Pictured: Jordan Adams of Bainbridge, Nicolette Holt of Colquitt, April Silcox of Blakely, Madison Harden of Donalsonville, Taylor Jones of Arlington, Charlene Walker of Bainbridge, Carrie Nobles of Camilla, Kimber Collier of Blakely, and Jessica Gingery of Donalsonville
On April 30th, Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) held a pinning ceremony honoring nine graduates of the Practical Nursing (PN) students from SRTC – Bainbridge. The ceremony commemorates the students’ successful completion of their nursing coursework and clinical rotations.
“As a program, we are excited to have graduated this group of students. They have proven that they could rise above adversity, work diligently, and attain their goals. We look forward to seeing them make a lasting contribution to healthcare in our community,” commented SRTC Practical Nursing Instructor Vickie Parker, BSN, RN.
The pinning ceremony is a rite of passage into the nursing profession, during which each student receives a pin and a small lamp. The pin is used to remind students of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed. The lamp portion of the ceremony serves as a tribute to Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern-day nursing. In the 1800s Nightingale was known as the ‘lady with the lamp’ tending to the sick while carrying a lamp to light the way. At the ceremony, students also recited the Nightingale pledge stating their dedication to upholding the standards of nursing.
The students that received pins were Jordan Adams of Bainbridge, Nicolette Holt of Colquitt, April Silcox of Blakely, Madison Harden of Donalsonville, Taylor Jones of Arlington, Charlene Walker of Bainbridge, Carrie Nobles of Camilla, Kimber Collier of Blakely, and Jessica Gingery of Donalsonville.
Several awards were given during the pinning ceremony to acknowledge students for their outstanding achievements. April Silcox received the Heart Award, Kimber Collier was honored with the Clinical Excellence Award, Jessica Gingery earned the Highest GPA, and Charlene Walker received the Leadership Award.
The Practical Nursing program is a five-semester diploma program designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor. For more information about SRTC’s Practical Nursing Program call (229) 225-5201.