Dublin Nursing Students Receive Pin During Fall 2020 Pinning Ceremony

Eleven Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) Practical Nursing students were honored during the College’s Fall 2020 Pinning Ceremony held on the Dublin Campus, Wednesday, December 9.

Each year OFTC holds this ceremony to symbolize the nursing student’s completion of their educational requirements which enables them to sit for the state board licensure examination and welcomes them into the family of nurses. 

“This has been a very trying and difficult year for this group of students,” shared OFTC Practical Nursing Instructor, Danee’ Brooks. “Covid has impacted nursing programs in ways we’ve never seen before and our students have done an amazing job adapting to new situations; we are so proud of them.”

“We would like to congratulate them on this accomplishment and wish them the best in their nursing careers,” she added.

The tradition of the pinning ceremony dates to the Crusades when members of the Knight Hospitallers were honored with Maltese crosses after caring for wounded soldiers. Then in the 1860’s Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, continued the tradition when she decided all nursing students who completed nursing training deserved recognition.  

During the Fall 2020 Pinning Ceremony each graduating nurse received their pin and the entire class lit a candle and recited the Nightingale Pledge in honor of Florence Nightingale. 

Karen Beck, LPN, who works at Serenity Place in Dublin served as guest speaker and delivered an address to the nursing graduates, encouraging them in the exciting days ahead.

“I’m so proud of each one of you,” she said. “Like I told you, it’s not about the paycheck, it’s about the person in that bed. Purpose to treat each and every patient as you want to be treated and there are countless lives you’re going to touch. But don’t take it for granted. Keep going forward. You can do it. Thank you for letting me be a part of your pinning ceremony. Go get em’!”

Graduating nurses were: Jakara Dinkins, Eastman; Shelbie Hargrove, Tennille; Laquisha Jones, Dublin; Terry Kitchens, Wadley; Lawanda Mills, Soperton; Lyntoria Moye, East Dublin; Lana Rogers, Dudley; Terrionna Rozier, East Dublin; Christyn Shenk, East Dublin; Shaiquay Smith, Milledgeville; Dana Upshaw, Dudley

For more info on OFTC’s Practical Nursing program, visit the College’s website, OFTC.edu.

OFTC's Dublin Practical Nursing students lighting candles before reciting the Nightingale Pledge during the Fall 2020 Pinning Ceremony.

OFTC’s Dublin PN students after the Fall 2020 Pinning Ceremony. Pictured: Jakara Dinkins, Eastman; Shelbie Hargrove, Tennille; Laquisha Jones, Dublin; Terry Kitchens, Wadley; Lawanda Mills, Soperton; Lyntoria Moye, East Dublin; Lana Rogers, Dudley; Terrionna Rozier, East Dublin; Christyn Shenk, East Dublin; Shaiquay Smith, Milledgeville; Dana Upshaw, Dudley.

OFTC's Dublin Practical Nursing students lighting candles before reciting the Nightingale Pledge during the Fall 2020 Pinning Ceremony.

OFTC’s Dublin Practical Nursing students lighting candles before reciting the Nightingale Pledge.