PN Students Receive Traditional Nursing Pin During Ceremony

Seventeen Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) Practical Nursing students received their traditional nursing pin during the College’s August Pinning Ceremony. The traditional ceremony was held on the Sandersville Campus, Thursday, August 5.  

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

“Despite a challenging year, these students completed one of the most demanding programs they could have chosen, and they did it with a positive spirit that we are truly proud of,” shared Suann McNutt, Practical Nursing Instructor on the College’s Sandersville Campus. “It’s been an honor to be a part of their journey to becoming nurses. We hope these students never forget the lessons they’ve learned and continue to provide the best care to their patients.” 

“It is always amazing to see the growth of students from the time they enter the program to when they finish,” added Kelly McAdams, Practical Nursing Instructor on the Dublin Campus. “Through all of the ups and downs, the times they wanted to give up and quit, they kept going and pushed through. We are proud of what these students have achieved and we hope they are too.” 

The Tradition

The traditional nursing pin dates to the Crusades when members of the Knight Hospitallers were honored with Maltese crosses after caring for wounded soldiers. And 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 the traditional nursing pin, lit the ceremonious candle, and recited the Nightingale Pledge in honor of Florence Nightingale.   

Graduating nurses from the Sandersville Campus were: Sarah Chandler, Washington; Shakerria Coleman, Washington; Alex Coxville, Warren; Stephanie Deatherage, Johnson; Lashaonda Gilmore, Jefferson; Antonio Johnson, Hancock; Nicole Lowery, Baldwin; Kelli Osborne, Washington; Deann Waller, Washington; Aieea Wilson, Bibb. Graduating nurses from the Dublin Campus were: Samondria Burger, Laurens; Savannah Edmond, Laurens, Brooke James, Laurens; Jessica Powell, Telfair; Kylie Rollins, Bleckley; Kaitlyn Spires, Coffee; Maranda Taylor, Wheeler. 

So, for more info on OFTC’s Practical Nursing program, visit the College’s website,