Simpson University to Honor Second Class of Four-Year Nursing Students

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University’s School of Nursing will honor its second graduating class of four-year nursing students at a 6 p.m. pinning ceremony Thursday, April 24, in the Heritage Student Life Center.

This year’s graduating class includes 27 women and men between the ages of 20 and 52. All are from California, with 21 from the North State (Shasta, Siskiyou and Tehama counties).

The pinning ceremony includes a candlelight recitation of the (Florence) Nightingale pledge by all nurses in attendance, and pins will be attached to each graduate by a relative or friend. Kim Shaw, vice president of Patient Care Services at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, will be the keynote speaker.

Simpson University partners with 12 North State healthcare agencies, and students do clinical rotations at many of these locations, including Mercy and Shasta Regional medical centers, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Red Bluff, Restpadd, public and mental health facilities in Shasta and Tehama counties, and long-term care agencies.

In 2011, Simpson launched a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program, expanding its nursing educational options, which include a 16-month RN-BSN Track program. It graduated its first cohort of 20 students in spring 2013.

In the fall, the university will open its new two-story Science & Nursing Building, built to help meet the increased demand for nursing higher education. Currently meeting in modular buildings on campus, the BSN program is stretched to capacity, with more than 90 students this semester and 95 expected in spring 2015.

Nine members of the class of 2014 were among the first to be inducted into the university’s new Honor Society of Nursing this spring.


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s newest programs include bachelor's degrees in Spanish and nursing, and master’s degrees in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Learn about our new Science & Nursing Building at For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


Contact: SU Public Relations