Drive-through pinning held for SRTC practical nursing students

Submitted photoPN graduate and Leadership Award recipient Alexis Hernandez waits in line during the Drive-Through Pinning Ceremony at SRTC-Moultrie’s Veteran's Parkway Campus.

On Tuesday, December 1, Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) held a pinning drive-through ceremony honoring the most recent class of Practical Nursing (PN) students from SRTC- Moultrie. The ceremony commemorates the students’ successful completion of their nursing coursework and clinical rotations. Since spring of 2020, SRTC’s pinning ceremonies have moved to a drive-through format to allow for social distancing. Students have embraced the change, taking the opportunity to decorate their vehicles and inviting their families to participate, lending the ceremonies a festive parade-like atmosphere. 

“This year will be remembered for many years as a time of uncertainty.  This graduating class persevered through difficult times and succeeded in completing the program. The odds were stacked against them and they prevailed. The 2020 PN graduates will be an asset to the field of nursing,” said instructor Julie Odom Cannarella, BSN, RN.

The pinning ceremony is a rite passage into the nursing profession, during which 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 also recited the Nightingale pledge stating their dedication to upholding the standards of nursing.

The students that received pins were:  Michael “Brad” Akridge of Sylvester, Lynlie Alligood of Thomasville, Brittney Baker of Valdosta, Travis Brogan of Thomasville, Julie Childers of Sylvester, Ebelin Escolero of Tifton, April Haney of Adel, Jamayia Hayes of Thomasville, Alexis Hernandez of Moultrie, Savanna Lott of Moultrie, Timothy Marta of Tifton, Shandrekka Mathis of Moultrie, Katie Morey of Moultrie, Chazmin Singletary of Moultrie, Nyla Spruill of Moultrie, Katelyn Thompson of Adel, Quinesha Tindal of Quitman, Taylor Wade of Lenox, Bobbie “BJ” Wright of Moultrie, and Raylyn Youmans of Valdosta.

The Leadership Award is given to the student who presents outstanding leadership qualities not only in the classroom but also in the clinical setting and was presented to Alexis Hernandez.

The Clinical Excellence Award honors students who have shown exceptional professionalism and technical excellence during their clinical rotations. The Clinical Excellence Award was presented to Bobbie “BJ” Wright. 

The Practical Nursing program is a five semester diploma program designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor. For more information about SRTC’s Practical Nursing Program call 888-205-3449. 

SRTC offers over 155 degree, diploma, and certificate programs that are designed to get students quickly into a desired career, and 28 general education courses that transfer to the University System of Georgia institutions and 19 private colleges and universities in Georgia. SRTC has instructional sites located in Colquitt, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Thomas, Tift, Turner and Worth counties for the convenience of its students. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.

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Spring semester begins January 7. 

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