New licensed vocational nurses were congratulated at North Central Texas College’s pinning ceremony in August. A total of 17 graduated.


The students completed the LVN program at NCTC. Some of the students will take their education to the next level and work toward an associate’s degree in nursing. 


The students have not yet taken the state board exams yet because they are waiting to be given testing dates. Last year’s graduating class passed with a 100 percent success rate.


LVN instructors Nick Bixby and Vickie Belt are pleased with how well the 2013 class did.


Students learn about tactical nursing by using hands-on techniques. They learn how to do physical assessments, and they learn about medications and interactions, disease processes and more.



Both Belt and Bixby agree that one of the keys to being a good nurse is doing the right thing at the right time, effectively, efficiently and expediently.


Graduates included Megan Schoeling, Katie Luna, Chelsie Snow, Tara Hanley, Christie Carver, Dariela Espinoza, Malinda Morrow, Jessica Jackson, Emily Payne, Mikey Alvis, Pamela Wigington, Brandi Moss, Kati Grubb, Ski Carter, Paige Hadderton, Paula Hickman and Ashley Burgess.


The 2014 class has already began, and the students are very receptive.


Belt said some of the current students actually stay late to work together and study.