Twenty-two Nursing Students Graduate


Pictured Above: Twenty-seven students graduated from the Licensed Practical Nursing program at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Wednesday.

“You have chosen a life of personal and professional service. You will make a difference in the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of people,” District Superintendent Dr. James Ryan told graduates of the Licensed Practical Nursing program at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES in Yorktown Wednesday. “There’s really no higher calling.”

Twenty-seven students graduated from the nursing program, having completed a rigorous course of study and many hours of practical experience in hospitals, nursing homes and other medical settings. The LPN program is an intense nursing study program designed to teach students the ins and outs of the world of nursing, ensuring that they are well prepared for when they enter the nursing profession.

Graduate speaker Yleny Castro thanked the program’s instructors for “being a patient and positive influence ... for teaching us about nutrition while offering home-baked cookies. Without your love and encouragement and support, we would not be here today.”

Holly Douglas, another graduate speaker, said “How lucky and fortunate are we to have had the opportunity to attend this program? The teachers have laid a foundation that we will build upon in our future careers.”

Ellen Pappas, one of the nursing instructors, thanked the students for bringing their smiles and laughter to class every day and urged them to continue their educations and become registered nurses, nurse practitioners, nursing administrators and nursing educators. She said she hoped to see them serve “in the OR, the ICU, the PACU, pediatrics, addiction centers” and more healthcare settings.

Castro received the Bedside Nurse Award for excellence in the clinical setting, while Pauline Goodrich received the award for general excellence for the highest grade point average and clinical excellence. In her closing remarks, Alyson Trudeau, coordinator of adult and continuing education, said remember “To the world you might be one person, but to one person you are the world.”