Local Practical Nursing Students Receive Nursing Pin

Four Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) Practical Nursing students were honored during the college’s Nursing Pinning Ceremony held on the North Campus in Sandersville, Monday, July 31.

Each year the college 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 ceremony is a long-lived celebration recognizing the students’ hard work and dedication,” shared Leslie Thigpen, Chair of OFTC’s Practical Nursing program. “Those who receive their nursing pins tonight have indeed worked hard.  Their families should also be recognized for their support, which is essential for any nursing student to be successful.”

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, Raven Smith, RN and Nurse Manager at the Washington County Health Department addressed the graduates and offered words of wisdom she hoped they would always remember. “Recognize the unique person inside of every patient,” Smith said. “Patients don’t expect us to have all the answers but they do expect us to be compassionate and understanding. Don’t forget to do the little things and share your knowledge with all.”

Graduating nurses were: Vanessa Ruffin, Hephzibah; Kimberly Stevens, Bartow; Kacey Weeks, Thomson; and Teresa Wiley, Sandersville.

For more info about OFTC or the Practical Nursing program, visit OFTC.edu.

OFTC Practical Nursing students: Teresa Wiley, Kimberly Stevens, Vanessa Ruffin, and Kacey Weeks

OFTC Practical Nursing students: Teresa Wiley, Kimberly Stevens, Vanessa Ruffin, and Kacey Weeks