Good Samaritan Pinned First Prelicensure Class With WGU Students

Good Samaritan had their first pinning ceremony for two Western Governors University (WGU) students Wednesday evening. Kylee Herrick of Terre Haute, Indiana and Tammy Spriggs from Bloomfield, Indiana, were both honored during the ceremony for completing their coursework and clinicals to become registered nurses.

Good Samaritan has a partnership with WGU to provide clinical coaches to help teach and inspire students on their path to becoming nurses. “When WGU came to us and asked if we would like to partner with them and educate future nurses, we immediately agreed,” said Karen Haak, Chief Nursing Officer. “We are strong believers in supporting education initiatives and are always looking for opportunities to educate nurses.”

WGU is an online university that focuses on competency-based education. Their prelicensure programs are only offered in five states including: California, Utah, Texas, Indiana and Florida. The program provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for aspiring nurses to receive their education online, at their own pace, and then receive hands-on clinical experience at partnering hospitals.

“This program has been amazing,” said Kylee Herrick. “I was able to take my classes online while working and raising two kids. Receiving my training at Good Samaritan has been the best experience. Everyone is super friendly and I was able to spend time with not only my preceptors, but also with nurses on the floor who allowed me to receive hands-on education with their patients.”

“The hospital, the nurses and the staff at Good Samaritan made this a great experience,” said Tammy Spriggs. “I have tried to get my nursing degree for some time and I thank God for this opportunity and this program for allowing me to do what I was meant to do. I would recommend the program at WGU to anyone and encourage everyone to come to Good Samaritan for their prelicensure education.”

Lots of smiles and a few tears of happiness were shed during the ceremony at Good Samaritan. Surrounded by family, friends, and their nursing educators, Kylee and Tammy received their nursing pin signifying their success in completing their education and training with WGU. They will both go on to take their exams and obtain their licenses to become registered nurses.

“It has been wonderful working with everyone at Good Samaritan,” said Dr. Mary Lawson Carney, State Director of Nursing, WGU Indiana. “In addition to taking care of their patients throughout the day, the nurses on the floor and the coaches take the time to teach our students and allow them to become the best nurses possible. Kylee and Tammy will go on to be amazing nurses and we look forward to pinning more students here at Good Samaritan in the future.”

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