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SWGTC of Grady County Practical Nursing Students Pinned

In photo from left to right: (front row) SWGTC of Grady County Practical Nursing Faculty members Margie Keeling, RN, and Connie Currie, RN, students (middle) Courtney Barnes, Tisha Waters, Amanda Slaughter, Cassie Faris, Brittany Dukes Smith,(back row) Sherrell Fountain, Mary Price Bracey, Sara Sullivan, and Leman Schleifer.

On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) honored its Grady County practical nursing students in a pinning ceremony. This ceremony commemorated the students’ successful completion of their nursing coursework and clinical rotations. Now, pending passage of their board exams, these students will be ready to join the workforce as licensed practical nurses (LPNs).

“This is an exceptional group of nurses that we were proud to pin. They have had a long journey, but they have excelled and become great caretakers.  They are pure of heart, empathetic and sympathetic in their care of the patient,” commented Margie Keeling, RN, SWGTC of Grady County Practical Nursing Instructor.

In this pinning ceremony, which symbolizes the rite of passage into the nursing profession, each student received a pin and a small lamp. The pin is used to remind students of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed. The lamp portion of the ceremony serves as a tribute to Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern-day nursing. In the 1800s Nightingale was known as the "lady with the lamp," tending to the sick while carrying a lamp to light the way. At the ceremony, students recited the practical nursing pledge, stating their dedication to upholding the standards of nursing.

Those students that received pins were: Courtney Barnes, Mary Price Bracey, Sherrell Fountain, Cassie Faris, Leman Schleifer, Amanda Slaughter, Brittany Dukes Smith, Sara Sullivan, and Tisha Waters.

The following awards were presented at the ceremony: Archbold Memorial Hospital Leadership Award - Sherrell Fountain; Most Outstanding Senior Award - Sara Sullivan; and Highest ATI Comprehensive Exam Score - Mary Price Bracey.

For more information on the Practical Nursing program at SWGTC of Grady County, please contact Margie Keeling at (229) 378-2906 or mkeeling@southwestgatech.edu.

Spring Semester 2014 begins January 7th!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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