KLAMATH FALLS - Klamath Community College is proud to announce its first-ever registered nurse pinning ceremony.
“This ceremony signifies a milestone in our nursing program and shows that KCC and our students continue to be leaders in rural education,” said KCC President Roberto Gutierrez. “This program could not exist without the financial assistance of the Lake District Hospital in Lakeview.”
On Friday, eight KCC students who have earned associate’s degrees in registered nursing will be given pins similar to the pin Florence Nightingale initially presented to her nursing staff.
KCC Nursing Programs Director Lori James said the pinning ceremony symbolizes the students’ transformation from the educational to the professional realm. KCC’s registered nursing graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Once certified, nurses can enter several medical fields, such as hospitals, clinics, home health or hospice.
KCC’s registered nursing students in Lakeview can participate in about 50 percent of the program’s courses using synchronous lessons, live video feeds sent in real time from the KCC main campus in Klamath Falls to satellite campuses.
“What’s significant is that KCC is meeting the needs of our local rural communities that don’t have access to a four-year college,” said KCC Nursing Programs Director Lori James. “We’re growing our own to meet the nursing shortage -- rural communities are typically hard to recruit to.”
Graduates of the KCC RN program are also eligible to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. A partnership between KCC and Linfield College, in McMinnville, Ore., allows nursing students to stay in southeastern Oregon by completing upper division bachelor’s degree courses at KCC.
The pinning ceremony will be held 5 p.m. Friday in Building 6. A reception will be held after.
Klamath Community College is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.