PN Students Pinned During Ceremony at OFTC Dublin
Nearly a dozen 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, December 4.
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.
“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 entire class lit a candle and recited the Nightingale Pledge in honor of Florence Nightingale.
Karen Beck, an LPN at Serenity Place in Dublin served as guest speaker and delivered an address to the nursing graduates, encouraging them for the exciting days ahead.
“Each and every one of you have a special gift God has given you,” Beck said. “Don’t be afraid to show it. Don’t be scared. Yes, you’re venturing into something new. You will learn something new every day. Grab hold if it and don’t stop. Keep on doing what you’re doing because it’s truly a God calling. God sees something special in each one of you.”
Graduating nurses were Christina Chaney, McRae; Heather Corbett, Dublin; Shamekia Brown; Sanderville; Treasure Havior, Milledgeville; Ivy Knight, Cochran; Asha Renfroe, Soperton; Bridgett Shirley, Dublin; Astrid Smith, Dublin; Christine Tondee, Dublin; Jasmine Watson, Dublin; and Nalley Wright, Dublin.