SRTC Practical Nursing Students Honored in Pinning Ceremonies in Tifton and Thomasville

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Front Row Left to Right: Ashley Watkins, Julie Shirley, Heather Harrell, Warren David Hawkins, Jessica Snyder, James Swilley, Katie Crossin Back Row Left to Right: Kayla Sauls, Kara Luke, Kelly Henderson Dorminey, Maria Calderon, Melinda Rahm, Audrey Johnson

Bottom row from left to right: Janirah Coasey, Maylen Tejera Frometa, Heather Faircloth and LaToya Brown
Middle row from left to right: Latitia Hart, Perchell Sutton and Kaitlynn Johnson
Top row from left to right: Kristyna Hurst, Brianna Queen, Jessica Branham and Bridgett Fuentes-Martinez

On August 4th, 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.

“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 Program Chair Magan Swilley, RN, MSN.

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 in the Thomasville ceremony were: Jessica Branham of Cairo, Janirah Coasey of Moultrie, Heather Faircloth of Cairo, Bridgett Fuentes-Martinez of Moultrie, Latitia Hart of Valdosta, Kristyna Hurst of Meigs, Kaitlynn Johnson of Moultrie, Brianna Queen of Hartsfield, Perchell Sutton of Moultrie, and Maylen Tejera-Frometa of Moultrie.

The students that received pins in the Tifton ceremony were: Maria Calderon of Tifton, Katie Crossin of Fitzgerald, Kelly Henderson Dorminey of Tifton, Heather Harrell of Tifton, Warren David Hawkins of Tifton, Audrey Johnson of Tifton, Kara Luke of Lenox, Melinda Rahm of Sylvester, Kayla Sauls of Poulan, Julie Shirley of Nashville, Jessica Snyder of Norman Park, James Swilley of Sumner, and Ashley Watkins of 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.

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