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NFCC Honors Inaugural RN Bridge Class of 2015

Pinning and lamp lighting ceremony marks beginning of new journey for graduates

Congratulations Inaugural RN Bridge Class of 2015 (l-r) Jack Gaines, Jr., Brian Snipes, Jill Hunt, Sealy Crider, Kehli Stewart, Natasha Guice, Patricia Parker-Glee, Amanda Brantley, Sabrina Monismith, Amanda Williams and Stefanie Thomas.

MADISON, FL – North Florida Community College honored its Inaugural RN Bridge Class of 2015 with a traditional pinning and lamp lighting ceremony on April 30 at NFCC’s Van H. Priest Auditorium. NFCC Allied Health Director Julie Townsend welcomed family and friends to the special occasion.

Eleven RN graduates were recognized and took part in the ceremony’s lighting of the lamps and reciting of the Nightingale Pledge. Two graduates received special recognition. Brian Snipes (Suwannee County) received the 2015 Nightingale Award of Excellence. During the award presentation, NFCC instructor Robin Pearson recognized Snipes for excellence in leadership and accountability and for having an outstanding work ethic and sincere interest for learning. “This student demonstrates significant potential to make amazing contributions in the field of nursing,” said Pearson. Snipes was also recognize for having the highest GPA of the Inaugural RN Bridge Class of 2015.

Stefanie Thomas (Madison County) was named the 2015 Keeper of the Light. Thomas will return next year to pass along the lamp lighting tradition to the next class of LPN-RN Bridge graduates. During the award presentation, Pearson commended Thomas for her positive attitude, sweet and gentle spirit and for having a genuine love for nursing.

The pinning ceremony is a special moment for RN graduates and marks the beginning of each student’s career as a professional nurse. Guest speakers Deshala Frazier, RN and Arriane Ford-Graham, RN, BSN, CM shared words of wisdom and encouragement with the graduates.

“Everyone’s path to success is a little different,” said Frazier. “You must have inspiration, determination, work hard and be willing to make sacrifices. I’m sure many of you thought this day would never come, but here you are. It’s your time to shine.”

Ford-Graham congratulated the new graduates and spoke of the importance of being a nurse. “Florence Nightingale saw nursing not as a science but as a calling,” said Ford-Graham. “We are always nurses, from the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep. A nurse is not what I do, it’s who I am.”

In closing remarks, RN graduate Amanda Williams honored her classmates and thanked those who helped them along the way to graduation. “I would like to take this time to thank everyone who had a hand in helping us get to where we are today,” said Williams. “My classmates are good-hearted people, outstanding characters and phenomenal nurses. I feel privileged to be a part of this group.”

NFCC’s Inaugural RN Bridge Class of 2015 graduates are:

RN Bridge Class of 2015


Amanda Williams


Sealy Crider

Sabrina Monismith

Patricia Parker-Glee

Kehli Stewart

Stefanie Thomas


Brian Snipes


Amanda Brantley

Jack Gaines

Jill Hunt


Natasha Guice

For more information on NFCC’s LPN-RN Bridge Program or other Allied Health programs, contact NFCC Allied Health Advisor Debbie Bass at (850) 973-1662, email bassd@nfcc.edu or visit www.nfcc.edu/programs-of-study


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