Nursing students honored at fall pinning ceremony

December 18, 2008

by Emily LaFleur

Speeches were given, oaths were taken and candles were lit for the nine Tech nursing students whom received recognition at the fall pinning ceremony.

Lori Middlebrooks, recipient of the academic excellence award, said the pinning ceremony was a huge milestone for all nursing students.

“[The pinning ceremony] is like a separate gathering of just the soon-to-be nursing graduates along with their friends and family,” Middlebrooks said. “Each graduate received a ceramic lamp with the Tech logo on it.”

She said most schools give nursing graduates a gift at the pinning ceremony.

“You must allow tons of time to study,” Middlebrooks said of the curriculum. “You must have self discipline that will encourage you to get through the curriculum.”

Gina Owens, a nursing graduate and the recipient of the Edith Brice and Ruth Maydell Harms awards said only nine of the 18 nursing students [which] started out together in the nursing program actually graduated this fall.

“[Those graduating] all pledged the Florence Nightingale Pledge,” said Owens. “I felt Tech had prepared me as best as I could have been for the big test.”

She said nursing graduates must pass to obtain the registered nursing status.

According to thenursingsite.com, “[The pledge] was named the Florence Nightingale Pledge in honor of the esteemed founder of nursing and it is also known as the Nurses Oath.”

Krista Halley, a Tech nursing graduate, said all the nursing graduates gave a thank you speech.

“We are a very close group, like family, we’ve been through a lot together,” Halley said. “There are many jobs available for nurses that vary, from being in the operating room to working behind a desk or for a home health care company.”

Halley said the road to the pinning ceremony, along with walking at graduation, sounds tough to acquire, but it’s so worth it to gain the ability to touch peoples’ lives and make them better.

Samantha Maddry, nursing graduate, said the pinning ceremony is the biggest part of nursing students’ careers besides receiving their license.

Lena Brown, an assistant nursing professor, said when students receive their pins, it signifies they have met the requirements of the Louisiana Tech Division of Nursing’s curriculum.

Brown said, “No one else has that exact pin; that’s why they are so unique.”