Butler Nursing Program welcomes graduates to the nursing community

Rodney Dimick/BCC
Special to the Gazette

For Butler nursing student and military veteran Kylie Greybill, stepping forward to receive her nursing pin was the culmination of a long-awaited dream. Coming from a military family, Kylie enlisted in the Air Force out of high school with the intention of serving in the medical field. When she was instead chosen for airfield management, she realized her dream would have to wait.

Butler Nursing 2021 class vice president Jessica Martin (left) of Buckley, Washington and class president Sara Davis of Derby.

After serving four years, Kylie left the Air Force in 2013 to be a stay-at-home mom, while her husband continued his military career. When the family was reassigned from Eilsen Air Force base in Alaska to McConnell, Kylie saw her opportunity to pursue a career in medicine - enrolling in Butler’s joint ADN/BSN program with the University of Kansas.

Kylie credits the military with helping her succeed through the rigorous program.

“The military, it gives you a sense of yourself. They pretty much break you down in basic to build you back up, and I just got the discipline from them, the attention to detail, working under pressure. They make sure you excel at that.”

Kylie also found the exposure to different cultures during her enlistment has been an asset to her nursing education.

“Just always working with a multitude of people. I worked with JASDF - which is the Japanese Air Force – while I was in Alaska. Just getting the different cultures and everybody from all these different backgrounds helped me in the nursing area, going through clinicals.”

Kylie will soon be putting her nursing skills to good use. As her family is packing up to move to Utah for her husband’s next assignment, Kylie has already accepted a position in an Intensive Care Unit, ICU, there.

Graduates of the Butler/KU ADN and BSN partnership.

Front row (left to right): Kaylee Laham of Potwin, Avery Tanner of Wichita, and Jenna Rossillon of Derby.

Second row: Anna Kuestersteffen of El Dorado, Jake Pfeifer of Maize, Kylie Greybill of Fairfax, Virginia, and Mason Webb of Wichita.

On Thursday, May 13, 66 Butler nursing program graduates stood to take their nursing pledge and receive their pins, including Butler’s first hearing-impaired graduate of the program, Kellie Troyer, as well as seven students receiving their joint KU BSN degree.

The crowd was welcomed by Dr. Caleb Ediger, associate dean of nursing and allied health, followed by greetings from Jim Howell, Butler Board of Trustees member, Butler President Dr. Kim Krull, and Lori Winningham, vice president of academic affairs.

Class President Sara Davis gave remarks on behalf of her fellow graduates.

“Nursing and all that it encompasses is an incredibly special field to work in, and it takes commitment, dedication, faith, patience and a tenacious spirit to complete the required schooling for those who choose to follow the path of becoming a nurse. Each person you see in this class has had their own journey to follow in pursuit of this dream, and none of our stories are the same,” said Davis.

Next, the International Council of Nurses’ Pledge was recited by Jessica Martin, class vice president.

Dr. Ediger presented the KU BSN graduates, explaining the requirements of the program.

“Several years ago, the University of Kansas approached the Butler Nursing Program about creating a partnership that would allow students to earn their bachelor's degree in nursing from KU and never have to leave the Butler campus. Students interested in this partnership completed approximately 60 credit hours of general education classes prior to simultaneously entering the Butler Community College and University of Kansas Nursing Program.

Two years ago, there were seven students who embarked on this journey by entering the program of both of these nursing education powerhouses in the State of Kansas. Students in this partnership not only successfully completed every requirement of the Butler Nursing Program, but also completed a minimum of six credit hours of online coursework for each semester through KU, for a total of 30 extra credit hours.”

The students who were presented with honor cords for completing the ADN/BSN program are: Kylie Greybill, Charles Hallberg, Anna Kuestersteffen, Kaylee Laham, Jake Pfeifer, Jenna Rossillon and Mason T. Webb.

Faculty sponsor Kimberly Hubble presented the BSNA awards to Sara Davis,

vice president; Jessica Martin, membership chair; Joseph Duncan, treasurer; and Bailey Wiser, secretary.

The event culminated in the pinning of 66 new Butler graduates who are ready to embark on their nursing careers.

Area Nursing Graduates by Hometown:

* denotes KU BSN Graduate

Andover —  Lesa Albin, Erica Duncan, Joseph Duncan, Denver Smith

Augusta — Raegen Davis, Karen Shupe, Kellie Troyer

Benton — Haley Mitchell

Douglass — Sara Cox, Debra Lowe

El Dorado — Ricki Burks, *Annah Kuestersteffen, Elizabeth Morlan, Angela Walter

Potwin — *Kaylee Laham

Rose Hill — Jessica Gowdy, Kelsey Jacobs