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Nursing Assistant Pinning Ceremony, Oct. 7 2022

Oct 7 Nurse Pinning 2022

ENMU-Ruidoso Recognizes Nursing Students at Pinning Ceremony

Nursing Assistants Oct. 2022
L-R: Katlynn McSwane, Jessica Pino, Allie Ordorica, Instructor JoAnn Wolf, Carlos Nava, Kylea Walker, and Billy Casey Meeks.

ENMU-Ruidoso Branch Community College recognized 10 nursing assistant students Friday, Oct. 7. The students were pinned and presented with nursing assistant certificates (CNA) of occupational training.

At the ceremony Director of Career and Technical Education John Rucker welcomed the audience with opening remarks. Larry Lewis of the Mescalero Care Center was the guest speaker. CNA Instructor JoAnn Wolfe recognized the nursing students, and the class was presented for pinning. Pinning a graduating nursing assistant student symbolizes their initiation into the nursing profession and marks the completion of the CNA training.

The graduates and their hometowns include; Alamogordo: Kylea Walker, Jessica Pino; Alto: Billy Casey Meeks; Capitan: Jasmine Kennedy; Mescalero: Tyler Hiles, Caydence Palmer; Ruidoso: Katlynn McSwane; Ruidoso Downs: Hannah Hulett, Carlos Nava, Allie Ordorica.

The certificate of occupational training in nurse assistant is designed to prepare students to successfully sit for the state nurse assistant certification examination. This program is designed to educate students in physical, emotional, and spiritual assessment of residents’ needs and concerns. Students receive training and practice in all state required resident care skills in the classroom lab as well as in several community settings. Students learn resident rights as well as the laws that protect those rights. Understanding of the role of the nurse assistant within the legal scope of practice is an expected outcome of this program.

ENMU-Ruidoso also offers a 34-credit hour pre-nursing certificate which provides students with coursework identified by the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) as the common statewide prerequisites and general education courses for a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). Students who complete this certificate can transfer to any state funded NMNEC New Mexico Community College or University and apply for admission into their associate degree nursing (ADN) program.

To learn more about ENMU-Ruidoso’s nursing programs, visit ENMU-Ruidoso Nursing, or call 575-315-1120.