Practical Nursing Students Pinned During OFTC Ceremony

Nine Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) Practical Nursing students were honored during the College’s Nursing Pinning Ceremony held in Sandersville, Thursday, August 1.

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.

“We are all so proud of these students,” shared Suann McNutt, OFTC Practical Nursing Instructor. “We know that each one of these students are trained and capable of going into the workforce and becoming great nurses.”

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.

Graduating nurses were Betsy Brown, Wadley; Kimberly Garrett, Wrightsville; Sierra Hasty, Sandersville; Sage Martus, Tennille; AnTrayous Middlebrooks, Milledgeville; Breanna Phillips, Warrenton; KaTeria Poole, Sandersville, Amber Viles, Sparta; and Charmaine Worthen, Louisville.

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

Group photo of OFTC's Practical Nursing students in Sandersville.

Group photo of OFTC’s Practical Nursing students in Sandersville.