News - 04/22/2013

MiraCosta College Students to Graduate from Nursing Program

Jennifer Lombardo

Twenty-four graduates of the ADN program will receive their MiraCosta College nursing pins at the annual pinning ceremony on Thursday, May 16, 4-5:30 p.m., in the college theater. This traditional ceremony signifies the passage from student nurse to graduate nurse and welcomes the graduates into the professional role of an RN. 

Among the graduates is Jennifer Lombardo, who will receive an associate degree in registered nursing.

Like many of these graduating students, Lombardo has had a lifelong dream of becoming a nurse—when she was a small girl she often accompanied her diabetic mother to doctors’ offices and hospitals.

“Just being in that environment all the time made me fall in love with nursing,” she said. “It made me want to work in a profession where I could help others.” 

Just a year shy of earning a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University, Lombardo packed up her belongings and moved across the country to be with her U.S. Marine Corps husband at Camp Pendleton. A few months later he was sent to Afghanistan. 

But now Sgt. David Lombardo is back home, the couple is expecting their first child in July, and Jennifer will be graduating from MiraCosta College in May with an associate’s degree in nursing.

“It was hard being here without my family, and it was especially hard with my husband being gone,” she said. “But the school was very supportive, the staff was very supportive and the students were very supportive.”

Jennifer, 23, said she was especially impressed with MiraCosta College’s nursing program. Even though she earned her degree at a community college, she said it surpassed what Central Connecticut State offered in many respects.

“The nursing program here is great. They give you hands-on experience and teach you everything you need to know to be an effective, professional, highly trained nurse.”

Because of the credits she accrued at MiraCosta College, Lombardo is just a few units away from a bachelor’s degree at Central Connecticut State, should she return. For now though, she’ll continue working as a patient care technician at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in San Clemente while she applies for nursing positions there and at other south Orange County hospitals.

Whatever happens, Jennifer said she made the right choice by coming to MiraCosta College.

“I really enjoyed the staff and I loved the school,” she said. “I fit in right away.” 

For more information about the graduation, or to interview graduates, including Lombardo, contact Aimee Barragan at abarragan@miracosta.edu or call 760.795.6796.

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