Graduates of the forty-fifth class of the
North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology were encouraged to always show compassion for their patients during a
ceremony July 7 in the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center, located on
the North Oaks Medical Center campus.
The nine graduates include: Rocky J. Brown Jr. and Brooke Amber Richardson,
Maurepas; Trenton L. DeBautte and Brittany Palmer, Ponchatoula; Kristina
R. Evans, Baton Rouge; Justin J. Grijalva, Slidell; Richard P. Hebert
III, Covington; Angela E. Valenti, Hammond; and Molly Marie Willie, Mandeville.
“Compassion is a guaranteed expectation of your patients,”
shared North Oaks Health System’s Education Director Nicole Barnum
during the commencement address, while also encouraging sincerity.
“Know that small actions have a large impact,” Barnum emphasized.
“They (patients) will remember how you made them feel.”
The ceremony marked the conclusion of a 2-year program with more than 2,000
clinical training hours for each graduate, according to Program Director
Marsha J. Talbert.
Outstanding achievement awards were given to three of the graduates during
the ceremony. The Academic Award was presented to Richardson for obtaining
the highest overall scholastic average, and the Performance and Attitude
Award for exceptional performance in the clinical setting was given to
Grijalva. Dr. Rodney Taylor presented the Dannye Young Taylor Always Remembering
Others Award in honor of his wife to Valenti in recognition of her outstanding
patient care skills.
In addition, Brown, Evans, Grijalva, Hebert, Palmer, Richardson, Valenti
and Willie were recognized as members of Lambda Nu, an honor society for
the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences. To become a member of the society,
a member must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0.
North Oaks Health System Senior Vice President of Human Resources Jeff
Jarreau presided over the 1-hour ceremony, and Talbert presented diplomas
to the graduates.
Established in 1967, the
North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology is accredited by the
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The School offers a comprehensive 24-month program that provides classroom
and clinical instruction to prepare students for careers in the field
of diagnostic imaging, which is used to diagnose and treat diseases and
injuries. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) National Certification examination and apply for Louisiana state licensure.
Applications for the 2016-18 class will be accepted through June 1, 2016.
To request an application, call (985) 230-7805 or write to the Program
Director, care of North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology, P.O. Box
2668, Hammond, Louisiana, 70404. Applications also may be downloaded