Practical Nursing Students Receive Pin During July 2023 Pinning Ceremony
Twenty-Six Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) Practical Nursing (PN) students were honored during the College’s July 2023 Pinning Ceremony held on the Sandersville Campus, Tuesday, July 25.
Each year OFTC holds this ceremony to symbolize the nursing students’ completion of the educational requirements needed to sit for the state board licensure examination and to welcome them into the family of nurses.
“We’re so proud of our Practical Nursing students who have been dedicated in class and clinical to complete this demanding program,” shared Suann McNutt, PN Instructor on the Sandersville Campus. “They’ve had challenges along the way, but it hasn’t stopped their drive to achieve their goal of completing the program. We hope these students continue to grow as nurses, and we’re confident they’re equipped to provide the best care to their patients.”
“It is always amazing to see the growth of students from the time they enter the program to when they finish,” added Kelly McAdams, PN Instructor on the Dublin Campus. “Through all the ups and downs, the times they wanted to give up and quit, these students kept going. We are proud of what these students have achieved, and we hope they are too.”
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, lit the ceremonious candle, and recited the Nightingale Pledge in honor of Florence Nightingale.
Graduating nurses from the Sandersville Campus
|Jamekia Bloodsaw, Washington|
|Shantina Bloodsaw, Washington|
|Tiffany Boyd, Baldwin|
|CaNya Davis, Washington|
|Nakayla Frazier, Washington|
|Haley Frost, Washington|
|Lottie Grier, Baldwin|
|Diamond Ivey, Warren|
|Amber Roach, Baldwin|
|Melissa Soles, Washington|
|DeAudra Taylor, Jefferson|
|Ebony Tolbert, Warren|
Graduating nurses from the Dublin Campus
|Jossie Amerson, Laurens|
|Malerie Bennett, Emanuel|
|Raegin Christian, Telfair|
|Brendasia Figueroa, Telfair|
|Yolanda Glover-Pitts, Wilkinson|
|Jestavia Grady, Laurens|
|Amber Haley, Wilkinson|
|Quintesa Mclendon, Treutlen|
|Alyssa Reed, Laurens|
|Summer Ridley, Bleckley|
|Brianna Stevens, Laurens|
|Alexandria Tomlinson, Laurens|
|Joy Walker, Dodge|
|Megan Wright, Dodge|
For more info on OFTC’s Practical Nursing program, visit OFTC.edu/departments/nursing/.
To view photos from the July 2023 Pinning Ceremony, visit the OFTC Facebook page.