, Green Acres Adams County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Homewood at Plum Creek, Hanover Hospital, South Mountain Restoration Center, St. James Lutheran Church Day Care Center, VNA WellSpan, Washington County Hospital Systems, and York Hospital WellSpan.
Practical Nursing graduates at the HACC-Gettysburg campus for December 2006 include: Christine Barshinger, New Oxford; Amanda Bumsted, York; Farrah Camel, Gettysburg; Christine Chaluisan, Gettysburg; Daneill Deamer, Gettysburg; Kimberly Foust, Carlisle; Bonnie McCullough, Gettysburg; Amanda Noel, Littlestown; Yvonne Rivera, York; Kristin Runyon, St. Thomas; Lora Sanders, Hanover; Wanda Witherow, Aspers; Kelly Wolf, Hanover; Jacquelynn Wolfe, Dillsburg.
In addition to the Practical Nursing program, HACC offers an associate degree registered nursing (RN) program at the Gettysburg Campus. The Harrisburg and Lancaster campuses of HACC also provide registered nursing and practical nursing programs.