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38 UMFK student nurses honored at pinning ceremony

May 21, 2007




Thirty-eight University of Maine at Fort Kent nursing students received their nursing pins, signifying their official entrance into the profession, on Thursday, May 11 in Fox Auditorium of the UMFK campus.

Faculty, staff, and students, along with family members, and friends of the graduates gathered to honor the recipients of the bachelor of science degree in nursing. University President Dr. Richard W. Cost welcomed attendees and extended congratulations to the students.

Jenny Radsma, associate professor of nursing, addressed the nursing graduates and welcomed them into the nursing profession.

The theme for the pinning ceremony was "Nursing: A Profession and a Passion."

The keynote speaker for the pinning ceremony was Dorothy King of Ashland, Maine. Dorothy has been serving individuals, families, and communities since 1953. Dorothy spent much of her career in health care administration. Dorothy demonstrates a tremendous passion for nursing. She is a wonderful supporter of the BSN program at UMFK and is still active in many nursing organizations such as our Nursing Advisory Council. She radiates enthusiasm for nursing and is well known for her interesting stories about the history of nursing and "What it was like in the day."

During the evening, the Division of Nursing's tradition is to honor an outstanding alumna or alumnus. This year's award went to Rachel Charette, who graduated in 1994.

As a nursing student, she was a leader here at UMFK. She served as the Student Nurses Organization (SNO) president and participated in many community service activities. She began her nursing career at Northern Maine Medical Center working in the medical-surgical and endoscopy units as well as the Emergency Department. She started working in the Education Department in 1998 as a patient and staff educator.

Charette began working for the St. John Valley Partnership in 2002. She is currently the project manager for the St. John Valley Partnership. She works with teenagers and middle-school students to promote health awareness by encouraging smoking cessation, healthy food choices, and adequate exercise. Rachel is a source of encouragement and support for the UMFK nursing students. She puts her heart into whatever she does, and in so doing she radiates energy, commitment, and pleasure in whatever she undertakes.

In addition to honoring an alumna or alumnus, the Division of Nursing recognized a member of the community who has been a staunch supporter of professional nursing, and of BSN education, particularly within the St. John Valley. Jackie Devoe was honored with the Community Leader Award.

Devoe has spent her nursing career applying her skills and resources to promote the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities. She began working at CARY Medical Center in 1994 as the Chief Nursing Officer. Currently, Jackie is case manager who she is also working towards a Family Nursing Practitioner degree. Jackie has a passion for nursing demonstrated by her years of commitment to nursing and her ability to get the best out of her staff. Jackie put her ingenuity to work to develop an atmosphere of respect and job satisfaction at CARY Medical Center. She worked with her staff to develop a unique staff retention system that creates a climate to empower nurses and advance their careers based on motivation while balancing institutional and individual needs.

Students receiving their nursing pins were: Shelly R. Blier from Fort Kent; Tracy Caron from Fort Kent; Josée D. Chamberland from Fort Kent; Marylan C. Clark from Fort Kent Mills; Sherrie L. Clavette from Frenchville; Nicole D. Corbin from Van Buren; Lauren E. Currier from Stockholm; Deidre Cushman from Mars Hill; Mary Jane Daigle from Caribou; Laci A. Drake from Columbia Falls, Montana; Sara Marie Dubois from Frenchville; Mary Ann Fortin from Augusta; Jeremy J. Griffiths from Fort Kent; Sheila M. Guerrette from Caribou; Kim M. Hafford from Fort Kent; Ronald C. Jones from Lower Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada; Dawn Kerekes from Hodgdon; Rebekah Y. LaForest Levant, Maine; Johan D. Langley Presque Isle; Kimberly Lemelin Belgade, Maine; Jennifer L. L'Italien St. John Plantation; Jessica Lee L'Italien from Fort Kent; Jill M. McKinnon from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada; Ezequiel Meran from Lawerence, Massachusetts, Chelsea D. Morin from St. Agatha, Dora E. Pelkey Carlingford, New Brunswick, Canada; Glenn A. Pelletier from Fort Kent; Nathalie A. Pelletier from St. Hiaire, New Brunswick, Canada; Donna M. Picard from Frenchville; Peggy Piette Littleton, New Hampshire; Brenda J. Ruest from Madawaska; Deece Ruggles from Camden, Maine; Beth-Annis Satter from North Conway, New Hampshire; Wendy A. Sirois from Madawaska; Karla R. Sullivan from Aroostook, New Brunswick, Canada; Betsy L. Taggett from Fort Ketn; Traci A. Weatherhead from Lewiston, Maine and Stacey L. Wood from Limestone.