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16 UMFK student nurses to be honored at pinning ceremony

April 28, 2006

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Sixteen 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 11, at 6:00 p.m. in Fox Auditorium.

Faculty, staff, and students, along with family members and friends of the graduates, will gather to honor the recipients of the bachelor of science degree in nursing.

President Richard Cost will welcome attendees and extend congratulations to the students.

Students receiving their nursing pin are: Harmony Jo Beaton, RN from Houlton; Tina Caron from Fort Kent; Dolores Childs, RN from Tampa, Florida; Dawn Clauson, RN from South Berwick, Maine; Leslie Daigle from Fort Kent Mills; Andrea Driscoll, RN from Loxahatchee, Florida; Sylvia Gauron from Caribou; Robin Jandreau from Winslow, Maine; Carol Mitchell, RN from Monmouth, Maine; Larry Nadeau, Jr. from Fort Kent; Alissa Roy, RN from Albion, Maine; Monique St. John, RN from Camden, Maine; Alicia Soucy from Wallagrass; Beverly Squillante, RN from Boothbay, Maine; Guy Wilson from Akron, Ohio; and Jim Zhu from Toronto, Ontario.

Jenny Radsma, associate professor of nursing, will address the nursing graduates and welcome them into the nursing profession.

The theme for this year's pinning ceremony is "Nurses: Strength, Commitment, Compassion."

This year's keynote speaker for the pinning ceremony will be Joanne M. Fortin, RN, C who is the director of nursing at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) in Fort Kent. Prior to her position at NMMC, Fortin was interim director of nursing in skilled and long term care for Forest Hill. Her experience includes various areas of acute care nursing such as medical-surgical, pediatrics, intensive care, emergency room and surgical services.

Other experiences include administrative responsibilities as nurse manager of the medical-surgical/pediatrics and ambulatory care units; infection control practitioner; quality improvement coordinator; licensing and accreditation coordinator; supervisor in long term care and skilled nursing facility at Evergreen Center in Alamosa, Colorado.

Fortin is a 1975 graduate from St. Mary's School of Nursing in Lewiston, Maine. Previously Fortin has been a member and president of the UMFK Board of Visitors. She is also a member of the UMFK Foundation and of the UMFK Nursing Advisory Group. Fortin serves as current president of the Organization of Maine Nurse Executives (OMNE).

For more information on the Nursing Pinning Ceremony contact Diane Gagne at 834-7580.