Tabor pins eight nurses in Wichita program

Eight nurses who recently completed the Tabor College Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program were honored in a pinning celebration Oct. 12 at First Mennonite Brethren Church in Wichita.

Nurses receiving their pins were: Abby Bornholdt, Wichita; Nicol Fleming, Wichita; Ladean Kolb, Larned; Rita McKenzie, Wichita; Cecelia Newman, Wellington; Lisa Slife, Galva; Ruth Staats, Larned, and Dawn Wilson, Wichita.

?The world is a better place with this group of women giving nursing care to patients wherever they may be,? said Tabor College President Jules Glanzer, who gave the keynote address.

?My heart was touched as I heard stories of those who had worked so hard to become better equipped to serve.?

Tabor?s RN-BSN degree-completion program is designed for the registered nurse seeking a baccalaureate degree. The program, part of the School of Adult and Graduate Studies in Wichita, includes the study of management, leadership, community health, nursing issues and trends.

With the pinning of this the 16th Cohort, more than 100 nurses have now graduated from the program since its inception in 2001.

?It is an exciting time for our graduates and for the program,? said Tona Leiker, dean of the School of Adult and Graduate Studies and chair of the Nursing Department.

?Our graduates are continuing to serve patients and their families throughout Kansas with a solid foundation in the liberal arts and evidence-based practice,? Leiker added.

?They continue to lead in nursing and initiate careers in community health, nursing and nursing education.?

The eight new graduates came to the program from a variety of nursing backgrounds and experiences, including psychiatric nursing, oncology, ER/trauma, medical/surgical and intensive care.

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