Congratulations Spring 2016 Nursing Graduates
Representing her fellow nursing graduates from Butler Community College, 2016 class president Amy Stuhlsatz of Derby delivered an eye-opening speech at the pinning ceremony.
Here are some of the things Stuhlsatz said she learned in nursing school. . .
• When they say you should get a backpack with wheels, they aren’t joking. “We started off so fresh and lively, ready to take on anything they could throw at us - until we saw our books,” she said. “Thank you for not throwing those at us.”
• You have to think critically.
• You have to think broadly. “Never cease to find innovative ways to benefit those patients who rely on you and to provide top notch competent care,” she said.
• Wear a calculator watch.
• “When helping a mother in labor,” she said, “you learn very fast what to say and what not to say.”
The pinning was held May 12 in the Butler Community College gymnasium in El Dorado. After Stuhlsatz’s speech, class vice president Miesha Jackson led the International Council of Nurses Pledge.
Butler’s nursing program, which started in 1965, had 63 graduates this spring. According to Stuhlsatz, most of them arrived as “total strangers, being challenged on our knowledge of how to even wash our hands.
“But look how far we have come,” she told her classmates. “Never stop holding the hands of the families who need you, or of that co-worker who needs a few words of encouragement. Cry when you need to cry, and laugh when you need to laugh. And please don’t ever forget how this amazing journey has and will continue to change you. You have to be a special kind of person to go through nursing school and choose nursing as a career, but it is undoubtedly worth it.”
Besides receiving their graduate nursing pins, some graduates were also recognized by members of the American Red Cross Central Plains Division for volunteer efforts, as well as by Butler for serving as officers in the Butler Student Nurses Association (BSNA).
Amy Stuhlsatz, Class president, BSNA president, Red Cross Volunteer
LeAnne Winn, Red Cross Volunteer
Aubrey Cashion, Red Cross Volunteer
Brandy Hampton, Red Cross Volunteer
Christine Jessup, Red Cross Volunteer
Jennifer Perry, Red Cross Volunteer
Miesha Jackson, Class vice president
Karessa Blex, 1st year vice president
Carrie Fuller, Red Cross Volunteer
Cady Russell, 1st year BSNA president/ secretary, Red Cross Volunteer
Tammy A. Withers