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Jul 28
Pinning welcomes graduates to nursing profession


Pictured back row, left to right: Instructors Nicole Kissinger, Brett Niemeth and Becky Schrunk, students Alisha Garcia, Tamera Rosane, Morgan Coady, Shelly Landry, Bobbi Gustason and Lana Watson, instructor. 

Middle row left to right: Instructor Terri Weaver, students Ashley Law, Crystal Gartrell, Hollie Graves, Tina Holm, Hanna Kelley, instructor Marina Makovicka, students Kaytlynne Walker, Dawn Westerbuhr and Tina Berglund and instructors Stephanie Seamann and Dawn Mallory. 

Front row left to right: Kathy Harrison, director of nursing, students Megan Fiechtner, Cortney Lewandowski, Shayna Hanks, Ashleigh Cardwell, Cora-Leigh Seaman, Shayla Hecht and instructor Maria Young. Not pictured were students: Crystal Mayhew, Ali Ryan, Tammy Watson and Barbara Eromomene.​



It was the end - and the beginning. 

For the 23 students in the Mid-Plains Community College Licensed Practical Nursing Program, Thursday couldn't come soon enough. 

The pinning ceremony at North Platte Community College's South Campus was the culmination of 11 months' worth of hard work, blood (literally), sweat and tears. 

It also marked a new chapter in the lives of the students, all of whom pledged to devote themselves to the welfare of others. 

The ceremony was a symbolic welcome into the profession of nursing. Student speakers Shayla Hecht, of North Platte, and Megan Fiechtner, of Stapleton, summed up the experience for the numerous friends and family members in attendance. 



"It's quite surreal," said Hecht. "The past year of our lives has led up to this moment. Nursing school is full of first moments – the first time we looked around and realized we were no longer classmates, we were sisters, the first time an instructor said, 'Go ahead. You've got this. You don't need me anymore,' the first time a patient looked up and said, 'Thank you.' We started out as strangers and ended up as family." 

Fiechtner said she and her classmates made it to the pinning because they weren't afraid to take risks, or to fall. She encouraged them to be the greatest nurses they could be. 

"I look around, and I see confidence. I see caring. I see critical thinkers. I see a nurse," said Fiechtner. "Don't be afraid to go above and beyond." 



Hecht and Fiechtner were both recognized at the ceremony for receiving numerous A+ grades over the past year, as were Ashley Law, Cora-Leigh Seaman and Dawn Westerbuhr. 

Hecht, Seaman and Bobbi Gustason were honored for being on the Dean's List and for receiving Spirit Awards earlier in the year. Fiechtner was also named as the Division Award recipient. 

The following is a list of all the students who graduated from MPCC's 2016 LPN Program. 

Ansley – Ali Ryan 

Dickens - Crystal Gartrell 

Gordon – Tamera Rosane 

Gothenburg – Cora-Leigh Seaman 

Hayes Center – Shelly Landry 

Hershey – Ashleigh Cardwell 

Holbrook – Alisha Garcia 

Holdrege – Shayna Hanks 

Kearney – Tammy Watson 

Maxwell – Kaytlynne Walker 

McCook – Morgan Coady, Barbara Eromomene 

North Platte Tina Berglund, Bobbi Gustason, Shayla Hecht, Cortney Lewandowski 

Ogallala – Hanna Kelley, Ashley Law 

Paxton – Hollie Graves 

Stapleton Megan Fiechtner 

Sutherland – Tina Holm 

Valentine – Crystal Mayhew 


Julesburg – Dawn Westerbuhr

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​