By Marsha Miller
Eleven Mercy Hospital Ardmore nurses recently obtained Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees and four of the nurses received top honors during ceremonies at Oklahoma City University.
Those receiving awards include:

Jennifer Bramlett — Outstanding RN to BSN AwardMelissa Hallum —Academic Excellence RN to BSN AwardJudy Parkey — Oklahoma City University Star AwardMarian Peters — Oklahoma City University Star AwardOther Mercy Hospital Ardmore graduates are:

Pamela ChristianAmanda HallumCarol HarrisBronson NolandCarolyn NortonPamela SeymourMike TalkingtonRandy Jobe, Mercy Hospital Ardmore Interim President and Vice President of Mercy Clinic Operations, lauded the group for taking "a big step in advancing their degrees."
Jobe described the intensive fast paced study program the 11 nurses participated in to claim their degrees.
"This nine month program allows our local co-workers to complete the required course work, testing, and clinicals on-site, he said.
The graduates are part of the expanding group of nurses at the local medical facility who have obtained advanced degrees. In September, hospital officials said an estimated 60 percent of the MHA nursing leadership team had or is currently seeking higher degree levels from Bachelor of Science in Nursing to masters level nursing degrees. Numerous nursing team members have attained national certifications in palliative care, intensive care nursing, case management and maternal and child health.
In addition, 7 percent of the nurses at the Ardmore hospital have either obtained or were working toward earning a master's degree. That percentage already exceeds the state average of 6 percent. And, by the end of 2013 that number will increase with an additional eight nurses "on track" to garner another diploma.