5 nursing graduates bring home the bronze

July 07, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

As they take their state licensing exams today, a few Carroll County practical-nursing graduates are more confident for having won third place in a national competition in Louisville, Ky.

Four women and a man who just graduated from the licensed practical-nursing program at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center brought back a bronze medal June 26, after a week at the national competition for the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA).

"It boosts your confidence," said Diane Eagle, 35, of Eldersburg, one of the graduates who competed June 21-26.

The competition drew 6,000 students from around the country in categories ranging from machine shop to culinary arts.

The only Carroll students to place in the top three nationally were the five nursing graduates.

They are Ms. Eagle; Julie Schoen, 25, of Hampstead; Kevin Firestone, 22, of Eldersburg; Marilyn Staub, 39, of Taneytown; and Cherice Warner, 43, of Sykesville, who went as an alternate.

They are post-secondary students who completed high school and attended the Vo-Tech Center for the one-year licensed practical-nursing program.

At the VICA championship, the graduates had to make quick decisions as a team, consulting and writing down their answers and holding them up on cards, all within 15 seconds of getting the question.

Participation in VICA and its contests is optional. But the experience in Louisville will only make them better nurses, participants said.

"It's a tremendous learning experience," Ms. Warner said. "It reinforces what we learned at the beginning of the year. It just keeps all of the information fresh in your mind."

Ms. Schoen said the win seemed to get the attention of a woman who interviewed her for a job last week.

"She was impressed we were third in the nation, and she wanted to know more about it," Ms. Schoen said. "I think it helps a little with [getting] a job."

Ms. Eagle, Mr. Firestone and Ms. Warner were taking their board exams today in Baltimore.

Ms. Staub is scheduled to take her exam Monday in Frederick, and Ms. Schoen will take her test in October.

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