April 22, 2005
Twenty-one University of Maine at Fort Kent nursing students will receive their nursing pin, signifying their official entrance into the profession, at a ceremony held on Thursday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m. in Fox Auditorium on the UMFK campus.
The number of students earning their pin is equal to the second largest class in the nursing division's 24-year history. In 2003, the program also graduated 21 students. The only larger class was in 1996, when 22 students received their nursing pin.
The class of 2005 will also mark the largest number of graduates who have already completed a registered nurse program and are now earning the nursing baccalaureate degree. Twelve of the 21 students have finished the requirements for the program at a distance using on-line and other technologies.
Faculty, staff and students, along with family members and friends of graduates, will gather to honor the recipients of the bachelor of science degree in nursing.
Students receiving their nursing pin are Emily Blackstone, Crouseville, Maine; Patricia Chick, RN, Farmington, Maine; Teran Clark, RN, Linneus, Maine; Sharon Costello, RN, Mt. Vernon, Maine; Melissa Cyr, RN, Van Buren, Maine; Terra Daniel, RN, Farmington, Maine; Anne-Marie Davenport, RN, Tinker, NB, Canada; Heidi Fisher, Centreville, NB, Canada; Deborah Guilmette, RN, South Gardiner, Maine; Christopher Hankey, RN, Hallowell, Maine; Travis Jandreau, St. Francis, Maine; Amy Levesque-Roy, Fort Kent, Maine; Ginger Lyon, RN, Peachtree City, Georgia; Lynn Madore, New Canada, Maine; Denise Marquis, Van Buren, Maine; Nicole McCullough, Limestone, Maine; Melissa Muffler, Ashland, Maine; Karen Parker, RN, Augusta, Maine; Denise Potvin, St. John, Maine; Jeanne Stokes, RN, Farmington, Maine and Louise St. Laurent, RN, Coopers Mills, Maine.
Rachel Albert, associate professor of nursing and chair and director of the nursing division will address the nursing graduates and welcome them into the nursing profession.
The theme for this year's pinning ceremony is Nurses: Many Roles, One Profession.
Keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Jane Dailey, vice president of implementation services for Broadlane.
Broadlane is a private company that delivers innovative business services to healthcare providers, enabling them to reduce costs and improve operational performance in the United States.
Prior to her position at Broadlane, Dailey was vice president for nursing at Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle.
She has extensive experience in the executive leadership of clinical services and as chief officer in integrated delivery systems in various regions of the United States. Dailey has also provided physician practice management services and consulted in operations design and organizational development.
Dailey is a diplomat in the American College of Healthcare executives, a member of the American Organization of nurse executives and sigma theta tau.
She holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Southern Illinois University in 1972 and a master's degree in nursing with a concentration in administration from Northern Illinois University in 1982.
Dailey is the mother of Ginger Lyon, an RN nursing student at UMFK who is a member of the graduating class.
Dailey lives in Presque Isle with her husband and a son.
For more information on the nursing pinning ceremony contact Lena Michaud at 834-7580.