South Campus Practical Nursing Students Receive Nursing Pin

Five Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) Practical Nursing students were honored during the college’s Nursing Pinning Ceremony held on the South Campus in Dublin, Tuesday, August 1.

Each year, the college holds this ceremony to symbolize the 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 back 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 group as a whole lit a candle and recited the Nightingale Pledge in honor of Florence Nightingale.

Guest speaker and OFTC Anatomy and Physiology Instructor, Robin Howell, delivered the ceremony address.

Graduating nurses were: Emily Carter (Laurens), Sandra Drew (Laurens), Kelli Peacock (Dodge), Jalisa Thomas (Laurens), and Amanda Wicker (Laurens).

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OFTC Practical Nursing Students standing with the ceremony guest speaker.

Back row: Amanda Wicker (Laurens county), Jalisa Thomas (Laurens County), Sandra Drew (Laurens County) Front row: Kelli Peacock (Dodge County), Robin Howell, Speaker (Bleckley County) and Emily Carter (Laurens)