Nursing graduates on great career path
Posted on 06/11/2018
Group picture of nursing graduates

Twenty-six graduates of the Prince William County School of Practical Nursing were recently honored in a traditional pinning ceremony to welcome them into the profession. Fifty pre-clinical students received their caps, marking the end of their first year and the beginning of their clinical experience. The 18-month program is based at Osbourn Park High School. Female students received their cap and male students received a pin to symbolize their cap.

Tammy Dean, R.N., program director, spoke of the challenging work students completed to get through the program to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).

“Becoming a nurse isn’t just about passing a test and graduating,” Dean said. “These graduating students sacrificed a lot…they have persevered.”

Dean said that healthcare facilities start contacting her months before graduation, and that several graduates have already been offered employment at some of the school’s affiliating agencies.

The School of Practical Nursing has the highest success rate for public school programs in northern Virginia, and is ranked tenth in the Commonwealth for all LPN programs.

“This program produces students that are very capable and excel in every aspect of nursing practice,” Dean said.

Alyssa Walters, who spoke during the ceremony on behalf of the Class of 2018, plans to pursue her dream of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing after securing a job. She calls the LPN program “amazing.”

“It really pushes you mentally and sometimes physically, but in the end, it is very rewarding,” Walters said.

To the Class of 2019, Walters said, “Do your work, and then do the extra work. That’s what will make you a great nurse.”