Pinning Ceremony Scheduled for TNCC First Nursing Class to Complete Program at Historic Triangle

Published: December 13, 2007

Eight Thomas Nelson Community College students, the first completers of an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing Program from the College’s Historic Triangle campus, will be acknowledged in a Pinning Ceremony Saturday, December 15. Family and friends of the graduating students are invited to attend the 2:00 p.m. ceremony at the Espada Conference Room on the College’s Hampton campus.

A symbolic, but meaningful event, the Pinning Ceremony marks a new facet in the personal and professional lives of the graduating Nursing students, said Mary K. Howard, chair of the Nursing Department. The ceremony also symbolizes the students’ commitment to the profession. During the ceremony, the nurses will recite the Nightingale Pledge, named after nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, as they promise to practice their profession faithfully, aid the physicians in their work, and devote themselves to the welfare of those committed to their care.

Graduating students will also take the National Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses.

“The Nursing faculty is very proud of the students’ efforts and dedication. Thomas Nelson Community College with the support of organizations such as the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation is playing a major role in addressing the national shortage of nurses especially in our communities,” said Howard.

Nursing graduates from the College make up a large percentage of nurses working in area hospitals, she noted. Students are diverse in many ways and many of them have overcome obstacles and challenges in life to follow their professional dreams, she added.

Thomas Nelson Community College began offering Nursing at its Historic Triangle campus in 2006 aided by a grant from the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation. The grant enabled the College to offer an Accelerated Evening/Weekend Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse Articulation Program, an RN Associate Degree in Nursing Program and also funded laboratory equipment purchases and Nursing scholarships. The College received a second grant last year for continued scholarship funding and implementation of several programs and initiatives such as Spanish Language Skills for Emergency Health Care Providers, Phlebotomy Career Studies Certificate Program in Williamsburg, continuation of funding for a TNCC Historic Triangle Nursing faculty position and continuation of funding for Nursing student scholarships.

For additional information about the Nursing programs available at the College’s Historic Triangle campus, please contact the College’s Nursing Department at 825-2808

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