PIQUA — Edison State Community College honored its most recent nursing graduates with a pinning ceremony held before an audience of family and friends at the Piqua campus.
The pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition in which the graduate nurse is presented to family and friends as a professional who is about to practice nursing and the graduate is usually “pinned” by the faculty members who have worked with the students throughout their course of study. Each school has a unique pin, which serves as a symbol of the successful completion of a rigorous curriculum, which prepares its graduates to administer to the sick and injured and promote health through the practice of nursing.
Montgomery County spring nursing graduates included the following students.
Dayton: Alicia Toth
Englewood: Tyler Hall
Trotwood: Seante Metcalf
Vandalia: Stephanie Baker
Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson welcomed friends and family members and commended those being pinned. Gwen Stevenson, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences, gave a speech praising the hard work and determination of the students, while recognizing the sacrifices made by the family members and friends who have supported them while completing their degrees.
When reached for comment, nursing class representative Tashaunya Strunk, of Houston, Ohio, expressed her enthusiasm for being pinned and noted the hard work that has gone into reaching this milestone,
“Nursing school has been quite the journey – stress, new friendships, and so much knowledge,” said Strunk. “We all worked so hard. I recall hours spent in the lab practicing skills, group study sessions and a lack of sleep. There was a lot of time dedicated to studying and long clinical days, but this huge achievement was worth every bit of it.”
“I am humbled to have been taught by such great instructors,” added Strunk. “Their guidance has boosted my confidence and helped me acknowledge that I can accomplish all my future endeavors.”
Each of the 37 graduates had the opportunity to submit a word of thanks to those who have made the end of this portion of their education possible, which was read as they received their pin from an Edison State nursing faculty member. Many used the opportunity to share individual stories of sacrifice and triumphing over adversity, the bonds that were formed between classmates and the deep appreciation held for the Edison State nursing faculty.
Graduates of the program will move on to the next phase of their career, which involves taking the registered nurse licensing exam and seeking employment.
Edison State Community College’s nursing program has maintained full accreditation and approval over its thirty-five year history. In 2013, Edison State’s Associate of Nursing Degree program was granted a full five-year approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing. In 2011, the program earned an eight-year accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the highest level a program can receive.
Applications for Edison State’s Registered Nursing program are currently being accepted for spring 2017 semester.