ASN Students Honored in Pinning Ceremony at SRTC

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Left to Right: Front Row:
Hannah Hancock, Heather Southerland, Katie Owens, Haley Bates Second Row: Caitlin Blair, Adrianna Najar, Hope Shirley, Robin Mullins, Delilah Flowers Third Row: Justin Carroll, Nakeshia Durham, Keizzie Collins, Shelley Robinson, Alex Hobrat Fourth Row: Danielle McDonald, Sonya Brown, Kristian Mercer, Nicole Lawrence, Krystal Twyman, Karlie Bozeman Fifth Row: Brook Daws, Ashley Anderson, Courtney Pearson Sixth Row: Cienda James, James Williams, Kalisha Martin, Jafaria Robinson

On December 13th, Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) held a pinning ceremony where 27 Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) students from the LPN to RN Bridge program and the Generic ASN program were honored by receiving their nursing pins. The ceremony commemorates the students’ successful completion of their nursing coursework and clinical rotations. This class of nursing students will participate in SRTC’s graduation ceremony on January 26, 2016 and will officially be Registered Nurses (RN) pending the passage of their board exams.

In this pinning ceremony, which symbolizes the rite of passage into the nursing profession, each student receives a pin and lights a small lamp. The pin is used to remind students of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed. The lighting portion of the ceremony serves as a tribute to Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern-day nursing. In the 1800s Nightingale was known as the "lady with the lamp," tending to the sick while carrying a lamp to light the way. At the ceremony, students also recite the Nightingale pledge stating their dedication to upholding the standards of being a nurse.

“It is my honor once again to pin an ASN nursing class. Pinning is always a special day for our nursing graduates as it represents their first commitment to the profession. The high standards this group holds for their profession was demonstrated as they recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge during the ceremony. Our students will tell you this is an intense program and the rewards outweigh the sacrifice, especially as it relates to job preparation. The entire service area of Southern Regional will be gaining a wonderful addition to the nursing work force,” commented Tammy Bryant, MSN, RN, SRTC ASN Program Director.

This pinning had student representatives from the generic Associate of Science in Nursing program and the LPN to RN bridge program. The students that received pins were: Hannah Hancock, Heather Southerland, Katie Owens, Haley Bates, Caitlin Blair, Adrianna Najar, Hope Shirley, Robin Mullins, Delilah Flowers, Justin Carroll, Nakeshia Durham, Keizzie Collins, Shelley Robinson, Alex Hobrat, Danielle McDonald, Sonya Brown, Kristian Mercer, Nicole Lawrence, Krystal Twyman, Karlie Bozeman, Brook Daws, Ashley Anderson, Courtney Pearson, Cienda James, James Williams, Kalisha Martin, and Jafaria Robinson.

Several students received special recognition for individual excellence at the ceremony. Awards were distributed as follows: Clinical Excellence in ASN Generic – Danielle McDonald, Nightingale Award in ASN Generic – Hope Shirley, Leadership Award in ASN Generic – Danielle McDonald, Clinical Excellence Award in LPN to RN Bridge – Krystal Twyman, Nightingale Award in LPN to RN Bridge – Jafaria Robinson, Leadership Award in LPN to RN Bridge – Krystal Twyman, Highest HESI Exit Award in ASN Generic – Caitlin Blair, and Highest HESI Exit Award in LPN to RN Bridge – Jafaria Robinson.

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program is designed to prepare students as entry-level practitioners to provide safe, effective nursing care and promote healthy transitions for diverse clients in a variety of settings. This program develops critical thinking, integrates accumulated knowledge from nursing, the sciences and humanities, and emphasizes the values of caring, accountability, responsibility and professional ethics. The SRTC ASN program has been granted approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

SRTC offers over 148 degree, diploma, and certificate programs that are designed to get you quickly into your desired career, and 27 general education courses that transfer to the University System of Georgia institutions and 19 private colleges and universities in Georgia. SRTC has instructional sites located in Ashburn, Cairo, Camilla, Moultrie, Thomasville, Tifton, and Sylvester for the convenience of our students. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. For the most up-to-date information on registration, class dates, and program offerings, log on to www.southernregional.edu.