The graduates from left are: Yecenia Leyva, Amy Schoonmaker, Courtney Brubaker, Micyela Alcala, Jonathan Reimann, Desiree Erchul, Selina McDermott, Stephanie Shannon, Nancy Moore (Nursing Instructor), and Darlene Oertle (Allied Health Director). Not pictured: Stephanie Raker. Photo submitted

FRC graduates nine in nursing program

This past weekend marked another graduation/pinning ceremony for the Feather River College (FRC) Vocational Nursing Program. This event featured the historical pinning ceremony, which has a special meaning beyond just a traditional graduation. The pinning ceremony signifies that the graduates have joined a sisterhood and/or brotherhood of nurses, and are now ready to serve society as a healthcare professional.

The ceremony took place Dec. 4 for all nine of the students who completed the FRC nursing program. These students had many reasons to celebrate, including overcoming obstacles and interruptions caused by COVID-19. Most will be continuing their educational journeys toward becoming a registered nurse while seeking employment as vocational nurses, both locally and afar.

This program is possible due to the continued support and partnership with Plumas District Hospital (PDH). Darlene Oertle, RN, BSN and Allied Health Director at FRC, had this to say about the partnership, “Completion of the nursing program would not be possible without the partnership and support of PDH. They provided COVID testing services, PPE, and access to all patient care areas. The staff was always receptive and willing to go above and beyond to help teach and instruct as needed.”

JoDee Read, CEO of PDH, echoed similar sentiments when asked her thoughts on the relationship: “We are so pleased to have an outstanding collaboration with Feather River College. Success stories like this program build the foundation for more healthcare careers going forward. Plumas District Hospital looks forward to what we can accomplish together while providing educational and professional opportunities for our community.”


These past few years have demonstrated that there is a dire need for more health care professionals. Plumas County is fortunate to have two organizations located right here in our backyard that help educate and employee health care professionals from all different backgrounds and specializations.

If you are interested in a career in nursing, now is the time to start. Contact Darlene at [email protected], or (530) 283-0202 ext. 235 and get started today!