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Nurses to be Pinned During William Penn’s Traditional Ceremony


As another spring semester winds down, we take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of our students at William Penn University. On Friday, April 27, 2018, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates will be participating in their traditional pinning ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at College Avenue Friends Church in Oskaloosa, IA.

The graduating class has 19 students, many of which currently have careers they will continue with in their field at various health and medical centers. Several of the graduates have plans to attend graduate school once their time at William Penn has concluded.

One graduate, Devin Caraccio, currently works at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center within the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department.

“William Penn University’s BSN program has prepared me for leadership positions in my nursing career, and given me confidence that I am ready for graduate school,” said Caraccio.

Devin has plans to spearhead the start of the Nurse Practitioner master’s program at Graceland University in August of this year. He then plans to obtain his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

Instructor of Nursing, Sharon DeKock, has nothing but high praises in regards to the class of 2018. “It is great to see the students’ passion, knowledge, and respect for research, evidence-based practice, and the profession of nursing blossom!” said DeKock. “What a boundless asset this group will be to our patients, community, and the profession of nursing.”

Graduate Rachel Woodruff feels the BSN program has given her many opportunities. “Completing the BSN program has allowed me to advance my career and receive a promotion to Director of Nursing,” said Woodruff. “I have grown as a nurse and feel better equipped to take care of my patients in a holistic manner.”

Other graduates of the Nursing Program at William Penn presently have positions in the health care field, like Nichole Jones, who is an Obstetrical Nurse at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, MO. Jones felt the program was challenging, yet personable and that it made her a better nurse. She hopes to attend Frontier Nursing University to receive her Master’s Degree in the Nurse Midwifery Program.

For more information on William Penn University’s Nursing Program, visit or contact Brenda Krogh-Duree at or 641-673-1064.


For more information, contact:

Miranda Keeler
Communications/Event Coordinator
William Penn University
(641) 673-1078 |

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