MSC, Mercy Hospital see 15 graduate nursing program

Graduating class. Members of the first graduating class in Ardmore’s Murray at Mercy Nursing Program participated in a pinning ceremony at Murray State College in Tishomingo on Nov. 20. Masks were worn by all throughout the ceremony, with graduates removing their masks outside for a group photo. Pictured (front row from left:) Nakevia Davis, Erika Grimaldo, Bailey Oaks, Jessie Weeks, Devin Dunn, Kendra Ludwyck, Kirsten Taylor, Katelyn Stinson and Sarah Way. Hannah Dalrymple, Lora Miller, Savanna Boone, Madalun Sacco, J.R. Simpler and Davida Harris.

Murray State College and Ardmore’s Mercy Hospital have been looking forward since 2019 to graduating the first class from their innovative Murray at Mercy nursing partnership and, on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, the goal became a reality. Fifteen student graduates of the program were pinned in a ceremony that included faculty and administrators from Murray State and Mercy Hospital.
The program was created to assist Mercy Hospital with staffing and provide nurses from two graduating classes at Murray State per year.
The new graduates, decked out in all white, with white caps and blue MSC masks, took the nursing pledge, were pinned, and received congratulations from faculty, family and friends outside following the ceremony.
“We are so pleased to be here today congratulating the first class of graduates from Murray at Mercy.  Graduates and their families’ lives have been changed for good through this program.  We wish them great success,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel.
The Mercy Health Foundation contributed funding to renovate an area in the Old Tower Building which has now become a small education facility, complete with offices, simulation labs and classrooms.
For more information on joining the Murray at Mercy program to become a nurse, visit the MSC website at

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