About 500 friends and family gathered to join in the celebration of West Coast University-Orange County’s graduating bachelor of science in nursing cohort this November.
More than 80 BSN graduates received their nursing pin and took the Nurse’s Pledge in front of the guests assembled in Cerritos Park East for the pinning ceremony.
“The reason why I went to West Coast is because I wanted the fastest track to become a nurse and three years later — at age 21 — I’m an RN now so we’re here,” WCU-Orange County BSN graduate Justin Cinco said after the event.
Speakers at the pinning ceremony included Liz Atilano, WCU-Orange County associate executive director; Robyn Nelson, WCU Dean of Nursing; Jill Kardously, WCU Associate Dean of Nursing; Professor Jen Galich, who led the cohort in the Nurse's Pledge; and class speaker Julie Rawson.
BSN graduate Heather Kindschi said she changed careers after being a patient herself and having her life saved by a nurse. She said she wants to work as a wound care nurse and was offered a job with the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
“West Coast University prepared me for being a nurse by support, by curriculum, by small classes, by being the top of its field, by giving us sim labs that were real life. I never felt unprepared on the floor, not one bit, ever, in any of my clinical rotations because of the professors and the deans and the way they just embrace us,” Kindschi said. “It’s a family here at West Coast.”