GCCC nursing students to participate in pinning ceremony


Sixteen Associate Degree of Nursing graduates and 19 Practical Nursing graduates of Garden City Community College will be awarded pins signifying they have completed all requirements necessary to become licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts building followed by a reception at the Beth Tedrow Student Center. The event is open to the family and friends of nursing graduates, as well as the public.

The pinning ceremony marks the culmination of approximately two years of classes, including a semester of prerequisites, completion of the certified nursing aide program and 10 months of practical nursing courses.

The nurses, dressed in traditional white, will receive their pins from Patsy Zeller, APRN, director of nursing. “Our students are well-prepared to take their state boards,” said Zeller. “The fact that GCCC nursing students have had a 90-100 percent passing rate on the boards in recent years speaks volumes about the quality of students, the nursing instruction and the program as a whole.”

The teardrop-shaped pin that each graduate will receive is laden with nursing profession symbolism. A book signifying knowledge is featured; along with a lamp, symbolic of the lamp carried by British-born Florence Nightingale as she tended to wounded soldiers on the Crimean War battlefields during the 1860s. Nightingale started the first secular nursing school and is often credited as the founder of modern nursing.

In addition to the pins, awards will be given out to outstanding students for Clinical Leadership and Academic Leadership (selected by faculty), and Nursing Excellence (selected by peers) for both groups, PN and ADN graduates.

After passing the state board examination, some of the newly graduated nurses will embark on their careers as licensed practical nurses. Others may choose to spend one more year in school to earn registered nursing degrees.