Associate of Science in Nursing Students Honored in Pinning Ceremony at SRTC

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ASN Students Pinned - December 2015
Left to Right: Front Row:
Tikita Galloway, Angela Esther, Whitney Rosencrantz, Cassandra O’Neal, Brandy Sharpe Second Row: Kaley Lamon, Charlie Edwards, Dana Olvera Third Row: Marqueal Thomas, Telesia Adkins, Ashley Tarbart, Casey Nimmo Fourth Row: Rena Denson, Linda Edwards, Leah McGarrah, Ashley Hiatt, Ashley Hurst Fifth Row: Rob Coester, Sherry Ludden, Jennifer Cromer, Regina Gurley, Nicole Dunlap Sixth Row: Jeremy Weldon, Deborah Quick, Tacara Hopkins, Patricia Guzman, Jason Swain Seventh Row: Sara Vowell, Carson Minor, Nicole Margaritondo, Amber Stewart, Amanda Martin Eighth Row: Lindsey Childress, Dennis Cook, Catherine Jones, Squire Dison, Stephanie Strickland, Stephanie Hall

On December 16th, Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) held a pinning ceremony where forty two Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) students 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 14th, 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. This class consisted of both Generic and LPN-RN Bridge students and is one of our largest graduating classes to date. 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.

The students that received pins were: Telesia Adkins, Mary Bracey, Lindsey Childress, Rob Coester, Dennis Cook, Jennifer Cromer, Rena Denson, Squire Dison, Nicole Dunlap, Charlie Edwards, Angela Esther, Tikita Galloway, Regina Girley, Michelle Gray, Patricia Guzman, Stephanie Hall, Leonsa Hayden, Ashley Hiatt, Tacara Hopkins, Ashley Hurst, Sierra Jiles, Catherine Jones, Kaley Lamon, Sherry Ludden, Nicole Margaritondo, Amanda Martin, Leah McGarrah, Carson Minor, Casey Nimmo, Dana Olvera, Cassandra O’Neal, Deborah Quick, Whitney Rosencrantz, Amber Stewart, Stephanie Strickland, Jason Swain, Brandy Tharpe, Marqueal Thomas, Ashley Tarbart, Sara Vowell, and Jeremy Weldon.

“Of special significance at this pinning ceremony, is that these graduates are the first Southern Regional Technical College ASN class to be pinned. We are very proud of these historic graduates and wish them the very best as they begin their nursing careers.” commented Dr. Annie McElroy, SRTC Vice President of Academic Affairs.

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 155 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.

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