On Tuesday, August 11, Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) held a drive through pinning ceremony during which twenty-three Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) students received their nursing pins. The ceremony commemorates the students’ successful completion of their nursing coursework and clinical rotations. This class of nursing students are also invited to participate in SRTC’s formal graduation ceremony on December 1, and will officially be Registered Nurses (RN) pending the passage of their board exams. These prospective nurses represent the generic nursing program of the Thomasville campus of Southern Regional Technical College.
The students receiving pins were: Cynthia Baisden, Jacob Brinson, Sara Brown, Rebecca Davidson, Lasonda Davis, Hannah Dunn, Casandra Ellis, Ashlin Kent, and Torrie Perry all of Moultrie; Arnold Hoyt Buckner IV of Pelham; Jamey Carnline of Meigs; Sarah Creager of Pavo; Shontrell Davis and Takeria Walker of Tallahasse; Amy Dollar of Cairo; Kelsey Donaldson and Roselynn Garcia of Norman Park; Zachary Eason of Monticello; Courtney Faborito of Lakeland; Jasmine Granger of Valdosta; Johnna Jowers of Boston; and Dawn Marie Nahlen of Camilla.
During the pinning ceremony, which symbolizes the rite of passage into the nursing profession, students received a pin and a small lamp from the safety of their vehicle. The pin reminds students of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed. The lamp serves as a tribute to Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern-day nursing. In the nineteenth century, Nightingale was known as the "Lady with the Lamp," tending to the sick while carrying a lamp to light the way.
“This group of students handled the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic beautifully. They quickly adjusted to the online classroom environment and finished the remainder of the clinical coursework with Virtual Patient Simulation (vSims). All of these graduates have accepted nursing positions, and I am so very proud of them,” commented Terry Harper, MSN, Associate of Science Nursing Instructor.
At the ceremony, faculty members recognized several students for exceptional achievement during their time in the nursing program. Those awards and their recipients are as follows: Sarah Creagar earned the Highest Exit Exam Award with a score of 1274 (99.9%). The Clinical Excellence Award was given to Cynthia Baisden. The Archbold Leadership Award was given to Jacob Brinson. Finally, the Nightingale Award recognized the accomplishments of Shontrell Davis.
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 students quickly into a desired career, and 28 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 Colquitt, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Thomas, Tift, Turner and Worth counties for the convenience of its 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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