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Second largest number of UMFK student nurses to be honored at pinning ceremony

May 2, 2003


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 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the Fox Auditorium.

The number of students marks the second largest class in the nursing division's twenty-two year history. The only larger graduating class was in 1996, when 22 students received their nursing pin.

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.

Students receiving their nursing pin are Renee Albert, Fort Kent; Carol Bates, RN, Houlton; Sylvia Bean, RN, Lancaster, Pennsylvainia:, Sherrie Bonenfant, Fort Kent; Regina Camargo, RN, Presque Isle; Patricia Carlson, RN, Randolph, Maine; Tonya Cornish, RN, Machias, Maine; Caroline Cyr, Van Buren; Bernadette Dempsey, RN, Surry, Maine; Karen Desjardins, St. David, Maine; Stella Dion, RN, Dresden, Maine; Marie Doyle, RN, Plainville, Massachusetts; Jennifer Hay, Presque Isle; Sandra Hebert, Fort Kent; Christine Malone, Smithfield, Maine; Melissa Marshall, Wallagrass; Jill Michaud, Madawaska; Gina Miranda, Madawaska; Heidi Roy, Presque Isle and Vicki Voisine of Eagle Lake.

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.

Last year at this time, the nursing professor acknowledged the unique challenges that members of the class of 2002 will encounter in her address. She pointed out that they had chosen a profession that is unique, vital, and worthy of respect.

Albert told the future nurses that their education will open the doors of hospitals, clinics, laboratories, homes, and corporate boardrooms, nursing has many magical elements and that nursing is high-tech and high touch.

This year's keynote speaker for the pinning ceremony will be Lisa Theriault, MSN, ARNP, assistant professor of nursing at UMFK.

Prior to her position at UMFK, Theriault was a full time family nurse practitioner at Horizons Health Services at various locations including Limestone Health Center, Presque Isle Health Center, and Horizons Occupational Health Center. She continues to work for them on a part-time basis.

She held a position with Visiting Nurses of Aroostook from 1992 through 1995. She also served as an RN in the medical/surgical unit, emergency room and education departments at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent from 1991 through 1994, where she conducted numerous workshops on domestic violence, men and women's health issues, and women as caregiver.

She has instructed courses in Adult Health I, Acute Care; Adult Health II, Chronic Care, Adult Health III, Complex Care, Pharmacology and Holistic Nursing Assessment.

Theriault received her master of science degree in nursing from the University of Maine in 1995, her bachelor of science in nursing from UMFK in 1991, and her bachelor of arts in biochemistry from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts and has continued her education attending seminars, workshops and courses throughout her career. She has recently been accepted at the University of Arizona at Tucson in the PhD program and will begin classes this summer.

Theriault has also been published when her article, "Collaborating with the Nutritionist", appeared in Nurse Practitioner Secrets in 2002.

She was inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing in 1998, was voted NMMC's nurse of the year in 1992, was listed in the Who's Who Among College & University Students in 1991, and Who's Who Among High School Students in 1980.

Theriault is a member of UMFK's Peer Review Committee, the Student Conduct Committee and the Campus Assessment Committee. She serves on the diabetes advisory committee at NMMC. She is also a member of PATCH (Planned Approach to Community Health) and an alternate on CHER (County Health Education Resources).

For more information on the Nursing Pinning Ceremony contact Lena Michaud at 834-7580.