Pinning Ceremony to Mark Beginning of New Life for 52 Nursing Students at Thomas Nelson

Published: May 3, 2007

The Nursing Department at Thomas Nelson Community College will hold a Nursing Pinning Ceremony for its 52 associate degree Nursing graduates on Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Temple Baptist Church in Newport News. Family and friends of the Nursing graduates are invited to attend.

A symbolic, but meaningful event, the Pinning Ceremony marks a new facet in the personal and professional lives of these graduating Nursing students. The ceremony also symbolizes the students’ commitment to the nursing 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 physician in his work, and devote themselves to the welfare of those committed to their care.

Thomas Nelson Community College Nursing graduates make up a large percentage of nurses working in area hospitals. Students are diverse in many ways and many of them have overcome obstacles and challenges in life to follow their professional dreams. “It is such an accomplishment to see so many of our students completing the Nursing program.

The Nursing faculty is very proud of the students’ efforts and dedication,” said Mary K. Howard, co-chair of the Nursing Department. “Our Nursing students have a promising future. Many of the graduating students have already received job offers; while other students have chosen to start the job search after graduation. Many of the students will continue to pursue their education at a four-year college to earn their bachelor’s degree or their master’s degree in Nursing.”

“This is an achievement for the community and for our College because we are continuing to the address the national shortage of nurses especially in our communities,” said Sandra Marcuson, co-chair of the Nursing program. “There is nothing more rewarding than being a nurse because everyday you make a difference in someone’s life, especially when they are in need.”

Nursing students will also participate in a Commencement Ceremony planned for Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hampton Coliseum. Upon graduation, students will take the National Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses.

For additional information about the Nursing program, please contact the College’s Nursing Department at 825-2808.

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