Nursing students get ready for a new beginning

Tracy Martinez of Stockton

Vocational nursing student Tracy Martinez is looking forward to the end of her vocational studies and to the beginning of the new registered nursing program at CBC Pleasaonton.

 Tracy Martinez of Stockton, Texas is leaving Coastal Bend College … with plans to come right back. Martinez and 74 of her classmates are taking part in the annual pinning and lighting ceremony on Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. at CBC Main Campus in Beeville, commemorating the end of their vocational nursing studies.

 Martinez, like many others, plans to return next semester to continue into the next phase of nursing studies leading to becoming a registered nurse. Martinez will be in the first Pleasanton Campus cohort.

 Coastal Bend College offers nursing students several entrances and exits within the nursing program. This multi-entry/exit program creates continuity in educating certified nursing assistants, vocational nurses and registered nurses.

 “The goal is to transition certified nurses’ assistants very easily into vocational nursing and to get LVNs very easily into registered nursing and so on,” said Betty Sims, CBC Director of Nursing. CBC’s curriculum for nurse education is delivered in a clinically-intensive program. Instruction covers the four basic areas of nursing care: adults, mothers and newborns, children and the elderly. Classroom instruction is also required in mental health/mental illness concepts.

 Martinez plans to take her licensing test immediately and wants to work at a nursing home. “I want to get into an Alsheimer’s Unit. You don’t know what you are going to get from day to day in that environment,” she explained.

 Her ultimate aim is to become a registered nurse. She will return to Coastal Bend College to achieve that goal. “Registered nursing equals more knowledge and more opportunities,” Martinez said. “That benefits me and my son.”

 Coastal Bend College Vocational Nursing Program will hold its annual Pinning and Candle Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. in the Peter Marecek Physical Fitness Center at Coastal Bend College, 3800 Charco Road in Beeville. The following vocational nursing graduates are scheduled to participate:

 Alice Campus

Lisa M. Aviar

Noemi Barrera

Ninfa B. Beeson

Oralia O. Cabrera

Veronica M. Cantu

Jose Luis Cardenas

Victoria Ja-Nett Chapa

Shanika D. Escochea

Amanda Garcia

Felicia P. Gonzalez

Sonia L. Gonzalez

Lee Anna M. Gutierrez

James. M. Hernandez

Aubrey B. Hippensteal

Martha Ruth Juarez

Manette M. Mendoza

Heather Y. Pearson

Anna M. Priddy

Rhonda L. Ramos

Melissa Rivera

Anna May B. Rudder

Deliza D. Schumacher

Elizabeth E. Soliz

Ruben Vasquez Jr.

Mary A. Velasco

Jennifer R. Wallgren

Ramon Zuniga

 Beeville Campus

Julie A. Abrigo

Diane L. Aguirre

Leah M. Arciba

Amber M. Carr

Linda L. Carrillo

Lisa M. Castro

Shirley A. DeForest

Adelaida A. Garza

Paulina J. Gibson

Patricia T. Henning

Amy L. Lara

Amanda M. Monjaras

Justin L. Morales

Anna M. Puente

Michelle L. Rico

Heather D. Rodriguez

Sausha M. Salinas

Melissa A. Sanchez

Twanna J. Tamlin

Vanessa Vanover

Lindsey K. Wiginton

 Kingsville Campus

Iris A. Cardoza

Aaron J. DeLeon

Blanca D. Esquivel

Crystal R. Garcia

Britany R. Gibson

Esther Hernandez

Brenda L. Johnson

Alexa J. Leal

Amanda L. Leal

Carla A. Manriques

Laura Montel

Tammie D. Saenz

 Pleasanton Campus

Casey Layne Hilton

Lacey Holick

Heather Johnson

Julia Rae Johnson

Tina Marie Lozano

Tricia Magel

Tracy D. Martinez

Biance Danelle Pickett

Melissa Pettit

Alyssa Reyes

Stephanie Nicole Riojas

Cassandra Allison Rutherford

Claudia E. Scharmann

Angela D. Tovar

Rachel Marilyn Villaneda

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