Colorado Mountain College graduate nursing students ready to serve the community

Emily DeBoer delivers the Associate Nursing Degree student’s speech at the 2021 Pinning Graduation Ceremony on May 7 at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.
Photo by Matt Lit / Colorado Mountain College

Nursing students at Colorado Mountain College at Breckenridge develop close relationships with their classmates and instructors throughout their time in the program.

Liz Frisch, a 2021 graduating class, said it was unique enough for a promotion to be as close-knit as hers. With each graduating class having only 12 students, they regularly work together to help each other be successful.

“Whenever you are confused or come across an obstacle, there are people who will help you figure out what to do,” said Frisch, who graduated from college over 10 years ago and worked in the industry. hospitality and marketing before deciding to change careers. paths.

Frisch said she has met people from all walks of life as part of the program, which she says prioritizes community members, adding that the diverse group of students bring unique perspectives to situations in and out of. the class.

“We are all very different and come from very different backgrounds, but we work really well together,” said Frisch. “They were constantly encouraged. You have always had people with whom you could exchange ideas. It was just a really warm environment and a really great learning environment.

Emily DeBoer accepts her associate’s degree in nursing from Dave Askeland, vice president of Colorado Mountain College and dean of the Summit County campus, during the nursing graduation ceremony on May 7 at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.
Photo by Matt Lit / Colorado Mountain College

The students graduated from the CMC at the program pinning ceremony on May 7, when class president Emily DeBoer delivered a speech to her classmates, families and teachers. The pinning ceremony is a tradition that welcomes new nursing graduates to the profession.

Assistant Professor of Nursing Monika Mayer said the ceremony has been around for a long time and it is a very intimate and personal experience for the students.

DeBoer said during her speech she referred to Tom’s Baby – the largest gold coin ever found in Colorado, just outside Breckenridge – saying she found her own little one gold nugget at CMC. She attributed this to people, her classmates and her teachers.

“It was really nice to have this little program, so that we all could really get to know each other, the teachers, the students, the other professors,” DeBoer said.

DeBoer said there were three teachers who taught every class she took in the program, fostering close relationships with each of them during her two years at the school.

Mayer is one such faculty member, and she was shortlisted as the 2021 Faculty of the Year at the Breckenridge campus of the CMC.

Mayer, who started as a full-time teacher at the school two years ago, has agreed with her students that the CMC nursing program is special because of the connections she is able to make with her students. students.

“I really, really love my job, so I feel blessed to go to work and I love what I do,” Mayer said. “I really love teaching and you have fun with the students, so I feel very lucky and I am very grateful to CMC for this. “

Mayer said the support she sees from college leaders and the local community for the program is also gratifying.

Since the program only accepts 12 students, Frisch said it is very competitive, but the small size is what makes the program what it is.

Mayer said that in most years the program’s pass rate for the National Council Licensure Examination, an exam required to become a registered nurse in the United States, is 100%.

Since graduating, DeBoer has said she has been taking things step by step, studying for her exams before looking for work in a hospital emergency department, possibly in Westminster, where she has worked as part of his graduation.

Frisch hopes to work in a labor and delivery unit in a hospital after learning the specialty during the program.

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