Pikes Peak State College's first ever cohort of RN-BSN students graduated last month.
Seven of the ten grads previously completed their associate degree in Nursing at PPCC.
PPSC’s RN-BSN program wouldn’t have been possible without a legislative victory in
2018. The law allowed community colleges to offer bachelor of science degrees in nursing
for the first time, responding to growing demand and cost effectiveness for students.
"I could not be more honored that so many of our PPSC nursing graduates came back
to our program for their BSN degree. These students have worked so hard in this on-line
program while juggling families, full-time nursing jobs, and the stresses of the pandemic.
They are dedicated nurses and will be amazing healthcare leaders in both our community
and abroad," said Randee Nyman, PPSC's RN-BSN Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor of Nursing
Here are some of their stories. These students have given us permission to be contacted
directly by members of the media for an interview.
Mary Bocaranda is an immigrant from Venezuela, a first-generation college grad who
grew up with a single mom in an impoverished, violence-ridden suburb of Caracas. Bocaranda
showed a lot of grit to get through PPSC's ADN program about five years ago as a single
mom, just graduated from the RN-BSN program, and is now living in Denver and working
for Kaiser, who offers $5000 a year in tuition reimbursement. She is well spoken and
energetic and one of our true success stories.
Priscilla Flores has been a traveling nurse helping COVID hot spots while in the program.
Alissa Deines graduated from the ADN program at the height of COVID and still finished
her BSN less than a year later.