Just two months before she graduated from the College of Southern Nevada’s nursing program, Erica Adimey’s boyfriend, Paul, gave her some news: He was going to work in Kuwait.
Adimey was disappointed. She’d been working so hard, and was so excited about the upcoming pinning ceremony, that the idea of not having her boyfriend there hurt.
Little did Adimey know, however, that Paul and her mother were hatching a plan.
By the time the pinning ceremony came around in December, when Adimey was one of 83 nursing graduates CSN was sending out into the world, the plan was in place.
Adimey approached the stage, and her mother joined her, holding her phone, with Adimey’s boyfriend connected via Skype.
“I almost cried on stage,” Adimey said, “and I’m not a crier. It was probably the best moment of my life.”
It was an emotional, and important, moment for all involved. Hyla Winters, CSN’s interim vice president for academic affairs, described the ceremony as moving, and said she was proud of the faculty and staff for their efforts.
CSN’s program is the largest associates degree nursing program in Nevada. The community college graduates more nurses here than any other college. Its graduates consistently pass the National Council Licensure Examination in rates exceeding 90 percent, also among the best in the state.
The program continues to shine, too. Health Sciences Dean Josh Hamilton said 104 new students were admitted into the spring 2016 registered nursing program.
For Adimey, schooling is over. She is preparing to take her licensure exam, and she’s already considering several job offers. Because of her college degree, she’ll be able to choose the best one for herself.
For more information about all the nursing options available at CSN, including programs in practical nursing and nursing assistant, and a streamlined program for military medics and corpsmen, visit www.csn.edu/health.