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Lake Land College welcomes 43 new practical nurses to the field

Forty-three new practical nurses were welcomed to the nursing field at a recent pinning ceremony held at Lake Land College. 

The Practical Nursing Program is a three, consecutive semester program that includes classroom, skills laboratory, and clinical experience in various healthcare agencies. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate may apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-PN, the graduate may apply for PN licensure. 

As a practical nurse, students are equipped to work in a variety of health care settings. Through the program, students review human anatomy and physiology, concept-based critical thinking skills for healthcare professionals, health promotion and maintenance, and disease prevention and care.

During the ceremony, the following students were honored:

Christina Arnold, Pana

Tonya Baker, Mason

Eric Banning, Shelbyville

Katie Blakeman, Casey

Lori Carlson, Shelbyville

Amy Cripe, Windsor

Kelli Cruitt, Sullivan

Brittany Day, Jewett

Tina DeVore-Tripp, Shelbyville

Alicia Diaz, Mattoon

Valerie Doughty, Mattoon

Monica Edrington, Arcola

Amy Eggers, Charleston

Melissa Evans, Beecher City

Amy Goeckner, Effingham

Kathleen “Kate” Good, Mattoon

Katelyn Hortenstine, Ramsey

Brittany Ingrum, Lerna

Brittany James, Mattoon

Lexi Jarnagin, Shelbyville

Mindi Jones, Shelbyville

Molly Langheim, Mattoon

Susan Logsdon, Charleston

Gary Luna, Mattoon

Kendra Lwao, Mattoon

Mallory Metzger, Mattoon

Beth Mler, Paris

Courtney Myers, Beecher City

Casey Nevle, Altamont

Laura Oehmke , Effingham

Ashley Patrick, Charleston

Michele Peacock, Mattoon

Callie Renfro, Lovington

Cassie Rich, Oakland

Abby Rincker, Strasburg

Cheri Robertson, Charleston

Valisha Rose, Lerna

Erin Sharp, Montrose

Beth Spear, Arcola

Alexa Stephens, Mattoon

Ginny Usinger, Mattoon

Chelsie Whitesell, Paris

Tiffany Yokley , Allenville

To learn more about the practical nursing program at Lake Land College, contact Nicole Zeller, director, at (217) 234-5452 or 



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