Left to Right: Front Row: Deanna McBride, Shanna Sheppard, Megan Stalvey, Tim Donalson Second Row: Sarah Farmer, Josh Moody, Karen Fitzpatrick, Tacara Lopez Third Row: Brittany Hurst, Vonteaic Anderson, Paige Swearingen Fourth Row: Amanda Eldridge, Heather Stinson, Renee Trawick, Nikki Paul
On May 4th, Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) held a pinning ceremony where 16 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 next scheduled graduation ceremony 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 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. These graduates further iterate SRTC’s mission of providing skilled workers to meet the demand of an ever growing workforce and continue to fill a statewide void with qualified personnel,” 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: Vonteaic Anderson of Macon, Tim Donalson of Thomasville, Amanda Eldridge of Moultrie, Sarah Farmer of Ray City, Karen Fitzpatrick of Thomasville, Brittany Hurst of Pelham, Takara Lopez of Valdosta, Deanna McBride of Moultrie, Josh Moody of Thomasville, Nikki Paul of Warner Robins, Shanna Sheppard of Pelham, Megan Stalvey of DuPont, Heather Stinson of Moultrie, Paige Swearingen of Thomasville, Renee Trawick of Thomasville, and Crystal Wetherington of Thomasville.
Several students received special recognition for individual excellence at the ceremony. Awards were distributed as follows: Clinical Excellence – Karen Fitzpatrick, Nightingale Award – Deanna McBride, Leadership Award– Paige Swearingen, and Highest HESI Exit Award– Paige Swearingen.
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.
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