SRTC Practical Nursing Students Honored in Pinning Ceremony

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Practical Nursing Pinning - December 2015

Pictured Left to Right: Cienda James, Corey Long, Wendy Harrison, Sabrina Davis, Brooke Simmons, LeeAnn Flowers, Brittany Thompson, Gracie Sullivan, Claire Auger, Deidra Griner, Tammy Westberry, Natalie Heath, Emily Johnson, Brianna Carver, Mauricio Maravilla, Mahala McDaniel, Pam Sumner, Stefanique Wilson, Sheante Thomas, Shaquana Gibson, Rhonda Burns, Danielle Hutto, Cheryl Moore, Janeysia Yellock

On December 10th, Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) held a pinning ceremony where the most recent class of Practical Nursing (PN) students was honored. The ceremony commemorates the students’ successful completion of their nursing coursework and clinical rotations.

“For this ceremony three campuses - Grady, Moultrie and Tifton - came together as the first class to be pinned as Southern Regional Technical College Practical Nursing students. This class was faced with many different challenges related to merging separate programs, but they did not let that prevent them from meshing as one cohesive unit, pulling together as a united team, and graduating from the PN program. We are all incredibly proud of this group of students who have sacrificed such a great deal to become practical nurses here at SRTC. We have the utmost confidence in this group of students as they prepare to take the NCLEX-PN exam in the next few and look forward to them strengthening our local communities in the roles of Licensed Practical Nurses,” commented SRTC Practical Nursing Director Magan Swilley, RN, MSN.

Guest speaker, Dr. Annie McElroy, challenged and inspired the practical nursing Class of 2015 to remember the many years of nursing tradition at SRTC and Moultrie Technical College and Southwest Georgia Technical College, respectively, and to remain part of that legacy as they enter their careers.

The pinning ceremony is a rite passage into the nursing profession, during which each student received a pin and a small lamp. The pin is used to remind students of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed. The lamp 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 recited the Nightingale pledge stating their dedication to upholding the standards of nursing.

The students that received pins were: Cienda James, Corey Long, Wendy Harrison, Sabrina Davis, Brooke Simmons, LeeAnn Flowers, Brittany Thompson, Gracie Sullivan, Claire Auger, Deidra Griner, Tammy Westberry, Natalie Heath, Emily Johnson, Brianna Carver, Mauricio Maravilla, Mahala McDaniel, Pam Sumner, Stefanique Wilson, Sheante Thomas, Shaquana Gibson, Rhonda Burns, Danielle Hutto, Cheryl Moore, and Janeysia Yellock.

The following awards were given at the ceremony: Highest Exit Exam – Janeysia Yellock (Grady), Grace Sullivan (Moultrie), Claire Auger (Tifton); Outstanding Senior – Cienda James (Grady), Brooke Simmons (Moultrie), and Pam Sumner (Tifton).

The Practical Nursing program is a 5 semester diploma program designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor. For more information about SRTC’s Practical Nursing Program call 888-205-3449.

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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