Sandersville Nursing Students Receive Symbolic Pin During Ceremony

Four Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) Practical Nursing (PN) students were honored during the College’s Nursing Pinning Ceremony held on the North Campus in Sandersville, Monday, July 30.

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.

“I am very proud of each of these ladies and the hard work that they put forth to achieve a mutual goal, shared Suann McNutt, OFTC Practical Nursing Instructor. “Graduating from nursing school is tremendous accomplishment on your pathway to a successful career,” she added while addressing the graduates. “You have completed your PN degree and you’re now ready to conquer the NCLEX and take on the next stages of your profession. This is the point where you get to realize your dreams of becoming a nurse, put into practice what you’ve learned, and overcome challenges along the way.”

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.

While congratulating the students on their accomplishments, OFTC President, Dr. Lloyd Horadan encouraged the students to stay strong as they prepare to take their state boards in the coming weeks. “A wide range of doors are about to be opened to you,” he said. “Take full advantage of it and don’t pass up any opportunities. Congratulations again on completing this program and doing so well, proving to yourself and your families that you are the next generation of nurses from Oconee Fall Line Technical College.”

Graduating nurses were: Veronica Cooper, Washington; Sarah Kitchens, Glascock; Shanice Martin, Washington; and Lisa Murray, Washington.

For more information on OFTC’s Practical Nursing program, or the Associate Degree in Nursing Bridge Program, visit the Nursing Page on the OFTC.edu website.

OFTC President, Dr. Lloyd Horadan speaking to the Practical Nursing students during the PN Pinning Ceremony. L-R: Dr. Lloyd Horadan, Veronica Cooper, Sarah Kitchens, Shanice Martin, and Lisa Murray.

OFTC President, Dr. Lloyd Horadan speaking to the Practical Nursing students during the PN Pinning Ceremony. L-R: Dr. Lloyd Horadan, Veronica Cooper, Sarah Kitchens, Shanice Martin, and Lisa Murray.