RN Nursing Students Honored at Pinning Ceremony

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group of 32 nursing students
Left to Right: Bottom row: Courtney Williams, Hillary Sandlin, Ashley Peek, Kelci Register, Kendale Zimmer 2nd row: Emily Easler, Rachel Moore, Tanya Roberson 3rd row: Mary Walker, Stephanie Williams, Katie Carter, Ashley Kindoll 4th row: Rachel Clemons, Kimberly Thomas, Whitney Adcock, Dan Badger 5th row: Latrice Rockmore, Austin Williamson, Desiree Terrell, Brittany Walters, Miranda Wider 6th row: Taylor Hodges, Brittany Mixon, Jerica Johnson, Jeremy Reynolds Back row: Signe Hyatt, Shirley Deya, Heather Benton, Aushika Dawson

On December 14th, Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) held a pinning ceremony where 32 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 also participated in SRTC’s formal 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 received 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: Whitney Adcock, Dan Badger, Heather Benton, Katie Carter, Rachel Clemons, Aushika Dawson, Jane DeLeon, Shirley Deya, Emily Easler, Harriet Fernandez, Taylor Hodges, Signe Hyatt, Jerica Johnson, Ashley Kindoll, Brittany Mixon, Rachel Moore, Ashley Peek, Chasity Pendergrass, Kelci Register, Jeremy Reynolds, Tanya Roberson, Latrice Rockmore, Hillary Sandlin, Desiree Terrell, Kimberly Thomas, Mary Walker, Brittany Walters, Miranda Wider, Courtney Williams, Stephanie Williams, Austin Williamson, and Kendale Zimmerman.

Among the 30-plus honorees were 13 SRTC Foundation scholarship recipients. Scholarship awards are merit-based upon a strict criterion which includes overall academic grade point average, personal and professional recommendations, an essay review, and more. Foundation scholarships can be utilized for any school-related expense incurred by students, including but not limited to: travel expenses for clinical visits, professional licensing fees, program materials, tuition, fees, books, and more.

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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