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First nursing students set to graduate

May 06, 2019

As National Nurses Week is celebrated around the country this week, Carthage is excitedly anticipating the upcoming graduation of the first class of nurses. Thirteen seniors are set to graduate from the program on Sunday, May 26.

The Carthage Nursing Program launched in Fall 2015 and received final accreditation in Fall 2018. It has a total of 185 students and is led by Professor Frank Hicks.

“It is very exciting to see the first cohort graduate,” Prof. Hicks says. “Our goal is to continually improve the educational experience and make our students the best they can be. We’re very proud that we are giving the world this wonderful gift of 13 new nurses.”

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually in the week leading up to the May 12 birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Hailey Rothstein ’19 is among the graduates and was recently awarded the Hailey Rothstein ’19Hailey Rothstein ’19Wisconsin Nurses Association Future Nursing Leader Award. After graduation, she intends to take the exam to obtain her RN license and pursue a career as an organ transplant nurse. Eventually, she would like to attend graduate school and become a nurse practitioner specializing in orthopedics.

Hailey credits the faculty with making her experience at Carthage special.

“The Carthage Nursing Department allows its students to feel confident in their studies and also provides faculty who go above and beyond their normal duty,” Hailey says.

Samantha Tedesco ’19 echoes that sentiment.

“The professors here are so dedicated to helping us learn, and the nursing program here has a great curriculum that allows for growth, leadership, and the development of critical thinking skills.”

Samantha Tedesco 19Samantha Tedesco 19Throughout her four years at Carthage, Samantha has been involved in several organizations including serving as vice president of the Nursing Student Council E-board. In this role, she helped make decisions about the new nursing program that would ensure the best outcomes for students.

“This was especially gratifying for me in that we are the first cohort of the Nursing Program, so I was given a lot of autonomy when planning these events,” Samantha says. “It was an amazing leadership experience for me, and I will be forever grateful.”

After graduation, Samantha will start a full-time position as a registered nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She would eventually like to go back to school to earn her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree in psychiatric and mental health nursing.

The Nursing Program will hold its first annual pinning ceremony on Saturday, May 25, as part of Commencement Weekend. The 13 graduates of the program will receive a pin to signify the completion of nursing school. Pinning ceremonies are a special tradition for all those in the nursing community.

Congratulations to the 2019 Nursing Program graduates:

Tony Allen
Mary Clare Barto
Liam Coakley
Emma Dresen
Andrea Kline
Megan McNamara
Samantha Nichols
Justin Ramos
Hailey Rothstein
Kendell Santin
Lloyd Sorrell
Samantha Tedesco
Abby Thompson