Dublin Nursing Students Receive Symbolic Pin During Ceremony

Eleven Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) Practical Nursing (PN) students were honored during the College’s Nursing Pinning Ceremony held on the South Campus in Dublin, Tuesday, July 31.

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.

“As instructors, we know the hard work and sleepless nights these students have put in,” shared Deborah Thomsen, OFTC Practical Nursing Instructor. “It makes all of us ‘mother hens’ very proud to see our little ‘chicks’ step up and get that pin.”

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 ceremony each graduating nurse received their pin and the entire class lit a candle and recited the Nightingale Pledge in honor of Florence Nightingale.

Kim Rozar, RN, BSN, a wound nurse at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin, delivered the ceremony address. Rozar is certified for chemotherapy drug administration and served as a supervisor to this class of PN students as they rotated through her area during Med Surg. clinicals.

Graduating nurses were: Ashton Brantley, Dublin; Christian Chaney, Eastman; Jessica Clar, Dublin; Vonisha Hunter, Dublin; Kristina Meeks, Dublin; Paris Mimbs, Dexter; Amanda Noseworthy, Rentz; Alexander Solen, Wrightsville; Natiaya Thomas, Gordon; Ciera Wadley, Sandersville; Tedra Watkins, Eatonton.

To learn more about OFTC’s Practical Nursing Program, visit the Nursing Program page on the OFTC.edu website.

Photo // Leslie Folds

A group photo of OFTC's Practical Nursing Students before the Pinning Ceremony. Back Row, LR: Vonisha Hunter, Jessica Clark, Christian Chaney, Natiaya Thomas, Tedra Watkins; Front Row, L-R: Alexander Solen, Ashton Brantley, Paris Mimbs, Amanda Noseworthy, Kristina Meeks, Ciera Wadley.

A group photo of OFTC’s Practical Nursing Students before the Pinning Ceremony. Back Row, LR: Vonisha Hunter, Jessica Clark, Christian Chaney, Natiaya Thomas, Tedra Watkins; Front Row, L-R: Alexander Solen, Ashton Brantley, Paris Mimbs, Amanda Noseworthy, Kristina Meeks, Ciera Wadley.