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May 21, 2014

Nursing students honored in pinning ceremony

THOMASVILLE — On May 5, Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) held a pinning ceremony where 24 Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) students were honored by receiving their nursing pins. The ceremony commemorates the students’ successful completion of their nursing coursework and clinical rotations. This class of nursing students will participate in SWGTC’s graduation ceremony on June 5 and will officially be registered nurses (RN) pending the passage of their board exams.

In this pinning ceremony, which symbolizes the rite of passage into the nursing profession, each student receives a pin and lights a small lamp. The pin is used to remind students of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed. The lighting 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 also recite the Nightingale pledge stating their dedication to upholding the standards of being a nurse.

“The ASN faculty is pleased to graduate our 16th class. This class was exposed to various clinical settings in the traditional hospital setting and in the college’s state of the art simulation lab.  A lot of the class has taken advantage of the Archbold Medical Center scholarship and will begin working at Archbold upon passing boards. I could not be more pleased to see this class graduate and join the work force of nurses in South Georgia ,” Tammy Bryant, MSN, RN, SWGTC ASN program director.

The students that received pins were Amber Coatney of Valdosta, Devin Corgan of Valdosta, Leslie Hand of Valdosta, Tyler Anderson of Valdosta, James Harvey of Valdosta, Keri Godwin of Cairo, Ashley Rodriguez, Maria Alvarez, Emma Hankins, Ermely Thermidor, Catherine Ley, Amy Webb, Sochia Walker, Kayla Price, Olivia Oglesby, Rachel Russell, Hilliary Hutchison, Tyler Peterson, Heather Gossett, Brandy Johnson, William Orr, Christine Ogastharp, Cindy Brasington and Lee Davis.

The following awards were also given at the ceremony: the Archbold Leadership Award went to William Orr, the Florence Nightingale Award went to Catherine Ley and the Clinical Excellence Award went to Hilliary Hutchison.

“Marking the 10th Anniversary of graduating Associate of Science in Nursing students made this pinning ceremony particularly meaningful,” commented Dr. Annie McElroy, vice president of Academic Affairs. “Celebrating 10 years of nursing graduates meeting the health care needs of our community and making a difference was reason to celebrate.  We are very proud of all of our SWGTC nursing alumni!”

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program is designed to prepare students as entry-level practitioners to provide safe, effective nursing care and promote healthy transitions for diverse clients in a variety of settings. This program develops critical thinking, integrates accumulated knowledge from nursing, the sciences and humanities, and emphasizes the values of caring, accountability, responsibility and professional ethics. The SWGTC ASN program has been granted approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Veterinary Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Respiratory Care. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto

Fall Semester 2014 begins August 19.

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