Briar Cliff nursing graduate Katelyn Baas (Council Bluffs, Iowa) receives her nursing pin from her mother, who is also a nurse.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Briar Cliff University’s Department of Nursing recognized 113 nursing majors during the 25th Annual Commitment to Professional Nursing and Pinning Ceremony, held recently on campus. Among honored undergraduate and graduate students at the ceremony were the following:
2014 graduates from Briar Cliff University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Programs:
MSN Family Nurse Practitioner –Jessica L. Bowman, BSN, RN, Sioux City; Steven Ray Al Davis, BSN, RN, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Mindy DeJager, BSN, RN, Alvord, Iowa; Julie Lynn Dolphin, BSN, RN, Yankton, S.D.; Jenna Lyn Eich, BSN, RN, Whiting, Iowa; Mary Jean Grieder, BSN, RN, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Jennifer J. Hadley, BSN, RN, Sioux City; Raina M. Hoebelheinrich, BSN, RN, Fordyce, Neb.; Curtis L. Hoogendoorn, BSN, RN, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Susan M. Miller, BSN, RN, Harrisburg, S.D.; Kathryn R. Moore, BSN, RN, Onawa, Iowa; Jennifer Muff, BSN, RN, Dunlap, Iowa; Jodi L. Netley, BSN, RN, Akron, Iowa; Arica K. Nickles, BSN, RN, Yankton, S.D.; Erin A. Peterson, BSN, RN, Palmer, Iowa; Lois M. Pirozek, BSN, RN, Sioux City; Cathy R Robinson, BSN, RN, Calumet, Iowa; Eric M. Traviss, BSN, RN, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Justin D. Tuntland, BSN, RN, Canton, S.D.; Robin L. Van Zandbergen, BSN, RN, Hospers, Iowa; Tasha Jean Visser, BSN, RN, Sanborn, Iowa; and Ellen T. Wengert, BSN, RN, Sioux City.
MSN Nurse Educator – Krystal Marie Diedrichsen, BSN, RN, Yankton, S.D.; Catherine E. Grimsley, BSN, RN, Sioux City; Lora C. Knaack, BSN, RN, Pierson, Iowa; Jill L. Pitz, BSN, RN, Brandon, S.D.; and Heather Jo Stehr, BSN, RN, Salix, Iowa.
Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate – Traci Holmquist, Ed.D., MSN, RN, Sioux City; and Carol Pierce, MSN, RN, Spirit Lake, Iowa.
2014 graduates from Briar Cliff University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program:
Traditional seniors – Katelyn Baas, Council Bluffs, Iowa; April Cisneros-Hernandez, Sioux City; Trudi A. Corey, Sioux City; Noel DeLeon, North Sioux City, S.D.; Gerald M. Elsbernd, Rochester, Minn.; Jennifer L. Feller, Remsen, Iowa; Sarah Hastings, South Sioux City, Neb.; Bailey Hendrix, Omaha, Neb.; Amanda N. Huelskamp, Omaha, Neb.; Katie Hummelgard, Battle Creek, Iowa; Feona Joy, Spring Valley, N.Y.; Tiffany M. Lynch, Dakota Dunes, S.D.; Brooke M. Maguire, Norfolk, Neb.; Reni Mathai, Younkers, N.Y.; Kayla J. Neeson, Omaha, Neb.; Kayla D. Risler, Mondovi, Wis.; Maria R. Scholten, Sioux City; Amber J. Skoglund, Norfolk, Neb.; Ashley Songcuan, Bellevue, Neb.; James R. Thelen, Sioux City; and David G. Tilman, Le Mars, Iowa.
RN-BSN Seniors – Patricia Basile, RN, Dallas, Tex.; Jacqueline M. Betsworth, RN, Pace, Fla.; Josie Bjustrom, RN, Whittemore, Iowa; Lisa K. Brun, RN, Sioux City; Sarah Christenson, RN, LeMars, Iowa; Abby L. Clark, RN, Storm Lake, Iowa; Theresa Conlon, RN, Sioux City; Kelly Crosgrove, RN, Onawa, Iowa; Tracie Eden, RN, Woden, Iowa; Abbie J. Fahrendholz, RN, Sioux City; Amy Feddersen, RN, Lawton, Iowa; Emily Flahive, RN, Pella, Iowa; Petricia Hurtado, RN, Sioux Center, Iowa; MeLisa D. Johnson, RN, Phoenix, Ariz.; Dorcas Kamau, RN, Le Mars, Iowa; Beth Kinjah, RN, Emmetsburg, Iowa; Ruth Kitilach, RN, Dakota City, Neb.; Dawn Kollasch, RN, Emmetsburg, Iowa; Elizabeth Krummen, RN, Lake Park, Iowa; Christine Kuester, RN, Sioux City; Judy Limoges, RN, Sioux City; Meggan McDonald, RN, Salix, Iowa; Tamara Meyer, RN, Sioux Center, Iowa; Bobbie J. Miller, RN, Graettinger, Iowa; Jeannie M. Nemmers, RN, Algona, Iowa; Patricia Nixon, RN, Crescent, Iowa; Caroline Mwende Nzioka, St. Paul, Minn.; Felice A. Paden, RN, Thompson, Iowa; Alyssa A. Rakoto, RN, Forest City, Iowa; Ann M. Rozeboom, RN, Inwood, Iowa; Kristin Simpson, RN, Sioux City; Sara L. Snyder, RN, Estherville, Iowa; Lisa Storm, RN, Sioux City; Heidi Swanson, RN, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Abbey Taylor, RN, Harrisburg, S.D.; Andrew C. Trunkhill, RN, Humboldt, Iowa; Jennifer D. Vought, RN, Dakota City, Iowa; Tonya Wical, RN, Wellsburg, Iowa; Tiffany Zachman, RN, Glenwood, Iowa; and Stephanie D. Zahrt, RN, Spencer, Iowa.
These Briar Cliff University sophomore nursing majors were granted Certificates of Commitment: Erin Bellefeuille, Lakeville, Minn.; Abigail Blanchard, Waltham, Minn.; Jacqueline Brungardt, Storm Lake, Iowa; Ludy Diaz, Sioux City; Amy Frank, Sioux City; Sharolynn Gosch, Sioux City; Danielle Helland, Camarillo, Calif.; Elizabeth Hohmeister, Algona, Iowa; Michael Jones, Sioux City; Wilhelmi Massay, LeMars, Iowa; Emily Merryfield, Pine Bluffs, Wyo.; Kristina Mitchell, Gardner, Kan.; Fabiola Ngamije, Kigali, Rwanda; Kayla Nielsen, Hornick, Iowa; Breanna Nogelmeier, Hubbard, Neb.; Amy Pattison, Sioux City; Brandi Pinkerton, Hinton, Iowa; Lauren Rossie, Camarillo, Calif.; Sara Rygaard, Elk Point, S.D.; Allison Shymkewicz, Ralston, Neb.; Alesha Sikora, Ruthven, Iowa; Chase Smith, Sioux City; Sarah Sperry, Sioux City; and Ryan Tatro, Elk Point, S.D.
The keynote speaker for Briar Cliff’s Annual Commitment to Professional Nursing and Pinning Ceremony was Dr. Kay Ryan, coordinator for nursing professional development at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. Co-founder of “A Time to Heal,” a whole person wellness rehabilitation program for patients who have completed cancer treatment, Dr. Kay holds a doctoral degree in community and human resources and a master’s degree in health education. Among her numerous national awards and honors in the fields of nursing, education and wellness is a visiting fellowship at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Dr. Kay has served on the Board of Trustees for the National Wellness Institute and regularly presents internationally on the topics of happiness, holistic health and collaboration.