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Ridgeland student places second in state nursing convention

Ridgeland student places second in state nursing convention

Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus practical nursing student Carmen McKey of Florence placed second in the state at the Mississippi LPN Association Convention held April 13-15 in Biloxi. Held at the IP Casino and Spa, the convention, titled "Exploring the Thrilling Profession of LPNs in Mississippi" was attended by students, instructors and other LPNs from various health care settings across the state.

Specifically, McKey competed in a simulated NCLEX Prep Test and had the second highest score overall. She was awarded $150 for placing. This was not McKey's first time to place in a statewide competition this year; in March, she was a member of the first-place Quiz Bowl team at the 2016 SkillsUSA competition.

"Carmen should be very proud of her achievement," said Heather Roberts, Holmes practical nursing instructor. "She competed against her peers throughout the state. The NCLEX is the licensing test used for all nurses in the state, and her score speaks highly of her dedication, understanding, and preparation for her future. She has been diligent throughout the program, and I think she will make an excellent addition to the field of nursing."

Founded in 1970, the Mississippi LPN Association, Incorporated (MLPNA) is the professional organization for the 13,000 LPNs in Mississippi. MLPNA is a constituent of the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses, Incorporated (NFLPN). The organization's mission is to nurture growth of the LPN profession to aid in enhancing Mississippi's healthcare.

For more information about MLPNA, visit

For more information about the Holmes Ridgeland Campus Practical Nursing Program, contact Lakesia Sutton at or (601) 605-3321 or contact Heather Roberts at or (601) 605-3334.

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