Giddings resident in Blinn’s 50th vocational nursing class
Giddings resident Cameron Jurk was one of 14 Blinn College vocational nursing students to graduate during the program’s 50th pinning ceremony recently in the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center.
The symbolic pinning ceremony welcomes new graduates into the profession and marks the conclusion of a challenging year in which they successfully completed 19 courses in one of the toughest programs Blinn College offers. For the program as a whole, the ceremony marked half a century of graduating highly-skilled professionals capable of working in a variety of medical settings.
Last year, all 15 of Blinn’s vocational nursing graduates passed the National Council Licensing Examination, earning commendation from the Texas Board of Nursing. Nationally, 84 percent of students passed the test.
Prior to applying for a place in the program, students must attend a mandatory information session in which Program Director Michelle Marburger explains what students can expect from the 12-month program: The first semester will include 10 courses. Students must pass all their classes to advance to the next semester, and should they fail, they must re-apply for the program the following year. To pass, students must score at least a 75 percent, and the program also features a strict attendance policy.
For information on Blinn’s vocational nursing program, please visit http://www.blinn.edu/twe/vocn/ .