OFTC ADN Bridge Students Receive Pins During 2022 Pinning Ceremony

Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) hosted a pinning ceremony for their fourth cohort of Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Bridge Program graduates, Wednesday, August 3.

OFTC’s ADN Bridge program began in August 2018 and allows Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and paramedics who have at least one-year in-field experience to obtain certification to become Registered Nurses (RN).

Forty-six ADN graduates received nursing pins, signifying their completion of the educational requirements to apply and take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

“I am very proud of these students,” shared Tammy Bayto, OFTC’s Dean of Academic Affairs for Allied Health and Professional Services. “Many are non-traditional students who returned to school while working and caring for their families. They have a vested interest in success and it has shown through their hard work and dedication throughout the program.”

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 student received their nursing pin, officially welcoming them into the RN family.

Participating ADN Bridge students:

Phillip Anderson, Dallas, GA
Jeffery Bardugon, Woodstock, GA
Mark Bednarz, Savannah, GA
Trudy Bell, Midway, GA
Lance Blythe, Molena, GA
Betsy Brown, Wadley, GA
Austin Campbell, Jackson, GA
Savannah Chapple, Milledgeville, GA
Kelsey Clay, Watkinsville, GA
Kimberly Coleman, Juliette, GA
Wanda Coney, Covington, GA
Aaron Cornelius, Atlanta, GA
Helen Debela, Stone Mountain, GA
Lakendra Dixon, Sandersville, GA
Jessica Gibson, McRae, GA
Jasmin Griffith, Augusta, GA
Jeffrey Guerrero, Thomson, GA
Heather Hall, Milledgeville, GA
Sierra Hasty, Sandersville, GA
Kirsten Hewatt, Monticello, GA
Ivy Knight, Cochran, GA
Lashanna Knight, Dublin, GA
Ashley Lawrence, Milledgeville, GA
Amber Lewis, Sparta, GA
Tiffany Miller, Pooler, GA
Matthew Mills, Atlanta, GA
Amy Millsap, Duluth, GA
Jacqueline Milner, Gordon, GA
Karisia Moring, McRae, GA
Paris Moseley, East Dublin, GA
Rebecca Poole, Portal, GA
Christie Ragsdale, Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Jamari Reese, Warner Robins, GA
Pamela Rountree, Tennille, GA
Angel Sheffield, Evans, GA
Anna Sheridan, Union Point, GA
Tiffany Simpson, Gordon, GA
Simeon Smith, East Point, GA
Rebekah Usher, Vidalia, GA
Becky Ware, Adrian, GA
Kristen Webb, Dublin, GA
Dustin Williamson, Dublin, GA
Shirkia Willis, East Dublin, GA
Shervicia Wingfield, Greensboro, GA
Craig Young, Snellville, GA
Morgan Young, Atlanta, GA

For more info on OFTC’s ADN Bridge Nursing program, visit OFTC.edu/departments/nursing/.